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HUUUUUGE Announcement!!!

I am absolutely, incredibly, completely, over-the-moon excited to announce that I have accepted a two book deal with Brian Farrey at Flux for SHATTERED, my book about a girl's year with her abusive boyfriend, told in reverse chronological order.

The book will be written under a pen name (Amanda Grace), which means I get to keep working with Razorbill on my fun, light-hearted books, and build a new darker brand over at Flux. It feels like the best of both worlds! I love Razorbill and they put so much into Prada & Prejudice and I'm looking forward to more "beach read" type books with them. On the flipside, FLUX is a really amazing, diverse little imprint and I think SHATTERED fits perfectly there.
SHATTERED means absolutely everything to me and i am beyond thrilled that it is going to end up on shelves.

The road to publication for PRADA & PREJUDICE was so incredibly hard and filled with so many revision requests that I went into SHATTERED submissions prepared for battle. The market now is even tougher than before, and projects that may have sold before aren't selling now. But I had to know if this book could find a home.

It went something like this:
Monday: Agent pitches the project. She has to leave a message for Brian/Flux.
Tuesday/Wednesday: Agent connecets with Brian, sends over manuscript. An Intern at Flux and Brian both start reading (and, apparently, loving) SHATTERED.
Thursday: I find out Brian has read the first chunk of it, loves it, and wants to talk to me about it. Confused, I look at my calendar. Didn't it just go out like, two days ago? I actually open up a previous email from my agent beccuase I am SURE that I have my wires crossed. Things are never this easy for me.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday: Day Dreaming.
Tuesday: I talk to Brian. When he tells me what he likes most about SHATTERED, I can't stop grinning. Because what he loves is the very reason I wrote the book.
Wednesday: Agent receives the offer.
Thursday/Friday: Negotiations, and I accept.

I am still stunned it went so quickly. My publication story with P&P happened in a matter of months( and months and months)-- not weeks, and definitely not days. But I can not imagine being in better hands and I can't wait to move forward and see this book to publication! 


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Oct. 20th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)

I've wanted to read SHATTERED since before time began. ;-) I absolutely LOVE everything Flux has done and I can't WAIT to see your book on shelves with absolutely awesomely, awesome cover. :-) :-)

Can you tell me I'm excited? Well if not...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I'm so excited for you and everyone else and this went quick but I don't care--this means I'll get to read SHATTERED soon! :-) :-) :-)
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yay on finally being able to announce it!!!

Oct. 20th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! So excited for you :)
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrads!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
You are the Wo-Man!!! Love your pen name!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Mandy, this is great news! Congratulations!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I like the pen name ;)


Oct. 20th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, WOW WOW WOW!!! Such GREAT news! Congrats!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
So Excited for you, Mandy!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Fab, fab, fab, Mandy!!!! Yaaaay! :)
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Totally amazing! Huge congrats, Mandy!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
This is SO FANTASTIC! I LOVE Flux and I am so intrigued by SHATTERED. CONGRATS!!!
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Many congrats!!!
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! \O/ Congratulations to you!
It sounds like a really interesting story.
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