Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy news!

So those who have been following along for a while might remember me discussing, here and there, 'Le Super Secret YA' project I'd been working on.

It sold to Simon Pulse in a two-book deal, and they'll release as hardcovers. I'm enormously happy to be staying at Simon & Schuster. Pulse publishes some amazing books, and I still can't believe I'm going to be part of their list soon. As some may know, I've been writing teen characters for several years, so this is a genre that I adore reading and writing. Yay! I've already had a chance to speak with my new editor, Emilia, who is incredibly nice and loves this dark, creepy story as much as I do, and big thanks go to my agent, Miriam Kriss, with whom I hooked up with back in August.

I'll be writing under the name 'Kelly Keaton', which, if any remember, is the surname of my grandmother who passed away last year, and whom I blogged about as being one of my biggest supporters and who instilled in me a love of all things fantastical. I'm so happy to bear her name in this way.

Here are the Book details via Publisher's Marketplace:

Kelly Gay writing as Kelly Keaton's DARKNESS BECOMES HER, (GODS & MONSTERS, Book 1), in which a hardened teen on the run searches for the truth about her monstrous heritage with a group of misfit kids in a post-apocalyptic New Orleans, a city state now run by the creatures of the night, to Emilia Rhodes at Simon Pulse, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2011, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency (World).

I'll be talking a bit more about this book during my interview at Fantasy Dreamers Ramblings on Friday, Nov. 20th.

23 comments:

Kerry Allen said...

Congratulations!

Sonja Foust said...

Wow, congrats!

Kay Cassidy said...

Yay, honey!!! I know how much this sale means to you. :-) And I cannot WAIT to be able to sign together in 2011!

Pamala Knight said...

That is AWESOME news, Kelly! Congratulations! I'm ecstatic that you've got more in the pipeline for when I'm jonesing after THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS. So glad for you!

Selene aka DakotaBlue said...

Congrats Kelly! Great deal!

Reading the details I just have to buy this book! Can't wait! :-)

Kim Harrington said...

Congrats! Sounds awesome!

Devon Monk said...

Congratulations! What exciting news! Looking forward to hearing more about them!

Rebecca said...

She'd be so proud. I know I am.

I love you, dear cousin.

<3

Courtney Milan said...

Squee! I am so excited for you! I cannot wait to read this book, as well as your upcoming Urban Fantasy. You are so awesome!

Tia Nevitt said...

Congratulations!!!

Jamie Eyberg said...

Sweet, and almost as sweet as the deal is the story blurb. That sounds awesome. Just the sort of thing my library like to collect.

Kelly Gay said...

Thank you all!! I *love* this story, so can't wait to share it in 2011!

And Beck -- *sigh* I was in tears the other day... Miss them both so much.

Michael Jasper said...

CONGRATS, Kelly!!! What awesome news, on top of you imminent book release as well.

YOU. SO. ROCK!

Mike said...

Kelly,
Congratulations!
I am humbled to know you ;-)
Me thinks I smell a film deal in the works too (lol).

Keep Writing!
Mike

SJDuvall said...

That is so exciting! I can't wait to read them! I love YA :-)

JenWriter said...

Huge congrats! It sounds great!

A. Grey said...

I'm totally jealous and at the same time absolutely STOKED for you!!! Major congrats!!! And SQUEEE!!! for good measure! :D

Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy] said...

Congrats!

Kelly Gay said...

Thanks, everyone! Whew. What a day --- a nice break from deadline crunch, but I'll be back at it tomorrow. :-)

RKCharron said...

Congratulations Kelly.
I love the premise of the books.
I'll be sure to get & read 'em.
Love & Best Wishes,
RKCharron
xoxo

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Huge congrats, Kelly! That's awesome news. :)

Tez Miller said...

So proud of you, Kells. And good news for us, too, because it means we get to read it ;-)

Ooh, just noticed your sold WORLD rights to S&S...which means they'll probably publish it in my Australia, too! :-) Yes, I have selfish joy right now ;-)

Mardel said...

Sounds awesome!