Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bookish Biz

So, just a brief catch-up on all things bookish, in no particular order.

For those who don't know, THE PULL OF GRAVITY is now out in paperback
and making a pretty good showing in
Barnes & Nobles across the country.

Not all of them, no, but a pretty good showing.

B&N 82nd & B'way in NYC
It's also a National Battle of the Books selection, 7th - 8th grades, for 2013-14, as well as appearing on some final nomination lists for State BOB lists around the country. One or two (or more?!) of those would be great for the book.

Movie news has been quiet, but I know they are plugging along. Like I said, Pie-In-the-Sky. Fun and flattering but I'll believe it when I see it come to fruition.

And last, but never least (!) TPoG continues to grow its school audience. I'm very excited to have landed in another Indiana High School where TPoG will be read with Of Mice and Men in the 11th grade. Of course, attendant Skype visits shall ensue, which you all know how I love (love, love) to do.

Mrs. Vorhis' box o' books arrived for Northwood HS, Indiana. :D
As for other upcoming author appearances, you know you can find those in the sidebar of my blog right HERE, don't you? Yep, I know you do.

MY NEXT YA. So, for those who follow me here, you already know my next YA, formerly referred to as Frankie Sky, sold last spring to the amazing and wonderful Elise Howard, and is due Spring 2014 from Algonquin Young Readers. For those who don't know, Algonquin is the esteemed literary publisher of such books as WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, but this fall will mark their first season as a publisher of Children's fiction and YA. If you'd like to follow them and check out their exclusive inaugural season of releases, you can here on facebook. Because "Frankie" is a summer story (much of it taking place at the beach and at a country club pool), it will be in the second half spring launch. However, as often is the case after sale, it has a brand spanking new title which I love with all my heart, THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO, and if you want to, you can add it to your to-read list on Goodreads, HERE. You can also read more about it on my website, HERE.

OTHER WRITING STUFF. In other writing stuff, I got a sort of bite on my always-heartbreaking women's fiction, so I spent the last several weeks revising the manuscript previously known as Swim Back to Me that I am now calling THE SWIMMING SEASON. I'm sure, as always, it will come close but no cigar, and break my heart again. Still, I wouldn't mind you crossing your fingers for me. . .

And, that's that. Back to work on an old YA ms that my agent thinks has potential but right now is in the I-hate-you-now-die stages of revision. Hopefully, that will change soon.

Anyway, hope you're enjoying your spring... or, I guess, hope you're about to, as in most places the weather has belied any glimpses of same.

I'll leave you with my paperback book trailer for THE PULL OF GRAVITY because I never get tired of it. Made by 15-year-old Jude Bourke (available to make yours!), illustrations by his dad, and my friend, Karl Bourke.

- gae


  1. National Battle of the Books list -- that's huge! And it's fun to see you in the 7 and 8th grade list as well as the YA. More readers all around.

  2. Ah, I love The Summer of Letting Go. Beautiful title.

    Wishing with all my heart that you will get that cigar and then some on Swimming Season...

  3. Caroline, The Pull of Gravity has been one of those books that has slipped between MG and YA (tween), which I'm thrilled about. It deals with some mature themes -- especially, parental infidelity -- but it has a sweetness to it that I think allows the younger readers to handle it. And, of course, only a few mild curse words. ;)

    Allie, so glad you like it! And thank you. I'm so used to getting crushed on that one, it's amazing I still hold out hope. Might be better if I didn't. <3

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