I can FINALLY tell the whole world my wonderful news!
I had to keep it secret a whole month. I know, I know, feel sorry for me. *wink*
Anyway, a few weeks back, I completed a NEW ADULT contemporary novel. I'd been reading this genre like crazy, loving it, and felt an overwhelming need to contribute something to it. It was a departure from my other Young Adult novels, but not a huge one. In fact, the very first novel I'd ever written back in 2008 would have been considered New Adult--but thankfully, that one will never see the light of day. We'll just call it *practice*.
When I finished writing this novel, I had a special feeling about it. Like maybe this might be *the one* to find readers and a good home.
My agent loved it. My CP's and betas gave it two thumbs WAY up. I went on submission to publishing houses. And within a very short week, I had several editors interested!
I am THRILLED to announce that I sold my New Adult novel, ALL OF YOU, to PENGUIN Books, in a pre-empt, in a two book deal!
*wipes away the tears*
Here's the announcement from Publisher's Weekly:
Lee’s New Adult Goes to NAL
In a deal at Penguin’s NAL imprint this week, Jesse Feldman bought world English rights to two books by Christina Lee, including the author’s new adult title. Agent Sara Megibow, at Nelson Literary, represented the author and said six publishers made offers on the book before she accepted “an aggressive preempt” from Feldman. NAL will be releasing the book as All of You—it’s about a nursing student who meets a handsome guy at a party, then discovers he’s a virgin—in September 2013, with a second book, a tie-in, scheduled for early 2014. In an unusual twist, NAL plans to make the series an e-only one, exercising its print option if it feels there is a market for the book in that format.