At long last I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU!!
Prepare yourself for several Fiddler on the Roof GIFs (can only be seen in the web browser–not in the email. So if you’re reading this in your e-mail click though to the blog for maximum GIF enjoyment). It is my favorite movie, after all, and with news like this it seems appropriate for me to do whatever I want. (Because that’s how the world works.)
I’m sure you’ve suspected this sort of announcement for a while. And, in fact, I’ve been hinting at it for the past several months. But NO LONGER!
Are you getting impatient yet?
Well, no need to rush me. If you read the blog post title then you know where I’m heading with this blog post. I’ll get right to it:
(I’m sorry. I had to. 😂 Even though this is my least favorite song of the movie.)
Okay, you’ll be wanting details:
I’ve been offered a two-book contract for my next two Young Adult novels. *squeal!*
“So who is it, Nadine?”
Well, it’s not Enclave Publishing (though I adore them.)
“Okay, then who? WHO?”
Hold your horses! I’ll be joining the YA (Young Adult fiction) team over at Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing–my top choice publisher!
I’m thrilled (beyond thrilled) to join the TN/HCCP team particularly because of their vision for YA fiction. While Enclave was a perfect fit for my Out of Time Series, TN/HCCP is a perfect fit for the next steps I have planned in my author journey. God’s been throwing open a lot of doors and I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do!
Naturally, I signed the contract without reading it. JUST KIDDING! Never do that. 😛 After combing through all the contract jargon, and then my agent combing through the contract jargon, and then my agent’s boss combing through the contract jargon…the 15-page contract was signed. And this has been my face every day since that moment.
WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
I don’t have a back-cover blurb for you yet. I do have a title, but it’s not time to share it yet (I know, I’m so crueeeeel!) But I will tell you this:
My new book is a YA fantasy retelling of the Gunpowder Plot.
Maybe that doesn’t mean anything to you, so let me help you out: Think 17th century London, midnight duels, Guy Fawkes, intrigue, treason, V for Vendetta, masquerades…that sort of thing. (Tweet this) Mwahaha. Still not visualizing it? Maybe this little snapshot from my uber secret Pinterest board will help you out.
If you don’t know what the Gunpowder Plot is, Wikipedia will solve that mystery for you–but I’m warning you: if you start reading up on the plot, you may unearth spoilers. Tread carefully (this is a historical, you know. But it’s also fantasy…which means I can do whatever I want.)
This book is a standalone (aka: not a series. It’s one-and-done. )
It’s been quite different to write and a huge learning process. (Wait, you mean I have to introduce everything and wrap everything up in one. book?!) I can’t wait to share it with you. But first, I must edit it… *runs off to edit*
WHEN DO WE GET IT?
This book will release in 2018. The exact date is not yet confirmed. I’ll be announcing everything as I get more information via my newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!
I’m beyond thrilled to join fellow lovely YA authors like Mary Weber, Sara Ella, Shannon Dittemore, Melanie Dickerson, etc.
WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND BOOK?
Ah, yes, I said a two book contract, right? Well all you get to know about that one is that it will be a standalone, too! So…no more cliffhanger endings! Aren’t you proud of me? This is my way of apologizing (though I’m not sorry) for the terrible cliffhangers I put you through in the Out of Time Series.
WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?
A Time to Rise released almost a year ago. And since then I’ve received the “What’s next?” question that plagues all authors. Are you never satisfied, readers? 😉 It’s okay, neither are we. Too many stories to tell.
But a little insight into the publishing world:
I had completed my contract with Enclave Publishing, so once A Time to Rise was out, I had no deadline and no book I was committed to write.
It was a nice feeling, actually. And I took some time off to brush up on my craft, to breathe, oh yeah–and to move across the country. No biggie. Then once I was ready with my new idea, this is what happened:
- I put together a gigantic proposal. That took me several months.
- Then my agent pitched it. That takes several months.
- Then–if the publisher is interested–they send it to committee. That can take several months.
- Then if everybody agrees that they want it, they send me a contract to sign. That can take several months.
Are you seeing a trend here?
After several months x 4, all was finally concluded, I was offered the contract, and I’m now allowed to share the news with you! Now you know why it took so long.
Stay tuned via my newsletter for future title reveals, cover reveals, blurb reveals, secret snippets…you know the drill.
What else do you want to know? I’ll answer what I can. 🙂