Thursday, April 17, 2008
Check my pulse
I know, I know--I'm late posting this month.
There's a reason for that. And believe it or not, it isn't that I just turned in my critical thesis for my MFA program (yay!), completed a session teaching at Media Bistro (sniff), and started a new session THE NEXT NIGHT (eep).
Although, a girl does get tired.
No, actually, the reason that I have been insanely busy over the past few weeks is due to a quintessential good news/bad news situation.
The good news:
I'm writing a new series for your favorite publisher, Simon Pulse!
(Okay, I guess technically that qualifies as *great* news).
The bad news:
It's launching spring '09. Which means that the first draft manuscript of the first book is due in about five minutes.
The series takes place at posh private school Bradford Academy in the uber-ritzy Philadelphia Main Line, and it's told entirely in blog format. There will also be a huge web component to the series. All of which means it's great that I've been able to hone my blogging skills right here with the other Ro Com authors.
Right now we've got three books in the series signed up, and the schedule is insane. But I must say that it hurts so good.
Believe it or not, it's always been my dream to write an ongoing YA series. Seriously--I was the freak at summer camp that hated things like kickball or instructional swim, and spent as much time as possible curled up under a tree with several installments of Sweet Valley High. I thought I'd hit the big time when I was given the chance, as an editor, to work on Francine Pascal's Fearless series. But as it turns out, life just gets better and better.
Some other series from my fading youth that I gobbled up like M&M's:
-The Girls of Canby Hall
-The Babysitters Club
-The Sweet Dreams collection
-Anything Christopher Pike (I know, not technically a series, but category publishing at its best).
These days, there are so many amazing series out there: Private, Gossip Girl, Fearless, Drama, Body of Evidence, The Clique, The A List, The Show, and, of course, everyone's favorite line, the Simon Pulse Ro Coms! I'm so excited to be contributing to my very favorite aspect of YA publishing!
What series do or did YOU read, past or present?