Thursday, September 5, 2013

Clyde Sells to Sourcebooks!

It's been a while since I mentioned Clyde. I guess that's just what happens when a manuscript is on submission and you're waiting, waiting, waiting. Then this happened:

From Publishers WeeklySteve Geck at Sourcebooks has acquired Krista Van Dolzer's contemporary MG novel Duel/Duet, a David and Goliath story set around a middle-school class election and a musical recital. Van Dolzer writes the Mother. Write. (Repeat.) blog, and is author of The Regenerated Man, which Putnam will publish in winter 2015. Publication of Duel/Duet is set for fall 2015; Kate Schafer Testerman of kt literary did the two-book deal for North American rights.

Actually, this started several months ago. At the beginning of June, Kate sent me an e-mail late on a Friday afternoon. She'd just spoken to Steve Geck at Sourcebooks. He loved DUEL/DUET (the manuscript also known as Clyde) and wanted to take it to acquisitions the following week.


Of course, few things rarely happen as quickly as you want them to in this business, especially in the summer, so it took a few more weeks for Steve's interest to turn into an offer. (Oh, I see you've noticed I now have an editor and a manuscript named Steve. This is going to be all kinds of exciting:) ) By the time Kate called that afternoon, I was convinced he'd turned it down.

Instead, he bought two books.

So that's how Clyde sold. In hindsight, this roller coaster ride wasn't nearly as wild as my last one, but it still felt like it. I think that's just how it goes.

If you'd like to learn more about Clyde, I've changed "My Book" to "My Books" and added an actual summary, so feel free to check that out. And while you're up there, don't forget about Steve. 2015 is shaping up to be one exciting year...

43 comments:

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Yay, so happy for you!

Tara Dairman said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! Hurrah, Krista!

Susan Adrian said...

Congratulations, Krista! The story sounds great!

Maria said...

Congrats! So exciting!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Krista! Sourcebooks is great at promoting their authors. So excited for you!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Yay, congrats!

Faith E. Hough said...

Congratulations!!

JeffO said...

Awesome! Congratulations!

Margaret G. said...

Congratulations, Krista! What wonderful news!

Mara Rae said...

Congratulations! 2015 is going to be awesome :)

Stephanie Garber said...

That is such awesome news! Congratulations, Krista! I'm really exited for you!

Angela Brown said...

That is such wonderful news, Krista.

You're right, 2015 is rounding out to be quite the wonderful year :-)

Pam Brunskill said...

Congrats!

Tracey Joseph said...

Woot! Congratulations, Krista.

Jess said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That's awesome!! 2015 is going to be a delightfully busy promotion year for you :)

HEATHER LYNNE DAVIS said...

Wow, congrats!! This is most awesome!!

GSMarlene said...

That's awesome! Very happy for you.

ocdtalk said...

Good for you! Congratulations!

Jenilyn Collings said...

Yay! Congratulations! Hooray for happy news. :-)

Marisa Hopkins said...

Congratulations!!!

Monica Goulet said...

So exciting!! Huge congratulations:)

Darshana said...

congratulations! wonderful news.

Kate Larkindale said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic news.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and well wishes. I've so appreciated your support through the good times and the bad. I can't wait to share these stories with you.

Myrna Foster said...

I can't believe I missed this! Hooray for Clyde!

Michael G-G said...

I love this news, Krista! Well played! (How can we all wait till 2015, though?!)

Lisa Rosenman said...

Yay! Well deserved.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I love that Clyde is slated to come out first. That's awesome! And a two-book deal? Crazy! I'm so happy for you!

Suzi said...

What wonderful news. Congratulations!!!!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, Myrna! And look, you didn't miss it--you're right here:)

Thanks, Michael! And something tells me 2015 isn't all that far away...

Thank you, Lisa!

Kayeleen, the two-book deal blew me away, too. And Clyde will actually come out after Steve--in publishing, the winter season goes from January to March (though some houses do throw December into that mix).

Thanks, Suzi!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Congratulations, Krista!! SO happy for you!! :)

Robin said...

Congratulations! I have been out of the blogging world for quite a while and just stopping in to check on you. I had no idea you'd sold one book, much less two (well three)

Thrilled for you! And looking forward to reading your work.

Kristin Lenz said...

Congratulations! Sorry I'm late to the party - just catching up on blogs today. Thanks for sharing your great news, and best of luck with all the next steps.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thank you, Chantele!

Yes, Robin, I'd say 2013 has been a pretty good year for me for selling manuscripts:) Kate's on a roll!

Thanks for your well wishes, Kristin! And you never have to apologize for not being online:)

Heather said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations!!

Brenda Drake said...

Woah. I missed this during Pitch Madness. Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you! <3

Adam Heine said...

Our query twinnage seems to have diverged somewhat since we both got out of querying. But still, I am ridiculously happy for you :-D

HEATHER LYNNE DAVIS said...

OK, here's the Tweet: https://twitter.com/hezzerdavis/status/380267974394793984

Title: If I Promise You the Sun
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Description:
Mana Aquino is a slave, poet, and rebel bent on avenging the death of his sister at the hands of New Eden's leaders. When a desperate citizen named Eve asks him to smuggle illegal medicine to her dying brother, he agrees but only if she'll help him with his quest. Though neither Mana nor Eve expects to need the other for long, their pact could be the start of love and the end of paradise.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, Heather!

Thanks, Brenda! And I can't say I blame you. Pitch Madness is *kind of* a big deal;)

Adam, it just goes to show that you can never predict how things will turn out. I mean, would you ever have guessed that you'd be writing for a Kickstarted RPG? So. Cool.

Thanks, Heather! Could you do me a favor and add this comment to the contest post, too? I just don't want to miss it!

Adam Heine said...

Krista wrote: "I mean, would you ever have guessed that you'd be writing for a Kickstarted RPG?"

Heck no. And if you'd told me I would, I'd have laughed and reminded you that I live in Thailand ;-) God bless the internet :-)

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Adam, life is crazy good, isn't it? :)

Shannon Wixom said...

I just read this blog post! I'm so happy for you, Krista. Glad that this book sold so fast too! You totally deserve this. I hope to be in that situation one day too.
Thanks for being such a positive role model for us writers!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Oh, Shannon, you're so kind. Thank you for this comment. I needed it today.