Thursday, August 3, 2017

I Sold Another Book!

I'm thrilled to announce that I sold another book!

From Publishers Weekly: Alison Deering at Capstone has acquired Krista Van Dolzer’s middle grade novel Earth to Dad. The story follows an 11-year-old boy who spends his days waiting for transmissions from his Mars-colonizing dad until the daughter of a dead astronaut moves in across the street and he risks missing a transmission for a shot at real friendship, embarking on a journey exploring life, death, and wonder. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency sold world English rights.

I can tell I've been delinquent in my blogging of late because I don't think I've even mentioned this manuscript. Suffice it to say that the idea came to me during the excitement of NASA's Pluto flyby. Like the rest of the world, I was mesmerized by the images and the general thrill of space; this book was the result.

This was the first book I've ever tried to sell on proposal, which is to say we pitched roughly the first sixty pages and a detailed synopsis. But literary-minded science fiction isn't the easiest to sell, so when a couple of editors expressed interest in the full, I was more than happy to oblige. After jouncing over a few more bumps and divots, I learned that Ali loved the manuscript as much as Brent and I did, and I couldn't have been happier. Now I get to work with the brilliant team at Capstone, and the book's release is only a little more than a year away!

A huge thank-you to Brent for believing in this project as much as he believed in Clyde the Second, and a huge thank-you to YOU for sharing this journey with me. Once I've got revisions for these two under control, I plan to get more rounds of "An Agent's Inbox" scheduled!


JeffO said...

Awesome, Krista, congratulations! This has a great concept!

Jenilyn Collings said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thank you so much, Jeff and Jeni! (Oh, and Jeni, is that a new profile picture? I like it a lot!)

Ben Spendlove said...

Oh, yay! I really loved this story, and I can't wait to read the whole thing. Good job, Krista!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Did I ever tell you congrats! Well, congrats!!! I have a literary-minded science fiction that I'm wrapping up. It's been years in the making (I mentioned it to you once). I hope to shop it next year with my agent. Anyway, here's to Hard Sells *clinks sparkling grape juice glasses* LOL. Awesome that you sold on proposal!! And I'm looking forward to both your upcoming releases!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, Ben! Look for your name in the acknowledgments:)

Thanks, Jessie! I'm excited to hear more about your literary-minded sci-fi (and hopefully read it sooner or later!). And I actually didn't end up selling on proposal--thanks to several other editors' feedback, I ended up writing the full, which is what Ali ended up buying. (Related question: how many times can I use the phrase "ended up" in one sentence?)