Finish the book that scares you. That’s the final lesson. Because AMAZING things will happen.
I may have mentioned the Magic Bird Book. Once or twice, perhaps.
I can finally, FINALLY tell you things about it. Some things that have been secret for days, and some for weeks, and some for nearly a YEAR. So we’ll start with that last one.
Magic Bird Book is, and always has been, named GEARWING. And GEARWING is a crazy, middle grade, Victorian, steampunk-ish fairytale with dragons and airships and all manner of FUN.
Which brings me to other secrets: you’re all going to get to read it, if you want to. This just went live on Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf:
Zareen Jaffery at S&S Books for Young Readers has acquired at auction two middle grade novels by Emma Trevayne, author of the forthcoming YA sci-fi novels Coda and Chorus. In the first book, Gearwing, a boy accidentally travels from his home in Victorian London to an alternate, fairy-populated, steam-clogged version of the city, only to be caught in a web of dangerous politics; his only hope of returning home lies with the legend of an enormous, wish-granting clockwork bird. Publication is set for Summer 2014. Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management brokered the deal for North American rights. Brazilian rights were pre-empted by Companhia das Letras by João Paulo Riff at Riff Agency, in association with Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.
I’m trying so hard to be calm and I am FAILING SPECTACULARLY. I am so obnoxiously proud of this book and I was so anxious about it finding the perfect home, the perfect editor who could help me make it even better, and I shouldn’t have worried because I GOT HER. Zareen…GAH. Thank you. My eloquence is gone but thank you, thank you so much. The week this book sold was CRAZY. I was at ALA signing copies of CODA and getting updates on what was happening with the auction and it was just the very, very best kind of craziness.
And I need to thank Brooks, too, because he understood this book in the most perfect way. The full extent of his rock-star-ocity has yet to be revealed, but trust me, he is a rock star. And Kathleen Ortiz is a rock star, too. She sold those Brazilian rights faster than I could blink!
And, you know, my CPs and betas and friends and whatnot who kept me sane while writing this book because that is NO MEAN FEAT, seriously.
This book is going to be SO BEAUTIFUL. There will be illustrations and gorgeousness and surprise things! It makes my heart flutter just thinking about it. I absolutely can’t wait for it to be out in the world.