Today is the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the beginning of the new year according to the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. It’s a time of reflection and reconciliation for Jewish people. For me, it’s a time of gathering with my family, checking in with my own spiritual beliefs, and cooking and eating traditional holiday foods. We Jews traditionally dip apples in honey on this holiday, wishing for a sweet year to come. As such, I’d like to acknowledge on the blog some sweetness from this past year and more sweetness that I’m looking forward to in the year to come.
The past year brought a big change for me, as I began working at Emerald City Literary Agency with Mandy Hubbard and Lindsay Mealing. I’m happy as a flying monkey in my new digs, and very grateful for the opportunity to be on the ground floor of building ECLA.
I’m so delighted for the recent publication of M-E Girard‘s young adult novel, Girl Mans Up, which is getting somevery lovely recognition. Yes, this is an important book, but it’s also just a great read.
Where are the Words?, Jodi McKay‘s debut picture book, will be out this November! I’ve never been so excited by punctuation in my life! Seriously. (Why don’t you believe me?)
We get to hear what happens next with Rafe and Ben! The sequel to the award winning Openly Straight comes out this spring, as Bill Konigsberg‘s Honestly Ben (Scholastic, Spring 2017) hits shelves.
Very much looking forward to the publication of Ruth Horowitz‘s Are We Still Friends?(Scholastic, Spring 2017), illustrated by Blanca Gomez, which has been in the works for quite some time. It’s a story about apples, honey, bees, trees, and friendship! Mazel tov, Ruth!
Lisa Rosinsky‘s debut YA novel, Inevitable and Only (Boyds Mills Press, Fall 2017) is also on the horizon! You can read a little about Lisa over here, in an article The Boston Globe did about her. This has been an unbelievably sweet year for her!
Last week I announced the sale of Miriam McNamara‘s debut YA novel, The Unbinding Of Mary Reade (Sky Pony Press, Fall 2017) a YA novel based on the actual historical pirate Mary Reade. I’m pretty darn psyched about it. Raising a glass of grog to Miriam! 🦄⚔☠⚔🦄
The sequel to Joe McGee‘s Peanut Butter and Brains will be coming out next fall! It’s called Aliens and Jelly (Abrams, Fall 2017) and again is being illustrated by Charles Santoso. You guys… this book is SO cute. Joe and Charles did a great job, again!
I’ve got a couple of other pretty awesome picture book deals that haven’t been announced yet, as the publishers are still solidifying the illustrators attached. I know how difficult it is for my clients to remain patient and only privately celebrate their book deals, so I will “acknowledge” them here. We’ll be able to crow about these soon, my chickadees!
And a film deal! I can’t publicly say anything about it yet. But one of my clients’ books has been optioned to be made into a movie! Which is ridiculously exciting.
There have been foreign sales and translated copies of previous books. There have been kudos left and right, in the way of awards, recognitions, and acknowledgments.
As I reflect in synagogue today, it won’t be difficult for me to tap into how grateful I am for all that I have. I will also be renewing my commitment to being a good human being, wife, mother, relative, friend, and agent, and always looking for ways to be better.
Shanah tova, to those who celebrate. Peace & love, to everyone.