Monday, 15 October 2012

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Weekly Gossip

Here's your bookish news from the past week.

First up, cover reveals!

The cover for Night School: Legacy by C.J. Daugherty has been released:

Night School: Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

And you can read an extract from Legacy on C.J.'s blog here.

So what do you think? I like it, but I don't think it fits with the cover for Night School. They're just so different. The font for C.J.'s name is different. And this isn't a photo cover, but an illustration. However, it's still really pretty! I like the wintery feel. It reminds me a little of the UK hardback and paperback covers for Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.

Hodder & Stoughton have also released the cover for Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor:

Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor

Hodder says: "We are delighted to announce that Laini's short story GOBLIN FRUIT, from her award-winning Lips Touch collection (never before published in the UK), will be available as an eBook from 25th October. And can be pre-ordered now for the tidy price of £1.99. "

What do you think? I think it's eye-catching, but that's not a fruit I'd want to eat!


And now the trailers.

Here's the trailer for Breath by Sarah Crossan:


J.K. Rowling Webchat

The J.K. Rowling Webchat took place on Thursday! Over a million people watched the webchat live, where Rowling shared insights into her writing process, how the beloved Harry Potter characters came to be, a reading from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, a sneak peak at the new online Harry Potter destination Pottermore, and much more.

If you missed the webchat, you can watch it here.

Scholastic US have also announced there is now the new Harry Potter Reading Club, which provides educators, librarians, after school program coordinators and parents who want to organize a book club with access to all the tools they need to host a Harry Potter Reading Club and celebrate the joy of reading. The first 10,000 registrants for the Club received a welcome kit including bookmarks, stickers and nametags. Printable versions of these Items will also be available for download from the website.

Read the press release for more info.


Some book-to-movie news from Tor UK:

Tor UK is thrilled to announce that Reviver, the first novel in a three books series by debut author Seth Patrick, has had the option pre-empted by Legendary Pictures, the company behind such blockbusters as Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Watchmen. Brendan Deneen will produce for Macmillan Films and the deal was done by Sylvie Rabineau at RWSG Agency on behalf of Luigi Bonomi.

Reviver, which Tor publish in June 2013, focuses on a small group of people who have the talent of pulling the recently deceased back into their bodies for a short space of time. The lead character, Jonah Millar, works for the Forensic Revival Service, using his gift to bring back victims to implicate their killers. It's a terrifically fast-paced supernatural thriller.

Seth Patrick was born in Northern Ireland. An Oxford mathematics graduate, he works as a computer game developer at Sega. He lives in England with his wife and two young children. Reviver is his first novel.


A writing competition from Frances Lincoln:

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award
is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or the ethnic and cultural origins of its author.
The prize of £1,500, plus a full editorial consultation with Janetta Otter-Barry at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and a meeting with leading literary agent Caroline Sheldon, will be awarded to the best work of unpublished fiction for 8-to-12-year-olds by a writer, aged 18 years or over, who has not previously published a novel for children. The writer may have contributed to an anthology of prose or poetry. The work must be written in English and it must be a minimum of 15,000 words and a maximum of 35,000 words.

The closing date for all entries is 31st December 2012
For more details visit
or Telephone 0845 271 0777

Read the leaflet for more info.


Acquisitions for Simon and Schuster! First, novels by Sophie McKenzie:

Simon and Schuster announced on 10th October 2012 a new deal with bestselling home-grown author, Sophie McKenzie, for two teen novels, securing World rights for the first time.

Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director for S&S, acquired World rights in two new novels by the bestselling teen author for a six-figure sum from Jodie Marsh at United Agents. The first will be a thriller, as yet untitled, and is scheduled for release in autumn 2013.

Venetia Gosling at S&S says: “2013 is going to be massive for Sophie as we push her brand up to the next level with the launch of this explosive new thriller, her first stand-alone novel for seven years. Emotional drama and page-turning suspense are absolutely what Sophie does best and that, combined with the topical and terrifying subject matter, will help this novel become one of our biggest and most anticipated books of next year.”

Read the press release for more info.

And next, novels by Sarah Alderson - and movie news:

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books announced on 11th October 2012 a new deal with teen author, Sarah Alderson. Venetia Gosling, Editorial Director at S&S, acquired World rights in two new stand-alone novels from Amanda Preston at Luigi Bonomi Associates. The first novel, entitled The Sound, will be published in August 2013, with the second novel, provisionally entitled Control, to come in 2014.

Sarah Alderson published her debut novel, Hunting Lila, with S&S in August 2011, followed by the sequel, Losing Lila, in August 2012. In between came a paranormal thriller, Fated, in January 2012. She writes full-time from her home in Bali.

Hunting Lila is being developed into a feature film for international release. Film producers Jessica Malik and Jessica Parker of Pari-Passu Films have optioned the film rights to the novel and sequel Losing Lila. They commented: “Sarah’s Hunting Lila is a hugely entertaining story with great characterisation and a cinematic quality that jumps straight off the page. This is the kind of material that the film industry is actively looking for due to the popularity of the recent YA franchises. We believe the film adaptation will find traction in the international market and we have every confidence that it will be equally well received by cinema-goers as the novel has been by its readers."

Venetia Gosling says of the new book deal: “I’m delighted to have signed up two gripping new YA novels from the very talented Sarah Alderson - a really exciting and versatile author, whose writing just goes from strength to strength - and today’s film news just underlines her commercial potential.”

Read the press release for more info.


  1. Ooooh, the cover for the new Night School book is PRETTY, but... it's so DIFFERENT from the last one! I wonder if they'll repackage it? Mmmm...


    1. It is very different! Oooh, that is interesting! Hmm, but I do love the Night School cover. I'm going to be interviewing the illustrator about the cover for A Novel Cover Up! :)

      I love her too! So looking forward to reading Goblin Fruit !:D