So, almost three weeks ago, THIS happened.
Putnam Kids Ponies Up for YA Debut
In a high six-figure world rights deal, Arianne Lewin, executive editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, bought three books by Jessica Spotswood, including the debut novel Born Wicked (formerly called Thrice Blessed). Agent Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich brokered the deal for Spotswood. Born Wicked, set in what the publisher calls “a world of tea parties, engagements, and elegant dresses,” follows the Cahill sisters, a trio of teen witches who must hide their powers in order to save themselves from being shipped off to prison or a mental ward. Spotswood, who is from a small Pennsylvania town, lives in Washington, D.C.
That’s the book formerly known as THRICE BLESSED. My most favorite thing I’ve written.
I’m still in shock.
Happy, happy shock.
I love this book so much. It was an absolute joy to write. I hoped an editor would fall in love with it the way my crit partners have. But the reaction was completely unexpected. 9 requests within the first hour the DGLM newsletter went out. 12 editors interested by the following Tuesday morning. The Penguin pre-empt, and a choice between two awesomely enthusiastic editors. My first book was shelved after nine months on sub. I didn’t even have the temerity to dream about this.
I’m so grateful to Awesome Agent Jim for–well, everything. To Editor Ari (my editor!!!) for loving my story. To my friends, for helping me celebrate without social media for three weeks. To Steve, for telling me I do too deserve it.
I’m going to try really, really hard to deserve it. To make this story the absolute best I can.
I can’t wait to share Cate and her sisters with you.
<3 <3 <3
ETA: Here’s the Penguin Press Release, which has a little more info:
PENGUIN YOUNG READERS GROUP ACQUIRES WITCH TRILOGY
BY DEBUT AUTHOR BY JESSICA SPOTSWOOD
Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles scheduled for publication in 2012
New York, New York – March 7, 2011 – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers has acquired Jessica Spotswood’s debut novel Born Wicked, formerly titled Thrice Blessed, it was announced today by Jennifer Besser, Vice President and Publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Set in a world of tea parties, engagements, and elegant dresses, the novel follows Cate Cahill and her two sisters, witches who must hide their extraordinary magic from the Priests of the Brotherhood. If their secret is revealed, it could mean an asylum, a prison ship, or an early grave. The novel is part of a three-book deal brokered by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and Arianne Lewin, Executive Editor of G.P. Putnam Sons Books for Young Readers, who will edit the novel. Putnam has world rights.
Arianne Lewin commented, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such a talented new writer to Putnam. Born Wicked is truly a stand-out novel, full of romance, beguiling mystery, and fresh characters.”
Jim McCarthy said “Jessica is a fabulous writer who I’m very proud to work with, and I’m tremendously excited that she will be published by the enthusiastic and wonderful team at Putnam.”