Wed, Jul
30
2014

My Fourth (Published) Novel
(Icarus Down Purchased by Scholastic Canada)

Wed, Jul 30, 2014

Glider-at-Mont-Blanc.jpg

The photo above is entitled Glider at Mont Blanc and is by DrTestman. It is used in accordance with his Creative Commons license.

At last, the truth can be told. Late last week, I signed and sent off contracts to my agent which complete the sale of Icarus Down to Scholastic Canada. The book will likely be published sometime in 2016.

Some of you may recall the science fiction YA novel that I started working on back in 2009. It’s the one about colonists on a far-flung planet forced to cower from intense sunlight above and mysterious ticktock monsters below in cities suspended halfway up kilometres-deep chasms. After extensive revisions and a couple of false starts, I was taken under the wing of Emily Gref, agent at Lowenstein Associates, who worked tirelessly on my behalf, securing me this contract. Scholastic Canada, of course, are the same people who published Erin’s Plain Kate and Sorrow’s Knot here in Canada, so Erin has told me all about the editors and marketing people and the joy they are to work with.

There is still a lot of work to be done. Emily and I took Icarus Down as far as we could on our own, and now it is up to my editor at Scholastic Canada to help me take the book to the next level and get it ready for publication. I expect this will take up a lot of my time over the next few months, but I’m looking forward to it. But, for right now, it’s time to celebrate.

Thanks to everybody for their kind words, constructive criticism and support, who have helped me get this far. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the book launch when it finally happens.


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