Friday, May 4, 2012

4-Book Deal!!!!

I'm beyond excited to share my big news! My middle grade series, CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE, sold in a 4-book deal to Month9Books! 


YAY!!!!


Here's the Publisher's Marketplace announcement:
Author of TOUCH OF DEATH, Kelly Hashway's first title in her debut chapter book series, CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE, in which a nine-year-old and friends must face their greatest fears, a dark forest, and terrifying creatures in order to find clues to the missing Granville Fortune, which he has been accused of stealing, to Georgia McBride at Month9Books, in a nice deal, in a four-book deal, for publication in January 2014, by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management Group (World).


I love this story so much because it's the series that landed me my amazing agent, Lauren Hammond. And the fact that it's going to be published by Month9Books, an incredible house founded by Georgia McBride, just makes it that much more exciting.


The books are set to release January 2014, June 2014, January 2015, and June 2015. Yes, it's far away, but with TOUCH OF DEATH and STALKED BY DEATH coming out in January and July of 2013, this schedule is perfect!


Thanks for letting me share my news with you!

92 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS, Kelly!! This is such amazing news! I'm so happy for you. :)


    Definitely calls for Champagne and dessert.

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    1. Thank you, Tracey! I appreciate that!

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  2. That's wonderful news, Kelly! Congratulations!

    Michelle :)

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  3. Wow, Kelly! Fantastic! Congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations, Kelly! And how awesome to be working with Georgia McBride! She's wonderful! Way to go, both of you!

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    1. Thanks, Dianne. Georgia is amazing! I'm so excited to be working with her. :)

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  5. Congratulations Kelly that is amazing news.
    I am so excited for your books and I am one of the lucky ones to be on the ARC list for Touch of Death. Those could not get sent out sooner. I am so excited.

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    1. Thank you! And I'm so happy you are on the ARC list for Touch of Death. I hope you enjoy it. I'm so excited to an ARC. Nothing beats seeing your first novel in print--at least I'm guessing since it hasn't happened yet. ;)

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  6. You already know how excited I am for you!! WHOOT!! I think we need to do another interview... ;D

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  7. Yes! See, I knew your MG was well written, and if this was what your agent tried to sell but no one was biting before, she must be so happy her instincts about your MG finally came full circle, right?

    Now you'll have one book in all the major age groups

    Picture Books

    Middle grade series

    YA trilogy

    The next best thing to having my own big news of this type is seeing people who work as hard as I do (Even more-so in some areas) to achieve their goals.

    I was thinking, maybe if we collaborate, we can tackle the scary wold of easy readers together. I could write the inital story, but we could conceptualize the world, and you can help me make it read more "Grade-schoolers friendly) and maybe than we could succeed together where individually we'd have a hard time.

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    1. Thanks, Taurean. I'm so excited right now.

      Early reader? Eek! That still scares me. LOL. I was reading one with my daughter yesterday, and I can't imagine writing one. You have to have such a unique character that kids will read and care about because there aren't a lot of words to work with. I'm not sure I could pull that off. I like more meat to the story.

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    2. I know, Kelly, it still intimidates me too.

      But maybe if we did collaborate, and with your background in education, we might accomplish that goal and face the fear together stronger than alone right now.

      It'd give you another outlet of readers, and if we collaborate, I'd finally get some sales under my belt (Assuming I sell Gabriel or the elusive "Something else" before your book length MG and YA come out), it's a win for both of us, and I'm being serious, if you're not up to it/too busy now, believe me, I understand, and I will ask again in 2015, after your MG series gets going, a lot can change in five years you know.

      For me the problem isn't finding kid-friendly ideas and concepts. It's making them accessible on their level, and you've read my writing enough to know that continues to be a constant battle for me.
      I know it's a challenge, but remember, I find YA fiction harder for some of the reasons you and others in our writer's network find it freeing.
      I also like more meat in my stories on average too, and I'm grateful MG lets me do that without forcing me being too dark or political, and avoid the "Bland 'See Spot Run' syndrome.

      But I also know that early readers are an important market, especially for those with various learning issues, these are often the first books most kids (even adults close to our respective ages) are reading on their own.

      When you look at it that way, our fear comes in part from knowing the impact and importance these books have, but at the same time that kind of simplicity does not easily come to many of us.

      However, some of that fear is just us writers being overly critical of ourselves, and with the current market landscape, it's hard to ignore unless you want writing to remain a hobby, but I want this to be a career, so this is a problem can't just shirk off indefinitely.

      As you've told me many times before in private, and on this blog to the world: "Don't think. Just write."

      When I first started writing poetry, that's the stance I took, and while I'm no way ready to take on Prelutsky , Seuss and
      Silverstein (Half-kidding yet also half-serious here), I do understand how poetry can enhance prose without deliberately doing the verse novel thing.

      Still, I'd imagine you understand a bit more concrete way than I do since you're raising a daughter that's in that emerging reader category

      It wasn't an accident your picture book "May the Best Dog Win" sold.

      Even though the restrictions aren't as rigid for picture books since the ones on the younger end are read to by parents or older siblings to kids who haven't or just starting to read, it's still hard to keep it simple and short, especially when you're not the illustrator, and only can guess at how visual the story comes off solely based on words.

      That said, I know there are ways for non-illustrator writers to work around that, but I do think author/illustrators have an easier time of it to some degree, especially so many agents and publishers now only want to work with author/illustrators, and I'm sure part of that's for quality control as much the convenience of only paying one person.

      Anyway, congratulations, you so deserve/eared it.

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    3. Thanks, Taurean. Yeah, that idea would have to be put on hold for a while. I see a lot of editing in my future with 6 books coming out in the next three years. LOL. Plus, I'm working on a sequel for a YA right now and I really need to get this done. I barely wrote anything in the month of April because I've been editing for clients.

      Thanks again!

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  8. Heartiest of hearty congratulations, Kelly! So happy for you.

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I found out about the deal on Sunday at the Pocono Retreat. :)

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  9. Again, so happy for you :)

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    1. Thanks, Katie! And thanks for critiquing this for me. You helped me get here.

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  10. This is so exciting. We have a lot of good reading ahead. Congratulations.

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  11. So happy for you, Kelly. I can't wait to read all of your books. :)

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  12. Jaye Robin Brown has left a new comment on your post "4-Book Deal!!!!":

    Congrats Kelly! That's amazing.

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  13. That is really awesome, Kelly! I will have to buy one of your books for my girls!

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  14. Fantastic, and well done, Kelly. You'll be busy doing what you love. I'm soooo happy for you.

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    1. Thank you, Mirka! I'm so blessed that I can do what I love. I thank God every day for that. :)

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  15. Congratulations, Kelly! This is awesome news. I am so excited for you. :)

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  16. Awesome news, Kelly!! I can't wait to read it! =) And this news officially makes us agency sisters AND pub sisters, now. Yay! Congratulations, girl!

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    1. Yay! I know! I'm so excited to be agency sisters and pub sisters. :D

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  17. So exciting! Super congratulations Kelly!

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  18. Congratulations Kelly!!! This is awesome news.

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  19. You are on Fire, Miss Kelly! Hear, hear!

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  20. You are on a serious roll! and you deserve every bit of the success. Congrats!

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    1. Sarah, I can't tell you how much that means to me. Thanks you!

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  21. Congrats! That's wonderful. I'm so happy for you. :)

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  22. YAY!!!!!!!

    I'm amazed by anyone who can write MG.
    Awesome.

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    1. Thanks, Jolene! I used to think I'd strictly write MG, but I've come to really love YA. So, I guess I'll do both. ;)

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  23. Wow, Congrats! I'm so happy for you, Kelly! Raising my glass to you *clink clink* :)

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  24. BIG HUGS!! You're in your zone sweetie, enjoy every moment. So excited and happy for you.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. Zone or state of disbelief? It's all the same. ;)

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  25. congratulations!!! that's so exciting!

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  26. Congratulations Kelly! well deserved indeed.

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  27. What exciting news! I know I look forward to reading this series. I love mysteries and MG books- so this is right up my alley. Congratulations!!! :)
    ~Jess

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  28. Just want to drop by and say I am so happy for you! That is truly fantastic.

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  29. Fantastic news, Kelly! And just reward for all your hard work.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I appreciate you saying that. :)

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  30. Kelly - how absolutely fantastic! Congratulations! I stumbled across your blog via Daniel's page in Goodreads and I'm so glad I did. I can't wait to read this series. I LOVE YA.

    I've 'Followed' your blog, 'Joined' your blog, added you to my Google+ account, and also joined your 'Networked Blogs'. Please visit my blog at http://deeannwaite.blogspot.com and join if you like it.

    Again, I'm so happy for you. :)

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    1. Hi, Dee Ann! Nice to meet you. I'll head over to your blog now. :)

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  31. Congratulations, Kelly. You're on a roll!

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  32. Oh, I've been waiting for this announcement! Congrats again, Kelly...so excited for you!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! And thanks for celebrating with me when I got this text at the Retreat. :)

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  33. Always glad to see a teacher make it bigtime! Congratulations, Kelly.

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  34. Congratulations, Kelly! What an exciting deal. This MG series sounds fascinating! I look forward to getting my hands on each one and reading them.

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! Always happy to hear from you ladies at Fairday Morrow. You rock!

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  35. Oh my gosh!!!! I'm so out of the loop! I am beaming with joy for you! Well, done!!! Eep! Wow, I've over used exclamation points, but what the heck!!!!! I'll bring em on just for YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Julia! I appreciate your excitement. :)

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  36. Congratulations Kelly-what great news!

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  37. I'm flipping cartwheels for you!! Well, mentally of course, but I'm super happy for you, Kelly. YAY!

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