Stop the presses!!!

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): Still Alive by Lisa Miskovsky (This one's for you, Beth!).

Oh wow. Oh wow oh wow. My mind is still blowing about this news. To keep myself from rambling incoherantly, I will just quite it direct from the source:

Deep Freeze
In another major YA acquisition before the Bologna Book Fair, Ben Schrank at Razorbill pre-empted North American rights to the debut novel by high school teacher Beth Revis, Across the Universe. Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House brokered the deal, which is for three books, and Universe is scheduled for spring 2011. In the novel, set in the near future, a teenager is cryogenically frozen only to thaw too soon, before arriving at the new planet that's her destination. Set to wake 300 years in the future, She rouses 50 years too early, still on a spaceship in transit. Schrank said he thinks the book will do for popular sci-fi what The Hunger Games did for postapocalyptic fiction. Rights have been pre-empted in the U.K. (by Razorbill UK, which will do a joint publication with Penguin USA) and Germany, and sales have also closed in France and Greece. (Publisher's Weekly).

Debut author? Three-book deal? With sales to UK, France, Germany, and Greece?! And to be compared to The Hunger Games?!! (if any of you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you know what a geek I am about THG). This is huge, like mega-huge. Would like to know what it is about? A murder mystery... in space!

Now for a more complete description:

High school teacher Beth Revis's debut ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, in the near-future, a reluctant teenage girl and her pioneer parents are cryogenically frozen for a 300-year trip to a new planet; she awakens 50 years early on a vast spaceship with a murderer on board, to Ben Schrank at Razorbill, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in spring 2011, by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House (world English). (Publisher's Marketplace).

If you aren't following her, you really should. Not only is her blog amazing and funny, but if you can't tell, this book sounds big. Like EPIC big. If you want to be in the know, you'll want to know her. WriterGirl, over and out. *whooshes away*

P.S Here is some insider information straight from this blogger's mouth - this song (and subsequent music video) she calls her official theme song for her entire book. So if you want a hint for what's coming, have a listen below.


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Fantastic news! Way to do it huge, right out of the gate, Beth! :-)

Juju at Tales of said...

Fascinating :) thanks for the news :)

Lenore said...

I am so excited for Beth! And excited that I'll finally get to read her book. The premise blows me away!

Heather Zundel said...

Shannon - I know. I'm so happy for her.

Juju - You're welcome, though I was one of the last to the game to shout out my congratulations.

Lenore - Me too! The book is great, I promise. :)

Charlotte said...

Wow! This sounds great!

Charlotte said...

Wow! This sounds great!

Anonymous said...

i without a doubt adore all your writing taste, very attractive.
don't quit and keep penning since it just simply very well worth to read it.
looking forward to browse way more of your stories, goodbye ;)

beth said...

Thank you!!! :)

Heather Zundel said...

Charlotte - I know! I am so excited for her.

Anonymous - Thanks.

Beth - You of all people are most welcome. This is your day to shine (and many more it appears, if the pre-pub excitement is anything to guess at)