Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Home for "Splintered!!"

I'd like to tell you about this great YA novel, Splintered. Actually, I'd like to tell you about an incredibly talented woman named Anita Howard who wrote this great YA novel, Splintered.

When I first began this literary submission thing, the first writing website I began visiting regularly was Query Tracker--a fantastic resource (if you haven't checked it out already) that allows you to keep track of your agent submissions, view agent stats and get connected with others who are querying the same agents as you.  One of Query Tracker's greatest amenities is a series of message boards for each agent--a place where you can post your stats and celebrate/commiserate with others as you receive rejections, requests and offers of representation.

When I initially joined Query Tracker, I was more of a silent stalker than an active poster.  Why would I want to share my information with all these strangers, anyway??  But then I started noticing something.  Or someone, really.  A user by the name of raven1 who began appearing everywhere.  She already HAD an agent (Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency), but there she was anyway, posting congratulations and
messages of support to everyone. And she was just so damn NICE that I finally felt compelled to make contact.

A quick email introduced me to the woman behind the curtain, and that is how I first met Anita Howard. And since that day, she has quickly become one of the women I admire the most in this industry.  She's always supportive, encouraging, positive and thoughtful; she gave me my very first blog award, and through her blog, A Still and Quiet Madness, I have met loads of like-minded writers and partners in crime.

This summer, Anita and her agent been shopping for a publisher for her YA novel, Splintered, and today they made it official: Splintered has been picked up by Abram's Amulet imprint--home of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Shine!  Not only did Anita get to go to auction, but she also got a two-book deal!

Her first novel will be making its hardcover debut in the spring of 2013, and I am so excited for Anita that I just can't stand it. I can't WAIT to buy my hardcover copy!

Splintered, by the way, is a dark and whimsical take on Alice and Wonderland.  Check out some fun background info on her main character, Alyssa, here, and watch this amazing book trailer she made:

Last but certainly not least, check out her official announcement here: Overwhelmed, Ever-Grateful, Blessed and Humbled.  And check out the rest of her beautiful blog; this is a woman who is going places!! :)


lexcade said...

That's awesome! I love QT. Not sure I'd be sane without it. I'll have to check Splintered out.

Thanks for the great post!

Lori M. Lee said...

Anita really does deserve nothing but the best things. She's so intensely sweet, I just want to squish her in hugs. I'm so SO happy for her!

Anita Grace Howard said...

Lisa, this post just made me teary!! You are so SWEET, and I'm thrilled I've been able to help you in any way in this process. :) I feel kind of bad because I haven't been to QT in SO LONG. I need to hop back over and see who all is still posting there and cheer them on. I remember that first email between us. I was so touched that you'd reach out like that. And now look at you with your over a hundred followers! I'm proud of how far you've come, and can't wait to see your own announcements one of these days SOON. Because I believe it will be after reading your book's wonderful premise!

BTW, that pic up there is actually an outfit I wrote into my book for Alyssa! Cute right? If you're ever curious to see which actress I envision for her one day in the film version (LOL), check out this post on my old blog: http://tinyurl.com/3kohy3p. Thanks again for this amazing post. I am so touched by all of the work you put into it, and all of the extras (my trailer even!!) YOU ROCK. :) <3

Christa said...

Great story!!! I love when writers are so nice and supportive.

Eliza Tilton said...

Raven1! lol Awesome. grats. : ) And yay for QT!

Jenny Phresh said...

I found Raven1 in the same way...and she is as marvelous as you describe her. Yay Anita!

LisaAnn said...

@lexcade: Thanks for stopping by, and oh my gosh, I agree about QT. What did writers DO before 2009??

@Lori: Yesss, squishing would be great. Anita, are you in?

@Anita: Meant every word, my friend. :) I also just changed the pic so everyone can see Alyssa as she actually is. (Great choice, by the way! Dakota Fanning can totally look natural or glam.)

@Christa: Thank you! We all gotta stick together, you know? :)

@Eliza: Right??

@Jenny: I found you there too, as I recall! Good things are borne of QT!

cherie said...

Yay Anita!! I'm so excited to read Splintered when it comes out. It's exactly the kind of read that I love. Plus I LOVE LOVE Anita! Triple squee!

Bethany C. said...

Frankly, I'm getting a little tired of this Anita Howard Love-Fest going on...KIDDING! I could sing her praises for days!! We are all so proud of Anita--and I couldn't agree with you more, LisaAnn. She is quite possibly the nicest person (beyond my daughter) that I've ever met.


LisaAnn said...

@Cherie: Agreed. I don't think I could possibly squee anymore. ;)

@Bethany: Haha, oh yes. And I can't WAIT to squee over YOUR publishing deal!

Dinda Amanda said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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