There's the weird beach middle-grade book I've been talking about for sometime. I've displayed some pictures of it:
|Flotsam Novel Progress|
And I am vibrational with joy and excitement to announce that I sold it to Margaret Miller at Bloomsbury Children's USA. The title was originally Flotsam, but some other guy wrote a children's book with the same title and won some kind of award for it, which I might have known had I spent five seconds on Google before falling in love with my title. After help from a great many funny and generous folk, we went with Kid vs. Squid, suggested by my friend, colleague, and confidante, sarah_prineas.
It's loosely based off this piece of flash fiction I did years ago, and it's about a kid who's spending his summer vacation in a weird Central California beach town where the survivors of Atlantis wash up every summer. There's a very large squid in it, among other things.
Kid vs. Squid is part of a two-book deal (handled with expertise and grace by my awesome agent, Caitlin Blasdell). The second book is to-be-determined, but I've got a pretty good idea what it's going to be. Last I heard, the first book is scheduled for spring of next year.
So, yeah, I'm looking forward to next year. In the mean time, there's that second contracted book to work on, plus another fantasy novel for "grown-ups," and then whatever else a guy's gotta do to make a living.
This is another case in which I'm grateful to a great many people for their support, advice, commiseration, and good humor during the hammering-together of this book. I foresee a long acknowledgments page, but for now, thank you, thank you, thank you.