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12th-Aug-2010 03:28 pm
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Today the Best News Ever went public!

"NYT bestselling author of SHIVER Maggie Stievfater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff's package of stories, as well as conversations about where these stories come from, taken from their popular blog The Merry Sisters of Fate, from flesh-eating faeries and demons in love, to unearthly magicians and alternate histories, to Andrew Karre at Carolrhoda Lab, for publication in Spring 2012, by Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for Stiefvater and Gratton, and Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency for Yovanoff (World English)."


There's also a great article about it in this week's Children's Bookshelf!

Allow me to quote it, because I love this part:

"Andrew Karre, editorial director for Carolrhoda Books and Carolrhoda Lab, describes the project as in line with the Lab imprint’s mission: publishing books that push boundaries in YA fiction. “Passionate teen readers” are as interested in process as they are in the finished product, Karre insists, and they also “expect and appreciate” access to their favorite authors on the blogosphere. Teen readers are sophisticated enough, he adds, to realize the amount of hard work that goes into writing a story, even for the most critically acclaimed authors."

That's right, folks. We push boundaries! Hee hee. But you already knew that, didn't you!

Maggie, Brenna, and I have been reflecting on how amazing working on Merry Fates has been. What it's done for our writing, for our friendship, for introducing us to so many avid, hilarious, insightful readers. We think the best way to sum it up is to offer some telling statistics.

Start date: May 5th, 2008.
Stories posted: 207
Comments received: 7,457
Entries total: 365
Number of unique visitors: 117,645
Number of visitors a month: 7,000+
How Often One of Us Slimes: 4/per year
Fairy Tales Retold: 28
Vampire stories: 8
Goblins: 4
Contests: 10
Drownings: 5
Kisses: approximately 87
Happy endings: .... 3?

So, Readers, if you could have us put anything into this crazy, wild, innovative book... what would it be? In your wildest dreams? Let us know in the comments, and on Monday we'll pick a random winner.

The PRIZE? Justin Timberlake.

Ok, no, really:

The prize will be a notebook. A blank one, that the three of us will sign and inscribe with wit, humor, and possibly blood. Then mail to you, so that you can write your own epic stories inside. It's possible Maggiewe will draw dirty pictures in it.


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