Book News

August 17, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Filed under:

Sweet! I’ve been hinting about this for months, but I just got the green light to share the details re my forthcoming middle-grade novel. It’s called Not the Whole Truth and will be published by McElderry in 2012. I adore McElderry as an imprint and have been thrilled to bits over this news, and bursting because it takes so long to get through the contracts-pending stage to the OK now it’s official stage.

I’ve told you about my early reader, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, which will be published by Random House in 2013. That one has made it through copyediting and is with the art department now. This is a seriously exciting stage of the game: waiting to see who the artist will be. Suspense!

Meanwhile, I’m toiling away at the YA I’m writing for Knopf. Where “toiling” = “marveling that I get to write this book that I have wanted to write for a really long time.” And also: “toiling.” Because it is hard work. But good-hard, you know?

I’ve had another nice bit of book news but it’s too soon to spill it yet. But this bit, I’ve already gotten a peek at the art, and I’m feeling rather swoony.

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    Annette W says:

    Oh, that is wonderful! Congratulations!

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    Gail Gauthier says:

    Well, done, Melissa. Two books in the pipeline, and a third one with a publisher. Congratulations.

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    Anne Marie says:

    Whoop whoop!! (Do I know all this news? And I believe you got a sneak peek of art . . . ahem . . .)

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    Melissa Wiley says:

    I *think* you know all this news. That last bit might have been a *maybe* when we last spoke but it’s a *definitely* now. Yippee!

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    Leslie in VA says:

    Bravo! Bravo!

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    sarah says:

    Congratulations! This is marvellous news for you and also for all those who love to read your books!

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    Penny says:


    (cartwheels, fireworks and jumping up and down as soon as the sun rises to celebrate this awesome news!)

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    Mary Beth Patnaude says:

    Great news! I am so excited since I will have 2 middle schoolers by then (and they love to read!)

    Can I pre-order a signed copy?!

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    GailV says:

    YAY! I can hardly wait!

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    Hannah says:

    I think this is where we say, “SQUEE!”

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    Ellie says:

    Yay, happy news! Can’t wait to be able to read them 🙂

    It must be so hard for you not to be able to blog about it all!

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    Melissa Wiley says:

    Ha, yes, it feels surreal sometimes, to have this passage of months and months between my knowing a piece of happy news and having leave to share it—and then yet more months until the book is actually out. Publishing moves on a verrrry slow schedule. Book publishing, that is. Scott, used to the rapid-fire deadlines of comic books, likes to tease me about the molasses pace of book publishing. 😉

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

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    Lisa says:

    Excellent news!

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    Lesley Austin says:

    Huzzah! (That is what you get used to saying for congratulations when your husband works in Colonial Williamsburg : )

    Really…such deeply exciting and satisfying news.

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    Sherry says:

    Congratulations and salutations and all that jazz! I’ll be looking forward to reading all of the above.

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    coffeemamma says:

    Woot! How exciting!

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    Selena says:

    Congratulations! I second that question: can we pre-order signed copies? (bearing in mind that you don’t actually know me?)
    in Australia

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    Melissa Wiley says:

    Thanks, everybody! I’ll keep you posted. You’ll be able to order the book at your local indie or Amazon, B&N, etc., and I can send autographed bookplates.

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    tanita says:

    I’m all kinds of late on this (just got internet back after the move) but wanted to squeee! Congratulations! YA and MG at the same time! Here’s hoping I can someday bridge those two levels as well.