Tags: agent joan, amulet books, blink, editor maggie, i sold a thing, otherbound, publication, that just happened, will smith shows his face
When was that again?
Corinne Duyvis’s debut OTHERBOUND, where a seventeen-year-old boy finds that every time he closes his eyes, he is drawn into the body of a mute servant girl from another world — a world that is growing increasingly more dangerous, and where many things are not as they seem, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World English).
Yeah. That’s a real-life, genuine PM announcement for the book previously known as Blink–with an exciting new title and an even more exciting new home in the form of Amulet Books/Abrams Books. It’s even got a Goodreads page!
If I sound calm about this, it’s purely because I’ve already spent the past month freaking out about it. Which means, yes, I got the deal before I hooked up with Agentlady Joan. I’ll talk about that more tomorrow.
For now, let’s talk Otherbound. Because Otherbound (I’m saying it a lot to get used to the new title) is… it’s near and dear to my heart. It’s the book I wrote after returning from Clarion West. It’s the book I queried after breaking up with my agent. It’s the book I was getting ready to shelve, as much as it killed me. It’s the book that made me go, “If people don’t want this, I don’t know what else I can throw at them. I gave this my everything.”
But people do want it. Otherbound is going to be on real-life bookstore shelves. With a cover. Pages. My name on the front. A book.
One with dunes and magic and curses and school plays. With disabled characters and brown characters and queer characters and characters who are all at once. With nifty made-up animals and markets and death and sign language and storms and pain. With characters who gave up and characters who can’t. I put so much in this book that I love, and I’m thrilled beyond reason that I get to share it with the world.
So thanks to my friends, and to my CPs, and to my family, and to Maggie and to Joan, for making this real.