This week, we are so excited to celebrate the FOUR Sourcebooks authors with books on national bestseller lists. And just in time for the holidays!
A HUGE congratulations to Bill, Adam and Andy, Marieke, and Natasha. It’s been an incredible year and we can’t wait to see what next year brings!
We are beyond excited to celebrate that This Is Where It Ends, after 24 weeks on the bestseller list, is now the #1 NEW YORK TIMES young adult hardcover bestseller!
The success of This Is Where It Ends is really kind of remarkable considering that the Marieke is Dutch, English is her second language, and she’s written a story about a high school shooting in an Alabama small town.
Nijkamp’s conversation with a friend about gun safety and school violence left her with so many questions that a story began to form in the back of her mind, and the voices of characters who wanted to tell their story. As a writer, this was something she had never quite experienced before.
“At first it felt incredibly intimating, and I felt completely unequipped to talk about it," says Nijkamp. "But I started working on the book because I was feeling confused and baffled by how often these situations happen and how horrendous they are. I wanted to explore that and find a way to better understand.”
And that’s what makes This Is Where It Ends special. Marieke captures the minds of teens experiencing a horrific situation, and has created a safe space in which teens and adults can discuss this extremely difficult subject that is unfortunately so much a part of their lives now. Marieke has met with over 25 teen book clubs over the past several months. We heard from one teacher that the book went through an entire group of students in four days, and from a librarian who, after having a number of students read it, had a line outside her office the next morning – they just had to talk about the book.
This is an important moment for young adult literature. It isn't every day that a young adult with queer girl main characters tops the New York Times list. It's been an incredible journey for Marieke and her debut novel, and we look forward to seeing how many more lives this amazing book touches. Thank you to all of you who made this possible.
And some of the happenings on Twitter:
Back in July, we launched a really exciting joint program with Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers. The program, ‘submit2sourcebooks’, was inspired by some of the terrific authors that we publish who came from the Wattpad platform like Natasha Preston (natashapreston), Ali Novak (fallzswimmer), Estelle Maskame (EstelleMaskame), and Kara Terzis (Kara_writes).
The idea is to give aspiring authors another way to connect with us, beyond the traditional submissions process. Now, a writer can just add the tag submit2sourcebooks to their story on Wattpad and our editors will take a look. It lets writers circumvent the usual process of query letters, and also lets us see how readers are responding to and interacting with the story. We get a sneak peek at how readers will respond to a story, which is really useful data.
And now we are excited to share that we’ve acquired our first romance project through Wattpad! It’s a light paranormal romance series titled the Undead Dating Service, by Juliet Lyons (julietlyons). It’s described as “Bridget Jones’s Diary…with vampires, a fresh concept, a touch of suspense, and a whole lot of snark.” We can’t wait to bring it to readers!
This is just one of the many projects we hope to acquire through the ongoing partnership. The Undead Dating Service series will begin releasing in spring 2017. Head over to Wattpad and search submit2sourcebooks to check out some other fantastic submissions! We can’t wait to hear what you think!
Thousands of Fans Visit Bookstores Nationwide to Meet Cast Members on Book Tour
Cast members from the award-winning NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives hit the road to meet thousands of fans and sign copies of Days of our Lives 50 Years, a new commemorative book celebrating the show’s five decades on air.
Days of our Lives 50 Years debuted at #8 on the New York Times Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Best Sellers list, and #65 on the USA Today bestsellers list!
More than 5,000 fans showed up at The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN (Bryan Dattilo, Deidre Hall, Greg Meng, Kristian Alfonso, Melissa Reeves, Lauren Koslow, Jen Lilley, Andrew Masset, Thaao Penghlis, Peter Reckell, Stephen Nichols). Photo credit: Getty Images
More than 500 very excited fans came out to Tattered Cover in Aspen Grove, CO. Photo credit: Getty Images
Cast members showed off their Kansas City Royals blues at Barnes & Noble in Overland Park, KS (pictured left to right-Eric Martsolf, Suzanne Rogers, James Reynolds, Patti Pease, Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi, Greg Vaughan). Photo credit: Getty Images
Happy fans show off their signed copies at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ. Photo credit: Getty Images
And nearly 1,000 fans of all ages came out to Books & Greetings in Northvale, NJ! (Stephen Nichols) Photo credit: Getty Images
Days of our Lives cast members also visited Kathie Lee and Hoda on the TODAY Show, where one lucky fan won trip to Los Angeles to attend the show’s 50th anniversary party! Check out the full segment: http://www.today.com/popculture/days-our-lives-cast-celebrates-50th-anniversary-today-t52436
(left to right: Days fan, Deidre Hall, Billy Flynn, Lauren Koslow, Thaao Penghlis, Galen Gering, Kathie Lee and Hoda, Kristian Alfonso and Greg Meng)
Tune in when Deidre Hall and Galen Gering appear on the Steve Harvey show on Friday, November 6.
Many thanks to the Days of our Lives cast, the dedicated booksellers, and all the enthusiastic fans for helping make this tour a huge success!
For more information about upcoming book signings in the U.S. and Canada, visit http://days50.com/
Welcome to the Sourcebooks Books and Buzz Blog!
Click a category below, search for a specific author, book, or topic.
Categories for each of our imprints are as follows: