I've been hinting at an announcement for a few weeks now, and this is it: new print deal. I put out five books with Crown Publishing and loved both the process and the people. Tha Shiv was an excellent editor for my work. But, time marches on and it's time to try something new. The books discussed below are YA, and Crown doesn't do YA, so my agent went out and wrangled a new deal. Executive Editor Mark Tavani at Ballantine Bantam Dell bought World Rights to a science fiction trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler. In the first book, ALIVE, a young woman awakes trapped in a confined space with no idea who she is or how she got there. She soon frees other young adults in the room and together they find that they are surrounded by the horrifying remains of a war long past ... and matched against an enemy too horrible to imagine. Further adventures will follow in two more books, ALIGHT and AWAY. The books will be published under the Del Rey imprint. The deal was made by Byrd Leavell at Waxman Leavell. For rights information, please contact Denise Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a big deal and adds to what @ARealGirl and I are doing with Empty Set Entertainment. Empty Set will be putting out the audiobooks for this trilogy. We're pretty damn excited about the whole thing. I've had a chance to talk to Mark Tavani on the phone, and I can't wait to get to work with him. He also acquired and edited Justin Cronin's THE PASSAGE trilogy, among many other books. He's a made cat in the publishing industry. I travel to NYC next week to sit down with him and the Del Rey / Ballantine Bantam Dell team. We will be planning evil things together, as new partners do. WHY DIDN'T YOU DO THESE BOOKS YOURSELF, 'CAUSE SELF-PUBLISHING? I'll blog on that at a later time, after I've delivered GFL Book V to ARealGirl Herself. I simply don't have time to break it down right now. In a nutshell, we already put out a lot of content on our own. ALIVE has a chance to be a big deal, and we thought it was a better fit with Big Publishing. I'm one of the "hybrid" authors out there, doing both self-pub and working with a major. Since I'm done with Crown (for now, at least), it's good to keep a foot in both camps. Again, I'll blog about it more later. For now, I have to finish GFL V and deliver it for you Junkies, then get to work with Mark. We do not have publication dates for the ALIVE trilogy at this time. And, on a deeply personal note, Del Rey published the Anne McCaffrey DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN series, books that were hugely influential on my development as a writer. I love those books more than words can say. I know the publishing space is completely different now than it was then, but to have the words "DEL REY" on a spine of one of my books is going to be a "is it dusty in here?" moment. Different world than 1967, when DRAGONFLIGHT came out, but still, it is one of the things I dreamed about as a bespectacled, scrawny little kid making stories on my grampa's old Royal typewriter.