Friday, December 25, 2009

Australian teen, Alexandra Adornetto, lands major six-figure US publishing deal for YA trilogy

Young Melbourne-based author, Alexandra Adornetto, is thrilled to have been offered a lucrative six-figure publishing deal from Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan US. The deal followed a whirlwind sales pitch from Alexandra’s US agent, Jill Grinberg, which caught the attention of a number of publishing houses.

Alexandra famously wrote her first book, The Shadow Thief, when she was thirteen and her subsequent publishing deal at age fifteen sparked national interest. Two further books followed and now, at seventeen, Alexandra is turning her hand to young adult fiction.

She says, ’I feel incredibly lucky to have been picked up in the US. It was a major goal for me and I’m really thrilled that it’s happened. My agent, as well as the people at Feiwel and Friends, are such dynamic people. I’m really looking forward to working with them and going back to New York.’

As part of deal, Feiwel and Friends have offered a national book tour around the USA in September 2010 – visiting all the major cities including L.A, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona, Washington and others to do media, book signings and meetings with booksellers.
In the meantime, she will be working with her Australian publishers, HarperCollins Publishers, who acquired the trilogy, and will release the first book, HALO, in August 2010.
The trilogy centres around three mysterious teens who enrol in a local high school. Nobody knows the truth: that they are angels on a mission to save a world on the brink of destruction. When Bethany, the youngest angel, falls for her classmate Xavier, she faces a frightening decision; will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him?

HALO, the first instalment in the mesmerising new trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto, is scheduled for release in New Zealand and Australia in August 2010.

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