Elle Cosimano

The Big News

If you’ve ever asked me to list my favorite books, you know I am a huge fan of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, and her prequel Fire. I recommend this series to everyone, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of her next story. These beautiful books were edited and introduced into the world by a woman named Kathy Dawson. So imagine, if you will, that breathless moment when I learned that the very same Kathy Dawson, acquiring editor at Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers, contacted my agent and expressed an interest in purchasing my book.

I might have babbled a bit.  And then I might have cried. Wild chair dancing might have ensued.

I am the happiest writer in the world to finally be able to share this announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

Children’s: Young Adult
Elle Cosimano’s DEAD BLUE, in which a math-genius from a DC trailer park is the only student able to solve complex clues left by a serial killer targeting classmates, thus making herself the main suspect, and a sequel, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, to Kathy Dawson at Dial Children’s, in a good deal, for publication in Fall 2013, by Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency (World). Posted: January 9, 2012 at 10:11 p.m. Eastern

If you love YA, you will probably recognize a few of the hugely successful titles released by Penguin Books for Young Readers. I am astounded and honored to be in such company.

Special thanks to my amazing agent, Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, who believed in Nearly’s story and challenged me to make it better. To my crit partners who read my book (multiple times in various stages) and offered guidance and support: Tamara Ireland Stone, Megan Miranda, Kelly Barwick, and Tessa Elwood. To my dear friends at “Ink & Angst” who cheered me along the way. To fellow Greenhousers who welcomed me with open arms. And most especially, my friends and family outside of my writing world who encouraged and believed, even when it seemed like such a crazy pipe dream. For those who stood by me, I am eternally grateful.

Here’s to chasing down dreams and making them real… and finding joy in the journey.


10, 2012 |

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5 Responses to “The Big News”

  1. Megan Benedict says:

    YAY! I’m so happy for you! You really are an inspiration to so many of us that have gone down a different ‘life path’ than we thought we’d take… It’s never too late to follow your dreams! What a great role model for your boys!!

    I can’t WAIT to read it!!

  2. Tamara Stone says:

    As you already know, it was an absolute pleasure to read DEAD BLUE (each time!) and I’m so grateful to be part of your journey. I’m incredibly proud of you, Elle. You are such an inspiration.

    Enjoy this day, and all the rest of the great days to come!

  3. Nicole Sullivan says:

    I can’t wait to meet Nearly! Way to go!!

  4. Lia Keyes says:

    Congratulations, Elle! So well-deserved, and I’m so intrigued by the premise of DEAD BLUE! Very much looking forward to reading it! Enjoy the ride…

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