Author of YA & Adult fiction
Elle Cosimano

News & Launch Updates

WOW! Lots of news to share!

Danke, Germany! German rights to NEARLY GONE have sold to Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger for publication in Spring 2015!

Trade reviews have been coming in and I couldn’t be happier to share this one from School Library Journal:

“A tour de force that is unputdownable. Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller.” – School Library Journal, starred review

Or this one from VOYA:

“NEARLY GONE, the author’s debut novel, is a suspenseful page-turner that will leave teens on the edge of their seats. Cosimano’s character development makes almost everyone a suspect, and action and mystery readers will enjoy this whodunit until the very end.”  –  VOYA, Voice of Youth Advocates 

Publisher’s Weekly had this to say:

“In an impressive debut… a good choice for fans of “savant” procedurals and dramas like Bones, Elementary, or Numbers.”  – Publisher’s Weekly, featured review 

And Kirkus calls NEARLY GONE:

“Tense and engaging… well worth the effort of suspending one’s disbelief.”  –  Kirkus Reviews


Meanwhile, I’ve been gearing up for the release of NEARLY GONE, and we’ve got some amazing indie booksellers lined up to help us launch the book in style!

I’ll be signing pre-release copies of NEARLY GONE at the NoVA Teen Book Festival (sponsored by One More Page Books) in Arlington, VA on March 8th, and speaking on a panel chat about bad boys and why we love them. Come check out the panel discussions, break-away sessions, and an impressive list of YA authors who will be speaking on a range of topics.

The following week, I’ll be touring the DC/NoVA area and visiting some of your favorite indie bookstores!

I’ll be at Politics & Prose (DC) at 7pm on March 13th.

You can find me at Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD) at 7pm on March 14th.

And I’ll be wrapping up my launch week at the extraordinary Hooray For Books (Alexandria, VA) on the afternoon of March 15th.

Please spread the word! And do let me know if you plan to attend any of the week’s events so we have enough books and cupcakes for everyone. I hope to see all of you there!

Check out the events page for details.

The Big Reveal

Have you seen it? Less than 24 hours after YA Books Central revealed the cover of NEARLY GONE, we had almost 1,000 unique hits, and approximately 1,450 entries into the giveaway for a signed Advance Reader Copy (ARC). We registered almost 70 tweets, and over 100 likes from the giveaway. And this doesn’t count all the RTs and shouts that came as a result of the reveal announcement!

What was all the fuss about?

Here’s the official summary of the book:

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

And here’s what people are saying about NEARLY GONE:

“Smart, scary, and beautifully written. With a heart-pounding romance and a heart-stopping plot, NEARLY GONE is a thrill-ride of a book. An amazing debut that kept me on the edge of my seat to the very last page!”  — Megan Miranda, author of FRACTURE and HYSTERIA.

“NEARLY GONE is fast-paced, smart, and keeps you guessing till the end. Start this book with a clear schedule because you won’t be able to put it down!” — Kim Harrington, author of THE DEAD AND BURIED and FORGET ME.

“NEARLY GONE is a smart, gripping thriller about a clever girl from the trailer park, a boy from the wrong side of the law, and a killer who kept me guessing. This chilling murder mystery left me racing to the finish and biting my nails every step of the way.” –Megan Shepherd, author of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER


And here is the chilling and perfect cover, designed by Greg Stadnyk and the team at Kathy Dawson Books (an imprint of Penguin):



What can you do to help us promote NEARLY GONE? Easy!

Step 1: Pre-order the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or inquire about it at your favorite independent bookseller. A healthy number of early pre-orders will encourage retailers to stock more of the book, libraries and schools to order it for their shelves, and the publisher to enthusiastically promote it at book fairs and industry events.

Step 2: Add NEARLY GONE to your Goodreads shelf. Goodreads is a social networking site for readers, and a great way for people to discover new books. While you’re there, we’ve been nominated to some debut lists, so please take a moment to vote for NEARLY GONE. A small handful of votes will increase exposure and help new readers find us!

Step 3: Share the link to the cover reveal, and encourage your reader-friends to enter the prize giveaway for a signed Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of NEARLY GONE.

Step 4: Tell any high school teachers, librarians, or independent book sellers you know about NEARLY GONE. I’ll be offering school and library visits (both in person and via Skype), book signings, book club discussions, and Common Core Standards-compliant discussion materials for teachers. I look forward to getting out into the community and meeting with readers!

My thanks to everyone who shared, tweeted, and pre-ordered yesterday! You made it a special and memorable milestone, and I’m thrilled for what’s ahead.





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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