Here’s the listing from Publishers Marketplace about my client Melissa D. Savage’s six-figure book deal with Crown Children’s Books (Penguin Random House):

Children’s: Middle grade
Debut author Melissa Savage’s LEMONS, about a girl who needs to rebuild her life with her estranged grandfather, and a quirky neighbor as they search for Bigfoot; and GREYS, about two boys hunting for the aliens who have crash-landed next to their Roswell, New Mexico farm, to Emily Easton at Crown Children’s, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, for publication beginning in Summer 2017, by Laurie McLean at Fuse Literary (World). Dramatic rights: Brandy Rivers at ICM Partners.

This deal came down during the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Emily Easton snagged Melissa’s first two middle grade books with a humongous pre-emptive offer the afternoon before the multi-publisher auction was supposed to begin. It was stressful. It was manic. I was a lot of fun. And in the end, I think a great editor/author match was made.

When I read LEMONS this summer, I cried three times. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a funny book. But just like all classics in the making, LEMONS is full of big emotions that leave you hugging the book to your chest once you finish it, wanting to start it all over again immediately. (I was actually hugging my computer monitor, but you get the idea!)

I’m pretty stoic, so when I cried not once but three times, I knew this book was special.

You’ll have to wait a bit to read it yourself, but put Summer 2017 on your calendars. WARNING: Buy some tissue first.

And congratulations, Melissa. Not all writing careers start like this. *wink*