First up, the most important news: THE BOOK HAS A PUBLISHING DATE! And it is...
MARCH 2, 2010!
Now, this could change (I find this is the best mantra to have w/r/t publishing. Covers, pub dates, titles *ahem see below*...all of these things are subject to change.) But for now, I've gotten March 2 straight from the big Hyperion spreadsheet of awesome, so we're goin' with that!
On to other stuff. Hmmm...so the the poll was a 50/50 split between blogging M-F, and blogging 3 time/week. So maybe I'll split the difference and blog 4 times a week!
Of course, right now I am deep, deep into The Land of Edits. As y'all know, I got my letter/package last Saturday, and I told Editor Jen I'd have it back to her by the end of this week. I've been writing new stuff, and cutting bad stuff, and twisting around other stuff. Editing can be a really stressful process for a lot of people, but I've had a ridiculously good time with it. I think it's because I hadn't looked at the book since it sold, way back in April, and that gave me the "distance" necessary to slash and burn where necessary. Besides, Editor Jen's changes are making the book a bazillion times better, and it's exciting to watch the book come one step closer to what it'll be in stores.
You'll notice that I keep calling it "the book" and not DEMONGLASS. That's because, as I mentioned earlier, we're ditching DEMONGLASS and coming up with something new. Now, originally I had titled the book TOO NEAR THE GLASS, based on a line of poetry. That was WAAAAAY too heavy, so Agent Holly came up with DEMONGLASS, which I really loved. However, Editor Jen thinks that it's a little too sinister, and I see her point. So we're on the hunt for a new title! (BTW, title changes happen all the time in publishing, which is why you should NEVER get attached to your title!)
Editor Jen and I are both wracking our brains for something, but so far...nothing. We want one kind of soon, because it'll be time to discuss cover art (!!!) before we know it, and...well, we need a title before the art department can get to work on stuff.
Because my brain is totally blank, I'm opening this up to the peanut gallery. Here's the book's description so you'll have a jumping off point:
"Sophie Mercer thought being a teenage witch meant flying broomsticks, talking cats, and awesome spells. Instead, her mom still makes her ride the bus, she’s allergic to pet dander, and the one big spell she attempts at prom goes seriously bad-like, Carrie-levels of bad. As a result, Sophie is shipped off to Prentiss Academy, a reform school for Witches, Shapeshifters, and Faeries. At Prentiss, Sophie discovers that the traumas of regular school have nothing on the goings-on at “Freak High,” what with the trio of Dark Witches who want Sophie to join their coven, her futile crush on Prentiss’s hottest Warlock, and her roommate, Jenna, who just happens to be Prentiss’s only Vampire. When members of Sophie’s coven are attacked, she finds herself trying to exonerate Jenna and solve the mystery, which might be more connected to Sophie than she ever could have guessed."
There ya go! Editor Jen wants something playing up the witch angle, like CHARMED or BEWITCHED, but, you know, those are obviously taken. I'm opening up Anonymous comments for this one, so if you wanna be all secretive, that's fine. And if anyone in the comments comes up with a title that flies with me AND Editor Jen, you will totally get a shout out on the acknowledgments page!
So get that thesaurus and get to work! ;)