New book deal. Here is the Publishers Marketplace announcement:
Amanda Ashby’s DATING THE GUY NEXT DOOR, an independent artist can’t resist her smoky hot neighbor, but there’s a problem: she’s sworn never to have a baby, while he wants nothing more, to Leis Pederson at Intermix, in a two-book deal, by Susan Hawk at The Bent Agency (World).
Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic book three is now out.
Fairy Bad Day has gone into a third print run.
Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic is coming out in Turkey.
Sophie’s Mixed-Up Magic book one and two are out.
Fairy Bad Day is a finalist in the Australia/NZ region of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Awards.
Fairy Bad Day has been selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012! Go Team Skittles!
Zombie Queen of Newbury High has gone into a fourth print run!
Heading off to the CYA conference in Brisbane to present some workshops (okay and perhaps I’ll gossip as well. After all, what’s the point of hanging out with other writers if we’re not gossiping?)
The official title for my mid-grade series is now SOPHIE’S MIXED-UP MAGIC
I’ve also received some great reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly for Fairy Bad Day. Click here to check them out
Amanda Ashby’s DEMONOSITY, in which a sixteen year old girl’s life is turned upside down when she has to protect an ancient alchemist’s relic from two demon knight brothers, one of whom is good and one of them bad: the problem is she has no idea which is which, to Puffin, in a nice deal, by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency (World English).
I’ve also sold Indonesian and Australian/NZ rights to Fairy Bad Day!
Zombie had gone into its third print run and I’ve just done a cool interview with my alumni magazine. You can see it here!
Sara Hantz and I are off to the RWNZ conference to run a workshop on how to write YA (should we tell that it involves lots of reading and hanging out watching teen movies??!)
I just got a new book deal! Here is the publisher’s marketplace announcement:
Amanda Ashby’s untitled series about middle-grade series about a girl who accidentally gets turned into a djinn (genie) the day before starting sixth grade and has to learn to deal with her new powers without her mom finding out, to Karen Chaplin at Puffin, in a three-book deal, by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency (world English)
According to The USA Today, Zombies are the next big thing and they even gave my book a shout out! Hooray! You can check it out here
Zombie has been picked to be in the Girlslife.com bookclub! You can see it here!!
Zombie was mentioned in the May edition of Romantic Times, along with a photo of the cover and I’ve also just received a stella review from Booklist!
Where has the time gone? I’ve just handed in my next young adult book and am hard at work on a new project. I’ve also been busy making some Zombie Survival Kits. Stay tuned for how to win one!
Long time no update!! Anyway, I’ve been busy on my Zombie revisions and I’ve had a sneak peek at the cover and it’s gorgeous!!!!! I’ve also been working on some other projects and will keep you posted!
I’m heading out to the RWA San Francisco conference at the end of the July and will be taking part in the literary signing on the Wednesday so if you’re there please swing by and see me!
Then the RWNZ conference is on in Auckland and Sara Hantz and I are presenting two workshops. One on releasing your inner teen and the other marketing and networking on the internet.
My Zombie contract has finally arrived. Tres excitement at having it in my hot little hands (for a minute that is, since I actually need to sign it and send it back!)
Woot!!!! I’ve been nominated for The Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award in the Contemporary Paranormal Romance section. To say I’m thrilled is a complete understatement. Fingers crossed for April please!!
The lovely folks over at Chicklit Club have not only given me a lovely review, but A Pink Thong Award as well for best new character (Australian).
“Holly Evans has just been watching her own funeral (and she certainly wouldn’t have wanted to have been caught dead in that particular polyester dress). The 22-year-old drowned in her bathtub on the night her boyfriend Todd was going to propose. Unable to keep her mouth shut in heaven and with much mortal baggage still to deal with, Holly’s spiritual realigner decides to send her back to earth in the body of another recently departed. As luck would have it, one of Holly’s work colleagues, IT geek Vince Murphy, shows signs of dying and she is put into his six-foot body. But Vince had only fainted and wakes up to discover he has to share his body with someone with only two days to sort out her life. As Holly embarks on a mission to prove she didn’t kill herself, she discovers that not everyone in her life was who they seemed. An engaging, comic read that keeps you turning the pages to find out if Holly will resolve her issues and find out why she died in time. And Holly just seems made for the big screen.”
You might think I’d be getting sick of posting reviews by now, but you’d be wrong! Here is another one from Melissa Kammer at Fresh Fiction::
“A dazzling debut about second chances…Amanda Ashby has written a delightful debut. It is a light, heart-warming romance. Her characters are perfectly suited for each other. Holly is a girl out to right past wrongs that gets more than she bargained for. Vince is a down to earth guy who has a very high tolerance of people and spirits. Together, they are a barrel full of laughs as they compete for control of Vince’s body. YOU HAD ME AT HALO is a gloriously, charming tale.”
I just got my second review, this time from Publisher’s Weekly!
“It’s The Lovely Bones meets Bridget Jones in this fluffy take on what happens after death. Holly Evans, an airy 22-year-old recently deceased by supposed suicide, lingers in Heaven’s “Level One, having to put up with all of the horrid rejects while people like her parents were up on Level Three probably wearing lovely white togas and bathing in chocolate.” Luckily, her afterlife “spiritual realigner” (think: shrink) sends her back to Earth for two days to purge her soul, clear up the circumstances surrounded her alleged suicide and confess to her boyfriend Todd that she wants to marry him. The catch? Her vessel is Vince Murphy, a guy from the IT department. As the clock ticks, Vince and Holly psychically chat in Vince’s head while ticking off the items on Holly’s to-do list. The peachy conclusion isn’t unexpected, but it’s not quite expected either. It’s a fun, witty traipse through the afterlife. “
I sold my young adult novel, Zombie Queen of Newbury High to Puffin in a two book deal (what a week!!). Here is the Publisher’s Lunch announcement!
Amanda Ashby’s THE ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH, about a teenage girl who accidentally turns her school into zombies and is forced to work with a stuck-up zombie hunter and a best friend who keeps trying to chew off her arm in order to find a cure before prom night, to Karen Chaplin at Puffin, in a nice deal, for two books, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group (world).
I got my first review from Romantic Times. They gave me 4 1/2 stars and made me a top August pick!
This book has a delightfully quirky concept that develops into a fun and interesting story. Peopled with a fascinating variety of characters, it also has an intriguing mystery and a charmingly different type of interaction between the hero and heroine. Expect a delightful tale with a wonderfully distinctive ending.
We got an offer from Anne Bohner at NAL (Penguin US) which means I’ve sold my very first book!
Jenny Bent from Trident Media took me on. Hooray!
July 2005 – I started writing the book that was to become You Had Me at Halo