Tuesday, July 24, 2012

MAD success!

From Publisher's Marketplace, July 12, 2012:
"Sharon Biggs Waller's A MAD, WICKED FOLLY, pitched as Downton Abbey for teens and set against the backdrop of the women's suffrage movement, about a girl in Edwardian London who, after getting expelled from her French boarding school, pursues her passion for art - and for an attractive police constable - despite the restrictions of her upper-class family, to Leila Sales at Viking Children's, for publication in Winter 2014, by John Cusick at Scott Treimel NY (World English)."

Remember when I told you about Sharon getting an agent? And now a book deal . . . whose announcement led to her agent being contacted by film and foreign agents! It just goes to show that so much can be about timing. Sharon's manuscript has always been amazing, but it took the sudden everywhere obession with "Downton Abbey" to get people to pay attention.

It's funny, because back in April when Sharon told me her agent was comparing it to "Downton," I thought, That's cool, but I don't understand how all these people can be so into a BBC period miniseries. Then I actually began watching it (actually, devouring it, finishing both seasons in about 1 week), and it made me even happier--especially the episode where Lady Sybil goes all out for suffrage and women's rights. It was like Vicky was there on the screen!

Watch the show, read the book, and you may want to dress for the era as well--I know I do. Of course, nowadways the only people who really appreciate such elegance and detail are my favorite wedding-dress makers. How perfect are these dresses for dinner at Downton as the years and styles progress (or at Vicky's home, though she'd wear them kicking and screaming)?

Anyway, back to the most important point: Congratulations, Sharon, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to become as entrenched in your amazing creation as I am!

- L'Editrice