Wednesday, May 13, 2009

AmazonEncore -- Amazing News!!

Hi everyone:

This is the most exciting day of my life to date!

For the last few weeks, I've had to be pretty tight-lipped about everything that's been going on, but now I can say that I have signed a deal with AmazonEncore, selling the publication rights for Legacy. The new edition will be released in hardcover on August 18th, 2009!

Contract negotiations wrapped up excellently in April, thanks to Kevan Lyon, my literary agent, who is now one of the most fantastic people I know. She has already done more for me than I would ever have expected, and I often wonder how there are enough hours in the day for her to get done all that she does! I've met with the people who will be handling the book at Amazon, all of whom are geniuses; some revisions to the novel (clean up stuff mainly so it can be sleek and shiny when it's re-released in hardcover on August 18th) are being made with the help of an editor; and today, a national press release went out, which you can read here. It announces both the AmazonEncore program and my book, which they have chosen to be their launch title.

New cover art has been designed by Melcher Media, the interior layout concepts are fabulous, and I'm flying high. The new edition of the book is available for preorder on Amazon, where you can get a look at the cover, a couple of interviews with me (including a video one!), and the new prologue and first chapter. Here's the link: Legacy, AmazonEncore Edition.

I also have a new website: www.caylakluver.com, which has a lot of additional and supplementary information (press and rights contacts, bio, FAQs, etc.).

It's been a fantastic ride from when I first started writing, to struggling for an agent/publisher, to self-publishing, to signing with Kevan and Encore and ending up where I am now. I am so thankful for everyone who has been there to lend a hand (or hold mine) through the process, and who bought the original edition of Legacy, which has now been pulled from the market and will never be heard from again. Sad, but ultimately a good thing! I am also, of course, immensely grateful to Encore for taking a chance on me.

Thanks so much again to all of you out there -- I'm having the time of my life, and will be sure to keep you updated!

Cayla

12 comments:

Drew said...

I'm not sure I like the new cover design that much... I'm emotionally attached to the original too much! :)

Cayla Kluver said...

Haha, give it time, Drew. Let it grow on you. Then it will be attached to you. :D

Yukari said...

Hi Cayla,

I just read the great news on Publishers Weekly site. I bought your original Legacy when it came out. It was meant to be for my daughter and her friends who are the same age as you. However, I also fell in love with your story. I have been waiting for the second book ever since.
I am really happy for you! I wrote about your book on my Japanese blog.
Wish you the very best!!!

S.Muse said...

First of all, congrats. I ran across a discussion involving your book a little while back and became intrigued. Haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, though. I live in a town of around 600, nearest bookstore is 30-45 minutes away, and they list it as unavailable. Can't wait to get my hands on it however.

Are you still planning on a trilogy? Is there anything else in the plans... future books, future series?

Cayla Kluver said...

Yukari -- I'm so glad you enjoyed Legacy, and thanks! I'm really really excited by everything that's going on.

S.Muse -- Thanks! And yes, the series will be a trilogy. I'm working on a rough draft of the third one right now; it's all plotted and ready to be wrapped up! I've also got other ideas in my head for subsequent books, a couple of which I'm particularly excited about. Writing is what I've always wanted as my career, and I'm more assured of that now than ever. I am very much looking forward to whatever the future may hold!

Miss P. said...

Congratulations! What incredibly exciting news! I will be sure to share your news with my seventh graders tomorrow.

Miss P. & the B-W Crew

R1X said...

FYI, you're one of our segment pieces on tonight's Litopia After Dark podcast: http://podcast.litopia.com/

Listen and watch live @ http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Litopia-After-Dark
8pm London / 3pm EDT / 12pm PST

Ta muchly.

avid reader said...

About the podcast - do they realize they got your age wrong? I thought you were 16, or that's what the press release says... and you've gotten a bunch of professional reviews, too, not just Amazon customer reviews.

Amanda said...

Hi Cayla,

Also just wanted to offer some congratulatory remarks!!!! After reading Legacy, the book has jumped to my PERSONAL top 5 best books of all time!!! :) I cannot wait till Allegiance will be published!! Can u give your devoted fans a date when it is going to be released??? :) I am so glad to hear you are expecting to continue the series to maybe more than a trilogy!!! Thanks for giving readers a wonderful novel to enjoy!!!! :)

eitakdid said...

Ahh I'm so excited for you!

eitakdid said...

Ahh I'm so excited for you! I can't tell you how many times I've read Legacy...my book is worn down! Now I have an excuse to buy a new one! Plus, I can't wait for more information on Allegiance. I check your blog almost everyday!

Cayla Kluver said...

Miss P. -- Thanks, and say hi to everyone for me!

R1X -- Thanks for the alert! I passed it on to my agent and we'll both be checking it out!

avid reader -- There has been some confusion over my age in the news -- not sure why! But I am sixteen, born in 1992. I also put up all the industry reviews I've received on my website (www.caylakluver.com).

Amanda -- I'm so glad you enjoyed Legacy!! I'd love to give you a date for Allegiance, but unfortunately I don't know one yet, haha. I will be sure to update as soon as I do.

eitakdid -- Thank you so much for your kind words, and it absolutely means the world to me how much you've enjoyed Legacy. As I said to Amanda, I'll be sure to update as soon as I have definitive word on Allegiance!