Award-winning author Will Shetterly (Dogland, Elsewhere) recently wrote a “vampirish” YA novel about Cat Medianoche, a girl who discovers on her fourteenth birthday that both sides of her family are part of an ancient war and that each group sees her as the key to their victory.
Your dad used to be the spooky-mysteries TV show host Professor Midnight. Your grandmother lives in the basement and only comes upstairs after dark. Your mom died when you were a baby, and nobody will tell you about her. Oh, and you have two birthdays, both on Halloween. And that’s the part of your life that’s normal.
He sent it to his editor, then to the major YA publishers, and they all agreed that it was brilliant and also that they didn’t want to buy it. Everyone felt that vampire fandom was cresting, they didn’t want to commit to a “fad” that was mostly played out, and this is why the publishing industry’s current business model is looking more dinosaurian every day.
Shetterly has thus turned to the Internet, self-publishing the novel in a variety of formats including a free download.
Yay, new media.
This novel sounds very cool, so if you’re looking for a new book for a teen fan (or just a fast and fun read for yourself–I won’t tell), check it out.
Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness