Now the real reason for this post is the recent announcement that Leigh Fallon's (who is gorgeous, funny and shares the best posting day on YAtopia with me) THE CARRIER OF THE MARK will be published by HarperCollins in Fall of this year! She wrote about it on her blog here and on the YAtopia blog (with all kinds of links!). NOW, checkout this gorgeous beautiful cover:
Isn't that awesome?? I mean, who even cares what the book is about? ;-)
Why This is Big News
If you click through to the YAtopia blog link you'll see A LOT of news and media coverage that you normally don't see just because someone (who's not a celebrity) sold a book. That's because of how it happened. For those of you who aren't familiar with inkpop, it's a website where members post their novels and the users vote for their favorites. HarperCollins editors then take a look at the top 5 every month.
With the book industry in such a future-fearing state right now, everybody's looking for changes, ways to "save publishing" (I hate that phrase, btw). inkpop was one of those things that promised a change, but people were really skeptical about. Leigh's is the first book from inkpop to be sold!
So now people are taking a closer look at inkpop's system. The website basically has writers and readers reading the slush with editors only seeing the best. And it - theoretically - bypasses agents. The announcement of Leigh's sale is enough to make anyone in the industry snap to attention.
Will this be the future of querying and publishing? Nobody knows. But, thanks to Leigh, it's now a contender.