20-year-old pre-med student Kat Zhang's HYBRID trilogy, about a 15-year-old girl who must hide the existence of her second soul or face imprisonment by the government, pitched as The Golden Compass meets Girl, Interrupted, to Kari Sutherland at Harper Children's, in a pre-empt, in a major deal, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Judith Ehrlich Literary Management (NA).
However, this announcement is slightly untrue. Kat's not 20 yet! She's still 19! She actually accomplished the dream of securing a deal while still a teenager!
Kat is seriously sooo deserving of this. She's in school as a pre-med student, she studies her butt off, and for the past 6 months she's stayed up late, sometimes barely sleeping, in order to complete edits on her book so she could go out on subs. After a whirlwind flurry of interest from publishers (which I knew was going to happen, duh!), we were all thrilled (though not completely surprised) that HarperCollins came through with such a wonderful deal and snapped her up. They're not going to regret it!
Here's a summary of Hybrid:
HYBRID tells the story of a 15-year-old girl fighting for her right to survive in a world where two souls are born to each body and one is doomed to disappear
It's seriously so good. The last time I read it, even after reading previous versions 4 times, the most recent version STILL gave me goosebumps, FOUR TIMES!
Just so you guys know, Kat has been my primary CP during these recent Nameless edits. And -personal news- since I got back my notes from my agent and have been working on changing the voice of the Poetess to make her feel more YA, Kat has been an absolute genius in pin-pointing the phrasing that needs to change, and how to do it so that I can find the young-person voice inside the Poetess.
She's definitely one to watch out for in the future, and I am just so freaking PROUD of her!!!! Congratulations Kat!!!!