14
Nov

New York Times article introduces Cora Carmack and her New Adult novel, LOSING IT! 

By LESLIE KAUFMAN

Earlier this year, Cora Carmack self-published her novel about a 22-year-old girl who is a virgin in her last year of college and decides to have a one-night stand to solve the problem. She selects a man, but from there on things go disastrously wrong.

Her book, called “Losing It,” went on sale and within four days it had sold 5,000 copies, according to Suzie Townsend, her agent at New Leaf Literary and Media. By 12 days, she had sold 32,000 copies. Within the first week it reached No. 18 on The New York Times combined print/e-book bestseller list, despite not having a print edition.

And so in a pattern that is becoming more familiar for the book industry, established publishers came calling.

On Wednesday, New Leaf announced that HarperCollins had signed Ms. Carmack to a three-book deal that includes “Losing It,” for a sum in the “high six figures.” The HarperCollins “Losing It” e-book will be available before the end of the year. A print version will follow in the spring.

Of course, most self-published books linger in obscurity, but Ms. Carmack’s novel was in an emerging area of the market that publisher’s think is under exploited: New Adult fiction – books for readers in their college years and early 20s.

Here is how Ms. Carmack describes the audience in a post to her blog:

Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase.

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/self-published-author-signs-a-three-book-deal-heralding-new-adult-fiction/

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