The Harbinger!

I am so happy to announce the sale of my first novel, The Harbinger! Yay!

It was sold in a 2 book deal to Stacey Barney at Putnam/Penguin. I’ve spent so much time with this story and these characters… now I’m incredibly excited to share them with the world.

And evidently, so is Putnam! Listen to what Publishers Weekly has to say about The Harbinger.

“Putnam Nabs YA Debut
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers has pre-empted world rights, in what it called a “major” deal, to Sara Wilson Etienne’s debut YA novel, The Harbinger. The acquisition is part of a two-book deal by editor Stacey Barney and agent Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. The Harbinger is a paranormal work set in a near-future world in which a diminishing oil supply has led to chaos as cities have fallen prey to mass rioting. The 16-year-old heroine begins the novel trapped in a prisonlike school called Holbrook Academy, where she’s tormented by strange visions. These visions lead her to the Harbinger, who has been sent to destroy the world in order to save it. As fate would have it, our heroine is the only one who can stop the titular being. Putnam is planning a spring 2010 publication. Wilson Etienne studied marine biology and lives in California.”

And while I do have time-travel abilities, the book sadly won’t be coming out until Spring 2012.

And now in true Penguin style, I’m off to celebrate. Waddle, Waddle, Whoooooooosh!

26 thoughts on “The Harbinger!

  • wooooo! you are /awesome/. congrats and congrats and congrats. i knew you could do it, and now you have!

    i will now do the dance of joy.

  • I’m dropping by to see how awesome you are, and give you a high five. We haven’t met, but you’re married to Tony, so you’re awesomeness is assumed. :)

  • …and to think, we can say “We knew her when…”
    We are so proud and so happy for you.
    Love, Jana, Chad & Ruby-Kathleen

  • I would like to see Tony do the dance of joy. (In alternate world gear!!)

    Um . . . (deepens voice), you’re kind of a “major” deal . . .

    I heart The Harbinger and you!!!!!


  • Ditto doing the happy dance of joy. I’ve got Snoopy feet! It’s so wonderful to see good books being sold–very encouraging! Cheers to you, and enjoy the celebrations–you’ve earned it. Congrats!!! :]

  • This is like winning gold medals at the Olympics. FANTASTIC and AAAAAAAWESOMME. I can’t wait to read it. and I never read, but I’ll definitely read your books.

  • WOO HOO! This is SOOOO exciting! The way the Publisher’s Weekly blurb is worded (“preempted world rights!” “major deal!”) it makes you sound like the next Stephenie Meyer. May your readership grow that big – and bigger! Congrats again, Sara!

  • WOWZERS ! What grand and glorious news announced with such PW pow.
    Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful !

  • Congrats

    Must make sure to get an autographed copy. Please help my Alzheimers by reminding me when it comes out.

  • So awesome! Did you ever know that you’re my hero? You’re everything I wish I could be. I could fly higher than an eagle… cuz Sara, you are the wind beneath my wings :)

  • Congratulations! I’m soooo happy for you my fellow biologist! Looking forward to Spring 2012 … it’ll be here before you know it! :)

  • YAY!!!! OMG this is super excited for you!!! PIE for everyone!

    But you have to come up and claim it! CONGRATS!!!! SO AWESOME!

  • It was great seeing you at the conference, Sara! I can’t get over being ecstatic for you about the sale. In addition to being super awesome, in what sounds like an amazing deal, you’re giving the rest of us hope that if we hang in there, it’ll happen. Enjoy!!! You deserve it!!!!!

  • Yay! Pie for everyone!
    Thanks everyone for so much support and excitement and love, it has truly made this a joyful moment:)

    @Ara: I hope that we are all yahooing for you soon:)

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