I'm a little behind on news and I'm sure many of you have already seen this but I wanted to share the awesome news that Simon & Schuster will be publishing a brand new Cassandra Clare series, The Dark Artifices.
For the official press release with more information and those oh so important release dates, cast your eyes downwards. In case you don't have the time or inclination to read the whole press release (TL:DR) I will fill you in on the two more important pieces of information:
- A planned publication date of 2015.
- The series sold for a major SEVEN FIGURE sum. Seven figures. SEVEN.
Press release provided by Simon & Schuster: Simon & Schuster UK today announced the acquisition of Cassandra Clare, award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, with her third young adult fantasy series. The new trilogy will be entitled The Dark Artifices.
UK & Commonwealth print and e-book rights (excluding Canada) in The Dark Artifices trilogy were acquired by Ingrid Selberg, Director of Children’s Publishing for Simon & Schuster UK, from Danny Baror and Heather Baror-Shapiro of Baror International for a major seven figure sum. The first title is planned for publication in hardcover in 2015 and will be the first global S&S publication of Cassandra Clare with a worldwide embargoed release and carefully co-ordinated global marketing and publicity campaign.
With more than 10 million copies of her books in print worldwide, Cassandra Clare’s works have been translated into 34 languages. She took the world of young adult literature by storm in 2007 with her debut novel, City of Bones. The Mortal Instruments series (which includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels, with City of Lost Souls to publish next month and a further title, City of Heavenly Fire, to follow) and The Infernal Devices series (which includes Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince with a final title, Clockwork Princess, still to come) have gone on to become international bestsellers. The film adaptation of Mortal Instruments is scheduled for release in 2013, with Lily Collins in the starring role as Clary.
Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, The Dark Artifices series is set five years after the end of the Mortal Instruments series, as the Shadowhunters return. The story introduces Emma, one of the fiercest warriors and most skilled young Shadowhunters the world has ever seen, and Emma’s sworn partner-in-arms, Julian. Despite Emma’s complicated feelings for Julian, the two must band together to investigate a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
Ingrid Selberg said of the new acquisition: “We are absolutely delighted to have acquired Cassandra Clare’s new trilogy, The Dark Artifices. Cassandra is a marvellous storyteller, whose writing we have long loved and admired, and we are so excited that we will now be publishing her on the S&S UK list. We are confident that by working closely together with our S&S US counterparts, we will be able to bring Cassandra to the next level. We aim to make the publication of The Dark Artifices the blockbuster publishing event in the UK that Cassandra’s books already are in the USA.”
Cassandra Clare added: “I've had a wonderful relationship publishing with Simon and Schuster and I'm excited to extend that relationship to the UK. I know they love this story as much as I do, and I can't wait to bring this new adventure to my British and Australian readers."
SEVEN FIGURE SUM.