8-House Publishing Auction!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but last week I found myself in the middle of an auction for ANZ rights to my new YA fantasy series!!!

I still feel like I’m living in a dream, so let me rewind and tell the story from the beginning.

About six weeks ago, I finished writing a new book called The Prison Healer. (Wow, it is SUCH a relief to finally be able to say the name!) I’d recently signed on with a new agent (which you can read all about here), so the following weeks after finishing the draft, I worked with her on a few rounds of revisions. The turnaround was really fast, and suddenly TPH was in submission shape, and my agent — Danielle — and sub rights agent — Jenny — said it was time to start sending it out into the world.

Cue me rocking in the corner, especially when, within a week, I found myself in an 8-house auction.



Out of nowhere, I had people from each of the publishing houses wanting to jump on the phone/Skype with me (and even an in-person meeting) to share their vision for what they could do with the series, while trying to convince me of why I should go with them.

Honestly, it was the most amazing (but also the most stressful) week of my life.

As far as the actual process goes, all it took was one offer to come in before Jenny was able to go back to the other ANZ houses she’d submitted to, telling them they had 24 hours to offer a counter bid. Every single house came back with their own offer within that time (preliminary bids to get them into the auction), and that’s when things started to get really crazy.

Over the next few days, I spoke with a heap of people, and every time I got off the phone/Skype, I’m not kidding that, without fail, I sighed happily and said, “I LOVE THEM!”

This, obviously, made it an IMPOSSIBLE decision.

While all this was happening — the calls, I mean — the publishers had just under a week to send Jenny their “best and final” bids (ie. the highest $ amount they could/would offer) along with a rough marketing plan and, in some cases, a written pitch document as to why I should go with them over the others.

All of this information — the best/final bids, pitches, and marketing details — came to me in the early hours of last Thursday morning. So, a week ago today. And then, I had to decide.

One thing that kind of threw me for a loop was that the highest bidder ended up being someone that, until that point, I hadn’t spoken with. (And I’d spoken with most of them during the week.) So that day, I jumped on the phone with that publisher to get a sense of what their thinking was, which again, just made everything even harder, since like all the others, I LOVED THEM.

This was clearly a problem for me.

Since Danielle and Jenny are both based in NYC, we set up a Skype call for that night, because there was no way I could make this decision without help. During the day, Jenny had gone back to two of my “favourites” to see if they wanted to offer counter bids to the new highest bidder, and both of them did just that… so now I was down to three that I had to decide between. (Hey, give me some credit, at least I’d managed that much!)

I should also mention in here that I had breakfast with my author friend, Jessica Townsend (if you haven’t read her Nevermoor series, stop reading this right now and go grab a copy!), and I was also emailing back and forth with Sarah J. Maas, who is my go-to person when it comes to big decisions like this, and both where insanely helpful and I’m so grateful to them. (BUT it’s also worth mentioning that they were gleefully like, “Ha! Sucks to be you!” — as in, they knew how hard the decision was and were glad that they weren’t the ones in my position. Great friends, they are. *Eye roll*)

After speaking with everyone and Skyping with Danielle/Jenny, I had to confirm who I wanted to go with. The truth is, any one of the eight publishers in the auction would have been brilliant, including my current publishers who I’ve been with since the start of my career. That was why I struggled so much to choose — because there was no wrong decision. So it was a matter of who I/we thought was the best match going forward in regards to passion and enthusiasm and author care, but also for really important things like strategy and marketing/publicity and audience reach.


*Drum roll please*

I’m absolutely DELIGHTED to share that I’ve accepted an offer from Penguin Random House for ANZ rights to The Prison Healer series! I’m so, so, SO excited for all that’s ahead in my new partnership with them!!! Plus, I’m flying to Sydney to meet the team tomorrow (or, the Sydney-based team, at least), and I can’t WAIT!!! (I hear there’s going to be cake, and we all know that cake is the BEST!!!)

I’m including the official press release below to finish off this super exciting post, and I can’t wait to share more about TPH and my experiences with PRH as things continue to develop!

OH! And you’ll see in the press release that while all of this was happening, auctions and deals for other territories were also going on during the week, which is insane. My mind is officially blown!!


ABIA Awards Night

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but last week I flew to Sydney for the ABIA Awards (Australian Book Industry Awards), and WHISPER ended up winning the Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year award!!!!!!!

Seriously, that is SO CRAZY and I’m still in some surreal state of “What-just-happened?!

It was such a brilliant night and I got to share it with the most amazing people ever, so I can easily say I’m still on Cloud Nine! 

A big shoutout to my publishers, Pantera Press, for just being awesome, as well as to Bloomsbury for distributing my books and getting them out to the world. Plus, of course, to all the booksellers and librarians and teachers (and teacher librarians) for selling and sharing my books with people everywhere. AND also, very importantly, to all my readers — YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank youuuuuu to everyone who has supported and encouraged me on this writing journey! I’m SO EXCITED for all that’s coming next!



WE THREE HEROES – Blurb Reveal

I’m thrilled to share the blurb reveal for WE THREE HEROES — the next book in The Medoran Chronicles (coming this September)!!

Just a reminder that this is a full-sized book and it’s super important to read it before VARDAESIA (coming in February) because *things happen* that you need to know about before starting the final book.

Also! We’re just finishing the last tweaks on the cover, so keep an eye out for cover reveal news coming soon! (Spoiler alert: IT’S GORGEOUS!!! )


Moana = Happy Sigh

I (finally) went to see Moana at the cinemas on Thursday and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. Honestly – it was sheer brilliance. I laughed, I cried, I felt like being one of “those people” at the end and clapping my heart out. Above all, I remember sitting in my car afterwards, preparing to drive home, and thinking two thoughts.

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NYWF Catch Up… and Cover Reveal News!

Where on Earth has the time gone? I feel like it’s been ages since I last wrote a proper post here! At first I was head down, tail up and solely focused on finishing the third book in The Medoran Chronicles—and if you follow me on social media you would have seen when that happened and all the stats that went with it, YAY!—and then I was off travelling to the National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) last week… which leads me to now!

So, let me nutshell everything and bring you up to speed.

First up, as mentioned above, I officially finished writing the third book in my YA fantasy series about a fortnight ago. It took me exactly 40 days to write it from start to finish (which is CRAZY!) and it came out at approximately 137,000 words. At first I freaked out thinking that it must totally suck considering how quickly I managed to complete it, but my incredible (and honest) small group of early critique readers have given me nothing but astoundingly positive feedback. In fact, every single one of them claimed to have been unable to put it down—a fact which blows my mind in the best possible way. So, woohoo on that front!!!

Second, the events I was a part of at NYWF last week were incredible! To break it down further, I arrived on the Thursday arvo and started out by getting to know some of my awesome roomies (a screenwriter who used to write for Neighbours and now works on Home and Away, a playwright, a poet, and a journalist). A few of us went out to the meet-and-greet stuff that night, which included a group-speed-dating bonding activity (which was hilarious), and afterwards a bunch of us newly-friended people went to a (very late) dinner where we listened to ‘spoken word poetry’ (?) which was all kinds of interesting!

On the Friday I spoke on a ‘Women Kicking Ass’ panel and later in the arvo I presented a two-hour world building workshop—with both events being fabulous! That night there was a literary trivia competition (which my group sucked at, but we certainly laughed a lot!), and after that I met up with the awesome speakers on my ‘YA Genre: Ahead of the Curve” panel that was scheduled for Sunday. There were four of us in total—fellow YA authors Gabrielle Tozer (The Intern and Faking It) and Steph Bowe (Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End), as well Allen & Unwin’s children’s and YA editor, Jen Dougherty. We chatted for hours about all things YA until we all realised that there wasn’t any prep we needed to do for our panel since we were already so well versed on the topic! But it was still all kinds of fun to chat about something we’re all so passionate about for so long!

Saturday was a free day for me to wander around Newcastle and check out some of the festival events—I particularly enjoyed the ‘Publishing How To’ panel, which I know is weird since I’m already published, but I always find it so fascinating to hear other authors’ journeys!

That night there was an ‘Under The Sea’ themed ball and since I had to do some prep work for an interview the next day I didn’t stay out for long (which ended up being a good decision since I still didn’t get to bed until after 2 am!), but I still popped out for a bit with my hilarious roomies.

On Sunday morning I spent a couple of hours with book blogger Paris Lee from Reading Creations and we had a ridiculous amount of fun filming an author Q&A together. I can’t wait to share it with you guys once she posts it, despite the fact that I think we spent most of the time laughing while swatting at bugs and trying to tame our wind-blown hair. Amongst all that, I think I managed to answer a few questions, but I’m sure it will be a hilariously entertaining video either way!

Sunday arvo was my YA panel, and after that (which was amazing) I had to zip off to the airport and return home.

That all leads me along to today, and…


Are you ready?


Yep, you read that correctly! On Saturday I’ll be revealing the cover image for the second book in The Medoran Chronicles! HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

I would absolutely LOVE to have some people jump on board with me to share when it’s time for the release, so if you’re willing to help me out with social media (whether that’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, a website, a book blog, a BookTube link—anything), that would be AMAZING! Please comment below if you’re happy to share the image, or email me at contact@lynettenoni.com so I can send you the .jpeg version of it! YAY!!!