According to this article, Frey and his collaborator, Jobie Hughes, new YA series was being pimped anonymously until their covers were blown by the media last week. Frey is looking to sell books to young adults now. Also, the film rights for the first book, “I Am Number Four” has already been sold to Dreamworks. Talk about fast.
This is suppose to be a six book series, too. Plot sounds completely unoriginal to me. It’s about some alien kids hiding out on Earth after their home planet gets invaded. This book must be super special. HarperCollins stated that they paid “less than seven figures for the four books.” Is it me or does that figure sound like too much?
Also read author, Alafair Burke’s take on Mr. Frey’s foray into the lucrative YA market. She is annoyed which is understandable. I mean Frey was allegedly outed as a fraud yet he is forgiven and rewarded with a nice advance for his second book, Bright Shiny Morning, that landed on the NYT bestseller’s list. Ah, such is life.
It doesn’t bother me that Frey wants to write YA fiction. I just won’t be buying it. I remember being thisclose to buying his memoir when it was sitting pretty on the bestsellers lists. Reading the first page decided me against buying it, however. I thought it was too graphic but what do I know?
YA market must be a lucrative business. So many bestselling authors are writing fiction in this area. All I need is to see Nora Roberts writing under a different pen name and then I will have seen it all. Who’s writing YA fiction these days? Kim Harrison, Robert S. Parker, James Patterson and Kelley Armstrong naming right off the top. And now you can add James Frey to the list.
I love YA fiction. I just read Trisha’s review of Kim Wilkins new YA novel, Unclaimed Heart, that I have put on my calendar to remind me to check for an ebook version of the book when the paperback is released. I sincerely hope to see a digital version on release day. I see a Kindle version is already available for pre-order. But I typically ignore the Kindle format. It’s not even an option. Getting back to Wilkins, I’ve enjoyed her fantasy work and so I am looking forward to her historical romance.