Monday, December 21, 2015

Announcing: MY SECOND BOOK!

Ta-dah! Here is the official announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace about my latest book deal from Entangled Teen. What a great Christmas present!

In case you can’t see it, read the paragraph below the image or click to enlarge:

Author of THE BODY INSTITUTE Carol Riggs’s SAFE ZONE, set in a future where one teen boy discovers all the parents have been replaced with aliens, to Stacy Cantor Abrams at Entangled Teen, for publication in Fall 2016 (World). 

I’m excited about working with my excellent editor, Stacy, again. The announcement mentions one of my plot reveals, about the aliens—but luckily that discovery happens close to the beginning of the book. The novel is also on Goodreads already, although without a “real” cover yet. Add it HERE or wait for a more complete summary before deciding if you want to read it.

How did I end up writing another sci-fi novel when I usually write light or contemporary fantasy? Well, Entangled wanted to follow up THE BODY INSTITUTE with another sci-fi, which is wise for second-book marketing purposes. I blew the dust off an old manuscript, sci-fi-ized it, and submitted that; it was accepted. Still, SAFE ZONE is light sci-fi rather than hard, even though it’s set on another planet.

2016: I will be busy this next year, revising SAFE ZONE. Plus, I’ve started writing a fairy tale retelling for a light fantasy novel. I’m still exploring, feeling my way into the voice and characters—it’s awesome to start a totally new project after doing revisions for so long!

What’s on your 2016 agenda? What are your writing or life goals for the new year?
How long has it been since YOU started a brand new project, rather than revising old ones?


  1. Congratulations, Carol! What fantastic news! For me: I'm in the middle of a rewrite of a new Imogene story for an anthology coming out soon, waiting on illustrations for a children's story collection that may be coming out soon, and also getting ready for a rewrite of a cozy mystery that I plan to star submitting in March or April. (Fingers crossed for all three.)

    Meanwhile, best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016. See you next year.

  2. What a wonderful Christmas gift! Congrats!
    I'm revising novel #2 to get to betas in just another two weeks, and have begin work on a novella--my first attempt at this genre. We'll see how it goes!

  3. That's an awesome Christmas present! Congratulations!

  4. Amazing news. I can't wait to read this. :)

  5. Congrats!

    My goals mainly feature finishing and publishing some books.

    Have a wonderful 2016!

  6. Wahoo! Amazing, Carol. You're going to be one busy woman, eh? HUGE congrats. That's epic.

  7. Grats, Carol. It's great to see this book find a home.

  8. Hi, Carol...

    YAY, you! What a great way to start the new year! All the best for 2016.. You are on your way!

    When you get a chance drop by my blog... LOFT PICS!


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