Danville, California (EastBayDaily) — New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi (the Under the Never Sky trilogy) and renowned author/story coach, Lorin Oberweger, have joined forces to create Wildcard Storymakers—a premiere literary development studio—bringing fresh concepts to the middle grade, young adult, and new adult markets.
Rossi and Oberweger, along with Rossi’s husband, Michael—a business development executive experienced in launching new companies—plan to re-imagine book packaging by offering attractive terms that reward authors all the way down the line.
“We’re writers ourselves,” says Oberweger. “So, we want to do well by the folks who work with us. We’re committed to making it a fun, collaborative, and financially equitable working relationship.”
Wildcard Storymakers will develop between nine to twelve high-profile projects per year, working with a diverse and talented group of authors. Wildcard is represented by literary agents Tracey and Josh Adams of Adams Literary, along with co-agent Stephen Moore of the Paul Kohner Agency for film and television.
They’re off to a great start. Wildcard’s debut project—a new adult novel entitled BOOMERANG–was just acquired by Tessa Woodward, editor at Harper/William Morrow, as part of a three-book, six-figure deal for World English rights.
“The whole package really worked for us,” Woodward says. “It was exactly what I’ve been looking for.”
Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, released January 2012, was deemed one of the Best Books of the Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, will publish January 2014. The trilogy is published in more than twenty-five countries, and film rights are held by Warner Bros.
Oberweger is a longtime independent editor, with bestselling clients in both the adult and children’s book markets. She puts on writing workshops around the country, most notably with literary agent Donald Maass. As a ghostwriter, her works have received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing comments in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
With the launch of their website, Wildcard Storymakers invites writers to “get in the game.” See wildcardstory.com for more.
Tracey and Josh Adams