Varian Johnson's debut young adult novel, MY LIFE AS A RHOMBUS, the story of Rhonda Lee, an overweight, African-American math genius with a simple goal - to get a scholarship to Georgia Tech while avoiding the "in-crowd" as much as possible - whose life is turned upside-down when she finds herself forced to tutor Sarah Gamble, Senior Class Goddess, to Andrew Karre at Flux, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, Inc.
This ran in Publishers Lunch last week, so I figured I'd go ahead and break the news (sorry for the long delay). I'm really excited about being a part of Flux's line. Andrew Karre, the Flux editor, is putting out the types of books that I like to read, so naturally I think I'll be right at home with all the Flux folks.
This has kinda been in the works for a while. Andrew called about a month ago to discuss the manuscript with me. He had a lot of good suggestions, and he picked up on a lot of the things I was trying to do in the novel. He also asked if I was open to revisions (umm...of course), and then he ended the conversation saying that he'd be in touch. Sara contacted me a little later to say that Flux planned to put in an offer for the novel. Sara and Andrew did their "thing" (God, I love agents) and voila, I have a new publisher.
Although Flux is a new line, I've actually known about the imprint for some time. I met Megan Atwood, the previous acquisitions editor for Flux (Llewellyn), at the national SCBWI conference last year. We talked some about Red Polka Dot, and she ended the conversation by handing me her card and suggesting that I send her some of my work.
Megan is no longer with Llewellyn, but I've heard nothing but good things about Andrew from some of his authors. And, he keeps a blog. Anyone who has a blog is cool, right?
I know that the Pub Lunch description isn't very telling about the novel, but I like it that way. I've give out more nuggets about the novel as we get closer to the publication date. I've really enjoyed getting to know Rhonda Lee, and I think y'all will enjoy reading about her as well.