For Simon & Schuster’s new SF imprint, Saga Press, Joe Monti took world English rights, in a six-book deal, to Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series. The books follow the titular heroine, who is cursed with the ability to see the death of every person she touches. Through the deal, Saga will release the three backlist titles in the series—Blackbirds, Mockingbird, and The Cormorant (all originally released by Angry Robot)—first as e-books, then as trade paperbacks. The deal also covers three new titles. The books are currently in development as a TV series with the cable channel Starz. Wendig was represented by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass agency.
So, yeah, holy crap.
Miriam Black is back.
The first three books, re-released.
And three new books, too.
Needless to say, I’m fucking geeked. Miriam Black is my jam. I adore writing her and while I always intended to continue her story (I know how it ends, after all), I did not know precisely how, when, or where. And now that path is clear.
Angry Robot has been a great publisher for this series and this character but recent situations have left them with an inability to reprint books, and further, they weren’t able to continue the series — so, thankfully we found an eager friend and capable partner in Joe Monti and S&S’s SAGA Press (which, if you missed the news, will be DRM-free).
Watch this space for dates when the backlist re-releases as e-book and then trade paper (I believe it’ll be Q1 2015 or so — I just saw mockups of the early covers and am pretty geeked about ’em, though the Joey Hi-Fi covers will forever live in the dead cankerous grotto I call a ‘heart’). Watch this space too for details on when the next in the series — Thunderbird — will reach shelves and devices. Thanks to Stacia, Joe, and all of you cuckoo kittens for being readers and fans.