Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.


To be perfectly honest, this past year has been so hard. I've had a lot of wonderful things happen - success with writing, the opportunity to spend time with my youngest sisters - along with a collection of truly awful things - some major family illnesses and drama. It's been a roller coaster.

But today, I got the okay to share a piece of news I've been dying to talk about: HarperCollins's Greenwillow Books has purchased my novel, Salvage. Which means it's actually, really, truly going to be published! Here's the write-up in Publisher's Weekly. . .

Duncan’s ‘Salvage’ Goes to Greenwillow

Virginia Duncan at HarperCollins’s Greenwillow Books took North American rights, in a six-figure deal, to Salvage by Alexandra Duncan (no relation). Another YA science fiction entry, the book, which Kate Testerman at KT Literary sold, has what the publisher calls a “feminist slant” and follows a teenager raised on a male-run spaceship who comes to a scorched future Earth where she settles on a “floating island of garbage and debris.” Author Duncan is a librarian in North Carolina and has written a number of short stories, including “Amor Fugit,” which initially ran in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and then appeared in the anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2011 (Prime Books). Greenwillow has Salvage set for a 2013 release.

This is - no exaggeration - my dream come true. Greenwillow is an amazing imprint, and I'm really excited to get the chance to work with Virginia Duncan (again, no relation), whose work I truly admire. (She was behind one of the smartest, most action-packed books I read all year, Black Hole Sun, by David MacInnis Gill.) My agent, Kate Schafer Testerman, really went to bat for me and worked out an amazing deal. Aside from marrying Jeremy, this is the best thing that's ever happened to me. So, for today, I'm going to put aside the hard things and the drama, and just appreciate the ride.

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