Tuesday, February 4, 2014

And then this happened


Strange Chemistry Books Sign Sarah J. Schmitt

Strange Chemistry Books is excited to announce our latest acquisition, World English Rights from Liza Fleissig (The Liza Royce Agency) for Sarah J. Schmitt’s It’s A Wonderful Death (OCTOBER 2014), a fantastic Mean-Girls-meets-A-Christmas-Carol, funny and warm debut.

Sarah J. Schmitt: "Signing with Strange Chemistry was a surreal moment. I've been dreaming of being a published author since I was in fourth grade, but to have a chance to work with the amazing Amanda Rutter was more than I could have ever imagined. I'm a huge fan of several SC authors, so to be included among them is humbling and awesome at the same time."

Amanda Rutter: "It's a Wonderful Death is a fantastically quirky and funny novel, with a surprisingly warm heart. I fell in love with the characters and with the story, and was desperate for the world to read this book. I can't wait for Strange Chemistry to publish it!" 

It’s A Wonderful Death:

When RJ’s soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll.
Eventually RJ is presented with two options: she can remain in the Lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires; or replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will produce a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no brainer. She’ll take the walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?
But with each moment, RJ's life begins to unravel. Will she ever find redemption and walk amongst the living again?

About Sarah: Sarah is an elementary school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library who, in addition to planning a variety of events, enjoys opening up the world of books to reluctant readers. She also runs a teen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters, with critique group feedback. Sarah is an active member of SCBWI, ALA and the Indiana Library Federation and is a regular participant at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop.

For Translation, Dramatisation, and other Rights, contact: Liza@LizaRoyce.com
For more information, review copies, interview and feature requests, contact our Publicity Manager, Caroline Lambe at caroline.lambe@angryrobotbooks.com


  1. Congratulations! I'm intrigued by the blurb - do you reckon SC will let me put in a bid for an ARC right now? ;)

  2. I am soooo happy for you! Welcome to Strange Chemistry! (My debut ESSENCE will be out on June 3rd... Yipes!) I look forward to getting to know you, and please let me know if you ever have any questions about what happens next. I signed last summer, and this still feels like a dream to me. So excited to have you on-board, too! :)