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So I have a few bits of news about Matched to share.

We have sold foreign rights in sixteen different countries.

I have seen the (not-final, but getting there) cover and it is GORGEOUS. I will post it as soon as I get permission, but wow. It makes me happy every time I think about it.

I had to change my main character’s name. It was Calla, but there is another fall book coming out from my publisher with a main character named Calla. (Obviously neither of us knew about the other Calla.) So. To differentiate the characters, my publisher asked if I would be willing to change the name. And I said yes.

This was hard to do. Because for so long I’ve been thinking of her as Calla (and, in fact, in the sequel I’ve been writing I’ve typed “Calla” on almost every page on accident–it’s hard to make the switch). I like the name. It’s pretty, it had significance to the story, and it’s been a name that my husband and I have loved since we had calla lilies at our wedding 10+ years ago and he wrote me a poem about them. So it felt kind of romantic to name her Calla.

But. I like my character so much that I want her to stand out. To have her own name. So we changed it to Cassia, which is a lovely classical name that looks a bit like Calla. (It’s pronounced Cash-a.) I like it.

So, that’s what’s new. Foreign rights, cover on the way, and new name. Which I need to go practice typing in the sequel right now before the baby wakes up from his nap…

+ comments (16)
  • Julie
    April 13, 2010

    That is so exciting! Sixteen countries!! Wow. I’m not surprised. It is such a great book. And I will always think of her as Calla also. But Cassia is a beautiful name too.

  • becca
    April 13, 2010

    That is a great deal of exciting news. Congratulations on all those foreign sales! That’s huge.

    Okay, preparing now to fall in love with “Cassia.”

  • Erin Summerill
    April 13, 2010

    OH MY Gosh I ‘m so excited for you. I’m over the moon happy for you. Way to go!

  • HeatherSmith
    April 13, 2010

    16 countries? So great!

    I am looking forward to an early view of the cover. I bet that it is fantastic.

    Would your mom ever consider doing a cover?

    I like the name Cassia…….especially the way it is pronounced……will miss Calla…..but I was pronouncing that name wrong the entire time anyway!

  • Sandy Shin
    April 13, 2010

    Congratulations on all the foreign rights! 16 different countries! That’s really amazing.

    I’m also looking forward to the cover for MATCHED. I don’t doubt it’ll be lovely.

    Calla is a lovely name, but I also really like Cassia, especially in the way it’s pronounced. :]

  • Sara B. Larson
    April 13, 2010

    I’m still sad about Calla too, but Cassia is lovely. I can’t wait to read the final product! Also, I’m dying to see the cover. I’m sure it’s gorgeous.

    And wow, 16 countries?? How amazing is that?! Dang girl, I’m so happy for you! Hope you got in some good writing time (and name editing πŸ˜‰ ) while #3 napped!

  • Shari
    April 13, 2010

    I can’t wait to see the cover! Congrats!!!!

  • blee
    April 13, 2010

    Exciting stuff! And, as a side-note I have the most beautiful soon-to-be-sister-in-law (wow, that was probably way too many hyphens) that is named Kassia, so I think that it’s a great choice!

  • Aubrey(AKAStacey)
    April 13, 2010

    Yay for the foreign rights! I can’t WAIT to see the cover! I love book covers and I am so glad you love it!

    I will miss Calla in some ways, but I am so excited to see the finished product of Matched and bask in the greatness that is you and Cassia!

  • M.J. Horton
    April 13, 2010

    This is so exciting! My party hat is ready! I’m really excited for your book! And both names are gorgeous.

    Congrats on SIXTEEN countries! Woah. πŸ˜€

  • JoanFairbank
    April 14, 2010

    Super news!
    Cassia is pretty, although I’m glad you clarified the pronunciation. I’m always bothered when I read a book and don’t know how the name is supposed to read. I’ll miss Calla, (we’re attempting to grow some Calla Lillies this year) but I’m sure it was the right decision.

  • Samantha
    April 14, 2010

    16 countries! Congratulations! Not only is that exciting for the book, but for you…any plans for international book tour? Wow that’s wonderful.

    The name change probably does take some getting used to. Characters and their names can start to feel so integral to one another, but I’m sure you made the right choice. I can’t wait to read the book. I just read HUNGER GAMES in anticipation, and now I REALLY can’t wait to read your book!

    Good luck.

  • Ali
    April 14, 2010

    I can understand your attachment to your character’s name after you explained why you chose it. I like the new name too though. Congrats on selling all those foreign rights!

  • Heather Moore
    April 14, 2010

    I TOLD you we are the same person. The main “female” character in my new book (out in June) is Cassia. It went to press yesterday, so it’s too late to change it. LOL!

    But Cassia is a great name, and I won’t tell you the name of my WIP character just so I can see who you come up with next πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the foreign rights, etc. etc.

    It will be fun to see all of the different covers that you’ll get.

  • Amy
    April 15, 2010

    Congrats on the foreign rights! Yeah, I echo the same sentiments as the person above me- post the foreign covers if you can!

    By the way, Calla is a good name but imho I love Cassia a lot better! Though it’s wrong I like to pronounce it as Cah-see-uh in my head πŸ™‚ Either way, though, it sounds nice and fitting to a dystopian novel, for some reason!

  • ally
    April 19, 2010

    Thanks for the congrats, everyone! And Heather, that is crazy. We really must be the same person! πŸ˜‰

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