This week, social media became all a-twitter after Macmillan announced a blockbuster deal for author Leigh Bardugo. But some reactions were negative.
How Big Is This Deal?
Macmillan Publishers stated in a press release that they signed Leigh Bardugo in a deal encompassing 12 books in a “variety of formats, age categories and genres.” In the press release, Leigh Bardugo praised Macmillan for taking chances on her since her debut.
Leigh Bardugo had to work for her success — and fight osteonecrosis along the way. She debuted with Shadow and Bone in 2012, a young adult (YA) fantasy novel that launched the Grisha trilogy — and what would become known as the Grishaverse. It would also be adapted as the Shadow and Bone series on Netflix (which debuted in 2019).
Before the Netflix series came out, Leigh Bardugo also published the Six of Crows duology (a popular fantasy heist novel) and had been working on the King of Scars duology. The year the Netflix show debuted, she published a dark academia fantasy, Ninth House, her first book for adults. The sequel, Hell Bent, came out this year to great reviews. There are also plans for a Six of Crows spin-off on Netflix and for a Ninth House series on Amazon.
Most People Celebrated This Blockbuster Deal
Most fans and fellow writers rejoiced in the good news. YA author Dahlia Adler called it “badass.”
Author Leslie Lehr praised the deal because she was thrilled a real writer was getting the money instead of yet another celebrity.