A Kingly Gift

Much to my embarrassment, I have become One of Those Bloggers. By this I mean I have become a blogger who does not post often enough to earn the title of “Blogger.” At best, I am a Posting Poseur.

I do have a good reason for my blog delinquency, however.

I wasn’t allowed to talk about it until an official announcement was made. Last week it was officially announced. So I’m officially talking about it!

Via Publisher’s Weekly:

Me!

Matt Hunt

Rhoda Belleza and John Morgan at Macmillan/Imprint have bought, in a four-book deal, world rights to a new chapter book series called Prince Not-So Charming by Mike Allegra, writing as Roy L. Hinuss (l.). The series introduces a reluctant Prince Charming, who’d much rather grow up to be a court jester, not a prince, to every kid who worries it’s hard to live up to the fairy tale. Matt Hunt will illustrate; the first two books, Once Upon a Prank and Her Royal Slyness, will publish in spring 2018. Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary represented the author, and Arabella Stein at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

This book series (beardless creatives need not apply, apparently) has been keeping me busy for the past several months. The first two books have just gone through copyediting. Books three and four are due by the end of August.

Yes, the deadlines are tighter than I’d like, but, hey, who cares? This series has been one of the most creatively exhilirating experiences of my life and I’m gonna miss it something fierce come September. The editors, John and Rhoda, are fantastic, and my agent, Natalie, is on fire (last year she sold my PB manuscript, Everybody’s Favorite Book, to Macmillan, too).

As for the pseudonym, I suggested a few names before the editors settled on Roy L. Hinuss. Personally, I would’ve gone with Lord Brock Lee Vapors. I also hope to author something someday with my Indian Guides name, Red Squirrel. But I’ll cross that particular drawbridge when I get to it.

In the meantime, I gotta write my butt off. I haven’t even started book four yet and the end of August is a lot closer than it looks.

Thanks for your patience! I’ll blog as often as I possibly can!