Press Release: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers signs up two additional Diabolic Novels by S. J. Kincaid




With 100,000 Books in Print, Publisher Moves to Satisfy Reader and Bookseller Demand

New York, New York, December 13—Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, announced today that it will publish two more books in the galactic YA Diabolic series by S. J. Kincaid, based on domestic and international sales and an incredible reaction from readers. The second book in the Diabolic series will publish in Fall 2017, followed by book three in Fall 2018. 

A New York Times bestseller, The Diabolic has 100,000 books in print in North America and will be published in twenty-two foreign territories. Sony Pictures owns The Diabolic movie rights and Matt Tolmach will produce (see

“Originally, I wrote The Diabolic as a stand-alone book,” said Kincaid. “But so many ideas about what might follow the events of that book kept rushing into my head. It was wonderful to see so many readers who also wanted more of my characters, so I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Simon & Schuster for two more Diabolic novels!”

“Nearly every review for The Diabolic expressed the need for more books,” said Justin Chanda, Vice President, Publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. “When I posed the question to S. J., I was thrilled to learn that she had the perfect idea for how the story could and should continue. I can’t wait to dive back in!”

Foreign rights editions of The Diabolic include Bulgarian rights to Alma 90, Czech rights to Albatros Media, Danish to Forlaget Carlsen, Dutch to Uitgeverij Leopold, Estonian to Paikese Kirjastus, French to Bayard Editions, German to Arena Verlag, Hebrew to Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir, Hungarian to Twister Media, Italian to Mondadori Libri, Polish to Wydawnictwo Otwarte, Portuguese (Brazil) to Editora Rocco, Portuguese (Portugal) to Editorial Presença, Russian to Eksmo Publishers, Romanian to Editura Art, Serbian to Vulkan Izdavastvo, Spanish to Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, Spanish Book Club rights to Circulo de Lectores, Swedish to B. Wahlströms Bokforlag, Thai to Amarin Printing & Publishing, Turkish to Pegasus Yayincilik, and British Commonwealth to Simon & Schuster UK.

Shortly after the events of book one, a new Emperor has ascended to power. Nemesis, the Diabolic, has a new mission. She must save the one she loves from the most dangerous people in their galaxy—or face saving the galaxy from its own emperor.

S. J. Kincaid’s previous publications include the 2012 YA sci-fi book Insignia, its 2013 sequel Vortex, and the 2014 Catalyst. Insignia won the Alabama Young Adult Fiction Award, was short-listed for the Waterstones Prize, was a selection for the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and was featured on the 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list. S. J. was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and now lives outside of San Francisco. 

Chanda, who will edit the books, acquired world rights to the two novels from Holly Root of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.




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A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. Nothing else.

For Nemesis, that person is Sidonia, heir to the galactic Senate. The two grew up side by side, and there’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the Imperial Court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced Senators’ children, and Nemesis must find within herself the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have—humanity. With the Empire beginning to fracture and rebellion looming, that could be the one thing that saves her and the Empire itself.