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Recent News

  • Berkley Romance reveals hot cover for Sierra Kincade's FORBIDDEN.
  • Children's Bookshelf broke the news of Joanna's first deal since joining NLA  - Kristen Simmons's new trilogy, beginning with THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, has been signed by Tor Teen in a six-figure deal for publication in Fall 2018.
  • A massive congratulations to Nadine Nettmann on her Anthony Award nomination! This is her third Best First Novel award nomination for DECANTING A MURDER.
  • Exclusive cover reveal for PACIFICA by Kristen Simmons at YA Books Central!
  • Huge congrats to Shanna Swendson, Marcia Wells, and Stacey Lee for being 2017-2018 Oregon Battle of the Books Reading List Selections for REBEL MECHANICS, EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE, and OUTRUN THE MOON respectively. Way to go Ladies!
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine picks THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons for 12 Dystopian Books You Should Read if You Like The Handmaid's Tale
  • Via The New York Times, Sherry Thomas's debut mystery hits the Audible bestseller list at #6 for A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN.
  • Big congrats to Lisa Shearin and THE GHOUL VENDETTA for nabbing the #5 spot on the LOCUS Magazine paperback bestseller list!
  • In the highest appearance on the list to date, Kristen Callihan's THE HOT SHOT nabs the #34 spot on the April 23, 2017 USA Today bestseller list.
  • FILM/TV rights to internationally bestselling author J.D. Barker’s debut thriller THE FOURTH MONKEY to CBS Films with Bill Todman, Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) and Taylor Elmore (Justified, Limitless) attached.
  • As reported by Deadline Hollywood, Actress Regina King to topline and produce with Oscar-nominated producer John Ridley for Kim Reid's memoir NO PLACE SAFE about Atlanta child murders drama at FX.
  • Huge congratulations to Mimi Cross whose debut BEFORE GOODBYE is a 2017 RITA finalist for best first book!
  • Huge congrats to Courtney Milan whose novella HER EVERY WISH is a 2017 RITA finalist!
  • More huge news: Marie Lu's THE MIDNIGHT STAR is a 29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBTQ young adult fiction. Congrats Marie!
  • Congrats Kim!! Her 2016 release PERFECT LIARS is a 2017 Colorado Book Awards finalist in the  young adult literature category.
  • Congratulations to Nadine Nettmann for snagging another award nomination! DECANTING A MURDER is up for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
  • Huge congrats to Nadine Nettmann! DECANTING A MURDER is a 2016 Lefty Award Nominee for Best Debut Mystery.
  • Congrats to Josh Malerman! His novella THE JUPITER DROP is a 2016 Bram Stoker Nominee For Superior Achievement in Long Fiction (You, Human Anthology).
  • USA Today does an Exclusive Cover Reveal for Shana Galen's THIRD SON'S A CHARM!  
  • Bustle.com names Rhiannon Thomas's LONG MAY SHE REIGN2017 Best Books of February!
  • SOLD!!! As announced in PW, Jen Besser at Putnam Children’s has acquired KINGDOM OF BACK, a new YA historical fantasy novel from NYT bestselling author Marie Lu. Lu based her story on the childhood of composer Mozart and his sister Nannerl. When a magical imp (in the form of a gorgeous teen boy) from the “imaginary” kingdom of Back offers to fulfill her secret wish to always be remembered, Nannerl unwittingly makes a terrible pact to solidify her place in history.  The book will be published in early 2019. Kristin Nelson brokered the six-figure North American deal.
  • SOLD!!! As announced in PW, in a six-figure deal, Kristin Nelson sold North American rights to two new books in Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series to Lindsey Hall of Orbit.  The series, which is set in the Victorian era, centers on a young woman named Prudence, who, with a cadre of friends, rides a dirigible around various parts of the British Empire, exploring its sordid and supernatural elements (the books feature werewolves and vampires). Orbit plans to publish the first book in this deal, the series’s third, sometime in 2018.
  • Stacey Lee's OUTRUN THE MOON named a 2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults!
  • Huge congrats to Ausma Zehanat Khan! THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS is a 2016 RT Book Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Mystery.
  • Big News! Lisa Shearin earned a double nomination! THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION is a 2016 RT Book Award Nominee for Best Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding & WEDDING BELLS, MAGIC SPELLS for Best Fantasy Novel.
  • Huge Congrats Kristen! FOREVERMORE, final book in the Darkest London Series, is a 2016 RT Book Award nominee for Best Historical Romance.
  • Huge congrats to Shana Galen! I KISSED A ROGUE is a 2016 RT Book Award nominee for Best British Isles-set Historical.
  • NYT bestseller Hugh Howey's MACHINE LEARNING: NEW AND COLLECTED STORIES, a short story collection including three stories set in the world of WOOL and two never-before-published tales, plus fifteen additional stories collected together for the first time, for publication in Fall 2017, and print rights to indie-published novel SAND, for publication in Spring 2017, to John Joseph Adams at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Huge congrats to Stacey Lee! OUTRUN THE MOON wins the 2016-2017 Asian/Pacific Award for Literature.
  • As announced on Publishers Weekly, NLA is pleased to welcome two new agents: Joanna MacKenzie and Danielle Burby. Visit their agent pages and our submission guidelines to learn more.
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