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Recent News

  • 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.
  • Sherry Thomas's A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN makes the list of NPR's 2016 Guide to Great Reads.
  • Business Insider names Jana DeLeon's LOUISIANA LONGSHOT one of the top 20 bestselling audio books of 2016.
  • Kimberly Reid's young adult novel PERFECT LIARS is a Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2016!
  • Stacey Lee's OUTRUN THE MOON is a 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Teens!
  • Congrats to Marie Lu on hitting the New York Times Series Bestseller list on the release of THE MIDNIGHT STAR! A hat trick.
  • Kirkus Best Fiction of 2016 names Sherry Thomas's A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN as a best mystery!
  • Cosmopolitan magazine names Kristen Callihan's EVERNIGHT as on of the 10 Sexiest Romances Every Woman Should Read.
  • Congratulations to Stacey Lee whose debut novel Under A Painted Sky is a finalist for the 2016 Pen Center USA literary Award.
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES & THE ROSE SOCIETY nab the #1 and #2 slots on the New York Times bestseller list!
  • Shanna Swendson's REBEL MECHANICS lands on the 2016 VOYA List for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror!
  • TV Rights to New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Jana DeLeon’s MISS FORTUNE 8-book Mystery Series, beginning with LOUISIANA LONGSHOT, to Chris Parnell at Sony Pictures Television for development in early 2017.
  • SOLD!!!  J.D. Barker’s debut thriller THE FOURTH MONKEY; pitched as Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs, when a notorious serial killer is hit by a bus while delivering his signature message, detective Sam Porter has days to locate the last victim using clues from the killer’s disturbing diary, words that taunt Sam—even from beyond the grave, to Tim Mudie and Bruce Nichols at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a pre-empt, in a two-book significant deal. UK rights for two books to Lisa Milton at her new Harpercollins/Harlequin HQ imprint, in a six-figure pre-empt, German rights for both to Nicole Geismann at Blanvalet, for six-figures in a 5-house auction, Spanish Rights to Maria Guitart at Planeta/Destino in a pre-empt, and Italian rights to Giovanna Canton at Rizzoli in a pre-empt.
  • SOLD!!! M.C. Planck’s third installment in his World of Prime flintlock fantasy series JUDGMENT AT THE VERDANT COURT, an unassuming forty-year old mechanical engineer from Earth turned warrior-priest tries to save his friend's soul while battling nightmarish creatures and treacherous kings, to Rene Sears at Pyr in a nice deal.
  • SOLD!!! Bess Cozby at Tor Teen has acquired Kimberly Reid's #Prettyboy Must Die, a YA thriller featuring Jake Morrow, a young African-American CIA prodigy who accidentally becomes an Internet sensation, thereby blowing his cover. Publication is slated for spring 2017.
  • SOLD!!! Mashreads can exclusively reveal that Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and Catwoman will each get their own young adult book starting in 2017. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with Random House Books for Young Readers to bring four of the most iconic characters to life.Random House has brought on a super league of writers to do the characters justice, all of them New York Times bestselling authors. There's Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy) on Wonder Woman, Marie Lu (The Young Elites) on Batman, Matt de la Peña (Mexican Whiteboy and The Living) on Superman, and Sarah J. Maas (The Thrones of Glass series) on Catwoman.
  • Kristen Callihan's SOULBOUND, sixth book in the Darkest London Series, is a 2016 RITA nominee for best Paranormal Romance.
  • As announced in Variety, FILM/TV Rights to New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey’s BEACON 23 to producer Brian Unkless and studio head Jeff Robinov at Studio 8 (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) for development in fall 2016. Josh Friedman to write and executive produce.
  • Lisa Shearin's THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY wins the 2015 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy Novel. Huge congrats Lisa!
  • As announced by Deadline Hollywood, TV Rights to Rhiannon Thomas’s debut young adult novel A WICKED THING to Freeform with producers Tom Lynch Company and Brillstein Entertainment Partners developing, screenwriters Adam Lash & Cori Uchida (Heroes Reborn, Helix) attached to adapt.
  • SOLD!!! Jen Klonsky at Harper Teen has won the 6-figure auction for Heather Kaczynski’s new duology, DARE MIGHTY THINGS, pitched as Contact meets The Selection —instead of competing for a prince/kingdom, a brilliant Indian-American girl competes to win the last astronaut slot for an experimental mission into space.
  • SOLD!!! #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s new duology, WARCROSS, about two teen bounty hunters hired by a young billionaire to catch a hacker in the world's most phenomenally popular virtual reality video game, to long-time editor Jen Besser at Putnam Children’s, in a major deal for seven figures.
  • Kirkus starred review for Kimberly Reid's PERFECT LIARS! "Reid presents an introspective, morally complex protagonist in Drea as well as an effortlessly diverse supporting cast. Gripping, suspenseful, and refreshingly diverse."
  • Kirkus Reviews on Stacey Lee's OUTRUN THE MOON: "Full of beautiful turns of phrase, lessons in Chinese customs and superstitions, and a refreshing protagonist representing intersectional diversity, this is a must-read for followers of historical fiction."
  • Lisa Shearin's A DRAGON CONSPIRACY is a 2015 RT Book Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee for Urban Fantasy.
  • SOLD!! Laurence MacNaughton's debut urban fantasy IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, about an inexperienced crystal sorceress who scrambles to stop the end of the world without falling for a muscle-car driving mechanic who is fated to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, to Rene Sears at Pyr, in a nice two-book deal.
  • Susanne Lord's IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL is a 2015 RT Book Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee for Best First Historical Romance.
  • SOLD!!! John Joseph Adams at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquires the print versions of Hugh Howey’s SHIFT, DUST, and BEACON 23. In February 2016 the three titles will be published simultaneously as hardcovers and trade paperbacks. Howey will continue to publish the ebook editions.
  • SOLD!!! Emily Easton at Crown Books for Young Readers has won, at auction for mid-six figure deal, Scott Reintgen’s debut science fiction young adult trilogy beginning with THE BLACK HOLE OF BROKEN THINGS. Publication in 2017.
  • Congratulations to Marie Lu as THE ROSE SOCIETY is a #1 New York Times bestseller!
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