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Recent News

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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