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Recent News

  • Huge congrats to Stacey Lee! Her sophomore novel OUTRUN THE MOON is a 2017 Pen Literary Award Finalist.
  • As announced in Hollywood Reporter, Sandra Bullock is set to star in Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller of Josh Malerman's Bird Box. Danish helmer Susanne Bier will direct from a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Production begins in September 2017.
  • Huge congrats to Sherry Thomas on hitting the USA Today Bestseller list at #86 for her debut mystery in the Lady Sherlock Series: A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN.
  • 7/20/2017 Hollywood Reporter breaks news: Hugh Howey's SAND adaptation is in the works at SyFy from Universal Cable. Gary Whitta (Rogue One) will pen the adaptation, and Marc Forster (World War Z) will direct the pilot.
  • Huge congrats! J.D. Barker's THE FOURTH MONKEY is named an iBooks Summer Most Anticipated Read.
  • SOLD!! Author of The Salt House and University of Massachusetts MFA grad Lisa Duffy's THIS IS HOME, a multigenerational narrative exploring themes of the families you choose and the homes you create told in alternating perspectives between the pregnant wife of a war vet with PTSD who has gone missing, and a teen who is finding her place in the world, to Kaitlin Olson at Touchstone, for publication in Summer 2019, by Danielle Burby in her first deal with Nelson Literary Agency.
  • SOLD!! As announced in PW Children's Bookshelf, Emilia Rhodes at HarperTeen has bought at auction in a very nice deal The Girls of Cottonwood Hollow, a YA contemporary novel with a twist of magical realism from debut author Miranda Asebedo. After a tornado unearths the century-old diary of the dying woman who cursed the girls of a rural Kansas town with strange talents, brash mechanic Rome and her two best friends discover that the curse and the stories surrounding the town legend aren’t all true. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Kristin Nelson did the deal for North American rights.
  • 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!
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