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Recent News

  • SOLD!! Catherine Onder at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt bought North American rights, at auction, to Ally Carter’s first middle grade series. The first title in the two-book deal, The Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Virtue, is slated for fall 2019. HMH said the series was pitched as what would happen “if little orphan Annie went to live with Batman.” The book follows, HMH explained, a girl and her group of “ragtag” friends “as they teach a mysterious billionaire that he has a family worth fighting for.” Kristin Nelson represented Carter.
  • Congratulations to Ausma Zehanat Khan for starred reviews from both PW and Booklist for A DANGEROUS CROSSING, the powerful fourth book in her mystery series.
  • Congratulations to Florence Gonsalves for a starred Booklist review of LOVE AND OTHER CARNIVOROUS PLANTS. "[For] John Green fans who crave intelligent stories that occupy both shadow and light."
  • SOLD!!!! Valerie Valdes's CHILLING EFFECT, an #ownvoices space opera where a mercenary space captain risks her life and crew to save her sister from a secret galactic organization, and PRIME DECEPTION, the second book in the series, to Priyanka Krishnan at Voyager, at auction, for publication in 2019 and 2020, by Quressa Robinson in her first deal at Nelson Literary Agency (world English).
  • A starred review from Booklist for Kristen Simmons' PACIFICA!
  • PW gives a starred review to Shana Galen's upcoming March release, NO EARLS ALLOWED!
  • Kirkus gives a starred review to Shana Galen's March release, NO EARLS ALLOWED!
  • Happy pub day to Ausma Zehanat Khan for A DANGEROUS CROSSING, the fourth book in the Khattak/Getty mystery series! It has received not one, but two starred reviews and is not to be missed!
  • Throwing confetti! JD Barker's THE FOURTH MONKEY is nominated for a 2018 Audie Award for Best Thriller audiobook!
  • Congrats J.D. Barker! The Horror Writers Association has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary short list ballot. Barker's debut THE FOURTH MONKEY made that list for Superior Achievement in a Novel.
  • A double nomination for Josh Malerman! The Horror Writers Association has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Award ballot finalists. BLACK MAD WHEEL for Superior Achievement in a Novel; and GOBLIN for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.
  • Wonderful congrats to Jamie Ford. LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES is a 2017 Library Journal Best Book of the Year (Historical Fiction).
  • Three cheers for J.D. Barker! His first thriller THE FOURTH MONKEY debuted on Germany's National Bestseller List making this novel an international bestseller.
  • Three cheers for Marie Lu! BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER hits the New York Times Bestseller list in the #5 spot.
  • Big congrats to Marie Lu! Kirkus, Publishers WeeklyAmazon, and Barnes & Noble named WARCROSS a 2017 Best Book of the Year! As did PopSugar, Bustle, Paste Magazine, The Boston Globe and Vulture Magazine.
  • On December 18th, Lisa Duffy's THE SALT HOUSE will a Kindle Gold Box Deal. You'll be able to buy the e-book for only $2.99 on Amazon!
  • A big hurrah to Jeff Seymour for the cover reveal of his debut middle grade fantasy, NADYA SKYLUNG AND THE CLOUDSHIP RESCUE, illustrated by the illustrious Brett Helquist, known for his work on Lemony Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS.
  • According to The Portalist's list of Great Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for Fans of Justice League, fans of Wonder Woman should look no farther than Ausma Zehanat Khan's patriarchy-busting debut fantasy novel, The Bloodprint!
  • Congratulations to Lisa Duffy's THE SALT HOUSE for being named to Bustle's 17 Best Debut Novels by Women in 2017!
  • SOLD!! Emily Easton at Crown has preempted for six figures, in an exclusive submission, Scott Reintgen's debut middle grade novel, When in Fancy. Indira Story finally gets the call to audition at Protagonist Preparatory, only to botch her audition and end up being designated as a side character. When a darker plot threatens the school, Indira must find out if a side character like her can really save the day. Publication is set for spring 2020; Kristin Nelson brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
  • SOLD!! E.R. Ramzipoor’s THE VENTRILOQUISTS, set during WWII and inspired by true events, a literary debut that follows a ragtag gang of resistance fighters – including a misfit news editor, a forger, and a young boy -- who go to extraordinary lengths and risk their lives to publish a satiric newspaper mocking the Reich, all while pretending to work for the Nazis, celebrating freedom of expression and those who have the courage to defend their values and their very way of life, pitched as All The Light We Cannot See meets “Ocean’s Eleven,” to Erika Imranyi at Park Row Books, by Kristin Nelson.
  • SOLD! Adrienne Procaccini at 47 North acquired Meghan Scott Molin's  awesome debut, THE DRAG NET, plus a second novel. Pitched as Kick Ass meets Castle the story follows a female comic book writer who teams up with the LAPD when someone in LA starts re-creating panels from her favorite comic using real-life crime scenes. Publication in Fall 2018. Joanna Mackenzie brokered the deal.
  • Congratulations to Shana Galen. Her newest release, Third Son's A Charm, has been selected as a "best of the month" pick by Goodreads!
  • SOLD! Arianne Lewin at Putnam has acquired, at auction, the Aurelian Cycle trilogy by debut novelist Rosaria Munda. The first book in the series, titled The Dragonlord’s Son, was inspired by Plato’s Republic. Told from dual points of view, the story is pitched as Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons, set in the aftermath of a bloody revolution. Danielle Burby brokered the six-figure deal for North American rights.
  • Sold! Known in the writing community as Authoress through her blog Miss Snark's First Victim, Jillian Boehme's GATHERING STORM, inspired by Twelfth Night and pitched as the YA Daenerys Targaryen, in which a girl uses dragon magic to disguise herself as a boy to take her brother's place in war and pursue her dreams of becoming a master combat fighter, realizing the only way to save her country is to awaken the dragons of old, to Elayne Becker at Tor Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication summer 2019, by Danielle Burby.
  • Sold! Ausma Zehanat Khan's next novel, an investigation set around a mosque shooting in Quebec, featuring series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty who work in the heart of Canada's most vulnerable communities, to Catherine Richards at Minotaur, for publication in February 2019, by Danielle Burby.
  • Congrats JD Barker! THE FOURTH MONKEY is a 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Mystery & Thriller.
  • Congrats Marie LuWARCROSS is a 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
  • Congrats Jamie Ford! LOVE & OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES is a 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Historical Fiction.
  • Congrats to Shana Galen, Third Son's a Charm is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November!

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