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Recent News

  • SOLD! Web developer Sarah Zachrich Jeng's THE OTHER ME, pitched as Russian Doll meets Dark Matter about a frustrated artist who accidentally steps into a new reality where she never pursued her dreams and must uncover the forces behind the switch before time runs out, to Jen Monroe at Berkley, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).
  • Author of BAD AXE COUNTY and the forthcoming DEAD MAN DANCING John Galligan's next two books in the Bad Axe County series, set in Wisconsin's Driftless Area and featuring Sheriff Heidi Kick, to Sean Delone at Atria, in a two-book deal, by Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency
  • Sold! Veteran teacher and author of MINOR DRAMAS & OTHER CATASTROPHES and the forthcoming ARE WE THERE YET? Kathleen West's OVERTIME, exploring competitive parenting in youth sports and bad parent behavior, set again in Minneapolis, where the author lives and set her previous novels, to Kerry Donovan at Berkley, in a two-book deal, in a good deal, for publication in spring 2022, by
  • Congratulations to John Galligan on his starred Publisher's Weekly review for Dead Man Dancing. The magazine called it an "outstanding sequel" to his 2019 debut, Bad Axe County.
  • Congratulations to Kristen Simmons on her 2020 Anthony Award Nomination for Best YA Novel for The Deceivers!
  • SOLD!! Via Deadline Hollywood, TV Rights to NYT-bestselling author Hugh Howey's HALF WAY HOME to Aaron Baiers at CBS Television Studios, with Howey executive producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout (production company behind the Star Trek television franchise), by Kristin Nelson, Angela Cheng Caplan, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

  • Huge Congrats to Roseanne A. Brown. Her debut young adult novel A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin is an instant New York Times bestseller landing in the #10 spot.
  • SOLD! Jennifer Nissley’s contemporary YA novel THE MYTHIC KODA ROSE, about a queer teen exploring the enigmatic legacy left behind by her rock star father, who finds herself navigating an emotionally charges bond with his mercurial ex-girlfriend, to Liesa Abrams at Simon & Schuster, by Danielle Burby.
  • Congratulations to Florence Gonsalves on the publication of DEAR UNIVERSE, which Booklist says will appeal to fans of John Green!
  • Congratulations to Lisa Duffy on the publication of MY KIND OF PEOPLE, which is one of Parade’s Best Beach Reads of 2020!
  • Marie Claire names Jordyn Taylor's THE PAPER GIRL OF PARIS a 2020 Book You Should Pre-order Now!
  • CNN.com names THE PAPER GIRL OF PARIS by Jordyn Taylor a Best Book of May 2020!
  • Jordyn Taylor's THE PAPER GIRL OF PARIS is an editor’s choice pick in Seventeen's list of Most Anticipated Summer YA Books!
  • MiMO Studio has acquired rights to Jonathan Messinger's award winning children's podcast, The Allien Adventures of Finn Caspian.
  • SOLD! TV rights to John Galligan's Bad Axe County and Dead Man Dancing, the first two books in the author's Bad Axe County series, to Skydance Television by Jerry Kalajian at IPG, on behalf of Joanna MacKenzie.
  • SOLD! Stacy Stokes's debut novel The Memory House about a girl from a small Texas town whose family has been erasing people's heartaches and tragic memories for decades, and the boy who makes her question her family's legacy—as well as her role within it, to Liza Kaplan at Philomel, in a pre-empt along with a second novel by Joanna MacKenzie.
  • SOLD!! Scott Reintgen's untitled book three in the TALESPINNERS series, featuring the adventures of Indira Story as she goes undercover at Antagonist Academy at the request of a secret faction known as the Anti-Heroes, to Emily Easton at Crown Children’s, by Kristin Nelson. 
  • SOLD!! Sherry Thomas's untitled books 6 & 7 in the LADY SHERLOCK MYSTERY series, featuring a ruined young woman in Victorian England solving cases as Sherlock Holmes, to Kerry Donovan at Berkley in a good two-book deal, by Kristin Nelson.
  • Absolutely delighted for Marie Lu as her March release THE KINGDOM OF BACK lands on the New York Times bestseller list in the #2 spot and lands on the Indie Bestseller list at #5.
  • Congratulations to Rosaria Munda! Her novel FIREBORNE won the 2019 CYBILS Award for Speculative Fiction!
  • SOLD!! Lynette Noni's THE PRISON HEALER, the story of a girl who has survived against all odds in a harsh prison by using her wits and keeping her head down, but when a dangerous prisoner arrives with a message for her, she must risk her life for a bigger cause, to Emilia Rhodes at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Danielle Burby (NA).
  • SLAY by Brittney Morris is listed on the 2020 ALA Amelia Bomer/Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
  • SOLD!! TV rights to Jeff Seymour's NADYA SKYLUNG series, fantasy adventures set in an unforgettable world where orphans take on pirates and ships can fly, to Baby Octopus, by Danielle Burby, and attorney Wayne Alexander.
  • SLAY by Brittney Morris among the 20 titles listed as Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2020 by YALSA!!!
  • Check out the gorgeous cover reveal and excerpt for Roseanne Brown's A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN over at Hypable!!!
  • Congratulations to Kristen Simmons whose YA novel The Deceivers has been nominated for an Edgar Award!
  • First review is in for Ally Carter's debut middle grade novel THE WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOR. Publishers Weekly declares that "Carter offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family."
  • Celebrating a starred review from School Library Journal for Marie Lu's debut historical THE KINGDOM OF BACK: "Lu brings her talents to historical fiction in this magic-infused telling of the lives of the young Mozart siblings.  Lu strikes a perfect harmony between fantasy and historical fiction that is at once satisfyingly intricate and excitingly paced. A beautifully composed historical fantasy that will enthrall readers, especially those with music in their hearts."
  • Publishers Weekly bestows the coveted star for the review of Sherry Thomas's THE MAGNOLIA SWORD: "Rich cultural references, intricate political machinations, and thrilling Wuxia elements distinguish this deftly woven Mulan retelling by Thomas, who was born and raised in China…Skillful martial arts scenes combine with crucial discourse on power, gender, and the impact of language on history in this gripping, thoughtfully layered reinterpretation.”
  • CrimeReads names The Lady Sherlock Series by Sherry Thomas as a Notable Series of the Decade!

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