BESTSELLERS!! Huge congrats to Jana DeLeon and Liliana Hart on hitting the USA Today Bestseller List this past week. Jana's REEL OF FORTUNE landing at #21 and Liliana's WHISKEY AND GUNPOWDER at #85.
As announced in Variety, LaToya Morgan is developing a TV series at AMC based on Hugh Howey’s WOOL, the first book in the Silo Series. Morgan will executive produce the project in addition to writing the pilot. Howey is also attached as a producer. She is write/co-executive producer on AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” Her other television credits include “Shameless” and “Parenthood.”
As announced in Hollywood Reporter, BCDF Pictures has acquired the film and TV rights to Marie Lu’s sci-fi book franchise LEGEND, PRODIGY, CHAMPION and has set Joseph Muszynski to write a new script based on the first novel. Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures are producers.
SOLD!!!John Galligan'sTHE BAD AXE, pitched as Mystic River meets Windigo Island, about the Silk Road running through America's heartland, a local sheriff on the hunt for a missing girl, and a trail of clues that lead her too close to home, along with a second Wisconsin-set thriller, to Peter Borland at Atria, in a two-book deal six-figure pre-empt by Joanna MacKenzie at Nelson Literary Agency.
SOLD!! From Publisher's Weekly: Kathy Dawson at Penguin bought at auction, two standalone YA fantasies by debut novelist Laura Brooke Robson. The first is an apocalyptic fantasy told in alternating POVs about the leader of a band of female elite royal aerialists whose plan for survival depends on marrying the prince—until she meets the alluring new recruit who secretly plans to kill him. Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency brokered the six-figure deal.
LOVE AND OTHER CARNIVOROUS PLANTS by Florence Gonsalves received yet another glowing review! "Fans of Sarah Dessen will appreciate Danny's relatable and realistic journey. A must-have sharp, powerful, and witty immersion into the complexities of sexual identity and mental health." -School Library Journal
J.A. White, author of THE THICKETY, calls Jeff Seymour's debut middle grade fantasy, NADYA SKYLUNG AND THE CLOUDSHIP RESCUE, "a stunning debut filled with derring-do, surprises, and truly original world building."
SOLD!! Heather Alexander at Audible Originals took world English rights to a novella prequel to the bestselling Gallagher Girls series, by Ally Carter. The title will follow three characters from the books during their first week of seventh grade at their all-girls spy school; it’s set to debut as an audio original and was sold by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.
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, toPriyanka KrishnanatVoyager, at auction, for publication in 2019 and 2020, by Quressa Robinson in her first deal at Nelson Literary Agency (world English).