Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Deal Announcement: Berkley acquires 3-book series from debut author Jennifer Duell

I'm so overjoyed about this acquisition. Jenn is mega-talented and this series is so rich, and so sexy, and so delicious. Talk about the kind of love (and sex) that makes you totally lose your mind.

Jennifer Duell's debut BRANDED, the first in the Riley O'Brien & Co. series, in which a small-town fashion designer falls for the CEO of the family-owned denim company she was secretly hired to overthrow, who gets caught between love and deception, to Leis Pederson at Berkley, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency (World English).

Please join us in congratulating Jenn under her pen name on Twitter (@jsuttonauthor) and make sure you stay tuned for more news about our fabulous authors!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deal Announcement: Greenwillow Books pre-empts Heidi Heilig's debut

What a month this has been! Heidi Heilig's debut, THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, was the talk of the Bologna Book Fair, and we've wrapped up a fantastic three-book deal for North American rights with Martha Mihalick of Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins. Martha is the ideal editor for this book; her enthusiasm and vision are a terrific match for Heidi's sweeping, inventive YA fantasy. This book has it all: compelling, surprising characters, sparkling dialogue, a totally fresh take on time-travel, and a love interest I've been daydreaming about since I read the very first draft Heidi sent me. THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE is going places, I'm telling you.

Go congratulate Heidi on Twitter, won't you? She's @heidiheilig

Monday, April 21, 2014

Deal Announcement: Simon & Schuster acquires debut middle grade novel by Sarah Lariviere, The Bad Kid

I’m so pleased to announce that Kristin Ostby at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has acquired Sarah Lariviere’s debut novel, THE BAD KID, in a pre-empt!  The Bad Kid is a mystery-comedy, set in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, starring Claudeline LeBernardin, who reads like a modern-day Harriet the Spy.  I love this book for its original voice, screwball humor, and for its salty with a heart-of-gold main character, Claude, and am so happy that it found a home with Kristin at S&S!

April 18, 2014

Middle grade 

Sarah Lariviere's debut THE BAD KID, set in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in which an eleven-year-old hopes to take over the "family business" previously run by her mobster grandfather, who has recently passed away -- all while trying to uncover a local scam artist and salvage her friendship with her BFF, to Kristin Ostby at Simon & Schuster Children's, in a pre-empt, for publication in summer 2016, by Susan Hawk at The Bent Agency (World English).

Please join me in congratulating Sarah!  You can learn more about Sarah and The Bad Kid on her site, here:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Deal Announcement: Holiday House acquires second book by hybrid author, Donna Hosie, The Devil's Dreamcatcher!

I'm VERY excited to announce that Holiday House will be publishing the second book in Donna Hosie's new YA series, a follow-up to THE DEVIL'S INTERN, called THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER.

I love this book, and this series, and this author. Check out the announcement on Publisher's Marketplace...

Young Adult 
Donna Hosie's THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER, the sequel to THE DEVIL'S INTERN, in which a sixteen-year-old girl attempts to retrieve a stolen piece of property belonging to The Devil, uncovers a sinister plot in the process, and ultimately comes to terms with her own past, to Kelly Loughman at Holiday House, by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency (NA).

... and make sure you get on Twitter to congratulate Donna at @donnahosie! You can also find her on her blog. Keep an eye out for book 1, THE DEVIL'S INTERN, coming in October 2014 -- mark it on Goodreads so you don't miss out!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Deal Announcement: Exhibit A Books acquires Nik Korpon's literary noir novel FAIT AVE!

I'm thrilled to announce that Exhibit A Books (an imprint of Angry Robot) has acquired FAIT AVE by crime author Nik Korpon! Check out what Publisher's Marketplace has to say about it:

International rights: UK Fiction
Nik Korpon's FAIT AVE, in which a morally upright thief attempting to protect his family ends up in the middle of a drug turf war, pitched as crossing the moral journey of Breaking Bad with the neighborhood intrigues of Tana French's Faithful Place, to Bryon Quertermous at Exhibit A, by Brooks Sherman at The Bent Agency (World).

The Exhibit A team is is pretty excited too! They issued a press release to celebrate Nik's addition to their "Posse of Literary Thugs":

Please join us in congratulating Nik on Twitter at @NikKorpon! You can also visit his website here.