Friday, February 5, 2016

Deal Announcement - HOUSE OF ORANGE by Lianne Oelke

I'm thrilled to share the news of Lianne Oelke's debut book deal for her young adult novel House of Orange, pitched as It's Kind of a Funny Story meets MTV's Daria! Congratulations, Lianne! Here are the details from Children's Bookshelf:

On a personal note, I have never laughed as much while reading a manuscript as I have with House of Orange. Jane Sinner’s world-weary, witty misanthropy is at once familiar and hilarious, and I think readers will delight in recognizing in her their own aggressive passive-aggressions; Lianne has written a book that further broadens the borders of young adult fiction, and I am so excited for others to experience it.

Follow Lianne on Twitter: @lianneoelke

TBA Agent Brooks Sherman Is Closing To Queries

Hi guys, Brooks here! On Monday, February 8, I am closing to queries and unsolicited submissions for a couple months while I catch up. A lot of awesome things have happened for me and my clients these past few months, but one of the unfortunate side effects of all this awesomeness is I am now quite backlogged on responding to queries.

My #1 priority as a literary agent is my clients, but my #2 priority is answering writers who have sent me their work. I have a lot of sympathy for querying writers, having been a writer myself before I got into publishing. I don’t want to forget my roots and become one of “those” agents writers despair of ever reaching — and I don’t want to accidentally bog down a project that might be a better fit for one of my Bent Agency colleagues, either!

If you have queried me in the past but not received a response from me by March 1, please let me know; it is possible I did not receive your original email! From that point on, though, I plan to have a new system of reading and responding to queries, so I will be much speedier in responding to future queries and submissions.

I’ll announce here when I am open again for queries, and I’ll make occasional exceptions to for writers I meet at conferences, #MSWL tweets, or pitch contests in which I’m participating. In the meantime, thanks to everyone for your patience while I get caught up!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

TBA Monthly Wishlist - January 2016

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist!  Here's the ONE project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

Crazy, edge-of-your-seat thriller/suspense novel for adult or YA, even though I am closed to queries will still consider, put #thriller in subject line - Jenny Bent

Voice driven YA with an end of the world feeling romance - Gemma Cooper

I'd love, LOVE to find a YA contemporary with female MC, who's passionate about science, math, engineering, i.e. STEM - Susan Hawk

I’d love to see a middle-grade historical fantasy with a literary bent and a modern sensibility - Molly Ker Hawn

I would love, love, love a literary novel set in small town USA during the thirteen day span of the Cuban Missile Crisis - Victoria Lowes

Would love a YA contemporary or magical realism that features a big, strange family and close siblings. Offbeat and fun but also incredibly heartwarming. Could also go very dark with this. Bonus points if lyrical and you play with narrative structure - Beth Phelan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Deal Announcement - More Wells & Wong Mysteries to be published stateside for Robin Stevens

I'm thrilled to announce that Books 4 and 5 in the Wells and Wong Mystery Series by Robin Stevens (published in the UK as Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries) have been sold to the lovely folks at Simon & Schuster. S&S have done a fantastic job at bringing Hazel and Daisy's adventures to the US, and we can't wait to see the new books hit the shelves in 2018. 

Middle grade 

Robin Stevens's next two books in the WELLS & WONG mystery series, which started with MURDER IS BAD MANNERS, featuring further murder investigations by 1930s schoolgirls, pitched as a middle-grade Agatha Christie, to Kristin Ostby at Simon & Schuster Children's, by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency (NA).

Book 2 in the series - POISON IS NOT POLITE - publishes on April 26th and has already received two starred reviews. You can pre-order it here.

Go congratulate Robin on twitter: @redbreastedbird