Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Susan is looking for YA/MG interns - CLOSED

UPDATE: Many thanks for your response!  I received so many wonderful applications.  The application period is now closed (as of Thursday, April 14th) and I will be in touch with everyone who applied over the next few weeks.

I have openings for two interns, both to focus on MG & YA reading.  Publishing experience isn’t necessary; I’m looking for passionate, thoughtful readers, whose taste is similar to mine.  Familiarity with YA and MG fiction is a requirement, and especially important is knowledge of recent award-winners and New York Times bestsellers. 

To see if our tastes are a match, please take a look at my client list here: http://susanhawk.blogspot.com/p/my-clients.html.  In addition, here’s a list of some writers and books that I particularly enjoy (but don’t represent).  If you see your favorites on these lists, I encourage you to apply! 

MT Anderson, Jack Gantos, Polly Horvath, Rainbow Rowell, Laura Amy Schlitz, Gary Schmidt, Rita Williams-Garcia.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Chime and Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals) by Michelle Cooper
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
The Knife of Never Letting Go series by Patrick Ness
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Here are the details:
• The internships are remote, so you can work from anywhere.  A treehouse, in your pajamas, in the middle of the night, for instance.
• Typically, interns read and report on a manuscript every two weeks.
• The internship is unpaid, however TBA holds regular intern discussion sessions with our agents on a variety of industry topics.  In addition, I plan periodic phone calls to discuss books we’ve been reading, and answer any other questions about the publishing process that I can.
• I ask for a six-month commitment, however, many of my interns have stayed on for longer – some of them for over a year.

The internship is a great way to learn more about an agent’s work and decision-making process. Past interns have been writers for children, children’s librarians, elementary school teachers, MFA students.  All of them have been passionate readers.

I value a range of experiences and perspectives from my interns, and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, send an email to kidsintern@gmail.com with the following information:
• Tell me why you’d like the position.
• Include a bit of information about yourself, including any relevant experience you have.  Attach a resume if you’d like to, though it’s not necessary. 
• List the last 10 books you’ve read in YA/MG, and a brief note – one line – on what you liked, or didn’t, about the book.
• List your 10 all-time favorite books in either YA/MG.  

Usually, I receive quite a few applicants and the application period will close fairly quickly; watch this space and twitter (@susanhawk) for more announcements.

Thank you! 


Friday, March 25, 2016

Announcing a Deal - A PATRON SAINT FOR JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS by Shelley Tougas

I'm just delighted to announce that Shelley Tougas has a new two-book deal with Kate Jacobs at Roaring Brook Press! Her third novel, A PATRON SAINTS FOR BRIDESMAIDS, will publish this fall and folks, you're going to love it!  Shelley was one of my first clients, she's an absolute joy to work with and her hysterical, heart-felt middle grade novels are truly irresistible.  Please join me in congratulating Shelley and Kate!

You can find Shelley at her site or on twitter.  Give her a shout hello and congrats!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Subsidiary Rights Deal Announcements

I’m thrilled to announce the following subsidiary rights deals for our clients:

H.M. Ward’s bestsellers DAMAGED and DAMAGED 2 sold in Israel to Kinneret.

Becky Albertalli’s SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA sold in Norway to Kagge Forlag, in Japan to Iwanami Shoten, in Finland to Otava, in China to Sunshine Media, in Romania to Epica, in Thailand to The Reading Room, and in Portugal to Porto Editora, bringing the total number of territories sold to 26.

Jan Moran’s THE WINEMAKERS sold to Sofoklis in Lithuania.

Angela Thomas’ debut THE HATE U GIVE sold in Germany to C. Bertelsmann Juvenile at auction, in Turkey to Indigo Kitap Yayinlari, in France to Nathan Jeunesse, and in Spain to Oceano.

Jen McLaughlin’s BAD ROMANCE and FRACTURED LINES sold in Italy to Newton Compton.

A.G. Howard’s UNTAMED sold in the Czech Republic to Albatros Media. ENSNARED sold in Italy to Newton Compton. Her entire SPLINTERED series also sold in Vietnam to 1980Books in a four-book deal.

Emily Trunko’s DEAR MY BLANK and LAST MESSAGE RECEIVED sold in Germany to Loewe in a pre-empt, and in Russia to AST Publishers.

Paul Tobin’s HOW TO CAPTURE AN INVISIBLE CAT sold in Italy to Piemme.

Robin Stevens’ MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE series sold in Vietnam to Huy Hoang in a four-book deal.

Lisa Renee Jones’ bestselling HOT SECRETS and DANGEROUS SECRETS sold in Bulgaria to Egmont Bulgaria.

Yangsze Choo’s NYT bestseller THE GHOST BRIDE sold in Vietnam to Innovative Publishing & Media.

Lori Nelson Spielman’s international bestseller THE LIFE LIST sold in Macedonia to Heart Books, in Ukraine to Krajina Mriy, and in Portugal to 20|20 Editora, bringing the total number of territories sold to 34.

Lori Nelson Spielman’s international bestseller SWEET FORGIVENESS sold in Denmark to Art People, bringing the total number of territories sold to 20.

Michael Farquhar’s A TREASURY OF ROYAL SCANDALS sold in Romania to Corint Books.
Lynsay Sands’ THE BRAT sold in Japan to Futami Shobo.

Sam Garton’s I AM OTTER, OTTER IN SPACE, and OTTER GOES TO SCHOOL sold in Turkey to Alfa Grubu Yayinlari.

Jessica Cluess’ A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING sold in Spain to Editorial Hidra in a three-book deal.

Alwyn Hamilton’s REBEL OF THE SANDS sold in Serbia to Urban Reads in a three-book deal.
Heidi Heilig’s THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE sold in Russia to AST Publishers, and in Brazil to Editora Morro Branco.

Stephanie Garber’s CARAVAL sold in Serbia to Laguna, bringing the total number of territories sold to 25.

Congratulations to all!