People & Publishing Roundup, July 2021


KAT HOWARD is now represent­ed by Allie Levick of Writers House.


V.E. SCHWAB‘s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor) won the Bisexual Book Award in the Specu­lative Fiction category, presented by the Bi Writers Association.

DAVID DIOP‘s At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin), translated by ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS, won the 2021 International Booker Prize. The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and translator.

EMMA J. GIBBON‘s Dark Blood Comes from the Feet (Trepi­datio) won the Book Award for Speculative Fiction category at the 2021 Maine Literary Awards.

ISHA KARKI‘s story “And After the Fire, Ash” won the Dinesh Al­lirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2021, presented by Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire “to showcase exciting new literary talent from across the UK.” The winner and shortlisted stories will be pub­lished in an anthology. To read the winner: <>.


WALTER TEVIS‘s new col­lection The King Is Dead sold to Edward Kastenmeier at Vintage via the Susan Schulman Literary Agency. The deal also includes rights to his adult backlist, including genre works The Man Who Fell to Earth, Mockingbird, and The Steps of the Sun.

Guy Gavriel Kay (by Liza Groen Trombi)

GUY GAVRIEL KAY sold All The Seas of the World, set in the world of A Brightness Long Ago, to Jessica Wade at Berkley, and to Ni­cole Winstanley at Penguin Canada, both via John Silbersack of the Bent Agency. UK rights went to Oliver Johnson at Hodder & Stoughton via Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown UK.

HOLLY BLACK sold her first novel for adults, Book of Night, “a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies,” to Miri­am Weinberg at Tor via Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media. Del Rey UK will publish in the UK.

ELIZABETH HAND sold Hokuloa Road to Josh Kendall at Mulholland Books via Nell Pierce of Sterling Lord Literistic. Helen O’Hare will edit.

FAITH HUNTER‘s Junkyard War, con­cluding the series begun with Junkyard Cats and Junkyard Bargain, sold to Jo Ann Peritz at Audible Originals via Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency. Steve Feldberg will edit.

PREMEE MO­HAMED sold The Void Ascendant, concluding the Beneath the Rising trilogy, plus a second book to David Thomas Moore at Solaris via Mi­chael Curry of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

H.G. PARRY sold fantasy The Magi­cian’s Daughter and another book to Nivia Evans at Orbit via Han­nah Bowman of Liza Dawson As­sociates.

Holly Black (by AssistantAtHollyBlack under a CCAxSA 4.0 Int’l license)

ROBERT FREEMAN WEX­LER sold novel The Silverberg Business to Kelly Link at Small Beer Press.

CASSANDRA ROSE CLARKE sold fantasy The Beholden to Sarah Guan at Erewhon via Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

LUCY A. SNYDER‘s post-apoc­alyptic novel Apocalypse Apoc­rypha and a second book sold to Kelly Lonesome at Nightfire via Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary & Media.

MICAIAH JOHNSON sold Ashtown (set in the multiverse of The Space Between Worlds) and a second book to Sarah Peed at Del Rey via Cameron McClure of Don­ald Maass Literary Agency.

EDEN ROBINS sold historical fantasy Showstopper, described as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel with magic,” and a second book to Christa Desir at Sourcebooks Landmark via Cameron McClure of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

SCOTT NICOLAY sold new col­lection And at My Back I Always Hear to Ross E. Lockhart at Word Horde.

YAN GE‘s collection Elsewhere and “allegorical speculative fic­tion” novel Hotel Destination sold to Rebekah Jett at Scribner in a pre-empt via Matthew Turner of Rogers, Coleridge & White. UK rights sold to Angus Cargill at Faber.

Mateo Askaripour (by Andrew “FifthGod” Askaripour)

MATEO ASKARIPOUR sold speculative political thriller Invis­ible Faces to Pilar Garcia-Brown at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Tina Pohlman of Ross Yoon Agency.

SANGU MANDANNA sold first adult novel The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches and a second book to Jessica Wade at Berkley at auction via Penny Moore of Aevitas Creative Management.

ERIKA WURTH ‘s fanta­sy White Horse sold to Zack Wag­man at Flatiron Books in a pre-empt via Rebecca Friedman of Re­becca Friedman Literary. Maxine Charles will edit.

JOSHUA SCHER‘s post-apoc­alyptic novel After the End went to Rhett Bruno at Aethon via Jeff Ourvan at Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

MIA MOSS sold Nightingale’s Electric Detective Agency – “The Maltese Falcon meets Bioshock” – to Mark Teppo at Underland Press.

ALANNA SCHUBACH sold body-swap novel The Nobodies to Addi Black at Blackstone Publishing via Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic.

GLORIA KETTERER, writing as GLORIA DUKE, sold vampire rom-com Forever More and a sec­ond book to Mary Altman at Source­books Casablanca via Maria Napoli­tano at Bookcase Literary Agency.

W.A. SIMPSON‘s high fantasy Tinderbox sold to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press via Anne Tibbets of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

LISA EDMONDS sold Heart of Lies, seventh in the Alice Worth World paranormal series, to Heather McCorkle at City Owl Press.

KEN BAGNIS sold fantasy Break to Kisa Whipkey at Reuts.

JO GRAHAM sold SF novel Sounding Dark, first in the Calpur­nian Wars series, with illustrations by ELENI TSAMI, to Athena Andreadis at Candlemark & Gleam.

PATRICK CARBERRY sold SF thriller Traumergy to Sheri Wil­liams at TouchPoint Press.

JANET WRENN sold It’s A Wonderful Lie, a romance take on It’s a Wonderful Life, to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl. Heather McCorkle will edit.

COLLEEN DELANEY sold fantasy The Hedge Witch to Tee Tate at City Owl Press.

E.A. MYLONAS sold The Hush, set in a world where language is outlawed, to Sara-Jayne Slack at Inspired Quill.

WREN MICHAELS sold para­normal Thunderstruck to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl. Heather Mc­Corkle will edit.

PEYTON DOUGLAS sold Dark of the Curl, sequel to Night Of The Book Man, to In Churl Yo at Castle Bridge Media.

IN CHURL YO sold Exonation, second in the Lightsea Saga, to Jason Henderson at Castle Bridge Media.

SHERRILYN KENYON, HINA­KO HISHINUMA & MADAUG HISHINUMA sold YA The Secret War and a second book to Daniel Ehrenhaft at Blackstone Children’s via Mark Gottlieb and Robert Got­tlieb of Trident Media Group.

Sabaa Tahir (by fourandsixty, under a CCAxSA 3.0 license)

SABAA TAHIR sold YA novel All My Rage to Ruta Rimas at Ra­zorbill via Alexandra Machinist of ICM. TV rights went to Picturestart, with Tahir and AMER SALEEM penning the adaptation.

TRICIA LEVENSELLER sold the Chromamancer Chronicles YA trilogy, plus The Darkness Within Us (set in the world of The Shadows Between Us), to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends via Ra­chel Brooks at BookEnds.

SASHA LAURENS‘s YA vam­pire novel Youngblood went to Ruta Rimas at Razorbill via Stephanie Kim of New Leaf Literary & Media.

STEFAN BACHMANN sold YA fantasy Release the Wolves to Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow via Sara Megibow of kt literary.

SUZANNE YOUNG sold su­pernatural YA horror novel Where the Night Has Teeth, “a gender-swapped The Lost Boys,” to Krista Marino at Delacorte via Lane Hey­mont of the Tobias Literary Agency.

MELISSA ALBERT‘s YA con­temporary fantasy Our Crooked Hearts sold to Sarah Barley at Flat­iron Books via Faye Bender of The Book Group.

AMELIE WEN ZHAO sold Song of Silver, Flame Like Night and a sequel in a new YA xianxia fan­tasy series to Krista Marino at Dela­corte Press via Pete Knapp of Park & Fine Literary and Media.

SOPHIE KIM sold Korean my­thology-inspired YA fantasy Last of the Talons and two more books to Jen Bouvier at Entangled Teen via Emily Forney at BookEnds.

Brendan Shay Basham

Debut novelist BRENDAN SHAY BASHAM‘s literary fantasy Swim Home to the Vanished went to Erin Wicks at Harper at auction via PJ Mark and Ian Bonaparte of Janklow & Nesbit.

French novelist CAROLINE FAUCHON‘s near-future SF debut Without Them sold to Olivia Taylor Smith at Unnamed Press via Marleen Seegers at 2 Seas Agency on behalf of Actes Sud. Emma Ramadan will translate.

First novelist MIA TSAI sold xianxia-inspired modern fantasy Bitter Medicine to Jacob Weis­man at Tachyon via Anne Tib­bets at Donald Maass Literary Agency. Jaymee Goh will edit.

S.L. EDWARDS sold debut novel In the Devil’s Cradle to Ross E. Lockhart at Word Horde.

COY HALL‘s first novel, folk horror Grimoire of the Four Im­postors, went to David Neal at Nosetouch Press.

Mia Tsai

A.J. LOCKE sold debut urban fantasy Magic Dark, Magic Divine, “Sleeping Beauty meets Xena with #BlackGirlMagic,” and a second book to Jen Bouvier at Amara Next via Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency.

MARISCA PICHETTE‘s first novel Broken sold to Har­riet Hirshman at Heroic via Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary Services.

ANTHONY BONATO‘s debut SF novel Patterns went to Kisa Whipkey at Reuts.

New writer JEAN LOUISE sold Waking Fire and a sequel in a YA fantasy duology to Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press via Claire Friedman of Inkwell Management.

PAUL CORNELL‘s humorous SF novella Rosebud sold to Lee Harris at Tordotcom Publishing via Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Ellen Datlow will edit.

Lee Mandelo

LEE MANDELO‘s SF novella Feed Them Silence went to Carl Engle-Laird at Tordotcom Publish­ing via Tara Gilbert of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

ISAAC FELLMAN sold novella The Two Doctors Górski to Chris­tie Yant for Tordotcom Publishing via Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

JIM TOWNS sold novella Blood­sucker City, “a female Shawshank Redemption with vampires,” to Jason Henderson at Castle Bridge.

PJ HOOVER will edit Femme Fatale: A Castle of Horror Anthol­ogy for Jason Henderson at Castle Bridge.


RAMSEY CAMPBELL resold collection Far Away & Never, now with additional story “A Madness from the Vaults”, to Dave Ritzlin at DMR Books via John Jarrold.

CATHERINE COULTER sold an omnibus edition of the Gray­son Sherbrooke’s Otherworldly Adventures series, including The Red Witch of Ravenstone Folly, The Strange Visitation at Wolffe Hall, The Resident Evil at Black­thorn Manor, The Ancient Spir­its of Sedgwick House, and The Virgin Bride of Northcliffe Hall, to Rick Bleiweiss and Candice Roditi at Blackstone Publishing via Mark Gottlieb and Robert Got­tlieb of Trident Media Group.


Ayize Jama-Everett (by Arley Sorg)

AYIZE JAMA-EVERETT de­livered the final novel in his Liminal series, The Last Liminal, to Gavin J. Grant at Small Beer Press.


CLAIRE EDDY and WILL HINTON were promoted to editorial directors of Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen, and Starscape. MOLLY MCGHEE was promoted to assistant editor, reporting to Devi Pillai and Miriam Weinberg.

JEN ALBERT & CHERAE CLARK have stepped down as co-editors of PodCastle, with associate editor and copyeditor ELEANOR R. WOOD & Voodoonauts co-founder SHINGAI NJERI KA­GUNDA taking over.


Film rights to N.K. JEMISIN‘s The Broken Earth trilogy sold to Shary Shirazi and Rikki Jarrett at Sony Pictures’ Tristar for seven fig­ures at auction via Hotchkiss Daily & Associates on behalf of Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency. Jemisin will write the adaptation.

TIM PRATT sold the third novel in his space opera trilogy set in the world of the Twilight Imperium strategy game to Marc Gascoigne at Aconyte via Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown.

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