People & Publishing Roundup, November 2021

Misha Stone

Librarian MISHA STONE of the Seattle Public Library won the Librarian of the Year Award from the Greater Seattle Romance Writers Association. Stone is a Clarion West board member.


Composer JOHN WILLIAMS received the Forry Award for life­time achievement in the SF field, presented by The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society at their October 9, 2021 meeting.

URSULA VERNON writing as T. KINGFISHER’s “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” (Uncanny 9-10/20) won the 2021 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The award, recognizing “the best origi­nal short fiction published by small presses in the previous year,” was presented was presented at Cap­clave, held October 1-3, 2021 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville MD. The winner was chosen by members of WSFA.

CRAIG RUSSELL’s Hyde (Constable) won the £1,000 McIl­vanney Prize, given by the Scottish writing festival Bloody Scotland “to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.” Judges were Ayo Onatade, Karen Robinson, and Ewan Wilson.


Kelly Link (by Sharona Jacobs Photography)

KELLY LINK sold new collec­tion White Cat, Black Dog, with “eight fairy tales, each one inge­niously transfigured and reinvented for the modern world,” to Cait­lin McKenna at Random House via Renee Zuckerbrot of Massie & McQuilkin. Her debut novel, The Book of Love, also from Random House, has been scheduled for 2024.

R.F. KUANG sold Yellowface, a satirical novel about a white author who steals a manuscript from a dead Asian-American novelist and passes it off as her own, to May Chen at William Morrow and Nata­sha Bardon and Ann Bissell at Bor­ough Press (UK) in a co-publishing venture, in a pre-empt via Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associ­ates.

ANN AGUIRRE sold fantasy ro­mantic comedies Extra Witchy and The Safe House, sequels to Witch Please, to Christa Desir at Source­books via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

CASSANDRA ROSE CLARKE sold fantasy Singing with the Devil and another book to Stepha­nie Doig at Carina Press via Stacia Decker of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

Chinese SF writer HAN SONG sold Hospital, Exorcism, and Dead Souls, translated by MI­CHAEL BERRY, to Gabriella Page-Fort at Amazon Crossing via Jennifer Lyons of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

R.F. Kuang (by Arley Sorg)

LILITH SAINTCROW sold two more paranormal romance novels and two books in the Ghost Squad series to Brenda Chin at Imajinn via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

BRUCE MCALLISTER sold collection Stealing God and Other Stories to Aeon Press.

VERONICA G. HENRY sold two books, including a sequel to forthcoming fantasy The Quar­ter Storm, to Adrienne Procacci­ni at 47North via Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

JULIANNA BAGGOTT sold Roon – “The City of Lost Children meets Pacific Rim, but in a very Le Guin sort of way” – to Mark Teppo at Underland Press. Darin Bradley will edit.

ALEXENE FAROL FOLL­MUTH, writing as OLIVIE BLAKE, sold a revised version of her self-published novel The Atlas Six and two new books in the trilogy to Molly McGhee at Tor via Amelia Appel of TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Lucinda Roy

LUCINDA ROY sold Flying the Coop, second in the Dreambird Chronicles trilogy, to Jennifer Gun­nels at Tor via Jennifer Weltz of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

ANN CLAYCOMB sold Si­lenced: A #Metoo Fairy Tale to Joanna Harwood at Titan Books via Anne Perry of Ki Agency on behalf of Cameron McClure of Don­ald Maass Literary Agency. Cath Trechman will edit.

HANNAH FERGESEN sold SF novel The Infinite Miles to Daniel Ehrenhaft at Blackstone Publishing via Victoria Marini of Irene Good­man Agency.

NATASHA C. CALDER’s post-apocalyptic SF novel Whether Violent or Natural went to Chel­sea Cutchens at Overlook via John Ash of PEW Literary.

ALICE JAMES sold Grave Danger and Grave Suspicions in the Lavington Windsor Mysteries series to David Moore at Solaris via Simon Kavanagh of the Mic Cheetham Agency.

HOLLY JAMES sold time loop romantic comedy The Deja Glitch to Cassidy Sachs at Dutton via Me­lissa Edwards of Stonesong.

LINWOOD BARCLAY sold Look Both Ways, a thriller about driverless cars, to Jennifer Brehl at William Morrow via Helen Heller of Helen Heller Agency.

SARAH HAWLEY sold A Witch’s Guide to Fake-Dating a Demon and two more books to Cindy Hwang at Berkley via Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

INDIA HOLTON sold another book in her alternate history fantasy Dangerous Damsels series, along with a second title, to Kristine Swartz at Berkley via Taylor Haggerty of Root Literary.

HANNAH WHITTEN’s fantasy The Foxglove King and two more books sold to Brit Hvide at Orbit via Whitney Ross of Irene Goodman Agency.

TODD SCOTT sold horror novel The World Burns Bright and a second book to Jessica Tribble Wells at Thomas & Mercer via Car­lisle Webber of Fuse Literary.

C.M. ALONGI’s SF novel Cita­del went to Rick Bleiweiss at Black­stone Publishing via Lesley Sab­ga and Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

AURORA ASCHER’s Raith, launching the Elemental Races fan­tasy trilogy, and a second book went to Molly Majumder at Amara Next.

BRIAN MCAULEY’s horror novel Curse of the Reaper sold to Lilly Golden at Skyhorse via Dan Milaschewski of UTA.

SARAH JOST’s time-travel novel One Last Chance and another title went to MJ Johnston at Source­books via Olivia Maidment of Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. Piatkus will publish in the UK.

VIRGINIA KANTRA’s The Fairy Tale Life of Dorothy Gale, “a contemporary reimagining of The Wizard of Oz,” sold to Cindy Hwang at Berkley via Robin Rue of Writers House.

DAN WHITFIELD’s supernatu­ral thriller The Spider’s Revenge sold to Sheri Williams at TouchPoint Press via Stephanie Hansen of Meta­morphosis Literary Agency.

RAMONA EMERSON’s fan­tasy mystery Shutter sold to Juliet Grames at Soho Crime.

JESSICA CLARE’s Go Hex Yourself and a second book went to Kristine Swartz at Berkley via Holly Root of Root Literary.

DHARMA WINDHAM sold The Reluctant Goddess and The Sword and the Serpent in the new Kleopatra Chronicles series to Walt Boyes at Ring of Fire Press via Rob­ert Thixton of Pinder Lane.

SIM KERN sold SF novel Seeds for the Swarm and two more titles to Selena Middleton at Stelliform Press via Mariah Nichols of D4EO Literary Agency.

E.A. FIELD (who also writes fantasy as ANNE BOURNE) sold In Real Life to T.S. Beier at Rising Action.

ANNE-MARIE SMYTH sold werewolf novel Hunted to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl.

JO KAPLAN’s When the Night-Bells Ring went to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books via Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Helga Schier will edit.

CYNTHIA MCDONALD sold Diluvium and Dromkasha to Kis­stopher Musick at Cinnabar Moth.

SCOTT BRITZ-CUNNING­HAM’s SF novel Interface sold to Stephanie Beard at Keylight.

KATIE GROOM sold werewolf novel Fixed Moon to Kisstopher Musick at Cinnabar Moth.

SHANNON TAKAOKA’s YA fantasy The Great and Powerful Gracie Byrne went to Kaylan Adair at Candlewick via Nicki Richesin of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

ERIN JADE LANGE’s YA vampire novel Mere Mortals sold to Tara Weikum at Harper Teen via Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

PATRICIA WARD sold YA fantasy The Cherished and a sec­ond title to Kristen Pettit at Harper Teen via Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

DANIELLE VALENTINE sold YA How to Survive Your Murder, “a slasher version of It’s a Wonder­ful Life,” and another title to Casey McIntyre at Razorbill via Hillary Jacobson of ICM.

VICTORIA LEE sold YA fan­tasy The Girl that Time Forgot to Krista Marino at Delacorte via Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty of Root Literary.

ALEXANDRA CHRISTO sold YA fantasy Princess of Souls to Holly West at Feiwel and Friends via Emmanuelle Morgen of Stone­song. UK rights went to Emma Mat­thewson at Hot Key Books.

MOSES OSE UTOMI’s YA fantasy Daughters of Oduma sold to Reka Simonsen at Atheneum via Jim McCarthy of Dystel, God­erich & Bourret.

EMMA TÖRZS sold debut novel Ink Blood Mirror Magic to Jessica Williams at William Morrow at auc­tion via Claudia Ballard of William Morris Endeavor; UK rights went to Selina Walker and Sam Bradbury at Century in a pre-empt via Matilda Forbes Watson of William Morris Endeavor.

KAY CHRONISTER’s first novel Desert Creatures, “a femi­nist horror Western set in a desolate future,” went to Sarah Guan at Ere­whon at auction via Laura Cameron of Transatlantic Literary Agency.

JIMMY JULIANO’s debut hor­ror novel Dead Eleven sold to Lind­sey Rose at Dutton at auction via Liz Parker of Verve Talent & Literary.

First novelist CLAUDIA LUX sold fantasy Sign Here, about “a guy who works in Hell (literally),” and a second book to Jen Monroe at Berkley in a pre-empt via Lucy Cleland of Kneerim & Williams.

Nathan Tavares (by Holly Rike)

NATHAN TAVARES sold debut A Fractured Infinity, described as “Arrival, but make it gay,” and a second book to George Sandi­son at Titan Books via Naomi Davis of BookEnds.

New writer EMERY ROBIN sold space opera The Stars Undying and another title to Angeline Rodri­guez at Orbit at auction via Isabel Kaufman of Fox Literary.

First novelist MAUREEN KILMER sold horror-comedy Sub­urban Hell to Kate Dresser at Put­nam via Holly Root of Root Literary.

LEAH VERNON’s first novel The Union and a second volume sold to Melissa Valentine at 47North via Penelope Burns of Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners.

K.M. WATTS sold first novel Born Andromeda, a space opera, to Annie Harper at Duet.

Debut novelist MADISON LAW­SON sold near-future SF The Reg­istration to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books via Julie Gwynn of the Sey­mour Agency. Helga Schier will edit.

JOE R. LANSDALE sold his memoir Mechanic’s Son to Jarod Barbee at Stygian Sky Media via Danny Baror of Baror International.

MALKA OLDER’s novella The Mimicking of Known Successes sold to Emily Goldman at Tordot­com Publishing. Brent Lambert will edit.

EKOW ESHUN , with MICHELLE COMMANDER & KAMEELAH MARTIN, sold In The Black Fantastic to Victoria Hindley at MIT Press at auction. The book is a collection of art and imagery from across the African diaspora that embraces the mythic and the speculative. “It brings vividly to life the forces that shape Afrofuturism, the cultural movement that conjures otherworldly visions out of everyday Black experience.”

LINDY RYAN & TONI MILL­ER will edit Under Her Skin, an anthology of body horror poetry “from women (cis and trans) and nonbinary femmes in horror,” with a foreword by Linda D. Addison, for Black Spot.


GABINO IGLESIAS resold The Devil Takes You Home to Jack Butler at Wildfire in the UK via Francesca Davies of Lutyens & Rubinstein on behalf of Melissa Danaczko of the Stuart Krichevsky Agency. US rights went to Mulhol­land Books.


TIM PRATT delivered Prison of Sleep, sequel to multiverse ad­venture Doors of Sleep, to Simon Spanton and Eleanor Teasdale at Angry Robot.


JOANNA PRIOR has been named the new CEO of Pan Mac­millan. Current CEO ANTHONY FORBES WATSON will step down in early 2022, but will contin­ue to advise Stefan von Holtzbrinck and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Prior has worked as man­aging director of Penguin General Books in the UK for 12 years, and has been with Penguin for 23 years, rising in the ranks from publicity and marketing.

TIM O’CONNELL is leaving his position as editor at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group after 15 years to become vice-president and editorial director of fiction at Simon & Schuster, starting November 8, 2021. He will oversee the fiction editors and build his own list. O’Connell has edited numerous genre authors, including Ted Chiang, Daryl Gregory, Karin Tidbeck, and Charles Yu.


MERCEDES LACKEY’s Valdemar universe is being adapted as a TV series. Kit Williamson and Brittany Cavallaro will write the adaptation and produce, with executive producer Ted Field and producers Anthony Tringali, Maria Frisk, and Michael Napoliello of Radar Pictures. The first season will focus on the Last Herald-Mage tril­ogy: Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Price, and Magic’s Promise. Lackey is represented by Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.

ROALD DAHL’s estate sold rights to his entire catalog to Netflix. The Roald Dahl Story Company, the entity created to manage the late author’s rights, previously licensed Charlie and the Chocolate Fac­tory and Matilda the Musical to Netflix, and now the streaming giant plans to develop “a unique universe across animated and live action films and TV, publishing, games, immersive experiences, live theatre, consumer products and more.”

Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyRead the full interview in the November 2021 issue of Locus.

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