People & Publishing Roundup, June 2022


Elsa Sjunneson (2021)

ELSA SJUNNESON is now represented by Larissa Melo Pien­kowski at Jill Grinberg Literary.

RR HAYWOOD is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

JOSHUA COHEN’s The Ne­tanyahus (New York Review) won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category, given for ‘‘distin­guished fiction published in book form during the year by an Ameri­can author, preferably dealing with American life,’’ with its $15,000 prize.



ROBERT J. SAWYER’s WWW trilogy – Wake (2009), Watch (2010), and Wonder (2011) – won the Machine Intelligence Foundation for Rights and Ethics 2021 Media Award, presented by AI research foundation MIFRE in ‘‘recognition of the representa­tion of human and Machine Intel­ligence forming and thriving in a cooperative peer relationship.’’

XIRAN JAY ZHAO’s Iron Widow (Penguin Teen; Rock the Boat) won the Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Award in the YA category.

Xiran Jay Zhao (2021)

LAUREN GROFF received the $50,000 Joyce Carol Oates Prize, presented by the New Lit­erary Project to ‘‘a mid-career author of fiction who has earned a distinguished reputation and the widespread praise of readers and reviewers.’’ Groff will ‘‘be in brief residence at the University of Cali­fornia, Berkeley, during October 2022.’’

YIYUN LI won the 2022 PEN/ Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, for ‘‘writers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the short story form.’’ Li will be honored at the PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony, held in partnership with American University, December 2, 2022.



P.C. HODGELL sold the 11th Kencyrath novel, sequel to Death­less Gods, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books via Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

GWENDA BOND sold The Frame-Up, “Oceans 8 meets The Picture of Dorian Gray,” and a second book to Anne Groell at Del Rey via Kate McKean of the How­ard Morhaim Liter­ary Agency.

SUZAN PALUM­BO’s debut collec­tion Skin Thief sold to dave ring at Neon Hemlock via Mi­chael Curry of Don­ald Maass Literary Agency.

CHRISTOPHER BARZAK’s new collection Mon­strous Alterations went to Steve Ber­man at Lethe Press via Barry Goldblatt of Barry Gold­blatt Literary.

JAMES MORROW sold short novel Behold the Ape to Kevin J. Anderson at WordFire Press.

NALINI SINGH sold books 16, 17, and 18 in her Guild Hunter se­ries to Cindy Hwang at Berkley via Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency.

P.C. CAST’s Rebel, Queen, Warrior and a second title sold to Rachel Kahan at William Morrow at auction via Rebecca Scherer of Jane Rotrosen Agency.

ELWIN COTMAN’s Weird Black Girls, “an eclectic mix of folklore, satire, cosmic horror, do­mestic horror, and slice-of-life that speak to the human yearning for companionship in an increasingly alienated world,” sold to Kathy Belden at Scribner via Mark Got­tlieb of Trident Media Group.

ALAN SMALE’s Radiant Sky, sequel to Hot Moon, went to Shahid Mahmud at Caezik SF & Fantasy via Caitlin Blas­dell of Liza Dawson As­sociates.

NICOLA YOON ’ s first book for adults, One of Our Kind, described as “The Step­ford Wives meets Get Out,” sold to Caitlin Lan­duyt at Anchor at auction via Jodi Reamer of Writers House.

M.J. KUHN sold Thick as Thieves, sequel to Among Thieves, to Amara Hoshijo at Saga Press via Abby Schulman of Rebecca Friedman Liter­ary.

MATTHEW WARD sold the Soulfire Saga to James Long at Orbit UK and Priyanka Krishnan at Orbit US via John Jar­rold of the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Elwin Cotman (2013)

HAN KANG’s Greek Lessons and You Do Not Part sold to Parisa Ebra­himi at Hogarth in the US and Simon Prosser at Hamish Hamilton in the UK via Laurence Laluy­aux of Rogers, Coleridge & White.

SARINA DAHLAN sold Pre­set, a prequel to Reset, plus a second book to Rick Bleiweiss at Blackstone Publishing via Julie Gwinn at The Seymour Agency.

VICTORIA FULTON & FAITH MCCLAR­EN’s Cursed Cruise – “The Sixth Sense onboard the Titanic” – went to Ali­son Romig at Underlined via Katie Shea Boutillier of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

DANIELLE L. JEN­SEN sold Norse fantasy romance A Fate Inked in Blood and a second title to Sarah Peed at Del Rey in a pre-empt via Tamar Rydzinski.

LILY CHU sold contemporary fantasy Bottled Up and a second book to Mary Altman at Source­books at auction via Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency.

COURTNEY COLE’s holiday fantasy The Christ­mas Wish went to Tessa Woodward at William Morrow via Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Liter­ary Agency.

KELLY FARM­ER’s It’s a Fabu­lous Life, “a sap­phic retelling of the classic holiday movie,” went to Stacey Donovan at Hallmark.

SHANNON BRIGHT sold romantic fantasy Every Wish Way to Holly Ingraham at Alcove Press via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

KELSEY NORRIS’s mixed-genre collection House Gone Quiet and another title went to Rebekah Jett at Scribner at auction via Stephanie Delman of Trellis Literary Management.

JUSTIN C. KEY sold collec­tion The World Wasn’t Ready for You, and “a speculative novel drawing on the author’s experience as a Black doctor in the predomi­nantly white field of medicine,” to Sarah Ried at Harper in a pre-empt via Adam Eaglin of The Cheney Agency.

MARIANNE GORDON sold fantasies The Gilded Crown and The Antlered King to Vedika Khanna at Voyager and Natasha Bardon at Voyager UK via Anne Perry of Ki Agency.

ELLIOTT GISH’s Grey Dog went to Jen Sook­fong Lee at ECW Press in Canada.

C.S. HUMBLE sold the third book and resold the first two books in the Survivors Tril­ogy, “a pulp weird western series of cosmic horror with literary flair and Robert E. How­ard grit,” to Kevin Lucia at Cem­etery Dance. All the Prospect Around Us, second in the Black Wells fantasy series, went to Sadie Hartmann at Dark Hart.

MARY JONES sold collection The Goodbye Process to Zibby Owens and Leigh Newman at Zibby Books in a pre-empt via Julia Kenny of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Leigh Newman will edit.

JOANNE MCNEIL’s near-future SF novel Wrong Way and non-fiction book Too Early for the Future sold to Sean McDon­ald at MCD/FSG via Sarah Bowlin of Aevitas Creative Management.

JASON WEISER & CARISSA WEISER sold For the King, “a definitive retelling of the legend of King Arthur,” to Vedika Khanna at William Morrow in a pre-empt via Dan Milaschewski of UTA.

JENNA CLAKE’s supernatu­ral novel Disturbance went to Drew Weitman at Norton via Mat­thew Turner of Rogers, Coleridge & White. Zoe Yang at Trapeze bought UK rights.

ALEXANDER DARWIN sold fantasy The Combat Codes and two more books to Hillary Sames (who has since gone freelance) at Orbit via Ed Wilson of Johnson & Alcock. Bradley Englert will edit.

MÁRIO COELHO sold SF novel Unto the Godless What Little Remains to Jim Killen at Solaris via Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

C.L. CLARK’s epic fantasy Warmongers went to Brit Hvide at Orbit via Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associ­ates.

SOPHIE KIM sold first adult book The God and the Gumiho and a second title to Sarah Peed at Del Rey via Emily Forney of BookEnds.

ALLIE THERIN sold urban fantasy romances Liar City and Once a Rogue in the Roaring Twenties Magic series, and anoth­er book to Stephanie Doig at Cari­na Press Adores via Laura Zats of Headwater Literary Management.

JESSICA BEST sold Stars, Hide Your Fires – “queer Knives Out in space” – to Jessica Yang at Quirk Books.

LUNA MCNAMARA’s Psyche and Eros, a feminist retelling of the Greek myth, and a second book sold to Julia Elliott at Wil­liam Morrow via Maria Whelan and Catherine Drayton of Ink­well Management for Hattie Grunewald at The Blair Partner­ship. UK rights went to Charlotte Mursell at Orion.

CHLOE SPENCER sold Mon­stersona, pitched as “Thelma and Louise meets Godzilla for teens,” to Joshua Dean Perry at Tiny Ghost Press.

Z.R. ELLOR’s No Better than Beasts, “a dark retelling of The Nutcracker,” sold to Mekisha Telf­er at Roaring Brook Press via Kai­tlyn Johnson of Belcastro Agency.

ROSALYN BRIAR’s fairytale novel Her Dark Enchantments went to Cassandra Thompson at Quill & Crow.

GENEVA MONROE’s fanta­sies Sun Serpent and Star Spear sold to Reanna Guthrie at Night­shade Publishing.

AI JIANG sold Linghun, “a modern Gothic ghost story,” to Rob Carroll at Dark Matter Ink.

CAROLINE DUNFORD’s “retro-futuristic” SF novel The Augmentors sold to Ashley Hutchison at Lost Boys via Amy A. Collins of Talcott Notch Liter­ary Services.

TRACY CROSS’s Rootwork, first in the Conjure horror series, sold to Sadie Hartmann at Dark Hart.

REBECCA TURKEWITZ’s literary horror collection Here in the Night went to Diane Goettel at Black Lawrence Press.

MIKE BOCKOVEN’s super­natural novel Killing It went to Jason Pinter at Polis via Steve Schwartz of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

Robert J. Sawyer (2010)

ELIJAH MENCHACA sold They Split the Party, sequel to They Met in a Tavern, to Sue Ar­royo at CamCat Books. Bridget McFadden will edit.

KATHRYN TROY’s fantasy The Shadow of Theron and a sec­ond book in the duology sold to Tee Tate at City Owl Press.

CATHER INE FEARNS sold hor­ror novel All the Parts of the Soul to Cassandra Thomp­son at Quill & Crow.

TERRY PER­SUN’s SF novel Biomass: Sky Peo­ple sold to Valerie Mathews at The Wild Rose Press via Ni­cole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

RUTH FOX sold SF novel New Eden, sequel to Under the Heav­ens, to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Elana Gibson will edit.

MINDI BRIAR sold Petrichor Blooms, second in the Halcyon Universe series, to Lisa Green at City Owl Press.

SHARI NICHOLS sold vam­pire novel Midnight Craving to Heather McCorkle at City Owl Press.

TRACEY MARTIN sold Mis­ery Loves Company, Darkest Misery, and Misery Happens in the Miss Misery series to Tina Moss at City Owl Press. Danielle DeVor will edit.

DHONIELLE CLAYTON sold books three and four in the Marvellers middle-grade fantasy series to Brian Geffen at Holt Chil­dren’s via Molly Ker Hawn of The Bent Agency.

SWATI TEERDHALA’s YA fantasy The Boyfriend Wish went to Mabel Hsu at Katherine Tegen Books via Kristin Nelson of Nel­son Literary Agency.

EMILY VARGA’s YA novel For She Is Wrath, described as “a Pakistani Count of Monte Cristo fantasy,” and an untitled YA novel, described as “anti-colonial Indiana Jones meets A Court of Thorns and Roses,” sold to Mara Delgado-Sanchez at Wednesday Books via Paige Terlip of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

SHELLY MACK sold YA fan­tasy Landis to Jennifer Lowry at Monarch.

VANESSA MONTALBAN’s YA fantasy A Tall Dark Trouble and a second book went to Tiffany Liao at Zando Young Readers in a pre-empt via Danielle Burby of Mad Woman Literary Agency.

DAVID FERRARO’s YA The Alchemy of Moonlight, “a queer retelling of the seminal gothic nov­el, The Mysteries of Udolpho,” sold to Tamara Grasty at Page Street Kids via Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Lit­erary Agency.

JEN DRAPP sold YA fantasy series The Pro­tectors: Eye of the Fal­con, and Wrath of the Sun to Lilly Brown at Nightshade Publishing.

C H R I S S Y BROWN’s YA fantasy Seeing Gray went to Valerie Mathews at The Wild Rose Press via Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

J.A. NIELSEN sold YA fantasy The Claiming to Valerie Mathews at The Wild Rose Press via Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

BRITTANY WILLIAMS sold YA historical fantasy debut That Self-Same Metal and two more books to Maggie Lehrman at Abrams Children’s in a pre-empt via Alexandra Levick of Writers House.

KEMI ASHING-GIWA’s space opera debut The Splinter in the Sky sold to Amara Hoshijo at Saga Press via Tricia Skinner of Fuse Literary.

Director JOHN HARRISON sold debut novel Passing Through Veils to Kevin J. Anderson at WordFire Press via Lane Heymont of The Tobias Literary Agency.

ASHLEY WILDA’s debut Ra­eth, combining magical realism, poetry, and prose, sold to Lauri Hornik at Rocky Pond Books via Liz Nealon of Great Dog Literary.

First novelist AYESHA MANAZIR SIDDIQI sold comic speculative novel The Centre to Sareena Kamath at Gillian Flynn Books at auction via Stephanie Delman of Trellis Literary Man­agement on behalf of Sara Lang­ham at David Higham Associates.

LINDY RYAN will edit Into the Forest, “a women-in-horror anthology” with stories inspired by the Baba Yaga, for Black Spot.

SADIE HARTMANN & ASH­LEY SAYWERS will edit origi­nal horror anthology Dark Matter Presents: Human Monsters, with work by STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, CAROLINE KEPNES, and JOSH MALERMAN, among others, for Rob Carroll at Dark Matter Ink.

MADELINE DYER will edit mixed-genre YA anthology Being Ace, to “celebrate and explore the sub-identities of the asexual spec­trum,” for Tamara Grasty at Page Street via Erin Clyburn of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

RIKKI DUCORNET’s novella The Plotinus sold to Erika Ste­vens at Coffee House Press via Pierre Astier of Astier-Pecher Lit­erary & Film Agency.

P.A. CORNELL sold first no­vella Lost Cargo to Mocha Mem­oirs Press.



EUGEN BACON resold col­lection Danged Black Thing to Apex Book Company, which will publish in North America. It was originally published in Australia by Transit Lounge in 2021.

LAURA THALASSA resold four books in the self-published Bargainer fantasy romance series to Christa Desir at Bloom Books via Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary.



Macmillan Publishers CEO DON WEISBERG is leaving his position at the end of 2022, and will be replaced by current presi­dent JON YAGED as US CEO. Weisberg will remain “in an advi­sory capacity to Stefan von Holtz­brinck” beginning in 2022.

OLIVIA TAYLOR SMITH has joined Simon & Schuster’s adult trade publishing imprint as a senior editor, effective July 5, 2023. Smith is a co-founder of Un­named Press.

ELEANOR TEASDALE has been promoted to publisher of An­gry Robot, and GEMMA CREF­FIELD has been promoted to commissioning editor. Teasdale was previously commissioning edi­tor, and Creffield managing editor, both joining the company in 2019.



Emily St. John Mandel (2010s)

Film rights to EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL’s The Glass Hotel and Sea of Tranquility were optioned by Paramount TV to be de­veloped as two separate series at HBO Max with Pacesetter Productions, Stone Village Television, Super Frog, and Shadowfox Productions. Patrick Somer­ville (showrunner of Mandel adaptation Station Eleven) will co-write both series.

Film rights to JOHANNA SINISALO’s Troll: A Love Story were optioned by Mans Marlind at Mar­lind International with Tuppence Middleton via Elina Ahlback of Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.

ZORAIDA CÓR­DOVA’s YA Kiss the Girl, a “modern rei­magining of The Little Mermaid” and third in the Meant to Be series (with updated takes on Disney princesses), went to Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion via Su­zie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media


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