People & Publishing Roundup, September 2022


WENDY N. WAGNER is now represented via Lane Heymont of The Tobias Agency.


Caine Prize 2022 Shortlisted Writers: Billie McTernan, Hannah Giorgis, Nana-Ama Danquah, Idza Luhumyo (winner), Joshua Chizoma (2022)

IDZA LUHUMYO’s “Five Years Next Sunday”(Disruption) won the £10,000 Caine Prize for African Writing, “awarded for a short story via an African writer published in English,”presented July 18, 2022 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

MONICA BYRNE’s The Actu­al Star (Harper Voyager) won the 2022 Manly Wade Wellman Award, presented by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation, presented July 22, 2022 during ConGregate 8, held at the Down­town Marriott in Winston-Salem NC.

RICK LAI won the 2022 Mun­sey Award, given “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community,”presented dur­ing PulpFest 50, held August 3-5, 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Pittsburgh PA.

SUSANNA CLARKE’s Pira­nesi (WSOY), translated by Helene Bützow, won the 2022 Tähtifanta­sia Award, presented by the Hel­sinki Science Fiction Society for the best Finnish fantasy book pub­lished in the previous year.

JAMIE EUBANKS’s Hall of Skulls (self-published) won the gold medal in the adult science fic­tion category of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association Presi­dent’s Book Awards.



MARGARET ATWOOD’s story collection Old Babes in the Wood sold to Bill Thomas at Doubleday via Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown UK. McClelland & Stewart will publish simultaneous­ly in Canada, and Chatto & Windus in the UK.

Monica Byrne (2013)

ELIZABETH HAND sold A Haunting on the Hill, inspired by SHIRLEY JACKSON’s classic The Haunting of Hill House and the first such work authorized by Jackson’s family, to Helen O’Hare at Mulholland Books via Danielle Bukowski of Sterling Lord Literis­tic for the Hand and Murray Weiss of Catalyst for the Jackson family.

NAOMI NOVIK’s epic fantasy Folly and a sequel, plus a short fic­tion collection, sold to Anne Groell at Del Rey via Cynthia Manson of Cynthia Manson Literary Agency.

JUSTIN CRONIN’s next novel The Ferryman sold to Jennifer Hershey at Ballantine via Ellen Levine of Trident Media Group.

KELLEY ARMSTRONG’s The Rental and a second book sold to Michael Homler at St. Martin’s via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

MARK HELPRIN’s literary epic The Oceans and the Stars sold to Tracy Carns at Overlook via Emma Patterson and Emily For­land of Brandt & Hochman.

WILLIAM LEDBETTER’s Level Seven, third and final in the Killday series, went to Steve Feld­berg and Louise Quayle at Audible Originals via David Hale Smith of InkWell Management.

KRISTI DEMEESTER sold feminist horror novel The Dark Sisters to Alexandra Sehulster at St. Martin’s via Stefanie Lieberman of Janklow & Nesbit.

PIERCE BROWN’s Red God, the seventh and concluding volume in the Red Rising series, sold to Tri­cia Narwani at Del Rey via Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associ­ates.

KATHE KOJA sold horror novel Catherine the Ghost, “part companion to Wuthering Heights, part meditation on spirit and eter­nity,”to Leza Cantoral at Clash via Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists. Christoph Paul will edit.

PREMEE MOHAMED’s novel The Butcher of the Forest sold to Emily Goldman at Tordotcom via Michael Curry of Donald Maass Literary Agency. Jonathan Strahan will edit.

Chuck Tingle (2022)

CHUCK TINGLE’s standalone horror novels Camp Damascus and Bury Your Gays went to Kelly Lonesome at Nightfire via Dong­Won Song of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

GWENDA BOND, writing as GEMMA BOWEN, sold three books in the Wayward Sister se­ries – “Bridgerton meets Charmed with a dash of Gail Carriger”– to Tiffany Shelton at Griffin via Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Lit­erary Agency.

NATALIE ZINA WAL-SCHOTS’s Right Hand, sequel to superhero novel Hench, went to David Pomerico at William Mor­row via Ron Eckel of CookeMc­Dermid.

HAILEY PIPER sold A Light Most Hateful to Davi Lancett at Titan at auction via Lane Heymont of The Tobias Literary Agency.

VIVIAN SHAW sold two final books in her Greta Helsing series, novella Bitter Waters and the nov­el Strange New World, to Nivia Evans at Orbit via Stephen Barbara of Inkwell Management.

ANDREW WILMOT sold Withered to Jen Albert at ECW Press via Kelvin Kong of K2 Lit­erary after the book was selected as the winner of ECW’s Best New Speculative Novel Contest.

GIN SEXSMITH sold liter­ary fantasy In the Hands of Men, about a virus that turns men who’ve committed violence against women into animals, and non-fiction book Mutt, about the Indigenous expe­rience and colonialism, to Gilded Press for six figures.

ALICE BELL’s supernatural murder mystery Grave Expecta­tions and a second book sold Anna Kaufman at Vintage via Stevie Fin­egan at Zeno Agency. Sarah Hodg­son at Corvus bought UK rights.

R.A. SINN’s near-future time travel novel A Second Chance for Yesterday sold to Jim Killen at So­laris via Jennie Goloboy of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

STACY NATHANIEL JACK­SON sold SF novel The Ephem­era Collector to Gina Iaquinta at Liveright via Kima Jones of Tri­angle House Literary.

SJ SINDU’s collection The Goth House Experiment sold to Mark Doten at Soho Press via Erin Harris of Folio Literary Manage­ment.

TLOTLO TSAMAASE’s dys­topian Astrofuturist novel Womb City and two more books sold to Sarah Guan at Erewhon via Naomi Davis of BookEnds.

ADITYA SUDARSHAN sold Idolatry to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press.

ROBERT P. OTTONE’s sold The Vile Thing We Created to Hydra.

ALEX SHVARTSMAN sold Kakistocracy, second in the Con­radverse Chronicles, to Caezik SF&F.

ROB COSTELLO’s collec­tion The Dancing Bears: Queer Fables for the End Times went to Steve Berman at Lethe Press via Marie Lamba of Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

COLIN HOLMES sold SF novel The Oxygen Farmer to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Helga Schier will edit.

LAUREL HIGHTOWER’s paranormal novel Silent Key went to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press.

E.M. ROY’s “sapphic horror novel”Let the Woods Keep Our Bodies sold to Max Booth III at Ghoulish Books.

CATHERINE MCCARTHY’s horror novel Mosaic went to Sadie Hartmann at Dark Hart.

KATHLEEN HANNON sold The Confession of Hemingway Jones to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books via Jeff Field of Field En­tertainment. Elana Gibson will edit.

HELEN POWER sold Phan­tom to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Helga Schier will edit.

RACHEL DODES & LAU­REN MECHLING sold literary fantasy The Memo to Sarah Stein at Harper Perennial for six figures in a pre-empt via Grainne Fox of Fletcher & Company.

MELISSA WIESNER’s fantasy The Second Chance Year and a second book sold to Junessa Viloria at Forever at auction via Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

JESSICA DORSEY sold Writ­ten in the Cards to Gilded Press.

JESSICA LEONARD’s hor­ror novel Conjuring the Witch went to Max Booth III at Ghoulish Books.

NANCY MCCABE’s time-trav­el novel Vaulting Through Time sold to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Elana Gibson will edit.

Pierce Brown (2017)

PAUL DESTEFANO sold Rift­siders: Identity Theft to Rhonda Penders at The Wild Rose Press via Bonnie Swanson of The Purcell Agency. Morena Stamm will edit.

S.C. GRAYSON sold Chaos and Crowns, second in the De­fenders of the Light series, to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl.

RICARDO VICTORIA’s sci­ence fantasy novel The Magick of Chaos went to Geoff Habiger at Shadow Dragon Press.

LISA EDMONDS’s vampire novel Mortal Heart, a spin-off from the Alice Worth series, went to Heather McCorkle at City Owl Press.

ANGIE SPOTO’s historical fantasy The Grief Nurse sold to Kay Farrell at Sandstone Press via Robbie Guillory of Underline Lit­erary Agency.

RILEY CROSS sold dystopian SF novel Disconnected to Jennifer Lowry at Monarch.

KYLE TOUCHER’s Live Wire sold to Joe Mynhardt, at Crystal Lake. Karen Runge will edit.

TIM McGREGOR’s fantasy Wasps in Ice Cream sold to Jen­nifer Barnes at Raw Dog Scream­ing Press.

DAVID AGRANOFF’s horror novel The Last Night to Kill Na­zis – “Inglorious Basterds meets Dracula”– sold to Christoph Paul at Clash.

JOANNA MORGAN’s Rise, second in the Elemental Warriors series, sold to Theresa Cole at Mys­tic Owl.

SABRINA VOERMAN sold four books in fantasy series The Blood Bound to Cassandra Thomp­son at Quill & Crow.

MEGAN BONTRAGER’s cos­mic dark fantasy Eye of the Ouro­boros went to Cassandra Thomp­son at Quill & Crow via Jared Johnson of Olswanger Literary.

SARA RAASCH & BETH REVIS sold YA historical fantasy Night of the Witch and another ti­tle to Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire at auction via Amy Stapp of Wolfson Literary Agency for Raas­ch and Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House for Revis.

ELLEN OH’s middle-grade fan­tasy Haru, Zombie Dog Hero sold to Alyson Day at Harper Children’s via Marietta Zacker of Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency.

MARGIE FUSTON sold YA fantasy The Revenant Games and a second book to Sarah McCabe at Margaret K. McElderry Books via Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency.

LORIEN LAWRENCE sold YA fantasy The Many Hauntings of the Manning Family to Emily Daluga at Abrams Children’s via Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

CLARA KUMAGAI sold YA magical realism novel Catfish Rolling and a second book to Mag­gie Lehrman at Abrams Children’s at auction via Alison Lewis of Frances Goldin Literary Agency on behalf of Angelique Tran Van Sang at Felicity Bryan Associates. Cana­dian rights sold to Peter Phillips at Penguin Teen Canada at auction via Lewis, and UK rights to Fiona Ken­nedy at Zephyr via Tran Van Sang.

JENNIFER YU’s SF YA novel Grief in the Fourth Dimension sold to Maggie Lehrman at Abrams Children’s via Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency.

LONI CRITTENDEN’s Gos­samer & Glass, an “African Dia­sporic-inspired YA fantasy,”went to Elizabeth Agyemang at Clarion via Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Company.

LEE PAIGE O’BRIEN’s YA fantasy A Hundred Vicious Turns and a new book in the Broken Tower series sold to Emily Daluga at Amulet via Jordan Hamessley of New Leaf Literary & Media.

MORGAN MATSON’s YA fantasy Promchanted, about two teens who find themselves in the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, and a second book sold to Brittany Rubiano at Disney-Hyperion via Emily van Beek of Folio Literary Management.

ELISA BONNIN’s YA fantasy Exiles of Ellery West sold to Ra­chel Diebel at Feiwel and Friends via Natalie Lakosil and Antoinette Van Sluytman at Irene Goodman Agency.

APARNA VERMA’s fantasy The Phoenix King and two more books sold to Priyanka Krishnan at Orbit and Jenni Hill at Orbit UK via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

LYNN BUCHANAN’s first novel The Dollmakers went to Da­vid Pomerico at Voyager via Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

NORA FUSSNER’s debut hor­ror novel The Invisible World sold to Ellie Pritchett at Vintage via Ai­mee Ashcraft of Brower Literary.

First novelist DWAIN WOR­RELL’s military SF novel An­drone and a sequel, described as “The Forever War meets Pacific Rim and Mad Max: Fury Road,”sold to Adrienne Procaccini at 47North via Dorian Maffei at Kim­berley Cameron and Associates.

First novelist EMILY JANE’s On Earth as It Is On Television sold to Adam Wilson at Hyperion Avenue via Holly Root at Root Lit­erary.

Korean writer HWANG JUN­GUEN’s Savage Alice and Ev­ery Year, translated by JANET HONG, sold to Chad Post at Open Letter in a pre-empt via Barbara Zitwer of Barbara Zitwer Agency.

CLEO QIAN’s debut slipstream collection Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go sold to Alyssa Ogi at Tin House Books via Annie Hwang of Ayesha Pande Literary.

CHRISTINE LAI’s first novel Landscapes, a literary novel of near-future ecological disaster, sold to Eric Obenauf at Two Dol­lar Radio via Stephanie Sinclair of CookeMcDermid.

KEITH RONDINELLI’s first collection A General Theory of Tears sold to James Reich at Stalk­ing Horse Press.

First novelist C.K. TURNER’s fantasy Sparrow in a Tin Can sold to Michael Dolan at Winding Road Stories.

KAY COSTALES sold first fan­tasy When They Beckon to There­sa Cole at City Owl Press via Les­ley Sabga of the Seymour Agency.

New writer MEREDITH LY­ONS sold Ghost Tamer to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Helga Schier will edit.

  1. JACKSON’s first novel The Ice Sings Back went to Rose Alexandre-Leach at Green Writers Press.

KIT KARLSSON’s debut Wan­derer of the Wastes went to Britta­ny Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

JEREMEY HARRISON’s first fantasy The Island of Forever went to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

BRENDON VAYO’s first novel Girl Among Crows went to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Helga Schier will edit.

New author KAITLYNN DE­MONEY sold A Stirring from the Depths to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

First novelist LOUANGIE BOU-MONTES sold YA novel Don’t Fear the Reaper to Caro­lina Ortiz at Harper Children’s in a pre-empt via Saritza Hernandez of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

MATTEO CERILLI’s debut YA horror novel Lockjaw and a second title sold to Peter Phillips at Tundra Books via Ali McDonald of 5 Otter Literary.

ANGELIQUE BURRELL’s first novel, YA fantasy A Mark in the Road, went to Jennifer Lowry at Monarch via Bonnie Swanson of The Purcell Agency.

A.N. PAYTON sold fantasy no­vella Deathbringer and Desire to Theresa Cole at City Owl Press.

SARAH DAY sold debut dark fan­tasy novella Greyhowler – “A Psalm for the Wild-Built meets The Fifth Season”– to Mark Teppo at Under­land Press.

XUETING CHRISTINE NI will edit and translate Sinophagia, featur­ing “14 dazzling tales of contempo­rary Chinese horror that have been translated into English for the very first time,”for Michael Rowley at Solaris.

ALEX BROWN & SHELLY PAGE will edit Night of the Living Queers, “a YA horror anthology exclusively featuring queer authors of color putting fresh spins on classic horror tropes,”for Tiffany Shelton at Wednesday Books via Renee Nyen of kt literary for Brown and Rebecca Po­dos of Rees Literary Agency for Page.

LEE MURRAY & ANGELA YURIKO SMITH will edit Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror for Lindy Ryan at Black Spot. Murray & GENEVE FLYNN resold their anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women to Jennifer Barnes at Raw Dog Screaming Press.

LEO DAMROSCH’s biography Storyteller: The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson sold to Jennifer Banks at Yale University Press via Tina Bennett of Bennett Literary.



PHILIP FRACASSI resold horror novel Boys in the Valley and a second book to Nadia Saward at Orbit UK via Chris Scheina at Macmillan.

ALEXIA GORDON resold ghost novel Murder In G Major to Dana Grimaldi at Harlequin Worldwide Library via Cindy Bullard of Birch Literary on behalf of Henery Press.



TANIA CHEN is now assistant editor at Uncanny, taking over for MONTE LIN, who will be manag­ing editor starting with the 1-2/23 issue.

STEPHANIE SINCLAIR was hired as publisher of McClelland & Stewart and Hazlitt at Penguin Random House Canada, beginning October 3. She replaces JARED BLAND, who is taking the new role of vice-president of communica­tions and community there. Sinclair was previously a literary agent of CookeMcDermid.



TV rights to RACHEL LIN­DEN’s fantasy The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie were optioned by Hallmark Channel via Lucy Stille of Lucy Stille Literary on behalf of Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

TV rights to JOHN STITH’s SF novel Manhattan Transfer were optioned by Sky Conway via Sara Megibow at kt literary.

Film rights to MIA TSAI’s un­published SF novel Key & Vale were optioned by Girls to the Front Pro­ductions via Anne Tibbets of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

TIM PRATT will write Arkham Horror novel The Ravening Deep for Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells at Aconyte via Ginger Clark of Ginger Clark Literary

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