People & Publishing Roundup, October 2022


MARYANN HARRIS, artist, musician, and wife of Charles de Lint, became ill on September 6, 2021 with encephalitis, and was eventually diagnosed with the rare, tick-borne Powassan virus. She spent eight months in intensive care before being transferred to a com­plex care facility, where she is on a ventilator and almost entirely para­lyzed. Fundraising efforts are un­derway to defray the considerable costs; details, and updates on her condition, are available at <www.­ery>.

Author, editor, and publisher RON DRUMMOND had a stroke on June 5, 2022: “I lost my right-handedness, my beautiful auto­graph, and all my conscious control over the right side of my body. Very slowly, it returns.” Details, includ­ing links to a fundraiser for treat­ment costs, are here: <littlebig25. com/PR-220705.shtml>.

RYAN CAHILL is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.



Justina Ireland (2017)

JUSTINA IRELAND’s Ophie’s Ghosts (Balzer + Bray) won the $5,000 Scott O’Dell Award for “a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults.”

SARAH PINSKER’s “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather” (Un­canny 3-4/21) won the Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction, presented at Dragon Con, Septem­ber 1-5, 2022 in Atlanta GA. The award celebrates “the best in in­novative fiction” and honors writer and editor Eugie Foster, who died in 2014.

NNADI SAMUEL’s “A Glos­sary of Artillery Terms” (Jaggery Spring ‘22) won the Bronze poetry award in the 2022 Writers’ Awards. The 12 winners will receive “over £10,000 in cash/development priz­es” as well as publication in the Creative Future Writers’ Award an­thology. They will be celebrated as part of the London Literature Festi­val on October 22, 2022.



E. LILY YU’s collection Jewel Box: Stories sold to Sarah Guan at Erewhon via Markus Hoffmann of Regal Hoffmann & Associates.

TJ KLUNE sold four novels about queer love and family, “set in curious and enchanting worlds,” to Ali Fisher at Tor for seven figures via Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency.

JONATHAN MABERRY sold the 14th and 15th Joe Ledger books, plus The Dragon in Winter, third in the Kagen the Damned series, to Michael Homler at Griffin via Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.

BRIAN EVENSON’s new col­lection Good Night, Sleep Tight, with “existential horror and sci-fi for our times,” sold to Lizzie Davis at Coffee House Press via Matt Mc­Gowan of Frances Goldin Literary Agency.

Howard Andrew Jones (2015)

HOWARD ANDREW JONES sold five books in the Chronicles of Hanuvar sword-and-sorcery series, starting with Lord of a Shattered Land, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books via Bob Mecoy of Creative Book Services.

C PAM ZHANG’s near-future novel Land of Milk and Honey sold to Sarah McGrath at Riverhead via Bill Clegg of the Clegg Agency.

JEN WILLIAMS sold fantasy novel Talonsister and a second title to David Lancett at Titan Books at auction via Juliet Mushens of Mushens Entertainment. Audio rights to Ellis Moore at Bolinda, at auction.

H.M. LONG sold fantasy Dark Water Daughter and a second book to George Sandison at Titan Books via Naomi Davis of Book­Ends.

MICHAEL C. GRUMLEY sold three books in near-future se­ries The First One to Robert Davis at Forge via Danny Baror of Baror International.

JAMES HAN MATTSON’s The Grand Impostors, a suspense novel about ghosts, sold to Jessica Williams at William Morrow via Marya Spence of Janklow & Nes­bit.

ANDY MARINO sold horror novel The Swarm to Bradley En­glert at Redhook via Cameron Mc­Clure of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

SALLY WEN MAO sold Nine­tails, featuring nine stories about the fox spirit from Asian folklore, and a second book to Nidhi Pugalia at Viking at auction via Clare Mao of Europa Content.

MATT KIRKLAND’s Dracula Daily, “a humorous reframing of the classic Bram Stoker novel,” went to Lucas Wetzel at Andrews McMeel.

ROBIN ALVAREZ sold When Oceans Rise, “a fairytale retelling of ‘The Little Mermaid’,” to Jean Lowd at Creative James.

JADE PRESLEY sold Never List and two more in a fantasy ro­mance trilogy described as “Cin­derella meets Sons of Anarchy” to Liz Pelletier at Entangled via Beth Davey.

KIT FRICK sold parallel-real­ity thriller The Split and a second book to Lara Jones at Emily Bestler Books in a pre-empt via Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management and Joelle Hobeika of Alloy Entertain­ment.

Andy Marino (2021)

JANE KINDRED’s Master of the Game, third in the Demons of Elysium series, sold to Rachel Haimowitz at Riptide Publishing via Sara Megibow of kt literary.

SHELLY LYONS sold “body horror rom-com” Like Real to Max Booth III at Ghoulish Books.

ROSS JEFFERY’s The Devil’s Pocketbook – “The Lighthouse meets The Witch” – went to An­drew Robert at DarkLit.

ERIC RAGLIN’s collection Ex­tinction Hymns, with illustrations by ELIZABETH LEGGETT, went to S.D. Vassallo at Brigids Gate.

MATT JONES sold Drones to Sheri Williams at TouchPoint Press via Tracy Crow of Tracy Crow Lit­erary Agency. Ashley Carlson will edit.

RAE VALTERA’s fantasy novel Her Dark Grace went to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

JO GRAHAM’s historical fan­tasy A Blackened Mirror, illus­trated by ALEXANDRA TOR­RES FERRER, sold to Athena Andreadis at Candlemark & Gleam.

BETH CASTRODALE’s “modern Gothic novel” The In­habitants went to Jaynie Royal at Regal House.

STEPHEN SCHREFFLER sold The Bleed to Rob Carroll at Dark Matter Ink.

DAVID SCOTT HAY sold ex­perimental horror novel NSFW to Miette Gillette at Whiskey Tit in a pre-empt.

PAIGE ROBERTS sold para­normal novel Precise Oaths to Lisa Green at City Owl Press via Michelle Hauck of Storm Literary Agency.

TYLER JONES sold horror novel Heavy Oceans to Andrew Robert at DarkLit.

ALEXANDER WALES’s “cozy LITRPG” This Used to Be About Dungeons and three more books sold to Bryce O’Connor at Wraith­marked Creative via Drew Gilmour of Achilles Literary Agency.

AMY QUINTON’s fantasy ro­mances A Spell for a Duke, A Duke to Scry For, and The Duke Who Lived in the Spellmaidens of Coven Square – House Animusseries, sold to Kathryn Le Veque at Dragonblade Shadow.

C.E. TAYLOR sold Angolin to Sue Arroyo at CamCat Books. Ela­na Gibson will edit.

MORGAN HOWELL’s fantasy novel The Moon Won’t Talk sold to Jaynie Royal at Regal House.

KRISSIE WILLIAMS sold Southern Gothic novel There Ought to Be Shadows to Cassan­dra Thompson at Quill & Crow.

ROSHANI CHOKSHI’s mid­dle-grade novel The Spirit Mirror, “The Graveyard Book with Fili­pino mythology,” went to Stephanie Lurie at Rick Riordan via Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Nnadi Samuel (2022)

SHANNON DUNLAP sold YA novel Right Here, Right Now, about multiple universes, to Farrin Jacobs at Little, Brown Children’s via Kerry Sparks at Levine Green­berg Rostan.

ROSARIA MUNDA’s YA fan­tasy novel Gods & Gamemasters sold to Gretchen Durning at Ra­zorbill via Danielle Burby of Mad Woman Literary Agency.

ANURADHA RAJURKAR’s YA gothic thriller Temporary Bod­ies went to Katherine Harrison and Gianna Lakenauth at Knopf Chil­dren’s via Alexander Slater of San­ford J. Greenburger Associates.

SAJNI PATEL’s YA novel A Drop of Venom, “a feminist rei­magining of Medusa’s origins, in­spired by Indian lore,” and a second title sold to Christine Collins at Rick Riordan Presents in a pre-empt via Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management.

LILLIE VALE’s YA novel Hit Me with Your Best Charm, “a sapphic paranormal adventure,” went to Dana Leydig at Viking Children’s via Jessica Watterson of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

LESLIE VEDDER’s YA fan­tasy The Cursed Rose, third in the trilogy that began with The Bone Spindle, went to Ruta Rimas at Razorbill via Carrie Hannigan and Ellen Goff of HG Literary.

BRIANNA JOY CRUMP sold YA fantasies Of Poisons and Princes and Of Faith and Flames, sequels to Of Cages and Crowns, to Fiona Simpson at Wattpad.

E.C. FARRELL’s near-future dystopian YA novel Code Word sold to Rhonda Penders at the Wild Rose Press via Bonnie Swanson of the Purcell Agency. Josette Arthur will edit.

DINESH THIRU sold Into the Sunken City, a near-future “di­verse YA retelling of Treasure Is­land,” to Kristen Pettit at Harper Children’s via Claire Friedman of Inkwell Management.

ELLEN PARENT sold After the Fall, “a YA Station Eleven,” to Jaynie Royal at Regal House.

EMILY HAMILTON’s The Stars Too Fondly, “a debut queer space odyssey,” went to Nate Lan­man at Voyager at auction via Roma Panganiban of Janklow & Nesbit.

DEVIN GREENLEE sold de­but YA paranormal romance Ever­green to Jen Bouvier at Entangled Teen via Ramona Pina of Book­Ends.

MALAYNA EVANS sold first novel Neferura, an Egyptian his­torical fantasy, to MJ Johnston at Sourcebooks via Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency.

JESSICA BRYANT KLAG­MANN’s debut fantasy Your Echo on the Waves went to Alicia Clancy at Lake Union Publishing via James McGowan of BookEnds.

B. PLADEK sold debut literary fantasy Dry Land to Dennis Lloyd at University of Wisconsin Press via Brenna English-Loeb of Trans­atlantic Literary Agency.

Kemi Ashing-Giwa (2022)

KEMI ASHING-GIWA’s no­vella This World Is Not Yours, “about a toxic polycule on a sen­tient planet,” sold to Jennifer Gun­nels at Nightfire via Tricia Skinner of Fuse Literary.

ERICA SCHAEF’s horror no­vella This Cold Night, illustrated by ELIZABETH LEGGETT, sold to Heather Vassallo at Brigids Gate.



KATE COLLINS resold horror novel A Good House for Children to Kate Nintzel at Mariner via Lucy Carson at Friedrich Agency on be­half of Leonora Craig Cohen at UK publisher Serpent’s Tail.



SAMIYA BASHIR is joining Lambda Literary as executive direc­tor.

RICK LEWIS, former editor-in-chief at Uproar Books, has joined Martin Literary & Media Manage­ment as an agent focused on adult and YA speculative fiction.



Film rights to J.M. DONEL­LAN’s Rumors of Her Death were optioned by Tristan Barr at Contin­uance Pictures via Cindy Bullard at Birch Literary.

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