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. facebook.com/harrisdelintrecovery>.
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’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 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.
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.
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’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.
This report and more like it in the September 2022 issue of Locus.
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