People & Publishing Roundup, March 2023

Gregory Benford (2012)

GREGORY BENFORD, 82, had a stroke on December 22, 2022. While his condition is serious, he has moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center, and is reportedly recovering well.



WALTER MOSLEY, 71, won the 2023 Diamond Dagger Award, presented by the Crime Writers’ Association. The award is the highest honor offered by the group, and ‘‘recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.’’ Mosley will be honored at a gala ceremony to be held July 6, 2023.

JOHN SCALZI is the winner of the 2023 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for ‘‘outstanding published works in science fic­tion and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.’’ Winners are chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and receive a certificate plaque, a sterling silver medallion, and two lapel pins, all featuring the likeness of Robert A. Heinlein. The award will be presented at Balticon in Maryland on May 26, 2023.

Walter Mosley (2010s)

LYSTRA ROSE’s The Upwell­ing (Hachette Australia) won the Prize for Indigenous Writing and We Who Hunt the Hollow by KATE MURRAY (Hardie Grant Children’s) won the Prize for Writing for Young Adults in the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, announced February 2, 2023. They will each receive A$25,000.

REBECCA PODOS’s From Dust, a Flame (Balzer + Bray) won the 2022 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (the Cybils) in the Young Adult Speculative Fiction cat­egory, and The Mirrorwood by DEVA FAGAN (Atheneum) won for Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.


SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA’s 1950’s Hollywood novel The Sev­enth Veil of Salome sold to Tricia Narwani at Random House via Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary Agency.

JACK DANN sold collection Islands of Time to Kevin Lucia at Cemetery Dance via Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House.

S.A. BARNES sold SF horror novel Ghost Station and another book to Kelly Lonesome at Night­fire via Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media.

LILITH SAINTCROW sold Norse-inspired epic fantasy A Flame in the North and two more books to Nivia Evans at Orbit via Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency.

ANDREW JOSEPH WHITE sold SF horror novel You Weren’t Meant to Be Human to Joe Monti at Saga Press in a pre-empt via Jennifer March Soloway of An­drea Brown Literary Agency.

SARAH REES BRENNAN sold fantasy Long Live Evil and two more titles to Nivia Evans at Orbit and Jenni Hill at Orbit UK via Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media.

ERIN A. CRAIG sold A Land So Wide, inspired by Scottish ballad ‘‘Tam Lin’’, to Caitlin Lan­duyt at Anchor at auction via Sarah Landis of Sterling Lord Literistic.

JEN FAWKES sold fantasy A Young Lady’s Guide to World Domination to Tina Pohlman at Overlook in a pre-empt via Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. Regan Mies will edit.

JUDE DEVERAUX’s fantasy romance, The Blue Swan Duol­ogy, sold to Margaret Marbury at Mira for six figures via Robert Gottlieb of Trident Media Group. Nicole Brebner will edit.

SARAH HOGLE sold romantic fantasy Old Flames and For­tunes and a second title to Kate Dresser at Putnam via Taylor Haggerty of Root Literary.

MATTHEW LYONS sold horror crime novel A Mask of Flies and another title to Kristin Temple at Tor via Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.

TARAN HUNT’s The Unkill­able Princess, sequel to The Immortality Thief, sold to Amy Borsuk at Solaris via Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson As­sociates.

JODY HOLFORD sold fantasy All the Other Me to Brendan Deneen at Blackstone Publishing via Frances Black of The Literary Counsel.

ELIZABETH MAY sold These Monstrous Gods and the second book in a dark fantasy duology inspired by Imperial Russia to Katie Hoffman at DAW via Rus­sell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.

NICHOLAS PULLEN sold The Black Hunger and a second title to Bradley Englert at Orbit and Nadia Saward at Orbit UK via Na­tasha Mihell of the Rights Factory.

A.E. OSWORTH sold science fantasy novel Awakened to Seema Mahanian at Grand Cen­tral via Ryan Harbage of Fischer-Harbage Agency.

ALEX GRECIAN sold Red Rabbit and a second horror novel to Kelly Lonesome at Nightfire via Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company.

D.J. MOLLES sold epic fantasy A Harvest of Ash & Blood and a second title to Rick Bleiweiss at Blackstone Publishing via David Fugate of LaunchBooks Literary Agency.

DAVE PEDREIRA’s SF novel The Never Wars went to Rick Bleiweiss at Blackstone Publish­ing via David Fugate of Launch­Books Literary Agency.

MARK STEENSLAND & KIRSTEN CROSS sold super­natural horror novel Trading Bullets with the Devil to Kevin Lucia at Cemetery Dance.

ANGELICA LOPES sold fan­tasy The Curse of the Flores Women to Alexandra Torrealba at Amazon Crossing in a pre-empt via Marleen Seegers of 2 Seas Agency on behalf of Anna Luiza Cardoso of Villas-Boas Moss Agency for Angelica Lopes.

CECILIA EUDAVE’s ‘‘horror-infused, polyphonic’’ novel The Summer of the Serpent went to Mark Doten at Soho Press via Veronica Flores of VF Agencia Literaria.

BEN CHALFIN sold queer fantasy The Prince’s Heart to Al­exandria Brown at Rising Action.

MELISSA SCOTT’s fantasy The Master of Samar, with il­lustrations by HEESEON WON, sold to Athena Andreadis at Candlemark & Gleam.

ROSS JEFFERY’s horror novel I Died Too, But They Haven’t Buried Me Yet sold to Christoph Paul at Clash.

RENAN BERNARDO sold SF collection Different Kinds of De­fiance to J.D. Harlock at Android.

NISHA J. TULI sold Heart of Night and Fire and three more books to Jack Renninson at Sec­ond Sky via Jennifer Herrington of Harvey Klinger.

BEN ALDERSON’s fantasy Heir to Throne and Flame and two more books sold to Jack Ren­ninson at Second Sky.

KATHRYN ANN KINGSLEY’s fantasy romance To Charm a Dark Prince and three more books sold to Jack Renninson at Second Sky.

Andrew Joseph White (2022)

STACIE MURPHY sold histori­cal fantasy A Witch’s Secret to Victoria Wenzel at Pegasus Crime via Jill Marr of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

The estate of HAYDEN HOW­ARD sold collection The Hidden Stories of John Hayden Howard to Steve Jackson at WildBlue Press via Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.

LIAM CORLEY’s time-travel novel Changelings went to Tracy Crow at MilSpeak Books.

TRAVIS KLEMPAN sold fan­tasy Hills Hide Mountains to Tracy Crow at MilSpeak Books. Samantha Otto Brown will edit.

P.E. PADILLA sold books seven through ten in the He­ro’s Academy series – Hero’s Strength, Hero’s Anger, Hero’s Life, and Hero’s Light – to Tanya Crosby-Straley at Oliver Heber.

YOLANDA SFETSOS sold hor­ror novel Suffer the Darkness to Andrew Robert at DarkLit. FORTUNE WHELAN’s specu­lative romance One Night on Vallejo Street went to Jen Bou­vier at Sideways.

KAYLA MORTON sold fantasy novel Seven Silenced to Brittany Weisrock at Lake Country Press.

BREANNE RANDALL’s liter­ary fantasy The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic went to Holly Ingraham at Alcove Press via Natalie Lakosil of Irene Goodman Agency.

ERICA SIMONE TURNIP­SEED sold collection American Sibyl to Gabrielle David at 2Leaf Press via Liz Nealon and Mona Kanin at Great Dog Literary.

KELECHI OKAFOR’s collec­tion Edge of Here and another title went to Sareeta Domingo at Trapeze in a pre-empt via Sallyanne Sweeney of Mulcahy Sweeney.

HOLLY ROSE sold science fantasy Until the Stars Fall to Theresa Cole at Mystic Owl.

THOMAS KENDALL’s specu­lative noir novel How I Killed the Universal Man went to Miette Gillette at Whiskey Tit.

MARCIA MAIDANA’s The Haunting of Blackwater went to Lisa Green at City Owl Press.

NICOLE NORTHWOOD sold The Devil You Know, first in the Hotel Heat series, to Theresa Cole at Mystic Owl.

MEGAN VAN DYKE’s fantasy The Alice Curse went to Heather McCorkle at City Owl Press.

LIZZY GAYLE sold fantasy Glacial Heat to Heather Mc­Corkle at Mystic Owl.

S.C. GRAYSON sold Little Red Shadow, sequel to Beauty and the Blade, to Lisa Green at Mystic Owl.

MATT WALLACE sold middle-grade novel Nowhere Special to Ben Rosenthal at Katherine Te­gen Books via DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary Agen­cy. Wallace recently changed agents, and is now represented by Becky LeJeune of Bond Liter­ary Agency.

NASEEM JAMNIA sold mid­dle-grade fantasy Sleepaway to Alyson Heller at Aladdin via John Cusick of Folio Literary Manage­ment on behalf of Upswell Media.

SARAH DASS sold Caribbean-folklore-inspired YA fantasy It Waits in the Forest to Rebecca Kuss at Rick Riordan Presents via Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Green­burger Associates.

MOSES OSE UTOMI sold Children of Useyi, sequel to Daughters of Oduma, to Reka Simonsen at Atheneum via Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

ELLE TESCH sold YA dark fan­tasy Of Rusted Throats to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends via Tara Gonzalez of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Married couple CORY MC­CARTHY & A.R. CAPETTA sold queer space pirate novel Dead Space Tells No Tales to Miriam Newman at Candlewick via Jim McCarthy of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret for McCarthy and Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties for Capetta.

E. LATIMER’s YA horror novel The Afterdark and another book sold to Lynne Missen and Peter Phillips at Tundra Books via Silvia Molteni of PFD.

CHATHAM GREENFIELD sold queer YA time loop romance Time and Time Again and a second title to Alex Borbolla at Bloomsbury Children’s at auction via Natascha Morris of the Tobias Literary Agency.

RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT’s YA time-travel fantasy Pride & Prejudice & Pittsburgh sold to Alexa Pastor at Simon & Schus­ter Children’s via Emily van Beek of Folio Literary Management.



RUBY DIXON resold Barbar­ian’s Prize, Barbarian’s Mate, Barbarian’s Touch, and Barbar­ian’s Taming, books five through eight of the Ice Planet Barbarians series, with new bonus content, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley via Holly Root of Root Literary.



JENNIFER JACKSON has been promoted to executive vice president at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

AMANDA RUTTER has joined Solaris as commissioning editor. She was previously an agent with Azantian Literary Agency, and has also worked for Red Sofa Literary Agency, Angry Robot, Aconyte, and Titan.


N.K. Jemisin (2018)

MICHAEL MOORCOCK op­tioned film rights to 30 books in four different series – The Eternal Champion, Elric, Hawkmoon, and Corum – to producer David Goyer, Skydance, Apple TV, and writer Dana Jackson, via Michael Prevett of Circle of Confusion on behalf of Howard Morhaim of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

N.K. JEMISIN’s Great Cities duology – The City We Became and sequel The World We Make – is being adapted as an ongo­ing series by Walden Media via Hotchkiss Daily & Associates on behalf of The Knight Agency.

TIM PRATT delivered Arkham Horror novel The Ravening Deep to Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells at Aconyte.

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