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AGENCY NEWS JULY 2015

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on June 30, 2015

JULY 2015

 

Well the big news is probably out there but we do want to report on this site that JOHN SCALZI and TOR BOOKS have agreed to terms for John’s next 10 adult novels and 3 Young Adult novels in a seven figure deal.  Congratulations John.  We’re delighted to have represented you in this negotiation and there’s much more to do.

In other news:

CORSAIR by JAMES CAMBIAS is out and we’ve sold rights in Japan and Israel.

IAN DOUGLAS has delivered the first book of a new series, ANDROMEDAN DARK which will launch in December from Eos.

On behalf of the ANDRE NORTON estate we’ve licensed an additional 11 backlist titles to Open Road.

We’ve sold Germany rights for SHELLY LAURENSTON for the first book of her new series, THE CROWS: THE UNLEASHING.

We’ve sold a Western to St. Martin’s on behalf of JASON MANNING and A.S.P. will be re-issuing almost his entire backlist with new covers.

On behalf of CANDACE FLEMING we’ve sold a work on the artist JOSEPH CORNELL to Schwartz and Wade.

On behalf of JULIA NOONAN we’ve renewed her agreement with HarperCollins for her illustrations for YOU’RE JUST WHAT I NEED.

On behalf of RIPTIDE PUBLISHING we’ve licensed 10 titles to Audible.com for their authors S.E. Jakes and Abigail Roux.

Ditmar and Aurealis Award-winning client Thoraiya Dyer inked a three book deal for her TITAN’S FOREST fantasy series with Tor Books.

Patty Blount took home a Firecracker Award for best YA for her book SOME BOYS during the Council of Literary Magazines and Publishers inaugural Firecracker Awards ceremony. She also renewed for two new YA novels with her proud publisher Sourcebooks.

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AGENCY NEWS APRIL 2015

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on April 8, 2015

AGENCY NEWS APRIL 2015

 

Patty Blount’s SOME BOYS is a finalist for the 2015 RITA Award for Young Adult Romance and is now in its fifth reprint.  Her new book NOTHING LEFT TO BURN will be out in August from Sourcebooks.

JOHN SCALZI’S THE END OF ALL THINGS (Tor, 8/2015) is completed and we are gearing up for publication of this sixth book in the ‘Old Man’s War’ series.   And there is great news for John’s LOCK IN, it’s up for an AUDIE AWARD.  The Audible version is narrated by Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson, and a full cast.

In other news we are pleased to announce a number of sales on behalf of CANDACE FLEMING, two new non-fiction works have been sold to Schwartz and Wade.

She will also be joining Caldecott winning illustrator, ERIC ROHMANN to create a second book featuring their delightful hero BULLDOZER, whose debut children’s picture book BULLDOZER’S BIG DAY is forthcoming in May from Atheneum.

AER-KI JYR’s forthcoming science fiction novel APEX is getting a lot of pre-publication attention and io9 has included it in their best of April 2015 roundup.

JUDD TRICHTER’S LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION (Thomas Dunne) has a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was featured in their best of spring round up.

GAIL MARTIN’S new novel from Orbit WAR OF SHADOWS is headed for the New Arrivals  tables in all stores for Barnes and Noble.

For SHARON SHINN we’ve sold two more works to Audible, JEWELED FIRE: ROYAL AIRS #3 which is coming from Ace in November and another title in the series.

We have two big debuts coming in April for our romance clients, SHELLY LAURENSTONS’S NEW SERIES CALL OF CROWS commences with THE UNLEASHING.

We also welcome a new series from  LUCY MONROE, with WILD HEAT from Grand Central.

We’ve sold 3 new books to Harlequin Historicals for Georgie Lee, including her first continuity.

Travis Langley, author of BATMAN AND PSYCHOLOGY will have four pop-culture psychology books from Sterling, the first of which, WALKING DEAD PSYCHOLOGY and STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY, are due out later this year.

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On the Passing of Bertrice Small

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on February 25, 2015

 

BERTRICE SMALL                              December 9, 1937-February 24, 2015

 

It’s with great sadness that I acknowledge on our website the passing of Bertrice Small, a great colleague and a true friend.  We enjoyed a long, fruitful relationship based on mutual respect and candor.  She was a friend and a mentor to me as an agent and I treasure both the work we did together and the companionship we shared discussing the business and our personal lives.  Her talent and accomplishments were vast, not only in the number of her books she wrote, but in their quality and their fresh and groundbreaking content.

She was a unique and special woman, full of life and intelligence and wit and she will be missed.  May she be remembered for a blessing.

 

Ethan Ellenberg

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AGENCY NEWS MARCH 2015

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on February 18, 2015

AGENCY NEWS MARCH 2015

 

I’d like to start with a number of awards and honors.

 

The American Library Association recently announced its awards and we’re delighted that two agency clients were among the honorees:

LOCK IN by JOHN SCALZI won an Alex Award, awarded for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.

THE FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION AND THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA  written by  CANDACE FLEMING, and published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books won a YALSA AWARD, awarded for excellence in publishing for Young Adult non-fiction.

And speaking of John Scalzi’s LOCK IN, it’s also up for an AUDIE award for best audiobook in the Science Fiction category.

In other news a major coup for first time novelist JUDD TRICHTER whose first SF novel, LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION has been recognized by PW as one of the top 10 books for Spring, 2015 in SF, Fantasy and Horror.  The book already received a number of strong reviews and we’ve sold audio and Italian rights.

 

In other news:

 

AER-KI JYR’s first novel with Harper/Voyager, APEX, was featured in PW’s Spring 2015 highlights.

We’re re-issuing 5 of Kay Kenyon’s early novels with our Agent Sponsored Publishing

Mel Odom’s new military SF series, THE MAKAUM WAR, has launched with publication of book one, MASTER SERGEANT, and it’s a Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club and IO9 has reviewed it.

We’ve sold a new work for Edward Willett to Daw, THE CITY MUST DIE.

March will be a big month for SHELLY LAURENSTON with the launch of her new series, CALL OF CROWS, book one is titled THE UNLEASHINGAudio rights have been sold to Tantor.

Open Road Publishing will be releasing all of the JENNIFER WILDE backlist over the coming months, the first time any of these books have been published as ebooks.

We’ve sold two new YA books by ROBIN BRIDGES to Kensington.

We’re very excited about the May publication of BULLDOZER’S BIG DAY written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann.  It’s Simon and Schuster’s lead picture book companywide for Spring 2015 and we’ve agreed on terms for a sequel.

MARTHE JOCELYN has agreed to a new picture book deal with Tundra for SAM SORTS, a sequel of sorts to her hit book HANNAH’S COLLECTIONS.
We continue our success in licensing translation rights on behalf of RIPTIDE PUBLISHING and can proudly say we have now licensed titles in Japanese, German, Italian, and French.

Senior Agent, Evan Gregory has concluded terms for the 4th book in MARKO KLOOS’S  ‘FRONTLINES’ series, provisionally titled CHAINS OF COMMAND.

 

IO9 is featuring FLEX by FERRETT STEINMETZ, a March book coming from Angry Robot, in its 2015 preview.

 

Ethan Ellenberg

 

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AGENCY NEWS NOVEMBER 2014

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on November 4, 2014

AGENCY NEWS—NOVEMBER 2014

 

 

We’re excited to report publication of the first two original titles under our Agent Support Publishing program.

 

We launched with DARK DIGITAL SKY by Carac Allison.  This dark suspense novel  has already garnered 66 Amazon reviews and they are overwhelmingly positive.  We couldn’t be prouder of an author we think is at the very top of this genre’s storytellers.  A book description follows below:

 

LA Private Investigator Chalk is hired to find three adult sons a Hollywood mogul fathered through a sperm bank many years before. United, the three half brothers discover they share a desire to be warriors. They plan a heist to prove they are worthy of enlisting with a paramilitary leader who has taken both a name and a mad inspiration from Kubrick’s dark satire Dr. Strangelove. General Ripper’s forces begin by robbing pharmaceutical warehouses and then mailing the stolen prescription drugs to America’s veterans. They escalate to kidnapping video game designers and broadcasting their deaths. The ensuing chaos builds toward a culminating drone attack that will forever prove Ripper’s warning that graphics have made warriors terrorists.

Chalk, the book’s main character, is an ex-FBI agent whose specializations are cults and computer forensics. The tools of his trade as a PI are a Porsche 911, an unregistered Glock, modified cellphones, radios, and an eclectic collection of computers. He suffers from bipolar disorder, lives alone and hopes to one day be able to see his son without the constraints placed on him by the courts.

 

Our next title is a major Science Fiction novel by a debut author, JAMES HIDER, CRONIX.   If you are looking for a brilliant new voice in the genre who tells a big story that will challenge and entertain you,  CRONIX is it.  A description follows below:

 

Recreational suicide bombings and revelers in fancy dress throwing themselves from the top of the Empire State Building: when scientists break the final frontier of Death and find a way for the soul to live forever, humanity leaves Earth with a bang, bound for a man-made paradise. On the Orbiters, supercomputers riding beyond the edge of Earth’s atmosphere, these Eternals live out their wildest dreams or build fantastic idylls, free at last from the tyranny of Evolution.

 

Back on Earth, however, the man known to history simply as the Missing Link is hiding out in the woods. Luis Oriente was the product of a brutal but successful experiment to capture a human mind and synthesize it into ultra-human form. Not quite mortal, and fearful of heaven, Oriente has spent centuries fleeing his past, living a quiet life in the woods, far from prying eyes.

 

But when a giant wolf disrupts the rhythm of the forest to deliver a cryptic message, Oriente is dragged back into the turbulent currents of the history he has tried so hard to forget. Something is rotten in paradise, and Evolution is not quite done with humanity yet.

 

In other news we are very happy to announce that two agency clients have made the BEST BOOKS OF 2014 LIST FROM PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY.

 

James Cambias’s  A DARKLING SEA is one of only 6 SF/Fantasy Books honored and Candace Fleming’s THE FAMILY ROMANOV has been honored on the YA non-fiction list.

We’re celebrating a number of new sales below:

 

MARYJANICE DAVIDSON—the ‘UNDEAD’ series concludes with books 14 and 15.

JOHN SCALZI-we’ve licensed movie/t.v. rights to LEGENDARY PICTURES for LOCK IN.

We’ve sold APEX to Avon Impulse for new client AER-KI JYR.

Mel Odom’s first book in his new military SF series, MASTER SERGEANT: THE MAKAUM WAR, is a Main Selection of the Science Fiction Book Club,

We’ve sold 3 more books in her GARGOYLE series to St. Martin’s for CHRISTINE WARREN.

We’ve sold 3 more books on behalf of LINDSAY MCKENNA to Harlequin/HQN.

EVAN GREGORY in our office has sold a 3 book Fantasy series to Tor on behalf of new fiction author MICHAEL LIVINGSTON.

 

I hope you will read DARK DIGITAL SKY by Carac Allison and CRONIX by James Hider, they are special books and debuts for two wonderfully talented writers.

 

Ethan Ellenberg

 

 

 

 

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