Agency News

Agency News April 2019

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on April 10, 2019

Two of our clients, John Scalzi and Marko Kloos, were involved in the Netflix SFF Animated Anthology project LOVE, DEATH & ROBOTS. Scalzi had three shorts produced and Kloos had two. It’s been a hit with Netflix since it came out on March 15th.

 

John Scalzi hit the #1 author slot on Amazon on April 9th.

LINES OF DEPARTURE, the second book in Marko Kloos’ popular FRONTLINES series, reached a benchmark of a quarter of a million sales.

WE ARE LEGION: WE ARE BOB is nominated for a Japanese Seiun award.

Shelly Laurenston’s second book in the Honey Badgers Chronicles, IN A BADGER WAY debuted at #30 on the USA TODAY bestseller list. It is one of Amazon’s Best Romances for April 2019.

Audible just launched a three book Audible Original series from SHARON SHINN, UNCOMMON ECHOES. Make sure to check them out in audio before they come out in ebook and paperback from the Ellenberg Agency Later this year.

We’re looking forward to the publication of OUTLAND by hit SFF star DENNIS TAYLOR, out next month from Audible.

Publication of Marko Kloos’ new series PALLADIUM WARS is right around the corner. In July, AFTERSHOCKS will launch, and we are thrilled that George RR Martin has said the following about this title: Kloos has launched a new series that promises to be just as engrossing.  New characters, new worlds, new conflicts, but the writing is just as lean and clean and tight, the action just as exciting, the science just as solid, the tension just as high.   I gulped down the first book in a day, and I am already eager for the next one. Fortunately, Marko Kloos does not write as slowly as I do.

 

We’re excited about the following sales recently made by the agency:

We’ve licensed the two book Fantasy Romance series from G.A. Aiken to Recorded Booksfor audio.The series will launch with THE BLACKSMITH QUEEN in September from Kensington.

Kensington has bought three new titles from Madeline Baker, an Untitled Paranormal Vampire series.

PW has just announced the sale of LIBRARY’S MOST WANTED, by debut picture book author Carolyn Leiloglou to Pelican Publishing for publication in Spring 2020.

AGENCY NEWS JANUARY 2019

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on December 20, 2018

JANUARY 2019

MaryJanice Davidson will be launching a new paranormal series with Sourcebooks and Recorded Books in two separate 3 book deals.  The tentative title is FOSTERWERE.  We’ll also be doing an original with Recorded Books, A CONTEMPORARY SMART ASS AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII.

James Cambias has a new book coming from Baen in January, ARKAD’S WORLD.  Next up from Jim, THE INITIATE, also a Baen book.

Ian Douglas has just delivered his the first book in his exciting new series SOLAR WARDEN to HarperCollins.  The movie option on STAR CARRIER was recently renewed.

Gail Z. Martin has sold a number of new works to Recorded Books and Tantor including her new fantasy series ASSASINS OF LANDRIA.

Tony Peak’s SIGNAL is out from Audible.

John Scalzi’s THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE movie option has been renewed by Working Title pictures in London.  I hope everyone saw that the second book in the Series, THE CONSUMING FIRE made the New York Times hard/ebook bestseller list, a rarity for a science fiction novel.

We’ve sold a 3rd book to Mira on behalf of Margot Hunt which will continue her career in suspense.  Her second book FOR BETTER AND WORSE is out now and it is a Book of the Month club selection.

We’ll be publishing another original Western by Jason Manning, LOBO RILER.

We’ve closed on an offer for SEEKING FREEDOM by new client Selene Castrovilla with Boyds Mill.

We’re very excited to report that the artwork for a new Eric Rohmann picture book is complete, HONEYBEE and it will be coming from Holiday House.  Candace Fleming wrote the manuscript.  The New York Public Library picked Candy’s mixed author anthology FATAL THRONE as one of its best books of 2018.

Tundra will be publishing Marthe Jocelyn’s SAM SORTS as a board book in 2019.

THE BOBIVERSE SIGNED COLLECTOR’S EDITION ADVENTURE

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on September 20, 2018

THE BOBIVERSE SIGNED COLLECTOR’S EDITION ADVENTURE​ by Ethan Ellenberg

I’ve read that most people overestimate their abilities and our creation and publication of Dennis E. Taylor’s BOBIVERSE SIGNED COLLECTOR’S EDITION​ illustrates this quite beautifully.

When Dennis first suggested to me that there was an audience for a hardcover edition I wasn’t skeptical as much as I was wary. Despite my long years in publishing book production was way outside my area of expertise. I knew this would be a challenging project and would involve a substantial outlay of capital. Over a short period of time we decided to give it a go and so the wheels began to turn.

The project quickly went from a hardcover edition to a signed, boxed set, dramatically increasing the costs and the complexity but both Dennis and I felt that if we were going to create something truly special for the hardcore fan, this was it.

I contacted my illustrator designer Matt Forsyth who lives on the Great Barrier Island, a little place off of New Zealand. He’d never done anything like this before. We were all set. Next we began to search for a printer and after spending a day or two reading the quotes we had gotten I realized I was exactly NOT the man for the job. There are so many decisions that go into the production of a hardcover book that you do need expertise. Using my industry contacts I hired Cindy Tiger out of Colorado and she stepped into orchestrate the entire production. With Cindy on board things went
relatively smoothly. We hired a printer. We were waiting for news of the successful printing of the books when we got exciting news—the printer was closing—in 48 hours. I was convinced that all that work and all that money had gone up in smoke but luckily we received a true reprieve. The BOBIVERSE books had actually been printed before the drop dead date and were sitting in the printer’s warehouse. After a hectic 48 hours, the payment of our final bill, the hiring of a new fulfillment house and the shipment of the books, the BOBIVERSE trilogy was sitting sedately in its new home in Michigan.

We weren’t quite done yet. To West Virginia we headed for the printing of the slipcase and when that was done they were shipped to Michigan where the trilogy was assembled and shrink-wrapped.

So here is where we stand today and I’ve mainly written this piece to assure everyone who has bought the signed boxed set that they truly have a unique and high quality item. Only 989 copies of the boxed set exist. We have some extra stock and 11 unassembled boxes so the maximum number of copies of this signed first edition are 1003. We’ve got about 100 signed copies of each of the books but with no more than 11 unassembled boxes we don’t foresee any further books ending up in the a boxed set. 1003 should be the limit.

So that’s it. If you’ve bought a copy of the signed first edition boxed set it’s one of 1,003. If we ever do reprint it, the second edition will be clearly marked second edition. Most importantly, we could not be happier with the final product. The actual box is perfectly produced heavy paperboard with a 360-degree lacquered exterior, and it’s beautiful. The books are case bound and in pristine condition. Dennis has personally signed every single book. For Bobiverse fans it’s the one and only perfect collectible from this great science fiction odyssey and we went on quite a trip of our own to produce and publish it.

AGENCY NEWS AUGUST 2018

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on July 17, 2018

Agency News August 2018:

Lots of exciting news.

John Scalzi won the Locus Award for Best Novel for THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE and the sequel, THE CONSUMING FIRE will be published by Tor and Audible this October. We have sold translation rights to the series in 11 territories including Germany, France, Japan, Czech and Korea.

Dennis E. Taylor’s new book, THE SINGULARITY TRAP, has debuted on Audible to a tremendous reception. It is #4 on The New York Times Audio Bestseller list for the month of August, a truly stunning achievement.  

On behalf of Gail Martin we’ve licensed a number of titles to Recorded Books, including the audio edition of her new fantasy novel VENGEANCE.

On behalf of Sharon Shinn we’ve licensed her new fantasy series UNCOMMON ECHOES to Audible.

We’re very excited about publication of next MARGOT HUNT suspense novel FOR BETTER OR WORSE which is getting tremendous word of mouth on NetGalley.

Marc Costanzo’s PERSISTENCE is just out as an Audible original, a great thriller with a great main character.

On behalf of Marthe Jocelyn we’ve sold a great new YA mystery series to Tundra.

We continue to sell actively in foreign markets. We have sold rights to WORKING IT by Christine d’Abo and MAGIC RUNS DEEP by Alex Whitehall on behalf of RIPTIDE PUBLISHING to Thailand.

We’ve also sold four more books from the FRONTLINES series to Fabryka Slow in Poland as well as sold ANGLES OF ATTACK (Frontlines #3) to Agave in Hungary.

Audio rights to Rhett C. Bruno’s four book TITANBORN series have been licensed to Audible for simultaneous release with his e-books beginning this fall.
Rights to Yahtzee Croshaw’s untitled sequel to WILL SAVE THE GALAXY FOR FOOD have been licensed to Audible for publication through their Audible Originals program. His first Audible Original, DIFFERENTLY MORPHOUS, was released in April and will be followed by print and e-book editions in the fall.

AGENCY NEWS FEBRUARY 2018

Posted by Ethan Ellenberg on February 14, 2018

Agency News February 2018:

John Scalzi’s HEAD ON, the long-anticipated follow-up to LOCK IN, will be out in April. We’ve sold rights to Audible, Germany, and France.

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Margot Hunt has been released by Mira to spectactular reviews on Amazon, welcomed as one of the most exciting suspense novels of the season. The second book FOR BETTER AND WORSE will be published in December 2018.

Baen will be publishing ARKAD’S WORLD by James L. Cambias, date forthcoming.

The second book in Kay Kenyon’s DARK TALENTS series, SERPENT IN THE HEATHER, will be out in April with Saga Press, the third book NEST OF THE MONARCH is coming Fall 2018.

Melissa F. Olson has signed a deal with 47North for the fourth and fifth books in the BOUNDARY MAGIC series, the fourth expected May 2019.

We’ve sold a science fiction novel by Tony Peak titled ADRIFT as an Audible Original.

G.A. Aiken will be writing two new books: FARMER’S DAUGHTER #1 and #2 with Kensington.

We sold a third book in the BULLDOZER children’s series by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann.

Also in children’s books, we licensed Marthe Jocelyn’s ONE PATCH OF BLUE and ONE RED STRING, two new board books, to Orca.

We remain active in foreign markets with the recent sale of the five books by Shelly Laurenston to Piper in Germany–the MAGNUS PACK trilogy as well as the first two books in the HONEY BADGER series (out in March in the US).

We’ve added Brazil and Thailand to the list of countries where RIPTIDE PUBLISHING titles will be sold! Rights for ADULTING 101 by Lisa Henry were sold to Vergara and Riba. FOR REAL by Alexis Hall and CATCH A GHOST by SE Jakes will both be published by Kaewkarn.

Ukrainian rights to the classic WITCH WORLD by Andre Norton were recently sold to Hemiro.

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