Sunday, January 31, 2016

TBA Monthly Wishlist - January 2016

It's time again for the Monthly Wishlist!  Here's the ONE project that each TBA agent would love to see in their submission inbox. If you have something that fits with the below, please check out our submission guidelines and send it over. We can't wait to read!

Crazy, edge-of-your-seat thriller/suspense novel for adult or YA, even though I am closed to queries will still consider, put #thriller in subject line - Jenny Bent

Voice driven YA with an end of the world feeling romance - Gemma Cooper

I'd love, LOVE to find a YA contemporary with female MC, who's passionate about science, math, engineering, i.e. STEM - Susan Hawk

I’d love to see a middle-grade historical fantasy with a literary bent and a modern sensibility - Molly Ker Hawn

I would love, love, love a literary novel set in small town USA during the thirteen day span of the Cuban Missile Crisis - Victoria Lowes

Would love a YA contemporary or magical realism that features a big, strange family and close siblings. Offbeat and fun but also incredibly heartwarming. Could also go very dark with this. Bonus points if lyrical and you play with narrative structure - Beth Phelan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Deal Announcement - More Wells & Wong Mysteries to be published stateside for Robin Stevens

I'm thrilled to announce that Books 4 and 5 in the Wells and Wong Mystery Series by Robin Stevens (published in the UK as Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries) have been sold to the lovely folks at Simon & Schuster. S&S have done a fantastic job at bringing Hazel and Daisy's adventures to the US, and we can't wait to see the new books hit the shelves in 2018. 

Middle grade 

Robin Stevens's next two books in the WELLS & WONG mystery series, which started with MURDER IS BAD MANNERS, featuring further murder investigations by 1930s schoolgirls, pitched as a middle-grade Agatha Christie, to Kristin Ostby at Simon & Schuster Children's, by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency (NA).

Book 2 in the series - POISON IS NOT POLITE - publishes on April 26th and has already received two starred reviews. You can pre-order it here.

Go congratulate Robin on twitter: @redbreastedbird 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy Publication Day to Amanda Ashby's DATING THE GUY NEXT DOOR!

Maybe, baby…
Kate Mitchell is finished with love. After a recent relationship disaster, she's had it.  Sure, she's noticed her smoking hot new neighbor, Matt Hunter, moving into the converted warehouse next door. But she resolves to keep her fantasies just that.

But fantasy becomes reality when he shows up in her gallery.  Matt is a logical, meticulous type while Kate's more of a fly-by-night free spirit.  And she won't allow herself to be led into another relationship -- especially not with someone who wants to start a family.  She can't do that.

Still, even Kate can't deny Matt's charm, and soon realizes she's falling for him hard.  If she tells him she won't have a baby, she'll break his heart.  But if she doesn't she might break her own…

We've got a review from Lush Book Reviews, that says, "This is the first book I have read by Ashby and if all her books are cute and funny like this one I will definitely be reading much more."  (See the complete review here).  

Congratulations to Amanda Ashby!
You can find Amanda on Facebook and her own site.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Deal Announcement – SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS by Marcie Colleen!

I am lucky enough to work with the wonderful Marcie Colleen – she’s a genius picture book writer and absolutely sterling person.  We’ve got three projects in the pipelines, from Balzer + Bray and Scholastic.  This summer, she called and let me know that she’d been talking with a friend and publisher, Erin Stein at Imprint – Erin had a great idea for a chapter book series and wondered if Marcie might like to write it.  As it turns out, Marcie and I had always chatted about the possibility of doing chapter books, sometime.  Sometime arrived!  And the books are going to be superb – funny, full of energy, not to mention charming as heck illustrations by Steve James. 

Hooray and congratulations to everyone involved! 

Here's a peek at the covers:

For more on Marcie, visit her website here, or on twitter