Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Announced genre acquisitions for April

Okay, I've been very remiss in my duties here at The Swivet. I just realized that it has been six whole weeks since I did a round-up of genre acquisitions and rights sales. Yipes! When I fail, I fail spectacularly. (Ask anyone!)

So, here is a belated round-up of the past month's genre sales. I'll do a separate round-up of what's been acquired in May, and - if I'm not too tired - a third post for rights sales.

Okay, here we go:
Warren Fahy's FRAGMENT, about a reality TV show that lands on an unexplored island only to discover the first cataclysmic invasion of Earth may not come from outside our planet, but from within, to Kate Miciak at Bantam Dell, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media.

Ann Aguirre's two next installments in the Sirantha Jax series, again to Anne Sowards at Ace, in a nice deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

Diana Rowland's MARK OF THE DEMON, about cops, demons, and a homicide detective whose supernatural powers get her caught between them, to Anne Groell at Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (World).

Retrievers series author Laura Anne Gilman's VINESPELL, the first in the Vineart Wars, in which magic is the province of winemakers and a young apprentice must save the world, to Jennifer Heddle at Pocket, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).

Lisa Renee Jones's BLACK TIGER RISING, about a chosen Guardian against evil and a lethally charming shape-shifter who is heir to the Black Tiger throne, to Paula Guran at Juno, for publication in October 2009 (World).

Lori Devoti's next three books, continuing her "Unbound" series of witches, hellhounds, and Norse mythology, to Tara Gavin at Silhouette Nocturne, by Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency (World).

HALTING STATE author Charles Stross's 419, in which the Scottish police investigation of a serial killer who targets spammers uncovers a massive international "blacknet" conspiracy; ROGUE FARM, a short story collection; and THE FULLER MEMORANDUM, the third book in the Laundry supernatural thriller series, to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace, in a good deal, for publication in July 2010, by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates (NA).

NYT bestselling author Allison Brennan's new paranormal series based on the Seven Deadly Sins, to Kate Collins at Ballantine, in a major deal, in a three-book deal, by Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group (NA).

M. M. Buckner's GRAVITY PILOT, in which an extreme skydiver becomes the new Orpheus when he descends into a dark addictive wikiverse to rescue his entranced girlfriend, to David Hartwell of Tor, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates (NA).

Demonkeeper and Goblins author Royce Buckingham's SCARY MONSTERS, to John Rudolph at Putnam, by Ken Atchity at AEI Literary Management.

Michael Flynn's UP JIM RIVER, two more novels in Michael Flynn's new science fiction series that began with THE JANUARY DANCER, to David Hartwell at Tor, in a two-book deal, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Kristin Landon's sequel to The Cold Minds and The Hidden Worlds, in which two people return to Earth's solar system to find the remnants of humanity -- and the secrets behind the power of the Cold Minds, to Anne Sowards at Ace, in a nice deal, by Donald Maass of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (NA).

John Grant's LEAVING FORTUSA, to Vera Nazarian at Norilana Books, for publication in October 2008, by Pamela Scoville at Pamela D. Scoville Literary Agency.

Linda Robertson's VICIOUS CIRCLE, about a modern-day witch who takes on a contract to assassinate a murderous vampire while dealing with a budding romance with a rock'n'roll musician werewolf, to Paula Guran at Juno, in a nice deal, for publication in March 2009 (World).

Karl Alexander's JACLYN THE RIPPER, a sequel to the author's Time After Time, and the reprint of TIME AFTER TIME, to Jim Frenkel at Tor, in a very nice deal, for publication in January 2009, by John Bennett at Indiscretion Films (NA).

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's JESSICA OF DUNE, IRULAN OF DUNE, and LETO OF DUNE, three sequels to Frank Herbert's DUNE, on behalf of the Frank Herbert Estate, to Tom Doherty and Pat LoBrutto at Tor, in a major deal, by John Silbersack at Trident Media Group (NA). Additionally, the authors' HELLHOLE trilogy, to Tom Doherty at Tor, in a major deal, by John Silbersack at Trident Media Group (NA).

Margaret Leroy's COLDHARBOUR, a paranormal murder mystery about a single mother and her troubled four-year-old daughter, to Sarah Crichton at Farrar, Straus, for publication in 2009, by Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Literary Management (NA).

Michele Lang's LADY LAZARUS, the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy set on the eve of World War II, in which a hereditary witch with the power to call souls fights to avert the horrors of her sister's visions; pitted against her are SS werewolves, wizards, and demons, including the one who has possessed a willing Adolf Hitler, to James Frenkel of Tor, in a very nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (world).

William Sanders's EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF FORT SMITH, a short fiction collection which combines in one volume all of the author's previously collected short work in addition to several previously unseen originals, to Vera Nazarian at Norilana Books, for publication in September 2008.

Mark Kneece's ROD SERLING'S THE TWILIGHT ZONE, graphic novel series, an 8-book series of graphic novels based on the original television scripts, to Emily Easton at Walker, in a good deal, for publication in 2008, 2009, by Anna Marlis Burgard at Savannah College of Art and Design (World).

Lori Devoti's AMAZON INK, about a modern-day family of Amazon women who've left their tribe to live among normal humans and run a tattoo parlor, until a murdered teenage Amazon left on their doorstep forces them to once again make contact with the Amazon tribe they left behind, to Paula Guran at Juno, by Holly Root at Waxman Literary Agency (World English).

Two novels by longtime fantasy novelist Richard Knaak, a new title tying into the electronic game WarCraft, plus a second novel tying into the game Diablo, to Marco Palmieri at Pocket, in a nice deal, by Donald Maass at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (world).

Jeff Carlson's third novel, MIND PLAGUE, a sequel to his first two science fiction thrillers, PLAGUE YEAR and PLAGUE WAR, to Anne Sowards at Ace, in a nice deal, for North American rights, by Donald Maass at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Cynthia Eden's next three paranormal suspense novels, again to Megan Records at Kensington Brava, in a nice deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

Anne Bishop's untitled sequel to the forthcoming Shadow Queen, in the same setting as the author's Black Jewels trilogy, plus an untitled collection of Black Jewels stories and a fantasy novel, to Anne Sowards at Roc, in a good deal, for publication in March 2010, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English)

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THE WARRIOR HEIR author Cinda Williams Chima's DEMON KING trilogy, following the intertwining fates of a peasant boy and a princess as they uncover secrets of their pasts and fates in a kingdom at war, to Arianne Lewin at Hyperion, in a significant deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Christopher Schelling at Ralph M. Vicinanza (World English).

Maggie Steifvater's BALLAD, the sequel to Lament, in which a gifted teen at a music boarding school draws the attention of a dark faerie muse who strikes a Faustian bargain with her victims, and, when Halloween descends, he must choose between his long time friend/crush and the dark faerie herself, to Andrew Karre at Flux, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World).

Author of Airball, Lisa Harkrader's AFTERLIFE, about a seventeen-year-old whose psychic flashes lead her to investigate a mystery that could destroy her dreams of a future as a crime scene investigator, to Nina Hess at Mirrorstone, in a nice deal, for publication in May 2009 (World English).

NYU creative writing MFA student Lauren Oliver's YA debut, IF I SHOULD FALL, about a girl who relives the day of her death seven times until she discovers that the life she needed to save was not her own, to Brenda Bowen at Bowen Press/Harper, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, for two books, by Stephen Barbara at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (NA).

Carolyn MacCullough's ONCE A WITCH, about a teenage girl who feels alienated from her family of witches since she herself has no power, or so she thinks, until a handsome stranger, a dangerous love spell, and a treasure hunt through time prove otherwise, to Jennifer Wingertzahn at Clarion, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Trident Media Group (NA).

Temple Matthews's THE NEW KID, the first title in The New Kid series, pitched as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Supernatural, to Glenn Yeffeth at BenBella Books, for publication in January 2009, by Patrick Hughes at Hughes Capital Entertainment (World).

Mother-Daughter team Shirley Jump and Amanda Jump, writing as AJ Whitten's THE WELL, a Shakespearean-based horror series, the first about a teen-aged boy who must find a way to survive as his mother repeatedly tries to kill him, to Julie Tibbett at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a nice deal, in two-book deal, by Pamela Harty at The Knight Agency.

Linda Gerber's CHARLATANS, the story of two sisters' journey as they discover their sideshow trance-writing act has deadly consequences, especially when the premonitions start to come true, to Angelle Pilkington at Puffin, in a nice deal, by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.

LIGHT YEARS author Tammar Stein's KINDRED, the story of an agnostic, irreligious college student and the visiting angel that overturns her life and divides her family, staying with Erin Clarke at Knopf, by Stephen Barbara of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (NA).

Rachel Vincent's MY SOUL TO TAKE, featuring cute boys, dead girls, and the urge to scream, as a high school junior is sure she's losing her mind until she discovers she's a perfectly sane teenage banshee, now she just has to figure out who's killing the girls, to Mary-Theresa Hussey at Mira, plus two sequels, in a good deal, for publication in late 2009, by Miriam Kriss at Irene Goodman Agency (world).

4 comments:

Jinx said...

Diana Rowland's MARK OF THE DEMON, about cops, demons, and a homicide detective whose supernatural powers get her caught between them, to Anne Groell at Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (World).

Ok, I find this one interesting, since I'm writing (on the verge of finishing) something similar. I have a chapter or two to go. Should take a couple of days, if I'm not interrupted too much. =)

Just_Me said...

A new Anne Bishop book sounds good, the rest, I don't know... I'm sensing a trend. Lots of vampire and demons on the list. It was a good idea that worked for the first few authors but now I'd like to find something different on the shelf.

The good news is that I don't see anything like what I'm writing. Well, I think it's good news. I could be terribly wrong. Science fiction and futuristic anything does not seem to be dominating the list, it looks like urban fantasy is. Is that because sci-fi isn't selling well or simply because it wasn't sold to the editors in the past month?

La Gringa said...

Just_Me:

Science fiction has never sold as well as fantasy, and continues to trend downward. While editors do still buy SF, it has to be pretty spectacular stuff to catch their attention. People like Peter Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, do well.

Good strong space opera sells better than novels that contain more hard science, too.

La Gringa said...

Jinx -

It seems everyone is writing something similar these days.

Good luck!

C-