Thursday, June 26, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Cody's Books closes its doors after 52 years.

Now this is sad news. Berkeley will certainly never be the same without this extraordinary bookstore.

Jeff Vandermeer's wonderful list of under-appreciated
female short fiction writers

Mr. V has put together a really great list of recommended short fiction writers, all of whom happen to be female. If you're looking for new voices in fantasy fiction, you'd do well to start here.

"What is a jumbo shrimp?"

George Carlin has passed away. Man, that was one funny sunnuva bitch.
"The term Jumbo Shrimp has always amazed me. What is a Jumbo Shrimp? I mean, it's like Military Intelligence - the words don't go together, man."
Rest in peace, George. I hope you finally find blue food, wherever you are.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

This week's announced genre acquisitions

Back onto a weekly schedule for these. The most exciting thing I see on the following list is a new fantasy series by Chris Moriarty. She is probably one of the best lesser-known SF/F writers out there. I'm thrilled to see her doing a YA fantasy!
Seanan McGuire's ROSEMARY AND RUE, the first book in a new urban fantasy series featuring a half-human, half-fae private investigator, to Sheila Gilbert at Daw, in a three-book deal, by Diana Fox at Fox Literary (world). [Congrats to my good friend Diana Fox!]

NYT bestselling author Cassandra Clare's THE INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy, THE CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, THE CLOCKWORK PRINCE, and THE CLOCKWORK KINGDOM, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books, by Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary.

Bob Powers and Ritch Duncan's LIVING WITH LYCANTHROPY: A Lifestyle Guide for the Modern Werewolf, which provides newly infected werewolves with a workable road map for living an ethical, fulfilling, and near-violence free life through chapters such as How to Tell When the Moon is Full, Avoiding Detection, and So You've Attacked Someone, to Becky Cole at Broadway, by Byrd Leavell at the Waxman Literary Agency (World).

Jessica Davidson's SEDUCED BY SHADOWS, in which immortal warrior lovers search for the missing pieces of their souls - all the while facing demonic possession, Armageddon and the awkwardness of waking up next to someone who knows just how wicked you really are, to Kerry Donovan at NAL, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in November 2009, by Becca Stumpf at Prospect Agency (World English).

Darin Bradley's AMARANTH, guided by pirate radio broadcasts, a group of teens learn exactly how far they will go to ensure their own survival as civilization collapses around them in this chilling, post-apocalyptic Lord of the Flies, to Juliet Ulman at Bantam Dell, for publication in Summer 2010, by Kris O'Higgins at Scribe Agency (World).

A Lee Martinez's novel MONSTER, about Monster and Judy who don't like each other, but have to get over that as they face down dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady for the future of the universe, moving to Devi Pillai at Orbit, in a very nice deal, for two books, by Sally Harding of The Cooke Agency (world English).

Eve Lestrange's WIDDERSHINS, in which an 18th-century French girl sells her soul in exchange for the fierce power of the black arts, to Dailey Swan Publishing, for publication in June 2009, by Krista Goering at Krista Goering Literary Agency (World).

Nate Kenyon's PRIME, a science fiction novella about a grizzled gun for hire brought in to solve a series of technology-related murders who discovers that the killer is much more than just a bug in the system, to Jason Sizemore at Apex, by Brendan Deneen at Objective Entertainment.

Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead author Alan DeNiro's TOTAL OBLIVION, MORE OR LESS,in which a teenage girl travels the Mississippi with her dysfunctional family in a bizarre post-apocalyptic America, to Juliet Ulman at Bantam Dell, in a nice deal, by Colleen Lindsay at FinePrint Literary Management (World English). [Oh, hey! That's me!]

::: young adult :::

Philip K. Dick Award-winning author of SPIN STATE AND SPIN CONTROL Chris Moriarty's THE INQUISITOR'S APPRENTICE, about Sacha Kessler, a young Jewish kid from New York's Lower East Side, part of a Manhattan in 1905 in which each ethnic immigrant community boasts its own brand of witchcraft, and the city government is intent on stamping out all "Un-American" brands of magic, to Reka Simonsen at Holt, in a significant deal, in a three-book deal, by Scott Hoffman at Folio Literary Management.

Christopher Golden's SOULLESS, about seven very different teenagers with a post 9-11 sensibility, trying to survive as zombies overrun the Northeast U.S., and realizing they may have to commit murder themselves if they want to stop the dead from rising, to Jennifer Heddle at MTV Books.

Lindsey Leavitt's PRINCESS FOR HIRE, about a tween girl's amusing adventures when she becomes a magical substitute for princesses, to Emily Schultz at Hyperion, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in Winter 2010, by Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MY GAY BABY BROTHER IS GETTING MARRIED!!!

Forgive the exuberance - I've had a lot emotionally overwhelming news thrown at me just now - some good some bad, but this? This is AWESOME!

My baby brother Craig and his partner Jack, who live in the Northern California, are getting hitched in October! These guys have been together more or less since high school (so, around twenty years, I think - don't ever let anyone out there tell you that gay men can't have long-term committed relationships!!!) and now they finally get to stand up in front of the whole world and tell people not to spill crumbs on their carpet exchange their vows!!!

I missed my other brother Tom's wedding to the fabulous Miz Kinah due to a cat rapidly failing from cancer; I'm not going to miss this one! (In my own defense; they did elope and we only got about 24 hours notice.)

Congratulations, baby brother &
pesty-but-loveable brother-in-law!


I love you guys!

Note: Believe me, the carpet part will come immediately afterward. Pity the poor caterer. All guests are duly forewarned to bring Dustbusters.

Additional note: Yes, two big flamers in my family. Middle brother Tom (straight) is still trying to figure out what the hell was in the water where we grew up.

Three agents discuss query dos and don'ts

Everything they said and more. Especially the stuff about reading and adhering to agency submission guidelines.
Go. Read. Pay attention.

Eloquent advice for you same-sex couples who will be married in California starting today

John Scalzi has an extraordinary post over on his blog for all y'all same-sex couples who are about to get married in California starting today (the first official day!). As always, he is eloquent, funny and full of advice for those of you taking the plunge:
I’ve been married 13 years as of this very day. During all that time, there hasn’t been a single day where I haven’t said “I love you” to my spouse — several times if at all possible. The two facts are related.

Other short phrases which also occasionally come in handy: “I’m sorry,” “You’re right,” “I’ll get that” and “Of course I’ll go down to the freezer and get you some ice cream, even though it’s 3am and you woke me from a dead sleep. There’s nothing I’d rather do.” Okay, so that last one is not that short. Think about all the times you’re entirely unreasonable, and then go get the ice cream.
Go read the rest of the post now.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Agenty blog link round-up time!


Well, here at Casa de Temporary Digs, Flounder the Elderly Cat has decided to take up semi-permanent residence on my fold-out bed. This is a relatively new thing, as though she'd just discovered the damned thing existed. She hasn't really left the fold-out bed for three days, save for eating and peeing and the occasional wandering around the house to demand that someone pet her NOW PLEASE! MRRRRAAAAOOOOWWWW!

And at her advanced age (eighteen? nineteen? a hundred and twelve?) and her reduced weight (four pounds, although Chardonnay Boy claims five pounds), it's best not to dislodge her while she's sleeping. She gets rattled rather easily and the whole household suffers. (Also, as she is more or less only a pelvis, a spine and a skull held together by tortoiseshell fur and a bad attitude, I'm actually a little bit afraid to lift her.)

Therefore, while I wait for her to wake up and move just enough that I can grab a corner of the bed for my own self, I have time to do an agenty blog link round-up:
We interrupt this link round-up with breaking news: Flounder the Elderly Cat has gotten up to pee. I may have to make the rest of this quick, gang!
Okay, Flounder the Elderly Cat is coming back this way. I must make haste if I am going to get under the covers before she clambers back on the bed. The rest of the agent round-up will have to wait. Goodnight!

Announced genre acquisitions from
June 1st through June 15th

For the first time in weeks, more adult genre sales than YA. And lots of great stuff here, including new Anita Blake novels from Laurell K. Hamilton, more Nightside books from Simon Green and Jane Austen-as-the-cranky-undead from Michael Thomas Ford:
Liz Scheier at Ballantine won a four-way auction for Michael Thomas Ford's Jane Bites Back, taking world English rights to three books via Mitchell Waters at Curtis Brown. The novel presents an undead Jane Austen, frustrated by nearly 200 years of writer's block and 116 rejections of an unpublished novel she finished just before turning into a vampire; she's becoming increasingly irritated that the rest of the world seems to be getting rich and famous off of her works and her life. The two follow-up books will be derived from the first. Waters said Ford, the author of many books for young readers and adults, is likely to publish this under a pseudonym; pub date still undecided. [La Gringa interjects: this looks like a lot of fun!] (via PW)

Berkley editorial director Susan Allison has signed up three more Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels from Laurell K. Hamilton via Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House, who negotiated the seven-figure North American rights deal. The first of the three books—the 16th in the series, following the just published Blood Noir—will appear in 2009. (via PW)

Simon Green's NIGHTSIDE #10, the continuing adventures of John Taylor, the PI with a gift for finding things, in an alternate London full of supernatural weirdness and strange mysteries which only Taylor can solve, to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in January 2010, 2011, 2012, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC author Simon Green's SECRET HISTORIES #4, about an agent in the ancient Drood family of Britain that works behind the scenes to guard humanity from out-of-this-world menaces and their agents on Earth, to Ginjer Buchanan at Berkley, in a cross-acquisition for the Roc imprint at NAL, in a good deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in June 2010, 2011, 2012, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

Chaz Mcgee's THE DEAD DETECTIVE: Desolation Angel, a new series about a murdered police detective who is able to use his skills to help other victims and catch a killer, to Natalee Rosenstein at Berkley, in a two-book deal, by Jane Chelius at the Jane Chelius Literary Agency (NA).

Dave Duncan's SPEAK TO THE DEVIL, in which one of the four brothers of a Bohemian baron and arguably the least qualified, is unexpectedly given command of a fortress and the prospects are pretty daunting, to Liz Gorinsky of Tor, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.

NYT bestselling author Julie Leto's KISS OF THE PHANTOM, the third in the Phantom series, in which a sexy gypsy trapped by a curse inside a rare and priceless stone shows a treasure hunting pilot on the run just how dark magic can work to her advantage, to Laura Cifelli at NAL, in a nice deal, by Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary (World).

Cameo Brown's SECOND NATURE, about a nature spirit determined to convince his long-lost mate to return him and the forest they both love before it's too late, no matter what he has to sacrifice, to Red Sage, in a nice deal, for publication in June 2008, by Sharene Martin-Brown at Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency.

Author of Mary Modern Camille DeAngelis's PETTY MAGIC, about a retired spy and elderly witch who uses her magic to retrieve her youth and seduce young men, until her sister is accused of murder and she must juggle the onerous task of clearing her sister's name and a new romance with a handsome young man who bears an uncanny resemblance to the love she lost in Nazi Germany nearly seventy years ago, to Shaye Areheart at Shaye Areheart Books, in a very nice deal, by Kate Garrick at DeFiore and Company (World).

Sarah Jane Stratford's INFINITE CARE, which follows a team of ancient vampires known as millennials as they attempt to infiltrate and destroy the Nazi Party, and one vampire's attempt to escape the war-torn continent and return to her long-time lover in England, to Hilary Rubin Teeman at St. Martin's, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Margaret O'Connor at The Firm (World).

BONESHAKER author Cherie Priest's CLEMENTINE, to Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Mark Teppo's HEARTLAND, Book Two of the Codex of Souls, following the devastation of LIGHTBREAKER, Book One of the Codex of Souls, the hero returns to Paris to confront those responsible, charging to a final battle between fallen Templars in Black Helicopters and the dead army of Paris for the heart of the Magdalene, to Jeremy Lassen at Night Shade Books, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2009, by Kristopher O'Higgins at Scribe Agency (NA).

USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner's final book in the demon-hunting soccer mom series, to Ginjer Buchanan at Berkley, by Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group (NA).

Zoe Archer's paranormal Victorian-era adventure romance series, in which rival groups secretly battle for possession of supernatural objects, known as Sources that are scattered throughout the world -- and one group, known as the Blades of the Rose, who are sworn to protect these Sources from those that would use them for evil purposes, to Megan Records at Kensington, for publication in 2010, by Kevan Lyon at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (world).

Dexter Palmer's THE DREAM OF PERPETUAL MOTION, set amidst a steampunk metropolis and the rise of the mechanical future, the tale of a decades-long love affair thwarted by an evil genius obsessed with inventing the perpetual motion machine, to Michael Homler at St. Martin's, by Susan Golomb at the Susan Golomb Agency (NA).

Jeannie Holmes's CRIMSON SWAN, about vampires living side-by-side humans in small-town Mississippi; a woman vampire who works as an "enforcer" with the police department investigates a series of suspicious murders of vampires, to Danielle Perez at Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Marian Young at The Young Agency (World).

N.K. Jemisin's THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, combining the politics of George R. R. Martin with the magic of Neil Gaiman, to Devi Pillai of Orbit, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency (World English).

In Dave Duncan's Speak to the Devil and its untitled sequel, Anton—one of the four brothers of a Bohemian baron and arguably the least qualified—is unexpectedly given command of a fortress and the prospects are pretty daunting. Agent Richard Curtis sold rights to the books to Liz Gorinsky at Tor. (via SFScope)

James Enge, sold print and e-book rights to The Blood of Ambrose and its sequel, A Crooked Way, to Lou Anders at Pyr, via Mike Kabongo of The OnyxHawke Agency. Anders describes the book: "Wonderful sword & sorcery staring his warrior-wizard Morlock Ambrosius." Pyr expects to publish it during the first half of 2009. (via SFScope)

::: young adult :::

Stacey Jay's untitled sequel to YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME, about a sixteen-year-old's quest to keep her social life alive while keeping a bunch of dead people in their graves where they belong, to Laura Schechter at Razorbill, by Caren Johnson of the Caren Johnson Literary Agency.

Karen Healey's debut GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD, about a teen girl who taps into a magical Maori world and races to prevent the destruction of her homeland in New Zealand, to Alvina Ling at Little, Brown Children's, by Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary (world English).

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Great Atlantic article about Google

Will Google become the world's first artificial intelligence?

Already they mock my clients!

Baby Crumpet says "Vegetarianism is for sissies!"

The Bodhisattva has moved; change your links accordingly.

I'm a bit late to the game here with this since I haven't been good about keeping up with my favorite blogs the past few weeks, but just in case some of you aren't familiar with Jay Tomio's excellent genre blog, now is the time to go explore it!

FinePrint Literary Management welcomes a new client:
Paul Jessup

On behalf of FinePrint Literary Management, I am thrilled to be able to welcome critically-acclaimed fantasy writer Paul Jessup into the fold as a new client.

Like Mike Jasper, Paul came to me as a referral from writer Ekaterina Sedia. (Methinks I'm going to owe that woman a lot of beer...)

Paul has had a long career as a distinguished short story writer, with stories published in ClarkesWorld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Apex Digest, Fantasy Magazine, Farrago’s Wainscoat, Post Scripts, Electric Velocipede, Psuedopod, Flashing Swords, Nanobison, Journals of Experimental Fiction, Jacob’s Ladder and The Harrow.

Next year, PS Publishing will publish Paul's collection of short stories, Glass Coffin Girls, as part of their PS Showcase series. In addition, Apex Books will be publishing his novella, Open Your Eyes.

Like Alan DeNiro, Paul brings a totally fresh perspective to fantasy writing, and I very much look forward to working with him.

PS: Paul also promised me he wouldn't write about elves or unicorns. I'm holding him to that.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Who are tomorrow's big genre stars?

John DeNardo over at SF Signal (a website that you should be reading daily, by the way, if you are at all serious about writing genre) hosts a regular series on his website called Mind Meld, in which he asks a rotating group of genre-related folks (writers, editors, agents, etc...) their opinions on a variety of genre-related subjects.

This week's question was "Who are tomorrow's big genre stars?"

John was gracious enough to invite me to participate in this Mind Meld, but really you should go over there to read Matthew Cheney's response, which is bloody hilarious! (Nick Mamatas as an American Idol judge? Hell, yes!)

Enjoy!

PS: Matt's responses should in no way be blamed on the fact that I may have accidentally destroyed large portions of his cerebral cortex last week by forcing him to drink copious amounts of iced espresso mixed with Bacardi and Creme de Cacao; I have it on good authority that he turned in his response before we went drinking.

More belated congratulations to two friends upon their Lammie Award wins!

I am so so so made of epic fail. This is what I get for poking fingers at bad query writers!

Two of my pals won Lambda Literary Awards last week and I failed to notice. (Damn these senior moments!)

First, new friend Lawrence Schimel's wonderful non-fiction anthology First Person Queer: Who We Are So Far (co-edited with the legendary Richard Labonte) won for Best Anthology. This is an extraordinary collection of essays and well worth reading!

Next, my good friend Nicola Griffith - who also happens to be one of my favorite writers - won for Best Women's Memoir/Biography for her absolutely exquisite limited edition multi-media memoir And Now We Are Going to Have A Party: Liner Notes To A Writer's Early Life.

Below I've pasted in two videos of Nicola at the Richard Hugo House reading from her memoir. Watch them both; they're wonderful! (By the way, Nicola also has a new blog. Well, technically, she has TWO new blogs.)



Tuesday, June 10, 2008

FinePrint Literary Management welcomes a new client:
Scott Tracey

On behalf of FinePrint Literary Management, I am thrilled to be able to welcome debut YA fantasy novelist Scott Tracey into the fold as a new client.

I owe Scott an apology: I thought I'd announced his coming aboard six weeks ago. (Apparently La Gringa is also made of epic fail!) Since Scott's manuscript is already out on submission, it's high time I welcomed him aboard officially. And now is as good a time as any, since Scott was just interviewed over at The Tara Tracks, for Tara Kelly's wonderful interview series Road Trip to Publication. Go over there and see what our young Scott has to say for himself!

Last week's queries = EPIC FAIL

So many really bad queries this past week. Never have I seen such a collection of rambling, incoherent and just plain badly-written query letters all in one week. (Also, for the four billionth time: I don't represent inspirational, Christian, or kids picture books. Please stop sending them to me. If I get one more Jonathan Livingston Seagull-clone query, I may just be forced to hunt you down and force-feed you pages from your own manuscript.)

Alas, I was so despondent that I was sorely tempted to just crawl back into bed with a pint of Haagen Daz and a bottle of Laphroaig to make it all go away. I'm beginning to empathize with Nathan's query ennui now.

It's become painfully obvious to me that there are an awful lot of you who need a SERIOUS refresher course in basic Query 101. So, to that end, I am ordering all of you to immediately go read this and this and this and this. And especially THIS (since the query letter used as an example netted the author a half million dollar deal). And, heck, while you're at it, re-read this and this too. Oh, and also this.

Because, ya know? Despite my complaints? I really do look forward to reading your queries. I just, ya know, want them to not blow chunks. For your sake as well as mine.

Okay, I am off to do an exorcism of my brain so I can clear all this negative query energy out of the air and start fresh tomorrow.

(PS: PLEASE! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY! NO ELVES AND UNICORNS! AND ESPECIALLY NOT TOGETHER!!!)

::: wringing hands, goes in search of cold compress :::

Monday, June 9, 2008

Adventures in subways and potties.

The F train apparently decided to take an unplanned vacation day yesterday, leaving a bazillion overheated New Yorkers - many of them returning from the Puerto Rican Day Parade - stranded underground. Unfortunately, I was among them.

Being trapped on the subway for very nearly three hours led to my attempting a daring escape at the first opportunity, mostly due to the fact that my bladder was going to explode. After a hodge podge of train jumping (bus to the F to the A to the G to the A to a bus again to a small covered wagon up Nostrand Avenue), this meant I landed somewhere in Bed-Stuy. (I think?)

My only potty opportunity was a McDonald's.

I bought a single cheeseburger and consumed it (so as to be an actual "customer" - New York restaurants really don't like letting people use their potties) and then made my way to the bathroom where I was confronted by a skinny little manager type who informed me that I wasn't allowed to use the bathroom. When I asked why, he said "Cos I closed this side of the restaurant."

I then politely informed him that I was just going to urinate on his floor and did he mind?

Just then, as if on cue, a chorus of older Caribbean women who'd been sitting in the restaurant to escape the 98 degree heat began to shout at the manager in a colorful patois:
"WATCHOO MEAN YOU DOAN WAN DEE LADY TO YOOS YUR BA' TROOM? DEE LADY SHE GOT TO PEE, YA ASSHOLE! HOW YOU LIKE IF DEE MON HE NO LET YOU PEE IN YUR BA' TROOM? DAT NOT RIGHT, MON!
At which point, backed up by my Greek Caribbean chorus, I pushed the manager aside and walked into the bathroom. When I came out, the Caribbean ladies applauded.

It was awesome.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Gratuitous kitten posting.

I recently discovered The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, a blog that chronicles the adventures of a Tacoma area kitten foster-care person. (A kitten foster-care person is someone who looks after orphaned kittens for a local animal shelter until the animals are weaned and found a good home.) And, yes, it is chock full of ridiculously cute kittens. You have been warned.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Guardian angels in high school: The new query zeitgeist?

In the past two weeks (well, technically, seventeen days; I started making hash marks on a pad of paper on May 18th) I've received no less than twenty-four YA queries involving guardian angels attending high school in secret and subsequently falling in love with their charges.

How is it that a large group of writers all come up with the exact same idea at the exact same time? I'm curious. Thoughts, anyone?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Announced genre acquisitions for
May 15th through May 31st

And here ya go. Not a whole lot, and most of it is YA:
Michael Bowers's PRISON SHIP, a debut in which a commander, imprisoned for attacking his traitorous military superior and with an assassin on his trail, has one option: to command a ship of prisoners and lead them into battles where he and his crew are considered "disposable," to Ginjer Buchanan at Berkley, with Jessica Wade editing, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

Mike Resnick's STALKING THE DRAGON, a John Justin Mallory fantasy novel, set in a New York City where this eccentric PI inhabits a world with vampires, dragons, strange magic and talking cats, to Lou Anders at Pyr, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency (world English).

Shelli Stevens's CAPTURED ROSE, on a planet where females are on the endangered species list, a woman who has spent her life in erotic servitude to the three wealthy and powerful men who own her finds freedom and passion in the arms of her abductor, a man who should be her fiercest enemy, to Peter Sentfleben at Kensington Aphrodisia, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

E.E. Knight's DRAGON RULE and DRAGON FATE, books 5 and 6 in the author's AGE OF FIRE series, an anthropomorphic dragon adventure saga, to Ginjer Buchanan at Roc, by John Silbersack at Trident Media Group.

Gini Koch's TOUCHED BY AN ALIEN, in which a woman joins forces with gorgeous aliens to protect the Earth, kick evil alien butt, and save the day with hairspray and rock and roll - not necessarily in that order, and ALIEN TANGO, in which anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day's work, but internal alien conspiracies bring a new meaning to the term chaos and confusion, to Sheila Gilbert at Daw, in a nice deal, for publication in 2009 and 2010, by Cherry Weiner at Cherry Weiner Literary Agency (world).

::: young adult :::

Margaret Mahy's THE MAGICIAN OF HOAD, about a young boy who is chosen by the king to be the court's royal magician, to Emma Dryden at Margaret K. McElderry Books, by Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency, on behalf of Watson, Little Agency.

Cindy Pon's SPIRIT BOUND, set in an ancient kingdom based on Chinese folklore, myth and magic, to Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow Books, in a three-book deal, for publication in April 2009, by Bill Contardi at Brandt & Hochman (NA).

Daniel Pinkwater's new untitled novel featuring interdimensional aliens, cat-people, haunted hospitals, Marlon Brando and Poughkeepsie, New York, to Margaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a very nice deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World).

FIREBRINGER and FELL author David Clement-Davies's SCREAM OF THE WHITEBEARS, to Susan Van Metre at Amulet, in a very nice deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (NA).

BLUE GIRL and LITTLE (GRRL) LOST author Charles de Lint's untitled novel, to Sharyn November at Firebird, in a very nice deal, for publication in 2010, by Russell Galen at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).

Author of THE SWAN MAIDEN and the forthcoming AURELIE Heather Tomlinson's TOADS AND DIAMONDS, a retelling of the Perrault tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two sisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, finding romance along the way, again to Reka Simonsen at Holt, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Stacey Jay's BOY EATS GIRL, in which a high school freshman falls from the top of her cheer pyramid to her death, and wakes up right where she left off -- even though she's now part of the "death challenged" or more commonly known as the zombie -- and is the newest kid at DEAD high, a school for zombies where danger of the brain-eating variety lurks behind every corner, to Andrew Karre at Flux, by Caren Johnson at Caren Johnson Literary Agency (World English).

Happy Pride Month, everyone!

"The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."
-- Genesis 9:16