Happy April Fools Day– Note: This is NOT an April Fool’s joke: This is a popular post– we are fascinated to see what editors selected out of the thousands of submissions before them. Enjoy — be inspired!
Andy Abramowitz’s TREMBLE, pitched in the tradition of Jonathan Tropper and Nick Hornby about the former lead singer of a one-hit wonder nineties band who reunites his fellow members for one more swing at the fences but finds redemption in the unlikeliest of places, to Sally Kim at Touchstone, for publication in spring 2015, by Caryn Karmatz Rudy at DeFiore and Company.
Winner of the Scott Prize for short fiction, Kirsty Logan’s THE GRACEKEEPERS, set in a world that is mostly covered with water, leaving only small archipelagoes of islands and dividing its inhabitants between “landlockers” and “damplings,” where two young women find their destinies intertwined, to Alexis Washam at Crown, by Kathleen Nishimoto on behalf of Cathryn Summerhayes at William Morris Endeavor.
Jason Miller’s DOWN DON’T BOTHER ME, a witty novel of murder in the mining country of Little Egypt, Illinois, to Cal Morgan at Bourbon Street Books, by Anthony Mattero and Yfat Reiss Gendell at Foundry Literary + Media .
Mary Lawrence’s A MATRON’S BANE, set in Tudor London, in which the daughter of an infamous alchemist must prove her innocence in a friend’s murder and uncover its connection to a threatening pestilence before she is arrested and London succumbs to plague, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington,in a three-book deal, by Fred Tribuzzo and Maryann Karinch at The Rudy Agency.
Rick Skwiot’s FAIL, while tracking down the missing husband of the mayor’s press secretary, a disgraced St. Louis Police Lieutenant uncovers a morass of corruption, educational malpractice, and greed that consigns thousands of at-risk students to the mean streets of America’s erstwhile murder capital, to Kristina Blank Makansi at Blank Slate Press, for publication in October 2014.
Stephen Kelly’s THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEAD, the first in a projected series of crime novels set in a small English village during World War II, pitched as inspired by true events, to Maia Larson at Pegasus Crime, for publication in 2015, by Joelle Delbourgo at Joelle Delbourgo Associates.
NYT bestselling author J.A. Redmerski’s THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO, which follows a young photographer to Hawaii where she meets a seemingly carefree surfer with a secret she’s determined to uncover, to Megha Parekh at Forever, by Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
NYT bestselling author Omar Tyree’s THE SNEAKER KINGS, the first novel of his new high-concept New Adult contemporary trilogy about the insane world of SNEAKERHEADS, which features a team of young sneaker fanatics who hustle their way to legendary status through national shoe conventions, events and savvy marketing, to Joe Coccaro at Koehler Books, for publication in 2014, by Leticia Gomez of Savvy Literary Services in association with Ascendant Group.
USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King’s A SHATTERED MOMENT, in which one night changes everything for a college sophomore who, after losing her closest high school friends in an accident to Kate Seaver at Berkley, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Author of the NYT bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle novels Patrick Rothfuss’s THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS, a companion novella to the series where the brightest minds work to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences, such as artificing and alchemy, to Elizabeth Wollheim at Daw, to be published in November 2014, by Matt Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
NYT bestselling author Keri Arthur’s CITY OF LIGHT, the first novel in a new series about a genetically engineered courtesan assassin, to Danielle Perez at NAL, in a two-book deal, by Miriam Kriss at the Irene Goodman Agency.
NYT bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s next two books in her BRIT IN THE FBI series, co-authored with J.T. Ellison, which expands her FBI books with the addition of the UK-bred hero Nicholas Drummond of Scotland Yard, to Ivan Held at Putnam,by Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group.
Giller Prize-nominated author Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s debut literary thriller THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, in which a murderer’s arrest rings too close to home for a rookie reporter, bringing haunting memories of her childhood best friend’s unsolved murder – and a stalker – right to her doorstep, to Sally Kim at Touchstone, by Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Literary Agency.
V.R. Barkowsky’s BLOOD UNDER WILL, where a copycat ritual murder and a tenuous alliance with a cop and former friend leads a girl into a world of blood ritual and dark obsession; and A TWIST OF HATE, where a security consultant must travel through the secrets of his family’s past, a journey that leads from German-occupied France to betrayal to find a stolen painting, to Tiffany Schofield at Five Star, by Christine Witthohn at Book Cents Literary Agency.
ONE DAY author David Nicholls’s US, about a long marriage coming to an end, and of a husband’s plan, over the course of one last long summer holiday — a road trip with their college-bound son across the capitals and cultural attractions of Europe — to win back his wife’s love and repair the damage in his troubled relationship with his son, to Claire Wachtel and Jonathan Burnham at Harper by Deborah Schneider of Gelfman Schneider/ICM on behalf of Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown in London.
Vanessa Lafaye’s debut SUMMERTIME, pitched as The Help meets The Perfect Storm, set in 1935 in a small community in the Florida Keys, already weighed down with secrets when a vicious attack on a white woman casts suspicion on the veterans brought to town to build a bridge, as a devastating storm based on a real hurricane bears down, to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks, by Mitchell Waters at Curtis Brown.
Award-winning journalist and author of THE CURIOSITY Stephen Kiernan’s new novel about a dedicated Oregon hospice worker who, to save her cherished marriage, must deal with the needs of her husband, a traumatized sharpshooter just home from his 3rd deployment to Iraq, while simultaneously caring for cancer patient professor whose career as a World War II historian enables him to share stories, including a long buried secret, that prepare him for dying and may help her husband find peace, to in a 2-book deal, again to Jennifer Brehl at William Morrow, in a two-book deal, by Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group.
NYT bestselling author of Rhett Butler’s People Donald McCaig’s RUTH’S JOURNEY: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind, the first-ever authorized prequel to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind recounts the story of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, chronicling her life from her infancy in Haiti as it is ablaze with revolution, to her time as a slavegirl and young married woman in Savannah and Charleston, up to her years raising ScarlettO’Hara at Tara, to Peter Borland at Atria, by Mel Berger of William Morris Endeavor representing the Mitchell Estate and GWTW Partners and Kris Dahl of ICM representing McCaig.
NYT bestselling author Marie Bostwick’s THE SECOND SISTER, the story of two siblings, one who couldn’t bring herself to leave home, the other who couldn’t bring herself to stay, to Martin Biro at Kensington, in a two-book deal, by Liza Dawson of Liza Dawson Associates.
BIRDS OF A LESSER PARADISE author Megan Mayhew Bergman’s ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN, a collection of stories about the imagined lives of real artists, writers, heiresses, actresses, singers, motorcycle racers and more, from the early 1800s and into the future, to Kara Watson at Scribner, by Julie Barer at Barer Literary.
Author of THE MISTRESS OF SPICES, ARRANGED MARRIAGE, and most recently OLEANDER GIRL, Chitra Divakaruni’s next novel, about three generations of woman in an Indian/Indian-American family, exploring love and loss, different times and different cultures, and how women find the strength to move past heartbreak, again to Millicent Bennett at Simon & Schuster, by Sandra Dijkstra at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency .
Lissa Evans’s CROOKED HEART, set in England in World War II, which brings together a young orphan, with his seemingly flint-hearted foster-carer, to Jennifer Barth at Harper, by Georgia Garrett at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Children’s: Middle grade
Adam Shaughnessy’s debut THE ENTIRELY TRUE STORY OF THE UNBELIEVABLE FIB, an epic tale of gods and mythic creatures loose in a small New England town, and the unlikely pair of kids caught in their midst, to Elise Howard at Algonquin Young Readers, in a two-book deal, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Jess Bright’s SISTER, SISTER the story of a girl whose sister is seriously ill and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive, to Clare Whitston at Oxford University Press Children’s, for publication in 2015, by Charlie Viney at The Viney Agency (World).
Children’s: Young Adult
NYT bestselling author of SEX WITH KINGS Eleanor Herman’s debut LEGACY series, an epic historical fantasy saga based on the young life of Alexander the Great, full of dark magic, political maneuvering, and high drama, to Annie Stone at Harlequin Teen, in a four-book deal, by Stephen Barbara at Foundry Literary + Media on behalf of Paper Lantern Lit .
Kali Wallace’s SHALLOW GRAVES, about a murdered girl who finds herself resurrected and must reconcile her old, happy memories with the magical underworld of creatures to which she now belongs, a story which pulls from international folklore of monsters terrorizing children, avenging murderers, and consuming the dead, to Anica Rissi at Katherine Tegen Books, in a two-book deal, by Adriann Ranta at Wolf Literary Services .
Melissa Lander’s STARFLIGHT, pitched as “Overboard” meets “Firefly,” in which an orphan indentures herself to a wealthy, arrogant man in exchange for passage to a new world; but when an accident erases his memory, she convinces him that their roles are reversed and leads him on a series of intergalactic misadventures, to Laura Schreiber at Disney-Hyperion, by Nicole Resciniti at The Seymour Agency.
Sean McGinty’s THE FUN TRIP, narrated by a glitch-prone, new social gaming technology addict who begins an unexpected journey in search of hidden treasure, during which he repeatedly fails, falls in love, and ultimately experiences a spiritual epiphany as only a seventeen year old can, to Tracey Keevan at Disney-Hyperion, by Jennifer Carlson of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner .
Tim Floreen’s WILLFUL MACHINES, centered on the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president, who loves science, robots and possibly, the Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school, but when a sentient computer program turns into a terrorist threat, his life and secrets are in danger, to Michael Strother at Simon Pulse, in a two-book deal, by Quinlan Lee at Adams Literary .