Deals: These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips Acquired by HarperTeen!

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Wow you guys. Wow.

A few months ago, I was sitting in one of my favorite cafes in South Philadelphia with my good friend Allie Ilagan, and she got to watch me cry in public over an email. And then she got to watch me get all teary on the phone when I told an author some very good news.

By “very emotional” she’s referring to the public crying and me muttering “oh my god oh my god” into my hands.

Those of you who read YA (which is likely a lot of you so hiiiii you are my people) definitely know Rebecca Phillips. She’s got two wonderful books with Kensington. Any Other Girl, which came out back in January, and Faking Perfect, which came out just last year.

I loved both of them, and was thrilled when I was given the chance to work with her, via my rockstar colleague at P.S. Literary, Carly Watters. Thanks for bringing us together, Carly!

So! About that good news.

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Rebecca Phillips’ next book, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, has been acquired by Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen, in a two-book deal for an additional untitled novel. Readers can look for it in bookstores everywhere in the Summer of 2017, and the second book in the Summer of 2018.

It’s a non-linear, YA story told in shifting time-frames, that’s an emotional read along the lines of The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The back-and-forth time shifting reads like Lauren Gibaldi’s The Night We Said Yes (one of my favorite YA contemporaries of last year), except… well, people die.

It’s a devastating read, really. One that made me sob in the best way possible. It’s about tragedy, trauma, family, and the power of love and friendship, and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.

A bit about the plot? Sure.

After accidentally causing the death of her best friend Aubrey, Dara must forgive herself before Ethan, Aubrey’s younger brother, ever will. As Dara and Ethan fall in love, their worlds fall into place—except when Dara’s parents and counselors think their relationship is a mistake. Just because they share special memories of Aubrey, doesn’t mean their love will help wash away their grief.

Yup.

I’m crying again. Because of the story, and because of my joy for Rebecca.

And of course, a huge thank you to Catherine and her team at HarperTeen. Be sure to follow Rebecca on Twitter and check out her website, and wish her all the congrats.

Deals: Luminator by Laurel Amberdine Acquired by REUTS Publishing

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Books news is the best news.

Laurel Amberdine’s manuscript was one of the very first queries to appear in my inbox when I started working as an agent last year. A beautiful, thrilling fantasy novel, I couldn’t put it down. A lush world, a fascinating premise, and two protagonists that were easy to love and cheer for.

Those of you in the SF/F world, chances are you’ve seen Laurel around the ol’ bookish Internet, working with Locus and Lightspeed Magazine. She’s a rockstar, and I’m just so honored to get to work with her.

Laurel Amberdine’s debut, Luminator, has been picked up by REUTS Publishing, an awesome indie publisher of YA and New Adult books. I’ve admired the team over there for a while. Ashley Ruggirello,  Cait Spivey, Nicole Tone, Kisa Whipkey… I’m so happy Laurel is going to have such a great group of people behind her book.

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Curious about the story? In Luminator, readers witness epic fantasy battles that are a bit different. Instead of swords and battle axes, wars are fought with mirrors, prisms, and lenses, as soldiers fight to control the island of Luminous, a magical piece of land where light is harvested as energy… and used as a deadly weapon.

It’s an endless war for resources, that two teens find themselves thrust into. One, a powerful young Luminator, a boy with the ability to manipulate light and shift the tides of war. The other, a brave, bold girl, born of rebels. And together, they’ll have to try and save their realm, while wrestling with their feelings for one another.

I gushed about this book to many of my fantasy-loving friends (looking at you, Fran and Chris), the prose reading like a mashup of Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns, Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky, and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. It’s not just about epic light battles and magical worlds. It’s a novel that takes a close look at the reasons for war, the need for peace, and the far-reaching power of love.

And I can’t wait for you all to read it, when it hits shelves.

Be sure to follow Laurel and REUTS on Twitter, and wish them all the congrats.

Laurel Amberdine: Twitter / Website

REUTS Publishing: Twitter / Facebook / Website

Deals: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis Acquired by Sky Pony Press

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Oh, this post feels so good. My first agented Young Adult book sold, and has been picked up by Sky Pony Press, the children’s imprint of Sky Horse Publishing. Here are the details from Publisher’s Marketplace…

Dave Connis’s debut, THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM, pitched as DON JON meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and PAPER TOWNS, in which a sixteen-year-old boy struggles to beat a porn addiction with the help of his family, new friends, and a fellow addict, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, for publication in Fall 2017, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency (World).

When Dave’s manuscript appeared in my agency inbox, I read and devoured it immediately. I laughed, I cried, I gushed about the book to any of my bookish friends who would listen. I cried while explaining it to my wife (which basically means you’ve got a deal with me). After a long phone call (when we realized we were probably going to be best friends), I picked up Dave as a P.S. Literary client. Read more