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

A New Chapter, Turning a Page, [Insert Additional Book Metaphor Here]

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At this point, most of the Bookternet seems to know. But in case you didn’t hear, after five years at the fabulous Quirk Books, I’m packing up my little toy-decorated office this week.

Several New York Times bestsellers, books that won numerous awards, a dozen (mostly) viral book trailers, several bookish websites, plenty of social network profile launches, the publication of my own book, tons of conventions, and thousands upon thousands of books mailed to bloggers… it’s been a really wonderful and fulfilling experience, working with all the awesome people at Quirk.

But, it’s time for a new chapter, as they say. A new challenge.

This month, I’m jumping into a new career as a literary agent with P.S. Literary. Read more