Win a Bundle of My 2017 Authors Books!
Ah, the end of the year is here.
It was a pretty lovely year agent-wise. A bunch of (announced!) deals, including seven new YA novels, a memoir, a cookbook, and two adult sci-fi and fantasy books, which is making 2018 and 2019 shape up to be really busy. And I'm so proud of my author children.
This year, I had my first three books as an agent come out, and I want to give you a chance to win a bundle of them to read at home!
These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips: Came out with HarperTeen in August, and is the story of a teen girl who accidentally kills (!!!) her best friend... and subsequently falls for her best friend's younger brother. It's a story about love and loss, and learning to forgive yourself. Rebecca's second book, The Girl You Thought I Was, comes out with HarperTeen next year.
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis: The very first project I sold and published by Sky Pony back in November, it's the story of a teen boy who wrestles with porn addiction, and finds himself discovering new friends in his addiction recovery group, and a chance at redeeming himself on a music-filled roadtrip of self discovery. Dave's second novel, Suggested Reading, will be out in 2019 with Katherine Tegen Books.
Eat Your Feelings by Lindsey Smith: Agent's first cookbook! A gorgeous book that will come out on December 26th with Wednesday Books / St Martin's Press, Lindsey's latest book teaches you how to pair healthy food with heightened emotions. It's a mental health cookbook, and I really think it's going to help a lot of people. You can catch Lindsey on tour all next year.
Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed: This book doesn't come out for another four weeks, but here's your chance to win a pre-order (!!!). The story of a teen girl swept up in a wave of Islamophobia when a terrorist attack strikes a nearby city, and the alleged terrorist shares a last name with her family. It's a book full of first love and heartache, and the buzz around it is fierce. Her next book, Mad Bad & Dangerous to Know, will be out with Soho Teen in 2019.
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Thanks for a great 2017, everyone!
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International Rights: Spanish Rights to Samira Ahmed's Love Hate & Other Filters to Nuevo Extremo
Oh my, Samira Ahmed and her debut novel are having a really lovely fall. From the Swedish language sale, to collecting more starred reviews (School Library Journal!), it's been an awesome season.
And there's one more piece of news, before the winter comes. Love Hate & Other Filters has sold into Spanish, and will be published by Nuevo Extremo. They've worked on authors like Romina Russell, Sara Raasch, Kendare Blake, and Michelle Falkoff, so she is in excellent hands
Here's the quick blip from Publisher's Marketplace:
Go Samira, go!
And don't forget, you can pre-order Love Hate & Other Filters wherever books are sold. Amazon! B&N! IndieBound! You should do that!
Deals: MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Samira Ahmed Acquired by Soho Teen
Let me tell you. It has been such a thrill watching Samira Ahmed and her debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, find fans in readers, reviewers, and authors in the YA sphere. An important, beautiful book about family, friendship, and fighting against racism, it'll hit bookstores everywhere in January, and Samira is gearing up for some great things.
She's also kept herself busy, preparing for the launch of her book... by writing another one.
And I'm thrilled to say that Samira will be publishing another book with the amazing Soho Teen team in the Fall of 2019!
In MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW readers are swept away on a literary mystery on the streets of Paris with Khayyam, a Muslim teen who summers annually with her parents in France, and a teen boy named Alexandre Dumas, who yes, is related to the person he shares a name with.
As they try to unravel the secrets behind the story of cherchez la femme-- a mysterious raven-tressed lady who first appears in letters between the classic author and his friend, the painter Eugène Delacroix, they are wrapped up in questions about poetry, literature, and art.
And as the mystery surrounding Leila, the girl in the painting, unravels... her story as a Muslim woman living in Paris in the 1840’s is mirrored with Khayyam’s as a Muslim teenager in the present day. And as Khayyam explores a Parisian world full of literature, history, poetry, art, and forbidden love, she wrestles with her feelings for Alexandre… and the boy that may or may not be waiting for her back home.
It's a story about trying to discern truth from fiction, and how the line between the two isn’t always clear, and I'm so excited to see Samira with another book with Soho and legendary editor Daniel Ehrenhaft, who has quickly gone on to become one of my favorite humans. If you don't follow him on Twitter already, fix that.
MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW reads like a YA take on Possession by A.S. Byatt, mashed together with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It's a blend of romance and history, and lovers of literature, poetry, and art will find so much to adore in Samira's latest book.
Here's the blip from Publisher's Weekly:
Congrats Samira! I can't wait for readers to meet Khayyam and Alexandre.
Paternity Leave: Closed for Submissions Until 2018
If you follow me on the ol' social media, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. But just in case you stumble across this lil' website while looking for agents, here it is. I'm closed for queries for the rest of 2017, with the exception of referrals and conference or contest requests.
I'm on paternity leave! It's baby time in the Smith household. And with a mini book tour in October, all while the baby is around... well, I'm going to need to take a breather, and dedicate my time to my family and current roster of clients, who are also much like my family. *hearts*
Book wise, things look good for the last half of the year though.
- These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips is out now with HarperTeen! This is my first published book as an agent, so it's a big deal for me. We are gearing up to announce details regarding her second HarperTeen book, The Girl You Thought I Was, very soon. I think you're all going to love it.
- Come the end of December, you'll also be able to catch Lindsey Smith's cookbook, Eat Your Feelings, due out with Wednesday Books / St. Martin's Press. This book is going to help a lot of people, with its body-positive messaging and mental-health angle, and I'm just so proud of it.
So yes! It's a busy last half of the year, and an awesome launch in 2018, especially with covers and release dates for Laurel Amberdine's Luminator (REUTS), Kati Gardner's Brave Enough (Flux), and Anna Hecker's When the Beat Drops (Sky Pony), all due out in the Spring of 2018, relatively soon-ish.
And there are a few book babies that are just about ready to be announced, which I'll be updating ya'll on here in between naps.
I'll still be looking at projects through Twitter pitch events like #PitMad #DVPit and the like when they are live, and conferences (I'm still attending these conferences through the fall!). I'm also happily taking referrals from colleagues and clients. But otherwise, I'm on a break, and won't be digging through the query box.
You can keep up to date with all my wonderful authors via this Twitter list, as they are all going to be up to awesome things over the next year or two.
I'll open back up to submissions in mid-January. Thanks!
Here's How to Request Review Copies of Books by Rebecca Phillips, Samira Ahmed, & Dave Connis
So, over the next few months, a few of the first books I've sold as an agent will be rolling out, and I'm so very proud of each and every one of them.
And guess what? You can request free review copies! NetGalley! Edelweiss! Physical copies that I want to re-home! Here's how.
THESE THINGS I'VE DONE by Rebecca Phillips: This beautifully devastating book will be out with HarperTeen in... gasp, two weeks! And you can still request free review copies via Edelweiss, here. https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=0062570900
Word on the street my agent copies are on their way, and I will want to re-home a few of them to bloggers who will post about and review them. Want a physical hardcover copy of the book? You are more than welcome to email me with details about your blog. I've only got ten though, so supplies are limited. I'll cross this out when they are all claimed.
THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis: Fun fact, Dave's debut was actually the very first book I got to sell in my first months as a Baby Agent™ in 2015, and now it's here! You can request a copy on Edelweiss, here. https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1510707301.
For those of you who prefer NetGalley, you can request it here. https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/118159
I'll be getting a few agent copies in August, but don't have any agent ARCs to send out. If you want to request a physical ARC, you can email the rockstar publicity team at Sky Horse via their website.
LOVE HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed: You can currently request Samira's debut on NetGalley and Edelweiss, here.
Now, if you're interested in a physical review copy of any of these, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I'll forward you on to the respective publicity team. Can't make any promises, but I'm happy to send your request forward.