1946-1952: YEARS OF TRIAL AND HOPE [e-book edition]
by Harry S. Truman
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Publication date: October 30, 2014
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BESS TRUMAN [e-book edition]
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1945: Year of Decision [e-Book Edition]
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The new Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi legal thriller - #26
by Robert K. Tanenbaum
A CIA chief dies under suspicious circumstances before he is about to testify about a controversial government cover-up involving a terrorist attack on
the US mission in Chechnya. Butch Karp is on the case.
When the CIA director is murdered, Butch Karp finds himself battling a heavyweight opponent: the US government. The national presidential election campaign’s
foreign policy mantra has been that the terrorists are on the run and Bin Laden is dead. There are rumors that the CIA chief was going to deviate from the
administration version of events, and that the government may have had something to do with his death. Can Karp expose the cover-up and find the Chechnyan
separatists who aided the Americans at the mission and who have firsthand knowledge of the terrorist attack? Karp must also find his missing daughter, who
has been taken hostage by the terrorists.
After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an
unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting
them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.
An excerpt from Publishers Weekly SOAPBOX Opinion Page, March 17, 2014 edition:
A Novel of My Own
By Donald Bain
It took almost 50 years for my first novel to be published.
Not that I wasn’t writing during those years. There were 120 books, give-or-take a few, including 43 books in the
“Murder, She Wrote” series, original murder mysteries based upon the popular TV show (and with the byline shared
with Jessica Fletcher who doesn’t exist except as a TV character); 27 novels in the Margaret Truman Capital Crimes
series (bylined by my close collaborator Margaret, although my name is on the most recent ones since her death);
nine westerns under the name J.D. Hardin; Coffee, Tea or Me and three sequels (bylined by Rachel Jones And Trudy
Baker, former airline stewardesses); and assorted other comedies, investigative journalism, biographies and
autobiographies, and potboilers written for others whose bylines proudly occupy the covers.
While I usually had a room of my own in which to write—which Virginia Woolf strived for—I never had a novel of my own,
a book that came solely from my imagination and that hadn’t been pre-sold to a publisher, a book without a delivery date
or editorial input while being written. No deadline to spur me on. No expected word count, no collaborator to run it past
before submitting to a publisher. My own novel.
Almost fifty years later, it’s finally happened. Lights Out!, which I started writing in 2003 and found the time to finish
in 2013, was published in the U.K. in February of this year by Severn House; the U.S. edition will be brought to market in
The idea for the novel came to me during a massive blackout in 2003 that wiped out electrical power for the entire east coast
of the United States, and a good portion of Canada. The electrical grid that failed was located in Canada, and I started down
the classic “What If?” road. What if someone could create a similar blackout, and sell to others the precise date and time it
would occur? Obviously, those “others” wouldn’t be nice people—criminal types, maybe even an occasional terrorist or two, who
could take advantage of the information to engage in myriad criminal and terrorist activities without lights and alarm systems
getting in their way.
My anti-hero, Carlton Smythe, a disgruntled former engineer at Toronto’s largest power plant—and stuck in a loveless marriage
to a wealthy woman—meets the voluptuous Gina Ellanado during a business trip to Argentina. He falls madly in love and puts into
motion an outlandish scheme to cause the blackout. He sells the information to an assortment of bad guys including the Mafia,
and plans to live in carnal bliss with Gina for the rest of his days. Smythe is a man with a monumental mid-life crisis.
THE TENTH CIRCLE
The new Blaine McCracken novel by Jon Land.
Open Road Integrated Media
Jon Land now #6 in the Amazon Top Thriller Authors List & #30 overall.
THE TENTH CIRCLE ranking:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Blaine McCracken races to stop terrorists from unleashing an ancient weapon of unimaginable power at the president’s State of the Union speech
Blaine McCracken pulled off the impossible on a mission in Iran, but his work has just begun. Returning to the US, he faces another terrible threat
in the form of Reverend Jeremiah Rule, whose hateful rhetoric has inflamed half the world, resulting in a series of devastating terrorist attacks.
But Rule isn’t acting alone. A shadowy cabal is pulling his strings, unaware that they are creating a monster who will soon spin free of their control.
TRAGIC, #25 in the Butch Karp legal thriller series by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster
New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum takes legal suspense to dramatic new heights—when his hero, District Attorney Butch Karp,
goes up against a ruthless union leader with too much power, too many secrets, and too many enemies to silence . . . or kill.
“A well-liked union organizer is dead, his murder arranged by a ruthless union boss (this isn’t a spoiler: the author tells us whodunit right up front).
District attorney Karp and his wife, Marlene, slowly build a case against the culprit, but does his corrupt reach extend into the halls of justice?
Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as the Elia Kazan film On the Waterfront and Macbeth (the killer as usurper of the throne; the three
witches as a trio of homeless women), the novel is tightly plotted and, overall, feels very much like the early installments in the series.
Series fans should be very happy.”
PW - Top Pick of The Week Review
ECHOES OF MY SOUL
Robert K. Tanenbaum
Kensington Mass Market Reprint - May 2014
“Tanenbaum recreates the proceedings with a novelist’s sense of plotting…. Tanenbaum’s take on the case, which was cited by the Supreme Court in its 1966 Miranda v. State of Arizona decision regarding self-incrimination, is a thrilling and insightful addition to the true crime genre.” – Publishers Weekly
In his third true crime offering (after The Piano Teacher), Tanenbaum—best known for his legal thrillers about Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, lawyers in the New York District Attorney’s office—examines the convoluted and dramatic case that followed the brutal murders of two young women, Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert, in New York City in 1963. Relying on court transcripts, crime-scene photos, and the reminiscences of his legal mentors—Mel Glass, John Keenan, and D.A. Frank Hogan, all of whom were involved in the case—Tanenbaum recreates the proceedings with a novelist’s sense of plotting. The seasoned attorney and two-time mayor of Beverly Hills, Calif., details how a young black man, George Whitmore Jr. (who had an IQ of less than 70), was connected to the killings by a confession extracted under extreme duress. Luckily, Manhattan Assistant D.A. Glass took an interest in the case and began to question the police tactics used to accuse Whitmore. A clue worthy of crime fiction eventually leads to the capture of the real killer, and a trial cleverly conducted by Keenan reveals police incompetence (and possible malfeasance) and sets Whitmore free. Tanenbaum’s take on the case, which was cited by the Supreme Court in its 1966 Miranda v. State of Arizona decision regarding self-incrimination, is a thrilling and insightful addition to the true crime genre. Photos. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (May 28)
"If You Find Me" by Emily Murdoch is an intense, heart-warming yet heart-wrenching story about two sisters who have lived most of their lives in the wilds of a national park in Tennessee.
“Beautifully written. The deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance; they will quickly endear themselves to readers.” – School Library Journal (Starred Review)
“A compelling narrative that is both unflinching about life’s pain and hopeful about its possibilities.” – Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity, especially family, with characters who worm their way into your heart—or repulse the reader’s very nature. Her narrative is full of unique yet breathtaking similes, detailed descriptions, and unflinching dialogue all masquerading as backwoods Tennessee dialect... She validates the courage and ingenuity of young people the world over for whom survival is instinctive; protection of siblings is nonnegotiable; and love both a right and a gift bestowed upon those fortunate enough to find it.” – Booklist (Starred Review)
“Within two pages, I was so hopelessly hooked, I felt like the story had attached itself to me. The storyline is original and suspenseful, but most of all, it was Carey’s voice that had me flipping the pages. This is one of those books you devour." – Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List
"If You Find Me grabbed me by the heart on page one and didn't let go till the very last word. Murdoch's language is lovely, her storytelling gripping.” —Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One
“Searing . . . hurt my heart and will probably haunt my dreams – a beautiful book about survival, identity, family, love and so much more.” —Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die
"Carey and Nessa’s story is memorable and deeply moving, and readers will find it very easy to fall in love with these girls.” – Publishers Weekly
ROBERT K. TANENBAUM'S first 10 titles in the 15,000,000+ copies in print, now 24 book Butch Karp
legal thriller series from #1 No Lesser Plea to #10 Reckless Endangerment are available in all e-book formats
from Open Road Integrated Media.
His award was presented by Jane K. Cleland, chair of the Wolfe Pack's literary awards.
Mr. Teller joins a procession of fine writers including Lawrence Block, Tess Gerritsen, Lee Child, Walter Mosley, Linda Fairstein,
former U.S. Senator Fred Harris, and Dennis Lehane, all of whom have been honored with the prestigious "Nero."
2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense
* The Tenth Case by Joseph Teller – WINNER
World Rights - Mira Books
Visit the author's website: JAYWALKER
* Two new Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D. books, ANXIETY FREE: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You and HERE COMES THE SUN:
Answers to Overcoming Your Depression Dr. Leahy is
Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
President, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
and author of The Worry Cure [which has earned over $100,000 with ten foreign sales]
see Bob Leahy ; hear Bob Leahy on the Dennis Prager Radio Show
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Dark Watch , Skeleton CrewPlague Ship and Corsair by Clive Cussler [represented by Peter Lampack] with Jack Du Brul Malice , Fury, the forthcoming Captured, Escape, Malice all 21 Butch Karp Legal Thrillers by Robert K. Tanenbaum, Esq. Havoc - Deep Fire Rising - River of Ruin - Pandora's Curse - Medusa Stone - Charon's Landing - Vulcan's Forge the Jack Du Brul 7 Philip Mercer men's adventure series
Shoot The Moon, Felony Murder , Flat Lake In Winter , Irreparable Damage and Fogbound by Joseph T. Klempner Take Me Out of the Bathtub and I'm Still Here in the Bathtub by Alan Katz.
The Worry Cure and Anxiety Free by Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D. Finding Foreclosures, Making Money Teaching On Line and The Accidental Landlord by Dr. Dani Babb Running with the Devil: The True Story of the ATF's Infiltration of the Hells Angels by Kerrie Droban Donald Dunbar'sWhat You Don't Know Can Keep You Out of College Sheila Kelley's S Factor Stripping for the Everyday Woman Everything I Needed To Know In Business I Learned at McDonald's by Paul Facella and Adina Genn
MOST RECENT SALES / FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Philip Mercer books 8 & 9 in Jack Du Brul's action adventure series, to Doubleday, World Rights
Three JAYWALKER novels by Joseph Teller to Mira Books Captured , Butch Karp #21 by Robert K. Tanenbaum to Pocket Books, hard and soft Reindeer Moon text by Mark Kimball Moulton and illustrated by Karen Hillard Good to Paul Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Skirts in the Boardroom by Marshawn Evans to John Wiley & SonsOcean Sciences six volume set by Stacey Kish to Facts of File Everything I Needed to Know in Business I Learned at McDonalds by Paul Facella and Adina GennHeart Disease: They Didn’t Tell Me That by Drs. Clorfene and Okner to Sterling Publishing Ballentine: Murder for Hire by Jack Ballentine to Thomas Dunne Books Harry Potter The Brand by Susan Gunellius to Palgrave Macmillan for World Rights and Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps for Small Business Owners by Susan Gunellius to Entrepreneur Press
The Box From Branau by Jan Elvin to AMACOM The Right Words for Any Occassion by Erika Marie Geiss to Publications International The Big Book of Personality Tests for Women by Robin Westen to Black Dog & Levanthal Harriet Roth’s Revised Fat Counter including transfats to NAL
and the fully revised edition of the classic Harriet Roth’s Cholesterol Control Cookbook to Plume Books Bet Drugs and Rock & Roll by Steve Budin with Bob Schaller to Skyhorse Mountain Madness by Robert Birkby to Citadel Press The Faraway Fairies a delightful six book children’s book series by Australia’s own Eleanor Coombe to Hachette Australia for world rights and Faraway Fairies II by Eleanor Coombe, another six book series in continuation Cavern of the Eagle Cape a highly imaginative pre-history of the Cherokee Indians drawing on legend and fact in a smashing three book series to Tom Doherty & Associates Baseball Jobs, a “Studs Terkel” like book covering the views of all associated with the game from the peanut vendor to the managers, players and owners, by Tom Jones to Skyhorse Daisuke Matsuzaka bio and his first year with The Boston Red Sox by Ian Browne to Lyons Press Boca Knights and Boca Mourning by Steve Foreman to Tom Doherty & Associates
Andrea Pickens 3 book historical romance deal to Grand Central Publishing beginning with The Spy Wore Silk Sacha Baron Cohen biography by Kathleen Tracy to St. Martin’s Press 101 Ways to Make Money Writing by Bob Bly to Sourcebooks Speeches and Presentations by Bob Bly to Entrepreneur Words to Make You Sound Smart by Bob Bly to Adams Media Anxiety Free and Here Comes The Sun to Hay House for World English Time Very Well Spent the best book on time management since Taking Control of Your Time and Your Life (Alan Lakein) by Dr. Jan Yager to Sterling Books The Sweet Spot and Nice and Wet by Kimberly Kay Terry to Aphrodesia
Playing The Best Tennis of Your Life by Jeff Greenwald to Betterway Books TEEING OFF: Players, Technique, Characters, Experiences, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside GOLF by Ken Bowden with a Foreword by Jack Nicklaus to Triumph Books The Complete Divorce by Brette McWhorter Sember to Sterling Publishing Management Basics by Sandra Gurvis to Adams Media and Managing The Telecommuter by Sandra Gurvis to Adams Media Controversies in Science by Andrew Karam, Ph.D., a six volume set for Facts on File So You Want To Franchise Your Business by Harold Kestenbaum and Adina Genn with a Foreword by Fred DeLuca (co-founder of The Subway Chain) The Global Warming Encyclopedia by Michael Windelspecht for Facts on File A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin by Anatole Konstantin for University of Missouri Press Changing Lives: The Impact of Financial Advisors on Families by G. Scott Budge to John Wiley & Sons Out ‘A Order plus a 2nd work by Evie Rhodes in a two book deal to Kensington The Forgotten Spirit by Evie Rhodes to Kensington
Two three book deals for works by Jon Merz to Harlequin Gold Eagle for their Rogue Angel series
Revised edition of Build Your Own Web Site For Dummies by David Crowder for Wiley and Create Your Web Site Bible also for Wiley by David and Philip Crowder One G String Short of Crazy by Desiree Day to Pocket Books Start Your Own Freelance Business and Start Your Own Freelance Graphics Business by George Sheldon to Entrepreneur Press 250 Questions for a Landlord by George Sheldon to Adams Media The History of Medicine six book series by Kate Kelly to Facts on File The Expert’s Guide to Poker Tells by Baldarrassee and Burgess to Triumph BooksFor Service To Your Country a handbook detailing Veteran’s Benefits by Peter S. Gayton and Marian Borden to Citadel Press Hot Line and Sun Stroked by Cathryn Fox to NAL Heat The Valerian Journals four books by Vivi Anna in two contracts to Harlequin Nocturne: Untitled Vampire Erotica works #3 and #4 by Delilah Devlin again to Avon Red Honky Tonk Men Books 1 and 2 by Delilah Devlin to Aphrodesia How to Make A Living Teaching On Lineby Danielle Babb to John Wiley and Real Estate 2.0 by Danielle Babb to Kaplan and Finding Foreclosures by Danielle Babb to Entrepreneur Press and
The Accidental Landlord by Danille Babb to Alpha Books The Allure Authors Anthology 1 and 2 in a two book deal to Avon Red Wild Wild Women of the West Books 1 and 2 to Aphrodesia Accounting At Your Fingertips By Kathleen Murray and George Murray to Alpha Books Damned Dangerous & Delicious Books 1 and 2 to Aphrodesia The Owner Builder Manual by Judy Ostrow to Alpha Books
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to:
Running Injury Free
The Science of Everything
Home Repair & Maintenance
The Pocket Idiot's Guide to:
Stock Picking Potty Training
Your Carbon Footprint
Golf Rules & Etiquette
Working With Animals
Buying A Home
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Human Resource Management
MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
You Can't Teach a Kid to Ride A Bike at a Seminar by David Sandler to WOLTERS KLUWER POLSKA SP. Z O.O. for Polish Rights Havoc by Jack Du Brul to Random House Germany Havoc by Jack Du Brul to Amber for Polish Rights Pandora’s Curse and by Jack Du Brul to Bard for Bulgarian Rights
Havoc by Jack Du Brul to Via Magna for Spanish Rights Havoc by Jack Du Brul to Bard for Bulgarian Rights Escape by Robert K. Tanenbaum to BBC Audio Eyes to See, Witches Hammer and The Book of Sorrows by Joseph Nassise in a three book deal again to Droemer Knaur for German Rights
Anxiety Free and Here Comes The Sun by Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D.to Natur och Kulter for Swedish Rights Anxiety Free and Here Comes The Sun by Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D. to Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds for Dutch Rights Daisuke Matsuzaka bio and his first year with The Boston Red Sox by Ian Browne to Random House Kodansha for Japanese Rights and Daisuke Matsuzaka to China Times for Chinese Rights Certain Cure by Jennifer Valoppi to Otherworld Verlag for German Rights Shoot The Moon by Joseph T. Klempner to Franck Ribiere for film rights Living Well With Menopause by Carolyn Chambers Clark to Boroli for Italian Rights and Living Well with Menopause by Carolyn Chambers Clark to Paidos for Spanish Rights El Poder del Metabolismo, a bestselling diet book in Puerto Rico (in Spanish), sold to Editorial Pax Mexico for World Spanish excluding Puerto Rico
Spanish Rights to The Last Pope by David Osborn to Editorial Via Magna
Portuguese Rights to The Last Pope by David Osborn to Difel, S.A.
Russian Rights to Rift Zone by Raelynn Hillhouse
Russian Rights to Leadership secrets of the World's Top CEO's by Eric Yaverbaum with Robert W. Bly
French Rights to Fogbound by Joseph T. Klempner
Film (option) rights to 4th & Fixed by Reggie Rivers
Korean Rights to The Lion and the Fox by Wess Roberts, author of Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun
Indian Rights to From Chunk to Hunk by Fred Anderson
French Rights to Vulcan's Forge and Charon's Landing by Jack DuBrul via St. Martin's/Eliane Benisti
Japanese Rights to Leadership Secrets Of The Worlds Top CEOs by Eric Yaverbaum and Bob Bly by Baror International
Chinese & Indonesian Rights to The Secret Language of Children by Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D. by Baror International,
Korean Rights to Leadership Secrets Of The Worlds Top CEOs by Eric Yaverbaum and Bob Bly
Spanish rights to How To Speak The Secret Language of Children by Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D.to Ediciones Urano
French Rights to Albin Michel for Irreparable Damage By Joseph T. Klempner
Jack DuBrul's The Medusa Stone and Pandora's Curse to HarperCollins Australia & Pandora;s Curse to Sony Magazines' Bunko Books Japan by JapanUni DANGER'S HOUR by James Francis to HarperCollins Australia,to Econ Ullstein Germany by Thomas Schluck, to Futami Shobo by JapanUni and to S&S UK directly. Film rights to Sonalysts, Inc. HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF CHILDREN to S&S UK and Ediciones Urano Spain
Robert K. Tanenbaum, 2 book deal to S&S UK
Email: Mandy Hubbard
"Middle Grade,Young Adult and select genre romance only. To query, please send your query letter and the first five pages
of your project in the body of the email. No attachments, please."
-Adult genre fiction except erotica (erotic romance is okay), including mystery, thriller, and horror.
Please paste your query, 1-2 page synopsis, and your first chapter into the body of an email and send to email@example.com.
Bob Diforio prefers recommendations from clients, publisher contacts.
e-mail submissions with proposal and/or Table Of Contents and sample chapters
attached in Word, rich text format or .pdf, double spaced. SASE with mailed submissions.
PLEASE NOTE: If I am interested in your work, submitted by e-mail, I will respond to you within two weeks.
Given the number of e-mail submissions received on a daily basis, I will not be able to respond if I conclude
You are welcome to query anything that falls within the MG/YA realm, as well as select genre romance but in particular, Mandy is looking for:
• Contemporary genre (Read: adult) romance, the steamier the better
• Regency Romance
• "New Adult" romance (characters in their early 20s!)
• YA Horror and/or thriller, preferably with a body count
• A YA novel in verse
• MG with a fun girly angle and series potential
• YA Romance, whether historical or contemporary
• Historical YA novels based within real tragedies, a la BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY by Ruta Septys, REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnely, etc.
• YA with a hook, a la HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter or THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
Do NOT query anything meant for adult audiences (unless it would be published in the romance section), or non-fiction of any kind.
I'm looking forward to seeing a wide range of middle grade and young adult novels and, at this point, will be accepting queries
from every genre within YA and MG. I will also accept queries from picture book author/illustrators (professionally trained illustrators,
please). There are a few things I'm particularly interested in seeing, though, should you be working on a project along these lines.
Author/illustrators only, please. I'm looking for unique and inventive art with playful, character-diven stories that are less than
750 words. Preferably less than 500 words. When querying, please paste the entire story below your query and include a link to a
website or other public place that showcases examples of your art. Please don't attach art to the query.
Larger-than-life characters and storylines that don’t include parents or obvious life-lessons. I want fun, adventure, mystery and
big, big characters. Give me hilarious and daring main and supporting characters that push the envelope . . . then stop pushing
and rip it right open. Did I mention how important jump-off-the-page characters are?
A timeless middle grade with siblings learning about themselves, each other and the world. Lovely but accessible prose. Something
classic, the next The Penderwicks or Anne of Green Gables.
Urban fantasy. MG superheros (perhaps dark superheros?) or mythological or magical creatures set in the modern world. Great
pacing is essential, as is adventure. Some humor would be good, too. Probably not Olympian stuff, though.
Talented writing, first and foremost. I’d like to see writing that shows care for one’s craft. I’m very open to good experimental
writing, too. Having said that:
Sweeping historical fiction. I’d love something decadent and lush, set perhaps during Tsarist Russia or the Golden Ages of Vienna
or Budapest. I’d like to see a heated romance, treachery and gowns made of yards and yards of silk and seed pearls.
Contemporary with feminist themes, issues, characters, concerns. A strong (struggling?) main character trying to find her or his
place in a world where being white, male and upper class is still such an advantage.
Avoid the United Colors of Benetton ad cast, but I do want to see novels about persons of color. Realistic, voicey families that
fight hard, love hard, and don’t tell me too much about what it means to be people of color in the U.S.; rather, you, the author,
are showing me what it means through your writing and story. Think Toni Morrison, Bell Hooks, Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez,
Maxine Hong Kingston, Sherman Alexie.
Beach reads. Very commercial stories heavy on the romance and fun, but still well-written. I want good pacing, a dynamic cast
and great shoes. Make me root for the main character and swoon over the boy. Think Sarah Dessen-light but with more conclusive
Horror, but I’d prefer it to be psychological rather than gory, subtle rather than in-your-face. Keep me up all night wondering
what’s hiding under my bed or creeping up my stairs in the dark. Or hiding in my dreams . . .
Additional elements that interest me in both MG and YA: Food and travel. How about a fun (and funny) MG about a bake-off competition
(especially if it includes pie and a cool prize for the winner)? Perhaps a YA with travel to Morocco or similar, wherein the MC
learns about being scammed, gets lost, finds some (but not all) answers to a personal dilemma and, of course, romance.
These are, of course, suggestions. You are still welcome to send your PB, MG and YA queries even if they don't fall within these specific storylines/ideas. :)
Please paste your query, 1-2 page synopsis, and your first chapter into the body of an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sample of recent sales include:
Andrew Chilton's THE GOBLIN'S PUZZLE: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice, in which three children band together to deceive a dragon, foil a duke, and outwit a trickster, to Katherine Harrison at Knopf Children's, for publication in Spring 2016
Lauren Smith's THE GILDED CUFF, set in the erotic world of a BDSM club on Long Island's luxurious Gold Coast and follows a young reporter as she navigates her way through the debauchery for a story, to Lauren Plude at Forever Yours
J. C. Nelson's THREE HEARTS, pitched as The Mummy meets Indiana Jones, in which two people must stop a god from completing a ritual and starting the re-animus, to Leis Pederson at Ace
Dan Gemeinhart's A BETTER KIND OF TRUTH, when a boy discovers that his childhood illness has returned, he runs away with his dog rather than go back into treatment, only after turning his back on everything he knows does he find the will to live and the strength to fight - but is it too late?, to Nick Eliopulos at Scholastic, in a two-book deal, for publication in January 2015
Lorelie Brown's ONE LESSON, in which a straight talking attorney nudges a professional surfer toward new career highs, to Laura Fazio at NAL