AG Howard's SPLINTERED, an urbanized gothic retelling of ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, in which a sixteen-year-old descendant of Alice Liddell (real life inspiration for the Lewis Carroll novel), realizes the story was true when she is pulled into the darker side of Wonderland to fix the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet, in a six-figure deal, in a two-book deal, at auction
Sandra Waugh's LARK RISING, the story of a clairvoyant sixteen year-old, who is charged to rescue her village from attack, only to discover she is destined for a far greater purpose - to save the Earth from utter destruction - which she bravely attempts with the help of a gnome, a white horse, and a young man she loves but is fated to kill her, and FALLING RAIN, the next in GUARDIANS OF TARNEC series, to Diane Landolf at Random House Children's.
Shannon Greenland's KILLER INSTINCT, first of a chilling series featuring a brilliant teenage girl who studies and understands serial killers... because she might be one herself, to Patrick Price at Simon Pulse, in a six figure deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2014, by Jenny Bent and Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.
Debut author T.L. Costa's young adult book PLAYING TYLER, pitched as SAY ANYTHING meets ENDERS GAME, about a gamer with ADHD who tests a new drone piloting game, but when he suspects that there may be more to it than it seems, he teams up with the game's designer to figure out what's really going on, questioning everything he has known about ethics, family and fighting for first love in a world at war, to Amanda Rutter at Strange Chemistry, by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency.
Lynn Weingarten's SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why, a girl has barely had time to mourn the suicide of her best friend, before the friend's ex-boyfriend convinces her she was murdered, and the girl is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy, to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, and to Stella Paskins at Egmont/Electric Monkey in the UK, by Nicola Barr at Greene and Heaton, at auction.
Liz Rosenberg's LAWS OF GRAVITY, in which two cousins' lives are torn apart when one refuses to donate his child's cord blood that will save the other's life -- and their case goes to trial before a retiring judge who must make the biggest decision of his career, to Kelli Martin at Amazon Publishing, in a six-figure deal, at auction, for publication in Spring 2013, in a two-book deal
NYT bestselling author Lynsay Sands's untitled historical romance, to Erika Tsang at Avon, in a six-figure deal, in a three-book deal.
NYT bestselling author Julia London's untitled historical romance, a retelling of Sense and Sensibility, to Ann Leslie Tuttle and Tara Parsons at HQN, in a six-figure deal, in a three-book deal.
NYT bestselling author Lori Wilde's new contemporary romance series, again to Lucia Macro at Avon, in a very high six-figure deal, in a six-book deal.
Suzanne McMinn's BACK TO THE LAND, the author's journey into self-sustainable living halfway up a hill on one of the most remote dirt roads in West Virginia, with a cast including her children, an enigmatic partner, the "rural neighborhood" of quirky characters, and a whole slew of ridiculous and uncooperative farm animals -- based on her website, www.chickensintheroad.com, to Jeanette Perez at Harper One, at auction, in a six-figure deal.
Ingrid Ricks's HIPPIE BOY, a self-published NYT bestseller; desperate to escape her oppressive Mormon home life, a teenage girl hits the road with her freewheeling dad, to Denise Silvestro at Berkley, at auction.
Lori Nelson Spielman's THE LIFE LIST, after her mother dies, a woman must complete a list of goals she wrote
when she was fourteen in order to earn her inheritance, to Shauna Summers at Ballantine, in a six-figure deal, at auction, for publication in Summer 2013
Yangsze Choo's THE GHOST BRIDE, in which a young woman in 1890s Malaya is asked to marry a dead man; caught between the world of the living and the Chinese afterlife, she must uncover her dead suitor's secrets before she is forced to become his spirit bride, to Rachel Kahan at William Morrow, in a six-figure deal, at auction
Sonja Condit's STARTER HOUSE, wherein a pregnant woman moves into her dream home, only to discover she must solve the mystery of a decades old murder to rid herself of a ghostly little boy and save her unborn child, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, at auction.
Jan Moran's A PROMISE OF ROSES, about a young French perfumer whose family is torn apart during World War II, who spies for the French resistance, and who begins life anew in America, struggling to rebuild the family perfumery, reunite her family, and find the love of her life, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin's, in a two-book deal.
Susan Crawford's POCKET WIFE, pitched as in the tradition of SILENT WIFE and TURN OF MIND, when a bipolar woman's next door neighbor is brutally murdered, she must struggle to remember what happened that day and fight to clear her name as the evidence slowly begins to point in her direction, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, at auction, in a significant deal, in a two-book deal.
Sarah Lawrence MFA grad Richard Fifield's THE FLOOD GIRLS, about a woman who returns to her tiny home town in Montana seeking redemption, and the friendship she finds with a flamboyant, fabulous 12-year-old boy who teaches her about self-acceptance and love, with the backdrop of the first winning season of the Flood Girls softball team, pitched as A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN meets FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, to Alison Callahan at Gallery, in a significant deal, at auction.
Lori Roy's WHERE GOOD PEOPLE WALK, the follow-up to her Edgar Award-winning debut, BENT ROAD, in which a working-class enclave of 1960s Detroit is plunged into peril when a girl goes missing on her birthday, again to Denise Roy at Dutton, in a good deal, for publication in 2013
Scott Bateman's DISALMANAC: A Compendium of Fact-Like Facts, based on the @Disalmanac Twitter feed, blog and podcast, a somewhat fake almanac featuring somewhat true information about the US, the world, science, and more, to Marian Lizzi at Perigee
Nicole Knepper's F*CK YOU DINNER, MAKE YOURSELF!, based on the author's Facebook page, Moms Who Drink and Swear, a collection of musings, misadventures and mayhem from a potty-mouthed mom who loves her kids but doesn't mince words about the realities of parenting, to Tracy Bernstein at NAL, in a six-figure deal
Pixar story artist Josh Cooley's MOVIES R FUN, pitched as featured on the front page of Reddit, a previously self-published collection of popular R-rated movie scenes drawn in the style of a children's picture book, to Steve Mockus at Chronicle
NYT bestselling author Laurie Notaro's THE POTTYMOUTH AT THE TABLE, a collection of tiny episodes of humiliation, turmoil and displays of social upheaval; true stories include doing something unspeakable in front of 100 people in a train car, raging war with Antiques Roadshow, and cringing from the uninvited affections of an ex-boyfriend in a dirty parking lot on the side of a freeway, to Gallery, with Tricia Boczkowski editing, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Robin O'Bryant's previously self-published NYT bestseller KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE, a look at the day-to-day life of a mother to three, running a household and the everyday monotony of parenting, and the follow up, ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME, MOMMY, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin's, in a six-figure two book deal, in a pre-empt.