Nonfiction: True Crime
Journalist and Buried Bodies Case expert Jim Tracy's SWORN TO SILENCE: ROBERT GARROW, THE BURIED BODIES CASE, AND HOW IT CHANGED THE LEGAL SYSTEM FOREVER, pitched as part I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK, part memoir, and part legal thriller, in which the author explores the full details of the case and its impact on his personal life, and links Garrow to unsolved murders stretching as far north as Ontario, with new interviews with the lawyers themselves and the cop who was determined to bring the victims' bodies home to their families, to Debra Englander at Post Hill Press.
Nonfiction: History/Politics/Current Events
Journalist and author of THE SEX EFFECT Ross Benes's CROSS OF GOLD: HOW THE MIDWEST CAME TO WORSHIP BOMBASTIC BILLIONAIRES AND REBEL REACTIONARIES, pitched in the vein of HILLBILLY ELEGY, in which the author examines the growing urban-rural divide to illustrate how the partisanship afflicting Nebraska is a microcosm for our current national crisis, to David Congdon at University Press of Kansas, in a nice deal.
Psychologist to the Hollywood elite Dr. Carder Stout's LOST IN GHOST TOWN: A THERAPIST'S JOURNEY THROUGH HOMELESSNESS, ADDICTION, MURDER AND FAME, in which the author recounts a year in Venice, California, where he lands a job driving for a senior member of the Shoreline Crips, survives homelessness and a murder plot, and ultimately gives up crack cocaine with the help of an African-American family, to Allison Janse at HCI, in a very nice deal, for publication in spring 2020.
Author of CHOP SHOP Andrew Post's THE SWITCHBOARD HOUSE, pitched as in the vein of True Detective, Groundhog Day, and Lovecraft, in which a narcotics detective on the hunt for the manufacturer of the newest, deadliest drug moves into a crumbling building rumored to be the manufacturer's den and discovers someone is experimenting on drug addicts, lulling them into a catatonic dream-state in hopes of contacting and drawing out an eldritch horror, to Christopher Payne at JournalStone.
Children's: Young Adult Fiction
Author of multiple books under a pen name, now writing under her real name Sacha Wunsch's THE MANY ALTERS OF ASTRID HAYES, in which humans have evolved into each housing several personalities, called alters; when a 16-year-old heads off to a new school, with her three other alters in tow, she begins experiencing blackouts, and soon discovers her mind contains a fifth alter—a dark, dangerous personality determined to destroy her and the others, and take sole control of their body, to Lauren Smulski at Inkyard Press, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2020.
Astrophysicist and author of YOUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE Dr. Paul Sutter's HOW TO DIE IN SPACE, a look at the violent drama above us: from mundane comets in our own solar backyard to exotic remnants of the Big Bang, dying stars to young galaxies, black holes, white holes, and worm holes, and how any of one them could wipe humanity out of existence, to Claiborne Hancock at Pegasus, at auction.
Professor of engineering at the University of Washington Cecilia Aragon's FLYING FREE: HOW I USED MATH TO OVERCOME FEAR AND ACHIEVE MY WILDEST DREAMS, pitched as a Latinx HIDDEN FIGURES, in which the author recounts overcoming racism, sexism, economic disadvantage, and fear of flying to become the first Latina on the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team, teaching astronauts to fly, and developing software for Mars missions while at NASA, leading to President Obama calling her "one of the top scientists and engineers in the country," to Vikki Warner at Blackstone Publishing, in a pre-empt.