NYT-bestselling author of the Splintered series and ROSEBLOOD A.G. Howard's MYSTIQUIEL, a new fantasy duology with horror elements set in modern-day Astoria, Oregon, where on Halloween night, a girl still haunted by the death of her identical twin steps through a portal leading to a gloomy industrial dreamscape of goblins and faeries—seemingly born from her own graphic novels—to face a goblin king's maze of machinations and rescue the people she loves, to Cindy Loh at Bloomsbury Children's, in a two-book deal.
Chinese Vietnamese American Harvard graduate and graphic designer Michelle Quach's NOT HERE TO BE LIKED, in which a Chinese Vietnamese American girl is snubbed as the next editor-in-chief of the school paper for a less qualified but more "likable" male peer, and she finds herself caught between leading a feminist reckoning and falling for the boy she's asking to step down, to Mabel Hsu at Harper Children's, in a significant deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Author of KILL THE BOY BAND Goldy Moldavsky's THE MARY SHELLEY CLUB, pitched as Scream meets Gossip Girl, the story of a new girl at New York City's elite Manchester Prep who joins a secret club to see who can come up with the best scary prank, but when the tables are turned and someone begins terrorizing the club itself, she must discover who's behind it before they all wind up dead, to Tiffany Liao at Holt Children's, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Stephanie Garber's debut CARAVAL, the first in a series about two sisters bound by love and a father they fear, who escape their tiny, secluded island for the wondrous performance of Caraval, where the audience plays along in a deadly game of determining what's real and what's fantasy, and where only one sister might be brave enough to take the chance to forever escape their dark pasts, pitched as Night Circus meets Sleep No More, to Sarah Barley at Flatiron Books, at auction.
Hollywood movie-studio consultant Aditi Khorana's MIRROR IN THE SKY, the story of a 16-year-old high school junior at an exclusive Connecticut private school, whose life is transformed by the discovery of an alternate Earth, pitched as Prep meets Age of Miracles for teens, to Jessica Almon at Razorbill, in a significant deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.
Preston Norton's HOPEPUNK, in which a 16-year-old girl wages musical war on homophobia in her small Wyoming town after her beloved older sister is outed, forming a queer-friendly punk rock band and competing in a local battle of the bands against a hate-driven rival in a competition that has broader implications for the soul of their town, to Laura Schreiber at Jimmy Patterson
Roselle Lim's SOPHIE GO'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB, pitched as MATCHMAKERS FOR BEGINNERS meets The Farewell, in which a novice matchmaker returns to her hometown of Toronto and faces the nearly impossible task of finding love for seven 70-something Chinese bachelors, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley, in an exclusive submission, 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, to 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.
Delores Fossen's HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY, in which a wounded Air Force Captain returns home to Spring Hill, Texas, to heal and is reunited with his brothers and a woman from his past, to Allison Lyons at HQN, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal.
NYT bestselling author Gary John Bishop's WISE AF, BULLETPROOF LOVE, and DO THE WORK, more self-help in the tradition of UNF*CK YOURSELF, to Kathryn Renz Hamilton at Harper One, in a major deal, for seven figures, in an exclusive submission, in a five-book deal.
Threat management expert Spencer Coursen's THE SAFETY TRAP, with protective strategies to keep readers from falling victim to a false sense of security, with anecdotes and insights drawn from the author's global experience, to Marc Resnick at St. Martin's, in a significant deal, at auction.
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.
David Good written with Daniel Paisner's THE WAY AROUND, pitched as in the tradition of LOST CITY OF Z, the story of the author's quest to reconnect with his Yanomami mother and her tribe in the deepest jungles of the Amazon rain forest, combining elements of adventure, history, and anthropology with the story of a young man's search for family, his lifelong struggle to discover his identity, and his personal journey toward self-realization and happiness, to Mark Chait at Dey Street Books, in a six figure deal.
Art historian Laura Morelli's THE NIGHT PORTRAIT, pitched as GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING meets THE ALICE NETWORK, a dual-timeline narrative that follows the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine in 15th-century Milan and the painting's subsequent theft by the Nazis during World War II, to Tessa Woodward at William Morrow, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal.
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 NIGHT TIGER, a sweeping historical novel pitched as in the vein of Lisa See and Isabel Allende, about a dance hall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers, to Amy Einhorn and Caroline Bleeke at Flatiron Books, in a good 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.
British journalist and music writer Holly Seddon's TRY NOT TO BREATHE, pitched as in the tradition of RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA and THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, about a young reporter whose inner demons have cost her everything she holds dear and who finds purpose in solving a crime that left a girl in a coma fifteen years ago, to Linda Marrow at Ballantine Bantam Dell, in a six figure deal.
Children's author Jean Pendziwol's adult debut THE LIGHT KEEPER'S DAUGHTERS, about the relationship between a troubled teenager and an elderly woman reflecting on her own secret-filled childhood on an island in Lake Superior, to Emily Griffin at Harper, and Iris Tupholme at Harper Canada, in a good deal, at auction.
Meredith Jaeger's THE DRESSMAKER'S DOWRY, a woman delves into the secrets of her husband's wealthy family, while researching the disappearance of two immigrant dressmakers in 19th century San Francisco, discovering in the process that she and one of the missing women might be connected in unexpected ways, to Lucia Macro at William Morrow.
Samantha Bailey's JUMP, in which a young widow's life is put in danger when a stranger hands her baby to her—and jumps in front of a train, to Nita Pronovost at Simon & Schuster.
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.
Edgar-Award winner Lori Roy's LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS, pitched as inspired by events surrounding the last lawful public hanging in the United States, to Denise Roy at Dutton, in a six-figure deal.