Author of LONG PAST DUES, James J. Butcher sold two new novels in the Unorthodox Chronicles, continuing the misadventures of Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby. To be released in 2025 and 2026. Executive Editor Anne Sowards at Penguin Random House / Ace acquired world rights in a six-figure deal negotiated by Jennifer Jackson.
Italian rights to Jo Walton’s AMONG OTHERS, to Marco Rana at Edizione E/O, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Italian rights to C.L. Polk’s THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN, to Marco Rana at Edizione E/O, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Caitlin McDonald.
Turkish rights to Melissa K. Roehrich’s LADY OF DARKNESS and LADY OF SHADOWS, to Ren Kitap, in a two-book deal, by Merve Öngen at AnatoliaLit Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
French rights to Melissa K. Roehrich’s LADY OF DARKNESS series and LEGACY series, to Guy Tredaniel, at auction, in a very nice deal, in a nine-book deal, by Sarah Dray at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Hungarian rights to New York Times bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s PRINCESS FLORALINDA AND THE FORTY-FLIGHT TOWER, to Fumax, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Italian rights to Jeanette Ng’s UNDER THE PENDULUM SUN, to Marco Rana at Edizione E/O, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Jennie Goloboy.
Spanish audio rights to New York Times bestselling author Martha Wells’ WITCH KING, to Recorded Books, by Amaiur Fernández at International Editors Co. in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Deadline: Martha Wells’ bestselling Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning book series The Murderbot Diaries, is being adapted by Chris and Paul Weitz (About a Boy) and Paramount Television Studios.
Apple TV+ has picked up 10 episodes starring and executive produced by Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgård (Succession). The Weitz brothers are writing, directing and producing under their Depth of Field banner. Andrew Miano also executive produces alongside for Depth of Field. David S. Goyer executive produces alongside Keith Levine for Phantom Four. Wells will serve as consulting producer. Wells is represented by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency and WME.
After an auction, L.J. Andrews has sold world rights to the first two books in her new Stonegate romantasy series to Kristine Swartz at Ace. The deal was negotiated by Katie Shea Boutillier at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. Broken Souls and Bones is set for summer 2025. (Details about the second book are not yet available.) Boutillier said Broken Souls follows a young woman “with a unique form of bone melder magic” who is “forced into the service of a power-hungry king and is determined to escape—until she falls for the prince’s silent guard and their forbidden passion unravels a deadly truth.”
Orbit UK will publish a stunning epic fantasy trilogy from debut author M. H. Ayinde. The first book in the series, A SONG OF LEGENDS LOST, will be published in spring 2025 and launches a gripping tale of revenge and rebellion in a vividly drawn world inspired by multiple pre-colonial cultures. Editor Emily Byron acquired rights from Jennie Goloboy.
M. H. Ayinde was born in London’s East End. She was the 2021 winner of the Future Worlds Prize, which was created to discover new writers of science fiction and fantasy from ethnically diverse backgrounds. She lives in London with three generations of her family and their Studio Ghibli obsession.
Author of THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE and LAST TO LEAVE THE ROOM Caitlin Starling’s next novel GRACEVIEW, a hospital gothic in which a patient is haunted by an unseen force while undergoing a high-risk new treatment for her incurable disease, to Michael Homler at St Martin’s Press, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, by Caitlin McDonald. (World)
Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes’s PARANORMAL PAYBACK, continuing their urban fantasy anthology series, with stories about the desire for revenge (including works by Jim Butcher, Holly Black, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter, Seanan McGuire, and others), to Anne Sowards at Ace, by Jennifer Jackson at Donald Maass Literary Agency for Butcher and Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency for Hughes.
New York Times bestselling author of The Hollows, Kim Harrison, sold FIRST CONTACT, TOTALITY, and EMERGENCE. With story roots born after the author witnessed the 2017 eclipse, the epic tale begins in the wake of a solar eclipse. A portal between our world and a paranormal realm opens—and a scientist’s life will never be the same, in this new thrilling serialized adventure: Eclipsed Evolution. Executive Editor Anne Sowards at Penguin Random House / Ace acquired rights via Jennifer Jackson. To be released back to back in April, May and June 2024.
Author of TINDERBOX and TAROTMANCER, WA Simpson’s THE HATTER’S DAUGHTER, the third in the Riven Isles Series, which follows a magical woman as she teams up with the Prince of Hearts in Wonderland against the infamous Rot, to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press, by Anne Tibbets. (world English)
Jim Butcher sold novella WARRIORBORN, in which Benedict Sorellin-Lancaster is sent on a secret mission to the Colony Spire known as Dependence. This new installment marks a return to the world of the Cinder Spires and will be released in September ahead of November’s THE OLYMPIAN AFFAIR (PRH/Ace). VP of Acquisitions at Podium Kate Runde acquired World English rights in a significant deal negotiated via Jennifer Jackson.