Martha Wells, author of the bestselling and beloved Murderbot Diaries, which has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards, sold world English rights for six books to Tordotcom’s Lee Harris.The new deal covers three more books in that series, as well as three unrelated novels.The six-figure acquisition, which the imprint said is its largest to date, was brokered by Jennifer Jackson. The first new (non-Murderbot) book, WITCH KING, will be published in Fall 2022, with the rest following yearly.
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has bought Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren; Alison Romig will edit. Pitched as The Blair Witch Project for a new generation, this YA horror novel features a group of amateur YouTuber teen ghost hunters who travel to a haunted hotel, the site of an infamous L.A. tragedy, to spend the night and secretly film after dark. When they stumble upon a dead body, they realize that the most terrifying horror stories aren’t always paranormal. Publication is set for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier did the deal for world rights.
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller sold CONSTELLATION FIVE, a new volume collecting recent short stories set in their nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® series, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books via Jennifer Jackson.
Emma Mieko Candon’s STAR WARS VISIONS: RONIN, an original novel inspired by one of the unique tales from the upcoming Star Wars Visions animated series, to Tom Hoeler at Del Rey, for publication in October 2021, by Caitlin McDonald.
Author of NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH Cassandra Khaw’s BREAKABLE THINGS, their first collection of short fiction, to Michael Kelly at Undertow Publications, for publication in July 2022, by Michael Curry.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison inked a four-book, world rights agreement with Anne Sowards at Ace Books. Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Two of these books continue Harrison’s Hollows series – the first to release will be the sixteenth installment in the series, TROUBLE WITH THE CURSED, currently scheduled for Summer 2022 with a sequel to follow. The remaining books will launch a new series that, Ace said, “follows a woman who cleans up the bad luck left behind after magic has been cast.” The first installment of the new series, THREE KINDS OF LUCKY, is set for Fall 2023.
In 2020 Harrison made a triumphant return to her Hollows series with AMERICAN DEMON, and readers were thrilled to continue the adventures of witch-born demon Rachel Morgan through an alternate United States where humans and supernatural beings exist side-by-side. AMERICAN DEMON was met with glowing reviews and became an instant New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller. The fifteenth book in the series, MILLION DOLLAR DEMON, will release this June.
Vanessa Taylor and Drew Pearce will adapt Elizabeth Bear’s short story “Dolly” (Asimov’s). Following a competitive bidding war, the project has landed at Apple Studios. Academy Award-nominee Florence Pugh is attached to star. Pugh is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Curtis Brown and Associates and attorney Ziffren Brittenham. Taylor is repped by ICM Partners, Robert Offer at Sloane Offer Weber Dern. Pearce and his Point of No Return Films is repped by WME and Jim Gilio and Warren Dern at Sloane Offer Weber Dern. Bear is represented by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency and WME.
Rebecca Mix’s debut novel THE ONES WE BURN, a sapphic YA fantasy in which a blood-witch’s mission to assassinate the prince she is betrothed to is compromised by the discovery of a deadly plague—and by the beautiful princess intent on stopping it, to Alyza Liu at Margaret K. McElderry Books, for publication in fall 2022, by Kiana Nguyen at Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).
Author of BENEATH THE RISING Premee Mohamed’s THESE LIFELESS THINGS, about a woman who survived the end of the world and the young anthropologist who discovers her journal years later, a discovery that could shed light on the Invasion and turn the unyielding mystery of the short war into a story of hope and defiance, to David Moore at Solaris Books, for publication in 2021, by Michael Curry.
Author of BENEATH THE RISING Premee Mohamed’s AND WHAT CAN WE OFFER YOU TONIGHT, a story of murder and vengeance in a city where anyone without a valid employment wristband can legally be hunted and killed by the government, to Dave Ring at Neon Hemlock, for publication in summer 2021, by Michael Curry.