James J. Butcher sold world rights to DEAD MAN’S HAND and two sequels, to launch an action-packed new urban fantasy series, the Unorthodox Chronicles. Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby is an inexperienced witch on the run who will need to throw out the magical rule book, rip it up, and possibly set it on fire to solve the murder of his mentor. DEAD MAN’S HAND was preempted by Ace Books Executive Editor Anne Sowards via Jennifer Jackson, and will be released in hardcover in Fall 2022.
Best-selling author of A Wish For Home, Jo Ann Ferguson, writing as Jo Ann Brown, sold SAVING GRACES, a story of found family, quilts, grace, and a new chance at love set among the Amish community of Bliss Valley, to Tina James at Harlequin Love Inspired via Jennifer Jackson.
Author of forthcoming TINDERBOX W.A. Simpson’s sequel, TAROTMANCER, when a Black diviner predicts a dark future and assists a wily shape-shifter in a heist gone wrong, it’s up to her to make a deal with a two-faced King to save her friend and the realm from the malevolent Rot, to Don D’Auria at Flame Tree Press, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, by Anne Tibbets (world English).
Hugo and Nebula nominated author S.B. Divya’s MERU and an untitled sequel, in which Jayanthi, a hugely ambitious young woman who dreams of leaving Earth, and Vaha, a post-human pilot struggling to fulfill zir genetic destiny despite repeated failure, must travel together to a newly discovered planet and find that despite their differences, they each hold the key to unlocking the other’s dreams, pitched as The Culture Series meets “A Memory Called Empire”, to Adrienne Procaccini at 47 North, in a two-book deal, for publication in January 2023, by Cameron McClure (world).
Cassandra Khaw’s THE SALT GROW HEAVY, in which a mermaid joins a strange doctor on a journey through an eerie taiga, and they must embrace the darkest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive, to Kristin Temple at Nightfire, with Ellen Datlow editing, for publication in spring 2023, by Michael Curry.
Author of FINDING TESSA and IT COULD BE ANYONE Jaime Lynn Hendricks’s I DIDN’T DO IT, when a famous writer is murdered at a national thriller conference, four other authors receive death threats via text and a sinister Twitter account and band together to find out who’s behind it, soon finding they’re living a thriller novel themselves, turning on each other, and wondering if one of them is next—or if one of them is a killer, to Luisa Smith at Scarlet, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, by Anne Tibbets.
Acclaimed Hell’s Library series author A.J. Hackwith’s new novel HOLLOW ROAD HOME and its sequel, pitched as a queer, millennial American Gods, about a fae working at a truck stop in Wyoming to hide from her past until she’s blackmailed by a self-taught magician to guide him and his sister—a girl born with a changing map on her skin—across the strange backroads and forgotten spaces of the gothic American Midwest in search of a powerful treasure, to Miranda Hill at Ace for publication in spring 2023, by Caitlin McDonald.
Author of CHLOE CATES IS MISSING, Mandy McHugh’s next domestic thriller, PLAY THE FOOL, about a woman who loses everything to her bumbling husband and plots his murder, only to get set up when someone else beats her to it, to Luisa Smith at Scarlet, in a nice deal, by Anne Tibbets.
New York Times Bestselling author Jim Butcher sold THE DRESDEN FILES: BIGFOOT, the sixth graphic novel in the ongoing series. Creator Jim Butcher returns alongside co-writer Mark Powers and artist Joe Cooper to re-imagine some hard to find Dresden short stories. Combined with new material, it sees the noted professional wizard taking on a new assignment from the famous cryptid. Dresden Files: Bigfoot features a cover from Chris McGrath. Slated for release in February, it will be available in hardcover and a limited edition signed by Butcher. Dynamite Entertainment acquired rights via Jennifer Jackson.
C.L. Polk’s award-winning Kingston Cycle—Witchmark, Stormsong, and Soulstar—is coming to television. 1212 Entertainment has acquired the rights to the series, and has tapped Alyssa Clark (Teen Wolf, Dominion, Servant, The 100) to pen the screenplay.
Polk’s debut novel, Witchmark won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2019, and was a finalist for that year’s Aurora, Locus, Nebula, and Lambda awards.