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THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin earned a place on NPR's Guide to 2017’s Great Reads, and best-selling author James Rollins listed it in Parade magazine as one of his three favorite recent novels. It was selected as one of AudioFile’s 2017 Best Audiobooks as well. The first book in the series, THE FIFTH SEASON, appeared once again on the USA Today bestseller list.

IT TAKES TWO TO TUMBLE by Cat Sebastian was on Bookish’s Must-Read Romances of Winter 2018 list.

- FLAME IN THE DARK by Faith Hunter was listed as a best science fiction and fantasy pick for December on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

- Lucy Parker's PRETTY FACE was one of NPR’s best books of 2017.

- The Tor.com list of 7 Curiouser and Curiouser Retellings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland included ALICE by Christine Henry.

- The Vampire Book Club’s Best Books of 2017 included THE STONE SKY by N.K. Jemisin at #1, ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh at #2, and BLADE BOUND by Chloe Neill at #6.

Round Table

Looking back on 2017, what were some of the things you're most happy about or proud of as an agent?

Elaine Spencer

2017 has been a wonderful and rewarding year. I’m excited about some of the debut voices I’ve placed with new publishers, as well as others that I’ve more recently signed and am eager to place in 2018. I’ve got a brilliant client list and I’ve loved watching their stories hit shelves and reach readers. I think the thing I’m most proud of, though, is watching my authors stretch themselves in new ways, challenging their writing abilities at new levels. It’s a crazy market with lots of emerging opportunities—new types of stories, new formats, new genres. Time and time again this year my clients have stepped up to new opportunities with open arms. I’m exhilarated by their fearlessness, their bravery, their talents, and their dedication to the craft. 

Lucienne Diver

I’m most excited about how many books we optioned for film this year, and I hope they make it to the screen! We’re still awaiting a few of the contracts (for an incredible thriller and amazing fantasy), so I can’t make any official announcement of those just yet. But from my list I can mention the options for THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (okay, technically that was optioned in 2016, but the producer set things up with TNT this year!), BROTHERHOOD OF THE WHEEL by R.S. Belcher to ITV Studios America, and NEXUS by Ramez Naam with Pinewood Studios Limited, all via Hotchkiss & Associates on our behalf.

Kristy Hunter

Looking back at 2017, I’m so proud of all my clients. They are such a wonderful and talented bunch, and I can honestly say I’m the luckiest agent in the world for getting to work with them. Some highlights from the year include J.C. Welker’s debut, THE WISHING HEART, a YARWA award–winning YA fantasy that was published in May by Entangled; Gary Blackwood’s debut adult novel, BUCKET’S LIST, a charming mystery set in Victorian London, published this month by Severn House; and Kara J. McDowell’s fabulous YA debut, which we placed with Amberjack for publication in 2019. And finally, gearing up for 2018, I’m so excited for the world to read Sharon Wray’s debut, EVERY DEEP DESIRE, a gripping romantic suspense to be published by Sourcebooks in March 2018.  

Janna Bonikowski

What I’m most proud of are the wonderful authors and projects I have found over the past year. I am truly excited to work with so many talented people in 2018!


New Clients on the Block

Emilie Rose

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USA Today best-selling author and RITA finalist Emilie Rose has written over thirty titles for Harlequin since her first sale in 2001. Her books have been released around the globe.




A.A. Woods


A.A. Woods is a Boston writer of science fiction and fantasy. As a half-Cuban redhead, she has always had a fondness for paradoxes and strange things.


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