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  • Judith Huang’s novel THE UTOPIA MACHINE was one of three short-listed finalists for the prestigious Epigram Books Fiction Prize, which promotes contemporary Singapore creative writing and rewards excellence in Singapore literature.
  • THE RUIN OF A RAKE by Cat Sebastian is a $0.99 Kindle Monthly Deal through the end of November.

  • Nephele Tempest has a December Writing Challenge on her blog. To participate, click here.
 

RECENT DEALS

- Kate Pearce's next three Morgan Ranch contemporary romances, set on a dude ranch in Northern California, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington in a very nice three-book deal by Deidre Knight

- Portuguese rights throughout Brazil to N.K. Jemisin's THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, THE BROKEN KINGDOMS, THE KINGDOM OF GODS, of The Inheritance Trilogy, to Record, in a nice deal, by Montse Yanez of Julio F-Yanez Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- ZA Maxfield's new contemporary m/m romance trilogy with suspense elements—PLUMMET TO SOAR, HAWAII FIVE UH-OH, and THREE BLOG NIGHT—to Lynn West at Dreamspinner Press in a nice deal by Deidre Knight

- Judith Huang’s THE UTOPIA MACHINE, a dystopian science-fiction novel set in a futuristic Singapore, to Jason Erik Lundberg at Epigram Books in a nice deal by Travis Pennington

- Portuguese rights (excluding Brazil) to N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON, her Hugo Award-winning novel, to Relogio D'Agua, in a nice deal, by Montse Yanez of the Julio F-Yanez Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

- Czech language rights to N.K. Jemisin's THE OBELISK GATE, THE KILLING MOON, THE SHATTERED SUN, to Host, in a nice deal, by Kristin Olson of the Kristin Olson Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver 

- Swedish language rights to the Hugo Award-winning novel N.K. Jemisin's THE FIFTH SEASON, to Norstedts, in a nice deal, by Philip Sane of the Lennart Sane Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver 

- Czech rights to David Mack's THE MIDNIGHT FRONT and THE IRON CODEX, to Fantom Print, in a nice deal, by Kristin Olson Literary Agency on behalf of Lucienne Diver

 


Manuscript Wish Lists
 
 
 

Deidre Knight

I'd love some really sharp, intelligent pop culture non-fiction. Contemporary cultural takes, too, with humor and a great voice. I’m also looking for narrative, humor, cooking/food, diet, health, self-help, personal improvement, investment, business, and memoir (including business memoir).

In fiction, I’m hungry to find a very voice-driven novel. I love coming-of-age themes, also grieving/moving on, workplace romance (but bigger women’s fiction, not genre romance.) Quirky characters like in The Hating Game or Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Emotionally compelling novels (think Me Before You). A really authentic Southern novel, with strong voice. Think Pat Conroy or Anne River Siddons. A story of a toxic, yet compulsive friendship like Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. And always—a boarding school/prep school novel that’s a true standout, because I’ve never fully recovered from The Westminster Schools!

Elaine Spencer

Tis the Season! I would love to see a holiday-centered contemporary romance or women’s fiction project. Entering the new year, I’m also eager to find some lighthearted humorous contemporary fiction—heroes and heroines who love to hate each other. Characters with real conflict, who have no choice but to duke it out every day.

Pamela Harty

I am always on the lookout for something new and fresh in both romance and women’s fiction, particularly stories centered around family or set in the South.  I would love to see more cozy mystery submissions as well. On the nonfiction front, I am interested in pop culture, health and wellness, diet, and cookbooks. Platform needs to be established for nonfiction.  I always have an opening on my client list for the next Something Special, and sometimes I don’t know what it is until I see it!

Lucienne Diver

I hate to say that I’ll know it when I see it, but it’s so often the case that I’m not even in the market for the next thing I fall for. In fact, I might say I’m not hungry for super-hero fantasy and then, BOOM, a book like ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT by James Alan Gardner comes along and I have to represent it. So I’ll just say that if you’ve got a wonderful voice and a unique twist on anything, I’m up for considering it.

Melissa Jeglinski

Historical Fiction—would love something set around the Industrial Revolution. Cozy Mystery: house flippers or interior-design concepts. Always on the lookout for diverse Middle Grade—love ghosts/ghost hunters, STEM, and adventure. Dark Women’s Fiction. Thrillers.   

 

Travis Pennington

I’m always looking for high-concept stories in every genre. I would love to find a couple of thrillers with female protagonists. I’m still looking for something very original in horror. I’m particularly interested in horror set in unique locations, written by authors who have spent time in those areas and have some understanding of local superstitions or dark legends. Horror is always a tough sell, though, so it would have to be great. But I’m open to it!

 

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Judith Huang

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Judith Huang was born in Singapore, did her A.B. in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, and has since lived in Singapore, Australia, the United States and China. She has always loved writing and recently completed her first novel, The Utopia Machine, which was a finalist for the Epigram Fiction Prize.

 

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