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June 25th, 2019

Happy Book Birthday to FOREVER NEVERLAND by Susan Adrian!! This amazing middle grade novel has been called “A fresh and worthy Neverland update for today’s young readers” by Booklist, and “A magical ode to childhood that updates the classic while keeping its flavor” by Kirkus Reviews!

Clover and Fergus are the great-great-grandchildren of Wendy Darling (yes, that Wendy). And now Peter Pan wants to take them to Neverland for the adventure of their lives! But Clover is a little nervous–she’s supposed to look after her brother. Fergus is autistic, and not everyone makes him feel welcome. What will happen to him in this magical world?

Fergus isn’t nervous at all. To him, Neverland seems like a dream come true! He’s tired of Clover’s constant mothering and wants some independence, like Peter and the Lost Boys have. He wonders, Why can’t the real world be more like Neverland?

Neverland is fun and free, but it’s also dangerous and even scary at times. Unfamiliar creatures lurk in the shadows, and strange sounds come from the waters. And then the mermaids start to go missing. . . .

In an imaginative and thoughtful continuation of the story of Peter Pan, Susan Adrian explores Neverland with a fresh perspective and indelible warmth, offering a new adventure based on a beloved classic!

Please join me in congratulating Susan on her book’s release, which is available from Random House Children’s Books today at bookstores everywhere!!

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Slightly shoe-obsessed YA and MG superagent Kate Testerman (aka Daphne Unfeasible) blogs about her books and authors, answers your questions, and talks about publishing industry gossip. , subscribe to this blog, or check out her Writer's Resources.

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News

I’m thrilled that Entertainment Weekly hosted the exclusive cover reveal for the final book in Maureen Johnson‘s Truly Devious series, THE HAND ON THE WALL. Check it out here, along with an exclusive excerpt!

Speaking with EW, Johnson wastes no time confirming that readers will get some answers. “In The Hand on the Wall, all answers are revealed — everything about what is happening in the present day, everything that happened in the past,” she says. “You’ll find out what happened to Alice Ellingham. You’ll find out who the murderer is at Ellingham Academy. You’ll find out how the past and the present have a deadly link.”

Enjoy!!

21 June 2019

Events, News

If you saw our recent post about closing to queries and are worried that means you won’t have a chance to get your manuscript in front of us this summer, don’t fret! T’m truly thrilled to announce that we are partnering with the Word, a local Denver non-profit organization working to build a publishing community that will fight for inclusivity, for the first ever Voices Heard project. The Voices Heard project is a special opportunity to query to be taken on as a new client with KT Literary’s experienced agents—an opportunity open specifically to writers from underrepresented backgrounds!

Throughout the month of July, KT agents will be closed to all submissions outside of the Voices Heard project.

If selected through the project, writers have the chance to learn from the knowledge of these experienced agents by having a sample of an unpublished manuscript read by an agent and receiving feedback within 2 weeks of submission. And of course (let’s not forget this part!) selected writers may be taken on as new clients with KT Literary!

For more information, please go to the Voices Heard website. There you’ll find information on how to apply, tips and resources, an interview with Kate, and soon, recaps of Twitter Q&As with all of the agents of KT Literary, as well as our manuscript wish lists, backgrounds, and more.

Our first live Twitter #AskAgent Q&A will be tomorrow, Thursday, June 12th at 2pm Mountain. Follow @ktliterary and @wordisdiversity, as well as the hashtag #VoicesHeard for all the news and information!!

And get those fantastic queries ready!

12 June 2019

News

Happy Summer! KT Literary is cooking up some fun summer plans, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you a heads up on queries. Kate, Hannah, Hilary and Renee will be closed to queries for the months of July and August.

Sara will close only for July, and will reopen in August to get a jump start on the rest of us.

As always, please check our submission guidelines for further details and specifications.

12 June 2019

News

“An enthralling adventure replete with spellbinding characters, a slow-burning love story, and a world worth staying lost in.” – Kirkus, starred review

Congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Margaret Rogerson on today’s release of SORCERY OF THORNS!

SORCERY OF THORNS
From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Learn more about Margaret and her magical books: www.margaretrogerson.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @MarRogerson

4 June 2019

News

Please help us give a warm welcome to kt literary’s newest client, Laura Southern!

I am thrilled to welcome Laura into the kt literary family! Laura’s dark fantasy is a lyrical, feminist look into a world suffering the effects of climate change and the monstrous wrath of a Goddess betrayed by her people. Monster girls and wicked boys populate the pages of this gorgeous novel, which is perfect for fans of Princess Mononoke, V.E. Schwab, and WICKED SAINTS.

Laura Southern is a fantasy writer of all things dark, lyrical, and feminist. She earned her BA in English Literature from Baylor University in 2019. Originally from Mesquite, Texas, she’s spent time living abroad in Rome, Italy and is heading off to NYC to begin working on her MS in Publishing at New York University. When not writing, she can often be found exploring the outdoors, reading five books at once, or playing fetch with her puffy cat. Please congratulate her on twitter!
Welcome, Laura!

 

15 May 2019

News

Please help us celebrate with Casey McQuiston on today’s release of her debut novel, RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE!

“30 Of The Best LGBTQ Books That’ll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019” – Oprah Mag

“Most Anticipated Romances of 2019” – She Reads

“irresistible and delicious” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

And, if you missed the news last week, “EXCLUSIVE: In spirited bidding, Amazon Studios won an auction for the Casey McQuiston novel Red White & Royal Blue, an unexpected power couple romance. Ted Malawer is set to adapt. Berlanti Productions will produce. Amazon prevailed over bidders that includes Village Roadshow, Paramount, and Warner Bros.” – Deadline

Available now in print, ebook and audiobook! Congratulations Casey!!!

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

Learn more about Casey on her website: www.caseymcquiston.com

Say hi and congrats on twitter @casey_mcquiston

14 May 2019

Get to Know, News

Please help me welcome my newest client, Susan Vizurraga! Her historical middle grade novel in verse, THE CURE FOR INFINITY, caught my attention during this year’s PitchWars showcase. It’s a coming of age story set in the Vietnam-era U.S. that deals with themes of social injustice, women in STEM, the budding feminist movement, and the reality of war, all told through the lens of an intelligent, insightful 12yo girl. Susan’s project was so simple, yet so profound and incredibly relevant I just knew I had to work with her. I can’t wait to find this beautiful, impactful story a home.

If you’d like to know more about Susan you can connect with her on Twitter. She’s the author of two published picture books, MISS OPAL’S AUCTION and OUR OLD HOUSE.

14 May 2019

News, Sales

Congratulations to award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse!

On May the 4th (be with you), LucusFilm announced its upcoming STAR WARS tie-in books including RESISTANCE REBORN by Rebecca.

According to the StarWars.com press release, “StarWars.com is thrilled to reveal “Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” a series of books and comics connected to the highly-anticipated movie.”

From Rebecca’s website:
I am thrilled to announce that I wrote a Star War! The cumulation of many dreams and my humble contribution to the Star Wars universe we all love.

“In this Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novel, Poe Dameron, General Leia Organa, Rey, and Finn must rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Publication date is currently scheduled for November 12, 2019.

Learn more about Rebecca’s books on her website: www.rebeccaroanhorse.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @RoanhorseBex

7 May 2019

Sales

Please help us celebrate with Elysia Whisler on the sale of her debut novel!

RESCUE YOU stars heroes and heroines who rescue puppies – I can’t wait for readers to fall in love with them as much as we have!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Debut author Elysia Whisler’s RESCUE YOU, pitched for fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, the story of sisters who rescue mistreated dogs and rehabilitate them into service dogs to help war veterans; part journey of self-discovery and part romance, to Margot Mallinson at Mira, for publication in fall 2020, by Sara Megibow at kt literary.

Follow Elysia’s debut journey on her website: www.elysiawhisler.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @ElysiaWhisler

3 May 2019

News

Please help us celebrate with Juno Rushdan on today’s release of her debut novel!

“Rushdan’s fast-paced, gripping debut will hold readers’ attention from start to finish.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

EVERY LAST BREATH is a romantic thriller and the first in Juno’s Final Hour series.

EVERY LAST BREATH
48 hours
2 covert operatives
1 chance to get it right

Maddox Kinkade is an expert at managing the impossible. Tasked with neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, she turns to the one person capable of helping her stop the threat of pandemic in time: the love of her life, back from the dead and mad as hell at her supposed betrayal. Recruiting Cole to save millions of lives may be harder than resisting the attraction still burning between them, but Maddox will do whatever it takes…even if it destroys her.

When Maddox crashes back into Cole Matthews’ life, he wants to fight back. He wants to hate her. But the crisis is too strong to ignore, and soon the two former lovers find themselves working side-by-side in a breakneck race to stop a world-class killer with a secret that could end everything.

The clock is ticking.

Follow Juno’s debut journey on her website: www.junorushdan.com

Say hi and congratulations on twitter @JunoRushdan

30 April 2019

Sales

Please help us celebrate with Julie E. Czerneda on her sale of A DRAGON FOR WILLIAM!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Award-winning author Julie E. Czerneda’s A DRAGON FOR WILLIAM, set in her Night’s Edge series, to Sheila Gilbert at Daw, in an exclusive submission, for publication in December 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

Julie is the Guest of Honor at ConStellation in Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend – follow her adventures on twitter @julieczerneda

Check out the Night’s Edge series and all of Julie’s award-winning books on her website: www.czerneda.com

And feel free to pre-order A DRAGON FOR WILLIAM – currently scheduled for release on December 3, 2019.

25 April 2019

News

Congratulations to Rebecca Roanhorse on today’s release of STORM OF LOCUSTS!

“A purely joyous reading experience. Roanhorse’s latest is a killer.” – Kirkus

STORM OF LOCUSTS is the second book in Rebecca’s Sixth World series. Barnes & Noble called Book #1 (TRAIL OF LIGHTNING), one of, “the Greatest Science Fiction & Fantasy Debut Novels Ever Written.”

STORM OF LOCUSTS
Kai and Caleb Goodacre have been kidnapped just as rumors of a cult sweeping across the reservation leads Maggie and Hastiin to investigate an outpost, and what they find there will challenge everything they’ve come to know in this action-packed sequel to Trail of Lightning.

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power.

Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them.

Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

Learn more about the Sixth World series on Rebecca’s website: www.rebeccaroanhorse.com

23 April 2019

Sales

Huge congratulations to New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough on his sale of two GEARS OF WAR books!

From Publishers Marketplace:
Fiction: Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
New York Times bestselling author Jason Hough’s GEARS OF WAR, to Steve Saffel at Titan Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2019, by Sara Megibow at kt literary (world).

Learn more about Jason’s books on his website: www.jasonhough.com

Say hi and congrats on twitter @JasonMHough

It’s pronounced “Huff” by the way.

Congratulations Jason!

17 April 2019

Sales

I was in Bologna when the news broke, but I’m so thrilled to officially congratulate Jamie Pacton on the same of two contemporary YA novels to Page Street Publishing! From PW:

Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired Jamie Pacton’s debut novel The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, along with a second standalone. Pitched as Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale, the book stars 17-year-old “serving wench” Kit, who hopes to dismantle the gender restrictions on becoming a knight at her uncle’s cheesy medieval-themed restaurant, earning the promotion she needs to afford her dream college. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Kate Testerman at KT Literary brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

If you haven’t already, send Jamie all your congrats on Twitter at @jamiepacton!

16 April 2019