March 27th, 2015

KarenFortunatiCongratulations to Karen Fortunati on the sale of her debut book!

I am thrilled to announce the sale of Karen’s THE WEIGHT OF ZERO to Kate Sullivan at Delacorte. Karen, Kate and I met in New York last week and I am very, very impressed by this team – good things to come!

Please stop by Karen’s website to say cheers: or on twitter @karenfortunati

From Publishers Weekly:
Kate Sullivan at Delacorte has acquired, via exclusive submission, The Weight of Zero, a debut YA by Karen Fortunati. The story follows Cath, a teenager with bipolar disorder who is contemplating suicide, and her march towards – and struggle to recognize – better mental health, supported by a network of family, doctors, and friends. Publication is planned for fall 2016; Sara Megibow at KT Literary sold world English rights.


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RITACongratulations to Juliana Stone and Tiffany Reisz whose books were nominated for the very, very prestigious RITA Award!!

Romance Writers of America’s RITA is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction. Please help me congratulate these two talented authors on being recognized with this amazing honor.

Juliana Stone’s BOYS LIKE YOU is nominated for Best Young Adult Romance.

Tiffany Reisz’s THE SAINT is nominated for Best Erotic Romance.

In addition, Tiffany Reisz’s THE HEADMASTER is nominated for Best Contemporary Romance: Short.

Winners will be announced at the annual RWA National Conference in July. Please cheer on Juliana on twitter @Juliana_Stone and Tiffany on twitter @tiffanyreisz

Congratulations ladies!

26 March 2015


kissing ted calahan-coverThanks to VOYA Magazine for the great pull-quote above on Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding, out in just under two weeks! Full review below:

After seventeen-year-old Riley Crowe and Reid Goodwin accidently discover their two other band members, Lucy and Nathan, having sex in a garage, they decide to find significant others. Riley and Reid share their progress and dating perceptions in a Manifest. Timid Reid even adopts a dog to get a girl. Aggressive Riley, aiming for the quiet Ted Callahan, discovers that her nerd chemistry partner and an older, life-savvy teen who shares her concert obsession are attracted to her. Her parents, band relationships, and the three romantic interests present multiple complications, and then the Manifest disappears. Are all romantic efforts doomed? Riley and Reid are witty and believable, and Spalding’s story has tons of teen appeal. The Manifest, presented in separate chapters, reveals their initial “means-to-an-end” focus, and ultimately, their ambiguity and regret as they travel a self-centered world of romance, a perception many teens will share. The three sex scenes, language choices, the well planned skirting of parental rules, and Lucy’s counseling to Riley that “…doing it is not exactly the person-changing event you think it is. It’s just one thing that happens” will be controversial. The story has a partially happily-ever-after ending and some consequences, but it is definitely a fluffy and funny journey for older (and primarily, female) teens.

Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? If you’re still undecided, check out Amazon for a free preview of the first SIXTEEN chapters. That’s a lot! Enjoy!

25 March 2015


thumb_RedButterflyThanks to the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books for this lovely review of Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen!

“Even though I look Chinese/ I’m American on the inside.” So says eleven-year-old Kara, protagonist of this verse novel, who was abandoned as an infant in Tianjin (not only is she a girl, she has a disfigured hand) and taken in by an American living in China. Life with her American mother has been loving but limited, because her mother has illegally overstayed her visa and Kara was never officially adopted, so there’s little money and Kara hasn’t been able to go to school. When Kara’s visiting adult half-sister ends up in the hospital, the authorities catch up to Kara’s situation; Kara finds herself in a Chinese orphanage, waiting for adoption by a U.S. family but hoping to be reunited with her now-deported foster mother. The story is unusual and compelling, and Kara’s viewpoint is plausibly conveyed—she’s anxious about the scarcity of money, but she never really questions the family situation until she begins to put together bits of information. It’s shocking just how stranded Kara really is, and it’s understandable that she’s resistant at first when she moves to her new adoptive family’s home in Florida. While there’s some appropriate implicit criticism of Kara’s foster mother, the book also respects Kara and Mama’s bond, and Kara’s ability to stay connected with Mama and with her friends in the orphanage is part of the successful synthesis of her experience that gives her a happy ending. Both an individually compelling tale and an acknowledgment of the complexity of adoption, this would draw readers moved by Peacock’s Red Thread Sisters (BCCB 11/12). Small black and white vignettes intriguingly combine digital patterning with sometimes scratchy, sometimes fluid, ink strokes, making vivid use of the generous margins. An author’s note relates her own experience in Hong Kong and China and notes that Kara’s story is based on the true experiences of many unofficial adoptive families there. DS

Congrats, Amy!

23 March 2015


thumb_VillainousFINALFINAL_9780399167751_Soundoflife_CAT copyIt’s been a busy week here at KT Literary, and the Bologna Book Fair is looming (I leave a week from today!). But I didn’t want to miss out on posting some recent good news for more of our clients. Check it out!

School Library Journal gave The Sound of Life and Everything by Krista Van Dolzer a big thumbs up, with a final verdict that reads “Van Dolzer’s thoughtful novel — with a sci-fi twist — is recommended to fans of historical fiction who enjoy a mix of history and ethics.”

SLJ also had nice words to say about Villainous by Matthew Cody: “The stakes are higher than ever and readers will fly through the pages to see how it all turns out.”

That’s what I’m talking about! Congrats to Matthew and Krista!

EDITED TO ADD: And check out this great Kidsread review of Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen:

Based on her personal experiences, which were rewarding yet taxing, rising author A.L. Sonnichsen spins a coming-of-age tale about a young girl’s journey in the world of adoption. Sonnichsen’s first person narrative is set in pithy chapters filled with a combination of short prose and lyrical phrasing. Sonnichsen’s lilting text creates a delicate tapestry of Kara’s emotional ordeals, which is completed by Amy June Bates’ collage and pencil drawings.[…] Beautifully written, RED BUTTERFLY is not only heartwarming, but also an essential addition to children’s literature.

20 March 2015


2015-03 YOURS ALL ALONG coverA huge congrats to Roni Loren on the sale of YOURS ALL ALONG!

From Publishers Marketplace:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Roni Loren’s YOURS ALL ALONG, a LOVING ON THE EDGE novella, about two men reunited after years who give in to one more night of passion, to Kate Seaver at Berkley Heat, for publication in 2015, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).

Please send Roni a round of congratulations on her website:

Or on twitter @RoniLoren


19 March 2015

Events, News

SaraMegibow_byKateTestermanJoin me!

On April 2, 2015 at 1pm EST I have been invited by Writers Digest to host a webinar on Writing And Selling Romance. If you haven’t participated in a Writers Digest webinar before, you are in for a treat. They are informative, helpful and can be done from home in your underwear.

Writing and Selling Romance: Introducing Your Romance Novel To Its Happy Ever After:
Romance novels represent a profitable, exciting and artistic field of publishing. Readers are voracious, publishing houses are acquiring and authors are making money. Yet, writing a romance novel can be intimidating and pursuing publication even more so.

Sara represents New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance authors and will discuss the objective and subjective elements of writing these books as well as the specific steps an author can take to pursue publication.

Publishing is subjective? Yes, but there are objective aspects of craft needed to prepare a romance novel for its readers.

Pursuing publication is confusing? Absolutely, but there are reliable steps an author can take to find a literary agent or publisher, vet that literary agent or publisher, write and submit queries, and/or pursue self-publishing.

In this live webinar, Sara will tackle romance novels from both the writing/art angle and the publishing/business angle. Join us and be better prepared to write and sell your book!

As an added bonus, participants are invited to submit the first 10 pages of their romance novel after the webinar for a written critique by me.

All the details are available here: WRITING AND SELLING ROMANCE

Thank you and see you there!

13 March 2015


Sara, Renee and I have been keeping the Web Monkey very busy behind the scenes lately, fixing our phone system, setting up new emails, building a forum for our clients, and now, designing a new “Books” page on the website to highlight our authors’ latest, greatest, hottest, or forthcoming titles. It’s split up by genre, so if you want a better sense of who we represent who writes Young Adult versus New Adult, for instance, you can check the Books page to find out. And if you haven’t noticed the gorgeous new Clients page, featuring headshots and links to all our authors, plus information in the mouse-over as to who is represented by whom, do stop by, and let us know what you think!

12 March 2015


FINALFINAL_9780399167751_Soundoflife_CAT copyHuge congrats to Krista Van Dolzer, whose debut The Sound of Life and Everything just got a breathtaking Publishers Weekly review:

In a moving examination of racism in post-WWII California, a scientist promising to resurrect an American solider instead conjures a Japanese clone. Shunned by his creator and the desperate woman who thought she was getting back her son, Takuma Sato is taken in by 12-year-old Ella Mae Higbee and her mother, who recognize the man’s innocence. As Takuma’s self-proclaimed best friend, Ella Mae is a scrapper in the tradition of Harper Lee’s Scout, a tomboy unafraid of using her fists on a bully with an equally fierce compassion that looks beyond a man’s skin. Debut author Van Dolzer’s attentions are less on the story’s science fiction aspect than on the racial tensions at play, dividing family and pitting God against science, with the devout Mrs. Higbee standing up against religious leaders who turn Takuma away for his unnatural genesis. In revealing how Takuma’s DNA got mixed up with that of Ella Mae’s cousin, Van Dolzer creates a thoughtful study in forgiveness and hope blossoming in a climate of ignorance and fear. Ages 10–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (May)

If you haven’t already added this book to your TBR pile, you can add it on Goodreads, preorder from IndieBound, or hit up Amazon. And feel free to congratulate Krista on Twitter!

9 March 2015


9780778315834.inddCongratulations to Tiffany Reisz on last weeks nomination of THE KING for Best Gay Erotica by the Lambda Literary Awards.

THE KING is Book #6 in Tiffany’s international bestselling ORIGINAL SINNERS series and Book #2 of “The White Years”.

“Kingsley, one of Reisz’s most intriguing characters, finally gets a book of his own…. Another great addition to an innovative series.” — RT Book Reviews

Taken from the Lambda Literary Award website. “Each year, the Lammys bring national attention to the best LGBTQ books, which are often overlooked by the mainstream media and might otherwise be forgotten,” said Lambda Literary Board President, S. Chris Shirley. “This critical program of Lambda Literary not only recognizes the outstanding work of these talented authors, but also underscores the importance of LGBTQ stories, which are fundamental to the preservation of our culture.”

Read an excerpt of THE KING here.

Send a congrats to Tiffany on her website

or on twitter @tiffanyreisz


9 March 2015

News, Sales

DRAGONFLY_jkt_frontCongratulations to Jaleigh Johnson!

We are thrilled to announce JOURNEY OF THE IRON GLORY has sold to Krista Marino at Delacorte! Jaleigh’s debut fantasy middle grade THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY was released by Delacorte last spring. THE SECRETS OF SOLACE (Book #2 in this amazing world) will be out in early 2016. Then, JOURNEY OF THE IRON GLORY will be Book #3 in 2017 and an untitled Book #4 comes a year later. Cheers and yippeeee from your #1 fangirl, Jaleigh!

Merging elements of dystopia, steampunk, and fantasy, this magnetic middle-grade debut imagines an alien world where 13-year-old Piper survives by working as a scrapper, salvaging artifacts left behind by meteor storms.
–Publishers Weekly, starred review

A well-imagined world of veritable adventure.
–Kirkus, starred review

A fantastic and original tale of adventure and magic
–School Library Journal, starred review

From Publishers Marketplace:
March 6, 2015
Children’s: Middle grade
Author of THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY, Jaleigh Johnson’s JOURNEY OF THE IRON GLORY, about an impossible journey, a mysterious stowaway and a magical world, to Krista Marino at Delacorte, in a significant deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2017, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).
Film: Kassie Evashevski of United Talent Agency

Stop by and send a cheer to Jaleigh on her website:

and on twitter @JaleighJohnson


6 March 2015