August 2023 Deal Announcements

Adult Fiction

Translator and winner of Columbia’s Henfield Prize Mariam Rahmani‘s LIQUID, pitched as a subversion of the marriage plot novel for fans of Paul Beatty, set in Los Angeles and Tehran, in which an early 30s queer Muslim adjunct professor sets out to marry rich, resolving to suffer through 100 dates in a single summer, to Evan Hansen-Bundy at Algonquin, in a pre-empt, by Danielle Bukowski at Sterling Lord Literistic (world).

Author of THE CELEBRANTS Steven Rowley’s THE GUNCLE ABROAD, the follow-up to the Thurber Prize-winning THE GUNCLE, in which a man must help his beloved niece and nephew come to terms with their father’s lavish second wedding in Italy—and accept their mysterious step-mother-to-be—reigniting the complicated dynamics of family, love, and celebrating the surprising strength we can summon when facing loss, again to Sally Kim at Putnam, for publication in 2024, by Rob Weisbach at Rob Weisbach Creative Management (NA).

Shoshana von Blanckensee‘s GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, a queer Jewish coming-of-age story, set in 1990s San Francisco, about a young woman who finds herself torn between her fraught relationships with her childhood best friend and first love, and with an older lesbian for whom she serves as an escort, pitched in the vein of Emma Cline’s THE GUEST and Imogen Crimp’s A VERY NICE GIRL, to Tarini Sipahimalani at Putnam, in a pre-empt, for publication in summer 2025, by Amanda Orozco and Alexandra D’Amico at Transatlantic Literary Agency (world, excl. Canada).

Author of BLUEBIRD Ciel Pierlot‘s THE HUNTER’S GAMBIT, pitched as a queer locked room escape adventure with a Victorian aesthetic, in which a female blacksmith is imprisoned by a group of vampires who plan to make her their queen and kill her after three days of blood-soaked revelry, but she discovers that swordplay and seduction might be the key to escape—and revenge, to Gemma Creffield at Angry Robot, for publication in fall 2024, by Lauren Spieller at Folio Literary Management (world English).

Locus, Andre Norton, and Dragon Award finalist and author of the Scapegracers trilogy, under the pen name H. A. Clarke, August Clarke‘s METAL FROM HEAVEN, a revenge-fueled lesbian industrial fantasy about the lone survivor of a failed worker’s strike seeking justice; THE FELICITY COMPLEX, a darkly comedic horror novel about disgruntled staff for a luxury bunker who cannibalize their ultra-wealthy guests; and an untitled speculative novel, to Sarah Guan at Erewhon, with Diana Pho editing, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, in a three-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Kiana Nguyen at Donald Maass Literary Agency (world English).

Queer author-illustrator Venessa Vida Kelley‘s WHEN THE TIDES HELD THE MOON, pitched as The Shape of Water meets The Greatest Showman, in which an Afro-Boricua migrant in 1911 is pressed to kidnap and care for an ocean-eyed merman on display at a Coney Island sideshow, but when he falls in love with the merman in the tank, he must reckon with the forces that have held him captive and realize there’s more than one way to be trapped, to Diana Pho at Erewhon, for publication in 2025, by Saritza Hernandez at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (world).

Author of EXQUISITE HUNGER Emma E. Murray‘s WHEN THE DEVIL, in which a woman finds salvation in a new sapphic partner, homebrewed poison, and facing a God that she no longer believes in, to Alan Lastufka at Shortwave, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2024 (world English).

Author of World Running Down Al Hess‘s KEY LIME SKY, in which an alien invasion hits the town of Muddy Gap, but a disgruntled pie aficionado is the only one who seems to remember it, to Gemma Creffield at Angry Robot, in a nice deal, for publication in August 2024, by Ren Balcombe at Janklow & Nesbit (world English).

Arden Joy‘s KEEP THIS OFF THE RECORD, pitched as a Jewish romantic comedy remix of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing that transforms ye olde damsels in distress into queer women, Jewish women, and women overcoming trauma, to Michael Olah at Dreamscape Media, for publication in January 2024, by Alexandria Brown at Rising Action.

Young Adult Fiction

Author-illustrator duo Stephanie Evangelista and Daigo Fukuda‘s debut PRESIDENT OF THE ANIME CLUB, a queer coming-of-age YA where a girl in her first year of high school finds friendship and camaraderie with other anime lovers as she navigates her feelings between two new friends, to Kiara Valdez at First Second, for publication in 2027, by Monica Rodriguez at Context Literary Agency (world).

Shivaun Plozza‘s THE WORST PERFECT MOMENT, pitched as a queer The Good Place meets A CHRISTMAS CAROL, in which a 16-year-old who dies and discovers her “perfect heaven” is a replica of the Jersey shore motel where she spent the worst weekend of her life must accompany the snarky-but-cute teen angel responsible for the apparent mistake on a tour through her memories to uncover her true happiest moment, with dire consequences should they fail to reach a consensus, to Alexandra Aceves at Holiday House, for publication in summer 2024, by Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management (NA).

Author of FIREWORKS Alice Lin‘s LOVE POINTS TO YOU, a LGBTQ+ contemporary romance that follows an artist with the skills and the drive to get into design school—but not the money—and her rich and arrogant classmate who offers to hire her as a character designer for an otome game, and the artist discovers things she never knew about herself—or her heart, to Alison Romig at Delacorte, for publication in spring 2025, by Lynnette Novak at The Seymour Agency (world).

Lisa Tirreno‘s PRINCE OF FORTUNE, a romantic queer fantasy pitched as RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE meets A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, following the relationship between shy a magician prince and an aristocratic lord, whose visions of the future suggest that the two are in an adventuresome romance in the midst of looming war and intrigue, to Kristie Choi at Atheneum, for publication in summer 2025, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world).

Quinn Diacon-Furtado‘s THE LILIES, a queer dark academia novel following four students at an illustrious prep school who find themselves sucked into a time loop revisiting their darkest memories on a day of massive upheaval; the misfits must work together to break the vicious cycle by confronting their most terrible choices—and each other, to Kristen Pettit at Harper Teen, with Alice Jerman editing, at auction, for publication in summer 2024, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, on behalf of Electric Postcard Entertainment (NA).

Non-Fiction and Poetry

Trans writer, activist, and educator Eli Erlick‘s BEFORE GENDER: LOST STORIES FROM TRANS HISTORY, 1850-1950, along with a young adult adaptation, honoring the lives of thirty trans people, detailing how they lived before “gender” was defined and offering a new understanding of transgender history with insights into how it impacts lives today, to Maya Fernandez at Beacon Press, with Joanna Green editing the young adult adaptation, in a two-book deal, by Jill Marr at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (NA).

Author of GENDER QUEER Maia Kobabe and professor at the University of Michigan Dr. Sarah Peitzmeier’s BREATHE: JOURNEYS TO HEALTHY BINDING, a graphic guide to gender-affirming care with real-life stories and research-backed advice about chest binding, to Andrew Karre at Dutton Children’s, for publication in spring 2024, by Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt Agency (world English).

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