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April 2023 Deal Announcements

Adult Fiction

Author of DELILAH GREEN DOESN’T CARE Ashley Herring Blake‘s DREAM ON, RAMONA RILEY, a f/f rom-com about a small-town waitress who’s spent the last decade raising her baby sister and the child star-turned-party girl who’s in town to shoot a movie and save her reputation; their unexpected reunion reignites old dreams and forgotten crushes, to Angela Kim at Berkley, in a three-book deal, for publication in spring 2025, by Rebecca Podos at Rees Literary Agency (world).

Author of YOU’RE A MEAN ONE MATTHEW PRINCE Timothy Janovsky‘s THE MERRIEST MISTERS, in which a married couple accidentally attacks a burglar who turns out to be Santa, forcing them to assume the roles of Santa Claus and the first-ever merriest mister to save Christmas, while also figuring out how to save their marriage, pitched as The Santa Clause meets HUSBAND MATERIAL, to Eileen Rothschild at St. Martin’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Samantha Fabien at Root Literary (NA).

Sunday Times-bestselling author of A DOWRY OF BLOOD S.T. Gibson‘s EVOCATION, a contemporary fantasy with fortune-telling and tarot, set in a magic-riddled Boston, following an alcoholic psychic, his sorcerer ex-boyfriend, and the ex’s astrologer wife, to Eleanor Teasdale at Angry Robot, in a four-book deal, for publication in June 2024, by Tara Gilbert while at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency for the first two books, and at kt literary for the second two books (world English).

Linda EpsteinAlly Malinenko, and Liz Parker’s‘s THE OTHER MARCH SISTERS, pitched as a queer feminist take on the lives of Jo March’s sisters, set in the world of LITTLE WOMEN, inspired by details from the very real lives of May Alcott Nieriker (Amy), Lizzie Alcott (Beth), and Anna Alcott Pratt (Meg), with each author enabling these women to finally tell their own stories, to Wendy McCurdy at Kensington, for publication in early 2025, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

Lambda Literary Award winner for Transgender Fiction Jeanne Thornton‘s A/S/L, (an internet initialisim for “age, sex, location”), the story of three teenage friends and game developers, connected only by the nascent internet of the 90s, and who now, twenty years later, meet for the first time in person, each at a critical turning point, in a novel about how we communicate, how we game, and how our transness is lived and seen, to Mark Doten at Soho Press, for publication in 2024, by Jin Auh at The Wylie Agency (NA).

Poet and Lambda Literary Award finalist Ben Ladouceur‘s I REMEMBER LIGHTS, a debut novel following an unnamed narrator as he explores his burgeoning sexuality during the pomp and folly of Expo ’67 in Montreal, and framed by depictions of the raids on queer spaces in that city during the late 1970s, to Hazel Millar and Jay Millar at Book*hug, for publication in spring 2025, by Marilyn Biderman at Transatlantic Literary Agency (NA).

LATimes Book Award finalist and author of EXALTED Anna Dorn‘s PERFUME & PAIN, pitched as a nod to 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, about a controversial L.A. author’s attempt to revive her career post-cancellation and escape the historic trappings of sapphic melodrama in favor of true love, to Olivia Taylor Smith at Simon & Schuster, in an exclusive submission, by Sarah Phair at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (world English).

YA author Daniel Aleman‘s adult debut SORRY TO DISAPPOINT, a suspenseful dark comedy about a struggling gay writer who wakes up to find his date from the night before dead—and must enlist the help of his literary agent to get rid of the body and spin the entire misadventure into his next big book, to Rachael Kelly at Grand Central, at auction, for publication in fall 2024, by Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media (NA).

Emma Sterner-Radley‘s SNOWBLOODED, a swashbuckling queer historical fantasy in which two rival state-sanctioned assassins must cooperate to bring down their city’s elusive seller of illegal magic tonics, to Amy Borsuk at Solaris, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2024, by Anna Carmichael at Abner Stein on behalf of Saint Gibson (world, excl. NA).

Annabel Paulsen and Lydia Wang’s HOPELESSLY DEVOTED, a lesbian romcom in which two contestants on a popular dating show fall for each other instead of the leading man, to Jess Verdi at Alcove Press, for publication in spring 2024, by Kristy Hunter at The Knight Agency (world).

Author of INSIDE OUT Lor Gislason and Shelley Lavigne’s THE FLESH OF THE SEA, pitched as Our Flag Means Death meets Lovecraft Country, in which a man sets off to explore the high seas after being rejected by the royal society, where he encounters bizarre wildlife and eldritch monsters while grappling with his sexuality and desire to prove himself to the scientific community, to Andrew Robert at DarkLit, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2023.

Author of STARS COLLIDE Rachel Lacey’s COVER STORY, a sapphic bodyguard romance featuring an A-list actress in need of extra protection who hires a female bodyguard to pose as her girlfriend in order to keep the real story under wraps, again to Lauren Plude at Montlake, by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (world).

Children’s and Middle Grade Fiction

RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Kim Chi and author of K-POP CONFIDENTIAL Stephan Lee‘s THE LIBRARY IS OPEN, about a queer Korean-American’s plight to save his beloved local library after learning it is set to be demolished to make room for a swanky new mall, to Susan Van Metre at Candlewick, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2025, by David Purse at Inked Entertainment (world English).

Esme Symes-Smith‘s next two novels in the Sir Callie series that expand on Callie’s world and the dangers within, to Liesa Abrams at Labyrinth Road, in a two-book deal, by Megan Manzano at D4EO Literary Agency.

Brigitta Blair‘s CRAMMING, a semi-autobiographical debut graphic novel about the pressures a girl and her friends face in eighth grade, including scoliosis bracing, school, sports, gender exploration, and the gift of learning to be at peace in your body, pitched for readers of SWIM TEAM and THE TRYOUT, to Jessica Anderson at Christy Ottaviano Books, for publication in winter 2027, by Chelsea Eberly at Greenhouse Literary Agency (NA).
Taylor Tracy‘s MURRAY OUT OF WATER, a novel-in-verse about a 12-year-old whose Jersey Shore home is destroyed by a hurricane; displaced to upstate New York and separated from her beloved ocean, she meets a boy who introduces her to the magical world of roller skating and drag shows and with his friendship, she is finally able to open up about questions she’s been having about her identity, her super-conservative family, and a secret magic that she and he share, to Alyssa Miele at Quill Tree, in a very nice deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2024, by Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary & Media (world English).

Young Adult Fiction

Hayley Dennings‘s BITTERSWEET POISON, set during the most morally disruptive period in U.S. history, when Black bodies are experimented on and turned into bloodthirsty reapers and the saint empire is tasked with protecting human life, in which a saint heiress must kill her childhood best friend-turned-enemy and reaper but when a saint member is murdered and reapers murmur about a cure, the two girls are forced into an alliance and must keep their confusing feelings in check, to Wendy McClure at Sourcebooks Fire, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Emily Forney at BookEnds (NA).

Author of the forthcoming SAINT JUNIPER’S FOLLY Alex Crespo‘s THE WATCHER, a queer paranormal mystery, pitched as SAWKILL GIRLS by way of Twin Peaks, in which four teens track down a local cryptid that’s feeding off secrets before their own hidden truths are exposed to their coastal Oregon town, to Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen, for publication in spring 2025, by Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron & Associates (world).

Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Emil Ferris‘s graphic novel RECORDS OF THE DAMNED, set in mid-60s Chicago, a prequel to MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, following its monster-loving protagonist’s queer coming-of-age and burgeoning friendship with her haunted neighbor; and A. ROSENBLOOM AND THE MARIONETTE MURDERS, a standalone noir revolving around a string of grisly murders, to Lisa Lucas and Zach Phillips at Pantheon, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Markus Hoffmann at Regal Hoffmann & Associates (world English).

National Book Award-winning author Kacen Callender‘s INFINITY ALCHEMIST, featuring a cast of trans and queer characters of color in a polyamorous triad, following a boy who illegally practices alchemy and is blackmailed into helping a college apprentice find the legendary Book of Source, said to make its reader all-powerful, pitting the two against dangerous rivals willing to kill for it, to Ali Fisher at Tor Teen, in a major deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2024, by Beth Phelan at Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency (world English).

Michelle Kulwicki‘s AT THE END OF THE RIVER STYX, in which two boys—one who cheated death and one who is cursed to spend 500 years ferrying souls across the river Styx—aim to discover if their love is worth dying for as they find their lives intertwining in dreams at the edge of death’s domain; part queer romance, part meditation on grief and sacrifice, forcing readers to examine the complexities of their own relationships and what they’d be willing to give up for those they hold dear, to Tamara Grasty at Page Street Kids, in a nice deal, by Lauren Bittrich at Lucinda Literary (world).

THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL author R.M. Romero‘s DEATH’S COUNTRY, pitched as a queer Orpheus and Eurydice retelling in verse with a polyamorous triad, following two Miami teens who travel to the underworld to retrieve their girlfriend’s soul, so they can reunite it with her body before it’s too late, to Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen, for publication in summer 2024, by Rena Rossner at Deborah Harris Agency (world).

Vichet Chum’s KWEEN, about a queer Cambodian American teen’s journey to find her voice and step into her legacy, to Jennifer Ung at Quill Tree, for publication in fall 2023 (world).

Non-Fiction

Speaker, activist, and TikTok expert Ben Greene‘s MY CHILD IS TRANS, NOW WHAT?, a roadmap for transgender people, their families, and allies to support transgender people as they navigate their journeys, to Suzanne Staszak-Silva at Rowman & Littlefield, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds (world English).

Actor (Search Party, The Horror of Dolores Roach, Spoiler Alert) Jeffery Self‘s SELF-SABOTAGE, a collection of personal essays exploring everything from the author’s Southern upbringing to sex work to the glitz and glamour of being bipolar, to Rakesh Satyal at Harper One, by Alex Kane at William Morris Endeavor (NA).

Frances Cannon‘s FLING DICTION, poems about the vulnerability of desire that explore different styles of relationships, including queer love, polyamory, familial drama, dog and human companionship, and longing in isolation, through characters who find and lose each other in rural and urban settings and have their experiences intensified by the sensuality and ferocity of nature, to Dede Cummings at Green Writers Press, with Maria Tane editing, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2024 (US).

Author of the forthcoming THE MALE GAZED Manuel Betancourt‘s HELLO STRANGER, combining cultural criticism and memoir to question prescribed notions of monogamy and coupledom, with a fresh consideration of modern queer dating, from ephemeral connections made through cruising and hookup apps to long-term polyamorous relationships, again to Alicia Kroell at Catapult, by Michael Bourret at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (NA).

Brittney Griner‘s memoir, recounting her detention, trial, and imprisonment in Russia, as well as the efforts in public and behind the scenes to bring her home, also documenting how the global #WeAreBG movement began as well as the issue of pay equity for women athletes in the United States—the very inequity that led Griner to play basketball in Russia, to Jordan Pavlin at Knopf, for publication in spring 2024, by Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management, with Jon Liebman at Brillstein Entertainment and Lindsay Kagawa Colas at Wasserman (world). Random House Children’s will publish a YA edition at a later date.

Hosts of the podcast GAYISH Kyle Getz and Mike Johnson‘s YOU’RE PROBABLY GAYISH, taking a look at gay stereotypes and why none of us are “gay enough,” but rather comfortably “gayish,” to Alex DiFrancesco at Jessica Kingsley, for publication in February 2025 (world).

Most Anticipated Young Adult Books: January-June 2023

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Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell by Tobias Madden (January 3rd)

Seventeen-year-old gaymer Noah Mitchell only has one friend left: the wonderful, funny, strictly online-only MagePants69. After years playing RPGs together, they know everything about each other, except anything that would give away their real life identities. And Noah is certain that if they could just meet in person, they would be soulmates. Noah would do anything to make this happen―including finally leaving his gaming chair to join a community theater show that he’s only mostly sure MagePants69 is performing in. Noah has never done anything like theater―he can’t sing, he can’t dance, and he’s never willingly watched a musical―but he’ll have to go all in to have a chance at love.

With Noah’s mum performing in the lead role, and former friends waiting in the wings to sabotage his reputation, his plan to make MagePants69 fall in love with him might be a little more difficult than originally anticipated.

And the longer Noah waits to come clean, the more tangled his web of lies becomes. By opening night, he will have to decide if telling the truth is worth closing the curtain on his one shot at true love.

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March 2022 Deal Announcements

Adult Fiction

Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate Eliot Duncan’s PONYBOY, about trans masculinity, addiction, sex, family, self-destruction, and the pains—and inevitable joy—of becoming, documenting the narrator’s spiral into and out of his body, and set in Paris, Berlin, and the Midwest, to Mo Crist at Norton, by Ian Bonaparte and PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit (NA)

CJ Connor’s BOARD TO DEATH, the first in a queer cozy mystery series featuring a 30-something professor-turned-board game shop proprietor who juggles keeping his father’s Salt Lake City-based board game shop alive, a budding romance with the handsome florist next door, and a murder that threatens the game shop’s livelihood, to Elizabeth Trout at Kensington, in a two-book deal, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds.

Kat Caliteri‘s debut BOYSTOWN HEARTBREAKERS, in which a Chicago hairstylist has only three things to his name: a pair of $1,200 shears, a Boystown studio apartment, and a list of men who’ve broken his heart written on his closet wall; will this friends-to-lovers romance end in a happily ever after?, to Alexandria Brown at Rising Action, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2024.

Recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Edmund White‘s THE HUMBLE LOVER, about a rich older man who falls in love with a young star in the New York City Ballet and becomes something between his patron, friend, and lover, to Daniel Loedel at Bloomsbury, for publication in 2023, by Bill Clegg at The Clegg Agency (world English).

Author of THE GOLDEN SEASON Madeline Kay Sneed’s THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES, pitched for fans of Maggie Shipstead’s SEATING ARRANGEMENTS, a layered family drama starring an ensemble cast set at a big, splashy Texas wedding over the course of a weekend, in which a member of the wedding party is forced to reconnect—explosively—with her ex-wife, throwing several other relationships into chaos as a result, to Brittany Lavery at Graydon House, for publication in winter 2024, by Amy Elizabeth Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world English).

Playwright Jeffrey Richards’s WE ARE ONLY GHOSTS, a psychological novel with LGBTQ+ themes about a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, who after the war, finds his way to New York City, where two decades later he is confronted by the man who was both his tormentor and his savior, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington, for publication in spring 2024, by Matthew Carnicelli at Carnicelli Literary Management (world).

Carlyn Greenwald‘s SIZZLE REEL, a love triangle rom-com following an aspiring cinematographer and talent manager’s assistant who, after coming out as bi at 23, finds herself attracted to an ambiguously gay A-list actress who takes an interest in her career, complicating her already-complex friendship with her suave, nonbinary lesbian best friend, to Caitlin Landuyt at Vintage, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Janine Kamouh at William Morris Endeavor (NA).

University of Memphis professor and author of the story collection QUANTUM CONVENTION Eric Schlich’s ELI HARPO’S ADVENTURE TO THE AFTERLIFE, a coming-of-age story about a boy raised to believe he briefly went to heaven, whose religious doubts and questions about his sexuality start to emerge at the worst possible time—on his family’s road trip to Bible World to see the new attraction based on his near-death experience, to Abby Muller at Algonquin, by Rachel Ludwig at David Black Literary Agency (world).

Lesbian comic artist Ren Strapp’s HOW COULD YOU?, in which a group of college women must navigate platonic and romantic love through heartbreak, matchmaking, and a semester abroad, to Jasmine Amiri at Oni Press, in a nice deal, for publication in 2024, by Stephanie Winter at P.S. Literary Agency (world).

Co-editor of the Cambridge University Press Elements in Crime Narratives Series and Lambda Literary Award Finalist Margot Douaihy’s debut SCORCHED CROSS, the first in a series of hardboiled-inspired queer whodunits following a chain-smoking, heavily tattooed, queer nun, who puts her amateur sleuthing skills to the test after her convent becomes the target of a shocking arson spree, leading her down a twisty path of suspicion and secrets during the end of a sweltering New Orleans summer, to Gillian Flynn Books, in a pre-empt.

Artist, filmmaker, and poet Navid Sinaki’s MEDUSA OF THE ROSES, an Iranian noir steeped in Persian and Greek mythology that follows a queer petty thief and morbid romantic in a feverish search for answers and revenge after his boyfriend disappears, to Katie Raissian at Grove/Atlantic, by Mariah Stovall at Trellis Literary Management (NA).

DEPART, DEPART! author Sim Kern’s REAL SUGAR IS HARD TO FIND, a collection of stories exploring intersections of climate change, identity, reproductive justice, queerness, and family trauma, charting a path from climate despair toward resilience and revolutionary optimism, to Justine Norton-Kertson at Android, in a nice deal, for publication in August 2022 (world English).

David R. Slayton’s TO CATCH A GEEK, pitched in the vein of FANGIRL meets RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, in which a man wants to reboot his favorite sci-fi show but the creator’s embittered son stands in his way; when the son plots to use his reboot to show the world who his father really was, he learns that being a geek isn’t a bad thing while he learns that meeting your heroes sometimes is, to Tera Cuskaden at Crazy Maple Studio, for publication in winter 2023, by Lesley Sabga at The Seymour Agency (world).

Poet Natasha Siegel‘s debut SOLOMON’S CROWN, pitched in the vein of Madeline Miller’s THE SONG OF ACHILLES, a queer, alt-history reimagining of two medieval kings, Richard the Lionheart and Philip Augustus, who fall into a forbidden affair and must choose between betraying one another for the sake of their legacies, or following their hearts, to Jesse Shuman at Bantam Dell, in a two-book deal, by Tara Gilbert at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency (world English).

Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction

Jazz Taylor‘s STARTING FROM SCRATCH, about a girl whose new stepsister throws off her carefully crafted coping mechanisms, takes over her favorite activities and friends, and moves in with a cat even though she is scared of them—leaving her to figure out how to deal with a copycat sister and a stubbornly affectionate feline in their new blended home, to Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2023, by Holly Root at Root Literary (world).

Author-illustrator Elijah Forbes’s debut ANONG AND THE RIBBON SKIRT, a middle-grade graphic novel featuring a Two-Spirit nonbinary child who sets out to create and wear a ribbon skirt—a piece of clothing typically worn by women in the Anishinaabe tradition—at an upcoming powwow, to Cassandra Pelham Fulton at Graphix, for publication in fall 2024, by Nicole Geiger at Full Circle Literary (world).

Elizabeth Lee at Penguin Workshop has bought, in an exclusive submission, Playbook for Imperfect Planets by debut author Erin Becker. This contemporary, dual-POV middle grade novel is an enemies-to-first-crushes story following two 13-year-old girls whose fierce rivalry on the soccer field is complicated by their burgeoning feelings for each other. Publication is scheduled for summer 2024; Joanna Volpe and Abigail Donoghue at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Young Adult Fiction

Justin Arnold’s WICKED LITTLE THINGS, a campy horror in which a recently outed teen discovers he is a witch and returns to his small hometown to solve the murder of his cousin; in order to catch the rabbit-faced killer, he reluctantly joins a coven of fashion-forward mean girls and gets up close and personal with a werewolf, all while learning to embrace his power, to Joshua Dean Perry at Tiny Ghost Press, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2022 (world English).

Author of NEVER KISS YOUR ROOMMATE Philline Harms’s LOVE AND OTHER WICKED THINGS, a witchy, sapphic romance set in a small, magical town, to Rebecca Sands at Wattpad, for publication in spring 2023 (world).

Dale Walls’s debut THE QUEER GIRL IS GOING TO BE OKAY, about a tight-knit group of three queer girls navigating love, friendship, and changes during their senior year of high school in Houston, to Meghan Maria McCullough at Levine Querido, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2023, by Garrett Alwert at Emerald City Literary Agency (world).

Alex Crespo’s SAINT JUNIPER’S FOLLY, a queer Gothic mystery pitched as CEMETERY BOYS meets THE DEVOURING GRAY, in which a straight-laced golden boy and a novice witch team up to rescue a Mexican American teen with a cryptic past who has become trapped inside a haunted mansion in Vermont, to Ashley Hearn at Peachtree Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer of 2023, by Mary C. Moore of Kimberley Cameron & Associates (world).

Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore‘s VENOM & VOW, a YA fantasy about a transgender prince doubling for his brother, and a bigender boy assassin/lady-in-waiting, who, thanks to their concealed identities, don’t realize they’re simultaneously falling for and trying to destroy each other, to Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends, for publication in spring 2023, by Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary (NA).

Elle Gonzalez Rose‘s debut CAUGHT IN A BAD FAUXMANCE, a queer, Latinx rom-com pitched as TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE meets Schitt’s Creek, in which an aspiring artist’s winter vacation devolves into hijinks after his family’s affluent long-time rivals challenge them to a bet that could cost his family their beloved lake cabin; but when the enemy’s attractive son comes to him in desperate need of a fake boyfriend, he reluctantly agrees to set aside loathing for love to take down the other family once and for all, to Bria Ragin, Nicola Yoon, and David Yoon at Joy Revolution, for publication in fall 2023, by Uwe Stender at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world).

Claire Winn‘s CITY OF VICIOUS NIGHT, the sequel to CITY OF SHATTERED LIGHT, a queer, female-led cyberpunk adventure, in which an heiress-turned-smuggler and a gunslinger are forced to vie for leadership of an underworld faction after a mysterious hacker turns the city against them; meanwhile, a captured crew member must ally with an old enemy to find his way home, to Meg Gaertner at Flux, for publication in spring 2023, by Cortney Radocaj at Belcastro Agency (world).

Stacey Anthony’s MAKEUP, BREAKUP, an LGBTQ+ contemporary romance in which a self-taught, up-and-coming makeup artist competes against rival influencers—one of whom happens to be their ex—in a cosplay competition to win a scholarship to a prestigious special effects school, to Britny Brooks at Running Press Kids, in a nice deal, for publication in the summer of 2023, by Haley Casey at Creative Media Agency (world English).

Musician Jessamyn Violet‘s SECRET RULES TO BEING A ROCKSTAR, a queer debut about a teenage musician who jumps at a chance to play in her favorite rock band on their upcoming world tour, only to realize her heroes have their own agenda and might be leading her down a dark path, to Peter Carlaftes at Three Rooms Press, with Kat Georges editing, in a nice deal, for publication in April 2023, by Devon Halliday at Transatlantic Literary Agency (world English).

Jason June‘s RILEY WEAVER NEEDS A DATE TO THE GAYBUTANTE BALL, in which a gay, femme 16-year-old hopes to enter the Gaybutante Society, a world-renowned organization full of queer tastemakers, and when he’s told by a gay cis classmate that gay guys aren’t attracted to femme gays, he bets he’ll find a boyfriend in time for the Gaybutante Ball, to Megan Ilnitzki at Harper Teen, in a good deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency (world English).

Linda Cheng’s debut YA, GORGEOUS GRUESOME FACES (and its sequel), a supernatural sapphic YA horror novel pitched as WILDER GIRLS meets LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI set in the glittering, cut-throat world of Asian pop that follows a disgraced teen idol who comes face to face with a former bandmate and the demons of their shared past when the two enter a competition that devolves into a deadly nightmare, to Kate Meltzer at Roaring Brook Press, at auction, for publication in 2023, by John Cusick at Folio Literary Management/Folio (world).

BETWEEN PERFECT AND REAL author Ray Stoeve‘s THE SUMMER LOVE STRATEGY, in which two girls (one cis, one trans) decide to emulate romcoms to help each other find love and end up falling for each other, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet, in a two-book deal, by Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world English).

Sarah Van Name‘s THESE BODIES BETWEEN US, pitched as The Craft by way of Nina LaCour, following four friends in a North Carolina beach town who spend their summer learning to become invisible until their newfound powers start to spiral out of control, to Hannah Hill at Delacorte, for publication in spring 2024, by Maria Bell at Sterling Lord Literistic (world English).

Xan van Rooyen‘s MY NAME IS MAGIC, set at a Finnish school for the magically gifted, in which a 15-year-old magically challenged nonbinary student must save their disappearing friends, to Joshua Dean Perry at Tiny Ghost Press, in a nice deal, for publication in September 2022, by Lindsay Leggett at The Rights Factory (world English).

Emmett Nahil and George Williams’s LET ME OUT, a queer horror graphic novel set during the Satanic panic, in which four friends must unravel a conspiracy involving secret government bureaus and strange rituals, while things take a turn for the hellish—literally, to Jasmine Amiri at Oni Press, for publication in 2023, by Tamara Kawar at ICM (world).

Non-Fiction

Dance photographer and journalist duo Yael Malka and Coco Romack‘s QUEER DANCE, a photojournalistic celebration of LGBTQ+ dancers, choreographers, companies, and collectives across the country who are challenging the heteronormative status quo of the dance world, pairing Malka’s images with Romack’s reported essays, to Mirabelle Korn at Chronicle, for publication in spring 2024, by Ayla Zuraw-Friedland at Frances Goldin Literary Agency (world).

Pop culture writer, video-maker, and queer geek extraordinaire Matt Baume‘s untitled book, which traverses the history of sitcoms from the ’60s to the present to tell the story of how subversive queer comedy transformed the American sitcom—and how our favorite sitcoms transformed America, to Robb Pearlman at Smart Pop, by Lauren Abramo at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret (world).

Filmmaker and cofounder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Curtis Chin‘s EVERYTHING I LEARNED, I LEARNED IN A CHINESE RESTAURANT, about coming of age and coming out, tracing the author’s journey through 1980s Detroit, navigating rising xenophobia, the AIDS epidemic, and the Reagan revolution to find his voice as a writer and activist, set against the backdrop of his family’s popular Chinese restaurant, to Vivian Lee at Little, Brown, in a good deal, at auction, by Sonali Chanchani and Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management (NA).

NYT essayist, poet, and the first out active bisexual NFL player R. K. Russell’s THE YARDS BETWEEN US, which traces his experience discovering his sexuality alongside his career in football as it explores the defining people and moments in his life; a fresh look at masculinity, sexuality, race, sports, and how they intersect, to Jennifer Levesque at Andscape, with Kelli Martin editing, at auction, for publication in fall 2022, by Sarah Bowlin at Aevitas Creative Management (world).