Author of DELILAH GREEN DOESN’T CARE 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).‘s
Author of YOU’RE A MEAN ONE MATTHEW PRINCE 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).‘s
Sunday Times-bestselling author of A DOWRY OF BLOOD 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).‘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)., , and ‘s
Lambda Literary Award winner for Transgender Fiction 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).‘s
Poet and Lambda Literary Award finalist 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).‘s
LATimes Book Award finalist and author of EXALTED 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).‘s
YA author 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).‘s adult debut
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).‘s
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 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).and author of K-POP CONFIDENTIAL ‘s
‘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.
Young Adult Fiction
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).‘s
Author of the forthcoming SAINT JUNIPER’S FOLLY 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).‘s
Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist 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).‘s graphic novel
National Book Award-winning author 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).‘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).‘s
THE GHOSTS OF ROSE HILL author 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).‘s
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).
Speaker, activist, and TikTok expert 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).‘s
Actor (Search Party, The Horror of Dolores Roach, Spoiler Alert) 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).‘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).‘s
Author of the forthcoming THE MALE GAZED 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).‘s
‘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 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).and ‘s