I have been wanting to do this new monthly feature for a super long time.
What’s New In YA is a feature I’ll do every month with the latest book deals, cover reveals, media news, author interviews, book-related articles and everything else I think of. The months can be so hectic so I thought it would be nice to have it all in one nice little place! I don’t include absolutely everything because I’m more of a Contemporary reader but we’ll see!
All The Book Deals From Publisher’s Weekly
Okay, so these aren’t actually all of the books, though it is a lot. 😂 I shared the ones I’m excited to read.
Kristen Pettit at HarperTeen has acquired Sarena (l.) and Sasha Nanua‘s YA fantasy duology in a two-book deal. The first book, Ria & Rani, follows two twins separated at birth—one now a princess, the other a street thief—who switch places, only to discover that their destinies may be to join together in a bid to stop their kingdom from falling apart. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Peter Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media brokered the deal for world English rights.
Trisha de Guzman at FSG has acquired world English rights to These Precious Stones by Michael Barakiva (Hold My Hand). Pitched as Sailor Moon meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the contemporary YA fantasy features an eclectic group of queer and international teens who learn that they must bear the magical gems that will save the universe from an ancient galactic threat. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Josh Adams at Adams Literary handled the deal.
Carolina Ortiz at HarperCollins has bought world English rights to Ashanti Fortson‘s debut, Cress & Petra. Set in the near future, the YA graphic novel follows the friendship between Cress Orozco, an autistic teenager with plenty of problems and big thoughts about life, and Petra, a lab-made AI looking for adventure. Their intertwining experiences raise the question: what does it mean to be human? Publication is planned for fall 2022; Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management negotiated the deal.
Emilia Rhodes at HMH has acquired, at auction, The Ravensby Kass Morgan (l.) and Danielle Paige, first in a series about two girls in a southern sorority where the powerful, seemingly perfect sisters are keeping a secret—they’re all witches. Publication is scheduled for January 2021; Lanie Davis and Joelle Hobeika at Alloy Entertainment brokered the two-book deal on behalf of the authors. Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media represents Paige.
Sara Goodman at Wednesday Books has bought Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz (And We’re Off). The gothic love story, set against the backdrop of 1830s Edinburgh, is about an aspiring young female surgeon, the resurrection man who brings her bodies to study, and a reclusive aristocrat who tempts them both with immortality. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Dan Mandel at Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has acquired, in a two-book deal, Me (Moth), a YA novel in verse, and an untitled YA novel by debut author Amber McBride. Me (Moth) features Moth, the granddaughter of a Hoodoo root worker, who thinks she is invisible, and a Navajo boy named Sani, who is the only one who really sees her, and what happens when they take a road trip and discover that their families were connected long before they were born. Publication of the first book is set for fall 2021; Rena Rossner at the Deborah Harris Agency did the deal for North American rights.
Jody Corbett at Scholastic has acquired world rights to Speak for Yourself, a second book by Lana Wood Johnson (Technically, You Started It). Told partly through chat transcriptions, the novel reimagines Cyrano de Bergerac for the tech era. Aspiring tech genius Skylar tries to keep her academic competition team together by setting up her most valuable teammate with her archnemesis, only to realize she’s falling for him herself. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Bridget Smith at JABberwocky Literary Agency handled the deal.
Donna Bray at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, at auction, Where the Rhythm Takes You by debut author and #PitchWars alum Sarah Dass, a YA novel based on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, set in the author’s native Trinidad and Tobago. Reyna’s life changed forever two years ago, when her mother died and her best friend (first kiss, first love) Aiden, suddenly moved to America. Now Aiden has returned to their island as an international pop star, but the last thing Reyna wants to do is risk her heart again. Publication is set for summer 2021, with a second untitled YA novel to follow. Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world English rights.
Mabel Hsu at HarperCollins/Tegen has bought, at auction, in a two-book deal, The (Un)Popular Vote by debut author Jasper Sanchez. Pitched as Red, White & Royal Blue meets The West Wing, this YA contemporary novel follows a transmasculine teenager who defies his congressman father and runs in a three-way brawl for class president. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management brokered the deal for world English rights.
Miriam Newman at Candlewick has bought The Heartbreak Bakery, a new YA novel by Amy Rose Capetta (The Lost Coast; Once & Future) in an exclusive submission, in which agender teen baker Syd deals with first heartbreak by whipping up brownies—which break up everyone who eats them, including the owners of LGBTQIAP+ institution The Proud Muffin. With the help of magical baking and a cute transmasc bike messenger, Syd must save relationships and defend the bakery from disappearing in a fast-changing Austin, Texas. Publication is set for fall 2021; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties did the deal for North American rights.
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired world English rights to Doomed by Laura Pohl (The Last 8), the story of four troubled friends, one murdered girl, and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed. While investigating the murder of their best friend, four reimagined fairytale heroines must uncover connections to their ancient curses and attempt to forge their own paths before it’s too late. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Sarah LaPolla at Bradford Literary Agency handled the deal.
Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has bought, in a two-book deal, Preferably Paired by Christine Riccio (Again but Better). Inspired by The Parent Trap, the YA novel is a dramedy following two sisters navigating their way through a broken family and the highs and lows of impending adulthood. Publication is planned for spring/summer 2021; JL Stermer at New Leaf Literary and Media brokered the deal for North American rights.
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte has acquired, in a two-book preempt, world English rights to Jennifer Lynn Alvarez‘s YA debut, Gap Mountain. In the vein of Karen McManus and E. Lockhart, the novel features six friends and one secret. When a group of teens accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, one of them threatens to tell the truth about what happened—and goes missing, and the other five become suspects in her disappearance. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Elizabeth Bewley at Sterling Lord Literistic handled
Molly Cusick at Sourcebooks has acquired, in a two-book deal, North American rights to bestselling thriller author Nina Laurin‘s YA debut, Like Her. The book follows a teen girl whose family moves into a mansion with a tragic history; the girl becomes spellbound by the spirit of a 19th-century socialite who was fatally obsessed with her own image and who now thirsts to enter the digital age of vanity. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Rachel Ekstrom at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal on behalf of Ruth Pomerance and Adam Wilson at INKubator Enterprises.
Gonzales’s ‘Ex-Girlfriend’ Cozies Up to Wednesday Books
Sophie Gonzales sold a YA novel titled The Ex-Girlfriend Getter-Backer Experiment to Sylvan Creekmore at Wednesday Books. Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary brokered the world rights deal. According to the publisher, the novel follows “a bisexual girl who gives out anonymous love advice at her high school.” When she’s blackmailed by a popular guy in her class “into helping him get his ex-girlfriend back… the unintended consequences of her advice end up affecting everyone, including herself.” The publisher added that the book, slated for spring 2021, was pitched as The DUFF meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
June’s ‘Jay’ Draws HarperTeen
After an auction, HarperTeen’s Megan Ilnitzki won Jason June’s Jay’s Gay Agenda. The world English rights, two-book agreement was brokered by Brent Taylor at Triada US. Taylor said the debut YA novel “follows the titular character after he moves to Seattle from his rural high school, introducing him to other queer teens for the first time, and allowing him to finally cross items off his gay romance to-do list.” The novel is scheduled for summer 2021.
All The Cover Reveals and Redesigned Covers
*Links below will take you to where the cover was revealed.
- Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall
- Above All Else by Dana Alison Levy
- Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
- The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
- Kingdom of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco + Excerpt
- A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
- Songs of Wraith and Ruin by Roseann A. Brown + Excerpt
- Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
- Recommended For You by Laura Silverman with an Excerpt
- Into The Real by Zac Brewer
- Day One by Kelly DeVos
- The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling
- Horrid by Katrina Leno
- The Truth Project by Dante Medema
- The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
- This Is My America by Kim Johnson + Excerpt
- Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett + Interview+ Excerpt
- The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters + Excerpt
- When We Were infinite by Kelly Loy Gilberts + Excerpt
- A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
- The Redpoint Crux by Morgan Shamy
- Inside The Sun (The 8th Island Trilogy) by Alexis Marie Chute
- Moonscript by H. S. J. Williams
- None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney + Excerpt
- Iron Heart by Nina Varela
- The Boy In The Red Dress by Kristin Lambert
- The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund
- Sources Say by Lori Goldstein
- The Companion by Katie Alexander + Sneak Peek
- Beyond The Break by Heather Buchta
- The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige
- Drowned Country by Emily Tesh
Here are a few new versions for covers and they’re all so, so gorgeous.
- Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (Brazilian Edition!)
- How To Make Friends With The Dark by Kathleen Glasgow (Paperback Edition!)
- We Walked The Sky by Lisa Fiedler (Paperback Edition!)
- The Afterward by E. K. Johnston (Paperback Edition!)
- Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (Paperback Edition!)
- Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson + Interview
- A Phoenix First Must Burn (Anthology) edited by Patrice Caldwell (UK Edition!)
- All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (UK Edition!) + Excerpt
There’s also a few Middle-Grade cover reveals + articles I thought I would share
Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana
The Boys In The Back Row by Mike Jung
The Campaign by Laurie Friedman + Interview
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Deathless Divide (#2) by Justina Ireland
Ink In The Blood by Kim Smejkal
The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Shine by Jessica Jung
The Curse by Micol Ostow (Prequel to Nancy Drew, the CW series)
Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige are writing a sorority witchy book of my dreams
Adam Sass shared the second part of a prequel for Surrender Your Sons
All The Media News
- We have a new trailer for P.S. I Still Love You! It might have made me a John Ambrose shipper. Goodbye Peter.
All The Bookish Tours/Author Events
All of The Author Interviews
- Brigid Kemmerer Returns With The Second Book In The Cursebreakers Series
- Abdi Nazemian interview on Goodreads! (Author of Like A Love Story)
- Abdi Nazemian Interview on inQluded
- Eric Smith: “While books offer an escape, they also help deliver empathy and strength”
- Farah Naz Rishi “I really wanted to write a book about finding hope when all feels lost”
- Emma Lord “Everyone was saying someone should write it, so I called Twitter dibs”
- Laurie Faria Stolarz “I think books help give voice to what’s often difficult to express”
- Misfit Friendships: A Conversation With Jeff Zentner (Author of Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee)
- Q and A with Elana K. Arnold (Author of Red Hood)
- Q and A with Adam Silvera (Author of Infinity Son)
- In Conversation: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saaed (Authors of Yes No Maybe So)
- Interview with Francesca Flores (Author of Diamond City)
- Author Chat with Melissa de la Cruz (Author of)
- Author Chat with Abigail Johnson (Author of Every Other Weekend)
- Author Chat with Rebecca McLaughlin (Author of Nameless Queen)
- Author Chat with Brigid Kemmerer (Author of A Heart So Fierce and Broken)
- Author Chat with Laurie Faria Stolarz (Author of Jane Anonymous)
- Author Chat with Andrew Fukuda (Author of The Light Between Us)
- Author Chat with Janae Marks (Author of MG book, From The Desk of Zoe Washington)
- Authors In Conversation: Jennifer Iacopelli and Sarah Henning
- Niki Smith “I saw myself in them – girls who embraced ‘masculinity’) (Author of MG Book, )
- A Chat with Shannon and Dean Hale of Princess of Diana The Amazons (Authors of MG Comic/Graphic)
Other Bookish Articles:
- Yes, Latinx Writers Are Angry About American Dirt and We Will Not Be Silent
- A. S. King’s Dig gets the Printz award!
- Exclusive Preview Of Lilliam River’s new book, Never Look Back
- Jason Reynolds Takes Up The Mantle of National Ambassador
- Exclusive Excerpt from The Upcoming YA Novel This Is My America
- Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi talked about their latest book, Stamped at wi15.
- Moving on Up: ‘Loveboat Taipei’
- Gloria Chao shared the official summary for her new book, Rent A Boyfriend
- Lee &Low asks ‘Where is The Diversity in Publishing?’
- We Need To Talk About The Perfect Messy Friendships in Loveboat, Taipei
- Lee & Low share some spring titles coming up
- Lamar Giles Gets Real About Toxic Masculinity In ‘Not So Pure and Simple’
- Some authors share their weirdest writing habits
- Michael Thompson wrote an article on why he doesn’t recommend Race To The Sun by Rebecca Roanhouse
- Lev Grossman is set to write children’s books (Author of The Magicians)
- Reclaiming The Fantasy Narrative by Tara Sim (Author of Scavenge The Stars)
- Diverse Book Corner: Year of The Latinx
- Pitch Wars Team Interviews with Claire Ahn and Her Mentors Rachel Lynn Solomon and Kelsey Rodkey
- The Hunger Games prequel receives well-earned backlash. Why, Suzanne? Why?
Have Some Twitter Threads:
Since I have a lot of travel this year, I wanted to start an Author Travel Tips thread, because I’m always looking for ways to make my life easier. I’ll add mine, and if you all have any of your own, please add them.
— Brigid Kemmerer (@BrigidKemmerer) January 8, 2020
Okay, some of you seem interested, so here goes. #BookTourTips
(Note, obviously, your mileage will vary. Everyone has their own thing. Here are some things that have worked for me in the past.)
— Ally Carter (@OfficiallyAlly) January 30, 2020
gather round for a few january #querytip tweets. since everyone's inboxes are exploding, i figured it's a good time to tweet some things you might want to know as a querying author. mixture of my subjective hot takes + "general knowledge" 🌈
— jen says buy SICK KIDS IN LOVE (@bookavid) January 8, 2020
Megan shares tips for subbing to agents