Thursday, 18 September 2014

An Update, An eBook, and THE WAY OF KING(Job)S

Exciting news for those with Apple™ addictions, there is a new version of iOS for those with the latest versions of the gadgets pioneered by Steve Jobs. According to the news sources the iOS8 update will also include a bundle of updates for their app suite include a new version of Apple’s e-reader: iBooks.

For those not previously familiar with this app, Apple is offering a free ebook download in conjunction with running the iOS8 update as a way to coax new users to try it out. While we suppose a person could use this free download on any one of our clients’s excellent works, why not get the most bang for your free buck and pick up an e-copy of Brandon Sanderson‘s THE WAY OF KINGS? At over 1000 pages long in it’s non-digital, hardcover format, the first book in the Stormlight Archive series is sure to keep you hooked for the next several weeks! Or at least until the next iOS update is released.


The Midnight Queen

It’s been two weeks since Sylvia Izzo-Hunter’s debut novel THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN hit shelves, and the incredible reviews have been pouring in! Sylvia was even chosen for an author spotlight by Romantic Times, who called the book “creative and suspenseful — and never predictable…a novel that readers will be unable to put down.”

THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, the first installment in the Noctis Magicae series, tells the story of Gray, a student at Oxford’s Merlin College, being educated in the lore of magick. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace, to spend the summer at his professor’s country estate. There, along with the professor’s daughter Sophie, Gray discovers that there are secrets in their magic society and what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed.

Bookworm Blues has called THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN “a powerfully atmospheric novel…a love story that will warm your heart, and a story of magic and struggle, truth and might, in the face of all odds, with some stunning writing that will really hook readers and brings them into the colorful world that Hunter has created.”

Be sure to check out the rest of the reviews over at Sylvia’s author page!


JABberwocky’s New Partnership with Tachyon!

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Tachyon Publications! Tachyon is an award-winning publisher of smart science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. Tachyon’s critically acclaimed authors and editors include Peter S. Beagle, Joe R. Lansdale, Patricia McKillip, Tim Powers, Nancy Kress, Charles de Lint, Ellen Datlow, Michael Moorcock, Kage Baker, James Morrow, Cory Doctorow, and many others. They have also published three JABberwocky titles: THE EMPEROR’S SOUL by Brandon Sanderson, and the second editions of BRAYAN’S GOLD and THE GREAT BAZAAR by Peter V. Brett.

Last month, JABberwocky began handling translation rights for a number of Tachyon titles. The titles we now handle include several anthologies by Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, an anthology of the very best short fiction by Tad Williams, Crawford Award-winner Daryl Gregory’s newest novel, WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE, Anne R. Dick’s in-depth biography of her husband, THE SEARCH FOR PHILIP K. DICK, and more! Already, we have sold Brazilian rights for LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS, edited by Ellen Datlow, to Editora Record and Turkish rights for THE SEARCH FOR PHILIP K. DICK to Alfa. You can see a full list of the titles we handle on our Tachyon page. Also, reviews and other news about these titles are posted on Tachyon’s Tumblr page as well!


A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS wins the Chesley Award!

Huge congratulations to Todd Lockwood, who won the Chesley Award for his brilliant cover art for Marie Brennan’s World Fantasy Award-nominated A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS!

The Chesley was handed out at LonCon 3, and we think it was richly deserved. Here, for your admiration, is the cover:


Drinking Midnight Wine Comes to an eReader Near You


It is our great pleasure to announce that Simon R. Green’s novel DRINKING MIDNIGHT WINE is once again available as an ebook! It’s one of his few standalone titles, and he packs in a whole series worth of adventure, action, and wise-cracking fun.

Complete with angels, gods, and monsters, it’s been compared to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (The News-Star, Monroe LA) and urban fantasies in the vein of Charles de Lint and Tanya Huff (Library Journal). It’s a great entry point for those new to Simon’s works, and a wonderful visit for long-time Simon fans. (And fun fact, Nightside fans, Leo makes an appearance!)

There is a world beyond the world

It figures. Just when Bradfordian bookshop clerk, Toby Dexter, finally works up the nerve to talk to his secret crush, she darts into an open door. Toby follows, and in that second, everything changes. Though it still looks like Bradford-on-Avon, the town’s suddenly chatty ATM and river mermaids are the first clues that something is quite out of place—namely, Toby. The moment he stepped through that door, Toby entered the magical parallel world of Mysterie.

Our ordinary dimension—the one Toby knew as Bradford-on-Avon—is actually Veritie, a mere shadow of its alter ego, Mysterie, where magic and myth, gods and monsters, living legends and walking nightmares reign. And Toby isn’t the only recent arrival. A cunning and vicious demon—The Serpent’s Son—has returned to Mysterie, accompanied by a malevolent new ally, intent on bringing down both dimensions.

Toby can remain mortal, return to Veritie, and try to convince himself that he had a bad pint of bitter that night. Or he can stay in Mysterie, join forces with his new friends Leo Morn and his Brother Under The Hill, and try to stop The Serpent’s Son. The choices Toby makes will have dramatic consequences for both worlds. It may not be the first time Mysterie’s wars have spilled over into our reality, but if Toby fails, it could be the last.

Simon R. Green, New York Times bestselling author of the Deathstalker series and the Nightside series, brings his trademark wit and inventiveness to his beloved hometown of Bradford-on-Avon, in this charming standalone urban fantasy novel.

Pick up your copy today!


DLR PDQ

It’s now just a few short weeks — i.e., Pretty Darn Quick — before thousands of sf/f writers, fans, publishers, editors, etc. will be heading out on the Docklands Light Railway to Loncon 3 at London’s Excel.

Here’s Joshua’s schedule:

Kaffeeklatsch
Thursday 13:00 – 14:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)
Joshua Bilmes (not sure if writer Lauren Beukes will also be doing a Kaffeeklatsch at the same time, or if we’re doing a shared Kaffeeklatsch)

Finding an Agent
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
A great query letter is all you need! Write a great manuscript and the rest doesn’t matter! Network at conventions and you’re in good shape! These nuggets of advice and dozens like them float around the writersphere as gospel. How many of these have a ring of truth? What is the secret to finding an agent? And what does an agent do once you have one? Our agents will decrypt the process.
This panel will be moderated by Betsy Mitchell, the sf/f consultant for Open Road Media, a freelance editor, and the person who launched my career. Jacey Bedford, Ian Drury and John Jarrold are the co-panelists.

Adult Readers Within the YA Market
Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)
Age recommendations on books are meant to be a useful feature for readers. What are the risks and benefits associated with age classification, and is it a necessary evil or a marketing mistake? And what’s all this we hear about the emerging “New Adult” market? Will this have on YA books? Moreover, how do the growing number of adult readers affect the YA market? Are we leaving actual young adult readers behind in favor of attracting adult buyers?
Panelists include: Sarah Ash, whom we are honored to have in the JABberwocky e-book program; Tor UK editor (and acquiring editor for Tor UK of Brandon Sanderson’s YA novel The Rithmatist) Bella Pagan; and Ben Jeapes

JABberwocky VP Eddie Schneider and JABberwocky’s foreign rights mastermind Krystyna Lopez round out our team at Loncon.

JABberwocky clients in attendance include Myke Cole, John Hemry, Peter V. Brett, Tanya Huff, Adam Rakunas, Simon R. Green and Joshua Palmatier. Several of them will not only be at Loncon but will also be having signings and other events in the UK in the days before or after. Our client Mark Hodder is a finalist for the Sidewise Award, to be presented at Loncon.


More JABberwocky Travel: Lisa Rodgers At Cascade Writers Workshop

While Sam is living it up at NAFiC in Detroit, Lisa Rodgers (@_LisaRodgers) will be attending Cascade Writers Workshop in Kent, WA! That’s just south of Seattle, for those not familiar with the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Writers is a weekend-long workshop that brings together writers from a variety of genres and in various stages of their writing careers.

Things begin Thursday evening with a social mixer and readings. (Cross your fingers for me that I’ll successfully vanquish the Jetlag Beast and will be able to stay for all of the wonderful reading selections!)

Friday will feature 2 critique sessions with my workshop participants. I’ll also be joining fellow agent Bree Ogden for the What an Agent Wants panel that evening, where we’ll discuss how to track down the right agent for your work, and the dos and don’ts of query letters and short pitches.

As with Friday, Saturday will feature more critique sessions! Additionally, my afternoon is dedicated to the Pitch Session.

No day would be complete without a critique session, so it’s fortunate that Sunday begins with one! I’ll then have my one-on-one discussions with my workshop participants. Topics can range from the manuscript we workshopped to more nuts-and-bolts/the business writing, depending on what each writer would like to discuss.

Between the critique and pitch sessions, Cascade Writers has arranged a slew of educational panels for its participants. Topics range from indie authorship, to marketing, to life after being published, as well as several panels on the craft of writing.

While Cascade Writers Workshop isn’t open to the public, keep an eye out for when registration opens for 2015!


Detroit Rock City: Come See Sam Morgan at Detcon1!

Not the hershey kind.

This is Detroit formal wear, right?

Are you ready to rock and roll all night and party every day at this year’s North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC)/DetCon1? If that answer is yes, then you’ll have plenty of chances to see one of our agents Sam Morgan throughout the convention in Detroit. And since I’m the one writing this, can we skip the third person? That makes me feel weird.

Anyway, here’s my schedule (all times are EST). Be forewarned, these are going to ROCK:

THE FIRST THING: STORY TITLES.
7/17 Thursday 7:00pm
Nicolet A
How do writers choose story titles? What makes a good title? Who gets to decide what the title will be? And which comes first, the story or the title?
I’m moderating this panel!

KAFFEEKLATSCH
(7/18) Friday 10:00am
KaffeeKlatsch 1
A small group discussion led by literary agent Sam Morgan. Your opportunity for a more informal discussion with one of our participants. (Limited seating. Sign up at Info Desk.)
Come talk to me at a round table.

WRITING HUMOR AND COMEDY IN SFF
7/18 Friday 1:00pm
Ambassador Salon 2
Our panel discusses the challenges of writing humor and comedy in SFF. Is it as easy as it looks? Or as hard as some people say it is?
I’m looking forward to all of my panels, obviously, but I’m REALLY looking forward to this one. I have thoughts and feelings about humor and comedy. Also our client Jim C. Hines will be on the panel as well. Here’s his schedule if you’d like a chance to see him.

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?
7/19 Saturday 1:00pm
Mackinac East
Agents and editors talk about the sorts of projects that interest them individually and answer general publishing questions.
I get to talk about what I’m looking for in potential clients. It’ll basically sound like an OKCupid profile.

THE BAD GUYS
7/19 Saturday 6:00pm
Mackinac West
Villains drive conflict in a story, and offer a mirror reflecting a special view of the protagonists. Our panelists discuss their favorite villains, whether drawn from their own work or the creation of others, and tell us what they love about their villain and why.
* maniacal laugh*

ADDITIONAL COMPLETELY INFORMAL AND RANDOM PITCH SESSIONS THROUGH OUT THE CON!
I did this at this year’s Balticon and had a blast so I will probably do this again. As you can see, I have a few hours between panels. I may post up at a random table and start hearing pitches. If you miss a chance to meet with me at one of these formal panels or pitch sessions, absolutely feel free to come up and talk to me about anything! Follow me closely on Twitter to find out when and where I’ll be!


World Fantasy Award Finalist: Marie Brennan’s A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS!

We’re pleased to announce that the first book in Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent series, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel! She’s in good company on the shortlist with titles like Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s been a stellar year and a half for the series, with the first book praised by NPR, Slate, Booklist, and Kirkus, among others, and was a semifinalist for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Award. The second book, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS, received a starred Kirkus Review, and was also reviewed by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Being a finalist for the World Fantasy Award is just the latest (and perhaps brightest) feather in the cap of this series. The winners will be announced on November 9th at the World Fantasy Convention in Arlington, VA.

 


Finally Official: Aurora Teagarden is Coming to Hallmark!

With True Blood’s last season coming to a close, we are thrilled to finally announce that another of Charlaine Harris’s series is making its way to the small screen! The rights for her eight-book Aurora Teagarden series have been picked up by Hallmark and the books are now being adapted into a movie series as part of their new Original Mystery Wheel franchise, closely tied to the channel’s rebranding as Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Full House star Candace Cameron Bure is set to play Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, the series’ small town librarian-turned-detective. Candace Cameron Bure and Charlaine Harris will also be executive producers alongside HF’s Jim Head and Muse’s Michael Prupas and Joel Rice (see The Hollywood Reporter for the full exclusive as well as Hallmark’s official press release).

True Blood’s success led fans of the show to become loyal readers of the Sookie Stackhouse series, and we’re excited for these movies to lead droves of mystery lovers to discover Aurora Teagarden!


Best So Far of 2014!

Just past the halfway point of 2014, our authors are beginning to receive recognition for their newest releases! Myke Cole‘s BREACH ZONE has been listed on “Best Books From The First Half of 2014″ by The Founding Fields, “Provisional Speculative Fiction Top 5 of 2014″ by Pat’s Fantasy Hot List and “Books I Enjoyed Most Thus Far in 2014″ by Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff. This final installment in the Shadow Ops trilogy has certainly lived up to the predictions of Buzzfeed and Best Fantasy Books, who had named it a top anticipated book for 2014.

Several other JABberwocky authors are receiving recognition as well!  Amazon listed Brandon Sanderson‘s WORDS OF RADIANCE, Marie Brennan‘s TROPIC OF SERPENTS, and Jon Sprunk‘s BLOOD AND IRON as “Best Books of the Year So Far 2014: Science Fiction & Fantasy.” TROPIC OF SERPENTS and BLOOD AND IRON were also selected for Dolce & Gabanna’s Swide Magazine‘s “Summer Reading List: Top 10 Fantasy Books,” along with Charlaine Harris’s new #12 New York Times bestseller, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD.

Even more exciting news: one of our newest clients, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, has been nominated for Canada’s Sunburst Award in the adult fiction category! Her short story collection, This Strange Way of Dying, is in good company on the shortlist alongside Ruth Ozeki’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel, A Tale for the Time Being. The winners will be announced in the fall.

With all of this recognition coming in at the halfway point of 2014, we can’t wait to see what the end of the year will bring!

 


Mark Hodder Named a Sidewise Award Finalist (Again!)

Our congratulations go out to Mark Hodder today, in this timeline and hopefully many others, as his book, THE SECRET OF ABDU EL-YEZDI (buy from an indie), has been named a finalist for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History!

The winners will be announced in London at Loncon 3, the 72nd Annual World Science Fiction Convention, the weekend of August 14th.

It’s the second year in a row that Mark has been nominated for the Sidewise Award. In 2013, he was a finalist for his prior Burton & Swinburne novel, EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON (buy from an indie).


JABberwocky’s Memorial Day Travels

This Memorial Day weekend is going to be a busy one for JABberwocky. Both Joshua Bilmes and Sam Morgan (on Twitter @SamRoebuck) will be attending Balticon 48 in Balitmore, MD this weekend, where Brandon Sanderson will be the guest of honor. Also at attending the convention will be Myke Cole, who was 2013′s Compton Crook Award-winner and will be bestowing the award on this year’s recipient, as well as Jack Campbell.

Lisa Rodgers (on Twitter @_LisaRodgers) will be heading to Madison, WI this weekend to attend WisCon 38. While none of our authors will be Guest(s) of Honor, plenty of JABberwocky’s clients will be in attendance including Marie Brennan and Daniel José Older.

So if you will be ‘Con-ing it up this weekend, please keep an eye out for us and our great clients!


JABberwocky Welcomes Mike Grosso!

We’ve been drumming up some new business on the children’s side of things, and JABberwocky is delighted to welcome Mike Grosso!

Mike’s debut, I AM DRUMS, recently sold to Jordan Hamessley at Egmont USA. It’s a contemporary middle grade, and tells the story of 12-year-old Samantha, whose dreams of playing the drums run up against the hard reality of school budget cuts… leading her to improvise. PW has the story here.

And for those of you curious about the path to publication, Mike did an interview when he signed with Eddie last year, detailing his query process. Mike also kept track of how many query letters it took over the years, for both short stories and novels, to get to his first book sale. In the end, 425. Leave it to a musician to be diligent about practice. (Yes, Mike plays, and his brother is a professional musician!)

Welcome to the band, Mike!


MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD is a New York Times Bestseller!

 

We’re excited to announce that Charlaine Harris’s newest novel, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, debuts at #12 on the New York Times hardcover bestsellers list! It is also #19 for the ebook list, and #17 for the combined fiction list. In addition to the New York Times, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD is also #12 on the Barnes and Noble fiction bestsellers list!

MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD is the first installment in Charlaine’s new Midnight, Texas trilogy, which Romantic Times has called “an unusual and highly entertaining new series.” Charlaine has taken popular characters from her Lily Bard and Harper Connelly series and combined them with an all new setting and new characters. The book has already sold in the UK, Spain, France, and Turkey prior to its release! With over 32 million copies of her work sold in more than 35 territories, we expect MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD will be the latest addition to Charlaine’s global success.


JABberwocky Welcomes Alison Wilgus!

In the first of three new non-fiction deals for the agency this spring (stay tuned for other announcements to come), we’re thrilled to finally, formally welcome the multitalented, NYT-bestselling author/artist Alison Wilgus!

Her forthcoming book, THE MARS CHALLENGE, is a non-fiction graphic novel that explores the technical and political obstacles that stand between us and footprints on the Red Planet, emphasizing personal narratives and scientific accuracy. Macmillan’s First Second graphic novel imprint acquired the book.

While researching the history, technical difficulties, politics and possible future of human spaceflight, Alison has:

* Combed through enormous digital stacks of mission design documents and federal budget requests
* Visited the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers
* Doggedly watched all 19 hours of presentations from the 2013 Humans to Mars Summit
* Visited NASA launch, operations, and research facilities
* Met with Congress as part of the Space Exploration Alliance

Alison says that the most important things to know about her are that she lives in Brooklyn, she makes comics, she has cried while watching NASA TV, and she permanently imprinted on the women of Deep Space Nine as a teenager. Everything else is gravy. (You can also follow her as @aliwilgus on Twitter.)

Welcome to the crew, Alison!


The Many-Talented Marjorie Kellogg to Receive Theatre Design Award!

Here at JABberwocky we are proud to represent a range of very talented authors who create literature that tops bestseller lists, wins critical and professional acclaim, and that pushes the boundaries of the imagination. Yet our clients also have many talents outside of the written word.

Marjorie Kellogg is one such person, having written eight novels while also working as a professional set designer. It is for her work on the latter that JABberwocky is happy to announce that Marjorie will be presented with The Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design this Friday, May 2nd! As one of the five awards to be presented at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards ceremony at the Hudson Theatre (at the Millennium Broadway Hotel), the Robert L.B. Tobin Award honors those who have “achieved a career so distinguished in theatrical design that his or her work becomes an example to all designers of the beauty, feeling and empathy that a designer creates through true mastery of this art.”

Our hearty congratulations to Marjorie Kellogg on winning this prestigious award for her theatrical design work! If you are curious to learn more of Marjorie’s other excellent accomplishments we would recommend that you pick up an e-book copy of HARMONY, one of her standalone science-fiction novels that also happens to feature theater design as a narrative backdrop.


New Office, New Logo, and 20 Years of JABberwocky!

In case you missed our earlier tweets, emails, and posts: JABberwocky has officially moved its offices from Long Island City to Manhattan! Below is all of our new information, including our new phone and fax numbers:

JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
49 W. 45th St., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10036-4603
Phone: 917-388-3010
Fax: 917-388-2998

In addition to our big move this year, 2014 also marks the 20th year since Joshua Bilmes founded our literary agency in October of 1994! We are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion we commissioned the talented Ben McSweeney (who has done such great artwork for many of Brandon Sanderson’s novels, especially The Rithmatist) to do a fresh take on our classic logo. Take a glance at the top of this webpage to see Ben’s handiwork for yourself.

Most importantly, everyone at JABberwocky would like to thank all of our clients, publishing partners, and partner agencies around the world for their hard work, which has been essential in enabling us to reach the 20-year mark! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.


For Preservation Purposes

We recently noticed that there are still some vestiges of www.awfulagent.com Version 1.0 still lurking on the internet. Fortunately, these were easy to hunt down and re-code in order to make them redirect to the fantastic WordPress layout that you see before you now; A.K.A. www.awfulagent.com Version 2.0. While we do appreciate the older website for its “vintage” feel, there really isn’t anything there that would be relevant today.

With one major exception!

Back in December of 2004 the Loews  Astor Plaza closed following its final showing and its passing was for immortalized in Joshua’s online obituary. That e-eulogy  was once  only able to be found via our old website, but I am happy to announce that we have preserved every last word by moving it HERE.

And just to get you started, here are the first captivating lines of Joshua’s “Astor Plaza Obituary”:

At approximately 12:20 AM on Monday August 2, 2004, the curtain closed for the final time on the Loews Astor Plaza. At the time of its death, it was the biggest and best movie theatre in New York City. It left no survivors; when the Astor Plaza died, the era of the Times Square movie palace died along with it.

 

 


For This Week Only: $1.99 eBooks of DAUNTLESS by Jack Campbell!

Available this week only, the first title in Jack Campbell’s New York Times bestselling Lost Fleet series, DAUNTLESS, can be purchased as an ebook for the low, low price of $1.99 via Amazon and Kobo. This military science-fiction novel is the first in a six-book series that has continued to grow in popularity among readers with each following installment. The Lost Fleet novels (published as mass-markets in the US) inspired such a devoted following that Penguin commissioned Jack Campbell to write not one, but two additional follow-up series in hardcover known as The Lost Stars and Beyond the Frontier, and have sold over one million copies world wide.

There are now ten novels set in the Lost Fleet universe (with the eleventh due out next month) so now is the perfect time to discover what many readers have already learned about Jack Campbell. If you’re a fan of galaxy-spanning, military science-fiction, do yourself a favor and pick up an ebook copy of The Lost Fleet: DAUNTLESS while it is only $1.99 this week!


MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD Only Weeks Away!

In less than three weeks, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first installment in Charlaine’s big new series, will be on sale!

It’s already gotten great buzz, with reviews from Publishers WeeklyBooklist, and most recently, Library Journal, who gave it a starred review:

“As intimate and deep as the Stackhouse novels, but with a lighter load of gore and death, Harris’s latest displays her skills at interweaving the lives of her characters.”

In case you haven’t already seen it, here’s the amazing trailer for MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD. This title is going to be big, and we’re expecting it to debut at the top of the bestseller list: fans of Charlaine aren’t going to want to miss this one!


THE RITHMATIST Nabs An AML!

The awards keep rolling in for Brandon Sanderson’s THE RITHMATIST! The latest trophy this NYT Bestselling young adult book has taken home is the AML for a YA Novel – Speculative Award. The AML (Association of Mormon Letters) promotes the production and study of Mormon literature, film, and drama, and their enjoyment by all. Brandon is incredibly honored to win the award. This is his second AML, having won in 2005 for ELANTRIS. He has also received honorable mentions in 2006 and 2007 for MISTBORN and THE WELL OF ASCENSION, respectively.

But Brandon isn’t the only AML winner for JABberwocky! Last year, Bryce Moore took home the YA award for his debut novel VODNIK.

Congratulations Brandon!


Audible Daily Deal: DOWN HOME MURDER

Cozy mystery and audiobook fans, rejoice!

Audible has selected DOWN HOME MURDER by New York Times bestseller Toni L. P. Kelner as today’s Daily Deal! It’s the first in Toni’s sharp, witty mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Laura Fleming and her large — and extremely Southern — family. And what family gathering isn’t complete without get-rich-quick schemes, love plots, money-grabbing cousins, and homicide?

The whole 8-book series is available from Audible, so you don’t have to wait to find out what happens next! DOWN HOME MURDER is Whispersync-enabled, so you can switch back and forth between the audiobook and the ebook version, too. And if you’re more of an ebook-only kind of reader, we’ve got you covered, too.


WORDS OF RADIANCE: A #1 New York Times Bestseller

We have some amazing news to share this morning: WORDS OF RADIANCE debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list! And we don’t just mean the hardcover list: it’s also #1 on the e-book bestseller list and the combined print and e-book bestseller list. Across the pond, it also debuted at #2 on the Sunday Times list in the UK!

All the way across the globe, the e-book has made a huge splash in Australia, hitting #2 overall in their Apple and Kobo stores, and #1 in the sci-fi/fantasy category. It was also the #1 sci-fi/fantasy title in the Australian Kindle store.

We’re overjoyed by this news, but not surprised, as WORDS OF RADIANCE is Brandon’s best work to date, and readers all over the world are taking notice. Library Journal already gave it a starred review, declaring it a “must-read for all fantasy fans” and Booklist followed suit, calling it “an impressive continuation.”

This makes two #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row for Brandon, and we expect the trend will only continue!


Lord Darcy now coming to the UK!

We mentioned late last year when the ebooks became available in the US that Randall Garrett’s LORD DARCY would soon be available in the UK, but we didn’t know exactly when that would be.

Today, we are pleased to announce, is that day! As part of their Fantasy Masterworks series, Gollancz UK has gorgeously repackaged two of Garrett’s short story collections Murder & Magic and Lord Darcy Investigates, and his novel Lord Darcy Investigates, into this beautiful omnibus edition! We’re very excited that our UK readers will be able to pick up their very own copy of Randall Garrett’s influential works.

If you are a US resident and haven’t had a chance to pick up any of these great works as ebooks yet, you can head this way.