Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Mark Hodder, A Finalist for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History!

Greetings everyone! As you know, the past couple of months have seen JABberwocky clients become finalists and award winners left and right, and July looks to be no different!

We are very pleased to announce that Mark Hodder is a finalist for the 2012 Sidewise Award for Alternate History! The third book in his Burton and Swinburne series, EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, is being considered for “Best Long-Form Fiction.”

Past finalists for this award include Michael Chabon, Philip Roth, and Terry Pratchett, so Mark is in great company with this nomination! Hodder’s Burton and Swinburne series already boasts a Philip K. Dick award win, so this is just the latest critical recognition for his work. THE SECRET OF ABDU EL-YEZDI, the fourth book in the Burton and Swinburne series, will be published in August of this year, and we expect that this release will continue to garner acclaim from both fans and critics alike!

Congratulations again to Mark for this prestigious nomination!

E.C. Myers, A 2013 British Fantasy Award Finalist!

Smashing news!

E.C. Myers‘ debut novel, FAIR COIN, has just been nominated for a British Fantasy Award! This book, which has not yet been published in the UK, has made a huge splash with British readers through word of mouth alone and is now a finalist in the “Best Newcomer” category.

The winners will be announced at the Fantasy Awards banquet at the World Fantasy convention in Brighton this November. Coming off the heels of this year’s Andre Norton Nebula Award win, this latest award nomination points to a very bright future indeed!

Congratulations, E.C.!

Rochelle Staab Nominated for Daphne Du Maurier Award!

Another day, another award nomination for a JABberwocky author! We are very proud to announce that Rochelle Staab has been nominated for a Daphne du Maurier Award.  BRUJA BROUHAHA, the second novel in her bestselling Mind for Murder Mystery series is one of the nominees for “Best Mainstream Mystery/Suspense Novel.”

This award, given out by the Kiss of Death branch of the Romance Writers of America, annually recognizes the best in mystery and suspense fiction. The winners will be announced in July at their annual Death by Chocolate party in Atlanta. It’s nice to see Rochelle getting such great recognition from her peers, and we hope to have more good news come July!

2013’s Summer Reading: THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon

Ten years after its publication, Elizabeth Moon‘s Nebula award-winning novel, THE SPEED OF DARK, is still being recognized for its incredible literary merit. Joshua has always said this is the novel he’s most proud to represent, and after receiving the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novel, it’s clear the world agrees.

THE SPEED OF DARK was rereleased last month by Ballantine as a “Reader’s Choice” title in a 10 year anniversary edition. This new and improved edition features an introduction from the author, a short interview with Elizabeth explaining why she decided to create a character with Autism, and reading group questions to promote critical discussion of its themes.

A free fifty page sample of THE SPEED OF DARK was featured on Del Rey’s Suvudu website as their “50 Page Friday” feature this past April. Coinciding with Autism Awareness month in the U.S., Suvudu’s feature reinforces the importance of this novel, saying: “THE SPEED OF DARK gives us a peek into the mind and feelings of someone living with Autism in a way not very many books are able to do.”

We are also excited to share that Rutgers University in New Jersey has chosen THE SPEED OF DARK as their required summer reading. This fall, there will be a lecture, book-signing, and reception for the students featuring Elizabeth Moon herself. Her novel will be the basis for the Fall 2013 Honors Colloquium course, taken by a select group of students in the School for Arts and Sciences. In addition to studying the novel in class, they will be discussing the book online to promote a university-wide conversation about Autism.

It is wonderful that, even after ten years, readers are still finding new ways to appreciate this ground-breaking piece of literature from the esteemed Elizabeth Moon!

Myke Cole nabs the 2013 Compton Crook Award!

CONTROL POINT: 2013 Compton Crook Award Winner!

Even though it won’t be officially announced until this weekend, JABberwocky has received advance notice that Myke Cole‘s SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT has won the 2013 Compton Crook Award! Presented to a single author, the Compton Crook Award celebrates the best debut novel written each year.

When CONTROL POINT was first published by Ace in Feb. 2012, the book met with heaps of praise from fans, authors, and critics. In its end-of-year recap, named Myke Cole’s book one of their “Reviewer’s Choice” picks for 2012 and its sequel, FORTRESS FRONTIER, was one of Fantasy Faction’s “Most Anticipated Fantasy Novels for 2013.”

Myke Cole’s authorial talents come as no surprise to anyone at JABberwocky, but we all are ecstatic that his debut novel is getting the recognition it deserves! This marks the second year in a row that a JABberwocky client has won the Compton Crook award following T.C. McCarthy‘s selection in 2012 for Germline.

Congratulations again to Myke Cole and SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT!


Brandon Sanderson chalks up a #6 New York Times Bestseller with THE RITHMATIST!

Exciting news everyone!

We just found out that THE RITHMATIST landed at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list! This is the highest debut placement for an original work of fiction by Brandon Sanderson. This is his first young adult novel and it has already sold incredibly well prior to last week’s publication in the U.S., and will soon be available in the following territories: UK (Orion), Taiwan (Fantasy Foundation), Turkey (Dogan Egmont), and Bulgaria (Studio Art Line).

Last week the New York Times Book Review published their first review of a Brandon Sanderson novel, and had lovely things to say about THE RITHMATIST: “There are indeed secrets to be uncovered and the world to be saved, and ‘The Rithmatist’ contains some good surprises on the way to a pleasingly nifty conclusion.” Click here to read the full review.

We are all very excited for Brandon as he expands his authorial repertoire into the YA genre!

E.C. Myers wins Andre Norton Nebula Award!

Our heartiest congratulations to E.C. Myers, whose debut novel FAIR COIN has just been awarded the Andre Norton Nebula Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  It’s one of the most esteemed awards in SF/F, voted on by the author’s peers in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and was announced at last night’s Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA. We couldn’t be happier for E.C. Myers, who beat out some super stiff competition for this award.  It’s also a great coup for editor Lou Anders at Pyr, who was willing to take a chance on a novel when many other editors weren’t.  E.C. was also one of the first clients Eddie Schneider took on, after one of of our interns, Katherine Mason, saw it gleaming in our query stack.





Internationally DEAD EVER AFTER!


As of today, JABberwocky is excited to announce that DEAD EVER AFTER is currently the #1 bestselling book in not one, not two, not even three, but four countries! News of Sookie’s global domination is soon to be printed by the New York Times in the United States, the Sunday Times in the UK, the Toronto Star in Canada, and by the Herald Sun in Australia.

Last week copies of DEAD EVER AFTER, the thirteenth and final Sookie Stackhouse novel, by Charlaine Harris arrived on bookstore shelves all across the English-speaking world; and Charlaine’s wonderful and dedicated fan base responded, flocking to retailers in droves.

Congratulations to Charlaine Harris on her continued success with DEAD EVER AFTER, as we bid a tearful farewell to the Sookie Stackhouse novels.  But definitely not the end of Sookie; come fall the AFTER DEAD epilogue will reveal the fates of almost every character in the series.  Beautifully illustrated by Lisa Desimini, the cover artist for the entire series, it will make a wonderful holiday gift.


Sanderson wins the 2013 Imaginales Award!

French edition of THE ALLOY OF LAW by Brandon SandersonIn case you missed the news yesterday, Le Festival des Mondes Imaginaires (or Festival of Imaginary Worlds) held in the City of Epinal announced the winners of their annual award for excellency in French fantasy: the Imaginales Prize.

Brandon Sanderson was JABberwocky’s only author represented across the multiple categories included in the Imaginales Prize, and we are excited to announce that he is the winner of the 2013 “Best Translated Fantasy Novel” Award for his novel THE ALLOY OF LAW!

2013 is off to a strong start for Brandon Sanderson and we are also eagerly waiting the announcement of this year’s Hugo Awards, as The Emperor’s Soul is a finalist in the “Best Novellas” category. All of us at JABberwocky couldn’t be more excited to see these fine works receive the critical acclaim that they deserve. Félicitations à Brandon!

A “Plague” of Locus Bestsellers

The latest edition of Locus Magazine (out this week!) tallies up the bestselling SF/F titles for May and JABberwocky is happy to see three of our authors occupy a whole one-fifth of their hardcover and trade-paperback lists!

Brandon Sanderson sits atop the hardcover list at #1 with A MEMORY OF LIGHT, but THE WAY OF KINGS (book one in his Stormlight Archive series) also landed at #9. Sanderson also had the #1 trade paperback with THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, his 2012 novella that is currently a finalist for this year’s Hugo Award!

Peter V. Brett‘s THE DAYLIGHT WAR bowed at the #4 spot on Locus’s Hardcover bestseller list, which does not come as too much of a surprise. The book, the third in Brett’s Demon Cycle series, has been an international bestseller in the US, the UK, Poland, and Germany — where it is currently holding at #16 on the Der Spiegel bestseller list after in its 9th week on the charts.

JABberwocky is also thrilled to see Marie Brennan, one of our newest clients, make her debut on the Locus hardcover list! Brennan’s first Lady Trent novel is currently sitting at the #8 spot. A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS was our most requested title following the London Book Fair, and this series is off to a great start, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Shelf Awareness. Sales are strong as well, with the hardcover edition already going back for its third printing in three months.

Congratulations are in order for Brandon, Peter, and Marie, and we look forward to seeing which of our other talented writers will be on it in June!

Light of the Aurora Shines on Tanya Huff

JABberwocky is delighted to congratulate Tanya Huff, whose The Silvered is now a finalist for the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Novel – English Language.  Given for over 30 years by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, the Aurora recognize achievement by Canadian writers of sf/f, and the winners will be announced at Canvention in Ottawa, Ontario in October 2013.  This is Tanya’s third nomination for the Aurora, and we certainly hope the “third time’s the charm” saying will prove correct, as we consider THE SILVERED to be one of Tanya’s very best novels (Joshua would say best-to-date honors are very close between THE SILVERED and SING THE FOUR QUARTERS) and have said so loud and long from our very first reading of it.  Ranting Dragon and the Los Angeles Times have also had the novel on Best-of-2012 lists.  Readers agree; 38 out of 39 reviews on Amazon give the book either 4* or 5*, which is the kind of ratio you don’t see often for books with as many reviews as this.   You’ll want to give a read to THE SILVERED if you haven’t already, and our congratulations again to Tanya on a well-deserved accolade.

Scott MacKay Nabs Arthur Ellis Nomination!

The Crime Writers of Canada have just announced their nominations for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Award and Jabberwocky is excited to announce that Scott MacKay has once again been nominated in the short story category! The prestigious award chose “Cruel Coast” which appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine last July.

This is MacKay’s second nomination having won for his short story “Last Inning” in 1999. Congratulations Scott!

Midnight is Coming

JABberwocky is pleased to announce our latest client – Sylvia Izzo Hunter!

Sylvia has already made quite a splash – her debut trilogy, Midnight’s Daughters, sold to Ace following a three week auction! Publishers Weekly has the scoop, here. This was the agency’s biggest debut deal since Peter V. Brett sold The Warded Man.

The first book, THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, is set to come out in Fall 2014 and concerns a graduate student at Merlin College, Oxford, who uncovers a plot against the English monarch.

Sylvia joins us from the Great White North (Canada) where she works as an editorial manager for the University of Toronto Press.

Welcome, Sylvia! We hope to line up many more deals for you soon.

Ari Marmell Lands Scribe Nomination!

We at JABberwocky are proud of the vast array of genres our authors represent and an oft overlooked category is the tie-in material. It’s rather remarkable that an author can take plots, characters, canons, etc. and turn it into wholly original stories that easily stand in their own.

And Ari Marmell is one of the best at doing just that.

His latest tie-in novel, DARKSIDERS: THE ABOMINATION VAULT (based off the hit video game series Darksiders), was just nominated for the Scribe Award by the International Association of Media Tie Writers! The award will be presented at the San Diego Comic Con this July and we couldn’t be prouder of Ari!

Congratulations Ari!

Two awards for Bryce Moore’s VODNÍK!

Praised by Kirkus as “a compelling fantasy adventure… [and a] surprisingly witty debut,” VODNIK, Bryce Moore’s first novel, has just received two very nice fiction awards

The Association for Mormon Letters (AML) announced on March 30th that VODNÍK has won its literary award in the Young Adult category. Bryce is in good company, as Elantris by Brandon Sanderson has also won an AML Award in 2005.

VODNIK is also a 2013 Westchester Fiction Award winner! Established in 2009, the Westchester Fiction Award is given to exemplary pieces of YA Literature. We couldn’t be happier for Bryce that VODNIK has been singled out for these awards!


Fifty Pages of DARK

Every Friday hosts a 50 page excerpt from a selected work of fiction, and this week they chose THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon!

Originally published in 2003, this Nebula Award-winning novel has been re-released in a special Ballantine Readers edition to commemorate its 10th anniversary. The new SPEED OF DARK release also coincides with National Autism Awareness month as its story centers around Lou Arrendale, an adult with Autism whose generation was the last to be born before medical and scientific breakthroughs corrected genetic defects in infancy.

If you’ve been curious to check out this high-calibre piece of fiction or are already looking for your first 2013 Beach Read, be sure to give these first fifty pages of THE SPEED OF DARK a try. Joshua guarantees you won’t regret it!


Unending DAYLIGHT in Germany!

THE DAYLIGHT WAR, the third book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle series, hit shelves in German bookstores one month ago this week. In its first week on sale, the book landed at the #5 spot on the Der Spiegel bestseller list. His previous novel, The Desert Spear, topped out at #16 in 2010.

Now in its fifth week of sale, THE DAYLIGHT WAR is still riding high at #8 and is showing no signs of falling off of Der Spiegel’s bestseller list anytime soon. Peter has met with incredible success in Germany with his first three books, and his next three novels were recently contracted by Heyne in a major six-figure deal, JABberwocky’s largest ever in the German market!

Congratulations again to Peter V. Brett, who has also been #3 on the Sunday Times of London list, and #19 on the New York Times list, also record placements for Peter!



The Deadlocked Septet

The mass market of Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris came out last week, and rocketed to #6 on the NY Times mass market paperback bestseller list, which will appear in the NY Times Book Review for April 14.  With the final Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Ever After, slated to release in a month, and season 6 of True Blood, based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels, filming now for a likely June premiere date on HBO, it promises to be another big spring for Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse.

Hugo Nomination for Brandon Sanderson!

JABberwocky Literary Agency congratulates Brandon Sanderson on his first (certainly not the last!) fiction Hugo Award nomination, for his novella THE EMPEROR’S SOUL.

If you haven’t read EMPEROR’S SOUL, you simply must.   Take advantage of the handy links on Brandon’s website.  We at JABberwocky knew is was an award-caliber piece of fiction the moment we laid eyes on it in March 2012.  We knew an award-caliber piece of fiction like this deserved an award-caliber publisher; we couldn’t be happier with the job Jacob Weisman and the entire Tachyon Publications team did.  The novella wasn’t even written until February 2012, and yet by the end of the year Tachyon had it out with a gorgeous cover and an overall wonderful package.  And reviewers were quick to take note, from Charles DeLint in Fantasy & Science Fiction (“one of those rare high fantasies that feels fresh and is filled with a sense of wonder”) to Library Journal (“Fantasy fans will love both the compelling story and the creative magical setting.”) to author Brenda Cooper (“I highly recommend it, and I suspect it will go on my award ballots this year.”).

We say above that this is Brandon’s first fiction nomination, because he is now a multi-time Hugo nominee for his work as part of the team that does the Writing Excuses podcast, so we can send some more congrats his way.

The JABberwocky team couldn’t be prouder.  We love Brandon, we love THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, and this is a well-deserved nomination for a truly special story.  Brandon’s no stranger to the award scene, he was a finalist for the “not-a-Hugo” John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Elantris won the Romantic Times award, he’s been a finalist for many other awards and been on Year’s Best lists time and again.  But there’s something special about being recognized by SF fandom, the people who nominate and vote on the Hugo.  Something very very special indeed!

Rochelle Staab Nabs The Watson!

A hero is nothing without a trusty sidekick. Where would Sherlock be without Watson? Batman without Robin? Sidekicks are essentials. Which is why we’re excited to announce that Rochelle Staab’s BRUJA BROUHAHA was awarded The Watson – the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Sidekick!

Check out Rochelle’s reaction as her name was read:


We expect to be seeing that face more in the coming future!

Publisher’s Weekly Stars The Rithmatist!

Publisher’s Weekly gave Brandon Sanderson’s debut novel for the young adult audience, THE RITHMATIST, a starred review! They said:

“Featuring ingenious magic (complete with profuse chalk drawing–style diagrams and illustrations from [illustrator Ben] McSweeney), feisty characters, and a complex plot likely to unwind over several volumes, this high-spirited, exciting story will appeal to readers of all ages.”

THE RITHMATIST arrives on May 14th from Tor.

Compton Crook Award Double Play!

Jabberwocky had a double dose of good news when we found out that not one, but two, of our authors have been nominated for the Compton Crook Award! The Baltimore Science Fiction Society selected SHADOW OPS: CONTROL POINT by Myke Cole and FAIR COIN by E.C. Myers as finalists for their award which celebrates debut novels in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.

Past winners include Jabberwocky clients T.C. McCarthy and Elizabeth Moon and we’re honored to have our wonderful authors included again!

A California Award in Vodnik’s Court

Debut novel VODNIK by Bryce Moore (Tu Books) is one of the winners for the 2013 Westchester Fiction Award for Exemplary YA Fiction.  This is the first award for this wonderful first novel, and we’re certain it will be the first of many accolades for its author.  Brandon Sanderson said of VODNIK “compelling, interesting and darkly humorous.  I think you’ll love it.”  Check our more reviews here and check out the book itself on the Tu Books website, with click links to a preview and to e-book purchasing from all major retailers.

Germany Sees Daylight (UPDATED)

Peter Brett got a surprise during this week’s tour of Austria and Germany, his newest novel THE DAYLIGHT WAR made the German bestseller lists even before it was officially on sale. And not only that, it was his highest-ever placement on the German bestseller lists as well, getting to #6 on the Der Spiegel paperback chart, ten spaces ahead of the peak ranking for THE DESERT SPEAR. Will the book climb even higher on the lists for the current week? That’s the kind of cliffhanger that will give the ending of THE DAYLIGHT WAR a run for its money!

Congratulations again to Peter, who has also been #3 on the Sunday Times of London list, and #19 on the NY Times list, also record placements for Peter.

UPDATE: THE DAYLIGHT WAR has landed at #5 on the Der Spiegel bestseller list during its first week of true sales! Congratulations again Peter!

Derringer takes aim at Apple for the Creature

The Short Mystery Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2013 Derringer Awards for mystery short fiction, and the “Best Novelette” category includes two stories from AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE, edited by our clients Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner.  The nominated stories are Iphigenia in Aulis by Mike Carey, and “Pirate Dave and the Captain’s Ghost” by Toni L. P. Kelner.  So our congratulations to Mike and Charlaine for their nominations, and we’ll aim two barrels of our Derringer at Toni L. P. Kelner for both the anthology editing and her own great fiction.  Society members will be voting on the awards over the next few weeks, with winners to be announced at month’s end.