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Characters Celebrate!

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You had me at Logan’s Run!

I couldn’t resist. This is one of the coolest crowdfunding prizes I’ve ever seen. Read what Darren Davis of Bluewater Productions has come up with for the last hours of Julie Kagawa’s Iron King Indiegogo campaign: LOGAN’S RUN NEWS!!! LIMITED OFFER FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS. William F. Nolan, the creator of the iconic “Logan’s […]

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Lit Agent Not-To-Do Advice

Happy Friday! Here’s a link to a great blog post collection of advice to writers from literary agents. Yours truly is included. The remarkable Chuck Sambuchino’s Writer Unboxed is a must read for aspiring writers. http://writerunboxed.com/2013/04/22/april/

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Iron King Manga Gets Animated!

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING YA NOVEL THE IRON KING GETS ANIMATED The best-selling young adult novel “the Iron King” is on its way to become a manga graphic novel this summer. Bluewater Productions, a full-service publishing and production company specializing in comics, graphic novels, today announced it is partnering with Piglion Studios to develop an […]

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The new Foreword Lit Mascot

Meet our new mascot, courtesy of the artistic endeavors of New York Times/USA Today bestselling YA author Julie Kagawa. But this cutie pie needs a name. Can anyone guess his true name? (tip of the hat to Julie’s Iron Fey series!)

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Foreword Literary Changes name to Backword Literary

In a stunning announcement today, new hybrid literary agency, Foreword Literary, has changed its name to Backword Literary, according to founding partner Laurie McLean. “We feel that there is a retro trend about to engulf publishing, including a backlash against eBooks, back-talking about digital audio books, and backstabbing in general towards digital publishing,” McLean said. […]

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Foreword’s First Sale!

I am so excited by the speed of today’s publishing environment. There are hybrid publishers trying to combine the best of traditional with the new opportunities of digital publishing. Entangled Publishing is a good example of this hybrid type of publisher. And these folks move quickly. As soon as we opened the doors at Foreword […]

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Hello, I’m now at Foreword Literary!

I have taken a big step forward into the unknown. With partners Pam van Hylckama Vlieg and Gordon Warnock I have formed a brand new type of literary agency. One that blends the best of traditional publishing with the opportunities and technologies of digital publishing. Please, say hello to our new company: Foreword Literary, Inc. […]

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Iron King Comic/Graphic Novel series to debut!

Yes, this is Julie Kagawa’s year so far. A seven-figure publishing deal. An even larger seven-figure movie deal. And now her first blockbuster novel, The Iron King, is going to be made into a comic book series and graphic novel by Bluewater Productions. Julie and Bluewater have decided to take a novel approach to funding […]

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Berkley Buys Olivia Mayfield Mystery at Auction!

A big WHOOP-WHOOP goes out to my client Olivia Mayfield (aka writer/editor Rhonda Helms) for her new Berkley/Penguin contemporary romantic mystery THE INHERITANCE in serial format. We sold it at auction to Leis Pederson of Berkley, an imprint of Penguin, for release later this year. Here’s the Publishers Marketplace listing: THE INHERITANCE by Olivia Mayfield […]

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