Agent Savant

The musings of literary agent Laurie McLean

Wild 2014 Publishing Predictions

Written By: laurie - Jan• 02•14

If you’re wondering what to expect in the new year, hop on over to Foreword Literary’s blog and see what zany predictions we cooked up in our last staff meeting of 2013. Remember that this was at the end of an hour long Facebook chat, so forgive us in advance if we got a bit irreverent.

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Iron King Motion Comic Debuts!

Written By: laurie - Dec• 14•13

Here’s a great idea for a stocking stuffer!

The best-selling young adult novel The Iron King has been transformed into a new medium – a comic book series and now an interactive digital comic book.  Bluewater Productions has released the first two issues of the 4-issue mini series.

Bluewater Productions has partnered with Piglion Studios in developing an animated comic book version, which  released this week on iTunes for $1.99.  The full-length interactive animated manga motion comic book app will also be released on the Android platforms later this month.

Iron King Motion Comic

Julie Kagawa, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series of books for young adults, said “My fans know that I am a huge comic, manga, and anime enthusiast, and I write in a very cinematic and visual manner in part due to my love of this medium.”  Julie’s new title in the spinoff Iron Fey series The Iron Traitor just hit bookstores.

To view a sample of the motion comic book cover: http://youtu.be/v4qzzhvVGlk.

The 4-issue Iron King comic book series features the art of Lidia Chan, and is written by Julie Kagawa and Sara Gundell.

The app on ITunes can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1kGFuvL

“We believe giving subtle movements to make the work dynamic and interactive at the same time will help augment the readers’ imagination. Piglion Studio is excited to see the success of this partnership and the fans should be too!” said Melch Valimento from Piglion Studio.

The Iron King is a young adult novel that was on the best-seller lists for the New York Times and USA Today while getting amazing reviews. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series, and follows the adventures of a girl named Meghan Chase. On her sixteenth birthday, Meghan discovers her little brother has been kidnapped by a faery race known as the “Fey” and even worse, replaced with an evil changeling and taken into the “Nevernever.” Meghan bravely ventures into the faery realm to rescue him, and that’s where an epic plot unfolds.

“The goal is to get people reading.  I was a reluctant reader growing up and comic books helped my reading skills.  Comic books are not only for pop culture fun, but also can be used as a tool.  We are always trying to think outside the box to get people reading, this motion comic book will be another incentive,” said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis.
“Motion comic books have come along way since our first one we did on Wrath of the Titans.  It is pretty amazing how the technology has advanced. I have watched the Iron King #1 over and over and still amazed at how polished it is,” added Davis.

More motion comic books are on the horizon at Bluewater with a partnership with Authorly.  In January, Female Force: Julia Child and Dorian Gray will be released as digital interactive comic books.

Bluewater has previously worked with best-selling novelists such as John Saul, SE Hinton, William F. Nolan and William Shatner to develop novel-based comic book series.

Interviews and PDF review copies are available upon request.

Bluewater Productions:  Bluewater is a full-service publishing and production company specializing in comic books, graphic novels and multimedia. Dedicated to pairing high-quality art with innovative storytelling, Bluewater creates a wide variety of intellectual properties that engage a growing readership and bridge the gap between comic books and the diverse multimedia marketplace. With more titles than ever, including smash hits such as the 10th Muse, VSS and The Legend of Isis; Bluewater has worked with many best selling novelists in developing comic book series. The company also has a line of biographical comics featuring The Beatles, Stephenie Meyer, JRR Tolkien, Justin Bieber, and etc.

About Julie Kagawa Julie Kagawa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series. Born in Sacramento, California, she moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things: how to body board, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks and that writing stories in math class is a fantastic way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets. She still laughs whenever she sees a centipede. For more information on Julie visit http://juliekagawa.com/ .

About Piglion Studio
Piglion Studio, based in Markham, Canada, is focused on creating Motion Panels+, an application that combines a standard comic book and animation with added interactivies. To exemplify this application, the team converted its flagship web comic, Coin & Flour, to Motion Panels+, which can be downloaded from app stores.

Media Contact:
Darren Davis, Publisher
Bluewater Productions
503-941-5851
ddavis@bluewaterprod.com
http://www.bluewaterprod.com
Twitter: @bluewaterprod

 

Congratulations to the 2013 Goodreads Winners!

Written By: laurie - Dec• 03•13

From Publisher’s Marketplace:

Goodreads.com announced the winners of their Goodread Choice Awards, based on close to 2 million online votes. Among the 20 winners:

Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

Mystery & Thriller: Inferno, Dan Brown

Historical Fiction: Life After Life, Kate Atkinson

Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

Science Fiction: MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood

Horror: Doctor Sleep, Stephen King

Memoir & Autobiography: I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

History & Biography: Jim Henson: The Biography, Brian Jay Jones

Nonfiction: The Autistic Brain, Temple Grandin

Humor: Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

YA Fiction: Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

YA Fantasy/Sci-fi: Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Middle Grade: House of Hades, Rick Riordan

Though Stephen King took the No. 1 spot for horror, his son Joe Hill was right behind him at No. 2 for NOS4A2. Rainbow Rowell took both first and second place in the YA competition, with Fangirl about 5,000 votes behind Eleanor & Park.

Welcome Emily Keyes to Foreword Literary

Written By: laurie - Nov• 05•13

We are so happy to announce a new agent has joined the team. Emily Keyes, formerly an agent at the L. Perkins Agency in New York. She also worked at Simon & Schuster in the contracts department for five years prior to that. Emily is based in Manhattan.

Emily will be representing middle grade and young adult children’s books, as well as fantasy, science fiction, women’s fiction, and new adult. For non-fiction, she’s looking for pop culture, humor, and “everything nerdy”.

Check out the press release here, and her interview with my co-founding partner Gordon Warnock here.

Welcome aboard, Emily!

Emily Keyes

JM Frey ‘HERO is a Four Letter Word’ Facebook Contest

Written By: laurie - Sep• 12•13

Hero is a Four Letter Word JM Frey

Enter this on Facebook by visiting J.M. Frey’s Facebook page. And as an extra bonus, check out her rocking a TARDIS dress!

Christmas eLight Opp for Romance Authors

Written By: laurie - Sep• 04•13

Call for Submissions: Quick and Dirty Christmas eLight anthology

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FFWD is opening for adult romance Christmas stories that are 3,000 to 6,000 words in length. The final day to submit is September 30 and final edits will be done by the end of October. All stories will be contracted for the use of this anthology and will be non-exclusive so that you can use them elsewhere.

We are specifically looking for stories that are contemporary with a hot heat level, or contemporary erotic romance, that are dealing with Christmas.

Send your story and your query to pam@forewordliterary.com!

We look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Book Birthday!

Written By: laurie - Aug• 06•13

Two of my fabulous clients have books debuting today!

Ransom Stephens has created a new sub-genre called scientific fiction, which I also describe as a science thriller, with his new novel THE SENSORY DECEPTION. It’s got everything: Somali pirates, eco-terrorists, scientists, virtual reality, videogames, and Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Oh, and did I mention whales? Read his blog post at Foreword Literary’s site.

The Sensory Deception

And Philippa Ballantine launches KINDRED AND WINGS, the second story in her Shifted World fantasy series. Look at this gorgeous cover! And the writing will knock your socks off. If you love fantasy, try book one, Hunter and Fox as well.

Kindred and Wings by Philippa Ballantine

July 12-14 Online Publishing Boot Camp!

Written By: laurie - Jul• 10•13

I am really proud of the webinar we put together on Digital Publishing and Marketing for Writers Digest. And they did a great job wrapping a program around it with personalized critiques and advice from the three founding partners of Foreword Literary: Pam, Gordon and me.

If you’re thinking about self-publishing, or you want to know how to best build your author brand and market your work in the digital age (because the publisher isn’t going to do much), this could be the weekend your writing career takes a huge step forward. It all happens on July 12-14, 2013. And since it’s 100% online, you can do this in your pajamas!

It’s called the Agent One-on-One: Publish and Promote Your Work in the Digital Era Boot Camp. That’s a mouthful, but it says it all. We give context and perspective on why publishing has changed more in the past five years than in the previous 200, give you the tools you need to succeed in digital publishing, then add the personalized touch specific to you as an individual author. The best of everything in one place.

Okay. Enough of the sales pitch. If you’re interested in what we have to say, and why we founded this visionary agency, check out all the details at Writers Digest here.

Fast Foreword eLights are LIVE!

Written By: laurie - May• 29•13

Foreword Literary today unleashed its first set of eLights: curated short stories that are as affordable as they are enjoyable!

Foreword Literary

Our new program, Fast Foreword, is part of Foreword Literary’s new way of representing authors by utilizing all of the tools available to make the most of our clients’ work. Sometimes this means e-publishing if a story is different than what they usually publish, shorter or longer than what is preferred by traditional print publishers, or adaptable to outside-the-book media and delivery methods.

Fast Foreword will be showcasing short, affordable pieces that highlight the excellent writing of not only our clients, but curated work from other literary agents as well.

Today we are launching six eLights, varying from political nonfiction to romance to historical supernatural. They can be read on all devices (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, iPad, computer, etc.). Stories by Mark London Williams, Linda Wisdom, Carol Wolf & Eric Elliott, Jeannette Battista, Lauren Smith and Howard Steven Friedman. Click here for the links to these six bust-out tales and the authors pioneering this exciting new approach.

Welcome to Fast Foreword. Pick up an eLight today and enjoy yourself. We’re also giving away a free Kobo touchscreen eReader loaded with our first six eLights (see below).

Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of Fast Foreword eLights we wanted to have a fun contest. To win a Google Android 8GB Kobo VOX 7″ Capacitive Touchscreen Tablet follow these instructions:
* Tweet about each book – 2pts per tweet.
* Review each book on Amazon, Smashwords, and B&N – 5pts per review per e-tailer.
* Blog review the titles or blog about the launch of eLights by Fast Foreword – 8pts per post.
* Buy each book and keep a copy of your receipts – 10pts per book.
* Add up all your points and email them to fastforeword@forewordliterary.com

The contest will run from today through June 16th midnight PST. Send ONE email with all of your points. US only. Must be 13 years of age or older to enter or have a parent’s approval.

Future stories and other goodies are already in the works!

Read to your Kids Even When You Travel!

Written By: laurie - May• 24•13

Ruckus Media Group, an independent family entertainment company, has received a grant from the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) to build Read Together While Apart ™ (RWTA) Technology, a collaboration infrastructure that will run on networked mobile and non-mobile devices and supports a parent and their child reading Ruckus’ eBooks together and playing interactive games in the eBook while the parent and the child are not in the same location.

This is wonderful. A real world use of technology that helps families. Read the rest of the great article here at Digital Book World. http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/ruckus-media-gets-grant-from-national-science-foundation-to-build-collaborative-reading-technology/