Agent Savant

The musings of literary agent Laurie McLean

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).


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

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.

Stephen King to publish in Print Only!

Written By: laurie - May• 20•13

I predicted years ago that huge bestselling authors, and Stephen King was always my example, only stayed with traditional publishing out of immense loyalty and affection because they certainly had the brand power to self-publish with a crackerjack team of their own instead of using the publisher’s editors, artists, and sales force.

But, in a retro move, King has announced that his next novel, Joyland, will be available in print only! That’s right. I never saw that coming. Independent publisher, Hard Case Crime, the company that published King’s The Colorado Kid in 2005 (the basis for the SyFy channel television series “Haven”), will publish Joyland on June 4th in print only.

Now, King kept the digital rights and so there is a chance that he might release an ebook on his own down the road. But he said, as of now, he has no plans to do that. Instead he wants people to “stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.” (according to the Wall Street Journal)

Well played, Mr. King. I know what I’ll be reading on my summer vacation!

Joyland by Stephen King

Foreword Lit Seeks Subrights Agent

Written By: laurie - May• 16•13

We’re growing by leaps and bounds, and we’re looking to add an enthusiastic, experienced subsidiary rights agent to our team at Foreword Literary. Foreign subrights experience would be especially helpful. If you know of a literary agent who specializes in subrights and wants to work for our amazing clients, tell them to email me at

Oh, and since we’re a virtual agency, this person can work from ANYWHERE!

Tricia Skinner Gets 2-Book Entangled Deal

Written By: laurie - May• 07•13

Her announcement for her Angel Kin/Angel Sire book deal is so much fun, I can’t compete. Go here to laugh your eyes out:

Characters Celebrate!

Written By: laurie - May• 07•13

Iron King Manga is a GO!

You had me at Logan’s Run!

Written By: laurie - May• 03•13

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:


William F. Nolan, the creator of the iconic “Logan’s Run” series, wants to chat with you.

All you have to do is donate $100 to our “Iron King” Indiegogo campaign and we’ll set up a one-on-one conversation with one of the great living Masters of sci-fi via phone or Skype. Have you ever wondered where he got the idea for “Logan’s Run”? What he thinks about the sci-fi genre today? What is going on on the film rights, what he thought of the original film, What’s his favorite food? Or maybe you’d like his opinion on your own Great American Novel idea…all you need to do is pledge to the campaign here:

HOWEVER…this offer is only good for 48 hours…it’s over on Saturday at 12pm EST. And there are only five 30 minute opportunities available! This is a once in a lifetime chance that any fan of science fiction must jump at. After you pledge your $100, email me and I will personally set up the call!

Anyone that donates at least $1.00 will get a free e-book of “LOGAN’s RUN: SOLO” the one shot comic book that came out last week.  You need to email me when you do.

Here is a cover of “Logan’s Run :Rebirth” #1– the new mini series – that’s starts later this spring.  


Email me at with questions.

Thanks for your support.

Darren G. Davis
Bluewater Productions
Twitter: @bluewaterprod

Lit Agent Not-To-Do Advice

Written By: laurie - Apr• 26•13

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.

Iron King Manga Gets Animated!

Written By: laurie - Apr• 23•13


Iron King artwork

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 animated comic book version in conjunction with the print release.

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 “The Eternity Cure” hits book stores on April 30th. To view a sample of the motion comic book cover: <> The 4-issue “the Iron King” comic book series features the art of Lidia Chan, written by Julie Kagawa and Sara Gundell.

“The moment the Piglion Studio team chanced upon Bluewater Production’s Iron King campaign at Indiegogo, we knew wanted to work with them to make the title come to life as a Motion Panels+ application. We believe giving subtle movements to make it 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!” Melch Valimento from Piglion Studio.

Bluewater is using Indiegogo to crowd source $10,000 to attract the top talent necessary to produce four such a high-quality comic and graphic novel series. Fans can support this project at levels ranging from $1 to $1,000. Prizes range from comics, to mini clay “Chibi” sculptures handmade by Kagawa, to custom characterizations as comic cameos, and more. To see all the fabulously creative prizes go to: <> Those who join the campaign for at least $1.00 will get a FREE digital download of issue #1 of the animated comic book. The campaign ends on May 4th.

Bluewater has previously worked with bestselling novelists such as John Saul, SE Hinton, William F. Nolan and William Shatner to develop novel-based comic book series. Interviews are available upon request. Please feel free to use the cover image for your publication.

Bluewater Productions 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.

Julie Kagawa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series. For more information on Julie visit <> .

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.

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Media Contact: Darren Davis, Publisher Bluewater Productions 360-828-5404 Twitter: @bluewaterprod

Gordon Sells Graphic Novel Memoir

Written By: laurie - Apr• 19•13

Congratulations to Foreword partner, Gordon Warnock, who just sold an amazing graphic novel memoir, TURNING JAPANESE, by his client MariNaomi. It will become much more than a book. The first of many to come, my friend!

Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace listing:

Author of Kiss & Tell, MariNaomi’s memoir TURNING JAPANESE, tracing her evolving understanding of her half-Japanese heritage, seeking the language for the first time through employment at an illegal Japanese hostess bar, to Raighne Hogan and Justin Skarhus at 2D Cloud for print, enhanced e-book, and web serial, by Gordon Warnock at Foreword Literary (NA).