NOT EXACTLY A SMALL-TOWN ROMANCE
Adult: RomanceJJ Knight's NOT EXACTLY A SMALL-TOWN ROMANCE, a romantic comedy where a Hollywood casting assistant uses movies as the blueprint to find a small-town, flannel-wearing husband, while trying not to fall for her big-city co-worker, to Maria Gomez at Montlake, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world).
THE GREATEST LIE OF ALL
USA Today bestselling author Jillian Cantor's THE GREATEST LIE OF ALL, the story of an actress who is offered the role of a lifetime, the opportunity to play the world's biggest romance writer in a movie based on the great love she had and tragically lost, a love that inspired her bestselling novels, but what she discovers is a secret that could ruin them both, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary to Erika Imranyi at Park Row Books (NA).
I'M GOING THROUGH SOMETHING
Young Adult: Graphic Novel
Intersex activist Hans Lindahl's I'M GOING THROUGH SOMETHING, following a 16-year-old artist navigating an adolescence in which puberty never happens, illustrated by cartoonist Chan Chau, to David Levithan at Scholastic, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2027, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary for the author, and by Molly O'Neill at Root Literary for the illustrator (world).*****
LEMON AT FIRST SIGHT
Young Adult FictionAuthor of AND THEY LIVED... Steven Salvatore's LEMON AT FIRST SIGHT, a romance pitched as loosely inspired by My Best Friend's Wedding with a gay twist, about a budding TikTok food blogger who schemes to win back the love of his life at a family wedding in an Italian lemon grove on the Amalfi Coast, to Camille Kellogg at Bloomsbury Children's, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world English).
THE MANOR OF DREAMS
Author of middle grade novels and a forthcoming YA novel Christina M. Li's adult debut THE MANOR OF DREAMS, pitched as MEXICAN GOTHIC meets EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, in which rival Chinese American families gather after the mysterious death of a trailblazing Chinese Hollywood matriarch to fight over her lavish California garden estate, only to discover that the house has a secret past of its own and may be haunted by more than just their memories, to Margo Shickmanter at Avid Reader Press, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).*****
Fiction: DebutMaggie Auffarth's THE ROT, exploring female rage and toxic friendships, in which a woman investigating the mysterious death of her best friend - a troubled artist whom the police believe was the arsonist behind a vicious string of fires lighting up their small Georgia town - must confront the darkest corners of of the person she thought she knew best, and face the ugly truth - that the fire kept closest burns most of all, to Holly Ingrahamat Crooked Lane, for publication in spring 2024, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world).
MIND THE GAP
Children's: Young Adult Fiction
Brenda Janowitz's debut YA novel MIND THE GAP, a coming-of-age novel about a Jewish American teen on a European gap year adventure, pitched as 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE meets LOVE AND GELATO, to Brittany Rubianofor Melissa De La Cruz Studio, for publication in fall 2025, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (world).
WILD IN THE SUN
Riss M. Neilson's WILD IN THE SUN, pitched for readers of Carley Fortune and Kennedy Ryan, about lifelong best friends—one who has grabbed hold of his dream and the other who is chasing hers—who spend a fateful summer discovering what might happen if they were to be something more; about shared history, those who make us our bravest selves, and love in its many forms, to Amanda Bergeron at Berkley, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2024, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).*****
THE BEST DAY
Children's: Picture Book Fiction
Disability activist Adiba Nelson's THE BEST DAY, about a girl's excitement getting to celebrate her and her friends at a Disability Pride Parade with her family and how the neighborhood's accessibility makes it safe and healthy for all, illustrated by DeAnn Wiley, to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends, in an exclusive submission, for publication in winter 2026, by Jess Regel at Helm for the author, and by James McGowan at BookEnds Literary for the illustrator (world).
THE GRACE KELLY DRESS
Brenda Janowitz's THE GRACE KELLY DRESS, the story of an heirloom wedding gown and the hopes, dreams, and secrets of the three generations of women who were married in it, to Hallmark Channel, by Rich Green at The Gotham Group on behalf of Jessica Regel at Helm Literary.
LEGEND OF THE WHITE SNAKE
Children's: Young Adult
Sher Lee's LEGEND OF THE WHITE SNAKE, pitched as a gender-flipped reimagining of one of China's four famous folktales, in which a teen boy must hide his true identity as a white snake spirit when he falls in love with a prince hunting for a white snake for the antidote to cure his dying mother, pitched with the xianxia vibes of A MAGIC STEEPED IN POISON and the queer romance of DARK RISE, to Alexandra Cooper at Quill Tree, in a significant deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2024, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
Rights also to Emma Jones and Charlie Castelletti at Macmillan UK Children's (UK), at auction, in a two-book deal; to Urano (Spain), in a pre-empt; and to Eksmo (Russia), in a pre-empt, by Jenny Meyer at Jenny Meyer Literary Agency, on behalf of Jessica Regel at Helm Literary.
YADIRA AND HER BRAIDS
Children's: Picture Book
Adiba Nelson's debut YADIRA AND HER BRAIDS, celebrating Afro-Latin culture and self-love; as a girl gets her hair braided with cowrie shells, her mother tells her the story of Oshun, the Goddess of love and beauty, filling her with wonder and pride, and giving her the courage to face the first day of school, illustrated by Alleanna Harris, to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends, for publication in winter 2025, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary for the author and Alexandra Gehringer at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).
Children's: Picture Book
Kelly Delaney at Crown has bought, in an exclusive submission, This Land, a primer about Native lands that inspires curiosity in readers about who was here before them, written by Ashley Fairbanks and illustrated by Bridget George, both Anishinaabe. Publication is planned for summer 2024; Jess Regel at Helm Literary Agency represented the author and packager, Race2Dinner, and Nicole Geiger at Full Circle Literary represented the illustrator.
Author of ON ROTATION Shirlene Obuobi's EXPOSURE, about a 30-year-old doctor-influencer, who has it all online, but offline she's burned out professionally, struggling to manage her depression, and has just discovered her best friend is dating her nemesis. Then she falls in love. But will she be able to reveal her true authentic self to this man? This novel explores love and the disconnect between how people want to be perceived and how they feel inside, to Lucia Macro at Avon, in a good deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2024, by Jessica Regel at Helm Literary (NA).
Pinna’s popular podcast series Quentin & Alfie’s ABC Adventures will be adapted into a series of books for young readers from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan. The series of hardcover titles will launch in early 2023, with books to follow in multiple formats.
Children’s: Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Children’s: Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Christopher Duffy at Union Square Kids has acquired debut MG graphic novel Ghost Circus by Adrienne Kress, illustrated by Jade Zhang, the story of a 12-year-old boy, a creepy ghost girl, an adorable polterghost, and a group of spirited circus performers, as they spend one freaky night trying to evade the Headless Horseman and solve the mystery of the Ghost Circus. Publication is planned for 2025; Jessica Regel at Helm Literary represented the author, and Erin Casey Westin at Gallt and Zacker represented the illustrator.
AN ACCOUNT OF HER OWN
Journalist Grace Williams’s AN ACCOUNT OF HER OWN, about a group of women who fought back against sexist financial institutions and came together in 1978, just years after women earned the right to hold a line of credit without the signature of a man, to establish and operate the Women's Bank of Denver, to Laura Van der Veer at Little A.