Every two weeks, we’ll post the published book deals for newly discovered fiction writers – because new writers need & deserve publicity. We’ll tweet these posts, in case you miss them. Also, if your first book deal has escaped our attention or if we’ve missed/inaccurately represented any details here, please comment or email us

AUTHOR: Taylor Polites
TITLE: Untitled
AGENT/AGENCY: Trena Keating of Keating Literary
PUBLISHER: Touchstone Fireside (Trish Todd)
DEAL DETAILS: Pre-empt between $50K – $100K
About a young wife whose husband dies of a mysterious blood fever, leaving her to navigate a world irrevocably altered by war, political treachery, and racial conflict where everyone is hiding something from her and her desire for independence may cost her her life.

AUTHOR: Jamil Ahmad
TITLE: THE WANDERING FALCON
AGENT/AGENCY:
PUBLISHER: Penguin India (World English) (Meru Gokhale); Riverhead (NA) (Geoff Kloske); Hamish Hamilton (UK) (Simon Prosser)
DEAL DETAILS: For publication in 2011; read article
A collection of interlinked stories that provide insight into life in the forbidding tribal areas on the troubled border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

AUTHOR: Larry Closs
TITLE: BEATITUDE
AGENT/AGENCY: Michael Harriot of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
PUBLISHER: Rebel Satori Press (Sven Davisson)
DEAL DETAILS:
The story of two young men who meet in 1995 and find themselves irresistibly drawn together by a mutual fascination with the freethinking sensibility and freewheeling lives of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation.

AUTHOR: Erin Celello
TITLE: MIRACLE BEACH
AGENT/AGENCY: Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger
PUBLISHER: NAL (Ellen Edwards)
DEAL DETAILS: Two-book deal
A story about the power of family and forgiveness, and what happens when a woman and her in-laws discover a shocking secret about their dead husband and son.

AUTHOR: Neve Maslakovic
TITLE: REGARDING DUCKS AND UNIVERSES
AGENT/AGENCY: Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
PUBLISHER: Amazon Encore (Alex Carr)
DEAL DETAILS:
About a writer who learns he has an alter ego in a nearby universe, sets out to snoop around his life, and steps into the middle of a cosmic whodunit.

AUTHOR: Julie Sarkissian
TITLE: THIS IS HOW TO FIND ME
AGENT/AGENCY: Judy Heiblum of Sterling Lord Literistic
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster (Sarah Knight)
DEAL DETAILS:
A mentally disabled girl is sent to live on a farm where she discovers the dark secrets of her caretakers, befriends a pregnant teen whose baby is taken after its birth, and ultimately, with the help of a talking chicken, embarks on a brave, captivating journey to reunite mother and child.

AUTHOR: Holly Luhning
TITLE: QUIVER
AGENT/AGENCY: Samantha Haywood of Transatlantic Literary Agency
PUBLISHER: Pegasus (Claiborne Hancock)
DEAL DETAILS: For publication in Summer 2011
Reminiscent of The Historian, about the Hungarian Blood Countess and the Gothic cult in contemporary London, England reenacting her ritual killings.

AUTHOR: Shelly Li
TITLE: THE ROYAL HUNTER
AGENT/AGENCY: Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management
PUBLISHER: Philomel (Michael Green)
DEAL DETAILS: For publication in Fall 2011
About a boy warrior in training and his secret female friend who team up to slay the vicious beast whose blood keeps the kingdom’s ruler alive.

AUTHOR: Will Alexander
TITLE: THE MASKS OF ZOMBAY
AGENT/AGENCY: Beth Fleischer of Barry Goldblatt Literary
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Karen Wojtyla)
DEAL DETAILS: Two-book deal
An orphan must discover what happened to his brother in an urban world of witches and gear-works, goblins and soldiers, and a river about to flood.

AUTHOR: Gina Damico
TITLE: CROAK
AGENT/AGENCY: Tina Wexler of ICM
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Julie Tibbott)
DEAL DETAILS: Two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2012
The first in a new series in which a delinquent 16-year-old is sent to live with her uncle for the summer, only to learn that he’s a Grim Reaper who wants to teach her the family business.

AUTHOR: Ingrid Paulson
TITLE: VALKYRIE RISING
AGENT/AGENCY: Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary Management
PUBLISHER: Harper Children’s (Anne Hoppe)
DEAL DETAILS:
About a girl who learns she is a Valkyrie descended from Norse Gods, and when her older brother is kidnapped, she and his annoying but gorgeous best friend have to get to Valhalla and get past Odin and his undead army to save him – and the world.

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