Mid-April 2022 News, Deals, Reveals, & More

The Rundown

  • Book Deals
  • Foreign Rights
  • Awards/Honors
  • Buzz – Starred Reviews
  • General Updates
  • Podcasts
  • April 2022 Joy

Book Deals

  • In a very nice deal, Candace Buford sold GOOD AS GOLD, coming summer 2023 from Disney-Hyperion.
  • Lily Meade sold her YA speculative thriller, THE SHADOW SISTER, coming summer 2023 from Sourcefire Books.
  • Keith F. Miller Jr sold the coming-of-age novel, PRITTY and its sequel, coming fall 2023 from HarperCollins. The book is the inspiration behind the short film which was successfully funded on Kickstarter.
  • Brianna Peppins sold her sophomore novel, AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER, coming Spring 2023 from Scholastic.
  • Melody Simpson and Nafiza Azad sold a nonfiction anthology of essays, WRITING IN COLOR: THE LESSONS WE’VE LEARNED with contributions from Kosoko Jackson, Julian Winters, and more, coming summer 2023 from Simon & Schuster.

Publisher Breakdown 2022 So Far

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Foreign Rights

  • ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé sold to Italy.
  • WHITEOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon sold to Finland.


  • The HUGO Award Nominations were announced and includes REDEMPTOR by Jordan Ifueko as a nominee for Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, Tracy Deonn for Astounding Award for Best New Writer
  • The IGNYTE Awards Nominations were announced and for Best Novel: Young Adult, the nominations include WHITE SMOKE by Tiffany D. Jackson, THIS POISON HEART by Kalynn Bayron, and REDEMPTOR by Jordan Ifueko.
  • LOVE RADIO by Ebony LaDelle is an Indie’s Next Pick.
  • The most recent Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selections includes LOVE TIMES INFINITY by Lane Clarke, A GIRL’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MAGIC by Debbie Rigaud, and more!

Buzz – Starred Reviews

General Updates

  • ACE OF SPADES by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé earned out in the UK. Congratulations, Faridah!
  • Elizabeth Acevedo was featured in Harpers Bazaar Arabia.
  • Actor, Omar Epps announced his YA novel, NUBIA: THE AWAKENING, co-written by Clarence A. Haynes.
  • OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS by Justin A. Reynolds is now a webtoon.
  • BLOOD LIKE MAGIC and BLOOD LIKE FATE by Liselle Sambury will release as a box set on September 13, 2022.
  • Angie Thomas paid off her Mississippi home and gave it to her mother. Congratulations, Angie!


  • It’s Personal Podcast

April 2022 Joy

Author, Ashley Woodfolk (NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU)

Happy reading!


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