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5 Big Reasons Literary Agents are Important Beyond the Book Deal

If you’re working on a book and aiming at the traditional publication route, acquiring a literary agent feels like the key to make all your dreams come true. An agent can submit the Big 5 Publishers, after all, and from there your book can be made available anywhere and everywhere around the world.

The thing is, real life isn’t like a book. After you sign the book deal and work to make your novel all shiny, your life is not emblazoned with a bold THE END. (At least, I sure hope not!) Life goes on. As you write more books and develop more of a relationship with your publisher–or publishers–it means a lot to have a staunch advocate working to better your career. Here’s what an agent might do beyond reading the fine print on your contract.

Clockwork Dagger– Know the trends.
The publishing world is small. As readers and authors, we hear some news about deals and see the new releases, but agents follow the pulse of the industry and know about the books that will be out in a year, two, three years. That’s why an agent might love a manuscript that lands in their slush pile, but they might not pick it up–there might be a glut of similar books that are already signed and in the publication process.

– Edit.
Not all agents edit. Not all authors want an agent who edits. My agent edits and I love her for it, even though her feedback is brutal at times. Not only is she great at critiquing, but–to return to the first point–she knows the industry and what makes a book strong or weak in this particular market. That’s insight beyond what I can get from my fellow authors.

– Act as mediator.
When you establish a relationship with a publisher, agents become this wonderful buffer between author and editor. They get to nag on your behalf. They get to email/phone and pester about late manuscript edits or financial statements or book cover progress. That doesn’t mean agents handle ALL interactions with your editor. A lot of day-to-day interactions are directly between editor and author, but agents are there to call on when things get awkward.

– Career guidance.
Some agents work with authors on a book by book basis. Others make a pact for the full career of the author, and that’s the kind of relationship I have. Here’s the thing: the book industry is weird. Your book might not sell. Editors come and go. Imprints fail. Publishers are bought-out. A supportive agent looks beyond the book you’re working on now, and on to the next series, or a new series. Again, they see the trends. They see what is selling–or not. I rely on my agent’s business savvy to guide me along.

– Cheerleader/superhero.
Writing is my happiness, my joy. Sometimes, it is also a particular kind of hell. My agent is there to talk me off the ledge. She’s not just a cheerleader, she’s a superhero, cape and all. Agents are there for the good times (book deal, whoo hoo!) and also the bad times: when rough drafts stay particularly rough, when deadlines are zooming by, when the publisher is supporting about as well as a ten-year-old bra.

So sure, an agent will help you get a book deal and make sure the contract is fair, but they do so much more. They are there to help you along, book after book, and during those lulls in between books, too. A supportive agent is there to do whatever they possibly can to ensure that your writing career consists of more “TO BE CONTINUEDS” than “THE ENDS.”


Breath of EarthBeth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.

She’s the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 Locus Award finalist for First Novel) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN (an RT Reviewers’ Choice Finalist) from Harper Voyager. Her novella WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE was a 2016 Nebula nominee. BREATH OF EARTH begins a new steampunk series set in an alternate history 1906 San Francisco.

Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.

When a Series Dies an Early Death

One of the thing that traditionally published authors know is that your relationship with your publisher isn’t permanent.

Most of the time, our contracts with them are for a limited number of books. They purchase two books, see how those go, and then maybe purchase a few more.

Sometimes they don’t.

With my first contract, I made sure that Book #2 (the last book of that contract) could be read as a completion to the series…just in case the publisher didn’t offer to purchase my next book. Fortunately, they did, so I got to end The Golden City series the way I wanted. Yay!

I wrote books 3 and 4 for my second contract. Book 4 was the beginning of a new series, but since I didn’t have a new contract, I made sure it could stand alone. Yes, there are a lot of things that remain unanswered in that book (Dreaming Death) but overall, the story doesn’t end on a cliffhanger or anything like that.

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But by the time I was coming up for my next contract, the merger between Penguin and Random House was motivating my publisher (which was an imprint of PRH) to clean house. They didn’t renew a lot of their writers…and I was one of those swept away.

So what happens to my story now?

Most writers live with the knowledge that this can happen. We’ve seen it happen to our friends.

Fortunately, nowadays there are a lot of ways that the series can go on now.  The author can self-publish the story, whether by funding it themselves, or going with crowd-funding. There are also a few smaller publishers who are willing to pick up a half-finished series. (There are a lot off drawbacks to that for that publisher, though, the main reason that it’s not common.)

The writer, however, usually needs to move on to a different series to stay afloat.

This can be frustrating and disappointing to readers (AND the writer.) But it happens. Far more often these days than anyone likes.
So what can the reader do when their favorite series is cancelled?

  1. Watch the writer’s webpage or blogs to see what they have planned for the next books in the series.
  2. If the writer’s going to finish out the series by crowdfunding, either donate…or just spread the word. (Others may not have seen the news.)
  3. If the writer does publish the remaining books in the series, purchase them. (Yes, we’re always asking you to buy our books. It’s how we survive.)
  4. If the writer DOESN’T publish the remaining books in the series, buy what they’ve got coming out next.

Some writers aren’t prepared to self-publish things. Either they don’t have the time (it IS time-consuming), the funding (we do have to eat), or the desire to put out that series ending on their own.

Please don’t let that scare you off of buying their next series. I guarantee, that author is working as hard and fast as they can to get new stories out there.

The publishing industry is changing so fast these days that writers are constantly under pressure to decide what’s the best next step to them. Whatever that step turns out to be, they can’t get buy without the support of their readers!

So stick with them!

 

Which favorite series of yours died an early death?

 

 

 

Pacing the Novel, Part III: Plotting for Pace

Movement (the rate at which the plot unfolds for the reader) is one of the two key aspects I introduced in part one of this series.  In this article, we’ll look a little deeper at how to get the plot in motion and maintain a fast pace.

the rollercoaster, an oft-applied metaphor for the fast-paced novel

the rollercoaster, an oft-applied metaphor for the fast-paced novel

One of the keys to pacing is the plot turn, a moment when the plot changes direction.  Plot turns come in many varieties:  action, discovery, revelation, dialog, reversal.  The most exciting books use all of these types of plot turns to keep the pace high.  So one turn might involve a physical fight that the protagonist loses, then they might find a clue in an ancient manuscript, then have a conversation with someone that heightens the tension between characters and shows that the character lied in an earlier dialog. . .and so on.

The greater the variety of turns you use, the more interesting the plot tends to be.  Books that rely too heavily on one type of turn tend to get predictable.  Oh–this is the part where the detective asks more questions and gets more answers.  Or worse:  this is the part where the character suddenly puts together two pieces of information for a surprising revelation!  Again.  And again.

Take note:  it isn’t a plot turn if the new element *does not* change the trajectory of the plot.  So if the character gets new information, but continues to do and believe exactly the same thing, it’s not a turn.  If the character loses that fight, and it does not change their relationships, force a change in tactics, or escalate the conflict, it’s not a turn.  If you read a book where many things seem to happen, but none of them seem to be important, it may be because the events are not changing the plot or the characters.

The interval between plot turns determines the pace of movement in the book.  Some authors are very deliberate about how they manage plot turns in relation to page count to create a page turner–one suspense author recommends a turn every three pages, for instance. If you have too many turns in a quick succession, it can create a whiplash effect where the character, and thus the reader, can’t absorb the information.   This can be a very useful tool for analyzing plot and pacing. Take a look at your scene or chapter breakdown:  where can you identify plot turns?  How far apart are they, and is that rate of movement appropriate for the story you want to tell?

The other big reason that stuff happening doesn’t add up to a great read or a fast pace is that plot is more than just a series of events—the events must be connected.  They must form part of a pattern the reader is invested in and interested in uncovering.  The most infamous example of this is the difference between:

“The king died and then the queen died.”  Things happened.  They are big, important things–and nobody cares.

“The king died and then the queen died for love.”  The same things happen, but now there is a connection between them, a very human connection that raises the reader’s investment.

If the reader can’t see the connections between the events, the pace of your story will feel slow or jerky.  The first, most important question the writer needs to address about any story is “So What?”  The king died, so what?  Why should the reader care about that event? Revealing or suggesting connections between events (often relating to motivations for characters) takes a bunch of events and transforms them into a compelling narrative.

Here are a few specific things you can do to help increase the movement of your narrative:

During your synopsis, pay attention to the verbs—the strength of verbs often shows the rate of movement.  If your verbs are all state-of-being verbs (is, seems, looks) that’s a red flag that the plot isn’t moving–and more to the point, that your characters aren’t moving it–creating the links between events that will drive the story forward.

Another way to increase movement is to create a sense of urgency:  a ticking clock that establishes a timeline; a crucible, a forced relationship like a cruise ship, a pair of handcuffs, or a tense marriage that keeps the characters close and creating friction; increase tension on all levels—whenever possible raise the stakes instead of lowering them.  You can raise the stakes by involving more people (increasing the scale of the conflict) or by making the conflict more personal.

Finally, make sure the timeline for both protagonists and antagonists keep moving.  The antagonist is not just waiting around for your character to go to school to make their next move, but is, in fact, working toward their own goals with equal (or greater–remember, we want to escalate the conflict) determination.

In the final installment of this series, we’ll turn toward the other pillar of pace:  Intensity.  Because even the fastest, best roller coasters have that concentrated moment at the top of the hill where the reader hangs, breathless, before the next plunge.

A Few of my Favorite Things: 5 Ways for Writers to Spend Those Gift Cards

’tis the season for spending all of those holiday gift cards you’ve received from well-meaning folks who just didn’t know quite what to give their favorite writing-relative.  If you’re in a quandary about how to apply $25 to best support your writing career, here are some ideas.  And yes, I have made the guess that most of those gift cards are from book sellers. . .

A few of my favorite titles for writers.

A few of my favorite titles for writers.

Pick up a Best-seller

There’s probably a book in your genre that everyone’s been talking about, and which sounds like the kind of thing that would appeal to your readership–or vice versa–but which you’ve been avoiding, or haven’t made the time to read.  Reading the current hits in your genre, with an analytical eye, can help you to think about why that work appeals to readers, what that author is doing right, and what you can learn from their success.  Audio books are great for analyzing overall plot, pacing and development, while print books can help you examine style and look at how the writer builds scene and character on a word and sentence level.

Grab Some Cool Non-fiction

Find a title that sounds really interesting, that hits your sweet-spot.  Maybe this is a book you’ve been avoiding because it seems indulgent–right now, you are focusing on a novel about space-faring squid, and this book about rainforest insects is just a distraction.  But the rainforest bugs might be what you need to know about next, or give you some ah-ha moment that inspires your squid.  The most promising ideas often come from the conjunction of unexpected things.  Reward yourself with something fun and exciting to learn, and you will likely reap the benefit in new ideas.

Study up on a Craft Area

Okay, I am a writing how-to junkie, I admit it.  Reading how-to books helps me to keep in mind the stuff I already know about my craft, and remember to apply it to whatever I am writing.  For the intersection of character and plot, check out Goal, Motivation and Conflict (GMC) by Debra Dixon.  For plot and structure, look at Save The Cat, by Blake Snyder.  For  some exercises at a more advanced level from most writing books, try Between the Lines:  master the subtle elements of fiction writing, by Jessica Page Morrell.   And lastly, if you want to have fun with it, try How Not to Write a Novel, by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman, which features “excerpts” from some truly terrible work–sure to make you feel better about your own!

Or Delve into the Business

When I was a different kind of entrepreneur, one of my business coaches made the distinction between working *in* your business (ie, in this case, actually writing a book or story) and working *on* your business:  developing the skills that will make you successful beyond simply producing the product.  Invest your holiday stash on learning more about how to manage the business of being a writer, whether that is maintaining your own website, indie publishing, or marketing your books.   This type of book becomes obsolete pretty quickly, so I’m not going to give you titles, but I suggest starting with the work of some great writing business bloggers, like Kristine Katherine Rusch, or Chuck Wendig.  If you want to amp up your productivity as a writer, then go for Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K for some great tips on how to make the most of your writing time.

And if That All Sounds like Work

Try a memoir of the writing life.  Many, many authors have written them, in any genre imaginable.  Sometimes, it helps to know that other writers, even those we now revere, have struggled, too.  Steven King’s On Writing is perhaps the most famous contemporary genre example, but Jane Yolen, Terry Brooks, and Elizabeth George have all written books about the writing life which contain some fun, and some insight.

And above all else, have a creative and productive New Year!

 

6 Ways to Stay Motivated to Write

Whew–that was a great NANOWRIMO, wasn’t it?  And now you’re all done writing for a while–time to relax and get caught up on Game of Thrones. . .well, not if you plan to make writing more than a once-a-year binge.  As with diet and exercise, and pretty much all things you want to stick with and get better at, regular practice with writing will make you a better writer. It will give you more material to offer to a wider variety of readers (whether through traditional publishing, indie publishing, or your personal site).  I’ve found that, the more I stay in the zone, the more I want to be there, and the faster I can get back when I have to leave to say. . . go to the day job, feed the pets, or make another PB&J for my next session.

  1.  The easiest thing to do is to maintain a habit. If you’ve been doing NANO, even if you didn’t complete the full 50K, you have established a habit of writing on a regular basis.  Keep doing it!!
  2.  Pick a chunk of time that works for you.  If you’re not already in the habit, find a space to make it easy.  perhaps this is first thing in the morning, when you are fresh.  Get up early and give yourself that half hour to write.  Commit to it!
  3.  Or. . .pick a word count you know you can meet.  250 words a day. That’s only a page–you can do that, easy!  And if you do it every day, you’ll have a book by the end of the year.  But some days, you’ll write more.  Don’t let yourself slack off.
  4.   Find a partner and agree to keep each other focused. Report in on a regular basis via whatever means works best for you. Also check out the #1K1H challenges on Twitter, where writers around the world look for some online buddies to write a thousand words in an hour.  #1K1H at the top of the hour–go!
  5.  Focus on the fun parts.  Sometimes you get to a part of the book that frustrates or disappoints you. Instead of letting that be an excuse to go play video games, think about the next part that will excite you.  Let that cool scene or thrilling twist be the carrot you’re working toward as you write through the tough sections.
  6.  Stuff happens.  You get sick, you lose power, you miss a few days of writing for one reason or another.  Don’t let a day or two, or even a week or a month signal the end of your commitment.  Even if you feel bad about the time you were *not* writing, the only way to get back to it is to sit down with the empty page.  Avoidance doesn’t make it any better.  Take a deep breath and get moving.  Half an hour.  250 words.  You can do this. You know you want to.

Would I Lie To You, Baby?

Novelists are liars.

Many fiction writers like to say we “lie for a living,” because we tell stories that didn’t really happen.  We spin yarns from whole cloth, incorporating as many details of time and place as possible–sometimes even footnotes–to convince you that what you’re reading is true.  We connect our stories to things you know to be true–historical events, scientific discoveries–to make it difficult for you to tease out fact from fiction.

Not only that, but we deliberately deceive you.  We try to make you think the wrong person is the killer, or the wrong people are falling in love, or the rescue isn’t going to make it in time.  We lead you down one path, then twist everything you thought you knew so it turns out differently than you expected.

And you love it.

The question is, why?  Why do we enjoy stories about people that never existed in situations that never happened?  Why do we relish the whiplash of a convincing red herring?  The shock of an unexpected twist?

The answer, of course, is that the lies we tell are true.  If fiction is told well, it conveys deeper truths: truths about what people are really like, how they’re different and how they’re the same, what makes them good or bad or brave or afraid or loving or cruel.  Not only that, but it puts us behind the eyes of people we will never be: those of a different gender, a different race, a different nationality, class, age, education, religion, profession, or financial situation.  The lies of fiction tell us the truth about the people around us: that despite our differences, you and I have a lot in common.

An unfortunate tribalism seems hardwired into the very core of humanity.  We separate “us” from “them” as easy as breathing.  My sports team’s fouls are aggressive play, while yours are intentional attempts to injure our players.  My company bids fair prices, while yours intentionally underbids and hikes rates later.  Your religion is ridiculous, your sexual preferences disgusting, your race has always hated us.

More than anything else, fiction gives us the opportunity to experience life as others experience it.  If I read a story about a character unlike myself, then for a few hours I become that character.  I see what she sees, feel what she feels.  I know what’s it’s like to have that background, that pain, that longing, that relationship.  This is where lies become true: when by reading, I understand more about what it’s like to be you than I did before.

The lies of fiction entertain, but they also accomplish something deeper.  They train us to empathize with those around us and see the truth that each of us has a story to tell.

David Walton is the author of several books of lies, including the quantum physics murder mysteries Superposition and Supersymmetry.  You can read more about his work at http://www.davidwaltonfiction.com.

 

 

Novelocity’s Own Beth Cato & Ken Liu are Locus Award 2015 Finalists!

Congratulations to Beth Cato and Ken Liu for being named 2015 Locus Award finalists!

Beth’s novel The Clockwork Dagger was listed as a finalist for Best First Novel.

Ken’s translation of The Three Body Problem was listed as a finalist for Best Science Fiction Novel; his novella, “The Regular,” (Upgraded) was listed as a finalist for Best Novella.

Book Debut: The Seat of Magic

J. Kathleen Cheney’s second novel The Seat of Magic is out today. seatofmagic
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s.

From Publisher’s Weekly:

The mesmerizing sequel to The Golden City shows the deepening relationship between two non-humans living clandestinely in an alternate early-1900s Portugal. Though mer-folk such as beautiful sereia Oriana Paredes and half-selkie Duilio Ferreira are officially banned from the mainland, they choose to live there and use their superhuman abilities to protect their friends. The two are brought together by their mutual attraction and the discovery that someone is butchering sea-folk to steal their supernatural powers, part of a plot to gain control of the throne.

 

 

The Seat of Magic:

Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill….

It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.

Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.

To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic….

Initial Acceleration: Upcoming Books for April

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The Novelociraptors always keep an eye out for new publications, and here we offer a sampling of books launching this month.

 

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Silver Mirrors  by AA Aguirre

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn

The Furies: A Thriller by Mark Alpert

Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends by Kelley Armstrong 

Heaven’s Queen  by Rachel Bach

Steles of the Sky  by Elizabeth Bear

Shipstar by Gregory Benford

Covenant: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis

Transhuman by Ben Bova

The Here and Now by Anne Brasheres

The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den by Meljean Brook

Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard

Pack of Strays by Dana Cameron

The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes by Soman Chainani

Dark Serpent: Celestial Battle: Book One by Kylie Chan

Peacemaker: Foreigner #15 by CJ Cherryh

Fluff Dragon by Platte F. Clark

Saucer: Savage Planet by Stephen Coonts 

The Churn: An Expanse Novella  by James S.A. Corey

I Am the New God by Nicole Cushing

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Warrior’s Curse  by Alex Egan

Foretold by Rinda Elliott

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Shards of Time: The Nightrunner Series, Book 7 by Lynn Flewelling

Deception’s Princess  by Esther Friesner

Severed by Gary Fry

When We Fall by Peter Giglio

The Revolutions by Felix Gilman

Light: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

Starfall  by Michael Griffo

Irenicon: Book 1 of the Wave Trilogy by Aidan Harte

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Marked: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex Hughes

Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One by Danielle L Jensen

The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

Revelations by Paul Antony Jones

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth by EE Knight

Valour and Vanity by Marie Robinette Kowal

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Shadow Grail #4: Victories by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Jonah Hex: Shadows West by Joe Lansdale

Twisted Miracles  by AJ Larriau

Toxic Heart: A Mystic City Novel by Theo Lawrence

Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon

Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

Joe Ledger: Special Ops by Jonathan Maberry

Reign of Ash  by Gail Z Martin

Ancient Enemy by Michael McBride

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune

Silver Skin by DL McDermott

Stone Cold: A Broken Magic Novel by Devon Monk

Golem in My Glovebox  by RL Naquin

Life’s Lottery by Kim Newman

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Grunt Life: A Task Force Ombra Novel by Weston Ochse

Ghost Seer  by Robin D. Owens

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

They Shall Begin Again: A Novel by Giacomo Papi

Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley

Morningside Fall by Jay Posey

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez

Thornlost by Melanie Rawn

Horizon (Above World) by Jenn Reese

XOM-B by Jeremy Robinson

The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni

Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon

Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold

Zom-B: Mission by Darren Shan

Operation Shield: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel by Joel Shepherd

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

The Keys to the Realms by Roberta Trahan

Attack the Geek: A Ree Reyes Side-Quest by Michael R. Underwood

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

In the Shadows by Kiersten White

The Blood of Alexander by Tom Wilde

*This is not, of course, a complete list. We simply can’t catch every launch!

Initial Acceleration: Upcoming Books for February

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The Novelociraptors always keep an eye out for new publications, and here we offer a sampling of books launching this February.

Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel by Ben Aaronovich

The Unremembered Empire (The Horus Heresy) by Dan Abnett

Hammer of Angels: A Novel of Shadowstorm by GT Almasi

Circle of Death: A Damask Circle Book: 2 by Keri Arthur

Night’s Promise (Children of the Night) by Amanda Ashley

Honor’s Knight (Paradox) by Rachel Bach |

Burn (The Pure Trilogy) by Julianna Baggott

Rise of the Arcane Fire (The Secret Order) by Kristin Bailey

The Heartlight Saga by TA Barron (Feb. 6th)

White Space: Book One of The Dark Passages by Ilsa J. Bick

Halo: Silentium (The Forerunner Saga) by Greg Bear

Lych Way (The Undertaken Trilogy) by Ari Berk

Third Strike (The Slayer Chronicles) by Heather Brewer

Unforgotten (The Unremembered Trilogy) by Jessica Brody

Fates by Lanie Bross

The Hit by Melvin Burgess

The Reaver: The Sundering, Book 4 by Richard Lee Byers

Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Juliet by Rachel Caine

Tremor (Pulse) by Patrick Carman

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword Book #3) by Patrick W. Carr

The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard (Selection – Trilogy) by Kiera Cass

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Scintillate (Entangled Teen) by Tracy Clark

Conquest: Book 1, The Chronicles of the Invaders by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

Tempered: Book Four of The St. Croix Chronicles by Karina Cooper

The Worlds We Make (The Fallen World trilogy) by Megan Crewe

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Unconditional (Cascadia Wolves) by Lauren Dane

Fallout by James K. Decker

Banished (Blackheart Legacy 1) by Lis de Jager

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles de Lint

The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’Lacey

Scarlet Devices (Steam and Seduction) by Delphine Dryden

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan

The Waking Engine by David Edison

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy) by Jennifer Estep

The Problem with Promises: A Mystwalker Novel by Leigh Evans

Pillar to the Sky by William R. Forstchen

Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle

Hunter by Jacquelyn Frank

Burn Bright (Dark Star) by Bethany Frenette

Dreamwalker by CS Friedman

Metro 2034 by Dmitri Glukhovsky

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

Only the Good Die Young: Jensen Murphy, Ghost For Hire by Chris Marie Green

Fools’ Gold (Order of Darkness) by Philippa Gregory

Lady Thief: A Scarlet Novel by AC Gaughen

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

Falling Light (A Game of Shadows Novel) by Thea Harrison

A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun

Reflected (Silver Series) by Rhiannon Held

The Ultimate Choice by Lisa C. Hinsley

A Burnable Book: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger

Dog-Gone by Elliott James

The Memory of Death: Death Works 4 by Trent Jamieson

Blades of the Old Empire: Book I of the Majat Code by Anna Kashina

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Carousel Sun (Carousel Tides Series) by Sharon Lee

Moth and Spark: A Novel by Anne Leonard

Labyrinth of Stars (A Hunter Kiss Novel) by Marjorie M. Liu

Ignite Me (Shatter Me) by Tahereh Mafi

Blood and Ashes: A Foreworld SideQuest by Scott James Magner

Cold Iron by DL McDermott

Empress of the Sun (Everness) by Ian McDonald

With Silent Screams (The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 3) by Steve McHugh

Stolen Crown: A Novel of Mithgar by Dennis L. McKiernan

Arcadia Falls by Kai Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

Blood From a Silver Cross (Kat Redding) by ES Moore

Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier

Wild Things: A Chicagolands Vampire Novelhicagoland Vampires) by Chloe Neill

The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielson

Fearless 3: Rebel; Heat; Blood by Francine Pascal

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

The Dreams of a Dying God (The Godlanders War, Book One) by Aaron Pogue

The Wrath of a Shipless Pirate (The Godlanders War, Book Two) by Aaron Pogue

The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

The Drowned Forest by Kristopher Reisz

Avenger’s Heat: A Moon Shifter Novel by Katie Reus

To Sail a Darkling Sea (Black Tide Rising) by John Ringo

Night Owls (A Night Owls Novel) by Lauren M. Roy

Angel Seduced: The Hidden Series: Book 3 by Jaime Rush

DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient by RA Salvatore

The Swan Gondola: A Novel by Timothy Schaffert

The Seers by Julianna Scott

Tales From the Radiation Age by Jason Sheehan

To Do or Die (A Jump Universe Novel) by Mike Shepherd

Three (Article 5) by Kristen Simmons

Feral Curse by Cynthia Leitich Smith

V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History by Allen Steel

The Collection: A Registry Novel by Shannon Stoker

Reaper’s Touch by Eleri Stone

The Book of Heaven: A Novel by Patricia Storace

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

The Happier Dead by Ivo Stourton

Influx by Daniel Suarez

The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman

Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem

Strange Bodies: A Novel by Marcel Theroux

Red Delicious: A Siobhan Quinn Novel by Kathleen Tierney

The Tinker King by Tiffany Trent

Such Sweet Sorrow (Entangled Teen) by Jenny Trout

Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff Vandermeer

Insanity by Susan Vaught

The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co.) by Lynn Viehl

Archetype by MD Waters

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Split Second (Pivot Point) by Kasie West

Dryad-Born (Whispers from Mirrowen) by Jeff Wheeler

Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler

The Judge of Ages (Count to a Trillion) by John C. Wright

*This is not, of course, a complete list. We simply can’t catch every launch!