Yarros Re-ups with Montlake
Lauren Plude at Montlake has acquired world rights for two more standalone contemporary romance books by bestselling author Rebecca Yarros. The first of the as-yet-untitled books is expected to be published in fall 2025, with the second due in fall 2026. The deal was brokered by Louise Fury of the Fury Agency. Montlake previously published Yarros’s novel In the Likely Event in August 2023, and has another (still untitled) book set to be published in September 2024. Yarros is best known for her Empyrean fantasy-romance series, comprising the books Fourth Wing and Iron Flame, which were published by Entangled Publishing in April and November of this year, respectively.
LaDelle Finds a ‘Place’ at Ballantine
Love Radio author Ebony LaDelle has sold North American rights to her first adult offering, You’ve Got a Place Here Too, to Chelcee Johns at Ballantine. The deal was handled by Kristin Ostby at Greenhouse Literary Agency. Ballantine said the book is an anthology of love stories set at historically Black colleges and universities, pitched as “Modern Love meets Beyoncé’s Homecoming.” Contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Kiese Laymon, Farrah Rochon, and Dawnie Walton. The book is set for a fall 2025 release.
Putnam Takes Three from Davidson
In one of her first acquisitions in her new role as executive editor at Putnam, Daphne Durham has bought world rights to three novels by popular Southern gothic horror writer Andy Davidson. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Copps at Copps Literary Services. Putnam said the first book in the deal, The Vampire and the Robot, “finds a pair of unlikely heroes setting off across a monster-ravaged landscape to protect the world’s last human child.” The novel will be published in summer 2025. Details were not announced for the other two titles in the deal.
Newitz Sells Three to Tor
Tor executive editor Lindsey Hall has acquired world English and German rights to three books by Annalee Newitz. The first, Automatic Noodle, which Tor described as “a cozy sci-fi novella” about “a crew of abandoned food service bots that take over a ghost kitchen in late 22nd-century San Francisco,” will be published in early 2026. The deal was struck by Laurie Fox at the Linda Chester Literary Agency. No pub dates were announced for the other two books, which Tor said includes a “bittersweet” sci-fi novel titled The Recipe for Blue and Newitz’s first foray into fantasy, Dirty Animals.