Friday, August 26, 2005

BREAKING NEWS! Jaci Burton lands a two book deal at Bantam Dell and Gena Showalter to shine at MTV BOOKS!!

TKA was hoppin’ this morning as Deidre closed a deal for Jaci Burton. To add to the lively week Gena Showalter also signed a deal with MTV Books. *cheers*

Jaci Burton, “one of Ellora’s Cave’s most popular authors,” has landed a fabulous deal at Bantam Dell with terrific editor, Shauna Summers—only one week after sending out the submission! AND this makes Jaci our 4th author with Bantam Dell. Oh, did I mention it was an auction, too? Yep, 3 houses bidding for SURVIVING DEMON ISLAND with Bantam Dell landing on top!

Here’s her deal announcement on Publisher’s Marketplace: Romance/Women’s Fiction—Jaci Burton’s SURVIVING DEMON ISLAND, the story of a reality show gone awry, where fantasy becomes reality and nothing is what it seems, and a second untitled paranormal romance to Shauna Summers at Bantam Dell at auction in a very nice deal by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency (World English.)

The excitement doesn’t stop with Jaci though. Gena Showalter also scored a deal this morning for her new young adult novel. Here’s her deal announcement: Gena Showalter's GOTH GIRL, the story of a Goth high school senior who craves individuality, but finds herself in a FREAKY FRIDAY-style universe shift when she enters a virtual reality game where every one else is a Goth and she's just one of the crowd, in a nice deal, to Lauren McKenna at MTV Books, by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency (world English)

Wow, I can’t wait to read both of these. A spooky romance and a just all around fun novel! Congrats Deidre, Jaci, & Gena!


Blogger mandymroth said...

Congratulations, ladies!!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent news!

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 2:12:00 PM EDT  
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Friday, August 26, 2005 at 2:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major congrats to all of you! A special congrats to Jaci...we've been working together for over two years. I hope Shauna enjoys working with Jaci as much as I have!

Briana St. James

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 2:20:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, ladies!

Gena, you're on fire!

And Jaci...I'm so incredibly happy for you. You've been a wonderful friend and you've worked so hard, and I'm just over the moon for you.

And congrats to The Knight Agency for such a productive morning! *g*

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 2:55:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news!!! Enjoy your celebrations.

P.S. I enjoyed last night's chat.


Friday, August 26, 2005 at 3:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger wilddunz said...

Congrats to all! Both books sound great - can't wait!!

Would love to hear more about the auction process if anyone needs a blog topic ;-)


Friday, August 26, 2005 at 3:19:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! Looks like y'all are keeping busy over there! LOL!!

Congratulations to Deidre (times TWO!), Jaci and Gena!

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 3:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund said...


Oh... wow...

Okay, diana. breathe. Congratulations, Jaci! I'm so so so happy for you!

And congrats also to Gena -- I got you on your blog, Peach, but it bears repeating. The book sounds fab. Can't wait to read.

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 3:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Ellen said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats to all of you!!

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 4:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jaci Burton said...

I'm so excited that I can't breathe. In fact, I haven't breathed for two days! Deidre's been emailing me oxygen afraid I wouldnt' answer emails because I might pass out and fall under my desk *g*

Thanks y'all, and thanks Deidre. You really ARE superwoman!

And mega congrats to Gena. You continue to astound me with your success. Remind me to rub your head or something next time I see you ;-)

Jaci....hyperventilating...feeling faint....

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing news, everyone. Congratulations, Jaci! You must be SOOOOOOOOOOO excited.

Deidre, honestly, you must be inundated with queries since opening this blog and announcing all the agency's great news. TKA is hopping! Hopping AND smoking! Hopping and smoking and on fire!

Gena, congrats to you, too!


Friday, August 26, 2005 at 5:08:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marley Gibson said...

OMG! I'm with is AWESOME!!! What a huge day for The Knight Agency! Massive congrats to Jaci and to Gena! This is fantastic you guys!

And congrats, DK!

Marley = )

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 7:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jana Armstrong said...

Big congrats to Jaci and Gena (and Deidre)! I cannot wait to read these titles!

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 9:09:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gena Showalter said...

Jaci your book sounds amazing. We're going to have to get together and do some dancing!

Friday, August 26, 2005 at 9:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Friday, August 26, 2005 at 9:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous news for Jaci and Gena! The Knight Agency rocks!

Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 12:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

Jaci mega congrats!!!!!!!! Fantastic news! And a huge shout out to Gena too!

Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 9:48:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have unpublished clients or do you only take on published authors? Do you think with the many deals you're making that editors take you as an agency more seriously and you can get deals for unpublished authors that they might not ordinarily get? Do you accept queries from unpublished writers?

Thank you for having this blog site. It's very informative and encouraging.

Eleanor Royal

Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 5:36:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jaci & Gena!! (And Deidre, too, of course!)

Eleanor, I can answer one of your questions--The Knight Agency does take on unpublished writers. Check out for their submission guidelines.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 10:53:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Gena Showalter said...

I was unpublished when Knight signed me!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 11:11:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marley Gibson said...

Hi Eleanor:

The Knight Agency certainly DOES take on unpublished writers. I signed the last week of July and my friend, Janet Campbell just signed a couple of weeks ago.

Just like with a good sales force, you always have to have things in the "pipeline," so I'm sure any agency's life blood is finding and discovering those new talents that are out there and helping to try and get them published.

Definitely check out the submission guidelines and good luck to you!

Marley = )

Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 6:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Everyone who has already answered is dead on--we're always looking for new and unpublished authors! We've made our name by discovering new talent--authors like Karen Marie Moning, Gena Showalter, Cara Lockwood, Diana Peterfreund, Shannon McKelden, Don Piper, Jacquelin Thomas, Jennifer St. Giles, and many more who were unpublished when they first came to us. Right now, we are definitely looking for new voices, so it's a great time to query the agency at, though definitely check out our guidelines first.

Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 6:44:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Hi, Gang!
Thanks for all the fabulous congrats. These authors certainly deserve the success that they're experiencing! :) Congrats to both Jaci and Gena once again!

Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 6:45:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Gina Black said...

Congrats to Jaci, Gena and TKA!! What great news. :)


Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 8:29:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jaci Burton said...

Thanks again to everyone who added congrats! I'm thrilled to be represented by such a fabulous agency as TKA and especially huge thanks to Deidre for working so hard on this!

Big Hugs, D!


Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 11:26:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tori Scott said...

OMG!! Jaci! I'm so happy for you I could jump up and down and scream! Okay, so I'm already doing that. Congratulations, hon. But you do know you're breaking my piggy bank, right? I've never seen anyone write as fast as you do.

Can't wait to read your newest ones.


Monday, August 29, 2005 at 6:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tori Scott said...

Gena, didn't mean to leave you out on the congrats. Got carried away with Jaci's news.



Monday, August 29, 2005 at 6:55:00 PM EDT  

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