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Jessie Sylva’s debut HOW TO LOSE A GOBLIN IN TEN DAYS, a cozy sapphic fantasy about a goblin and a halfling who find they’ve both inherited the same cottage and make a bet: whoever can’t take living together first forfeits the house; despite forced proximity and cultural misunderstandings, they begin to fall in love, until a common enemy tests whether their bond is strong enough to unite their fractured communities and protect their home, to Tiana Coven at Orbit and to Jenni Hill at Orbit UK, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2025, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world).

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Author of REBORN and REFORGED Seth Haddon’s debut science fiction VOLATILE MEMORY, a sapphic novella pitched as a trans EX MACHINA crossed with the bloody tenderness of GIDEON THE NINTH, in which a scavenger whose theft of a high-tech mask imbued with a dead woman’s consciousness forces them both to confront questions of identity while falling in love, evading capture, and racing to find an ex-husband for revenge, to Oliver Dougherty at Tor, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2025, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world English). Rights: mmaclysaght@coppsliterary.com

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Webcomic and Kickstarter veteran Toril Orlesky’s HOTBLOOD and ZARCO, about bounty-hunting centaurs in the Wild West and their tangled web of trust and betrayal; as well as a new sequel, ODESSA AND THE LEOPARD, about Asa Langley’s daughter and her quest for vengeance, to Chris Fernandez at Mad Cave Studios, in a four-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world).

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Debut author Sujin Witherspoon’s BINGSU FOR TWO, a coffee shop rom-com about two teens who begrudgingly fake a relationship online to save their failing Korean cafe, to Laura Schreiber at Union Square & Co, in a very nice deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2024, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world).

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Author-illustrator Revel Guts’s SPARKS!, set in a world where humans rely on satyrs for magical powers, in which two satyr boys at a magical boarding school—the class clown and the golden boy—find themselves transported across the country when their graduation spell goes disastrously awry; the two boys will have to work together to find a way home without killing each other along the way, while unbeknownst to them, a nefarious plot is brewing at the academy, to Konner Knudsen at Dark Horse, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in July 2024, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world).

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Historian-turned-cartoonist Sierra Barnes’s HANS VOGEL IS DEAD, an anti-fascist fairytale following a dead German fighter pilot as he finds that dying is only the first of his problems when he wakes up in a storybook forest warped by the evils of World War I, to Jenny Blenk at Dark Horse, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in September 2023, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world English).

Background is an autumnal forest, and a man wearing a bomber jacket and a humanoid fox wearing a green dress stand in the foreground. A Publisher's Marketplace deal memo that reads: Historian-turned-cartoonist Sierra Barnes's HANS VOGEL IS DEAD, an anti-fascist fairytale following a dead German fighter pilot as he finds that dying is only the first of his problems when he wakes up in a storybook forest warped by the evils of World War I, to Jenny Blenk at Dark Horse, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in September 2023, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world English).
Deal announcement for Sami Ford's DEAD GIRLS WALKING

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Sami Ellis’s DEAD GIRLS WALKING, a fresh take on camp horror, about a serial killer’s daughter determined to absolve him of her mother’s murder; the only things keeping her from searching for clues in the woods where he used to hunt are her counselor duties at the queer all-girls sleepaway camp that’s leasing the land—and the copycat killer stalking the girls, to Emily Daluga at Amulet, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2024, by Maeve MacLysaght at Copps Literary Services (world English).

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Sami Ellis will contribute to Circe Moskowitz’s anthology of Black horror, NO HARM DONE, pitched as a cross between SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS and Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone. Other authors include Kalynn Bayron, Ryan Douglass, Sami Ellis, Brent Lambert, Ashia Monet, Linda Raquel Nieves Perez, Joel Rochester, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington. Sold to Alicia Sparrow at Chicago Review Press, for publication in fall 2023, by Natascha Morris at The Tobias Literary Agency (world).

Low-contrast red and black pattern surrounds a text box describing a deal on Publisher's Marketplace that reads: Circe Moskowitz ed.'s NO HARM DONE, pitched as a cross between SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS and Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone, a collection of Black horror stories that explores and dives deep into the genre from the creative minds of both debut and established Black writers, including Kalynn Bayron, Ryan Douglass, Sami Ellis, Brent Lambert, Ashia Monet, Linda Raquel Nieves Perez, Joel Rochester, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington, to Alicia Sparrow at Chicago Review Press, for publication in fall 2023, by Natascha Morris at The Tobias Literary Agency (world).
A skeleton holding a violin looks at a text box describing a deal on Publisher's Marketplace that reads: Author-illustrator Emily Ettlinger's SKELEANOR THE DECOMPOSER, about an inventive skeleton who wants to play her instruments in the town band, but she's got more rattle than rhythm, to Rachel Sonis at Penguin Workshop, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Em Lysaght at Ladderbird Literary Agency (world English). Rights: emlysaght@ladderbird.com

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Author-illustrator Emily Ettlinger’s SKELEANOR THE DECOMPOSER, about an inventive skeleton who wants to play her instruments in the town band, but she’s got more rattle than rhythm, to Rachel Sonis at Penguin Workshop, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Em Lysaght at Ladderbird Literary Agency (world English).


Maeve in the Wild

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Ladderbird Literary Interview: Meet Em Lysaght

Podcast: Subrights, Sci Fi, Graphic Novels, And How Publishing Makes Money with Agent Em Lysaght

“We talk about how agents neither can nor want to represent everyone—and how this mentality can help you keep going with your submissions. Plus, insights from the editorial process, why fit has to be so good—and what happens when an agent and editor disagree on your edits.”

Listen to the Podcast at the Manuscript Academy

Kidlit Chat with Maeve MacLysaght

“What it’s like working as a literary agent, books, and how it feels to see the first book she ever sold debut.”