We are celebrating with Maureen McQuerry today, as her new book BETWEEN BEFORE & AFTER takes its long anticipated first steps into the world.
Ten years ago, while the US economy was in a freefall, the manuscript which Maureen had originally titled A Trail of Crumbs was circulating and getting a lot of common feedback referencing her stunning prose; writing that made scenes jump off the page; and “such strong voice.” We were sure we were on a straight path to publication.
But then … we began hearing from editors citing a variety of reasons for passing on it: the economy; uncertainty about positioning; worry that the dual narrative mixed with present and past tense would make it too different. And would fairy tale references in a YA novel really work?
After a time, we set it aside and Maureen turned her attention to other manuscripts which were published to acclaim.
But this story of a family picking up clues and finding its way – in spite of twists in their path, locked doors, and secrets lurking in the shadows – would just not rest. Ten years (almost to the day) from the day of its first submission, this beautiful story found its publishing home with Blink YA Books.
Lauren Hobson is an author from Portland, Oregon whose work appears in River Teeth and Backcountry, the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Association’s monthly journal. Lauren is a 2018 Fishtrap scholarship recipient. She completed her BA in English and Political Science at Tulane University and is pursuing an MFA at Portland State University.
Lauren is a native Oregonian, whose family is deeply rooted in the land and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Her writing focuses on her relationship to the outdoors, a connection she’s developed over thousands of hours in the forest and mountains and along the rivers and coastlines of the region she calls home. Her life is measured by the time she spends outside, whether hunting, hiking, climbing, paddling or backpacking through the wild places she loves. She is most herself when she’s outside with her dog, with a shotgun or rifle over her shoulder, loaded for bird or elk.
Lauren’s work in progress is about making it as a female outdoorswoman and hunter, a book which will appeal to millennials struggling to forge their own identity and embrace the transition to adulthood — even when the pressures from social media scrutiny, self-doubt, and decision paralysis complicate the quest.
Lauren is represented by Sandra Bishop; firstname.lastname@example.org
A warm welcome to Lowey Bundy Sichol, author of entertaining & informative biographies for all ages.
Lowey’s first series, a set of business biographies for kids called “From and Idea to …” kicks off in February with subsequent titles to release throughout 2019 featuring Disney, Google, and LEGO.
Lowey received her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Hamilton College. Her MBA case studies have been read by business school students across the globe and are included in the internationally best-selling marketing book Marketing Management by Philip Kotler & Kevin Lane Keller.
We are excited to add Lowey and her unique work to Transatlantic’s client roster and looking forward to developing new books together for nonfiction readers of all ages who are interested in business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and top figures in sports and the arts.
Lowey lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and two dogs whose sneaky shenanigans are often caught on Instagram.
Lowey is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquiries, write email@example.com
When you fully embrace your life and determine to build a brand and messaging that enriches the lives of others, the world becomes a better place. Everyone wins. And … sometimes you win along the way.
Congratulations, Emma and Claire, for making the list of Forbes 2018 30under30. We are proud to represent you and eager to keep watching your story unfold.
photo by Scott Dickerson
The Salmon Sisters, Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, grew up on the remote Aleution Islands of Alaska, working on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Inspired by the sustainable fishing culture around them, the founded a fishery and clothing line to raise awareness of the role of wild sustainable seafood. Additionally for every item sold, the duo donates a can of wild salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.
Their first book, a collection of stories, recipes, and original artwork will release from Sasquatch Books in early 2020.
We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.
This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”
The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.
Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.
The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.
McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.
Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s always such fun to unbox agency copies of our client’s latest books.
Today, when I stopped at my mail store to pick up my agent copies of Joanne Bischof’s latest historical romance, SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN and opened it up so I could recycle the packaging on the spot, the mail clerk literally swooned at the cover when she peeked inside.
Of course I was happy to pass along a copy, promising that if she’s a fan of historical fiction (she is!) she’d really enjoy the story.
What I didn’t pass along are some of the “other” stories that came to mind: what the author was going through personally while writing it; why she chose to write a hero who uses American Sign Language, or ASL, to communicate; and that she felt compelled to try hard cider for research, but discovered she doesn’t really like it terribly much!!
Congratulations to you, Joanne. We’re proud to be a part of your stories — told and untold.
“Transported” seems to be one of the key words readers use when describing their response when reading Joanne’s books. Check out for yourself what first readers are saying about SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN on Bookbub and Goodreads.
And for further insight into Joanne’s books, visit her website.
Jessica Long’s pictorial memoir, UNSINKABLE launches today, but the story of this book began nearly four years ago on the final day of the 2014 Olympic Games when NBC aired an inspiring 20-minute documentary about, then, 21-year-old 12-time Paralympic gold medalist, Jessica Long.
In that moment all I knew is that this inspiring young woman had a story to tell, and I wanted to help make it happen. We couldn’t have known in the beginning what a team effort it would take to bring it to publication, but here it is, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have played a part in helping Jessica bring this book to the world.
Congratulations, Jessica, and Happy Book Birthday!! We’re proud to be on your team!
Represented by Sandra Bishop
Follow Jessica on Twitter at @JessicaLong and on Instagram @jessicatatianalong.
“Unique in its coverage of Paralympians, and inspirational on so many levels, this is a great addition for middle school collections.”—Booklist, STARRED review
“Even readers who are not sports enthusiasts will appreciate Long’s upbeat account of finding confidence in the water and in life.”–Kirkus
Among “new books for teens [which] explore the first-generation [immigrant] experience…” — Publisher’s Weekly
Once in awhile,finding the right place for a novel is like following a trail of crumbs. We put this one away for a decade while Maureen released other novels, but this tale’s time has finally come.
BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER is Maureen McQuerry’s dual narrated generational novel about a girl in 1955 San Jose who discovers there may be more to her family than meets the eye; and her Brooklyn born mother who was forced to make drastic decisions in the aftermath of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.
The novel takes readers down a trail of clues and family stories until the past and present literally collide, revealing a secret that had hid in the shadows too long. A retelling of Hansel and Gretel weaves between the chapters.
David Bennett and I have our own tales to tell about the sale of this work. But that’s a story for another day. In the meantime, we’re just over the moon to share the news that this novel has found its way home, and will release in February 2019 from Harper Collins/Blink YA.
Congratulations, Maureen, from all of us at Transatlantic.
Represented by Sandra Bishop
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For more detail about the author, see Maureen’s website
We are truly proud to announce that Claire Neaton & Emma Teal Laukitis — sisters, commercial fisherman, business partners and co-founders of The Salmon Sisters, are now also co-authors of a cookery and lifestyle book coming ashore in spring 2020 from Sasquatch Books.
Their book will feature original recipes, showcase Emma’s unique illustrations, and include stories about the sisters’ current work as commercial fisherman & their early lives growing up on a remote homestead on the edge of Alaska’s Isanotski Strait (the US mainland’s westernmost tip), with contributions from Alaskan photographer Scott Dickerson and food & nature photographer Brian Grobleski.
The Salmon Sisters’ abiding appreciation for their unique upbringing in the Aleutian Islands & their work on their family’s commercial fishing boat in the Bering Sea, combined with Sasquatch’s mission to work with the most gifted writers, chefs, naturalists, artists, and thought leaders in the Pacific Northwest make this publishing partnership a natural fit.
Nice catch, Sasquatch! And congratulations Emma and Claire! It’s an honor to navigate this exciting project with you.
Represented by Sandra Bishop. Rights inquires: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a peek into Claire and Emma’s unique lifestyle, and the work they do as fisherman and advocates of sustainable fishing and wild salmon, check out this inspiring video: