Deal Announcements feature my most recent deal as an agent and the story behind it. Writers and readers should experience how an agent knows when they’ve struck gold and sign an author, the beginning of the journey to publication.
Hannah Allaman at Disney-Hyperion has acquired Don’t Date Rosa Santos author Nina Moreno‘s new novel, Our Way Back to Always. Pitched as When Harry Met Sally by way of Sarah Dessen, the contemporary YA romance follows two next-door neighbors and ex-best friends—gamer, fanfic-writer Luisa (call her Lou) and drummer, golden boy Sam—whose paths collide during senior year of high school when they rediscover their childhood bucket list and set out to complete it before graduation. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Last time I announced a deal for Nina, I mentioned there was a drummer main character. Well, your favorite drummer from Rosa is here to star in his own novel with Luisa!
Sam and Lou have the weight of the world on their shoulders for different reasons, and also have a shared history. Their divergence before high school, and collision during senior year, allow for them to have their second chance and a new meet cute (y’all, these opening scenes had me cracking up). I fell in love with them the way I fell in love with Alex and Rosa, and I can’t wait for you to come back to Port Coral and do the same!
Though this isn’t a series (companions! friends!), you should read Rosa nonetheless because it’ll give you all the feels as you wait [with great anticipation] for Always!