I’m so happy to finally share the news that Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights / Our Violent Ends, Foul Lady Fortune / FLF2) will have a debut adult fantasy trilogy hitting shelves in Summer 2023, beginning with IMMORTAL LONGINGS!
NYT-bestselling YA author Chloe Gong’s IMMORTAL LONGINGS, pitched as an epic fantasy inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and the historical Kowloon Walled City, following two lovers in a deadly contest through the crowded streets of San-Er, where people have the ability to take control of one another’s bodies, to Amara Hoshijo at Saga Press, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Laura Crockett at TriadaUS Literary Agency (NA).As announced on Publishers Marketplace. For full details and public access, read io9’s feature!
Last time I shared a deal announcement for Chloe, I discussed option materials and how publishers get first dibs to look at an author’s new project.
Well this time things were a little different, because Chloe wrote an adult project––which meant she needed to have a full manuscript prepared before we could take it out on wide submission in the adult SFF sector of publishing. That being said, at this point These Violent Delights made the NYT bestseller list for several weeks, and Chloe was tweeting about an adult fantasy––which meant every time she mentioned it on her social media, an editor from adult SFF would email me. (“Is it ready yet?” “Please keep me in mind for this!” “Please submit this to me when it’s ready!”) I joked with Chloe I knew when she was talking about her adult SFF manuscript on social because my inbox would flood with requests.
It was ready to go on sub mid-summer, and one day––one day––after submission, Amara at Saga (the adult SFF imprint of S&S, the parent company to Chloe’s YA projects) emailed me and said Saga would be making an offer. It was a very busy week, a flurry of emails with everyone everywhere, and at the end of the week Chloe and Amara hopped on a Zoom call. I cannot even begin to describe to you how magical it was to witness their interaction. It was as if the universe just clicked––Amara is the perfect editor for Chloe, the perfect editor for IMMORTAL LONGINGS. The way the two of them got on and understood one another and the manuscript and the trilogy’s trajectory was just…wow. Simply magical!
And the rest is history.