- From the "Everyone Deserves to be a Virgin More Than Once" department: Iowa MFA grad (and brother of writer Leif Enger) Lin Enger's UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, about the death of a father, the return of his ghost, and a son's plunge into uncertainty and vengeance, to Helen Atsma at Little, Brown, in a pre-empt, by Devin McIntyre at Mary Evans (World). [Full disclosure: Lin and Leif Enger has a series of mysteries that didn't really go anyplace, written under the name LL Enger. Leif got re-virginized with his "first" novel, Peace Like a River, and now Lin gets to enjoy the same perk, as this is listed as a "debut."]
- From the "I'm a Blogger, Why Can't I Get This Kind of Deal" department: Blogger Mark Sarvas's HARRY, REVISED, about a guilt-ridden,down-on-his luck widower, who tries to reinvent himself following his wife's untimely death, to Colin Dickerman at Bloomsbury, for publication in winter 2008, by Simon Lipskar at Writers House (world English and German).
- From the "I Want to Read This" department: Cofounder of the Believer Ed Park's debut PERSONAL DAYS, a comic novel about a group of office workers who suspect there is a mole in their group, to Julia Cheiffetz at Random House, in a pre-empt, for publication in May 2008, by PJ Mark at McCormick & Williams Literary Agency (world).
- From the "My God, She's Still Going" department: David Skibbins's THE HANGED MAN, the fourth book in the series featuring a former political radical turned unwilling detective, to Ruth Cavin at St. Martin's, by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency(World English). [Full disclosure: Ruth edited two of my books. Over the course of her career, she has edited pretty much anyone who writes mysteries. That's because she will literally be 88 this year.]
- From the "This is Like Finn, Only Um, Not" department: Martha O'Connor's TINK, a reimagining of Tinkerbell from Peter Pan as a fierce Gaelic faerie born as a changeling to a band of 19th-century gypsies, to Peternelle van Arsdale at Putnam, in a pre-empt, for publication in late 2008 or early 209, by Mary Evans at Mary Evans (NA).