Reading the story, I felt a kind of proprietary pride. Because of the five featured books, I have connections to two.
One is Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. When it sold, I read the description in Publishers Marketplace ("Pitched as Ferris Bueller's Day Off meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with a dash of John Green: in which a high school senior finds out that the homely Lithuanian exchange student he is forced to take to the prom is actually a trained assassin who has a busy night ahead of her in New York City…and she needs his help to get the job done") I immediately felt a) jealous b) that I have to read this book.
I liked the description so much that I tracked down the author and sent him a congratulatory message. And it turns out he used to be repped by the same agency where my agent once worked, so she knew him. And I must have not been the only one who thought it sounded great - movie rights sold right away.
The second is Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The Portland community is so blessed to have Laini as part of us. We have celebrated with Laini as she has gone on to be a finalist for the National Book Award. And we got a sneak preview of the cover last month.