News From the Novel Incubator

Novel Incubator alum Kelly J. Ford and her agent, Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World English), recently sold Ford's novel Cottonmouths to Chelsey Emmelhainz at Skyhorse for publication in Spring 2017. The book was pitched as Winter's Bone meets Sarah Waters, in which a young woman returns to her backwoods hometown and reconnects with the woman she loved as a teen, only to be ensnared in a dangerous world of drugs and small town suspicions. 


Grub instructor Jennie Wood's Flutter exhibit opened last week at the Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain. Based on her graphic novel series of the same name, the exhibit features original art by Flutter illustrator Jeff McComsey and colorist Chris Goodwin. Also on display are the processes that go into making Flutter, from Wood’s script to Jeff McClelland’s lettering. The exhibit runs through May 29th. 


Newly minted Novel Incubator graduate Bob Fernandes signed with Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management earlier this month. Fernandes and Harris met through the Incubator program, when Harris visited the class, and later reconnected at the Muse and the Marketplace conference. 

Fernandes credits the Novel Incubator program for helping him perfect his book, A Big Box Full of YEAH!, which instructor Michelle Hoover describes as "a big-hearted love story with Murakami quirkiness and a runaway Mona Lisa, during what may just be the end of the world."

"The whole Novel Incubator experience has been absolutely fabulous for me," Fernandes said. "It is without a doubt the best thing I’ve done to help my writing career. Working with the phenomenal Michelle, and my terrific fellow students, helped push and guide me to create a much better version of my novel than the one I started with — a novel that Erin fell in love with."

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