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1. Chris Colfer to Work On Multiple New Book Projects

201575_215x340Glee star Chris Colfer has landed a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for several new projects. Editorial director Alvina Ling will continue to work with Colfer on his manuscripts.

According to The Associated Press, Colfer plans to write two more installments for the Land of Stories middle grade series. Book four will come out in July 2015 and book five will follow in July 2016.

Colfer has also agreed to create two picture books set in the Land of Stories universe. He will also be working on a new young adult novel that stars “a young actor and his fans on ‘a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country road trip.’”

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2. Ellen DeGeneres Inks Deal With Grand Central Publishing

EllenTalk show host Ellen DeGeneres (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to write a book about interior design.

According to the press release, “DeGeneres, who has bought and renovated over a dozen properties, most recently launched a line of home goods on QVC and will launch Ellen’s Design Challenge, a new show on HGTV, in January of 2015.” Home will be released in Fall 2015.

Deb Futter, the editor-in-chief of hardcovers at the imprint, negotiated the deal with Esther Newberg, a literary agent of ICM Partners. Karen Murgolo, editorial director of Grand Central Life & Style, will edit the manuscript.

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3. Eddie Izzard Lands Memoir Deal

Eddie IzzardEnglish stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Blue Rider Press. According to SFGate, “the book will detail Izzard’s career from London street performer to his work onstage and in Hollywood.”

Executive editor Sarah Hochman managed the acquisitions process for this memoir. The publisher has not scheduled a definite publication date; it may be in the Winter of either 2015 or 2016.

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4. Weinstein Books to Publish Ebola Memoir

WeinsteinBookslogo“The love of my life and the father of my son came to America to marry me. It was supposed to be the first happy day of a new life of joy for us all. But before we could make our new family, he died a terrible death in a quarantined room… I am writing this book to tell people about Eric, about our love story, about our family, and about my faith that has been tested but not broken.”

These are the words of Louise Troh, whose fiancé Thomas Eric Duncan became the first man on American soil to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus, and then, the first to die of the disease in America. She will tell her story for the first time in a book to be published in April 2015 by Weinstein Books, which is a joint venture of The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Books Group.

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said, “This is a heartbreaking, emotional family story. Spanning continents and decades, Louise shows faith and grace through it all.”

According to AP, Troh says she will use part of the book proceeds for a down payment on a new home.

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5. Whoopi Goldberg to Write a Book On the Pitfalls of Marriage

Whoopi GoldbergLegendary entertainer Whoopi Goldberg (pictured, via) has landed a deal to write a book on the negative attributes and pitfalls of marriage.

Hachette Books will publish the not-yet-titled book in September 2015. Goldberg, who has been married three times, will look back on her own personal experiences for this project.

Goldberg had this statement in the press release: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight into why a person might not put her best foot forward in a relationship. I’ve realized there are certain things you have to come to terms with in life, like managing your own expectations, telling the truth, reconciling true love with other aspects of your life, including wealth or even celebrity. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”

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6. Kristin Cast Inks Deal With Diversion Books

Kristin Cast (2)Kristin Cast has signed a deal for a paranormal romance series.

Cast (pictured, via) has become well-known for collaborating with her mother, P. C. Cast, on the House of Night young adult series. Diversion Books will publish book one, the first installment of five, in Summer 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “Alek, a handsome and headstrong young man from the underworld of Tartarus has been commanded to venture earthward to save Eva, who is being hunted by a serial killer, the killer’s motives seemingly centuries old. As Alek and Eva’s worlds come ever closer to coming together, a sinister threat looms heavy, threatening to tear the very fabric of both worlds apart.”

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7. Stephanie Clifford Inks Deal With St. Martin’s Press

stmartins130Journalist Stephanie Clifford has landed a deal for her debut novel, Everybody Rise. St. Martin’s Press will release the book in 2016.

Executive editor Charles Spice negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Elisabeth Weed. The film rights for this title have been sold to Fox 2000 Pictures.

Here’s more from the press release: “Set in 2006 Manhattan of the young and privileged, a new generation of heirs and strivers are jockeying for social power and discovering that class, especially on the Upper East Side, still holds sway.  Into this world arrives an irresistibly flawed heroine who hides her insecurity behind sharp intelligence and biting wit.  In order to be accepted by this rarefied set, she must be seen as someone with established old money. Her lies start small, but quickly grow.  As she relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way.”

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8. Stephanie Danler Lands 2-Book Deal After a Chance Meeting With Peter Gethers

Knopf LogoStephanie Danler was working as a waitress in New York City when she encountered Penguin Random House senior vice president and editor-at-large Peter Gethers. While she was serving him, she told him she was writing a novel.

After this meeting, Melissa Flashman, Danler’s literary agent, sent the manuscript to Gethers and he immediately recommended it for acquisition to editor Claudia Herr. Danler signed a pre-emptive, six-figure, two-book deal.

The New York Times reports that the first book, entitled Sweetbitter, “is both a coming-of-age and coming-to-New York story, and a novel about the seductive pleasures of food and wine. The story unfolds inside the glamorous, cutthroat and sometimes seedy world of elite Manhattan restaurants.” The Alfred A. Knopf imprint has scheduled a release date for 2016.

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9. J. Randy Taraborrelli to Write Biography On Beyoncé Knowles

BeyoncéAuthor J. Randy Taraborrelli has landed a deal to write a biography about Beyoncé Knowles. This project will be the the first comprehensive biographical profile on the Grammy Award-winning singer (pictured, via).

Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group, will publish the not-yet-titled book in Fall 2015. President Jamie Raab negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Mitch Douglas.

According to the press release, Taraborrelli conducted exclusive interviews with people who share important personal and professional relationships with the diva. In the past, he has written biographies on music icons including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Madonna.

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10. Patrick Ness Inks Deal For 2 YA Novels with HarperCollins

Patrick NessWriter Patrick Ness (pictured, via) has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Editorial director Rosemary Brosnan negotiated the deal with literary agent David McMillan. According to the press release, the first book, entitled The Rest of Us Just Live Here, will be released in Fall 2015.

This novel examines “what it would be like to live in a world that’s a lot like a YA novel, where some kids in school are battling forces of evil, and some kids just want to go to prom and graduate before someone goes and blows up the high school again.” The second book which will also feature a stand-along story; no other details have been announced.

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11. Bob Eckstein Inks Deal With Potter Style

Bob EcksteinCartoonist and author Bob Eckstein has landed a book deal with the Potter Style imprint at Random House.

The new project, entitled Footnotes From the World’s Greatest Bookstores, was inspired by Eckstein’s “Bookstores of New York” series. The New Yorker published “part 1” in June and “part 2” earlier this week.

With this work, Eckstein will illustrate and write about the unusual histories behind several beloved independent bookstores. Senior editor Jay Sacher negotiated the deal with Joy Tutela of the David Black Literary Agency.

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12. John Leguizamo Inks Deal For ‘Ghetto Klown’ Graphic Novel

Ghetto KlownActor John Leguizamo has landed a deal to create a graphic novel adaptation of his hit one-man Broadway show, Ghetto Klown. ComicArts, an imprint at ABRAMS, has scheduled a release date for Spring 2015.

Cartoonist Christa Cassano has signed on to create the artwork. Executive editor David Cashion negotiated the deal with Foundry Media literary agent Anthony Mattero.

Leguizamo had this statement in the press release: “Ghetto Klown is the history that I probably never should have told anyone but my therapist, but it’s a real lesson that even if you suffer a certain amount (a lot) of self-doubt and anxiety, you can still accomplish great things. It’s a lesson I’m really excited to impart to a whole new audience and in a whole new way with the help of artist Christa Cassano and Abrams Books. My life’s work took me my whole life to figure out, but, hey, better late than never”

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13. TED Curator Chris Anderson Lands Deal For Public Speaking Guide

Chris Anderson 200TED curator Chris Anderson (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Talk This Way! The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking.

Senior executive editor Rick Wolff handled this acquisition. This project will be the first in Wolff’s new line of business books.

Anderson gave this statement in the press release: “Many people have something important to say, but are terrified by public speaking. Yet the skills to deliver a compelling talk are teachable. Over the last 10 years, my team and I have had access to the preparation process of many of the world’s best speakers. It’s thrilling to have this opportunity to share what we’ve learned with a broader public, and I look forward to working with Rick and his colleagues at HMH.”

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14. Mara Wilson Inks Deal with Penguin Books

mARA wILSONMara Wilson, a former child star best known for starring in the Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda film adaptations, has landed a deal with Penguin Books.

Wilson (pictured, via) plans to pen a book of personal essays entitled (K) for Kid. According to the press release, the pieces will share Wilson’s ideas on “being young, female, and a little out of place—as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a New Yorker in California and a Californian in New York, and more.”

Editor Lindsey Schwoeri negotiated the deal with Paradigm literary agent Alyssa Reuben. The Penguin Random House imprint will publish the book as its lead nonfiction title sometime in 2016.

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15. 4 Daniel Silva Novels Will be Published in 16 Different Countries

Daniel SilvaThriller writer Daniel Silva has signed a foreign language publishing agreement with HarperCollins. Four of Silva’s novels will be published in sixteen different countries.

The first Silva title, The Heist, will come out in Germany in Fall 2015. From there, the book will reach readers in Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Subsequent publications will be released in those markets as well as Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.

Silva gave this statement in the press release: “I’ve had a great partnership with HarperCollins over the last four years. Now, their increased foreign language footprint provides the opportunity to collaborate in an even more comprehensive, global fashion. It’s a tremendous opportunity to reach more readers in more languages in both digital and print. I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.”

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16. Kate DiCamillo Inks Deal with Candlewick Press

Kate DiCamillo (2)Kate DiCamillo (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Candlewick Press for a new middle grade novel.

President Karen Lotz negotiated the terms of this agreement with Pippin Properties literary agent Holly McGhee. Editor Andrea Tompa will edit the manuscript.

The publisher plans to release the book in Spring 2016. According to the press release, the story “features three girls over one tumultuous summer, discovering a friendship that changes their lives.”

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17. Susan Cain Lands Deal With Penguin Young Readers Group

Susan CainSusan Cain (pictured, via) will pen a children’s book edition of her hit nonfiction title, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking. Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, will release Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, in May 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The original book focused on the workplace and on advice for parents, and Susan realized that a version for kids was also badly needed. In this book, kids will be able to read about their own sphere—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. They’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way.”

Publisher Lauri Hornik negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Richard Pine. The new project will feature comic-style illustrations from artist Grant Snider. Snider drew inspiration from Cain’s popular TED talk, “ The Power of Introverts“, to create his own web comic, “We Are The Introverts.”

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18. Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers to Create a Sequel For ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’

The Day The Crayons QuitChildren’s books creators Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers will reunite to collaborate on a sequel to The Day The Crayons Quit.

Publisher Michael Green negotiated the deal with Steven Malk of Writers House and Paul Moreton of Bell, Lomax, Moreton Agency. Philomel Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish the new picture book in August 2015.

Green had this statement in the press release: “It’s gratifying to see the Crayons finally getting their due, yet many revealing tales remain untold. I have a feeling every child, crayon, and crayon activist will be inspired by this latest tale of artistic heroism.”

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19. Journalist Leslie Bennetts Lands Deal For Joan Rivers Biography

Joan RiversVanity Fair entertainment reporter Leslie Bennetts has landed a deal with Little, Brown to pen a biography about the late Joan Rivers. Rivers (pictured, via) died in early September 2014.

Prior to her passing, Bennetts met Rivers several times. According to The New York Times, Bennetts explained in a statement that she was drawn to this story because “Rivers’s career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy…”

To write the book, Bennets plans to conduct interviews with friends, other comedians, and business associates The publishing house has scheduled a release date for 2016.

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20. Tony Robbins to Publish His First Book in Almost 20 Years

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins, a renowned author and speaker on personal development, has written his first book in almost two decades.

Simon & Schuster will release Money: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom on November 18, 2014. With this project, Robbins (pictured, via) aims to help readers attain financial freedom. He interviewed 50 financial experts to write this book. To learn more about Robbins, check out his TED talk.

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21. Sophie Kinsella Signs Deal For YA Novel

Sophie KinsellaShopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (pictured, via) has landed a deal for her first young adult novel. Finding Audrey will  be released in Summer 2015 in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Annie Eaton, the fiction publisher at Random House Children’s Publishers, negotiated with Philippa Milnes-Smith and Araminta Whitley at the LAW literary agency. Eaton secured acquired United Kingdom and Commonwealth rights.

Here’s more from The Bookseller: “Finding Audrey, described as a mix of ‘family comedy, romance and personal discovery,’ is about a teenage girl recovering from social anxiety. Along the way she is helped, and sometimes hindered, by her chaotic family.”

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22. James Dashner to Pen a New ‘Maze Runner’ Prequel

James DashnerJames Dashner (pictured, via) will pen a new prequel novel for The Maze Runner series.

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, has scheduled The Fever Code for publication in 2016. According to the press release, this new story “delves into the time before the Maze, and will tell the story of how Thomas, Teresa, and the Gladers found themselves in the Maze, and how the Maze itself was created.”

Publisher Beverly Horowitz negotiated the deal with Michael Bourret, vice president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Executive editor Krista Marino will edit the manuscript.

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23. Mary Louise-Parker Inks Deal with Scribner

Mary Louise-ParkerActress Mary Louise-Parker (pictured, via) has landed a deal for an autobiographical nonfiction book. According to the press release, this title will contain a series of letters addressed to the significant men who have touched Louise-Parker’s life.

Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will publish Dear Mr. You in Fall 2015. Editor-in-chief Colin Harrison negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Eric Simonoff.

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24. Nathan Lane Teams Up With Life Partner For Picture Book Series

Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane (pictured, via) and his life partner Devlin Elliott will team up as writers for a picture book series. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the first installment, Naughty Mabel, in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup. Mabel is the queen of the Hamptons and has a penchant for getting her perfectly pedicured paws into trouble.”

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (representing Lane and Elliott) and Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary (representing Krall). Chanda will edit the manuscripts. Animator Dan Krall has been brought on to create the illustrations.

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25. Alison Bechdel to Create Third Graphic Novel Memoir

Alison BechdelCartoonist Alison Bechdel has become well-known for her graphic novel memoirs. Her first, Fun Home, came out in 2006 and her second, Are You My Mother?, followed in 2012.

Bechdel plans to create a third entitled The Secret to Superhuman Strength. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release the finished book in 2017.

According to The New York Times, this project “chronicles her decades long obsession with various fitness and exercise fads, including downhill skiing, uphill skiing, rollerblading, martial arts, running, hiking, weight lifting and home workout videos and currently, yoga. The book will also explore the history of American fitness fads, and Ms. Bechdel’s efforts to rekindle her creativity through exercise, and it is shot through with her signature darkness.”

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