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1. Kenneth Oppel & Jon Klassen Ink Deal With Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Oppel & KlassenPrintz Honor-winning writer Kenneth Oppel and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Jon Klassen will partner to create a middle grade novel entitled The Nest.

The story follows a boy named Steve as he and his family navigates through the difficulties of caring for Steve’s sick baby brother. This will be the first time Oppel (pictured, via) and Klassen (pictured, via) collaborate on a book project.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Writer’s House literary agent Steve Malk. Chanda will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for Fall 2015.

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2. E.R. Frank Inks YA Novel Deal With Atheneum Books for Young Readers

er-to-use-310x274E.R. Frank, an award-winning children’s books author and psychotherapist, will be publishing her first novel in ten years.

Frank’s (pictured, via) new book, entitled Dime, features an intense story about teen prostitution. Atheneum Books for Young Readers has scheduled a release date for summer 2015.

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Compass Talent literary agent Heather Schroder. Chanda will edit the manuscript himself.

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3. Harlan Coben Inks Four-Book Deal With Dutton

coben2Author Harlan Coben has landed a four-book deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Ben Sevier, vice president and editor-in-chief at Dutton, will continue to edit Coben’s manuscripts. Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency negotiated the deal on Coben’s behalf.

Here’s more from the press release: “With more than 60 million books in print in over 40 languages worldwide, Coben’s last seven consecutive novels including his most recent, Missing You, have all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and on lists around the world…Coben’s third young adult novel featuring Mickey Bolitar, Found, went on sale this week and his next adult stand-alone thriller, The Stranger will come out on March 24th, 2015.” (Photo CreditClaudio Marinesco)

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4. Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes to Collaborate On ‘Secret Coders’ Comic Series

Secret CodersGraphic novelist Gene Luen Yang will be writing a middle grade grade comic series entitled Secret Coders. Cartoonist Mike Holmes has signed on to create the illustrations.

The story follows two prep school students named Hopper and Eni who develop a friendship and a passion for computer coding. In an interview with Wired, Yang explained the inspiration behind this project: “I started collecting comics in the fifth grade, and I started coding in the fifth grade. I’ve always wanted to bring them together.”

Yang, a high school computer science teacher, revealed on Twitter that “Secret Coders is a love letter to my favorite programming language of all time: Logo.” First Second Books will release the first installment on September 29, 2015.

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5. Former NYC Police Chief Ray Kelly Signs Book Deal With Hachette

hachetteRay Kelly is writing a memoir.

The former NYC Police Commissioner, known for his work slashing crime in NYC, establishing a counter-terrorism operation post 9/11 and the controversial stop-and-frisk policy, has  signed a book deal with Hachette Books. The untitled memoir is slated for release next fall.

AP has more: According to Hachette, Kelly will cover his decades in law enforcement and offer advice on leadership. He will discuss his relationship with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other government officials and will take on criticisms he faced, including for the monitoring of Muslims and for the department’s “stop-and-frisk” policy, which a judge ruled last year sometimes discriminated against minorities.

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6. Nikki Finke Pens Nonfiction Book On Hollywood

SimonSchusterlogoJournalist Nikki Finke, founder of the entertainment news blog Deadline, has been working on a  nonfiction book about Hollywood.

Alice Martell of The Martell Agency negotiated the deal for Finke’s deal. The New York Times reports that Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp edited the manuscript.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “little else is known about the specifics of the project. Simon & Schuster wouldn’t comment on the contents or offer a publication date.”

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7. Viking Children’s Books to Publish New Sarah Dessen YA Novel

Young adult author Sarah Dessen has signed a deal to pen her twelfth novel Saint Anything. The story stars a young girl named Sydney who deals with the despair and consequences that follows from her older brother’s incarceration.

Viking Children’s Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish the book on 2015. Publisher Ken Wright negotiated the deal with Writers House literary agent Leigh Feldman. Editor-at-large Regina Hayes will edit the manuscript.

Dessen (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “This book has a bit of everything I love to write about: the joy and complications of family, first love and how one friend can sometimes change everything. I’m so excited for next summer, when I can finally share it with my readers. It’s going to be hard to wait!”

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8. Soccer Star Tim Howard Inks Book Deal

Soccer star Tim Howard has landed a memoir deal with HarperCollins. Earlier this year, he served as the goalkeeper for Team USA in the 2014 World Cup.

Howard (pictured, via) will share the story of how he became a professional athlete while enduring a lifelong battle with Tourette’s Syndrome. The publisher will release both an adult and a young reader’s editions of The Keeper on December 9th.

Howard had this statement in the press release: “I’ve always wanted to write a book. My goal is to share many of the highs and lows of my journey—with a little bit of the magic of the World Cup and the English Premier League—in the hope that it will provide others with some inspiration to reach for their own dreams.”

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9. Journalist Dave Itzkoff Lands Deal For Robin Williams Biography

New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has landed a deal with Henry Holt and Company to pen a biography about the late Robin Williams. Williams (pictured, via) had passed on in early August 2014.

Executive editor Paul Golob negotiated the deal with Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Golob will edit the manuscript. The publisher has not scheduled a release date for the untitled book.

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10. Cleary Wolters Inks Memoir Deal with HarperOne

Cleary Wolters has landed a deal with HarperOne for her memoir, entitled Out of Orange. Wolters inspired the character Alex Vause on the Netflix original TV series, Orange is the New Black.

According to The Associated Press, “Wolters’ book would tell of her time in prison and her ‘complicated’ relationship with Piper Kerman, Wolters’ former friend and lover.” The publisher has scheduled a release date for May 2015.

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11. YouTube star Toby Turner Inks Three-Book Deal

YouTube star Toby Turner (pictured, via) has landed a deal with HarperCollins Children's Books. Turner plans to create a trilogy of journal-style books based on his cartoon series, Tobuscus Animated Adventures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is an "illustrated pseudo-anime and follows two characters: the clueless but cheerful peter pan Tobuscus and his mature, long-suffering companion Gabuscus. Launched in late 2011, the eight-episode series averages 10 million viewers per episode." continued...

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12. Sony Signs Film Rights to Greenwald’s Book on Snowden

Sony has reportedly acquired the film rights to Glenn Greenwald's book  No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State. According to a report in Variety, James Bond film producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will produce the film. The film will be based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book in which Greenwald reveals how he worked with Edward Snowden to unveil top-secret NSA about mass government surveillance. Salon has an excerpt from the book: continued...

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13. Jennifer Lopez Lands Deal For ‘True Love’ Memoir

Entertainer Jennifer Lopez (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Penguin imprint Celebra for her memoir, True Love. According to USA Today, the publisher describes the project as "a revealing personal diary." It chronicles Lopez's "transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she's ever been." The book will contain never-before-seen photos. English and Spanish language editions will be simultaneously released on October 28, 2014.

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14. Vivian Howard Inks Two-Book Deal With Little Brown

Vivian Howard, star of the PBS show A Chef’s Life, has signed a two-book deal with Little Brown and Company. The first title, Deep Run Roots: Ingredients from My Corner of North Carolina, is slated for publication in 2015. "Storytelling and cooking are two things I absolutely love to do, so the opportunity to tell the story of my region’s food through the lens of family and memory is big," explained Howard in a statement. "Honestly, I hope I get to write lots about food, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Deep Run Roots is memorable, useful, and relevant." Howard opened Chef & the Farmer restaurant in a 100-year old mule stable in Kinston, NC, with her husband Ben Knight back in 2006. She is the star of the new PBS show, which premiered in September 2013.

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15. Random House to Publish Book of Comedian Interviews Conducted by Judd Apatow

Filmmaker Judd Apatow has landed a deal with Random House.

The New York Times reports that Apatow will compile a collection of interviews with 25 comedians for a book entitled Sick in the Head. Some of the people he spoke with include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer.

According to the Comic’s Comic, the publishing house will release the finished project in 2015. Apatow (pictured with Dunham) plans to donate the proceeds to the 826LA creative writing nonprofit.

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16. St. Martin’s Press to Publish Companion Book to CNN Series on Jesus

St. Martin’s Press has inked a deal with television producers David Gibson and Michael McKinley to publish The Jesus Code, a companion guide to CNN’s TV series.

The book will come out next spring in time for the launch of the series. Like the show, the book will be a forensic and archaeological exploration of the Bible. The content will focus on six artifacts from the life and times of Jesus.

Check it out: “The Jesus Code book will explore more deeply the fascinating debates, controversial figures and forensic evidence which light the path of what we really know about Jesus and his world. Beyond the faithful, the book—like the series– will appeal also to the skeptical and curious readers of history and archaeology, as it takes viewers of the primetime TV series deeper into the story.”

 

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17. Orca Trainer John Hargrove Lands Book Deal

John Hargrove, a killer whale trainer and a former employee of SeaWorld theme park, has landed a book deal with Macmillan.

Hargrove recently appeared in a documentary called Blackfish which explores the dangers that captive orcas pose for both the animals in question and human beings. In an interview with The Wrap, Hargrove claims that the movie only “scratched the surface.”

In his memoir, entitled Beneath the Surface, Hargrove will share “extraordinary stories of the whales he worked with and came to love, his experiences in and out of the water, and his determination to advocate for this being the last generation of killer whales in captivity.” The publisher will release the book in spring 2015.

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18. Kensington Expands Distribution Partnership With Penguin Random House

Kensington Publishing, an independent publisher that has been in business for 40 years, has signed a five-year expanded sales and distribution agreement with Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Under the terms of the deal, Penguin Random House will continue to distribute books from the independent publisher and will expand its partnership to take advantage of additional Penguin Random House’s sales and distribution services.

“Having our global print and digital sales all under one roof will give us greater control of our business, while Kensington will continue to sell the wholesalers, mass merchandisers and book jobbers, as we have in years past,” stated Steven Zacharius, President and CEO of Kensington Publishing Corp. “This combination of efforts will take our company to a new level in the industry.”

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19. Rebecca Dinerstein Inks Deal with Bloomsbury For Debut Novel

Writer Rebecca Dinerstein (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Bloomsbury for her debut novel, The Sunlit Night.

Editor Lea Beresford negotiated the deal with Union Literary agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler to secure world rights. Alexa von Hirschberg, an editor based in the UK division of Bloomsbury, will edit the manuscript. The publisher plans to release the book globally in 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Sunlit Night explores the intersection of two young lives: Frances, who flees her claustrophobic childhood apartment in Manhattan and seeks refuge at an obscure Norwegian artist colony; and Yasha, an eighteen-year-old Russian immigrant raised in a bakery in Brighton Beach, who heads north to carry out his beloved father’s last wish to be buried ‘at the top of the world.’ The two meet in Lofoten, an archipelago in the Norwegian Sea. Their unlikely connection fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes and teaches them that however far they travel for independence, it is ultimately love that gives them their place in the world.”

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20. David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written by Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For this project, he plans to share the full script.

Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Bill Clegg. She will edit the manuscript herself. A release date has been set for March 2015 to honor the fifth anniversary of the publication of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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21. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Sensation Signs Book Deal

Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band of soon-to-be eighth graders, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Charisse Jones, a co-author of dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir Life in Motion, has signed on as writer. Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers brokered the deal whose terms were not disclosed.

“The book is important to us because we will get to share our journey with the world and inspire both kids and adults, and show that if you work hard your dream just might come true,” explained the band in a statement.  ”And it is an amazing opportunity to tell the world what friendship is about.  We are more than just a band; we are the best of friends proving that the whole is bigger than the individual.” (more…)

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22. S.C.Stephens Lands 3-Book Deal With Forever

S.C. Stephens (pictured, via), a bestselling self-published author, has landed a three-book deal with Forever, an imprint at Grand Central Publishing.

Beth de Guzman, vice president of digital and paperbacks, negotiated the deal with Kristyn Keene, an ICM agent. Megha Parekh, an associate editor, will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stephens’s first book for Forever, Thoughtful, is a retelling of the events in Thoughtless from the point of view of Kellan Kyle, the book’s hero. It will be published in simultaneous print and eBook editions in February 2015 with a second book following in the Fall of 2015. The third book is scheduled for the Spring of 2016.”

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23. Grove Atlantic Acquires Book of Mormon Producer’s Self-Published Book

Grove Atlantic has acquired Kevin Morris’ collection of stories White Man’s Problems, along with a novel that Morris is currently working on.

The Book of Mormon co-producer self-published White Man’s Problems on Amazon earlier this year. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.”

Morgan Entrekin, publisher and CEO of Grove Atlantic, met Morris at a book party for Morris’ debut title thrown by mutual friends in New York City earlier this summer. Entrekin took a copy of the book and was impressed with what he read, so he took Morris to lunch which led to a two-book deal. ”I think this is the first time we have acquired a self-published book,” stated Entrekin.

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24. Kim Kardashian Inks Deal with Rizzoli For a Book of Selfies

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has become well-known for her selfies. Universe, an imprint of Rizzoli Publications, will publish a collection of her photos in a book entitled Selfish.

PerezHilton.com reports that Kardashian revealed on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she was aiming to snap 1,200 photos. The finished book will contain 352 pages.

According to E!, “the book was inspired by a collection of Polaroid shots she gave to Kanye West for Valentine’s Day.” A release date has been set for April 07, 2015.

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25. YouTuber Michelle Phan Lands Book Deal

Beauty expert Michelle Phan has landed a book deal.

Harmony, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off on October 21, 2014. Those who pre-order the book will receive an exclusive limited-edition jacket designed by Phan herself.

Phan calls this project a “self-empowerment book.” She made a video announcement about this project on her YouTube channel. Thus far, it has drawn more than 330,000 views and over 4,000 “likes” on Facebook.

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