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1. Getting Manga for Cheap

Looking for ways to spend money for manga, but concerned about the price? Krystallina from Daiyamanga will guide you on getting manga for not so much money! – Ed. Note We all want to support the companies and creators of our favorite series. But supporting them doesn’t have to mean paying full price for everything. ... Read more

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2. Stephen Graham Jones Sells Book to Morrow

Longtime Slushpile favorite Steven Graham Jones has sold a new novel called Mongrels to Morrow. Looks like BJ Robbins of the BJ Robbins Literary Agency brokered the deal.

I’ve got some questions for Mr. Jones on this fine new book of his. Look forward for more information to come shortly.

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3. Amber Rose Inks Deal With Gallery Books

Amber RoseAmber Rose has landed a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Gallery Books. The publisher will release Rose’s book, entitled How to Be a Bad Bitch, on October 27th.

With this project, the model (pictured, via) will share her advice and ideas on how to cultivate success. David LaChappelle will take charge of the photo shoot to create the cover image.

Here’s more from Billboard.com: “Rose was introduced to Gallery Books by her manager, Nick Cannon, whose company, Nick’s Ncredible Entertainment, is represented by ICM. Rose was represented by ICM and attorney Walter Mosley on the deal. Jeremie Ruby-Strauss acquired the work for Gallery Books from Doug Johnson.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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4. Jessica Weisberg Inks Book Deal With Nation Books

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Freelance journalist and story editor at Page 1 Jessica Weisberg has inked a book deal with Nation Books for an undisclosed figure.

Nation will publish, How to Behave in America, a nonfiction title will explore the history of the advice column. Check it out:

Pitched as in the spirit of Tony Horwitz, journalist Jessica Weisberg’s HOW TO BEHAVE IN AMERICA, an entertaining and thoughtful exploration of the historical roots of Americans’ obsession with popular advice and our desire to be told what to do, and what this reveals about our collective aspirations through the ages, to Alessandra Bastagli at Nation Books by Nathaniel Jacks at InkWell Management.

 

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5. Dick Van Dyke Inks Memoir Deal With Weinstein Books

Dick Van DykeDick Van Dyke has signed a memoir deal with Weinstein Books.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the nonfiction book, entitled Keep Moving: And Other Tips About Old Age, will be released on December 13, 2015. The publication date was chosen to coincide with the actor’s 90th birthday.

Editorial director Amanda Murray negotiated the deal with Trident literary agent Dan Strone. With this project, Van Dyke (pictured, via) will discuss “his approach to growing old.” He promises that he’s “not going to sugarcoat anything,” but his objective is “to assure people that there is a beautiful life waiting” during one’s golden years.

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6. Diane Guerrero Inks Memoir Deal

Diane GuerreroDiane Guerrero, an actress who has appeared on the Orange is the New Black Netflix series, has landed a memoir deal.

Henry Holt and Company has scheduled publication for In The Country We Love to take place in early 2016. Senior editor Serena Jones acquired the manuscript.

According to the press release, Guerroro (pictured, via) talked about the “heartbreaking story of her family’s nightmarish struggles as undocumented residents seeking citizenship—but ultimately deported—in the United States” publicly in a L.A. Times op-ed. She will share more details about this ordeal in her book. Michelle Burford, a writer who has written biographies about Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and singer Toni Braxton, will serve as the co-author for this project.

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7. Trinity University Press Has Acquired Maverick Publishing

tupTrinity University Press has acquired the assets of Maverick Publishing Company, an imprint dedicated to publishing books about the Southwest.

Beginning next year, Trinity will launch a new imprint called Maverick Books. The line will include more than 40 backlist titles from the Maverick collection and will publish new titles dedicated to the history and culture of Texas and the American Southwest. Lewis F. Fisher, the founder of Maverick will work with Trinity University Press as an editorial advisor, which will include acquiring and writing books for the imprint.

“Trinity University Press has enjoyed significant growth and success nationally and internationally during its first ten-plus years of publishing,” says Thomas Payton, associate director of Trinity University Press. “Core to our mission is a commitment to explore the history and culture of Texas and its peoples, as well as the Southwest more broadly. The Maverick acquisition helps to deepen our catalog of available print and ebook titles.”

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8. Nobel Prize Winner Patrick Modiano Inks Deal With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Patrick ModianoHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will publish an English language edition of Patrick Modiano’s latest novel. Gallimard, Modiano’s publisher in France, released the book back in October 2014 and it has become a bestseller.

HMH has scheduled a publication date for So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood in late 2015. Bruce Nichols, the company’s general interest publisher, negotiated the deal with literary agent Georges Borchardt (who represented Gallimard).

According to the announcement, Euan Cameron has signed on to serve as the translator for this project. The book “is a haunting novel of suspense, in which a single, unexpected phone call to a man living quietly in Paris launches a chain of menacing encounters and events, unlocking a dark secret he had erased from memory.”

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9. Michelle Miller Lands Six-Figure Deal With G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The UnderwritingMichelle Miller, a former banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co., has signed a six-figure book deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Miller had originally published The Underwriting in twelve installments on the internet. According to The Associated Press , the story “is billed as The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Miller plans to write five books for this thriller fiction series; the Penguin Random House imprint has only acquired the first two books. The release date for book one has been set for May 26, 2015. Tara Singh-Carlson served as the editor for this project.

Here’s more from The Underwriting website: The Underwriting initially aired on this website as a 12-part weekly serial in the spring of 2014. Episodes, which took about 30 minutes to read, were released each Wednesday, free to read for 24 hours, or available for purchase as text or audio files. The series was accompanied by DJ playlists, photography, finance tutorials and brand sponsorships, and found a global audience whose loyalty to the story and its delivery was, for its author, the stuff of much skin-tingling.”

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10. Cecily McMillan Lands Memoir Deal

Nation Books LogoCecily McMillan, a former Occupy Wall Street activist, has landed a memoir deal for her book, The Emancipation of Cecily McMillan.

Alessandra Bastagli, an editor at Nation Books, negotiated the deal with Roz Foster of the Sandra Dijkstra literary agency.

The book will chronicle McMillan’s journey from becoming emancipated from her parents at age 16, getting involved with the Occupy movement, and her experience at Rikers Island.

A student at the time, McMillan was arrested during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York in 2012. During the protest, McMillan was involved in a fight with police and this year was convicted of assaulting an NYPD officer. She defended herself, claiming that she elbowed the cop as a reaction to his grabbing her breast. She served 3 months on Rikers Island.

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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. 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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19. 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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20. 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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21. 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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22. 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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23. ‘The Beach Boys’ Singer Mike Love Inks Memoir Deal

Blue-Rider-Logo_200Mike Love, best known as one of the founding members of The Beach Boys, has inked a memoir deal with Blue Rider Press.

James S. Hirsch, a journalist and biographer, will help Love with writing this project. The publisher plans to release the book in the Summer 2016.

Here’s more from The Associated Press: “According to Blue Rider, the 73-year-old Love will discuss his ‘complex’ relationship with Brian Wilson, his cousin and the Beach Boys’ leader during their peak years in the 1960s. Love and Wilson have fought over songwriting credits and creative control of the group.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

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24. Kara Thomas Inks Two-Book Deal

Kara ThomasKara Thomas, a novelist and television writer, has signed a two-book deal with Delacorte Press.

Thomas (pictured, via) plans to write a mystery entitled Darkest Corners. The Penguin Random House imprint has scheduled a release date for Spring 2016.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book features “a True Detective-meets-Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places story, it follows two estranged childhood friends whose lives are upended the summer after their high school graduation when the serial killer they helped send to prison might go free. What do you think?

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25. David Graeber Lands Deal With Melville House

Melville HouseDavid Graeber landed a deal with Melville House for a new book entitled The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.

Graeber, an anthropology professor at the London School of Economics, served as one of the principal organizers of the Occupy Wall Street movement. According to the press release, he coined the famous “We are the 99%” slogan for the protest.

With this work, Graeber “traces the peculiar and unexpected ways we relate to bureaucracy today, and reveals how it shapes our lives in ways we may not even notice.” A publication date has been scheduled for February 24, 2015.

 

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