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1. Rick Bass Signs Two-Book Deal With Little, Brown

rickbasslogo-dogPushcart Prize-winning author Rick Bass has signed a two book deal with Little, Brown and Company.

Bass will deliver an untitled collection of new and selected stories, as well as Eating My Heroes, a nonfiction book about his meals with those that influenced him. Little, Brown and Company senior editor Ben George will edit both books. “I am keen to work on these two new projects with Little, Brown and Ben George, whose editing is as intense and sharp as I could hope for,” stated George. “Working with Houghton and my gifted editors there over two decades was never anything but fun. Everyone was family, and I will miss them. But I continue to be fortunate, and I look forward to the exciting work ahead with Little, Brown.”

The books are slated for publication in early 2016 and early 2017, respectively.

 

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2. Conservative Book Publishing on the Wane, So Cruz Gets $1.5M

Little more than two weeks after a widely circulated article on the fading of a genre, “Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End of a Publishing Gold Rush that discussed “the gutting of the conservative book market” and that too many books and too many publishers “made the economics of their genre much tougher, with an ever-increasing number of books competing for an audience that hasn’t grown much since the ’90s”, came news that Texas Senator Ted Cruz agreed to a $1.5 million dollar advance from HarperCollins.

[Disclaimer: Different imprints of HarperCollins published both of my books.]

In a Washington Post article, Paul Bedard writes that Cruz’s advance is even more than Sarah Palin’s check after her entrance onto the national stage.

Let’s go back to the BuzzFeed piece, authored by McKay Coppins…

The crux of the piece is that publishers are basically obligated to sign up books by presidential hopefuls, in the event that they are eventually elected to the White House. However, in the chase for those politicians, many publishers sign deals with conservative politicians that don’t pay off in terms of sales. Coppins’ article points out that Jeb Bush’s book has only sold about 4,600 copies and that Rick Santorum’s 2012 book American Patriots only sold about 6,500 copies.

For example, Tim Pawlenty, a short-lived presidential candidate in 2012, received an advance of around $340,000 for his 2010 book Courage to Stand. But the book went on to sell only 11,689 copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks most, but not all, bookstore sales. What’s more, Pawlenty’s political action committee bought at least 5,000 of those copies itself in a failed attempt to get it on the New York Times best-seller list, according to one person with knowledge of the strategy.

So what happens when you have a genre in decline? Pay a shit ton of money to someone in that genre.

Now, it should be stated that Cruz is a giant name in the conservative movement and Coppins’ article specifically states that some books do perform well and that it’s the midlist that struggles. Certainly, Cruz isn’t going to be a midlist author.

Nevertheless, this kind of news is what leaves many aspiring authors and publishing industry observers shaking their head, and more than a few critics applauding the so-called “death of publishing.” This isn’t about left or right, liberal or conservative politics. It’s about an industry observation that got a large amount of discussion about the struggles to recoup advances that face a genre and then, two weeks later, a giant advance is paid out in that same genre.

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3. Riverdale Avenue Books Partners With Biagi Literary Management

riverdaleavebooksPublishing company Riverdale Avenue Books has signed a deal with Biagi Literary Management to exclusively represent the publisher’s subsidiary rights.

“Linda’s reputation in the field is unprecedented,” stated Lori Perkins. Publisher at Riverdale Avenue Books.  ”She knows how to think outside of the traditional publishing box and working with Riverdale Avenue Books will give her some creative rights opportunities.  We are looking forward to Linda’s innovative approaches to this next generation of publishing.”

“I’ve worked behind the desks of several major corporate publishing companies and licensed every conceivable kind of right to every conceivable kind of book – Riverdale Avenue Books offers a breadth of product that will satisfy both traditional publishers as well as those who thrive on thinking outside the box,” stated Linda Biagi.

“They move like lightning and are all about getting to yes; since that’s my favorite word it makes us an ideal team,” she continued. “I’m thrilled to be out of the gate for Riverdale Avenue Books with biographies of E.L. James, Gore Vidal, and hot new pop superstar Lorde!”

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4. Bryan Cranston Lands Deal for Memoir On ‘Breaking Bad’

Bryan CranstonGolden Globe-winning actor Bryan Cranston has landed a book deal to pen a memoir chronicling his years playing Walter White on the hit TV series, Breaking Bad.

Cranston (pictured, via) gave this statement in the release: “Walter White taught me a lot—some of it useful, some of it dangerous. With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.”

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5. Ted Cruz’s Scores $1.5M Book Advance

tedcruzTea Party senator Ted Cruz has reportedly pulled a $1.5 million advance from HarperCollins for his memoir. This is more than the $1.25 million advance that Sarah Palin earned for her memoir Going Rogue: An American Life.

In the book, the Texas senator will share his story from how he got into politics to his involvement in the 2013 government shutdown and his fight against Obamacare.

Here is more about the deal from The Washington Examiner:

The deal was negotiated by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer of Washington-based literary and communications firm Javelin. They also cut recent deals for former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson.

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6. Zelda La Grange, Assistant to Nelson Mandela, to Pen Memoir

zeldaViking, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will publish a memoir written by Zelda la Grange; for many years, she served as an assistant to world leader Nelson Mandela.

Wendy Wolf, associate publisher and director of nonfiction at Viking, will edit the manuscript. The publisher has set a release date for Good Morning, Mr. Mandela on June 19, 2014. The author plans to donate a percentage of her royalties to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Here’s more from the press release: “Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet, a few years after the end of apartheid, she became the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now, she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.” (Photo Credit: Anton la Grange)

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7. Julian Assange to Publish ‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’

wikileaksJournalist Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has landed a deal with OR Books.

When Google Met WikiLeaks chronicles a conversation that took place in June 2011 between the infamous whistleblower and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. It contains an edited transcript of that conversation. The publisher plans to release the book in September 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Assange proposes a radical overhaul of the naming structure of the Internet, one which would revolutionize the way information is accessed. By coupling the intellectual content of a document to its online name—doing away with the haphazard URL system—Assange outlines a potential future for the Internet that would make it faster and much more difficult to censor.”

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8. 40 Days of Dating Creators Land Book Deal

40daysJessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, two designers who earned two million unique visitors with their dating experiment, have inked a book deal.

Abrams will publish 40 Days of Dating: The Book in fall 2014, looking at two friends who decided to go through the motions of a relationship and share the process online.

The book will include  ”texts, conversations, artwork, photographs, and details of the romance before, during and after the experiment. Creative Artists Agency negotiated the deal with adult trade publisher Deborah Aaronson. Warner Brothers bought the movie rights in September.

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9. Jonathan Maberry Inks Deal with Dark Horse Comics

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Stoker Award-winning writer Jonathan Maberry has landed a deal with Dark Horse Comics for five-issue mini-series, Bad Blood.

Tyler Crook, an Eisner Award winner, will do the artwork. The announcement, made during New York Comic Con, revealed that the first installment will be released on January 01, 2014. Maberry gave this statement in the press release:

Bad Blood tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire. As punishment, the vampires begin slaughtering everyone Trick loves. So he goes hunting for the vamps to try to destroy them.

 

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10. Shanna Hogan To Write About Martin MacNeill Murder Case

DSC08448Edit3-213x300True crime writer Shanna Hogan has inked a book deal for a book about the Dr. Martin MacNeill murder trial.

MacNeill was arrested in 2012 on first degree murder charges, accused of murdering his wife. The trial opens tomorrow. Martin Literary & Media Management president Sharlene Martin negotiated the deal with St. Martin’s Press executive editor Charles Spicer.

Martin will also handle tv and film rights for the book. Hogan is also the author of Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story and Dancing With Death: The Marjorie Orbin Story.

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11. Jonathan W. Stokes Inks 3-Book Deal

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Filmmaker Jonathan W. Stokes has landed a six-figure deal with Penguin Young Readers Group’s Philomel imprint.

This middle-grade trilogy project marks Stokes’ debut as a novelist. Philomel president Michael Green will edit the manuscripts.

According to Deadline, the story “has a globe-trotting Goonies vibe and follows a sixth-grader and his pals as he tries to save his archaeologist parents after they’ve been kidnapped by fortune hunters.”

 

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12. Melville House To Publish Three David Peace Books

peaceMelville House has acquired three books from British novelist David PeaceRed or Dead, The Damned Utd and GB84.

Peace made Granta’s Best Young British Novelists list in 2003 and Red or Dead the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize. The novel will come out in spring 2014 and the two other novels will follow. Check it out:

Red or Dead is a fictional biography of legendary Liverpool Football Club coach Bill ShanklyNicola Barker, a judge for the Goldsmiths Prize, called the book “monolithic,” an “ecstatic” work that “hypnotises.” “It is truly brave and utterly heroic,” says Barker. “I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like Red or Dead before. Not ever.”

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13. Willie Nelson Inks Book Deal

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Willie Nelson has landed a book deal to tell the “unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story” of his life.

Nelson has published a number of books over the course of his prolific career, but the publisher promised “none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.”

Little, Brown and Company will publish the book in the summer of 2015. David Vigliano of Vigliano Associates negotiated the deal with executive editor John Parsley.

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14. Lisa Fiedler Inks Middle-Grade Trilogy Deal with Margaret K. McElderry Books

cvr9781442487819_9781442487819_lgWriter Lisa Fiedler has landed a deal for her middle grade fantasy trilogy with Simon & Schuster’s Margaret K. McElderry Books imprint.

The first installment, Mouseheart, is scheduled for publication in May 2014. Book two will follow in Spring 2015 and the conclusion title will come out in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, artist Vivienne To has signed on to create the illustrations which will include fifteen interior pieces and a world map. Editor Ruta Rimas negotiated the deal with Writers House senior agent Susan Cohen and 2M Communications agent Madeleine Morel.

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15. Becca Fitzpatrick Inks Deal For New YA Thriller

beccaBecca Fitzpatrick, the young adult author behind the Hush, Hush saga, has landed a deal for a new book called Sapphire Skies.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers plans to publish this stand-alone thriller novel in Fall 2015. Executive editor Zareen Jaffery negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Catherine Drayton. The story stars a 17-year-old girl named Stella Gordon who ends up in the witness protection program due to extraordinary circumstances.

Fitzpatrick had this statement in the press release: “I’m delighted to be writing another young adult thriller for Simon & Schuster—this about a girl who’s running from dangerous men and a haunted past. I’m drawn to stories that weave heart-stopping suspense with broiling romance, and Sapphire Skies is no exception.”

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16. Rodrigo Corral Designs Cover For The Mountain Goats Rocker John Darnielle

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John Darnielle, best known for being a member of The Mountain Goats band, has signed a deal with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to pen his novel. The publisher will release Wolf in White Van on September 30, 2014.

The FSG blog revealed the cover for Darnielle’s novel; it was designed by famed artist Rodrigo Corral. We’ve embedded the image above–what do you think?

The Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green holds The Mountain Goats in high regard. Back in January 2013, they performed alongside Green and his brother Hank during their “Evening of Awesome” event at Carnegie Hall.

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17. Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay Inks Deal with Twelve For ‘Supernormal’

meg jayMeg Jay, Ph.D. has landed a deal with Hachette’s Twelve imprint for her new nonfiction book, Supernormal: The Secret World of the Heroic Child.

Jay (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Our culture tends to romanticize upward mobility in all forms, but we sometimes forget about its complexities: secrets, exhaustion, alienation. Naturally, we are amazed by those who outperform their pasts, yet as we have focused on ‘How do they do it?’ we have forgotten to keep asking, ‘How does it feel?’ There is a void that lies between the literature on adversity and resilience which Supernormal will finally fill.”

Publisher Deb Futter negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor agent Tina Bennett. Jay, a respected clinical psychologist, has become well-known for her popular TED Talk, “Why 30 is Not the New 20.” As of this writing, the video has attracted more than 5.9 million views.

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18. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to Release Two Transgender Teen Memoirs

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish two memoirs written by transgender teens Arin Andrews and Katie Rain Hill.

Here’s more from the press release: “The then-couple received national attention when they were featured on 20/20 in July 2013, which detailed how Andrews and Hill supported each other through their transitions and ultimately fell in love. The clip immediately went viral and the Oklahoma teens have since been covered in numerous national and international media outlets. They are currently featured in the Barneys campaign ‘Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters’ shot by Bruce Weber and starring transgender models.”

The video embedded above features the full 20/20 clip. Senior editor Christian Trimmer negotiated the terms for both deals and secured world rights. The publication date has been scheduled for September 30, 2014.

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19. Scott Westerfeld Lands Deal For ‘Afterworlds’ YA Novel

scottScott Westerfeld has landed a deal Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, for his new young adult novel, Afterworlds. The story follows Darcy Patel as she moves to New York City to establish her writing career; readers will follow both Darcy’s actual life story and the fictional one she hopes to publish.

Publisher Bethany Buck negotiated the deal with literary agent Jill Grinberg; Buck has secured North American, audio, and ebook rights. The book is scheduled to be released on September 23, 2014.

Westerfeld (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Readers of YA are also lively and energetic producers – of fanfic, of original work, of reviews and blogs and manifestos. Afterworlds is an homage to all those who write to make themselves better readers, or the other way around.”

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20. HarperCollins' Deals!

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21. Rodale Books Acquires Lorraine Bracco’s New Health Book

braccoRodale Books has acquired actress Lorraine Bracco‘s upcoming health book for woman over 40. In To the Fullest: Clean Up Your Act and Be the Best You Can Be, Bracco will share exactly how she improved her overall health and lost more than 30 pounds, and give readers tips to do the same.

“I’ve learned from my own experiences that if you want to stay vibrant and dynamic after 40, you need to replace attitudes and habits that deplete you with positive actions for change,” stated The Sopranos star. “With this book, I will show women how to do just that—by telling my own story and offering women a plan for taking charge of their health and restoring their vitality.”

 

Editorial Director Jennifer Levesque acquired worldwide rights from David Vigliano, of Vigliano and Associates. The book is slated to publish in winter 2015.

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22. Ron Perlman Lands Deal for Memoir

sons304Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy star Ron Perlman has inked a book deal for his upcoming book, Easy Street—The Hard Way: A Memoir.

Da Capo Press will publish the memoir, recounting the actor’s “rising from the streets of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.” Folio Literary Management agent Katherine Latshaw negotiated the deal with executive editor Ben Schafer. Perlman will work with author Michael Largo on the book. Perlman had this quote in the release:

When my children decided to enter a life in the arts … I began to feel a growing obsession to say something that would be helpful. I concluded that any counsel I could provide would be empty without a sense of perspective; who was I when I started and who am I now? What did the business of making art look like back then and how did it transform into what it is today? After 40 years, I have certainly gained a great deal of perspective. Another certainty is that I love movies more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow. Cinema is too sacred a Humanity for us to leave in the hands of passionless, creativity-killing, corporate bottom-liners. Who we are as a culture is at stake. This is very personal for me. This is a chance to look back. And set the record straight.

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23. Dan Pyne Lands Deal for Two Thrillers

danpayneAlcatraz show runner and screenwriter Dan Pyne has inked a deal for two thrillers with Blue Rider Press.

Victoria Sanders of Victoria Sanders & Associates negotiated the deal with publisher David Rosenthal.

Here’s more about the first novel, coming out in 2015: “50 Mice is a provocative Kafkaesque thriller that asks: What would you do if one morning, you awaken to your quietly midlevel life, certain that something is askew?”

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24. Inbali Iserles Inks a Trilogy Deal with Scholastic

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Inbali Iserles, a UK-based writer, has landed a deal with Scholastic for the I Am Fox middle-grade trilogy.

The release of book one, Foxcraft, has been scheduled for 2015; that title will be published simultaneously in the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Ellie Berger, president of Scholastic Trade, negotiated the deal with Zoe King, a partner and literary agent at the Blair Partnership, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

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25. Lawrence Block Novel Revived After 50 Years

cover_bigHard Case Crime will resurrect a lost Lawrence Block novel after 50 years, publishing Borderline next May. Read an excerpt from the book at this link.

According to publisher Charles Ardai, the book “has never previously been acknowledged to be Block’s work.” Check it out:

This is MWA Grand Master Lawrence Block at his rawest and most visceral, a bloody, bawdy, brutal story of passion and punishment—and of lines that were never meant to be crossed. First publication ever under the author’s real name! Volume includes three of Block’s rarest short stories, from the pages of the pulp magazines of half a century ago.

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