Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Fiction Book Deals From Publisher's Weekly

For several months I've invested in a subscription to Publisher's Weekly so that I could research agents and editors for The Sandy and for the Crested Butte Writers Conference. It gives all kinds of valuable industry information on who is working for whom, contact info, and what they're acquiring.

Only catch is it's $20/month. I'm about to cancel my subscription--at least until I need to find editors and agents for next year, however it occurred to me that you guys might enjoy seeing the kinds of books that are being bought now--last week's deals reported by Publisher's Weekly. Sorry I didn't think to share these weekly reports months ago, but take a look at the stuff below. It shows what types of stories are being bought, it has brief pitches of them and which agents and editors are doing the deals. Very interesting market info for the experienced writer looking for a home.



Nora Zelevansky's THE PFEFFERNOOSE CHRONICLES, a humorous and touching tale of a directionless college student who against her will is sucked into the wildly opulent and magical vortex of a charismatic socialite, to Dan Weiss at St. Martin's, in a two-book deal, by Anne Bohner at Pen and Ink Literary (World).

Bennington MFA grad Megan Mayhew Bergman's BIRDS OF A LESSER PARADISE, a story collection in which women's choices and relationships are shaped by the menace and beauty of the natural world, exploring the ways we rely on each other, and on animals, for protection and love, featuring stories which have won awards from Zoetrope, Narrative, and Glimmer Train, to Samantha Martin at Scribner, at auction, for publication in 2012, by Julie Barer at Barer Literary (NA).

BookCourt bookseller and blogger Adam Wilson's FLATSCREEN, to Michael Signorelli at Harper Perennial, for publication in 2012, by Erin Hosier of the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner.

Bonnie Paulson's WHISPERS OF ME, in which a woman finds that suicide slams one door, but running from trauma opens another to love, to Angela James at Carina Press, for publication in Summer 2011, by Rachelle Gardner at WordServe Literary Group.


Janet Lee Barton's SOONER SUNSET, the follow-up to her SOONER SUNRISE, in which love is lost (and found) during the Oklahoma Land Rush, to JoAnne Simmons at Barbour, for publication in Fall 2011, by Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary.


New York Times Notable author of books including BLIND SUBMISSION and THE GRIFT, Debra Ginsberg's WHAT THE HEART REMEMBERS, a novel of psychological suspense centering on the unlikely - and dangerous - friendship between two young women: a wealthy young widow, and the recent recipient of a heart transplant, who are drawn together by forces they don't understand; neither woman is who she appears on the surface; and as their complicated friendship deepens, so too do their secrets and lies, to Danielle Perez at NAL/Signet, by Nancy Yost of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency (world English).

Law and Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer's KILL SWITCH, a series featuring a female forensic psychiatrist who joins with a former police officer to look for a former patient turned serial killer, written with co-executive producer Jonathan Greene, a co-exec producer on the series, to Kensington, in a three-book deal, by Lydia Wills at Paradigm.

Darcy Scott's MATINICUS, the lobster wars on the tiny island of Matinicus off the coast of Maine are the setting for this strange and frightening tale of murder, both past and present, to Jeremy Townsend at Publishing Works, in a nice deal, for publication in March 2012 (World).

Author of CODE BLUE and MEDICAL ERROR Richard Mabry, MD's LETHAL REMEDY, in which a doctor finds that a highly touted miracle drug is attacking more than just bacteria, to Barbara Scott at Abingdon Press, for publication in 2012, by Rachelle Gardner at WordServe Literary Group.


Eldritch John Joseph Adams's THE BOOK OF CTHULHU, a reprint anthology featuring stories from the most popular and respected authors in the field, to Jeremy Lassen at Night Shade Books, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2011, by Joe Monti at Barry Goldblatt Literary (World English).


New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger's next two novels following the forthcoming Darkness, My Old Friend and another thriller in 2012, to John Glusman at Crown, by Elaine Markson at Markson Thoma (world).

Jaden Terrell's debut RACING THE DEVIL, featuring a private investigator, who has a son with Down Syndrome, a best friend with AIDS, an ex-wife he can't fall out of love with, and a weakness for women in jeopardy (until one frames him for murder), and A CUP FULL OF MIDNIGHT, to Martin Shepard at The Permanent Press, for publication in January 2012 and February 2012, by Jill Marr at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency (World).


ALWAYS THE BAKER, NEVER THE BRIDE author Sandra Bricker's ALWAYS THE WEDDING PLANNER, NEVER THE BRIDE; ALWAYS THE FASHIONISTA, NEVER THE BRIDE; and ALWAYS THE BAKER, FINALLY THE BRIDE, to Barbara Scott and Ramona Richards at Abingdon Press, in a nice deal, for publication through 2012, by Rachelle Gardner at WordServe Literary Group.

Saachi Green's LESBIAN COPS: Erotic Investigations, to Brenda Knight at Cleis Press, in a nice deal, for publication in April 2011 (World).

Cynthia Thomason's WINNING IT ALL, where one man's return to his southern home town as the new high school football coach brings back painful memories for the girl who loved him and threatens to reveal her long held secrets, to Charles Griemsman at Harlequin Special Editions, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

DiAnn Mills's PRIME TIME, in which a news anchor is recruited to join the FBI by another agent; she is eager to help solve a case that she reported on during her news days, but she has no idea that the man guilty of the crime has held a grudge against her since she covered the story, and THE TIE THAT BINDS, to Sue Brower at Zondervan, for publication in April 2012, by Janet Kobobel Grant at Books & Such Literary Agency.


Eva Stachniak's THE WINTER PALACE and THE EMPIRE OF THE NIGHT, about Catherine the Great of Russia, to Kate Miciak at Delacorte, for publication in 2012 and 2013, by Helen Heller at Helen Heller Agency (US).

The follow-up to the debut novel HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, Margaret Dilloway's THE ROSE OF GALILEE, about a solitary amateur botanist who's on the path to perfecting a new breed of rose has her world turned upside down when her wayward niece comes to visit her, to Marysue Rucci at Putnam, for publication in 2012, by Elaine Markson at Markson Thoma.

Stand-up comic and author of FOLLOWING POLLY, Karen Bergreen's PERFECT IS OVERRATED, featuring an imperfect mother who works through her own post-partum depression by finding out who's killing the alpha-Mommies in town, to Elizabeth Beier at St. Martin's, by Victoria Skurnick at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (NA).

Author of Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter H√łeg's THE ELEPHANT KEEPERS' CHILDREN, about three siblings and their eccentric parents who have gone missing, as told from the perspective of a precocious 14-year-old and set on a fictional island where people of all faiths co-exist, to Judith Gurewich at Other Press, by Sofie Voller of the Gyldendal Group Agency (NA).

Winner of Le Prix Femina 2010, Patrick Lapeyre's LIFE IS SHORT AND DESIRE ENDLESS, which explores the inexhaustible, ineluctable suffering of love through the story of two men and the woman they both love, to Judith Gurewich at Other Press, by Vibeke Madsen at P.O.L Editeur (world English).

Gemma Burgess's UNION STREET, the first in a series of novels about a group of young women living together in a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and trying to figure out love, life, and adulthood, to Dan Weiss at St. Martin's, in a three-book deal, by Jill Grinberg at Grinberg Literary Management on behalf of Laura Longrigg of MBA Literary Agents.

Sarah Rayner's ONE MOMENT, ONE MORNING, the story of three women's lives-and the way they become inextricably linked -- following a tragedy on a commuter train, to Lisa Senz at St. Martin's, with Sara Goodman editing, by Vivien Green at New Island in association with Valerie Borchardt (US).

Author of The Writing on my Forehead and finalist for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award, Nafisa Haji's THE SWEETNESS OF TEARS, in which a young Christian woman uncovers the secret her mother has been keeping from her: that her biological father is Muslim; on a journey from California to Pakistan and Iraq, she must find a way to reconcile her faith with family secrets and the role political culture can take in our lives to find compassion and love, again to Laurie Chittenden at William Morrow, by BJ Robbins at BJ Robbins Literary Agency (World).

Audrey Schulman's THREE WEEKS IN DECEMBER, two interconnected stories of two Americans who have taken on dangerous, fraught missions in Africa for idealistic reasons, to Kent Carroll at Europa, in a nice deal, for publication in 2012, by Richard Parks at the Richard Parks Agency (world English and Italian).

Mitzi Szereto's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Hidden Lusts, in which Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on, the entire cast of characters from Austen's classic are here in this rewrite that goes all the way, to Brenda Knight at Cleis Press, in a nice deal, for publication in July 2011 (World).

Children's: Middle grade

Robin Mellom's THE CLASSROOM, pitched as MODERN FAMILY for middle graders, in which a documentary crew descends on Westside Middle School to chronicle the life of a seventh grader and epic worrier, and his classmates, to Christian Trimmer at Disney-Hyperion, in a six-figure deal, in a 4-book deal, for publication in Summer 2012 by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (world English).

Cheryl Kilodavis and illustrator Suzanne DeSimone's MY PRINCESS BOY, a mom's story about a young boy who loves to dress up, the challenges he faces, and the family that supports him no matter who he becomes or what he chooses to wear, to Bethany Buck at Simon & Schuster Children's, with Fiona Simpson editing, by David Vigliano and David Peak at Vigliano Associates.

Children's: Young Adult

Debra Driza's debut, a three-book sci-fi thriller series, to Claudia Gabel at Katherine Tegen Books, in a very nice deal, by Taylor Martindale at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

THE CABINET OF WONDERS author Marie Rutkoski's ME AND THE SHADOW SOCIETY, when a mysterious boy arrives at her high school, a girl discovers that she is not human and that her parents were terrorists in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn't happen, to Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus Children's, in a very nice deal, for publication in Fall 2012, by Charlotte Sheedy (NA).

Writer/comedian and I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND: WHAT I LEARNED FROM INDIE ROCKERS, TRUST FUNDERS, PORNOGRAPHERS, FELONS, FAUX-SENSITIVE HIPSTERS, AND OTHER GUYS I'VE DATED author Julie Klausner's debut young adult novel, MUSES, the story of a fifteen-year old visual artist, set at a performing arts camp for girls, which despite its pristine, competitive exterior, is host to lewd summers filled with back-stabbing, back-rubbing, and heady nymphet/instructor affairs, to Cindy Eagan at Poppy, by Scott Mendel at Mendel Media Group (NA).

Mitchell Kriegman and Lisa Daly's BEING AUDREY HEPBURN, the story of a 19-year-old New Jersey teen from a broken home who is mistaken for a debutante when she wears an Audrey Hepburn dress (yes, THAT little black dress!) to an event at the Met; in order to fit into high society she then immerses herself in Hepburn's films so she can better pull off the charade, resulting in a journey toward finding herself, to Brendan Deneen at Thomas Dunne Books, in a two-book deal, by Kenneth Wright and Barbara Marcus at Writers House for Kriegman; Stephany Evans at FinePrint for Daly (NA).

Heather Burch's HALFLINGS TRILOGY, hunted by men and demons, a seventeen-year-old entrusts her life to three half-human, half-angel young men; the halflings are sworn to protect her at all costs, but when two fall for Nikki, it's puts more then their lives in danger; their very eternal souls hang in the balance, to Jacque Alberta at Zondervan Children's, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2012, by Jennifer Schober at Spencerhill Associates (world).


Kristi Helvig said...

Thanks for this link--it's nice to see there are still sales happening despite all the gloom and doom we hear about. :)

Theresa said...

I just wished I'd thought of it sooner. I was surprised to see the vast majority of sales are in Childrens and YA--then Inspirational books are having their day. Really strong sales there. Seems Fantasy and SF are waning and chick lit is close to dead--if not dead.

Donnell said...

Very interesting, T. Thanks for sharing!