Krieger Re-Ups with Wiley
Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich has closed on an offer from John Wiley & Sons for the newest cookbook by Ellie Krieger. Justin Schwartz took world rights to Comfort Foods Made Light, and Wiley plans to pub in fall 2011. The deal with Krieger, who hosts the Food Network show Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger and has published previous cookbooks with Clarkson Potter and Taunton Press, marks a second effort with Wiley, which will release So Easy: Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week in October.
HarperTeen Wins Trilogy
In a high six-figure deal, Erica Sussman at HarperTeen pre-empted world rights to a supernatural trilogy by debut author Kiersten White. Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary closed the deal and Harper plans on publishing Paranormalcy, the first title in the series, in fall 2010. The books follow a 16-year-old girl, with the ability to see ghosts, who works for an organization called the International Paranormal Containment Agency.
SMP Goes 'Grave' Digging
St. Martin's Jennifer Enderlin landed North American rights, with a six-figure pre-empt, to a new series by Darynda Jones. Jones, an RWA Golden Heart winner, has signed to do three books about a female PI who moonlights as the angel of death. Alexandra Machinist at Linda Chester brokered the deal; the first book is called First Grave on the Right.
Another pre-empt this week comes from Pamela Dorman, who, for her eponymous imprint at Penguin, nabbed Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree in a two-book deal. Dorman took North American rights to the psychological thriller—it's being pitched as reminiscent of works by Barbara Vine and Donna Tartt—about a mother trying to protect her family from long-buried secrets. Kelly is a British journalist, and Hodder & Stoughton will release the book in the U.K. next year; Dorman plans to pub in 2011. The deal was closed by Zoe Pagnamenta of the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency, working on behalf of Sarah Ballard at United Agents.
Garbage Patch Kid
Megan Newman at Avery took North American rights to Plastic Ocean, Charles Moore's nonfiction account of discovering the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (aka the Plastic Continent), a massive collection of floating waste in the Pacific Ocean. Moore, a seaman and marine researcher, discovered the Patch in 1997; the Patch had, to that point, been only theorized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sandra Dijkstra, of the Dijkstra Agency, did the deal.
Peter Joseph at Thomas Dunne acquired North American rights, at auction, to 50 Questions for Successful Negotiation: How to Succeed in Business and Life by Asking the Right Questions by attorneys Steven Babitsky and James Mangraviti. The coauthors, who run a training/consulting, are known for their classes on negotiation skills; Billy Kingsland of Kuhn Projects brokered the deal.
Hoover Institution economist and bestseller Thomas Sowell has sold his Intellectuals and Society to Basic Books. John Sherer took world rights from Carol Mann, of the Carol Mann Agency, and plans to publish in January. The book, per Basic, is a study of the way the intellectual class affects modern societies.