SMP Trims Down... with Mrs. Amen
Nichole Argyres at St. Martin’s Press bought world rights, at auction, to Tana Amen’s The Omni Diet: Two Weeks to Lose Weight, Reverse Illness, and Control Your Genes. Agent Celeste Fine at Sterling Lord represented Amen, a nurse and the wife of Dr. Daniel Amen; he’s written such bestsellers as Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. Tana, who’s been dubbed “the brain doctor’s wife,” has outlined health plans with a number of high-profile clients, including bestseller/pastor Rick Warren. This book is expanded from Amen’s work with Warren on “The Daniel Plan,” a regime Warren followed, and publicized, to trim down and improve his health. SMP elaborated that the book offers an eating guide that details “the best of high-protein and plant-based foods.”
Carlson Returns to HarperOne as Author
The founder of HarperOne, Clayton Carlson, sold his memoir to his old company, closing a world rights deal directly with Mark Tauber, senior v-p and publisher of the HarperCollins division. The People of the Book: A Publisher’s Personal Retrospective from the Death of God to Tebowing—and Beyond is set for spring 2013 and will cover, among other things, the way Carlson was instrumental in transforming religious publishing. According to HarperOne, Carlson offers “an insider’s account of the changes in American religion and spirituality over the last five decades” as someone who has “witnessed its many and varied manifestations.” Tauber added that Carlson saw to it that HarperOne’s backlist includes such varied authors as C.S. Lewis, Paulo Coelho, and Desmond Tutu.
Dutton Re-Ups Adler-Olsen
Danish novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen signed a three-book deal with Penguin’s Dutton imprint, to continue his current Department Q series there. The books follow the head of the Copenhagen cold case division, detective Carl Møerk; the launch title in the series, The Keeper of Lost Causes, hit the New York Times bestseller list after being released by Dutton in 2011. The next book in the series, The Absent One, is set for August 21. Ben Sevier, at Dutton, brokered the deal with Sara Hunt Cooke, international rights director at Penguin UK; according to Dutton, there are 6.7 million copies of Adler-Olsen’s books in print worldwide.
Kensington Explores Tanenbaum’s ‘Soul’
Michaela Hamilton, executive editor at Kensington, took North American rights to former Manhattan homicide bureau chief Robert K. Tanenbaum’s true crime work, Echoes of My Soul. Bob Diforio, at D4EO Literary, brokered the deal for Tanenbaum, and the book is slated for May 2013. Kensington likened the book to John Grisham’s Innocent Man; here, per Kensington, the plot revolves around the “case of two young women murdered, an innocent man convicted and sent to jail, and the young DA who refuses to give up until justice is served.”
Kinsella Plays Catch with Steerforth
The New Hampshire indie Steerforth Press nabbed U.S. right to W.P. Kinsella’s novel Butterfly Winter. Chip Fleischer at Steerforth struck the deal with Canadian agent Carolyn Swayze, of Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency Ltd. Kinsella is also Canadian (and the author of Shoeless Joe, the novel that Field of Dreams was based on), and Butterfly Winter marks his first book in more than a decade. The novel, which has been out in Canada since September 2011, follows two Caribbean twins, Julio and Esteban, as they leave their home country and each launch careers in the major leagues.