Tor Re-ups Sanderson for Seven Figures
Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson has inked a seven-figure, two-book, North American–rights deal with Tor to continue his successful Mistborn series. Both titles will be sequels to 2006’s Mistborn: The Alloy of Law, which Tor published in 2006. The first book is called Shadows of Self, and it’s set for spring 2015; the second book has not yet been titled or scheduled. Agent Joshua Bilmes at Jabberwocky represented Sanderson. There are currently four books in the Mistborn series, and Tor plans on reissuing the titles for a YA audience through its Tor Teen imprint, beginning in 2014. Sanderson is best known for Mistborn, and for taking over Robert Jordan’s iconic Wheel of Time series after Jordan died in 2007.
Glusman Takes Collins’s ‘Blood’
At Norton, John Glusman bought world rights to Murder of the Century author Paul Collins’s Blood & Ivy: The True Story of Money, Murder & the Trial That Shocked Harvard. Michelle Tessler, who has an eponymous agency, represented the author. The book, Glusman explained, is about the gruesome murder of one of the wealthiest Harvard Medical School alums, Dr. George Parkman; it was a crime, Glusman noted, that “fascinated Dickens and divided Cambridge.” Among other things, the case brought about the pioneering use of medical forensics (with authorities relying upon things like dental records and handwriting analysis). Blood is set for release in spring 2016.
Ten Speed Lets Sanders Translate
Twenty-year-old author/illustrator Ella Frances Sanders sold There’s a Word for That to Kaitlin Ketchum at Ten Speed Press. The book is subtitled An Illustrated Compendium of Delightfully Untranslatable Words from Other Cultures, and Ketchum acquired the title in a preempt from agent Elizabeth Evans at Jean V. Naggar Literary. The book, which has also been acquired in the U.K., was born out of a blog post Sanders did on Maptia.com (a Web site where users submit maps to tell personal stories) that Evans said drew 1.5 million hits worldwide.
MMA Missionary Heads to Howard
At Howard Books, Simon & Schuster’s religion imprint, Becky Nesbit preempted North American rights to Justin Wren’s memoir Fight for the Forgotten, which he is cowriting with Sports Illustrated contributor (and bestselling author) Loretta Hunt. Wren, who has an odd array of titles (he’s a mixed martial arts fighter and member of the UFC since 2009, as well as a Christian motivational speaker and missionary), launched a charity called Fight for the Forgotten in 2012, aimed at raising money for Mbuti Pygmy slaves; his goal was to liberate 1,000 of them. The book, which Foundry Literary + Media agents Chris Park and Yfat Reiss Gendell sold, is, as Park explained, Wren’s story “of how God met him in his brokenness and then changed his purpose—fighting for himself—to fighting for others.”
Vining Gets ‘Addicted’ at SMP
Debut novelist Season Vining sold her new adult novel, Beautiful Addictions, to St. Martin’s Press’s Rose Hilliard in a six-figure, three-book, world-rights deal. Rachel Ekstrom at the Irene Goodman Agency represented Vining. The title, which is set to come out as an e-book in January 2014, and then in print in July 2014, is about a girl named Josie Banks, who grew up in and out of foster homes. After disappearing and waking up with no memory, she is brought back together with Tristan, the man who never forgot her.