HMH Re-ups Charbonneau
Margaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt inked a two-book, world rights deal with YA author Joelle Charbonneau. The first book in the deal, N.E.E.D., is set for fall 2015 and was pitched as “Pretty Little Liars meets Homeland.” The novel, which is set in a small Wisconsin town, follows a teenage girl named Kaylee who gets involved in an elite social networking Web site—you need an invitation to join—called N.E.E.D. The second book is currently untitled, and scheduled for fall 2016. Charbonneau’s first novel, The Testing (part of a trilogy, and also published by HMH), earned a starred PW review. Agent Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency represented Charbonneau.
Chapman Sparks 'Conversation' at Chronicle
Associate director of marketing for Atavist Books, Ryan Chapman, has inked a deal with Chronicle Books to publish a title based on his popular Tumblr, Fill the Silence. Wynn Ranking took world rights to the book, called Conversation Sparks, from agent Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. McKean said the work will feature “hand-drawn, and exhaustively researched, bits of trivia.” The book, which will include 365 pieces of trivia, is set for spring 2015.
NAL Keeps Neill Bloodsucking
NAL signed a six-figure deal with Chloe Neill for three more titles in her Chicagoland Vampires series. In the deal, Jessica Wade took world rights to the books from Lucienne Diver at the Knight Agency. NAL has been releasing the books in trade paper, digital, and audio thus far, and in March 2014 will begin issuing them in mass market, as well. The series, which NAL launched with Some Girls Bite in 2009, follows an English lit Ph.D. candidate who is turned into a vampire.Chapman ‘Converses’ with Chronicle
Aussie Columnist to Gallery
Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books won, at auction, world English rights (excluding Australia/New Zealand) to Frances Whiting’s debut novel Walking on Trampolines. Gallery’s Lauren McKenna brokered the deal, done in conjunction with S&S Canada, with agent Catherine Drayton at Inkwell Management. Whiting is a columnist and journalist who works for the Australian newspaper the Sunday Mail. The book, said S&S, follows a woman named Tallula ‘Lulu’ de Longland and her “best frenemy” since childhood, Annabelle Andrews. The novel was published by Macmillan Australia in October 2013 and has gained, per S&S, local traction with readers and critics. S&S will be publishing the book Stateside in spring 2015.
At Europa Editions, Kent Carroll took U.S. rights to Deirdre Madden’s Time Present and Time Past. Former AP Watt agent Derek Johns brokered the deal, working with Faber & Faber rights manager Lizzie Bishop. Europa said the novel is “a moving portrait of an ordinary family in contemporary Ireland.”