D’Aveni Brings ‘Titans’ to HMH
Tuck School of Business professor and bestselling author Richard D’Aveni sold When Titans Rule the World to Rick Wolff at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wolff preempted world English rights to the book from Carol Franco at Kneerim & Williams. In the book, HMH said, D’Aveni (Hypercompetition) details how a new type of company has emerged, called “panindustrial” manufacturers, disrupting everything from the airline industry to medical device sales, with the help of “3-D printing on an enormous scale.” D’Aveni focuses on 3-D printing and makes the case that the companies benefitting from it most are not “mom-and-pop entrepreneurs” but “the new titans that will dominate our world.”
Scholastic Nabs Stiefvater’s Latest
In an exclusive submission, David Levithan at Scholastic bought world rights to Maggie Stiefvater’s YA novel All the Crooked Saints. The book, which is slated for October, was sold by Laura Rennert at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Stiefvater (the Shiver Trilogy) is a bestselling author and Printz Honor Finalist; Crooked Saints, Rennert said, is “the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family.” The Soria clan is the family at the center of the novel; they live in the fictional town of Bicho Raro, Colo., and all have the ability to perform miracles. Three Soria cousins, Rennert went on, are “longing to change [the family’s future].” She addded: “They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.”
Cheeky Conservative ‘Guide’ Sells to Threshold
Michael J. Knowles’s self-published bestseller, Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide, sold in a world rights deal to Natasha Simons at Threshold Editions. Knowles, a 26-year-old Yale graduate who writes for the conservative website the Daily Wire, released the book, which is filled with more than 200 blank pages, as a piece of conservative-twinged humor. (The joke being that there are no reasons to vote for Democrats.) Released on Amazon February 8, the paperback became a surprise bestseller; coverage followed in, among other outlets, the Washington Post and Newsweek. Threshold, which said the book sold 70,000 copies its first week on sale, will publish its trade paperback edition on April 11. Knowles was represented by Frank Breeden at Premiere Authors.
SMP Buys First “Official” Black Lives Matter Book
The editorial director at St. Martin’s Press, Monique Patterson, has acquired Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele’s When They Call You a Terrorist in a high-six-figure deal. The book is a memoir by Cullors, who is a cofounder of the BLM movement, and is being written with journalist bandele. Angela Davis is writing the foreword. Patterson won the book at auction—six other houses were bidding—from agents Tanya McKinnon and Victoria Sanders. (Both agents have eponymous shingles.) Sanders called the memoir the “first official Black Lives Matter book.” Rights to the title have also been preempted in Germany, by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.
Millienial Money Guru Goes to Hachette
Internet sensation Kristin Wong sold North American rights to Money Geek to Lauren Hummel at Hachette Books. Wong was represented by Linda Konner, who has an eponymous agency; Wong runs the Two Cents blog on Lifehacker that Konner said draws 836,000 monthly views. The book, which Hummel won at auction, will, Konner said, “help millennials and others feel more in control of their finances.” It will also, Konner added, show readers how to “live the life they want, not just the life they can afford.” Money Geek is slated for March 2018.
Lit Journal Founder to Bloomsbury
Founding editor-in-chief of the biannual online journal No Tokens, T. Kira Madden, sold a memoir called Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls to Callie Garnett at Bloomsbury. No Tokens, in its mission statement, describes itself as a publication “celebrating work that is felt in the spine” and is run “entirely by women and non-binary individuals.” The memoir, which charts Madden’s coming of age in Boca Raton, Fla., is, Bloomsbury said, “an intensely affecting look at the crushing addictions, complex racial histories, and fierce attachments both menacing and redemptive that lurk just under the surface of a privileged family life.” The book is set for winter 2019. Jin Auh at the Wylie Agency represented Madden in the deal.