The big two-book deal for a pair of children's books that came in among the slush to British agent Darley Anderson and was made with Puffin in the U.K. was mirrored here by Regina Hayes at Viking Children's Books. The author is first-timer Cathy Cassidy, the books are called Dizzy and Indigo Blue.... In another children's deal, Miramax bought two new books from Eoin Colfer, one of them a new installment in his bestselling Artemis Fowl series, the other a stand-alone called The Supernaturalist. The deal was done with agent Sophie Hicks at London's Ed Victor agency.... Crown's Annik Lafarge won an auction for a highly original memoir in the form of a kind of encyclopedia of alphabetical entries by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a magazine writer and NPR commentator. It's called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and was bought for world rights from agent Amy Rennert.... Another sale by Rennert was of an "inside publishing" novel called Blind Submission by DebraGinsberg, about an agent with (gasp!) a huge ego; the buyer of North American rights was Sally Kim at Tom Dunne's SMP imprint.... A new novel by the author of The Dirty Girls Social Club, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, was bought by SMP's Elizabeth Beier from agent Lesley Daniel at Joy Harris; it's called Playing with Boys and will appear sometime next winter.... The book about the Vietnam war at home and on the battlefield, They Marched into Sunlight by David Maraniss (S&S) was preempted as a movie by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for their Playtone company. The deal was put together by agent Rafe Sagalyn and CAA.... Another recent movie deal was for Marianne Pearl's book about the killing in Pakistan of her husband, reporter Daniel Pearl. Warner Bros. optioned A Mighty Heart for Plan B, the company owned by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, and ICM's Ron Bernstein made the deal, working with Warner's New York book scout, Maria Campbell.... One celeb who has decided to write for adults rather than children is Pamela (Baywatch) Anderson, who signed with Atria publisher Judith Curr to do a pair of novels loosely based, she said, on her own startling life. The deal was done, at Curr's suggestion, with her manager, Heddy Moy, and the first book, From the Waist Up, is due next summer.
Volume 250 Issue 43 10/27/2003