Teen Gets Six Figures from HC
Seventeen-year-old Abigail Gibbs has landed a six-figure deal with HarperCollins, signing for world rights to two books, The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire, and its sequel. Scott Mendel at Mendel Media brokered the deal with Erika Tsang at HarperCollins U.S. and Amy McCulloch at HarperCollins UK. The book has been released as a serial, via Wattpad, beginning when the author was 15. HC said that, to date, it’s been read nearly 17 million times. William Morrow has just released an e-book edition of the work—it’s about an 18-year-old who gets swept up in a glamorous world and falls for a charismatic but dangerous figure—and is planning a paperback for March.
Kramon Signs with Pegasus
Maia Larson at Pegasus Books bought world rights to Justin Kramon’s novel, The Preservationist. Kramon was represented by Ayesha Pande, who has an eponymous firm, and the book is scheduled as a lead title for October 2013. Kramon’s first book, a coming-of-age tale called Finny, was released by Random House as a trade paper original in 2010—the PW review called the work an “impressive debut”—and this title, Pegasus said, is one of psychological suspense. The house said: “Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of a relationship that begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches and the reader becomes less and less sure whom to trust.”
Howard Goes to ‘Lovetown’ with Rosenberg
Agent Brandi Bowles, at Foundry Literary + Media, sold Kailen Rosenberg’s Real Love, Right Now, to Howard Books in a six-figure pre-empt. Beth Adams acquired North American rights to the work. Rosenberg co-hosts the TV show Lovetown USA on Oprah’s network, OWN, and the book, which is tentatively titled, will, Bowles said, “encourage readers to put their false egos and bad dating habits aside so they can figure out... who will fulfill them in the deepest way possible.”
Begley Gets ‘Compelled’ by S&S
Reuters health correspondent Sharon Begley sold a book called Compelled to Karyn Marcus at Simon & Schuster. Linda Lowenthal at the David Black Agency conducted the sale, which was for world rights. Begley wrote the bestselling Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain, which was originally published by Ballantine in 2007. This book, Marcus said, will explore “a menagerie of human behaviors, stimulating readers to think about their own compulsions, and the overarching questions about the brain and free will: just who’s in charge here, anyway?”