Feiwel Gets the ‘Shivers’
Jean Feiwel, for her eponymous children’s imprint at Macmillan, bought world rights to a new middle-grade series called Shivers by bestselling author James Preller. Rosemary Stimola, at Stimola Literary, represented Preller in the deal; Feiwel aand Friends is planning to release four titles, with the first scheduled for spring 2013. Preller wrote the popular Jigsaw Jones series—Macmillan said more than 10 million of those books have sold since 1998—and a number of other books; his latest title, Bystander, was published by Feiwel and Friends in May 2011.
St. Martin’s Re-Ups Andrews
St. Martin’s Press has extended its relationship with author Mary Kay Andrews, whose June 2011 novel with the publisher, Summer Rental, proved an unexpected hit (landing on both the PW and New York Times bestseller lists). SMP bought Summer Rental back in 2009, as part of a two-book deal, and now Jennifer Enderlin has acquired three more books by Andrews, taking world rights from agent Stuart Krichevsky. Andrews’s second novel from the 2009 deal, Spring Fever, is set for June 2012. Under the new deal, Andrews will deliver two novels and a Christmas novella.
Amsterdam Goes with Riverhead
British author Steven Amsterdam sold U.S. and Canadian rights to What the Family Needed to Rebecca Saletan at Riverhead. Agent Grainne Fox, who did the deal, said the book was pitched as “The Incredibles for grownups.” The novel marks Amsterdam’s sophomore novel after Things We Didn’t See Coming (which was longlisted, in 2010, for the Guardian’s first book award), and follows a family that develops supernatural powers; Fox handled the sale for British agent Nicola Barr at Greene & Heaton, and Harvill Secker will be publishing the novel in the U.K. this summer.
Atria Nabs Two More from Domingue
Sarah Branham at Atria closed a world rights, two-book deal with novelist Ronlyn Domingue, whose debut, The Mercy of Thin Air, was published by Atria in 2005. Agent Jillian Manus of Manus & Associates represented Domingue. The first book is about one of the world’s first female mapmakers, who is exiled from her kingdom and her twin children. The second book is tentatively titled Lead Us Whole, Beautiful Child; Branham said it is set in a later period than Mapmaker and “follows a young woman named Secret, who is called to release a mysterious plague to end an age-old pestilence.” Mapmaker is set for 2013, and Lead Us Whole for 2014.
S&S Heads to the ‘Motherland’
After an exclusive submission, Trish Todd, at Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint, bought North American rights to William Nicholson’s novel, Motherland. S&S said the advance was six figures. Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander in London brokered the deal, and Quercus acquired the book in the author’s native England; Motherland is slated for a spring 2013 publication in the U.K., and a summer 2013 release in the U.S. Nicholson has written a number of novels (among them The Golden Hour), but may be better known for his other writing endeavors; he wrote the play Shadowlands (as well as its teleplay and screenplay) and has penned such films as Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Motherland, which opens during WWII and unfolds over ensuing decades, is a love story. S&S said the novel is about “friendship and war and love and loss.”
LBYR and Headline Get ‘Happy’
In a world English rights deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ Poppy imprint and Headline (one of Hachette’s U.K. divisions), ICM’s Jennifer Joel sold Jennifer E. Smith’s YA novel, This Is What Happy Looks Like. Elizabeth Bewley acquired the book stateside, and the title is set for a spring 2013 publication. The deal continues LBYR’s relationship with Smith; Poppy published the author’s third book this month. In This Is, an e-mail is the catalyst for an unlikely transatlantic romance between two teenagers.
Don Wiese, for his new Magnus Books, took world English rights to American Hipster, a biography of Herbert Huncke by Hilary Holladay. Agent Jacques de Spoelberch did the deal for the book, which is set for June 2012. Huncke was a writer and heroin addict best known for his friendships with beat luminaries like Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Kate Sullivan at Candlemark & Gleam took world English rights to Justin Robinson’s Mr. Blank. The novel follows a henchman who works for a number of nefarious organizations and must navigate what Sullivan called “the information underground” when he discovers someone is trying to assassinate him. Robinson did not use an agent .