Berkley Re-ups Mackintosh
Bestselling British author Clare Mackintosh (I Let You Go) is extending her stay with her American publisher, Berkley. Claire Zion inked the thriller writer to a two-book North American and open market rights agreement, brokering the sale with Kate Hibbert at Little, Brown UK. The first book under the deal, Let Me Lie, is scheduled for 2018. The psychological thriller, Berkley said, is about a woman who refuses to believe police reports about her parents’ sudden deaths. With the cops claiming suicide, the heroine, Berkley added, “thinks they were murdered,” but she and the police are “both wrong.” The second book in the deal is slated for 2019.
Women’s Marcher Lands at Grand Central
The creator of the Pussyhat Project, which popularized the pink knit hats donned by protesters at the Women’s March in January, sold a book to Grand Central called DIY Rules for a WTF World. Representing author Krista Suh, Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties sold world rights to the book to Gretchen Young. Suh, along with a friend and an L.A.-based knitting shop owner, began posting patterns for the hats online, inviting demonstrators to create the headwear and then don it on march day. Crowe called the work a “manifesto for every woman to create her own distinct and original path to joy and success and impact.” The book is scheduled for a winter 2018 publication.
Zaichkowsky, Peterson Go Mental at Jeter Imprint
Adam Wilson at Simon & Schuster’s Jeter Publishing acquired Leonard Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson’s The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level, explaining how regular joes can attain the mental fortitude of world-class athletes. Wilson took U.S., Canadian, and open market rights from Laura Yorke at the Carol Mann Agency. Zaichkowsky is a professor at Boston University, where he teaches sports psychology; Peterson has a blog about sports psychology called 80 Percent Mental. S&S said the book, set for March 2018, will explain how people can “combine anticipation, perception, and decision-making skills” to perform at a higher level in the sports they play.
Bloomsbury Nabs Fitzmaurice’s Memoir
Ruth Fitzmaurice sold a memoir called I Found My Tribe to Liese Mayer at Bloomsbury. Mayer acquired North American rights from Jane Kirby at Penguin Random House UK. Tribe is expanded from an Irish Times article that Fitzmaurice wrote that went viral; it discussed how, after her husband was diagnosed with ALS, she found solace swimming in the Irish Sea with friends. Bloomsbury said the book, set for spring 2018, is “for readers of H Is for Hawk and When Breath Becomes Air.”
Oni Press’s Ari Yarwood bought a graphic novel by Sarah Mirk called Open Earth for the independent comics publisher’s sex education and erotica imprint, Limerence. With illustrations by Eisner-nominated artists Claudia Aguirre and Eva Cabrera, the book, Oni said, will follow a day in the life of a woman living on a space station. With Earth gone, and along with it many of humankind’s “cultural norms and rules,” the heroine engages in “an openly polyamorous life” while struggling with the direction of one of her relationships. The authors did not use an agent in the deal, and the book is slated for fall 2018.
Patty Rice at Andrews McMeel nabbed world English rights to the debut by web cartoonist Catana Chetwynd, Little Moments of Love: A Catana Comics Collection. Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media, who represented Chetwynd, said the book will display her “most popular and beloved comics that show simple, silly everyday little moments we all experience in relationships.” The book is scheduled for fall 2018.
Correction: Due to a publisher error, Eva Cabrera was incorrectly listed as one of the authors of Open Earth; she is one of the illustrators of the graphic novel. Additionally, this article has been updated to reflect the fact that Krista Suh is the sole creator of the Pussyhat Project, and not one of multiple creators.