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Beyond Diana...
Judy Quinn -- 9/29/97
Anchor's Martha Levin made a rumored $500,000 bid to acquire the next book by Naomi Wolf, this one about motherhood and planned for 1999. Wolf is represented by agent John Brockman.
With a mid-six-figure bid, Doubleday's Pat Mulcahy beat out underbidder Diane Reverand of HarperCollins and won the auction for New Hampshire teacher Barbara Dimmick's first novel, In the Presence of Horses. Agent Clyde Taylor of Curtis Brown, who first made a $100,000 German sale on the book when all the foreign publishers were in town for the pre-Frankfurt blitz a week ago, insists the book is no Horse Whisperer clone but is a more serious tale of a female horse trainer coming to terms with her life.

As reported earlier, Warner Aspect editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell made a $137,500 deal to acquire a proposed book by Athena Andreadis, repped by Jimmy Vines, called The Biology of Star Trek, and plans a late 1998 or early '99 publication. Now that deal's underbidder, HarperCollins editor Eamon Dolan, has acquired another proposed book on the topic from agent Susan Rabiner (who acquired the book that started it all, The Physics of Star Trek, while an editor at Basic Books). The authors of this book are Richard Jenkins, a geneticist at the Mayo Clinic, and his wife, psychiatrist Susan Jenkins. Dolan told PW that he hopes to beat Warner's publication schedule.
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