- Lerner Joins Gernert Company
\t\tBetsy Lerner has resigned as executive editor at Doubleday to join the Gernert Company as a literary agent.
- 'Bees' Author Will Be Back
The deal was made with agent Virginia Barber at the William Morris agency, and Dorman expects to publish next year; meanwhile Bees has been optioned for a movie by the producer of You've Got Mail, Lauren Shuler Donner, and has shipped more than 100,000 copies.
- Feynman Letters Bought at Basic
Hustad signed the major deal for the book with agent Melanie Jackson.
- PW: Hot Deals: NBCC Winner Takes Flight
- PW: $450,000 Buys 'Clean Underwear'
Tracy loved the proposal from Gannett-syndicated small business columnist Rhonda Abrams so much that he made the offer soon after agent Daniel Greenberg, of James Levine Communications Inc., messengered it over.
- Hot Deals: Forsyth in Hollywood
\t\tThat Frederick Forsyth novel bringing the Phantom of the Opera's story up to date, which agent Ed Victor has been shopping around for a good while, has finally landed in an unlikely spot.
- Perry Mason as First Fiction
Set in California both now and in the heyday of their characters, the books are described as a hip confluence of Sex in the City and Murder She Wrote, and the deal was made by Coast agent Sandy Dijkstra.
- Elizabeth Cater, 70
Cater began her career as a children's book agent and editor, then moved into sub rights positions at a number of publishers, some long gone, including Bobbs-Merrill, Liveright, Praeger and Putnam.
- Remembering Marlon
Englund, who signed for world rights directly with the editor, said, "There has not been a book, I felt, including his autobiography, for which I was the agent, that pictured Marlon as he is.
- In Ann Rule's Backyard
Hills made his deal, for world rights, first serial and audio, with agents Joan and Joe Foley.
- Bin Laden Title Accelerated
Senior editor Rachel Klayman, who bought the book, North American rights, from agent Tina Bennett at Janklow & Nesbit, has been working with the author to move the book along and add relevant, up-to-date material.
- Sen. Graham Blasts U.S. Security
In the course of it he plans to raise questions about the competence and honesty of certain government officials, according to editor-in-chief Jonathan Karp, who signed for world rights with agent Robert Barnett of Washington's Williams & Wilkins.
- Random Buys Two by Fuentes
Medina took North American hardcover and paperback rights in a collection of personal essays and a novel from agent Carl Brandt, and will publish the first next year.
- Short Takes
Agent Brian DeFiore made the North American rights sale.
- Mrs. Conroy Signs for #2
Wells bought world English, serial and audio from agent Marly Rusoff and plans to publish in summer 2004.