- Rosenberg Reunited at Kensington
The two-book, hard/soft deal was signed by Kensington chief Walter Zacharius with agent Arthur Klebanoff at the Scott Meredith agency, and was for world rights outside the British Commonwealth, plus electronic, large print and book club.
- Chick Lit Research
News of a possible new direction in that hard-worked genre comes from agent Joe Veltre at Carlisle & Company, who has just taken a preemptive offer for two books by Lauren Willig, a young woman just finishing her Harvard Ph.D.
- Weitzman Tabbed U.S. Rep to JIBF
She will also be instrumental in coordinating U.S. participation in the editorial and agent fellowship program.
- An Editor at Sea
Naturally, she figured there might be a book in it, and so did her agent, Gail Ross, who auctioned the proposal called Casting Off: My Unlikely Mid-Life Adventure on the High Seas, and found a winner in HarperCollins executive editor David Hirshey.
- How to Be a Queen (Latifah)
World rights for the hardcover, acquired in a rumored low-six-figure deal negotiated by agent Denise Stinson, is tentatively titled From the Heart of a Queen and will be published in 1998.
- More Stone for Houghton
The contract, signed with agent Neal Olson at Donadio & Olson, calls for a new novel that will involve a campus murder, a book of short stories and a memoir—the latter dealing with the author's New York childhood with a schizophrenic mother.
- Portfolio Wins Spitzer Scandal Book
\t\tThe proposal that agent Liz Darhansoff has been shopping on the rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer has found a home.
- HM Wins a Special-Ops Memoir
The five-house auction was run by a new San Francisco agent, E.J.
- William Morrow Gives Lehane His Own Imprint
General Books and Canada, and Liate Stehlik, senior v-p and publisher of William Morrow, with Lehane’s agent, Ann Rittenberg, president of the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
- Skyhorse Teams With Paperless Publishing to Release E-books
Agents can send submissions to Meghan Kilduff, publisher of Paperless Publishing, at email@example.com.
- Smashwords Passes Milestone
According to the company, over 35,000 authors, small publishers and literary agents have used Smashwords to distribute their e-books to e-tailers that include Barnes & Noble, the Apple iBookstore, Sony, Kobo and the Diesel eBook Store.
- A Peek at the May 2 'PW'
The Soapbox is by agent Jennifer Weltz who describes selling foreign rights via Skype.
- Save Bookstores Day Tomorrow
Literary agent Kelly Sonnack, with the Andreas Brown Literary Agency, set up a Facebook page to promote the event to more than 8,000 of her closest friends.
Toni Mendez-Shapiro, former Rockette and longtime literary agent, died at her home in Manhattan on March 9.
- Gray Family Memoir for RH
It was a North American rights buy from agent Georges Borchardt, for a substantial six figures.