- 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.
- 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.
- New Series Character for Robert B. Parker
But fans of Parker's popular Spenser character needn't worry: Parker, who is represented by agent Helen Brann, will continue to do that series as well, with the next entry, Small Vices, out on March 31.
- An Editor's Famous Father
There were several bidders when agent Gloria Loomis at Watkins Loomis sent it around, but Norton's Bob Weil came up the winner as the editor Sifton most wanted to work with, and the world rights deal (except Germany) was concluded with him.
- Rosie Kids Around
Vice-president and executive editor Jamie Raab told PW that this book was O'Donnell's idea, and that in this separate book deal negotiated with O'Donnell's agent Amanda Urban, the talk-show star and Warner will donate all proceeds to charity.
- Big Buy of Walters Memoir
It was a deal for world English rights, signed by editor Susan Mercandelli (along with Miramax's Steve Hutensky and Charles Layton) with agent Mort Janklow at Janklow & Nesbit.
- HM Looks at 'Toddler Culture'
He took Toddler Culture by investigative journalist and broadcaster Susan Gregory Thomas from agent Tina Bennett at Janklow & Nesbit.
- Kelly's First Deal
\t\tNew Morrow editor-in-chief Betty Nichols Kelly has acquired her first book with a reported $500,000 preemptive bid to agent Alex Smithline to publish Link, a first novel by 28-year-old screenwriter Walt William Becker.
- Job Moves: April 16, 2014
Cook, is joining Yates & Yates as associate literary agent.
- A Peek at the May 2 'PW'
The Soapbox is by agent Jennifer Weltz who describes selling foreign rights via Skype.
- 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.
- 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.