- PW's Events Listing: Gaithersburg Book Festival’s 'State of the Book' Panel
What: The panel will feature reporter Michael Norris, bookseller Mark LaFramboise, publisher Jed Lyons, agent Gail Ross, and editor Geoff Shandler sharing their perspectives on the business.
- Pocket and the Phone Guy
Pocket Books is convinced he is a new master of noir mysteries, however, and senior editor George Lucas has just signed him for two more novels, North American rights, from agent Richard Pine at Arthur Pine Associates.
- Start Publishing Strikes Deal for 16 Titles
The books are a mix of romance and science fiction.Start Publishing president Jarred Weisfeld said the deal is part of Start’s strategy “to not just buy companies, but to increase our catalog through quality content from foreign and domestic publishers and agents.”
- Media Stars Join for Political Book
Random editor-in-chief Jonthan Karp was quick to sign the book, so far untitled, with agent Andrew Wylie and plans to publish in fall 2006, in time for the midterm elections.
- Colombian in Three-Book Deal
It's not often that writers from other languages make multibook deals, especially with two imprints for different languages, but that's what agent Thomas Colchie has managed for Colombian activist/author Laura Restrepo.
- Cleage Moves to One World
Diggs paid a "significant" sum to Detroit-based agent Denise Stinson for world hard/soft rights.
- Bidding for Richards's Memoir over $7 Million
Agent Ed Victor’s auction for Keith Richards’s memoir, first hinted at back in April at the London Book Fair, is finally underway, with HarperCollins's Jonathan Burnham and Little, Brown's Michael Pietsch battling for world English rights to the tune
- Gibbons Signs with Harcourt
Patty signed with agent Joy Harris for North American rights.
- Karr Signs with Fourth Estate
Hodell, whose first acquisition this was for Fourth Estate, bought world rights from agent Amanda Urban at ICM.
- Krentz/Quick United
Gerber signed with agent Steve Axelrod for the three books, all historicals by Quick, with the first, due next year, set in Regency London; two will be Putnam hardcovers, the third a Berkley paperback.
- Riverhead Gets Rap Chief's Memoir
Grau bought world rights from Knight's agent, Mickey Freiberg at Acme Talent, and his lawyer, Arthur Barens.
- New Deal for Chabon
The book deal, in which Fourth Estate's U.S. editorial director Clive Priddle and U.K. publisher Christopher Potter (joining with Harper Canada) paid a sum reported at just under $2 million for North American, was made with agent Mary Evans.
- Reichl to Edit HM Cookbook
Houghton executive editor Rux Martin bought North American rights from agent Doe Coover and will publish in fall next year, expecting the book to become a "cornerstone" of the publisher's cookbook program.
- In Search of Oak
The book went to auction, which agent Russell Galen conducted by cell phone while hiking in Grand Teton National Park recently, and the winner for world rights was John Glusman of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- With a Nod to John Donne
., Canadian and first serial from agent Kathleen Anderson at Anderson Grinberg, and foreign rights have already been sold in Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Sweden.