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Epic story sales that may or may not put me to...

I’ve sadly been falling down on posting these. I logged in today at Publishers’ Marketplace and saw that there were 455 new deals since I had last checked. Zoinks.

I think I read one Jane Green book. Why do I think she writes about infidelity alot?
Three more books by British writer Jane Green, starting with THE BEACH HOUSE, to Clare Ferraro at Viking, in a major deal, by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider, on behalf of Anthony Goff at David Higham Associates (US)

When the sale is listed to the CEO of the publishing house, you know its a big deal.
Sidney Poitier’s LIFE BEYOND MEASURE: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter, heartwarming stories and life lessons in the form of letters to his granddaughter, to Jane Friedman for Harper One, for publication in Mary 2008, by Mort Janklow at Janklow & Nesbit (world).

Six voices? That seems like a lot. Like too many.
Emily Wing Smith’s SUNDAY’S CHILD, in six voices about a Utah Mormon community reeling after the death of a popular teen boy who was probably gay, to Andrew Karre at Flux, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2009 (World).

Never heard of romance novelist Irene Hannon and I don’t really know what to think from the term “romance novelist”. Is that romance in the classical sense or in the popular genre fiction sense?

Romance novelist Irene Hannon’s AGAINST ALL ODDS, a series of thrillers about an FBI agent trying to find the truth behind a murder, to Jennifer Leep of Revell, in a nice deal, for three books, for publication in late 2008, by Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary.

Like the six narrator story above, this sounds like it has too many neurotics.
Nicola Keegan’s SWIMMING, about an Olympic swimming champion who has suffered a mental breakdown in the wake of a serious injury and the end of a relationship and moves to Paris to see a psychiatrist, where she remembers growing up surrounded by nuns and tragedy in a household comprising an agoraphobic mother, three sisters afflicted, respectively, by excessive sanctity, drug addiction, and terminal illness, to Jordan Pavlin at Knopf, in a significant deal, for publication in Spring 2009, by Bill Clegg at William Morris Agency (NA).

This is a wait and see. I like the idea of more books about the far east but generally, I don’t have the patience for epic family histories.
Xu Xiaobin’s FEATHERED SERPENT, an epic family history with women across five generations in a span of 100 years from the dying stage of the Qing Dynasty of 1890s to the 1990s when the student democratic movement was crashed and then China embarked on a frenzy of economic surge, to Johanna Castillo at Atria, in a pre-empt, a two-book deal, for publication in August 2008, by Joanne Wang at Joanne Wang Agency (World English).

Not terribly sure what genre bending is but it must be really good to get a seven figure advance.
San Francisco MD Josh Bazell’s debut novel BEAT THE REAPER, a genre-bending thriller narrated by a charismatic and dangerous hitman-turned-doctor, to Reagan Arthur at Little, Brown, in a major deal, for seven figures, for publication in July 2009, by Markus Hoffmann at Regal Literary (NA).

UK rights to Jason Arthur at William Heinemann, in a good deal, at auction, for one book, by Lauren Pearson at Regal Literary (UK/Commonwealth).

Dutch rights to Pieter Swinkels at De Bezige Bij, in a pre-empt.

Gates, I have heard, is a pretty good writer so maybe this series about desert sheikh brothers will also be good.
Olivia Gates’s THRONE OF JUDAR, a three-book miniseries set in the fictional desert kingdom of Judar, featuring sheikh brothers, to Natashya Wilson at Silhouette Desire, in a nice deal, for publication in May, July and September of 2008.

Ahhhhhh. Sounds wildly improbable but I’ll try to set my reservations aside and give it a looksie.
Alissa Johnson’s debut, AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, a Regency romance in the tradition about a young woman who returns to London after several years abroad to discover her family nearly destitute, the Prince Regent determined to engage her services as a spy, and a darkly delicious duke ready to foil her at every turn, and a second untitled historical, to Leah Hultenschmidt at Dorchester, for publication in November 2008, by Emmanuelle Alspaugh at Wendy Sherman Associates.

Interesting. Sounds like a good tv pilot plot.

David Mack’s THE CALLING, in which a man who hears other people’s prayers for help is summoned to find a kidnapped child, and during his search he learns that he is part of an ancient, ongoing struggle between the forces of good and evil, to Marco Palmieri for Pocket, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).

The next Emily Giffen?
Allison Winn Scotch’s TIME OF MY LIFE, pitched as Sliding Doors meets The Family Man in which a 35-year old with a seemingly pitch-perfect life is haunted by her “what ifs,” and wakes up one morning to discover herself seven years in the past and granted with the chance to meet the mother who abandoned her, pursue the career she left behind, chase down the man she could have married, and answer all of her lingering doubts, to Sally Kim at Shaye Areheart Books, in a pre-empt, by Elisabeth Weed at Weed Literary.

I was just commenting that there aren’t enough books about Abbesses. Really, I was.
Annamaria Alfieri’s MURDER IN ALTO PERU, in which an Abbess finds the tranquility of her convent threatened when the unruly daughter of a wealthy man, who had sought refuge there, mysteriously dies, bringing about a collision of various interests and holy and unholy desires, to Toni Plummer at Thomas Dunne Books, by Nancy Love at Nancy Love Literary Agency (World).

A movie? Haven’t read it, but I know Nicole loves Swendson.
Shanna Swendson’s ENCHANTED, INC., about a small town gal who moves to New York to be extraordinary only to discover that she is so ordinary, she’s immune to magic and thus becomes a secret weapon for a company that is essentially Magic Inc., to Universal’s Strike Entertainment, by Amy Schiffman and Sarah Self at the Gersh Agency, on behalf of Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.

This sounds very cliched. Another Sherlock Holmes pastiche and one which involves Jack the Ripper?
Lyndsay Faye’s debut KNIFE POINT, in which Sherlock Holmes tracks down Jack the Ripper in 1888 London, to Kerri Kolen at Simon & Schuster, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House (world English).

Could be good.
Amy MacKinnon’s TETHERED, about a young mortician — with her own damaged past — who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation and a sordid underworld when she unwittingly identifies a dead body which leads to consequences almost impossible to imagine, to Sally Kim at Shaye Areheart Books, in a significant deal, at auction, by Emma Sweeney (world).

Never read the Between-the-Numbers series.
NYT bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s fifteenth and sixteenth books featuring her character Stephanie Plum, and the fourth and fifth books in her Between-the-Numbers series (also featuring Plum, and her character DIESEL), to Matthew Shear and Jennifer Enderlin editing at St. Martin’s, by Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group (NA). The Between-the-Numbers books will be full length novels.

This is billed as a Women’s fiction/romance.
BJ Hoff’s GANT’S JOURNEY TRILOGY, in which a woman who belongs to a small Amish settlement in the Appalachians, becomes involved in the Underground Railroad and helps to create quilts with coded messages for runaway slaves and their conductors, to Nick Harrison at Harvest House, in a very nice deal, for publication in October 2008 (first title), by Janet Kobobel Grant at Books & Such Literary Agency (world).

I hope its better than the movie made out of the Princess Diaries.
Meg Cabot’s THE MEDIATOR Series, about a sixteen year old girl who can see and speak to ghosts (only no one in her family knows this) and who moves, with her mother, from Brooklyn to live her new stepfather and brothers in California, where she encounters a spirit like no other, optioned to Julia Pistor (Spiderwick Chronicles, Nacho Libre), by Bill Contardi on behalf of Laura Langlie.

Again, three generations? Seems too epic to me.
Linda Cardillo’s next title, featuring pivotal Thanksgiving dinners in Boston’s North End, as told by three generations of Italian-American women for whom food is love, change, defiance and salvation, again to Paula Eykelhof at Harlequin Everlasting Love, in a nice deal, by Maura Kye-Casella of the Denise Marcil Literary Agency.

Sounds kind of laughable, particularly in the erotic setting, i.e., these shapeshifters are really animals in bed.
Crystal Jordan’s FERAL INSTINCTS, a collection of erotic novellas set in a future where genetic experimentation has turned humans into shape-shifters who unleash the feral instincts within, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington Aphrodesia, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (world).

I might be very interested in this. It’s billed as a women’s fiction/romance.
Karen Kay’s BLACK EAGLE AND THE SWAN, a book set in the spirit of The Last of the Mohicans, and SENECA BRAVE, as part of a new Native American series The Warriors of the Mingwe, to Wendy McCurdy at Putnam, in a two-book deal, by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency (world).

Sounds kind of sweet.
Sally Koslow’s THE LATE, LAMENTED MOLLY MARX, a humorous but affecting story of a young mother who dies under mysterious circumstances, but narrates from above the events following her death as she makes sense of her formerly messy life, learns the truth about her death, and makes sure that their three year old daughter will be well cared for by her serial-philandering husband, plus THE SCHADENFREUDE CLUB, to Laura Ford at Ballantine, in a good deal, by Christy Fletcher at Fletcher & Parry (world English).

Completely ambivalent although I kind of like the “wastrel lover” term.
Emily Gee’s WITCH-EYE, her second romantic fantasy novel, in which things are not what they seem as a prim courtier and her wastrel lover meet and plot as spies in the catacombs of Corhona Castle, to Christian Dunn of Solaris, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates (world English).

Hmmm. Professors of history band together to write erotic romp. Something does not compute.
Professor of history at Brandeis Jane Kamensky and professor of history at Harvard University Jill Lepore’s BLINDSPOT, an erotic romp about a fallen woman who disguises herself as a boy to serve as the apprentice to a portrait painter in Boston as the American Revolution is waged, to Cindy Spiegel at Spiegel & Grau, at auction, by Tina Bennett at Janklow & Nesbit (NA).

Jayne, are you reading this?
Rebecca Cantrell’s EVEN SMOKE LEAVES A TRACE, about an undercover crime reporter in Berlin in 1931 who discovers her brother’s murder and resolves to find the killer, sparking a series of discoveries that lead her from the city’s dark underbelly to the upper ranks of the rising Nazi party, to Kristin Sevick at Tor/Forge, in a nice deal, plus a sequel, for publication in July 2009, by Elizabeth Evans at Reece Halsey North (NA).

This seems so implausible because would a rookie really be in charge of the ride along and would you really want your teenaged daughter doing night shift ride-alongs?
Author of The Boys Next Door, Jennifer Echols’ BOY IN BLUE, in which a high school senior arrested for a misdemeanor is sentenced to ride along with a rookie cop on the night shift and finds herself falling, to Jennifer Heddle at MTV Books, in a nice deal, by Caren Johnson at Caren Johnson Literary Agency

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. jmc
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 16:35:00

    I just finished Echols’ The Boys Next Door, so I’m looking forward (far, far forward) to reading more from her. The plot does seem a little unlikelym though. ;)

    Feathered Serpent sounds interesting…but a novel set in the Far East was not the first thing I thought of when I saw the title. Without any other information, just the title, I would assume it was a book set during the Spanish conquest.

  2. Collette
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 18:22:21

    So, I was so intrigued by the 7 figure deal for Josh Bezell that I looked around a little. The 7 figure deal was for the North American rights only…the UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) were sold for a “high five-figure sum.” I guess he’ll be able to pay off his med school loans, huh?

  3. Miki
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 19:11:38

    Never read the Between-the-Numbers series

    …and haven’t lost a thing. Wish I hadn’t.

    Besides, do you really want to add in the additional frustration of dealing with Stephanie’s inability to choose from three men?

    I’m not sure the premise can carry a full-length novel (or worse, two of them). These have previously been novellas in hardback.

  4. Shannon
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 19:16:16

    The first of the Between-the-Numbers series is my favorite Plum book (even if I can’t remember the title right now), but like Miki, I’m not sure they can carry single title length. And quite frankly, if they’re not going to be bonus novellas, what’s the point? Why not make them #’s 17 and 18?

  5. Nicole
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 21:26:27

    Oooh…if done well, Swendson’s books could be cute on the big screen.

  6. Janine
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 22:18:35

    I think Faulkner did more than six voices in As I Lay Dying, and what a great book that is. You never mistake any of them for another.

  7. Janine
    Oct 10, 2007 @ 22:19:26

    BTW, I have missed this Publishing Deals feature.

  8. May
    Oct 11, 2007 @ 21:26:05

    I’m another Swendson lover. I’m hoping she does manage to sell the fifth book of the current Enchanted, Inc story arc now that she’s sold movie rights.

    Emily Gee is supposed to be pretty god.

  9. Janine
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 12:01:34

    Jane, I think a genre-bending book is one that mixes genres. For example, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a genre-bender because it mixes science fiction, literary fiction, and romance.

  10. sherry thomas
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 18:55:16

    Didn’t the Dirty Girls Social Club have six voices?

  11. Joan
    Oct 19, 2007 @ 23:33:58

    Jane, you do know that the romance genre is the lonely hearts club of literature, don’t you? I bet when you get ready for a romantic evening all you need to do is make sure you have enough good batteries to last through the steamy parts…eeeeewwwww!

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