Archive for the ‘Rights Deals’ Category

Lisbeth Salander To Live On

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

13014080_O_1   Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Swedish publisher of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, Norstedts Förlag (covers of the original and U.S. editions of the first title in the series, above), has announced that they have hired Swedish journalist and author David Lagercrantz to write a fourth book, scheduled to be published in August, 2015.

The publisher added that it has nothing to do with the manuscript that Larsson left unfinished when he died in 2004 (the series was originally planned as ten books and there is still a legal dispute over ownership of the rights to the unfinished manuscript).

In a press release, Norstedts explains why they chose Lagercrantz for the task, “His ability to find the right tone and voice, his great experience and his manner of engaging readers of all ages – most recent in the form of the global success that is I am Zlatan [which he ghost wrote for the soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic]  – makes him the right choice. David Lagercrantz is not just a skilled novelist, he has also, through his work searched for different characters and complex geniuses. He is also used to working in editorial environments”

U.K. rights were acquired by British publisher, Quercus, which launched in the U.S. this fall (see their web site here) with a list that includes a book of articles by Larsson, translated into English, The Expo Files. Larsson, like his main character, was a crusading journalist. No news yet on whether Quercus, or the U.S. publisher of the previous titles in the Millennium series, Knopf, will publish the new title here.

A very early work by Larsson, a story he wrote when he was just 17, will make its first appearance in English in an anthology of works by several Swedish crime writers, A Darker Shade of Sweden, coming in February 2014 from Grove/Mysterious Press.

Rolling Stone Reporter Book Deal

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal was ousted from his post by President Obama after making critical remarks about the administration’s handling of the war in Afghanistan in a Rolling Stone interview.

Reactions from the news media showed they were caught off guard, shocked that Rolling Stone broke the story, as hilariously portrayed by Jon Stewart,

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
McChrystal’s Balls – Honorable Discharge
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Now, there may be cause for even more professional jealousy; Little, Brown announced that it will publish a book about the war in Afghanistan by the author of the article, Michael Hastings. The book, as yet untitled, will “offer an unfiltered look at the war, and the soldiers, diplomats and politicians who are waging it,” according to the press release. No pub date has been announced. Hastings published a memoir in 2007, I Lost my Love in Baghdad.

The story was picked up by many news sources, including the AP.

Libba Bray Signs for New Series

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Printz-winner (Going Bovine) Libba Bray has signed to write a new YA series called The Diviners for a rumored $2 million, according to Publishers Weekly. Described as supernatural fantasy set in Manhattan during the 1920s, Bray said the series will offer  “readers a wild new ride full of dames and dapper dons, jazz babies and Prohibition-defying parties, conspiracy and prophecy—and all manner of things that go bump in the neon-drenched night.”

The first title in the four-book series is planned for Fall 2012.

The books were won in a six-house auction by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Bray’s last four books were published by Delacorte.

The Next J.K. Rowling?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Before you get excited by the Wall Street Journal headline, “From Australia, the Next J.K. Rowling?,” do what the Christian Science Monitor suggests, Google “the next J.K. Rowling.” Time gave Stephenie Meyer that title last year, long after she was already a phenomenon. Philip Pullman was also a candidate, but the other names that surface have so far not panned out.

So, here’s the story. Struggling married mother of four, Australian Rebecca James, decides to bet all she has on her ability to write a book. The resulting  Beautiful Malice, “a gritty psychological thriller for teenagers and upward,” suffered many rejections before suddenly being picked up by an agent who took it to the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, where it engendered an international bidding war.

Bantam was the high bidder for U.S. rights, spending “up to $600.000,”  for Beautiful Malice and a second thriller, Cooper Bartholomew is Dead, says the WSJ.

One of the American underbidders says the book offers young adults something totally different, “a smart and literary psychological thriller.”

By the way,  Scholastic paid $105,000 for the rights to publish Harry Potter back in 1997, which amounts to $140,306 in 2009 currency. At the time, it was the largest amount ever paid for a debut childrens book

Of course, that was before Harry Potter proved what profits were lurking in the childrens book market.

James Frey Lands Publisher (or vice versa)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The press rarely reports on book deals in the making, so the amount of blow-by-blow coverage of James Frey shopping a six-book YA series is amazing.

But then, this wasn’t a run-of-the mill book deal. The film rights to the first book in the sold for a “high six figures” to Transformers director Michael Bay. MTV, based on the synopsis alone, has already declared that Frey has a Twilight-type hit in the making. At first, the book was shopped anonymously, adding a touch of intrigue.

It still remained to be seen who the publisher would be. Today, the NYT reports that HarperCollins Children’s Books bought the rights to I Am Number Four.

No word on pub date.

Martin Luther King Jr. Back in Print

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Beacon Books has signed a deal with Dexter King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son and chief executive officer of King, Inc., to release new editions of four King books in 2010, according to an AP story that appeared in USA Today:

  • Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story – The story of the 1955-56 bus boycott organized by King
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? – King’s penultimate book, written in 1967, on combatting poverty and responding to the Black Power movement
  • Trumpet of Conscience: A collection of speeches King delivered in November and December 1967
  • Strength to Love: A collection of King’s sermons

Under the agreement, Beacon will also compile King’s writings, sermons, lectures and prayers into new editions with introductions by leading scholars.

So far, it’s unclear whether this deal will reignite the objections of siblings Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, who have not settled three lawsuits related to their brother Dexter’s management of the King estate, and the control of their mother Coretta Scott King’s personal items, which caused a $1.4 million book deal to fall through last year, according to a previous AP story.

Cheney Memoir Coming in 2011

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Dick Cheney has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish a memoir in Spring 2011, covering his past 40 years in Washington, D.C. and in the private sector, the New York Times reported today. The editor is Mary Matalin, his close friend and adviser, who founded the conservative Threshold Books imprint.

The Times notes that Cheney is joining numerous Bush administration figures writing memoirs, including:

President George W. Bush; his wife, Laura; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; and Karl Rove, the former presidential political adviser. Mr. Rove’s book will also be published by Threshold.

Cheney received a $2 million advance according to the Times. George Bush reportedly received $7 million from Crown, while Bill Clinton was said to have accepted $15 million from Alfred A. Knopf.

I Can Haz Book Deel?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008


O.K., I admit it, I was searching for an excuse to run this picture from I Can Haz Cheezburger. Galley Cat (who shares our fascination with felines) reports that the “insanely popular” site (currently #10 on Technorati’s list of most popular blogs in the world) is headed for the print world. Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin, won a two-day auction for the book. No word on publication date.

I also admit that I stole the headline from Galley Cat, but as the NY Times recently reported, titles cannot be copywrited. Besides, it was too perfect.