Sometimes, dear readers, we’re asked what’s going on around these parts beyond the precious gems we post here on the blog. Of course, our days are primarily filled with emails and phone calls and meetings and convening by the copier to ask someone else to tell us if we’re actually idiots or some proposed contract language genuinely makes no sense. That’s all well and good, but it’s not much fun to report. However, to give you all a peek into what’s going on here, we thought we’d share a news update with you about some projects we’ve been selling. (One caveat: sometimes we don’t announce deals right away for specific reasons, so this isn’t a comprehensive report!)
Stacey kicked off the year’s sales with Dr. Larry Rosen’s iDisorder, which will focus on how the overuse of technology is making us sick. Laurie Harting at Palgrave bought this book by the author of Rewired, who is an expert on the psychology of technology.
In the narrative nonfiction Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America, which Jim sold to Mitch Horowitz at Tarcher, Linda Godfrey investigates reports of bipedal wolfmen that have appeared throughout the country over the past 70 years.
Then Jane sold veteran journalist John Coston’s Homestretch to Jackie Wehmuller of Johns Hopkins University Press. This narrative nonfiction book will be the untold story of a fundamental transformation that is taking place in long-term care models for America’s senior citizens.
Justin Schwartz at Wiley bought Shauna James and Daniel Ahern’s next book from Stacey: Gluten-Free Girl Everday is the second cookbook from the couple and will focus on more mainstream and simple, yet delicious and flavorful, gluten-free recipes.
Jim sold Leah Hultenschmidt at Sourcebooks The Whole Warm World, which is the YA follow-up to Geoff Herbach’s forthcoming Stupid Fast, following younger brother Andrew Reinstein’s efforts to get to the bottom of family mysteries.
From Michael, Emily Easton at Walker Books for Young Readers bought Suzanne Selfors’ The Milkmaid, a charming YA fantasy novel about an outcast girl who can magically turn milk into chocolate (which is but a myth in her world), the boy who loves her, the monarchy that tries to use her, and how she uses her talents and wits to not only improve her own life, but the world.
In subrights, Brodi Ashton’s Everneath trilogy went to Oetinger in Germany at auction. Also in Germany, Chicken House bought German rights to James Dashner’s The Scorch Trials. Audible picked up audio rights to Victoria Laurie’s forthcoming Vision Impossible, the ninth book in the Psychic Eye mysteries. Richelle Mead’s Taiwanese publisher, King-In, bought the second half of the Vampire Academy series (Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice), the last of which also found a home in Turkey with Artemis, who published the first five books in 2010. In the Czech Republic, Alpress picked up David Morrell’s latest thriller, The Naked Edge. Gallmeister in France bought his classic First Blood, which introduced the world to Rambo, and Albatros in Poland bought The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fraternity of the Stone.
So that’s a bit of a window on what’s happened in our world in January, other than copious amounts of snow. What happened in yours?