As tradition would have it, it’s time again to fill you all in on what’s been going on here at DGLM. In a new, never-before-seen development that will surely knock your socks off, bowl you over with a feather and land you on your seat, I’m the one who will be letting you in on all the recent book sales instead of Lauren. How’s that for a plot twist? You never really do know, do you? Oh stop it, don’t get too nervous, calm down. I won’t do anything too crazy. Before we all lose our nerves, let’s just get started.
Michael kicked things off with author and E! Executive News Editor Ken Baker’s Fangirl, a very modern love story about a girl with a knack for songwriting meeting and falling for the pop star she idolizes, which he sold to Lisa Cheng at Running Press.
Bestselling cookbook author Steve Raichlen’s The Hermit of Chappaquiddick, a story of love, loss and redemption followed, which Tor’s Bob Gleason bought from Jane.
Then Jim sold Shannon Jamieson-Vasquez at Berkley a book called The Devil I Know by Jackie Barrett, the true story of a psychic medium’s correspondence with convicted Amityville murderer Ronnie DeFeo, which leads her into an investigation of what really happened the night he killed his family.
Noted chef and entrepreneur Debra Ponzek’s The Modern Cook’s Survival Guide, a cookbook that highlights the go-to favorites of the American palate and provides seasoned advice on how to perfect those foods, was sold by Jane to Kristin Wiewora of Running Press.
John came in next with Shandy Lawson’s debut YA novel LOOP, set in New Orleans, about two teen lovers desperately trying to break out of a time loop that always ends with them being killed in a botched robbery, which he sold to Emily Meehan at Hyperion.
Jane’s next sale went to Kate Hartson at Center Street forA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Adulthood by Marion Grodin. The daughter of actor/comedian Charles Grodin, Marion struggled growing up in the shadow of celebrity and faced down a number of demons during her bumpy road through adolescence. Her book captures Grodin’s “addiction-laden, hilarious, heartbreaking, and ongoing journey toward standing on her own two feet and stepping, finally, into her own light.”
Joe Oestreich’s memoir Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll, which details him coming to grips with age and realities while on a two-week tour with his long-running band Watershed, was also sold by John, this time to Mary Norris at Globe Pequot.
Following the successful Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker, Stacey sold Robin Robertson’s new cookbook, Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker to Dan Rosenberg at Harvard Common Press. Robertson’s latest will feature over 200 recipes.
Stephanie sold Anita Porterfield and Marie Sprague’s In the Crosshairs, an investigative piece of narrative non-fiction that recounts the events of the Fort Hood massacre and raises questions regarding the shooter, government cover-ups, and military work environments, to Hilary Claggett at Potomac Books.
Stacey’s next sale went to Mary Norris at Globe Pequot press for Peyton and Diane Goddard’s I am Intlgent, which is an inspirational memoir written by a nonverbal autistic woman and her mother, describing their experiences of the girl’s difficult and abusive childhood, her eventual ability to communicate with the outside world, culminating in her graduation as valedictorian of her class from college, and her work now as an advocate for disabled individuals without a voice.
Suzanne Young’s The Program, in which teen suicide is an epidemic and a girl struggles to stay out of the Program—a preventative treatment that will erase her memories—in order to save herself and the boyfriend who’s already forgotten her was sold by Jim to Jennifer Klonsky at Simon Pulse.
Expanding on his work in Strategic Intuition, Bill Duggan’s Creative Strategy turns that concept into a method and plan that strategists can use. Michael sold this to Myles Thompson at Columbia University Press.
And finally, Jane sold author of Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, and the forthcoming Help! for Writers, Roy Peter Clark’s How to Write Short, a book on communicating effectively in short form writing to Tracy Behar at Little, Brown.
As you can probably see, it’s been a pretty busy month here at DGLM and we really have no intention of stopping any time soon. And if you read the list above in a booming orator’s voice espousing the newest great ideas and innovations, then you’ve matched perfectly how it sounded in my head as I was writing. It’s BEA this week, so everyone’s more excited than usual about new books, new writers and new ideas—I encourage you to also proclaim your work below just as proudly as we have here.