Category Archives: What’s New at DGLM

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DGLM Update!

I have just returned from the river that is the sidewalk, my feet are soaked and my hair, I’m sure, resembles that of a bedraggled cat or something, so what better time than to update you on what’s been going on at DGLM these past couple months! (Somehow, that line of thought makes sense.)

Jessica started this round off with Kate Samela’s. GIVE PEAS A CHANCE: The Foolproof Guide to Feeding Your Picky Toddler. The subtitle says it all. This went to Shana Drehs at Sourcebooks.

Alexandra Lapierre’s IN THE NAME OF HONOR, the true story of the son of a Chechyan Imam, kidnapped from his village at the age of ten, raised as foster son of Czar Nicholas II, and whose desire to wed a Christian princess sets off a chain of events that forces him into an impossible choice between love and honor set against the splendor of the Russian Imperial court, was also sold by Jessica to Gabriella Page-Fort at Amazon Crossing.

Next up, A SCREAM AT MIDNIGHT by Shirley Damsgaard, writing as Jess McConkey, tells the story of a city girl struggling to fit in on her new husband’s farm where she encounters not only a different kind of life, but a ghost from long ago, and a murder that will shake her to the core. Stacey sold this to Emily Krump at Morrow.

Jane then sold Eric Taub’s DOES THIS PLUG INTO THAT?, which demystifies and provides a straightforward approach to the complex and often convoluted world of technology, to Chris Schilling of Andrews McMeel.

CANARY, Rachele Alpine’s debut YA novel, about a girl struggling to fit in with the popular crowd now that her father is the coach of the big-time basketball team, was sold by John to Emily Steele at Medallion Press.

Dr. Paul Linde’s WHEN QUEER WAS CRAZY, a peek behind the scenes of the colorful history of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the putting together of the DSM’s most recent edition, and how the federal government, insurance companies, and corporate interests shaped modern psychiatry, went to Naomi Schneider at the University of California Press, sold by Jane.

Stacey sold the first cookbook from the founder and creator of the popular RecipeGirl.com. In THE RECIPE GIRL COOKBOOK, Lori Lange,  will feature over 150 recipes and ideas for entertaining and every day meals for the home cook that are accessible to all skill-levels of cooking, to Justin Schwartz at John Wiley & Sons.

Matthew Algeo’s PEDESTRIANISM: WHEN WATCHING PEOPLE WALK WAS THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR PASTIME, about the rise of pedestrianism, a competitive-walking craze that, by the middle of the nineteenth century, was the most popular spectator sport in the English-speaking world, the reasons for its broad and enduring appeal, its profound impact on American and British culture, and its continuing influence more than one hundred years later, was sold by Jane to Jerry Pohlen at the University of Chicago Press.

Michael sold SMELLS LIKE PIRATES by Suzanne Selfors—a rollicking third adventure in the SMELLS LIKE DOG series, following ordinary farm boy Homer and his treasure-sniffing sidekick, Dog, as they race to outsmart an old enemy and find a long-lost pirate treasure—to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Next comes DANDELION HUNTER, by Jane’s client, “Wild Girl” blogger and urban forager, Rebecca Lerner. Pitches as a Walden for the 21st century, DANDELION HUNTER interweaves stories of an urban forager with reportage and philosophical insight, unlocking the many secrets of the wild plants around us. This went to Mary Norris at Globe Pequot at the end of August.

Adam Lazarus’s MONTANA VS. YOUNG: The Greatest Quarterback Controversy of All Time, the first book to chronicle the heated rivalry between Joe Montana and Steve Young for the starting quarterback position of the San Francisco 49ers, a rivalry that drove both players to Hall of Fame careers and Super Bowl wins, was sold by John to Jonathan Crowe at Da Capo Press.

INDELIBLE INK, the first novel in a new YA series by Dawn Metcalf, features a heroine who is accidentally marked by a mysterious boy, which places her in the midst of a dangerous, otherworldly plot to end the Age of Man. Michael sold two books to Natashya Wilson at Harlequin Teen.

Michael also sold the first three books in J. Scott Savage’s The Grimville Case Files series, about three monster-obsessed boys who must solve fiendishly funny mysteries in their hometown, including an amulet that turns its bearer into a zombie and a football team that’s “stitched together” by a body-snatcher, to Andrew Harwell at Harper Children’s.

Lastly, Jessica sold INNOCENCE AND WAR to Chris Kuppig at Signal Books. The author, Lord Ian Strathcarron, a British travel writer who lives aboard his sailboat, the Vasco de Gama, recreated Mark Twain’s colorful voyage to and through the Holy Land, which became the basis for Twain’s first major bestseller, The Innocents Abroad. Strathcarron’s own modern day adventures in the politically volatile, hotly contested lands are a counterpoint to and resonate with Twain’s sly observations about faith, chicanery and politics.

It’s been a busy end-of-summer around here and if the past couple weeks have indicated anything, it’s only going to continue. I may complain about the weather, but with so many new books being sold and published, it’s a blessing in disguise—more time to stay inside and read!

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DGLM Update: Summer Edition!

Coming to you from the blazing hot (this is actually a little bit of a lie as we’ve had a respite the past couple of days) middle of July, here’s a little look at what’s been happening at DGLM these past couple of weeks. Like we’ve been telling you, summer doesn’t mean all work comes to a screeching halt! As dedicated, dutiful agents are wont to do, there’s been a lot of selling going on around here.

First since we last convened is The Panini Happy Cookbook, by Stacey’s client, Kathy Strahs, who is a food blogger and creator of the Panini Happy website as well. This cookbook filled with over 200 fun and delicious recipes was sold to Dan Rosenberg at Harvard Common Press.

Next, Jim sold the YA anthology, Defy the Dark, compiled and edited by Saundra Mitchell to Anne Hoppe at Harper Teen. As the title might suggest, this collection centers on those stories that could only happen at night.

As June began, Jane sold New York Times reporter Joe Berger’s The Pious Ones, depicting the fabric of everyday Hasidic life and exploring how it has allowed them to re-establish themselves as a burgeoning community, while also unflinchingly examining the conflicts between Hasidim and the wider society to Claire Wachtel at Harper.

Paul Gude’s debut picture book, Giraffe and Elephant, about a silent giraffe and a lovable elephant was sold by John to Kevin Lewis at Hyperion.

Richard Gropp’s Bad Glass is up next. Jim sold this sci-fi horror novel about a young photographer who travels to the barricaded city of Spokane, Washington, in the hopes of gaining attention of his work by photographing the bizarre incidents occurring there.

Jane sold Tayari Jones’ latest, Dear History, which is a multi-voiced novel chronicling three generations of the Washington family from 1930 to the present day and is a sweeping account of American history chronicling events which act as anchors for the deeply personal narrative of a family that struggles to stay together in an ever-changing world to Andra Miller at Algonquin.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr’s The Lucy Variations, about a former prodigy’s developing friendship with her younger brother’s new piano teacher, one that brings as much confusion as it does happiness, was sold by Michael to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown.

Ericka Blount Danois’ SOUL TRAIN’S MIGHTY RIDE: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show, represented by John, is the first book to chronicle both the glitz and glamour as well as the social and civil rights importance of the longest-running, first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history. This went to Mike Edison at Backbeat.

A new paranormal series by Alesia Holliday, The League of the Black Swan is a vampire set for young adults sold by Jim to Cindy Hwang at Berkley.

Michael’s client, Suzanne Selfors, rounded out her middle grade adventure trilogy that began with Smells Like Dog. This third and final installment was sold to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown.

New York Times bestselling author of So Easy and The Food You Crave, as well as host of the Food Network/Cooking Channel show Healthy Appetite, Ellie Krieger’s revised and updated edition of Small Changes, Big Results was sold by Jane to Emily Takoudes at Clarkson Potter at the end of June.

Saundra Mitchell’s next two books, Mistwalker, about a local legend in a lobstering town in Maine and the girl who becomes entangled in its mysteries, and Aetherborne, the conclusion to Mitchell’s series of alternate histories were sold by Jim to Julie Tibbot at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Fathomless, a modern Little Mermaid retelling in which a young mermaid wants to leave the sisterhood of dark, soulless creatures and regain her humanity—which she can only do by convincing a mortal to love her and stealing his soul, was written by Jim’s client Jackson Pearce and went to Julie Schiena at Little, Brown.

Jessica’s most recent deal is an as of yet untitled illustrated wedding guide written by Piage Appel and Kelly Harris of the California-based event planner and design team, Bash, Please went to Kathleen Jayes at Rizzoli.

Lastly, Jane sold Blue Chair Fruit Company owner Rachel Saunders’ follow-up cookbook on jam and marmalade, with 150 original recipes–a mix of savory and sweet, to Kirsty Melville of Andrews McMeel.

Now. What are you doing sitting inside at the computer? It’s absolutely GORGEOUS outside!

Announcement!

Word gets around the publishing industry pretty quickly (which is not surprising since we’re in the communications business).   So, we wanted you to hear our news from us first rather than pick it up through inaccurate scuttlebutt in seedy back rooms on the web.

As those of you who’ve been reading this blog for the last few years know, we have been following developments in e-publishing with great interest.  As an agency that has  prided itself on being a bit of a maverick among the stodgy old guard, we have always been more intrigued than scared about this new world of e-books.  The consensus among us, even after listening to the doomsayers, has been that e-publishing will re-energize our business and create more readers.  That’s right, instead of bemoaning the death of publishing as we know it, DGLMers have always felt that e-books and electronic media offer a tremendous opportunity to expand our reach and that of our authors.

That said, we have been very clear all along that we are literary agents.  We are proud of the job we do, the services we provide, and the help we’ve given to countless authors over the years in fulfilling their dreams of publishing their work.  We are also more cognizant than most of the superb work traditional publishers have done and continue to do in producing beautiful, lasting, quality books.

Over the past months and years we’ve come to the realization that e-publishing is yet another area in which we can be of service to our clients as literary agents. From authors who want to have their work available once the physical edition has gone out of print and the rights have reverted, to those whose books we believe in and feel passionately about but couldn’t sell—oftentimes, after approaching 20 or more houses—we realized that part of our job as agents in this new publishing milieu is to facilitate these works being made available as e-books and through POD and other editions.

Right now, you’re thinking, oh, DGLM is going to be another of those agencies that has decided to become an e-publisher and charge clients whose books they can’t sell 50% of their income for the privilege of uploading their work.  Some of you may be mumbling, “Uh…that’s a conflict of interest.”    We get it and we understand how that can be the perception.  However, we have no intention of becoming e-publishers.  As we said above, we have too much respect for the work that publishers do and too much respect for the work we ourselves do to muddy the waters in such a way.

Again, what we are going to do is to facilitate e-publishing for those of our clients who decide that they want to go this route, after consultation and strategizing about whether they should try traditional publishing first or perhaps simply set aside the current book and move on to the next. We will charge a 15% commission for our services in helping them project manage everything from choosing a cover artist to working with a copyeditor to uploading their work.  We will continue to negotiate all agreements that may ensue as a result of e-publishing, try to place subsidiary rights where applicable, collect monies and review statements to make sure the author is being paid.  In short, we will continue to be agents and do the myriad things that agents do.

Our intention is to keep on trying to find books we think we can sell to traditional publishing houses, to negotiate the best deal (always), and to give our authors as many options as we can.  Because we will continue to be commission-based, we will not be automatically pushing authors into e-publishing.   Again, we want to give our authors options and empower them to do what they set out to do all along: have their work read by the largest possible audience.

We are excited about this new part of our business and hope you will be as well.  We welcome your thoughts, comments, and concerns.

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The Latest at DGLM

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.

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The latest from DGLM

So what’s the scoop since we last updated you on happenings Chez DGLM?  The weather did not really improve, I’m afraid to report, though there were a couple quite nice days in the middle there, including a Friday so beautiful that the next day’s dreary weather seemed a massive insult.  The storm clouds are currently gathering, so we’ll just have to look forward to the flowers in May that these showers are supposedly bringing us.  In non-weather news, a few other developments:  Jane got an incredibly gorgeous and adorable new dog, Gilli.  Jim entered a contest to guess the outcome of the Tournament of Books, rode high atop the chart for a while, and then crashed out spectacularly at the last minute.  Better luck next time, Jim!  And I moved in to a new apartment and am currently contemplating just how to organize my books on my bookcases—I’m thinking new home means new rationale—but I still don’t have a library with rolling ladders.

In deal news, we’ve had a pretty productive month around these parts!

Jane started us off with a new Jacqueline Carey trilogy, beginning with Siren Summer, in which Daisy Johanssen, who may or may not be the devil’s spawn, is charged with the responsibility of liaising between the small Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet and the hidden community of eldritch folk and their reclusive demigoddess who also live there.  Anne Sowards at Berkley/Ace bought World English rights to the trilogy.

Then Trish Todd at S&S bought Molly Wizenberg’s next memoir from Michael.  Delancey, by the originator of the award-winning, popular blog Orangette and author of A Homemade Life, will be about a very young marriage, the difficult birth of a wildly successful restaurant, trust, faith, and what we do for the people we love

Jane also sold Carter Oosterhouse with Chris Peterson’s Carter’s Way to Lara Asher at Globe Pequot.  HGTV personality Carter will help homeowners find the ideal design for their homes and instill in readers his “you can do it” approach to design and home improvement.

Daniel Marks’s YA debut Velveteen, about a serial killer’s victim’s attempts to get revenge from Purgatory, spinning her new world into chaos, was sold by Jim McCarthy to Krista Marino at Delacorte.  Think Jennifer’s Body meets Beetlejuice.

Jim also sold the delightful Twig Terrariums by Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow to Deborah Aaronson at Abrams—the book will be an instructional guide to building your own whimsical terrariums.  Check them out here.

Abby Zidle at Pocket bought from Jane the next two as-yet-untitled books in Anne Stuart writing as Kristina Douglas’s The Fallen series, which began with Raziel in January.

Another from Jane—this time William G. Hyland’s Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson, the first and only biography of the distinguished scholar Dumas Malone who spent nearly forty years researching and writing the definitive biography of Thomas Jefferson—went to Elizabeth Demers at Potomac Books.

Then Stacey placed baker Abigail Johnson Dodge’s next cookbook, No Fork Desserts, with Carolyn Mandarano at Taunton.  It will offer 75 delicious recipes for desserts that can be eaten utensil-free.

And Jane wrapped it all up nicely with actor and author Michael Tucker’s debut novel, which she sold to Stephanie Gorton at Overlook.  Like Life is about love and loss between soulmates Herbie and Annie, set among a diverse cast of characters that support the couple with humor and guidance.

What about you?  Any big life changes?  Monumental decisions?  Fabulous victories or crushing defeats?  And has spring sprung yet near you?  If so, could you put in a good word for us?

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News from DGLM!

A month has passed since we offered you some news from around DGLM.  February was a busy (and brutally cold) month here, and we’re hoping March will be just as busy (in a good way!) but quite a bit warmer!

Michael started us off right when he placed Ask the Passengers, the next YA novel from A.S. King, author of the Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz and the forthcoming Everybody Sees the Ants, with Andrea Spooner at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  Ask the Passengers is about a girl, a town, and the passengers in the planes that fly over her house.

This was followed by two books Stacey sold to Jenna Ciongoli at Broadway/Crown by her client Jeff Yeager.  How to Retire the Cheapskate Way is the next Ultimate Cheapskate book, which focuses on planning for retirement.  Broadway/Crown will also be publishing an original e-book by Yeager called Don’t Throw That Away which will provide tips for repurposing common household items.

Jane sold The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Right Wing Media, the Obama Administration and the Forces of Fear by Shirley Sherrod to Malaika Adero at Atria.  Raised in the deep South during the final violent years of Jim Crow, Sherrod understands firsthand the power of faith and the call to be a witness for truth and racial healing, which served her well in the summer of 2010, when a media storm blew apart her life and forced her to resign her position as the USDA’s Georgia Director of Rural Development.

Jane also placed Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea’s Train Like a Mother, a follow-up to their Run Like a Mother, which will comprehensively focus on how to train for a race and cover the importance of strength training and injury prevention, but with the same wit and tone as their first book, with Chris Schillig at Andrews McMeel.

Jim sold Mindi Scott’s Live Through This to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse. The novel follows a girl as she embarks on her first romantic relationship at the same time she is trying to come to terms with the sexual abuse she’s endured at the hands of a family member.

Jane followed this with a deal with Dawn Davis at Harper for Caroline Clarke’s Postcards from Cookie, about Clarke’s life changing journey after discovering that her biological mother was Carole Cole (nicknamed Cookie), the daughter of iconic crooner and pianist Nat King Cole, and the time Clarke was able to spend with Cookie following her discovery.

Emma Carlson Berne’s untitled YA thriller about best friends whose attraction to the same boy turns deadly was sold to Emilia Rhodes at Simon Pulse by Michael.

First Class, a memoir by radio and television journalist Alison Stewart about her journey as she works through the grief of her father’s sudden death by discovering what her parents’ lives were like as they grew up in the 1940′s in segregated Washington, D.C., was sold by Jane to Jerry Pohlen at Chicago Review Press.

Jane also sold James Villas’s latest cookbook, Southern Fried, a comprehensive collection of quintessentially Southern recipes, to Justin Schwartz at Wiley.

Another of Jane’s cookbooks went to Pam Krauss at Rodale: Beatrice Ojakangas’s The Best Soup and Bread Cookbook, a diverse collection of 150 recipes for soups and breads based on flavor, texture and classic combinations.

And Stacey finished us up (for now!) with Joanne Chang’s follow-up cookbook to the successful Flour, which will offer more sweet and savory recipes from Chang’s Boston bakeries.  Chronicle’s Bill LeBlond will be publishing it.

How about all of you?  Any news?  Exciting goings on?  Was it bitterly cold where you are, or are you lucky enough to be somewhere that doesn’t require a million layers to make it through the day?

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What’s new at DGLM, you ask?

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?

Welcome to the new DGLM blog and website!

Welcome to our shiny new home, blog readers!  For the new year, we bring you a new DGLM site, a merger of our website and blog.  Thanks to everyone who made suggestions a couple months ago on features and tech questions—where possible we’ve incorporated your feedback, and other things we’re keeping in mind in case we can implement them in future.

We’ll be blogging as usual over here at www.dystel.com now instead of at Blogger, and there are also some other things for you to explore over to the right (unless you’re not currently reading this on the site itself, in which case you might want to just poke your head in and take a look!).  You might be interested in learning more about us and our clients.  If you’re an author looking for representation, perhaps you’ll want to peruse our FAQ, Submission Requirements, Who We Are and What We’re Looking For, and Nonfiction Proposal Guidelines.  Need something new to read?  Check out our Staff Recommendations, Recent and Forthcoming Titles, and What We’re Reading in the column on the right. Maybe you want to know where we’ll be?  We’ve got a calendar with our upcoming conferences and events in that sidebar as well!  Of course, if you’d like, please feel free to use the links over there to Subscribe, Follow, or Like us and share our site with others!  The new blog should start feeding into our Twitter and Facebook accounts today, so if you’re already following us there, you don’t need to do anything.  If you’re reading us in a blog reader, please subscribe to the new RSS feed.

Make yourselves at home!

As always, we want to hear from you!  What do you think of the new digs?  Any suggestions for improvement?  Glitches we may not have caught?  (We hope not, but let us know if so!)  New features that you’d like us to consider?  We can’t always implement everything recommended to us, but we’re always open to hearing your ideas.

Welcome to DGLM, Rachel Stout!

by Rachel S.

Reading all the past blog posts, I feel like there’s a lot to live up to here as the new Rachel in town. While I’ve only been here a week, I’ve grown comfortable, and it’s all thanks to the wonderful people here at DGLM.

I’m incredibly excited to be here, finally, as I’ve been trying to find my spot in the publishing world for quite some time now. With a degree in English, a minor in Irish studies and no practical, handyman type skills to speak of, I pretty much focused on my dream of working in book publishing and left little option for anything else. I interned with another literary agency, LJK Literary Management, in my last year of college and the summer following. Before that, I had no idea that literary agents even existed! It all makes sense to me now, and I fell in love with the reality of what I had tentatively been envisioning for my life. It’s nice when things work out as good or better than you’d hoped, isn’t it?

Words and books have always been my passions and I’m looking forward to being able to observe and actively participate in the process where one becomes the other. I keep lists of words I like the sound or look of, and one of my most embarrassing moments to date is still the spelling bee in sixth grade when, over confident 12 year old that I was, barely listened to the teacher and spelled “BUNK” as “BUCK” and was promptly told to sit down in the very first round. Humiliating.

Since then, I’ve grown to take more time and exert a little more care over my work (though the exhilaration of it all still makes itself known) and always listen to the words I’m supposed to be spelling. Or reading. Or writing. It hardly matters to me as all aspects of the literary process are still new enough to fascinate, and as soon as I find my particular niche I know it will always hold a similar allure.

In any case, I’m really looking forward to growing and learning under DGLM’s wing as well as taking part in this blog. I’m also over on Dystel and Goderich’s website for a more complete bio. You’ll hear from me again soon.

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So long, farewell…

by Rachel

In my blog post on Friday, I touched upon the need—or the compulsion, really—to revise my blog entries, and then to revise them again. This blog entry is no different and I’m sure to self-edit a handful of times before I send it off, as I want to leaving a good lasting impression (!) on all of you, because, as Jane mentioned earlier, I’m leaving the DGLM crew to go back to Australia for a short time.

Working as Jane’s assistant has been a true pleasure. I started my position knowing only a little about the publishing industry, but I’ve learned an incredible amount since my time began here (after all, I’m learning from the best of the best), and I’ve been so fortunate to get as many wonderful opportunities as I have. I’ve had quite an amazing run with the DGLM team, and it’s been a delight to work with such dedicated and passionate people, who truly love what they do; the enthusiasm and drive of each agent has been inspiring.

I’ll miss a lot of things about working with the DGLM family. Of course I’ll miss the (sometimes) weird and wacky queries that sometimes made my skin crawl; I’ll miss reading wonderful manuscripts by talented authors, and there’s no doubt I’ll miss the morning stampede to the kitchen when breakfast arrives (and of course the eyebrow-raising conversations that take place there!).

So, I might’ve failed in getting anyone in the office to eat Vegemite, but—as corny as it sounds—I really did succeed in falling in love with books all over again, and making wonderful friends here at DGLM whom I hope to cross paths with in the future. I know Rachel Stout is going to be a great addition to the team and really enjoy working with this incredible group of people.