Here are the latest acquisitions in the publishing world with the kind courtesy of Publisher's Lunch of Publisher's Marketplace reproduced here for information:
Colin Cotterill's sixth and seventh "Dr. Siri" novels, featuring the
septuagenarian Laotian state coroner introduced in The Coroner's Lunch,
to Laura Hruska at Soho Crime, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis
Foreign rights to the series to Albin Michel in France, Quercus in the
UK; Text Publishing in Australia; Fanucci Editore in Italy; Sony
Magazines in Japan; and Goldmann in Germany, by Danny Baror of Baror
NYT bestselling author Steve Berry's three additional international
thrillers, again to Mark Tavani at Ballantine, for publication running
through 2011, by Pam Ahearn of Ahearn Agency (world).
Daddy's Girls author Tasmina Perry's Gold Diggers, about four beautiful
and powerful women who will stop at nothing in their quest for the heart
of the world's most eligible bachelor, a handsome, sexy American real
estate tycoon, to Trish Todd at Touchstone Fireside, in a very nice
deal, for publication in summer 2008, by Sheila Crowley at AP Watt (US).
Wife in the Fast Lane author Karen Quinn's Holly Would Dream, about the
madcap adventures of a calamity-prone young woman named Holly, whose
obsession with Audrey Hepburn could be either her blessing or her curse,
to Trish Todd at Touchstone Fireside, in a nice deal, for publication in
summer 2008, by Robin Straus at Robin Straus Agency (NA).
Phillip Lopate's Two Marriages, a pairing of novellas portraying two
less than perfect unions, to Rosemary Ahern at Other Press, in a nice
deal, for publication in Fall 2008, by Wendy Weil at the Wendy Weil
John Vernon's Lucky Billy, a postmodern take on Billy the Kid, to Anton
Mueller at Houghton Mifflin, for publication in February 2009, by Susan
Wyler at King Hill Productions (NA).
Dreams of Speaking and Sixty Lights author Gail Jones's Sorry, about a
lonely child raised in the remote outback of Western Australia during
World War II, and her friendship with a deaf mute boy and a forsaken
Aboriginal girl -- and the terrible event lays waste to their lives, to
Kent Carroll at Europa Editions, for publication in spring 2008, by
Melanie Jackson (NA).
Young-ha Kim's Empire Of Light, Manhae Prize-winning novel about a day
in the life of a North Korean spy who is recalled from the South and
must decide to either give up his family there or return to an uncertain
fate in the North, to Jenna Johnson at Harcourt, by Barbara Zitwer
Dale Peck's Body Surfing, a dark literary thriller about a race of
demons who possess their prey, moving from body to body via sexual
release, and the female hunter bent on destroying them, to Peter Borland
at Atria, by Richard Abate at Endeavor (NA).
Foreign rights: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's: Young Adult
Sarah Rees Brennan's debut urban fantasy trilogy starting with The
Demon's Lexicon, about two brothers hunted throughout England by a
powerful magician's circle after their mother steals a charm and when
the eldest is marked by a demon, the younger uses swords and dark arts
in an effort to save him but unwittingly uncovers the darkest of
secrets, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books, at auction, by
Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (world English).
Barry Lyga's Hero-Type, in which a 16-year-old boy goes from hero to
zero in his small town after he is seen removing "Support the Troops"
magnets from his new car, to Margaret Raymo at Houghton Mifflin
Children's, for two books, for publication in Fall 2008, by Kathleen
Anderson at Anderson Literary Management (NA).
Children's: Middle grade
Eight books from Yang Hongying's children's series Naughty Ma Xiaotao,
said to have sold over 10 million copies in China, about a mischievous
boy and his eccentric, naughty father and the scrapes they get into at
home and school, to Gillie Russell at Harper UK and Stella Chou of
Harper China, for publication in spring 2008, by Bai Bing at Jieli
Publishing House (world).