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S.C.Stephens Lands 3-Book Deal With Forever

S.C. StephensS.C. Stephens (pictured, via), a bestselling self-published author, has landed a three-book deal with Forever, an imprint at Grand Central Publishing.

Beth de Guzman, vice president of digital and paperbacks, negotiated the deal with Kristyn Keene, an ICM agent. Megha Parekh, an associate editor, will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stephens’s first book for Forever, Thoughtful, is a retelling of the events in Thoughtless from the point of view of Kellan Kyle, the book’s hero. It will be published in simultaneous print and eBook editions in February 2015 with a second book following in the Fall of 2015. The third book is scheduled for the Spring of 2016.”

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Grove Atlantic Acquires Book of Mormon Producer’s Self-Published Book

UnknownGrove Atlantic has acquired Kevin Morris’ collection of stories White Man’s Problems, along with a novel that Morris is currently working on.

The Book of Mormon co-producer self-published White Man’s Problems on Amazon earlier this year. The book includes nine short stories, each one about a different man ”whose outward success masks inner turmoil that complicates their lives and often baffles those around them.”

Morgan Entrekin, publisher and CEO of Grove Atlantic, met Morris at a book party for Morris’ debut title thrown by mutual friends in New York City earlier this summer. Entrekin took a copy of the book and was impressed with what he read, so he took Morris to lunch which led to a two-book deal. ”I think this is the first time we have acquired a self-published book,” stated Entrekin.

Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Sensation Signs Book Deal

unlockingthetruthUnlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band of soon-to-be eighth graders, has signed a book deal with Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

Charisse Jones, a co-author of dancer Misty Copeland’s memoir Life in Motion, has signed on as writer. Jane Startz of Jane Startz Productions and Stacey Barney, Senior Editor, Putnam Books for Young Readers brokered the deal whose terms were not disclosed.

“The book is important to us because we will get to share our journey with the world and inspire both kids and adults, and show that if you work hard your dream just might come true,” explained the band in a statement.  ”And it is an amazing opportunity to tell the world what friendship is about.  We are more than just a band; we are the best of friends proving that the whole is bigger than the individual.” Read more

David Levithan Inks Deal For Musical YA Novel

David LevithanDavid Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author and Scholastic editorial director, has landed a deal with Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

Levithan plans to pen a musical novel entitled Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Fans will recall that this musical was featured in the collaborative novel written by Levithan and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For this project, he plans to share the full script.

Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Bill Clegg. She will edit the manuscript herself. A release date has been set for March 2015 to honor the fifth anniversary of the publication of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

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CW TV Show ‘The Originals’ Generates a Three-Book Deal

theoriginalsHarlequin has signed a six-figure three-book deal with Josh Bank and Hayley Wagreich at Alloy Entertainment (NA) to pen a series of books based on the CW vampire television show The Originals. Margo Lipschultz will edit the books.

The books will consist of entirely new stories about the Original vampire characters, a family of New Orleans vampires that pledged to remain together a thousand years ago.

The books will be published under the Harlequin HQN imprint and are scheduled to hit bookstores in February 2015, April 2015 and June 2015.  The timing comes along with the conclusion of the second season of the show.

 

Rebecca Dinerstein Inks Deal with Bloomsbury For Debut Novel

BeckyWriter Rebecca Dinerstein (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Bloomsbury for her debut novel, The Sunlit Night.

Editor Lea Beresford negotiated the deal with Union Literary agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler to secure world rights. Alexa von Hirschberg, an editor based in the UK division of Bloomsbury, will edit the manuscript. The publisher plans to release the book globally in 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Sunlit Night explores the intersection of two young lives: Frances, who flees her claustrophobic childhood apartment in Manhattan and seeks refuge at an obscure Norwegian artist colony; and Yasha, an eighteen-year-old Russian immigrant raised in a bakery in Brighton Beach, who heads north to carry out his beloved father’s last wish to be buried ‘at the top of the world.’ The two meet in Lofoten, an archipelago in the Norwegian Sea. Their unlikely connection fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant homes and teaches them that however far they travel for independence, it is ultimately love that gives them their place in the world.”

Kensington Expands Distribution Partnership With Penguin Random House

Penguin Random HouseKensington Publishing, an independent publisher that has been in business for 40 years, has signed a five-year expanded sales and distribution agreement with Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Under the terms of the deal, Penguin Random House will continue to distribute books from the independent publisher and will expand its partnership to take advantage of additional Penguin Random House’s sales and distribution services.

“Having our global print and digital sales all under one roof will give us greater control of our business, while Kensington will continue to sell the wholesalers, mass merchandisers and book jobbers, as we have in years past,” stated Steven Zacharius, President and CEO of Kensington Publishing Corp. “This combination of efforts will take our company to a new level in the industry.”

Orca Trainer John Hargrove Lands Book Deal

orcaJohn Hargrove, a killer whale trainer and a former employee of SeaWorld theme park, has landed a book deal with Macmillan.

Hargrove recently appeared in a documentary called Blackfish which explores the dangers that captive orcas pose for both the animals in question and human beings. In an interview with The Wrap, Hargrove claims that the movie only “scratched the surface.”

In his memoir, entitled Beneath the Surface, Hargrove will share “extraordinary stories of the whales he worked with and came to love, his experiences in and out of the water, and his determination to advocate for this being the last generation of killer whales in captivity.” The publisher will release the book in spring 2015.

St. Martin’s Press to Publish Companion Book to CNN Series on Jesus

stmartins304St. Martin’s Press has inked a deal with television producers David Gibson and Michael McKinley to publish The Jesus Code, a companion guide to CNN’s TV series.

The book will come out next spring in time for the launch of the series. Like the show, the book will be a forensic and archaeological exploration of the Bible. The content will focus on six artifacts from the life and times of Jesus.

Check it out: “The Jesus Code book will explore more deeply the fascinating debates, controversial figures and forensic evidence which light the path of what we really know about Jesus and his world. Beyond the faithful, the book—like the series– will appeal also to the skeptical and curious readers of history and archaeology, as it takes viewers of the primetime TV series deeper into the story.”

 

Random House to Publish Book of Comedian Interviews Conducted by Judd Apatow

JuddFilmmaker Judd Apatow has landed a deal with Random House.

The New York Times reports that Apatow will compile a collection of interviews with 25 comedians for a book entitled Sick in the Head. Some of the people he spoke with include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer.

According to the Comic’s Comic, the publishing house will release the finished project in 2015. Apatow (pictured with Dunham) plans to donate the proceeds to the 826LA creative writing nonprofit.

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