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YouTube star Toby Turner Inks Three-Book Deal

Toby TurnerYouTube star Toby Turner (pictured, via) has landed a deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books. Turner plans to create a trilogy of journal-style books based on his cartoon series, Tobuscus Animated Adventures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is an “illustrated pseudo-anime and follows two characters: the clueless but cheerful peter pan Tobuscus and his mature, long-suffering companion Gabuscus. Launched in late 2011, the eight-episode series averages 10 million viewers per episode.”

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Susie Brooks Lands Book Deal with Harlequin

corgiSusie Brooks, the creator of the Corgnelius Facebook page, has landed a book deal with Harlequin. To date, this popular page has drawn more than 48,000 “likes.”

This project, entitled The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey: The Cutest Corgis in the World, will feature pictures of her two dogs, Corgnelius and Stumphrey. In the past, BuzzFeed has dubbed Corgnelius “the Cutest Corgi Ever.”

The publisher will release the book on August 26, 2014. Brooks revealed on Facebook that she had been reserving “a lot of cute photos of Corgi & Stump Stump over the past year to use exclusively for this book, so I hope it’ll be exciting for both new fans and all you veteran, hardcore fans.” So far, this announcement has received more than 600 “likes.”

Penguin Books to Publish Book on the Mysteries Surrounding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

penguinlogoPenguin Books plans to publish a book concerning the mysteries surrounding Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

The book, entitled Crashed: What the World’s Most Mysterious Airplane Disasters Teach Us About Design, Technology, and Human Performance, is being penned by aviation writer Christine Negroni. Associate editor Emily Murdock Baker negotiated the deal with Anna Sproul-Latimer of the Ross Yoon Agency; Baker secured world rights. No release date has been announced.

According to the press release, “the book will explore the various scenarios for what happened to the airplane which departed Malaysia for Beijing on March 8th but disappeared without a distress call nearly one hour later.” It will also “report on the various techniques learned from these events to piece together what happened to the Malaysia Boeing 777, and how lessons from previous air disasters are contributing to the ongoing probe.” What do you think?

Rick Bass Signs Two-Book Deal With Little, Brown

rickbasslogo-dogPushcart Prize-winning author Rick Bass has signed a two book deal with Little, Brown and Company.

Bass will deliver an untitled collection of new and selected stories, as well as Eating My Heroes, a nonfiction book about his meals with those that influenced him. Little, Brown and Company senior editor Ben George will edit both books. “I am keen to work on these two new projects with Little, Brown and Ben George, whose editing is as intense and sharp as I could hope for,” stated Bass. “Working with Houghton and my gifted editors there over two decades was never anything but fun. Everyone was family, and I will miss them. But I continue to be fortunate, and I look forward to the exciting work ahead with Little, Brown.”

The books are slated for publication in early 2016 and early 2017, respectively.

 

Riverdale Avenue Books Partners With Biagi Literary Management

riverdaleavebooksPublishing company Riverdale Avenue Books has signed a deal with Biagi Literary Management to exclusively represent the publisher’s subsidiary rights.

“Linda’s reputation in the field is unprecedented,” stated Lori Perkins. Publisher at Riverdale Avenue Books.  ”She knows how to think outside of the traditional publishing box and working with Riverdale Avenue Books will give her some creative rights opportunities.  We are looking forward to Linda’s innovative approaches to this next generation of publishing.”

“I’ve worked behind the desks of several major corporate publishing companies and licensed every conceivable kind of right to every conceivable kind of book – Riverdale Avenue Books offers a breadth of product that will satisfy both traditional publishers as well as those who thrive on thinking outside the box,” stated Linda Biagi.

“They move like lightning and are all about getting to yes; since that’s my favorite word it makes us an ideal team,” she continued. “I’m thrilled to be out of the gate for Riverdale Avenue Books with biographies of E.L. James, Gore Vidal, and hot new pop superstar Lorde!”

Bryan Cranston Lands Deal for Memoir On ‘Breaking Bad’

Bryan CranstonGolden Globe-winning actor Bryan Cranston has landed a book deal to pen a memoir chronicling his years playing Walter White on the hit TV series, Breaking Bad.

Cranston (pictured, via) gave this statement in the release: “Walter White taught me a lot—some of it useful, some of it dangerous. With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.”

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Ted Cruz’s Scores $1.5M Book Advance

tedcruzTea Party senator Ted Cruz has reportedly pulled a $1.5 million advance from HarperCollins for his memoir. This is more than the $1.25 million advance that Sarah Palin earned for her memoir Going Rogue: An American Life.

In the book, the Texas senator will share his story from how he got into politics to his involvement in the 2013 government shutdown and his fight against Obamacare.

Here is more about the deal from The Washington Examiner:

The deal was negotiated by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer of Washington-based literary and communications firm Javelin. They also cut recent deals for former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson.

Zelda La Grange, Assistant to Nelson Mandela, to Pen Memoir

zeldaViking, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will publish a memoir written by Zelda la Grange; for many years, she served as an assistant to world leader Nelson Mandela.

Wendy Wolf, associate publisher and director of nonfiction at Viking, will edit the manuscript. The publisher has set a release date for Good Morning, Mr. Mandela on June 19, 2014. The author plans to donate a percentage of her royalties to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Here’s more from the press release: “Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet, a few years after the end of apartheid, she became the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now, she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.” (Photo Credit: Anton la Grange)

Julian Assange to Publish ‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’

wikileaksJournalist Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has landed a deal with OR Books.

When Google Met WikiLeaks chronicles a conversation that took place in June 2011 between the infamous whistleblower and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. It contains an edited transcript of that conversation. The publisher plans to release the book in September 2014.

Here’s more from the press release: “Assange proposes a radical overhaul of the naming structure of the Internet, one which would revolutionize the way information is accessed. By coupling the intellectual content of a document to its online name—doing away with the haphazard URL system—Assange outlines a potential future for the Internet that would make it faster and much more difficult to censor.”

Rodale Books Acquires Lorraine Bracco’s New Health Book

braccoRodale Books has acquired actress Lorraine Bracco‘s upcoming health book for woman over 40. In To the Fullest: Clean Up Your Act and Be the Best You Can Be, Bracco will share exactly how she improved her overall health and lost more than 30 pounds, and give readers tips to do the same.

“I’ve learned from my own experiences that if you want to stay vibrant and dynamic after 40, you need to replace attitudes and habits that deplete you with positive actions for change,” stated The Sopranos star. “With this book, I will show women how to do just that—by telling my own story and offering women a plan for taking charge of their health and restoring their vitality.”

 

Editorial Director Jennifer Levesque acquired worldwide rights from David Vigliano, of Vigliano and Associates. The book is slated to publish in winter 2015.

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