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Nikki Finke Pens Nonfiction Book On Hollywood

SimonSchusterlogoJournalist Nikki Finke, founder of the entertainment news blog Deadline, has been working on a  nonfiction book about Hollywood.

Alice Martell of The Martell Agency negotiated the deal for Finke’s deal. The New York Times reports that Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp edited the manuscript.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “little else is known about the specifics of the project. Simon & Schuster wouldn’t comment on the contents or offer a publication date.”

Viking Children’s Books to Publish New Sarah Dessen YA Novel

Sarah DessenYoung adult author Sarah Dessen has signed a deal to pen her twelfth novel Saint Anything. The story stars a young girl named Sydney who deals with the despair and consequences that follows from her older brother’s incarceration.

Viking Children’s Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish the book on 2015. Publisher Ken Wright negotiated the deal with Writers House literary agent Leigh Feldman. Editor-at-large Regina Hayes will edit the manuscript.

Dessen (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “This book has a bit of everything I love to write about: the joy and complications of family, first love and how one friend can sometimes change everything. I’m so excited for next summer, when I can finally share it with my readers. It’s going to be hard to wait!”

Soccer Star Tim Howard Inks Book Deal

Tim HowardSoccer star Tim Howard has landed a memoir deal with HarperCollins. Earlier this year, he served as the goalkeeper for Team USA in the 2014 World Cup.

Howard (pictured, via) will share the story of how he became a professional athlete while enduring a lifelong battle with Tourette’s Syndrome. The publisher will release both an adult and a young reader’s editions of The Keeper on December 9th.

Howard had this statement in the press release: “I’ve always wanted to write a book. My goal is to share many of the highs and lows of my journey—with a little bit of the magic of the World Cup and the English Premier League—in the hope that it will provide others with some inspiration to reach for their own dreams.”

Journalist Dave Itzkoff Lands Deal For Robin Williams Biography

Robin Williams (1)New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has landed a deal with Henry Holt and Company to pen a biography about the late Robin Williams. Williams (pictured, via) had passed on in early August 2014.

Executive editor Paul Golob negotiated the deal with Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Golob will edit the manuscript. The publisher has not scheduled a release date for the untitled book.

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Cleary Wolters Inks Memoir Deal with HarperOne

OITNB coverCleary Wolters has landed a deal with HarperOne for her memoir, entitled Out of Orange. Wolters inspired the character Alex Vause on the Netflix original TV series, Orange is the New Black.

According to The Associated Press, “Wolters’ book would tell of her time in prison and her ‘complicated’ relationship with Piper Kerman, Wolters’ former friend and lover.” The publisher has scheduled a release date for May 2015.

YouTuber Michelle Phan Lands Book Deal

Michelle PhanBeauty expert Michelle Phan has landed a book deal.

Harmony, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off on October 21, 2014. Those who pre-order the book will receive an exclusive limited-edition jacket designed by Phan herself.

Phan calls this project a “self-empowerment book.” She made a video announcement about this project on her YouTube channel. Thus far, it has drawn more than 330,000 views and over 4,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Kim Kardashian Inks Deal with Rizzoli For a Book of Selfies

KardashianReality TV star Kim Kardashian has become well-known for her selfies. Universe, an imprint of Rizzoli Publications, will publish a collection of her photos in a book entitled Selfish.

PerezHilton.com reports that Kardashian revealed on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she was aiming to snap 1,200 photos. The finished book will contain 352 pages.

According to E!, “the book was inspired by a collection of Polaroid shots she gave to Kanye West for Valentine’s Day.” A release date has been set for April 07, 2015.

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.”

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

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