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Becca Fitzpatrick Inks Deal For New YA Thriller

beccaBecca Fitzpatrick, the young adult author behind the Hush, Hush saga, has landed a deal for a new book called Sapphire Skies.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers plans to publish this stand-alone thriller novel in Fall 2015. Executive editor Zareen Jaffery negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Catherine Drayton. The story stars a 17-year-old girl named Stella Gordon who ends up in the witness protection program due to extraordinary circumstances.

Fitzpatrick had this statement in the press release: “I’m delighted to be writing another young adult thriller for Simon & Schuster—this about a girl who’s running from dangerous men and a haunted past. I’m drawn to stories that weave heart-stopping suspense with broiling romance, and Sapphire Skies is no exception.”

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Paul Tremblay Lands Six-Figure Book Deal with William Morrow

01Paul Tremblay, the president of the Board of Directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards, has landed a six-figure deal with HarperCollins’s William Morrow imprint.

Tremblay has a literary horror novel in-the-works entitled A Head Full of Ghosts. The story stars a young girl named Merry Barrett whose life takes a chaotic turn when her “seemingly idyllic suburban home devolves into a house of horrors.” The publisher has scheduled a release date for summer 2015.

Tremblay’s contract is for two books; so far no information has been revealed about the second title. Jennifer Brehl, executive editor and director of editorial development at the publishing house, negotiated the deal with Stephen Barbara, an agent at Foundry Literary + Media. Brehl has secured North American rights. (Photo Credit: F. Brett Cox)

Stephen Pastis Inks Deal for 3rd ‘Timmy Failure’ Book

timmy failure3Stephan Pastis, a writer and artist, has landed a deal for the third title in his Timmy Failure middle grade series.

Candlewick Press will release Timmy Failure: We Meet Again on October 28, 2014. The publisher has ordered a first printing of 350,000 copies.

Pastis had this statement in the press release: “It has been so much fun for me to write the Timmy books, and it’s exciting to know that we will be releasing not one, but two new books this year. It will be thrilling to go on tour this winter and tell kids that they won’t have to wait long for more Timmy (mis)adventures.”

Columbia University Press to Publish Book Profiling Brooklyn Bridge Park

191187_10150218437288298_3829083_oColumbia University Press will publish a book chronicling the development and history of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Two people will contribute to the writing; Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy executive director Nancy Webster and journalist David Shirley. A publication date has been set for 2015.

Webster had this statement in the press release: “We are delighted to partner with Columbia University Press to publish a history of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Conservancy was born from the grassroots movement to build the park, and we are excited to tell the story of how a visionary and passionate community spearheaded a movement and worked with government to build the park we love today.”

Hallmark Channel to Adapt Harlequin Author Sherryl Woods’ Novels For TV

sherylwoodsThe Hallmark Channel has partnered with Harlequin author Sherryl Woods to develop Chesapeake Shores, a series of romance novels, into a prime-time series that is slated to launch in 2015.

The novels are about the O’Brien family, an Irish American family living on the Chesapeake Bay in a town founded by the family. The TV series will focus on the drama surrounding the reuniting of the O’Brien family after years apart.

The deal comes after Harlequin just extended its contract with Woods.  As a part of this deal, Woods will write two new Chesapeake Shores books in 2015, which may be published when the TV series launched.

“It is an absolute thrill to be working on this project with the Hallmark Channel and with a team that respects the books as much as they do,” stated Woods.  “It’s the perfect match for me and, most especially, for Chesapeake Shores.”

 

Wolf of Wall Street Victim’s Daughter Lands Memoir Deal

galleryChristina McDowell has inked a memoir deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint. She is the daughter of a man who was victimized by the infamous “Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort.

McDowell gained notoriety after she posted an open letter online attacking The Wolf of Wall Street film adaptation. She condemned “the hit Leonardo DiCaprio-Martin Scorsese film for glorifying Belfort’s crimes.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the book will be based on the topics discussed in her letter. The publisher plans to release the memoir in 2015.

‘Rookie’ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson Lands Two-Book Deal with Razorbill

gevinsonTavi Gevinson, the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, has landed a two-book deal with the Penguin Young Readers Group imprint, Razorbill.

ABC News reports that each of Gevinson (pictured, via) plans to create two anthologies, Rookie Yearbook 3 and Rookie Yearbook 4. Prior to this arrangement, the 17-year-old blogger had published the first and second installments of the Yearbook series with Drawn and Quarterly.

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Simon & Schuster Signs Book Deal With 3D Gun Maker

codywilsonCody Wilson, the creator of the first 3D-printable gun, has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for $250,000, according to a report in Forbes.

The working title is Negative Liberty, and will be a nonfiction account of  Wilson’s mission to create the first 3D-printable gun.

“The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark,” Wilson told Forbes. “It won’t be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers…a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing.”

Dutton to Publish Second Book by ‘Parks & Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman

nickParks & Recreation actor Nick Offerman (pictured, via) has signed a deal with Penguin’s Dutton imprint to pen his second book. The publisher released his memoir, Paddle Your Own Canoe, on October 01, 2013.

The not-yet-titled book will profile 25 figures in American history who Offerman revers from President George Washington to country music superstar Willie Nelson. With this project, Offerman also plans to write about a variety of topics including politics, woodworking, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, and meat.

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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Ink Picture Book Deal with Scholastic

carey & cannonScholastic will publish a picture book written by Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey and comedian Nick CannonRoc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas is scheduled to hit bookstores in Fall 2014.

Desmond and the Very Mean Word illustrator AG Ford has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The celebrity husband-and-wife collaborators (pictured, via) intend for this book to be enjoyed by readers age 3 and up. The protagonists are based on the couple’s twin kids Moroccan and Monroe (nicknamed Roc and Roe).

According to the press release, the story “follows Roc and Roe as they put their own unique spin on the Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ The deal was developed by D. Christopher Jennings and Robert Caruso, founders of Impact Republic, Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment, and Ken Geist, Vice President and Editorial Director, Scholastic Press Picture Books.” What do you think?

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