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Charlie Huston Inks Three-Book Deal

caughtstealing.jpgCrime novelist Charlie Huston has landed a three-book deal with Mulholland Books. The first book in the series is called Skinner, set for spring 2012 publication.

Publishers Lunch had the scoop: “[T]he first in an epic series about a man raised in a box who becomes the world’s most skilled assassin, to John Schoenfelder at Mulholland Books and Bill Massey at Orion, in a three-book deal, for publication beginning Spring 2012, by Simon Lipskar at Writers House.”

You can read all of Huston’s novel, Caught Stealing, at Scribd.

We’ve been watching the Little, Brown crime imprint Mulholland Books since the day it was born. Today the imprint launched a new site with an inspiring essay by novelist Nick Tosches entitled, “Making Sense of Nothing and Making Nothing of Sense: A Maundering on the Taxonomy of Writing and I Forget What Else.”

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Free eBook Friday

9780345478245.gifIn what we hope will become a regular feature, here are a few free digital books being offered by publishers. For our first installment, Suvudu has added two new books to their Free Book Library.

First up is Charlie Huston‘s hardboiled vampire novel, Already Dead. The company is also offering the James Clemens fantasy novel, Wit’ch Fire. Here’s more: “On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power.”

These books are also available in PDF, Kindle, Sony Reader, BN.com, and Stanza formats. If you want to include your eBook in the next installment of Free eBook Friday, email GalleyCat.

Behind the Scenes at Operation Warrior Library

malmont23.jpgFor generations, soldiers have read books while stationed overseas. Now one author has built a literary supply chain connecting these soldiers directly with publishers and authors.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Paul Malmont, novelist and founder of Operation Warrior Library. After finishing his first novel, Malmont (pictured, via James M. Graham) discovered that men and women serving overseas loved to read, often pooling their own money to buy books. During the show, Malmont explained how he used literary connections (and mediabistro.com’s GalleyCat) to send 2,000 books to soldiers.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “Last week we got a call from the Colonel’s wife, and she told us that audiobooks were really what was needed right now. When somebody gets injured on the battlefield, they get shipped right to a medical center and then evacuated right that day to a big hospital in Germany. They can’t bring anything with them…There’s nothing for them to do, once they are in the hospital while they are rehabilitating.” Keep reading for a list of all the participating authors…

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Justin Cronin Bloodsucks Big Money from Ballantine

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog scooped up quite the deal story yesterday afternoon involving PEN/Hemingway award winner Justin Cronin. In a major change of direction – also involving a pseudonym, Jordan Ainsley – Cronin is working on a postapocalyptic vampire trilogy set in 2016. He’s already completed the first 400 pages of volume one, which was sold by Trident Media‘s Ellen Levine as a partial manuscript for what Vulture reports to be a whopping $3.75 million, 3-book deal to Ballantine‘s Mark Tavani. Vulture seems surprised that there could be very strong in-house reaction (“Usually I hate this stuff, and I love it!” we hear one scout told her colleagues. Another publishing insider gushed to Vulture, “It is totally awesome,” while a third suggested that comparisons to Michael Crichton and Stephen King were appropriate, given the likelihood of this book being “a big best-seller”) but when there’s that much money involved, it’s pretty easy to find a few folks to say nice things about the deal…

Still, on balance it might not seem to be as crazy a bet as it seems, especially if the deal is for world rights (which we’re in the process of finding out) and sells to a bunch of different countries. Plus Tavani’s had some experience in the vampire realm with Charlie Huston‘s ALREADY DEAD and NO DOMINION, starring Joe Pitt, vampire PI. And if CAA can get a movie made, well, then this gamble really pays off.