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J.R. Martinez Inks Deal with Hyperion

J.R. Martinez, the winner of Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars, recently landed a book deal with Hyperion.

According to Publishers Weekly, Sterling Lord Literistic agent Robert Guinsler negotiated the deal with senior editor Christine Pride. After the deal, Martinez (pictured) tweeted that the title hasn’t been finalized, but publication is set for fall 2012.

Here’s more from Reality TV Magazine: “J.R. captivated Americans with not only his dancing, but his courageous war story. This Iraq war veteran was burned over 40% of his body in a Humvee accident. J.R. turned his tragedy into a success story, just by his will to be positive and live life to its fullest. It has been quite a few months for J.R. Martinez. After winning DWTS, J.R. shared that he and his girlfriend are going to be parents.”

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Jenny McCarthy Inks Deal at Hyperion

Actress Jenny McCarthy landed a deal with Hyperion to publish her next book, Sinner: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic. According to the release, the new book will maintain “the theme of her comedic New York Times bestsellers, from Belly Laughs to Love, Lust & Faking It.”

William Morris Endeavor literary agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh negotiated the deal with executive editor Kerri Kolen. Kolen, who will edit the project, has secured North American, open market and eBook rights. The title will be available in fall 2012.

McCarthy explained in the release: “Most young girls in my neighborhood played with Cabbage Patch dolls for fun. I played with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dolls. I had every intention of becoming a nun someday. But hilarious events that unfolded in my upbringing made me question my future occupation and the contradictions I faced at home and at one of the most prestigious all-girl Catholic schools on the South Side of Chicago. This book tells the story of what went wrong, or, as I would put it now, what went right. Or as Hugh Hefner eventually put it, Playmate of the Year.”

Rick Riordan Hosts New York City Toga Party

Tomorrow children’s writer Rick Riordan will release the latest title in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Son of Neptune. Hyperion has ordered an initial printing of three million copies. In anticipation of the book, Riordan (pictured) and Disney Publishing hosted a pre-publication party.

Despite the rainy weather, New York City fans dressed up for the party in Greeley Square. The event included giveaway toga costume gear, posters, book marks and trading cards. The event featured a Q&A with Riordan , a signing session, a reading by actors playing Olympian Gods, trivia questions and a costume contest.

After the event, the novelist shared some writing advice and his views on standardized testing. Read the interview below…

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Emily Gould To Launch Digital Bookstore

Writer Emily Gould will partner with Ruth Curry to establish a digital bookstore. According to The New York Observer, they have contacted OR Books about the “super-specialized and targeted” venture.

Here’s more from the article: “[T]he curated site will feature a small number of hand-selected books, including the poet Eileen Myles’s Inferno, published in November 2010…EmilyBooks.com is registered to Ms. Gould; its front page currently features four slots for selling products, occupied by placeholder images of sneakers. ‘Soon there will be content here, and it will not be about shoes,’ reassures the site’s blog.”

Gould has worked as an editor at GalleyCat, an associate editor at Disney’s Hyperion imprint and co-editor of Gawker. She has also published two books, a young-adult title called Hex Education (co-authored with Zareen Jaffrey) and a memoir called And the Heart Says Whatever.

Melissa de la Cruz on Writing for Adults

Melissa de la Cruz began her career with the YA vampire series, Blue Bloods, but she will soon release her first adult title, Witches of East End. At BEA, she joined a panel of YA authors who have also finished their first adult projects.

De la Cruz explained: “I was really excited to write an adult book, so I was like, ‘Woo! I can write about sex.’ So I wrote all the sex scenes first. And then I had to figure out how to make it work in the story. I kind of went backwards that way. I think I struggled with it a little bit more because I thought, ‘Oh, it’s an adult book.’ I thought I had to put on some other brain. As I was writing it, I was like, ‘Oh no, this is just like Blue Bloods. This is just what I do.’”

De la Cruz wrote Witches of East End with her YA fans in mind, considering that many of them will soon be adults. She promised a few favorite characters will reappear in her adult title.

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Rachel Cohn Lands Four Book Deal

Disney Publishing imprint Disney-Hyperion has acquired a four-book science fiction series written by Rachel Cohn. Beta, the first book of the YA series, will be published in fall 2012.

Executive editor Emily Meehan negotiated the deal with literary agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Cohn (pictured, via) has written several popular children’s books, including the Cyd Charisse series. She also collaborated with Scholastic editor David Levithan on several titles, including Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

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Three Snow White Movies in the Works

Beginning in 2012, three different adaptations of Snow White will hit theaters: The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and Snow and the Seven (2013).

According to The Film Stage, the first will have a “darkly comedic flare;” the second will focus on the Huntsman character, and the final film will feature martial arts action (The video embedded above shows a musical scene from the 1937 Disney version).

Casting rumors have emerged about two of the projects. Julia Roberts may appear in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
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Costumed Characters Help Spain Promote Reading

The Times reports on a most unusual campaign dreamt-up by the Spanish Federation of Publishers (FGEE) and backed by the Government: Little Red Riding Hood, Mary Poppins, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are just some of the characters accosting tourists on the coasts, part of a novel campaign to promote reading. Don Quixote and his motley band of literary characters have moved from the north down the coast to Valencia, where they have braved temperatures of up to 40C (105F) and armies of British and German tourists. After acting out scenes from their respective stories, the ten actors fan out across the beach “in search of readers to reward for their bravery”, Don Quixote explains.

Anyone spotted reading is given a Frisbee, a pack of playing cards, a bookmark or beach pillow “whether they are reading a book, magazine, newspaper, comic book or the instructions on the suncream bottle”, he says. So why all the fuss? Because a study by FGEE found that 40 per cent of Spaniards never read anything, and even though the percent that do read something is rising, it’s not enough. So confidential to the folks at NEA: think a partnership with Disney and/or Universal Studios might help, especially if beaches are involved?

Dangerous Book for Boys To Be Filmed

Variety reported yesterday that the film rights for Conn and Hal Iggulden‘s smash hit THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS – already the inspiration for many a knockoff – were bought by Disney and Scott Rudin in a deal worth mid-six against seven figures after heavy bidding among multiple suitors.

Disney executive vice president production and development Brigham Taylor will oversee the big-screen version of the tongue-in-cheek manual, which gives today’s coddled youth instructions on potentially hazardous activities, such as how build go-carts and make a bow and arrow. It also provides trivia, historical anecdotes and advice on life that have inspired interest from fathers and nostalgic middle-aged men.

Ebook Experiment for Scholastic and Disney

AP’s Hillel Italie reports that Scholastic and Disney, two leading children’s publishers, are entering the ebook world. Scholastic has just launched BookFlix, an educational Web site pairing short films based on popular picture books along with nonfiction e-books that allow early readers to follow the text online. “We’re so lucky to live in an era when kids can have books in multiple formats. Each format offers something that the other doesn’t,” said Francie Alexander, Scholastic’s chief academic officer. “The e-book offers a wonderful ability for helping children learn to read — what academics call building `mental models.’”

Meanwhile, Disney plans a similar project later this year, making favorites such as “The Jungle Book” and “Cinderella” available online. While Scholastic, for now, is sticking to the school and library market, Disney will offer books to general consumers, charging a fee, still to be determined, for downloads. “We saw a void in the marketplace and decided to act upon it,” said Jon Yaged, U.S. publisher of the Disney Book Group.