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Tina Brown To Write Memoir About Her Media Life

Editor and author Tina Brown has sold her memoir to Henry Holt’s Metropolitan Books imprint. Media Beast will come out in 2016.

Agent Ed Victor negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Rubin in “an exclusive submission.” Rubin published Brown’s biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles. Metropolitan Books publisher Sara Bershtel will edit.

The book will cover Brown’s legendary career as a young magazine editor, but also cover her tim leading Talk magazine, working with Harvey Weinstein, her CNBC talk show “Topic A” and her leadership at The Daily Beast. Brown left the website earlier this week.

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Kathryn Leigh Scott Celebrates Her Novel & Dark Shadows

Writer Kathryn Leigh Scott recently hosted a lunch in New York City to celebrate her new novel, Dark Passages. The author starred in Dark Shadows, and called her novel a “love letter” to the vampire soap opera from the late 1960s.

Here’s more from FishbowlNY: “Set in the swinging ’60s, it tells the tale of an actress moonlighting as a Playboy bunny who just happens to be vampire and is determined to make it in New York City without her supernatural powers. While working on the cult hit Dark Passages, she meets her nemesis, a 300-year-old witch.”

The author had just returned from London after shooting a cameo for Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows film.

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Ed Victor, Curtis Brown & Blake Friedmann To Launch Publishing Ventures

Earlier this week, the Ed Victor Literary Agency announced that it would setup an eBook and print-on-demand venture called Bedford Square Books.

The Bookseller also reported that two agencies have decided to follow in Ed Victor‘s footsteps: Curtis Brown, Ltd. and Blake Friedmann Literary, TV, and Film Agency. Curtis Brown CEO Jonathan Lloyd explained in the article: “Where Ed Victor leads, others follow—and we are right behind him, but with a rather larger list.”

According to The Bookseller.com, Bedford Square Books will publish its inaugural list in September. The list features six titles by authors that they currently represent. In January 2012, another six titles are scheduled for release.

 

Mark Frost Inks Trilogy Deal with Random House

Author Mark Frost (pictured, via) landed a book deal with Random House Children’s Books for a new trilogy. The young-adult series is entitled Will West: The Epic.

The first title, The Paladin Protocol, is slated for a Fall 2012 release. Editorial director Jim Thomas negotiated the deal with literary agents Sophie Hicks and Ed Victor from Ed Victor Ltd.

Frost has published eight adult titles in the past. He worked on the screenplay for the two Fantastic Four film adaptations and was co-creator for the cult TV show, Twin Peaks.

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Hachette Offers Digital Review Copies on NetGalley

hachette.jpgHachette Book Group (HBG) has joined with NetGalley to organize the distribution of HBG information and products. Through this deal, select reviewers, press, and booksellers will be given access to digital press kits and digital galleys.

Several enhancements will be included with the galleys such as video, audio, tour schedules, author Q&As and photos. The galleys will be readable on Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, Kobo or a desktop.

Here’s more from the release: “The Hachette Book Group titles in NetGalley will expand in the coming months, but you can browse current Hachette Book Group galleys right now, from these imprints: Center Street (enriching & life-affirming fiction & non-fiction) FaithWords (inspirational, faith-building fiction & non-fiction) Grand Central Publishing (mainstream fiction & non-fiction) Little, Brown and Company (mainstream fiction & non-fiction) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (fiction & non-fiction for children & young adults) Mulholland Books (mystery & suspense) Orbit (science fiction & fantasy).”

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People Really Want to Buy Keith Richards’ Memoir

As promised, UK superagent Ed Victor held off until this month to shop around Rolling Stones guitarman Keith Richards‘ memoirs, and the gambit has paid off handsomely, according to Crain’s Matthew Flamm. Bidding for a book by the Rolling Stones’ famed founding member, co-song writer and rhythm guitarist has reached $7.1 million for world English rights, according to publishing industry sources. With just three houses vying for the book, now the battle rages between HarperCollins and Little, Brown.

“This is Bill Clinton money,” an executive not involved in the bidding told Flamm. Knopf paid $10 million to $12 million for former President Clinton’s autobiography in 2001, while we’re guessing the final bid will be somewhere in the vicinity of $8 million. Alan Greenspan money, perhaps?

Dateline LBF: Further to the Dealmaking

  • Peter Ackroyd moves from Random House to Macmillan in a six-book deal. (the Bookseller)
  • UK rights to Eagles guitarist Don Felder‘s HEAVEN AND HELL: MY LIFE AS AN EAGLE went to Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. US rights are with Hyperion. (the Bookseller)
  • EVERY HOME NEEDS A BALCONY by Rina Frank, pitched as “the Israeli KITE RUNNER”, has sold in six countries. (the Bookseller)
  • UK & Commonwealth rights for Believer editor Ed Park‘s PERSONAL DAYS was pre-empted by Rosalind Porter at Vintage. (the Bookseller)
  • US rights to Sophie Dahl‘s novel PLAYING WITH THE GROWN-UPS went to, of all people, Nan Talese/Doubleday. (the Bookseller)
  • One deal that won’t be brokered at LBF, contrary to rumor, is for Keith Richards‘ memoirs. But agent Ed Victor did confirm that he would be selling the memoir this summer. “In terms of foreign rights it will be the hot book at Frankfurt,” he predicted. (the Bookseller)

Ed Victor Still the Man in Britain

Keeping up today’s agent theme, the Observer’s Stephanie Merritt profiles Ed Victor, who may be Andrew Wylie‘s mirror twin or at least his equal in terms of longstanding, reputation and dealmaking. But when it comes to society mentions, Victor is the clear, um, victor – a few years ago, he and his wife, Carol, were named second on Tatler’s list of the most invited guests in London, just behind Elton John. “The adjective that has most often accompanied my name in the press is “flamboyant”,” Victor has said, though it can hardly be a complaint.

He may be known for mingling with celebrities and his multimillion dollar deals, Merritt explains, but he does literary substance as well: he represented Iris Murdoch and continues to look after her estate, and recently took on John Banville after his Booker Prize win. “I was surprised that he didn’t do more authors like her, for such a clever man,” says fellow agent David Godwin, “but he chose to concentrate on the popular books. It may be that as an enterprising agent, he felt he could do more to build those kind of authors than for someone like Iris.” And considering how big Victor seems to have scored with the Alastair Campbell diaries most recently, he still feels that way…