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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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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Macmillan, Quirk, Hachette

This week, Macmillan is looking for an online marketing manager, while Hachette Book Group needs a new publicity director for its Nashville division. Disney/ABC is seeking a senior production editor for Hyperion and Voice, and Quirk Books is hiring a subsidiary rights manager. Get all the details on these gigs and more below, and check out additional just-posted jobs on mediabistro.com.

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Vroman’s Bookstore to Appear on Parks and Recreation TV Show

Vroman’s Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Pasadena, will be appearing on season four of the NBC series, Parks and Recreation. According to Jacket Copy, the bookseller will host an author event headlined by Leslie Knope, a parks department bureaucrat played by Amy Poehler.

Hyperion will release the actual title in paperback format in October. Poehler’s character wrote Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, a 240-page humor book contains illustrations, photographs and commentary from all of the show’s characters.

Here’s more from NBC.com: “Each chapter will explore a different aspect of the fictional town’s history and expand upon events hinted at in the series, such as: the time the whole town was on fire, its long list of ridiculous town slogans, and the ongoing raccoon infestation. Knope, a resident of Pawnee since her childhood, provides all of the research and comical insights into this Midwestern town that fans have grown to love.”

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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Sissy Spacek Inks Memoir Deal with Hyperion

hyperion.jpgHyperion has acquired a memoir by Sissy Spacek, written in “her authentic, big-hearted voice.”

The book is scheduled for a 2012 release with the tentative title, Barefoot Stories. Jim Stein of the Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency negotiated the deal with editor Sarah Landis. The deal includes audio rights. Landis will edit the book.

The press release offers this quote from the soon-to-be-author: “I’m thrilled to be writing this book. I just wish I had studied harder in English class.”

Friends Will Tour for Halberstam’s Final Opus

And speaking of Hillel Italie, he also reports on what friends of the late journalist and historian David Halberstam are planning for THE COLDEST WINTER, Halberstam’s final published work that will be released by Hyperion this October. Joan Didion, Seymour Hersh, Doris Kearns Goodwin and others will read coast to coast to spread the word about Halberstam’s account of the Korean War.

“He thought that it was the best work he had done since The Best and the Brightest,” says Halberstam’s widow, Jean Halberstam, referring to her husband’s book on Vietnam. “He had been thinking about doing this book since he was in Vietnam. It was always in the back of his mind.” Highlights of the promotional tour will include Didion reading in New York City; former basketball great Bill Walton in La Jolla, Calif.; Hersh in Washington, D.C.; Anna Quindlen in Milwaukee, and Goodwin and fellow author Samantha Power in Cambridge, Mass.

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