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Rainn Wilson To Write ‘Serio-Comic Examination of my Life in Art, Faith & Comedy’

The Office star and author Rainn Wilson has landed a book deal to write what he calls a “Serio-Comic Examination of my Life in Art, Faith and Comedy.”

Penguin Group’s Dutton imprint will publish the as-yet-untitled book they bill as a “memoir” (in quotation marks) about how Wilson grew up “bone-numbingly nerdy before there was even a modicum of cool attached to the word.”

Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment negotiated the deal with executive editor Jill Schwartzman.

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Nick Offerman Lands Book Deal

Hearty Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman has inked a book deal for a “humorous memoir peppered with salty treatises about the state of manhood” with Penguin’s Dutton imprint.

Paddle Your Own Canoe: Nick Offerman’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, is scheduled for an October 2013 release. Levine Greenberg Literary Agency agents Monika Verma and Daniel Greenberg negotiated the deal. Executive editor Jill Schwartzman will edit the memoir.

He plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, and counts more than 107,000 followers on Twitter.

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Tracey Garvis Graves Inks 7-Figure Deal

Self-published novelist Tracey Garvis Graves landed a two-book deal with Penguin Group’s Plume imprint, and she said the deal is for “seven figures, a good seven figures.” Fourteen literary agents rejected the book before the author decided to self-publish her debut romance, On the Island.

Since she self-published in March, Graves has sold 340,000 copies of the book and broke into the New York Times bestseller list. Literary agent Jane Dystel negotiated the deal with executive editor Jill Schwartzman.

Here’s more about the book: “It centers on Anna Emerson, a thirty-year-old English teacher who accepts a summer job on a tropical island. There, she’ll be tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J., who is behind on his schoolwork because of cancer treatments. But as they fly over the Maldives, their plane crashes into shark infested waters. They manage to get to shore, but find themselves stranded on an uninhabited island with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. As weeks become months, the castaways encounter many obstacles including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the looming possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. But as their bond grows stronger with each passing birthday, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.”

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Former ‘Fox News’ Producer Joe Muto Inks Deal at Dutton

Joe Muto, a former television producer at Fox News, has landed a memoir deal with Penguin Group (USA)’s Dutton imprint.

Muto, “a self described bleeding heart liberal,” wrote An Atheist in the Foxhole to recount his eight years at Fox which includes his time working with political commentator Bill O’Reilly. The nonfiction title is slated for publication in early 2013. Executive editor Jill Schwartzman oversaw this acquisition and secured world rights.

Here’s more from the release: “Having finally reached a breaking point, Muto decided to leak salacious bits of FoxNews gossip to the ultra-popular website, Gawker. He only lasted only 36 hours as theso-called “Fox Mole” before being discovered and suspended, but in those 36 hours,a record-breaking 8.5 million readers were fascinated by Muto’s bizarre and hilarious stories.”

Glee Star Jane Lynch Lands Book Deal for Memoir

Glee star Jane Lynch has inked a deal to publish a “funny and inspirational memoir” with Hyperion’s Voice imprint. Mel Berger at William Morris Endeavor represented the book and editorial director Barbara Jones acquired the book in an auction.  Jill Schwartzman will edit the memoir.

Happy Accidents will come out in September, following the arc of the actress’ career–from her time in The Second City comedy group to her work in Christopher Guest mocumentaries. It will also explore how “embracing her sexuality helped her find both personal and professional joy.”

In the release, Lynch (pictured, via) had this statement: “If I could go back in time and have a conversation with my 18-year-old self, the first thing I’d say is, ‘Lose the perm.’ Second, I would say, ‘Relax. Really—just relax. Don’t sweat it.’ For a long time, I was anxious and fearful that the parade would pass me by, and that someone or something outside myself had all the answers.  Having finally reached a happy place—a happy accidents place—I want to share my story with others, to let them know things aren’t as bad as they fear.”

Stuff White People Like Author Sells New Book

cl23.jpgAuthor and blogger Christian Lander has inked a deal to publish Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like from Coast to Coast from Seattle’s Sweaters to Maine’s Microbrews with Random House Trade Paperbacks.

William Morris Endeavor agent Erin Malone negotiated the deal with senior editor Jill Schwartzman. The book will come out this fall. Back in 2008, Lander’s big book deal for Stuff White People Like raised eyebrows–but the title had a good run at the bookstore. Lander (pictured, via) is now working as a staff writer on MTV’s animated series, Good Vibes.

Here’s more about the book: “an hilarious ‘Ph.D. in white culture,’ featuring anthropological illustrations and regional breakdowns that delineate the seemingly subtle differences between white people across the US and all over the globe.”

Jim Henson Biography Acquired by Ballantine

headshot_jim_henson.jpgBiographer Brian Jay Jones has sold a biography of the late Jim Henson–the genius behind the The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock. The project is currently untitled.

Jonathan Lyons of Lyons Literary negotiated the deal with senior editor Jill Schwartzman. Jones is the author of Washington Irving: An American Original, and is working and with the blessing of Henson’s family.

Here’s more from the release: “The biography begins with Henson’s days as an early TV pioneer, innovative artist and businessman who created a whole new way to present puppetry in a popular art form for television and motion pictures. It will also cover Henson’s famous creations, such as The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and his important contribution to the development and success of Sesame Street, and describe his groundbreaking artistic and technological work that continues to this day.” (Henson is pictured, via)

“What I Wore” Tumblr Blogger Jessica Schroeder Scores Book Deal

jessica23.jpgThe Tumblr-to-book deal trend continues apace. Today What I Wore blogger Jessica Schroeder sealed a deal with Random House imprint Ballantine Trade Paperbacks for a new book.

Entitled Recipe for Style: A Cookbook For Your Closet, the book will be an “illustrated , practical, guide to building a wardrobe, season-by-season and day-by-day.” Deborah Schneider at The Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency negotiated the deal, and Jill Schwartzman at Ballantine Trade Paperbacks bought the book.

Here’s more about Schroeder (pictured), from her Tumblr site: “I love colored tights, movies from the 50s and 60s and vintage inspired clothes. I take pictures of myself (almost) every day. I started What I Wore in 2008 after a year of snapping photos with a timer and a tripod. Now my outfits are shot by my talented husband-to-be, Adam.”

Save $100 on Nonfiction Book Proposal Course

23bookpage.jpgStart the new year right–by finishing your nonfiction book proposal. Throughout the month of December, mediabistro.com is offering daily deals on a slew of its courses that begin in January. Today’s offer may interest a few GalleyCat readers.

With this one-day offer, readers can save $100 off an eight-week course, Nonfiction Book Proposal. The class will be taught by Random House editor Jill Schwartzman, who has edited “Stuff White People Like” by Christian Lander and “Gotcha Capitalism” by NBC reporter Bob Sullivan.

Here’s more about the offer: “Draft your book with help from an instructor who has overseen the development of nonfiction titles of all kinds, including how-to sports, popular culture, history, memoir, and biography. Sign up now and save $100 with promo code DAILY1203. Course starts Jan. 13.”

Regretsy Scores Latest Blog-to-Book Deal

spats.jpgComic author and radio personality April Winchell is the latest author to turn a blog into a book deal. She just sold “Regretsy,” a title based on the her blog that highlights the oddest creations on Internet craft sites.

The Regretsy blog has featured everything from miniature paintings to those knitted spats. The title puns off the name of the popular craft site, Etsy. Jill Schwartzman at Random House’s Villard imprint bought the title for trade paperback publication. Meg Thompson at LJK Literary Management negotiated the deal.

The site also features a fascinating page counting successful sales of strange crafts. Here’s more about the forthcoming book: “The book will feature a collection of the oddest, most hilarious, and most disturbing crafts the world has ever seen, along with hilarious commentary provided by the author.”

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