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Karin Slaughter Inks Two Book Deal with Delacorte Press

slaughter23.jpgThriller novelist Karin Slaughter has inked a deal with Delacorte Press for two new novels.

Editor Kate Miciak negotiated the deal for US and Canadian rights with Victoria Sanders of Victoria Sanders Associates. The first novel, Fallen, will be released in May 2011. Set in Atlanta, the novel will include characters from both her Atlanta series and her Grant County series.

Ballantine/Bantam Dell division publisher Libby McGuire had this statement: “She is a #1 bestseller internationally and that is the goal here.” The release also noted: “Slaughter’s novels, worldwide, have over twenty million copies in print, sold in 30 territories, and have graced numerous end-of-year best-of lists.” (Author photo by Alison Rosa)

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Karin Slaughter Options Martin Misunderstood Novella

martin.pngThriller novelist Karin Slaughter inked a deal with Amber Entertainment to adapt her Martin Misunderstood novella into a film. The company has struck an “exclusive release” arrangement with the grocery and retail company Tesco.

The novella has only been released in the US as an audiobook, but the paperback has sold more than a million paperback copies in Holland and hundreds of thousands of copies in the UK and Germany.

Here’s more about the film’s unique distribution deal, from the release: “Martin Misunderstood will be part of an innovative and perhaps paradigm shifting deal with the European retail giant Tesco, the 2nd most profitable retailer in the world. The film will have an exclusive release through Tesco and will then be distributed throughout the rest of the territories.”

Justin Cronin, Lee Child, and Karin Slaughter Share Thriller Wisdom at BEA

bio.jpgAt BEA this morning, literary journalist (and former GalleyCat editor) Sarah Weinman hosted a panel discussion with two celebrated thriller authors the new thriller writer on the block.

Bestselling thriller novelist Lee Child shared some thoughts about series writing: “With a series, the huge danger is getting lazy or phoning it in. The other danger is that the author falls in love with their main character.”

Bestselling author Karin Slaughter (pictured, via Author photos by Alison Rosa) explored the tricky side of bestseller status: “I worked my whole life to get published,” she said. “It was the best and worst thing to happen. Because the question then is, ‘What’s next?’” She concluded: “You can’t focus on the pressure.”

Author Justin Cronin just broke into thrillers with his buzzy book, The Passage. He spoke about his new status as a thriller writer: “I used to have readers, but now I think I’m going to have fans. I wanted a book where people could fall into the story … Now, your imaginary friends become [readers'] imaginary friends.”

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Gothenburg Book Fair Continues

The editors of GalleyCat couldn’t attend the 25th Annual Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair, but author and GalleyCat correspondent Scott Andrew Selby is filing dispatches from the four-day book fair.

Today, he saw four crime writers speak. Selby writes: “British crime writer Simon Kernick spoke about getting published, hanging out with criminals, and being selected by the Richard & Judy Book Club. Kernick (pictured) pointed out that ‘in the UK we have festivals for the trade or the public, here there are both. It’s amazing to see so many readers in one place.’

“When he sent out the first three chapters of his first book, Kernick said ‘every last publisher/agent’ in England rejected him. So he wrote another novel and ‘the exact same thing happened. It had one good chapter out of 500 pages.’ Taking that one chapter that he felt good about, Kernick came up with the basis of a third book. He sent one chapter and the first person asked to see the whole book. He then spent the ‘next three months sending in parts, when I sent in the last bit, I got a letter saying he was not interested. I tided it up and got a deal. The moral of the story is you have to be patient if you want to write.’”

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Karin Slaughter and Oni Press Join Forces for New Imprint

A while back, when news broke that Karin Slaughter would be penning a graphic novel that her UK publisher Century would publish in 2009, I wondered if there was a US deal in the works. Requests to her agent, Victoria Sanders, went unanswered, but now the news is out, and it’s not exactly what I expected.

Turns out that Slaughter, an international bestselling thriller writer especially popular in the UK, Holland and Germany, has teamed up with comics publisher Oni Press to launch Slaughterhouse Graphic Novels, a new line of original comic books and graphic novels will be devoted exclusively to creations written by established writers from the world of prose fiction. Its first publication will be THE RECIDIVISTS, slated for April 2009. “This really is an area that we were one of the first publishers to focus on,” explained Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. “The last time we unleashed a novelist of this caliber on the comic book world, it was Greg Rucka (author of the Atticus Kodiak series and WHITEOUT, soon to be a movie with Kate Beckinsdale). We’ve long wanted to build on that fine pedigree.” More details about the book and future releases from the imprint will be announced at the 2008 New York Comic Book Convention.

Bestselling Authors Get Graphic – Novel, That Is

Not long after Karin Slaughter‘s first novel was published back in 2001, she made reference to a standalone novel she wanted to write called THE RECIDIVISTS. “It’s a sort of cautionary tale with a solid murder mystery at its core,” she told SHOTS Magazine back in 2002. “It takes place in the near future and is sort of a mixture of THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN.” But time passed, she continued the Grant County series and her first standalone thriller, TRIPTYCH, was published last year.

But now, as the Bookseller reports, THE RECIDIVISTS will be published – as a graphic novel. Arrow Publishing Director Kate Elton bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Victoria Sanders at Victoria Sanders & Associates. No word on a US publication yet or on the proposed illustrator for the project, but chances are likely we’ll be hearing such news in due course.

Meanwhile, late last month TOKYOPOP announced that Meg Cabot would be branching out into manga (which I know isn’t anywhere near a graphic novel but I’m keeping my headline, thank you very much.) CORONATION #1: THE MERLIN PROPHECY will continue her AVALON HIGH series, the first in a three part manga sequel. Jinky Coronado will provide the art. “I had an idea for a sequel,” Cabot explained in the announcement, “but it wasn’t enough story for a whole book. I was thinking of doing a novella, but then TOKYOPOP came along with the manga offer, and I was like: Bingo! The idea I had for the Avalon High sequel was just the right length for a manga. And the manga looks great. More than great-better than I ever dreamed!”