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Jodi Picoult Lands 3-Book Deal with Ballantine Books

Author Jodi Picoult has landed a 3-book deal with Random House, Inc.’s Ballantine Books imprint. The not-yet-titled first novel will be published in 2014.

Random House Publishing Group president Gina Centrello teamed up with Ballantine Bantam Dell publisher Libby McGuire to negotiate the deal with Laura Gross Literary Agency principal Laura Gross. Ballantine Bantam Dell editor-in-chief Jennifer Hershey will edit the books.

McGuire had this statement in the release: “Jodi’s ability to bring readers together and start conversations about her storytelling is very special. Even with her tremendous success, we believe her growth potential is enormous, and we look forward to bringing her forthcoming fiction to an even larger readership.”

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Tess Gerritsen Lands Book Deal for Two New Rizzoli & Isles Thrillers

Thriller novelist Tess Gerritsen has inked a book deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell to publish two more Rizzoli & Isles books. The deal also included an e-original story called “John Doe.”

The books follow the adventures of homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and forensics pathologist Dr. Maura Isles, the inspiration for the TV series Rizzoli & Isles–just renewed by TNT for its fourth season.

Jane Rotrosen Agency agent Meg Ruley negotiated the deal with publisher Libby McGuire and editorial director Linda Marrow.

Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg Ink Deal for New Series

Janet Evanovich has inked a deal with Random house four more novels in her Stephanie Plum series. She also sold four novels in a series co-authored with Lee Goldberg.

Peter Evanovich negotiated the two deals with Random House Publishing Group publisher Gina Centrello and Ballantine Bantam Dell publisher Libby McGuire and from, the author’s agent. In 2010, Evanovich signed with Ballantine Bantam Dell after working with St. Martin’s Press for 15 years.

Here’s more from the release: “The new Evanovich-Goldberg series will feature FBI agent Kate Winslow and international fugitive Danny Cole and will be a thrilling combination of crime, romance, and adventure. The first in the series is scheduled for publication in fall 2013. The next Plum novel, Notorious Nineteen, will be published this November 20, 2012 and just out now is Wicked Business, the second book in Evanovich’s No. 1 bestselling series starring Lizzy and Diesel.”

Debbie Macomber to Publish Six Novels at Random House

Starting in 2012, Debbie Macomber (pictured) will publish six novels under Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint.

Ballantine Bantam Dell publisher Libby McGuire and editor-in-chief Jennifer Hershey acquired hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book publication rights. Theresa Park from the Park Literary Group handled the negotiations. Hershey and senior editor Shauna Summers will share the editing work load on the six novels.

Macomber has authored more than 150 novels. She suffers from dyslexia and only carries a high school education. Her determination to be a writer eventually lead to a deal with Silhouette Books which has since spawned a career selling 130 million books worldwide.

Macomber commented: “I am delighted and grateful to find a home with the energetic, inspired, and extremely impressive team at Ballantine Bantam Dell. I’m looking forward to a new stage in my 28-year publishing career, full of fresh ideas and exciting opportunities to bring my stories to the widest possible audience, and to deepen my long-term relationships with my loyal readers.”

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)

Random House Creates Combined Ballantine Bantam Dell Unit

rh23.jpgToday Random House Publishing Group announced that they will combine the Bantam, Dell, and Ballantine imprints into a single Ballantine Bantam Dell unit. Ballantine Books publisher Libby McGuire will serve as publisher at the new combined imprint, and Bantam Dell publisher Nita Taublib will depart.

The new unit will incorporate many imprints: Ballantine, Bantam, Del Rey/Spectra, Delacorte, Dell, ESPN Books, One World, Presidio, and Villard. The EIC of the new imprint will be Jennifer Hershey and Scott Shannon will serve as Ballantine Bantam Dell Mass Market publisher.

Here’s more from the internal memo: “The newly formed Ballantine Bantam Dell will continue to publish hardcovers and paperbacks in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction subjects and genres and be a commercial powerhouse in our industry.”

Follow this link to read more about Taublib’s departure. A memo on the promotions and the new unit follows after the jump.

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Cannon Named Editor-at-Large at Ballantine

Pamela Cannon will join the Random House Publishing Group as Editor at Large, Ballantine Books, specializing in acquiring and editing lifestyle books. Cannon’s hire is effective September 10 and she will report to Libby McGuire, Senior Vice President and Publisher, working from her office in Weston, Connecticut. Previously, Cannon ran her own literary services outpost and worked for Artisan, Pocket and Random House in a variety of publicity and editorial positions.

Perseus Phases Out Marlowe & Co. Imprint

PW Daily reported yesterday that Marlowe & Company will soon be no more at the Perseus Books Group – the latest in a series of major changes for Perseus. The imprint, part of the former Avalon Group, will be folded into Da Capo Press‘s wellness imprint, Lifelong Books. Marlowe, which had a list similar to Lifelong’s, was, according to Da Capo vp and publisher John Radziewicz, not as well known in the category. “Lifelong speaks more to the nature of a wellness imprint than does Marlowe,” he said, adding that the company thought Lifelong would “be the more embracing name.” Originally, as part of the integration of Avalon and Perseus, Marlowe was to complement the Lifelong series under the Da Capo umbrella.

In related news, Marnie Cochran, executive editor at Da Capo for the last nine years, has taken an executive editor position at Ballantine Books where she will report directly to senior vp and publisher Libby McGuire. Cochran will continue to work out of Boston and start with Ballantine on July 23.