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Kidnapping Victims Interviewed for Book

FoFmary4_3_edited-1Ariel Castro kidnapping survivors Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus will collaborate with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Jordan on an upcoming book about their experience.

Jordan (pictured, via) will interview Berry and DeJesus to tell their story. Williams & Connolly attorney Robert Barnett will negotiate the deal. At this point in time, no publication date has been scheduled. Here’s more about the book:

Berry and DeJesus, who, along with Michelle Knight, spent a decade in captivity — chained and shuttered inside the home of Ariel Castro on Cleveland’s near West Side — before escaping on May 6, when Berry kicked out a panel in the front door and crawled to freedom with the help of neighbors responding to her cries for help.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Inks Memoir Deal

United States senator Kirsten Gillibrand has signed a deal with Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell group.

According to Yahoo! Finance, Gillibrand (pictured, via) intends “to write a book that’s both a memoir and a call to action for women and will build upon the goals of her Off the Sidelines political action committee.” The book will contain stories from her childhood, early career path, and experience in Congress.

Attorney Robert Barnett, of Williams & Connolly LLP, negotiated this deal on Gillibrand’s behalf. She will work with a writing collaborator on this project. The publisher plans to release this nonfiction title in fall 2014.

Elizabeth Warren Lands a Book Deal with Metropolitan Books

Senator Elizabeth Warren will publish a book about “how Washington is rigged against America’s middle class” with Henry Holt and Company’s Metropolitan Books imprint.

Publication is set for the spring of 2014. Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Rubin. Editor at large John Sterling will edit. You can read her work on Twitter, where she has more than 82,000 followers. Here’s more from the release:

The main focus of the book, however, will be the conflict America now faces between giant institutions and the needs of everyday citizens. Senator Warren will bring her wide professional experience – as a Harvard law professor, head of the Congressional panel that tried to bring some oversight to the bank bailout, and assistant to the President for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – to outline how the American middle class can be strengthened. The book will discuss how powerful interests in Washington have rigged the system to benefit themselves and what actions must be taken at every level – from campaigns to legislation to government agencies – to level the playing field.

Timothy Geithner Lands Book Deal

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has inked a book deal to write a “behind-the-scenes account of the American response to the global financial crisis” for Crown Publishers. Publication is set for 2014.

Robert Barnett negotiated the deal with publisher Molly Stern. Executive editor Vanessa Mobley will edit. The publisher did not reveal how much Geithner will earn from the deal. Here’s more from the release:

Secretary Geithner will chronicle how decisions were made during the most harrowing moments of the crisis, when policy makers faced a fog of uncertainty, risked catastrophic outcomes, and had no institutional memory or recent precedent to guide them. He will also describe the relationships, debates about strategy, and strength of collaboration among key decision makers in the crisis, including Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, President Obama, senior White House advisors, and finance ministers and central bank governors of other key economies around the world whose own financial fires threatened to derail the U.S. and global recovery. Secretary Geithner will aim to answer the most important – and to many the most troubling – questions about the choices he and his colleagues made, the strategies they adopted, and the economic aftermath.

Former NBA Star Bill Walton Lands Memoir Deal at Simon & Schuster

Former NBA star Bill Walton has signed a book deal for his memoir with Simon & Schuster. Walton’s (pictured, via) book will be titled Back From the Dead.

According to CollegeBasketballTalk, sports writer John Papanek has agreed to co-author this project. The publisher has the book scheduled for release in fall 2013.

Here’s more from the Mail Tribune: “[The book] will cover everything from Walton’s triumphs with UCLA and the Portland Trail Blazers to his overcoming a stutter and becoming a broadcaster to the collapsed spine that left him hardly able to move for three years … Financial terms were not disclosed. Walton was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients range from President Barack Obama to singer/actress Barbra Streisand.”

Jewel Lands Picture Book Deal

Grammy-nominated singer Jewel has inked a deal to publish her first picture book. Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will release That’s What I’d Do and its companion CD on September 18th.

Publisher Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with Williams & Connolly’s Robert Barnett. Paula Wiseman will edit this project. Artist Amy June Bates will serve as the illustrator.

Jewel drew inspiration for this work from a song she wrote/recorded that shares the same name as her forthcoming book. She explained in the release: “I love to sing to my son, Kase, and I hope my first children’s book, That’s What I’d Do, will be shared with new babies in the same way. All children need the joy of music in their lives.”

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Elton John to Publish Book About AIDS Epidemic

Rock star Elton John has landed a book deal with Little, Brown for his first book, Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic. He explained in the release: “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion.”

Scheduled to be published in July, the proceeds will raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Williams & Connolly LLP attorney Robert Barnett negotiated the deal and Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch will edit.

Here’s more about the book: “LOVE IS THE CURE will be the very personal story of Sir Elton’s life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly.  Through his stories of close encounters with people like Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, and many others, he will convey the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life—and his infinite determination to stop its spread.”

Stanley A. McChrystal Lands Book Deal for Memoir

portfoliologo.jpgRetired U.S. Army General Stanley A. McChrystal has landed a book deal with Portfolio/Penguin to publish his memoir.

Publication for the currently untitled book is set for 2012. Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly negotiated the deal with Portfolio publisher Adrian Zackheim. Earlier this year the general was relieved of his command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan after sharing some controversial opinions in a Rolling Stone profile written by Michael Hastings.

Zackheim had this comment: “Amidst all the media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan … few people know who General Stan McChrystal really is and what he has accomplished. Nor do people realize what a fascinating career he had for 38 years in the Army and what he can teach all of us about effective leadership under extreme pressure.”

Celebrity Book Toolkit

corynne23.jpgCelebrity book deals have multiplied this year, as everybody from Sarah Palin to Tina Fey inked contracts. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. To ease your frustration, GalleyCat has compiled a Celebrity Book Toolkit.

For all the writers in the audience, mediabistro.com has some advice about how to find work co-writing a celebrity book. In the feature, attorney Robert Barnett (who represented Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney) had this advice: “Potential collaborators should make themselves known to editors, agents, and attorneys. [...] I receive applications from many candidates each year.”

For all the publicists in the audience, today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was former Page Six reporter Corynne Steindler (pictured), talking about her new senior reporting job at Bonnie Fuller‘s Hollywood Life. She gave advice for publicists looking to get celebrity books attention in the gossip world.

“Give me an exclusive,” she said. “I think it’s a bit of a misconception that all gossip stories come from publicists. That’s something that I’ve been trying to fight down for awhile now,” she explained. “At Hollywood Life we don’t have a quota or a column to fill, we post continuously all day. So our stories can come from anyplace–a celebrity Twitter account, a news story that’s already breaking … we can do it in real time. I don’t think there’s anybody who just talks to the Post or just talks to the Daily News.”

Robert Barnett’s Multimillion Dollar Advance Touch

Bloomberg’s Edward Nawotka finally uncovers some answers to questions I’ve wanted to ask for ages: how exactly does Robert Barnett earn his living from the megawatt authors, politicians and celebrities he represents? Not by standard agency commission, that’s for sure, because even though Barnett, a partner at the DC firm Williams & Connolly, functions on behalf of his book clients much as an agent does — negotiating contracts, assisting with the editing process, refereeing between writer and publisher — he firmly rejects the term.

“I’m a lawyer and proud of it,” he told Nawotka. “I bill my clients an hourly rate; I don’t agree with taking a percentage for someone’s creative output.” (An agent typically takes a 15% to 20% commission as payment.) At $900 an hour, Barnett’s attention doesn’t come cheap. But when it’s a question of a multimillion-dollar contract, Barnett’s hourly rate can offer a client a massive savings over an agent’s commission. In an example Barnett cited, he billed a client $150,000 for negotiating a $3-million book contract — a substantial discount from the $450,000 to $600,000 an agent would customarily charge. Discounts for authors – but not for publishers. Knopf Publisher and President Sonny Mehta said to Nawotka that the upside of working with Barnett “is that when he calls about a client, it’s always someone you will want to take a meeting with. The downside is that he’s an expert on valuation, and as such I can never quite negotiate the deal I’d like.” An understatement to say the least…

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