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Lisa Fiedler Inks Middle-Grade Trilogy Deal with Margaret K. McElderry Books

cvr9781442487819_9781442487819_lgWriter Lisa Fiedler has landed a deal for her middle grade fantasy trilogy with Simon & Schuster’s Margaret K. McElderry Books imprint.

The first installment, Mouseheart, is scheduled for publication in May 2014. Book two will follow in Spring 2015 and the conclusion title will come out in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, artist Vivienne To has signed on to create the illustrations which will include fifteen interior pieces and a world map. Editor Ruta Rimas negotiated the deal with Writers House senior agent Susan Cohen and 2M Communications agent Madeleine Morel.

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Gersh Agency Forms Literary Unit

Variety’s Michael Fleming reports that the Gersh Agency, which until now had been almost exclusively focused on film and television rights, is now expanding into the book business. Phyllis Wender, previously one-half of Wender/Rosenstone until her partner, Jack Rosenstone, died recently, will run the division from Gersh’s New York HQ and will bring agents Sonia Pabley and Susan Cohen with her. In fact, Pabley told me last night at the Mystery Writers of America Agents & Editors party that she began working at Gersh as of April 1, where half her clients will be book-based (like Naomi Hirahara, nominee for the Best Paperback Original Edgar Award) and the other half theater-based.

“Most book agents know Phyllis, and her reputation and stature will dictate how the division will do business,” company president David Gersh told Variety. “We’ve wanted a good book division for years but never found the right person to run it. We think she will be a great combination with Amy Schiffman in Los Angeles and Sarah Self in New York, who make film and TV deals for authors.”