Friday, October 19, 2007

This week's reported genre acquisitions & rights sales.

By request, I'm now adding foreign rights sales to this round-up. Scroll down past the new sales, yo. (Yer welcome.)

New Sales:
David Mack sold his urban fantasy novel THE CALLING to Marco Palmieri at Pocket Books via his agent, Lucienne Diver of the Spectrum Literary Agency.

Jack Campbell's LOST FLEET: Relentless and Lost Fleet: Victorious, the 5th and 6th novels in a series of military sf novels, chronicling the efforts of a captain to bring his fleet safely back to earth with the key to victory against enemy forces, to Anne Sowards at Ace, in a nice deal, for publication in 2009, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA).

Richelle Mead's untitled third novel in the VAMPIRE ACADEMY series, about two best friends at a secret boarding school for vampire royalty, to Jessica Rothenberg at Razorbill, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English).

DATING CAN BE MURDER author Jennifer Apodaca's BLOOD MAGIC, a paranormal romance in which a young witch hunter falls in love with the witch he must kill to save his sister, to Liz Scheier for Ballantine, for publication in early 2009, by Karen Solem at Spencerhill Associates (world).

Brunonia Barry's originally self-published debut supernatural thriller THE LACE READER, about a woman who can see the future by reading patterns in lace who returns home to Salem, Massachusetts after her great-aunt goes missing, to Laurie Chittenden at William Morrow, in a major deal, reportedly for $2 million (NY Mag), at auction, by Rebecca Oliver at Endeavor (world English).

Carrie Ryan's THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, about an isolated village generations after the zombie apocalypse where a 16-year-old struggles with the town's religious order until the village walls are breached and the only chance of survival is to escape into the forest beyond, to Krista Marino at Delacorte, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Shiloh Walker's HUNTER'S FALL, in her continuing Hunters Series features a female Hunter who battles her own inner demons; SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE, a romantic suspense centered around trust and betrayal; and CHAINS, an erotic single-author anthology, to Cindy Hwang at Putnam, by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency (world).

ONE FOR SORROW author Christopher Barzak's THE LOVE WE SHARE WITHOUT KNOWING, pitched as Murakami meets Dan Chaon, set in Japan, in which the lives of several strangers -- including a Japanese suicide club survivor, an American teacher of English whose lover was killed in 9/11, and a man mysteriously struck blind -- are gently linked and interwoven by love and loss and fate, to Juliet Ulman at Bantam Dell, by Chris Schelling at Ralph M. Vicinanza (NA).

John Olson's SHADE, plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that doctors say are centered in the "God center" of her brain, a student runs into a delusional homeless man who suffers from the same symptoms and is convinced a Gypsy vampire is pursuing both of them, to David Webb and Karen Ball at B&H, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2008, by Steve Laube at the Steve Laube Agency (world).

Lydia Parks's untitled pair of vampire erotica novellas set in the Southwest, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington Aphrodesia, in a nice deal, by Sharene Martin-Brown at Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency.

Diana Paxson's SWORD OF AVALON, a posthumous sequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley's MISTS OF AVALON, dealing with the origins of Excalibur, to Anne Sowards at Roc, in a good deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Russell Galen at Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency (NA).
Rights Sales (backdated to October 1st):
French rights to Lawrence Schimel's FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS, to Estelle Valls de Gomis at Le Calepin Jaune Editions, in a nice deal, for publication in 2008, by A Midsummer Night's Press.

Icelandic rights to fantasy picture book LA AVENTURA DE CECILIA Y EL DRAGÓN, written by Lawrence Schimel and illustrated by Sara Rojo Pérez, have sold to Salka Forlag for publication later this year.

Complex Chinese rights to Sarah Rees Brennan's THE DEMON'S LEXICON, to Crown, in a nice deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, by Gray Tan at Jia-Xi Books, in association with Whitney Lee of the Fielding Agency and Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.

Foreign rights to Sarah Rees Brennan's debut urban fantasy trilogy starting with THE DEMON'S LEXICON, to Bertelsmann Jugendbuch in Germany, in a pre-empt; Albin Michel in France, at auction; Recliff Holdings in Russia; and to Media Factory in Japan; by Whitney Lee of the Fielding Agency on behalf of Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.

Vietnamese rights to Michael Augustyn's VLAD DRACULA: THE DRAGON PRINCE, to Vo Thi, in a nice deal, by Judy Klein of Kleinworks Agency.

Audio rights to Sean Williams's SATURN RETURNS, the first novel in the trilogy Astropolis, plus a novella, CENOTAXIS, to Greg Voynow of Audible, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.

British SF writer Eric Brown's PSICHOPATH, XENOPATH and NECROPATH, featuring a telepath employed by the spaceport on Bengal Station as part of a security team working against terrorists and other undesirables who reads the minds of visitors to Earth, again to Christian Dunn of Games Workshop's Solaris, for publication beginning in the spring of 2009, by John Jarrold at John Jarrold Literary Agency (US, UK).

Film rights to Meg Cabot's THE MEDIATOR Series, about a sixteen year old girl who can see and speak to ghosts (only no one in her family knows this) and who moves, with her mother, from Brooklyn to live her new stepfather and brothers in California, where she encounters a spirit like no other, optioned to Julia Pistor (Spiderwick Chronicles, Nacho Libre), by Bill Contardi on behalf of Laura Langlie.

Foreign rights to Patrick Rothfuss's THE NAME OF THE WIND, to Mondadori in Spain, for six figures, at auction; and Byakuya Shobo in Japan, for six figures, at auction, by Teri Tobias in association with MB Agencia and Tuttle-Mori, respectively, on behalf of Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Rights previously sold in thirteen other territories.

Film rights to Shanna Swendson's ENCHANTED, INC., about a small town gal who moves to New York to be extraordinary only to discover that she is so ordinary, she's immune to magic and thus becomes a secret weapon for a company that is essentially Magic Inc., to Universal's Strike Entertainment, by Amy Schiffman and Sarah Self at the Gersh Agency, on behalf of Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency.

Gitty Daneshvari's book proposal SCHOOL OF FEAR, to Graham King at GK Films and Warner Bros., by CAA. (See my notes from last week on this one.)

1 comment:

Tia said...

Wow; the foreign rights are especially fascinating. Thanks for sharing!