And, with no segue at all, I bring you this week's acquisitions and rights sales. Just a reminder to those authors and agents out there who read this blog: if you have sale for a skiffy genre novel of any kind - including YA and paranormal romance - or a rights sale you would like to have announced, please feel free to email me your news here. (No short fiction sale announcements, please.)
Ravenous author Ray Garton's BESTIAL, in which Sheriff Farrell Hurley returns for another bout with a town infested by homicidal werewolves, to Don D'Auria at Dorchester, in a two-book deal, by Richard Curtis Associates. (Anyone else think that this was possibly a poorly-worded announcement? Unless the author really is that hungry...)Rights sales:
Gary Braunbeck's FAR DARK FIELDS, in which the Cedar Hill Cycle nears its conclusion in this penultimate novel in the series, to Don D'Auria at Dorchester, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
Graham Brown's debut BLACK RAIN, described as Indiana Jones meets The Ruins, to Danielle Perez at Bantam Dell, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Agency (World English).
Robin Haseltine's THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON'S SPELL, in which a witch and warlock use forbidden spells during the Duel for Ultimate Dominion of her coven, in a modern fairy tale take-off of Beauty and the Beast that blends Mayan, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies with natural disasters mirroring the tumultuous years that gave us tsunamis, mudslides, and hurricane Katrina, to Margaret Esch and Dona Paus at Tiger, by Kelly Mortimer at Mortimer Literary Agency.
Raz Steel's LOVE WITHOUT BLOOD, about a female doctor in the Witness Protection Program who wonders if the vampire she's asked to hunt is the one who attacked her, or the one she's falling in love with, to Chris Keeslar at Dorchester, by Kelly Mortimer at Mortimer Literary Agency.
Diana Pharaoh Francis's BITTER NIGHT, in which a woman is sent to investigate a murder that hasn't happened yet, and what she learns triggers a battle between two feuding witches and sets off a war of magic that draws in both the Uncanny and the Divine and has the potential to remake the world, to Jennifer Heddle at Pocket, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (NA).
David Wellington's CELL BLOCK FIVE, the fourth installment in the Laura Claxton vampire series, to Carrie Thornton at Three Rivers Press, by Byrd Leavell at the Waxman Literary Agency (World).
Tim Aker's HEART OF VERIDON, a steampunk fantasy thriller, to Mark Newton at Solaris Press, via Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency. (via Solaris website)
Jay Lake sold The Baby Killers to PS Publishing, who will put it out as a stand-alone novella. Publication of the signed, limited edition hardcover (and the trade paperback) is scheduled for 2010. Lake describes it as his "accidental novella" (see this post) "in which I attempt to put the 'punk' back in steampunk." (via SFScope)
Nineteen-year old Kaleb Nation sold world English language rights to his debut novel, The Fairfield Curse, to Lyron Bennett at Sourcebooks for its children's imprint, Jabberwocky, via agent Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates. The book is the beginning of Nation's middle-grade series Bran Hambric. In the first volume, "a boy living in a world where magic is banned discovers he has inherited dangerous gifts from his criminal mother, and the world he knows may not be his own." (via SFScope)
Jeff Sampson's THE LIFE AND DEATH OF EMILY COOKE, the first in a dark fantasy series about a woman who at night transforms from shy and mousy geek girl into a wild thrill-seeker - and full on wolf-girl, to Stacy Whitman at Mirrorstone, for publication in Fall 2009.
Sarwat Chadda's THE DEVIL'S KISS, the story of a fifteen-year-old girl conscripted into the modern-day remnant of the Knights Templar, to Donna Bray at Hyperion, in a major deal, for publication in Fall 2009, and to Lindsey Heaven at Puffin, in a very nice deal, sold simultaneously, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication Spring 2009, by former Macmillan UK children's publishing director Sarah Davies in her first deal at her Greenhouse Literary Agency.
Gord Rollo's CRIMSON, about a legacy of evil in a small Canadian town, and four childhood friends forced to fight a creature from Hell who brings their worst fears to life, for mass-market paperback release, to Don D'Auria at Leisure Books, in a nice deal, by Jenny Rappaport at the L. Perkins Agency (World)
German rights to Madeleine L'Engle's A WIND IN THE DOOR, to Bertelsmann, by Annelie Geissler at Mohr Books, on behalf of Edward Necarsulmer IV and Cate Martin at McIntosh & Otis.
Neal Stephenson's ANATHEM, based in a universe similar to but not our own, where mathematicians and philosophers are sheltered from an illiterate and unpredictable "saecular" world, until the day they must leave their safe haven to save the entire world from destruction, to Ravi Mirchandani at Atlantic Books, for publication in September 2008, by Rachel Calder at the Sayle Literary Agency.
Vietnamese rights to Jim Butcher's STORM FRONT, to Luong Mai at Vietnam Culture and Information Publishing House, by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.
Spanish rights to E.E. Knight's CHOICE OF THE CAT, to Juan Carlos Poujade at Factoria des Ideas, by Claire Roberts at Trident Media Group, on behalf of John Silbersack.
Spanish rights to the first book in Ellen Schreiber's VAMPIRE KISSES series to Nabla Ediciones, by Lara Lea Allen on behalf of Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group.
THE COURT OF THE AIR author Stephen Hunt's next three books, to Sarah Hodgson of Harper UK/Voyager, in a good deal, by John Jarrold.
Rachel Caine's CHILL FACTOR and WINDFALL, books three and four of the author's Weather Warden series, to Susie Dunlop of Allison & Busby, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency.
Foreign rights to Patrick Rothfuss's THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE TRILOGY, to R.A.O. in Romania, Azoth in Taiwan; THE NAME OF THE WIND (DAY 1) to Shanghai Wanyu Culture in China; THE WISE MAN'S FEAR (DAY 2) and UNTITLED (DAY 3) to Mynx/ De Boekerij in the Netherlands, bringing the total number of territories sold to 23, by Teri Tobias, with respective co-agents, on behalf of Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
Korean rights to Daniel Wallace's MR. SEBASTIAN AND THE NEGRO MAGICIAN, now sold in eleven foreign territories, to Munhakdongne, by Ines Yeo at Shinwon on behalf of Joe Regal and Markus Hoffmann at Regal Literary.
Mike Carey's THE STRANDED, a five-issue comic book series, optioned to the SCI FI Channel for a two-hour pilot, by Ken Sherman at Ken Sherman & Associates, in association with MBA Literary Agents.
Cara Lockwood's BARD HIGH series, in which students discover that the books they're reading in class have an uncanny influence over the events in their lives, to Susan Alder at Stun Productions, by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates, on behalf of Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency.
John Shirley's THE OTHER END, optioned to producer Jeffrey Kinart, by Paula Guran at Guran Literary Services.
John Shirley's BLEAK HISTORY, optioned to New Regency Productions ("Mr And Mrs Smith"), by Paula Guran at Guran Literary Services.
Lucy Finn's CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, pairing a practical-minded single mom with an undeniably hunky genie, to Barbara Simpson and Blue Shadow Productions, by John Talbot at Talbot Fortune Agency.
Brendan Deneen's SCATTERBRAIN, a graphic novel about a disgraced
undercover detective, who sees his chance at redemption when a mysterious vigilante appears and begins battling the same forces of evil that he once fought, to Samantha Olsson at Kickstart Entertainment (producers of this summer's graphic novel-based WANTED).