Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Announced genre acquisitions for May 1st through 14th

As promised...
Richard Knaak's DRAGONREALM series, FIREDRAKE, ICE DRAGON, and WOLFHELM, to be published in one omnibus volume, to Marco Palmieri at Pocket, in a nice deal, by Donald Maass of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World English).

P.N. Elrod's DARK ROAD RISING, a new Vampire Files novel set in 1930s gangland Chicago, to Ginjer Buchanan of Ace, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. [La Gringa interjects: What a great idea!]

Lucy Snyder's SPELLBENT, the story of a young mage who must face angry wizard councils, demons, and hell itself to rescue her lover and mentor, to Liz Scheier at Del Rey, in a three-book deal, by Robert Fleck at Professional Media Services (World).

Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM, to Diana Gill at Eos, in a good deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (NA).

D.D. Barant's BLOOD OF MONSTERS, featuring an FBI profiler, who's been yanked into an alternate universe where vampires, werewolves, and golems now comprise 99% of the population, to Monique Patterson of St. Martin's, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency (world).

Bride of Blackbeard author Brynn Chapman's PROJECT MENDEL, in which two genetic stem cell scientists must flee the war-torn U.S., after their genetic enhancement vaccines cause amazing and horrific side effects in the nation's military children, to Leanne Burroughs at Highland Press, by Lois Bennett.

Susan Krinard and Janet Mullany's BESPELLING JANE, a star-studded anthology featuring the paranormal and Jane Austin created by Susan Krinard and Janet Mullany, headlining Mary Balogh, to Tracy Farrell of HQN, in a good deal, at auction, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency.

Laurie Notaro's SPOOKY LITTLE GIRL, about a woman who is hit and killed by a bus shortly after being dumped by her fiance, and who returns to wreak havoc on all who have wronged her; and a collection of essays, to Bruce Tracy at Villard, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group (world English).

::: young adult :::

Penny Blubaugh's WHEN PUPPETS ARE OUTLAWED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE PUPPETS, in which a troupe of puppeteers, including a member of a royal Faerie family and a teenaged runaway, stage elaborate illegal shows blending magic and social commentary, to Jill Santopolo at Laura Geringer Books, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world). [La Gringa interjects: I think this may be the best title I've ever heard!]

Dan Elconin's NEVERLAND, a modern and gritty retelling of the story of Peter Pan, where Peter is the antagonist and Hook is a friend to Ricky, to Anica Rissi at Simon Pulse, with Michael del Rosario editing, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2009, by Gretchen Stelter at Baker's Mark Literary Agency (World).

Author of Evil Genius and Genius Squad Catherine Jinks's THE REFORMED VAMPRIE SUPPORT GROUP, an irreverent look at the blood-sucking life through the eyes of 15-year-old vampire, Nina Harrison, who's been stuck for 51 years in a support group of hemo-addicts that has never had anything exciting happen to them -- until one of them is murdered with a silver bullet, to Kathy Dawson at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in April 2009, followed by The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group in 2010, by Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Film rights are with Jerry Kalajian at IPG.

John Dickinson's THE FATAL CHILD, the final book in the trilogy begun in THE CUP OF THE WORLD, to David Fickling at David Fickling Books, in a very nice deal, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (World English).

Co-author of Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire Christopher Golden's POISON INK, about five very different girls who decide to all get the same unique tattoo to honor their friendship, unaware that there's dark magic in the ink, and dark intentions on the part of the tattoo artist, to Stephanie Lane at Delacorte.

NYT bestselling author of Frostbite Richelle Mead's untitled fourth and fifth novels 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).


Amie Stuart said...


OMG I LOVE THIS! And the one about the tattoos.....I'm such a nerd *ggg*

Just_Me said...

I'm terribly young and naive, what does "in a good deal" mean for the author? Does it mean the author was lucky anyone wanted the book or does it mean the author made over a certain amount of money or is it just a trade term meaning "not a 6 figure deal"?

Dr. Dume said...

I guess a good deal, in any context, is one where you end up with more money than you started with.

I'm still shopping the first one, but (assuming it ever sells) I don't think I'd want too big an advance on it. If it didn't earn out I'd have a hard time selling the others. Better to earn out on the first one than end up as a one-book author.

A six figure advance might stop me dead in my tracks. With that much money in the bank I'd find it difficult to really work.

So my idea of a good deal would be - enough money so I could spend more time sorting out the other drafts and writing more, but not so much that I'd just buy a crate of booze and spend the rest of my days having my brain sucked out by TV.

That's my take on it. What constitutes a good deal is an individual thing, really. For some, a million for the first book would spur them to write like crazy. For me, it would probably have the opposite effect.

What's the agent view on this? Since the agent works on a percentage, is it better to get 15% of a big advance up front, or 15% of a small advance with a long-tem trickle afer that?

How soon can you tell whether an author is going to be a good long-term earner?

Julia said...

what does "in a good deal" mean

Publishers' Marketplace categorizes book deals as follows:

Nice deal = $1-49,000
Very nice deal = $50,000-99,000
Good deal = $100,000-250,000
Significant deal = $251,000-499,000
Major deal = $500,000 and higher

Julia said...

Also, I'm very psyched that Laurie Notaro's writing a ghost story! I've loved her memoirs, even though I didn't think her novel worked that well.

cindy said...

yee-ha! thank you for sharing these, c! you keep me up to date for free! FREE! love it.

S. E. Ward said...

Nice to see Pat Elrod on there! She's an awesome lady. She used to come to ThunderCon and SoonerCon in Oklahoma City back in the day. Her presence always signalled good times, and much discussion of vampires (and Forever Knight, one of my all-time favourite shows).

Just_Me said...

Thank you Julia!

slayground said...

Poison Ink is fantastic - Golden once again delivers a thriller packed with suspense. And, as you said, evil tattoos. I hope you'll check out the book! You may read an excerpt at the site: