It is always enlightening (in some way) to know, from all the submissions the editors have received lately, which they chose to make offers on. Here are some "done deals" of today, with kudos to the authors, agents, and editors:
- Mauro DiPreta at Harper Collins' IT BOOKS bought Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman's TALES FROM THE SCRIPT: HOW SCREENWRITERS WIN THE HOLLYWOOD GAME, a collection of exclusive interviews in which Hollywood screenwriters reveal the secrets behind their successes and failures, and offer up uplifting stories about how faith in their talent empowers their careers, to accompany a companion documentary produced by the authors.
- He also bought Kelly Roman's graphic novel, THE ART OF WAR, which "reframes the classic text within a futuristic, post-collapse world of hedge-funds."
- FILM RIGHTS to John Armstrong's GUILTY OF EVERYTHING, Armstrong (aka Buck Cherry), lead singer-guitarist of the Modernettes, tours us pell-mell through his misspent youth as part of Vancouver's punk scene circa 1978-82, were optioned to Patrick Carroll and Optic Nerve Films.
- Jordan Fenn of Fenn Publishing bought Terry McConnell, Jennifer Nye and Peter Pocklington's I'D TRADE HIM AGAIN, the memoir of one of hockey's most colorful team owners, with a foreward by Wayne Gretssky.
- Stephen Morrow at Dutton bought Kevin Nelson, M.D.'s A NEUROLOGIST'S SEARCH FOR THE SPIRITUAL SELF, which uncovers the origin of spirituality in the most ancient areas of the brain and includes case histories drawn from three decades' of clinical work.
- Sam Douglas at Picador bought poet and professor Wayne Koestenbaum's HUMILIATION, exploring the connection between our private experiences of humiliation and our current fascination with the public humiliation of others. Picador has a Big Ideas series.
- Jennifer Urban-Brown at Trumpeter Books bought Kathleen Dean Moore's WILD COMFORT, an elegant narrative on nature's ability to comfort us during times of great sadness.
- Karen Kosztolnyik at Grand Central (formerly known as Warner Books) bought Sue-Ellen Welfonder's SWORDS OF THE GLEN, in a 3-book deal.
- David Moldawer at Sentinel bought THE PERSECUTION OF SARAH PALIN, by THE K STREET GANG author and associate editor of The Weekly Standard Matthew Continett...the title says it all, though I will say it is in defense of her, not a how-to manual.
- Heather Proulx at Brown bought Michelle Moran's MASKS OF THE REVOLUTION, about the life of Madame Tussaud, in which young Marie Tussaud joins the gilded but troubled court of Marie Antoinette, and survived the French Revolution by creating "Death Masks" of the beheaded aristocracy.
- Peter Gethers at Broadway Books bought "740 Park" author Michael Gross's PLATINUM TRIANGLE, a social history that will uncover the lives and lifestyles of the owners of the most extravagant trophy homes in Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills -- the Los Angeles estate district.
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