‘Saw’ Scribes Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan Set Novel ‘Blacklight’ At Little Brown

Mike Fleming

Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, whose credits include the fourth through seven Saw installments as well as the upcoming Hellraiser remake and the sequel Piranha 3 Double D, are moving into publishing with a Little Brown deal for their first novel, Blacklight. The book is the story of a ghost … Read More »

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AOL & Mark Burnett To Develop Comedic Shorts Based On CliffsNotes Books

By | Monday January 31, 2011 @ 7:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

AOL Inc., Mark Burnett, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Coalition Films have entered a digital production agreement to co-develop a series of comedic video shorts based on CliffsNotes Literature Guides, published by Wiley. Showcased on AOL.com this year will … Read More »

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Wikileaker Julian Assange Claims Memoirs Deal Worth $1.5 Million

By | Tuesday December 28, 2010 @ 4:56am PST
Mike Fleming

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, out on bail after an arrest for an alleged sex crime, has made a deal to write his memoirs for Random House’s Alfred A. Knopf label, and UK’s Canongate Books. More territorial sales will bring in … Read More »

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Paramount Buys Book Proposal By ‘Without A Trace’ Creator Hank Steinberg

By | Tuesday October 12, 2010 @ 11:03am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures acquired screen rights to Out of Range, a book proposal for a two-book mystery that will be written by Hank Steinberg, the creator of the CBS series Without A Trace. The movie sale came after the novel was set up in a high six-figure deal at Harper Collins on the basis of the proposal and a few sample chapters. The film option deal was also in the six-figures and it closed late last night. Steinberg will write the script and Erwin Stoff will produce. While studios have been slow to jump on pitches lately, the movie deal made by WME definitely found momentum after 3 Arts’ Richard Abate made the publishing deal and created a demand. The book will be published in 2011. Read More »

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Billy Idol Memoir Selling Fast at Frankfurt

By | Saturday October 9, 2010 @ 6:30pm PDT

The 80s punk rock singer’s autobiography is under offer in France, Germany and Finland, having sold already to Simon & Schuster in the US and UK in a high six-figure deal. Dancing With Myself – the title comes from … Read More »

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HOT TITLES: David Bowie Book At Frankfurt

I’ve been looking into what are the hottest overseas titles being sold at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair. David Bowie is due to deliver his illustrated book Bowie: Object to his agent Andrew Wylie in December. So Wylie is telling publishers at Frankfurt that it’s the first in a series of books by Bowie and I’m told there’s lots of interest. Why the title? Because the rock legend has assembled 100 objects from his personal archive and has written captions for them exploring his creative process. That, apparently, qualifies as a book these days.

Other titles packing heat at Frankfurt this year include: Read More »

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Ballantine Wins 6-Book Auction For Top Romance Author Debbie Macomber

By | Monday October 4, 2010 @ 7:56am PDT
Mike Fleming

Breaking News… Random House Publishing Group chief Gina Centrello and Ballantine publisher Libby McGuire and editor in chief Jennifer Hershey have won an auction for the next six books to be written by Debbie Macomber, the prolific romance novelist who is leaving a run at Harlequin. Deal was seven-figures for each book, and came after an auction that brought Macomber in from her Washington home and pitted Random House against Grand Central and Simon & Schuster, the latter of which publishes Macomber’s non-fiction Christian-themed titles. It’s the second significant female author that Centrello, McGuire and Hershey have brought into the Ballantine fold, after they landed Janet Evanovich earlier this year. Read More »

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Knopf Buys 4 Great Pages For $2.5 Million

By | Wednesday September 29, 2010 @ 4:27pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The deals are popping this week, and publishing is not immune. On the basis of a 4-page proposal, Alfred Knopf’s Sonny Mehta has paid $2.5 million for The Loneliness of Sonia and Sunny, the new novel by Kiran Desai. … Read More »

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Daniel Silva Makes 3-Book Deal At Harper

Mike Fleming

Bestselling author Daniel Silva has left a long run at Putnam and made a 3-book deal at HarperCollins. I toldja that Silva left ICM to sign with D.C. attorney Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly, in anticipation of shopping for the … Read More »

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