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 new deal. Silva was locked in by Harper senior vice president Jonathan Burnham and the books will be edited by executive editor Jennifer Barth. Not sure how much the deal was worth, but it is the latest in what will likely be a growing number of established authors leaving houses because those publishers are unwilling to pay the high advances their authors were accustomed to receiving. That happened with Janet Evanovich, who left St. Martin’s Press after the publisher nixed an ask for $50 million for her next four books, even though she was the house’s top fiction author. She moved to Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint, but word in publishing circles is it was for a lot less than she originally asked.
HarperCollins confirmed the move, with Silva’s first book under the new deal to be published in summer, 2011. Silva was a journalist when he began writing novels with The Unlikely Spy. He’s best known for the popular series revolving around Gabriel Allon, an art restorer/Israeli spy. He most recently hit the bestseller lists earlier this summer with The Rembrandt Affair.
Bestselling author Daniel Silva has left his longtime reps at ICM to sign with Robert Barnett, the D.C-based attorney at Williams & Connolly. The word in publishing circles is that this is a first step toward Silva shopping for a new publishing deal, one that might lead to his exit from Putnam.
Silva had been with ICM since he transitioned from journalism to spy thrillers with the 1997 debut The Unlikely Spy. He is best known for the series he writes on art restorer/Israeli secret agent Gabriel Allon. Silva routinely lands on the bestseller lists, most recently for The Rembrandt Affair, which Putnam published last month.
I’m told that Barnett is shopping to publishers and that Silva’s wife, NBC Today Show correspondent Jamie Gangel, will play a large role in making his next deal. ICM’s Sloan Harris and Esther Newberg had repped Silva. While he’s not on the sales level of Janet Evanovich, Siva’s situation sounds somewhat familiar. Evanovich’s son, Peter, took over as her agent after she left Trident Media. After St. Martin’s Press declined an offer to renew her deal at $50 million for 4 books earlier this summer, Evanovich made a deal at Random House’s Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint. Price was never disclosed, but sources tell me it was for far less than the original ask.
What’s driving all of this is the growing realization by authors that their next deal probably won’t be as good as their last. Dealmakers … Read More »