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Debbie Reynolds Lands Role Opposite Heigl

Mike Fleming

Debbie Reynolds, who hasn’t been on camera since Will & Grace in 2006, has been lured back to the screen by Katherine Heigl in One For The Money, the Lakeshore / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment adaptation of the Janet Evanovich novel series. Heigl stars as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum for director Julie Anne Robinson, and Reynolds will play Grandma Mazur, the outspoken and outrageous advisor and maternal grandmother to Heigl’s character. “Grandma Mazur is such a great character,” Heigl said. “She’s really feisty and Read More »

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Janet Evanovich Makes New Deal At RH

Mike Fleming

Janet Evanovich, the bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series, is moving from St. Martin’s Press to a new 4-book deal for world rights at the Random House Publishing Group. The first title will be published next year under the Ballantine Bantam Dell imprint. Deadline revealed that despite being St. Martin’s biggest fiction author, Evanovich and her agent/son Peter got turned down by the publisher when they asked $50 million for four more books. Interestingly, Evanovich started her book career at Bantam, part of RHPG. Peter Evanovich shopped the deal hard last week. I’m not sure how close he got to that magic $50 million number…

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Janet Evanovich Shopping New Book Deal

Mike Fleming

sizzling-sixteenSo, just as I reported, author Janet Evanovich’s agent/son Peter is shopping a new book deal after St. Martin’s Press turned down a $50 million, 4-book extension. (St. Martin’s Losing Biggest Fiction Author) I’m told the deal is being shopped to other publishers. The ask is still $50 million, or $12.5 million per book. But there is skepticism that another publisher will ante up, and Evanovich might get her best deal by not leaving St Martin’s ”family” fold where she has spent the last 15 years. Beyond the fact Evanovich has history with all but two major publishers, the biggest hurdle comes down to accounting. I’m told that such a front-loaded deal puts all the risk on the new books, and the publisher doesn’t have the benefit of writing off losers against backlist books that remain at St. Martin’s Press.

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St Martin’s Losing Biggest Fiction Author

Mike Fleming

janetIn a shocking development, bestselling author Janet Evanovich is leaving St. Martin’s Press after 15 years. The publisher refused to pay her request for $50 million for her next four books — so now her son/agent Peter Evanovich is expected to shop the deal to other publishers shortly. I’m told Evanovich is St. Martin’s biggest fiction author, best known for her novel series about bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Katherine Heigl will play her in One for the Money, a Julie Anne Robinson-directed film for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore that Lionsgate will distribute.

The St. Martin’s Press decision is the way that publishing business is going these days, with houses crunching the bottom line and not giving the kind of advances to franchise authors that were commonplace five years ago. Still, publishing industry insiders said Evanovich’s ask was on the high side, despite her bestselling track record. Her latest novel, Sizzling Sixteen, has been near the top of the bestseller lists since its publication earlier this summer. Evanovich’s longtime St. Martin’s editor, Jennifer Enderlin, said, “I’m not commenting on anything.”

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