From Publishers Lunch Weekly:
"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 up
Ellen Horan's 31 BOND STREET, interweaving fiction with actual events surrounding the infamous murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell and the subsequent trial of his housekeeper and lover Emma Cunningham, a historical narrative that blends romance, politics, greed and sexual intrigue, set against the background of bustling, corrupt New York City, four years before the Civil War, to Jonathan Burnham and Claire Wachtel at Harper, in a pre-empt, for two books, by Marly Rusoff at Marly Rusoff & Associates (world English).Film rights are handled by Lynn Pleshette at the Lynn Pleshette Agency.
Manhattan high school teacher Joshua Gaylord's HUMMINGBIRDS, pitched as History Boys meets Blue Angel, about the intertwining -- and often darkly surprising -- relationships between the teachers and students at a school for girls, to Sally Kim at Harper, at auction, in a very nice deal, by Josh Getzler at Writers House (NA).
Jeremy Duns' FREE AGENT, set between London and Nigeria during the Biafran War, about an MI6 agent on the run as a suspected KGB double-agent and intent on tracking down the only woman he ever loved whom he has thought dead for the past 24 years, to Kathryn Court at Viking, in a pre-empt, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group, on behalf of Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton (US).
Juan Gabriel Vasquez's THE INFORMERS, pitched as reminiscent of W.G. Sebald and Ian McEwan, about memory, history, family, and betrayal during World War II in Colombia, translated by Anne McLean, to Sarah Bowlin at Riverhead, by Ruth Logan at Bloomsbury UK (US).
Former assistant to a book publisher writer/editor for That's Beijing magazine Ann Mah's KITCHEN CHINESE, about a Chinese-American who worked in New York publishing and left her job to live in Beijing, and review restaurants for an English language expat magazine there; pitched as part Helen Fielding, part Amy Tan, a fish-out-of-water story, to Wendy Lee at Harper, by Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider (NA).
Nathalie Abi-Ezzi's A GIRL MADE OF DUST, about three generations of one family living through the 1980s Lebanese civil war, to Elisabeth Schmitz of Grove/Atlantic, at auction, for publication in Spring 2009, by Isobel Dixon.Foreign rights to Amy Black at Doubleday Canada; Artemis in the Netherlands, at auction; and Mondadori in Italy.
READING THE OED author Ammon Shea's LOST AND FORGOTTEN BOOKS, a tour of the fading and dusty world of family bibles, phone directories, Sears & Roebuck catalogs, and other cherished household books of old, along with an appreciation of out-of-print volumes that are so quirky, obscure, and outdated that even the Long Tail won't wag at them, again to Marian Lizzi at Perigee, by Jim Rutman at Sterling Lord Literistic (World English).
Historian Jean Edward Smith's W, a biography of President George W. Bush, looking at "the man and the president from a longer perspective, for publication in 2012, to Bob Loomis at Random House (world).
Cyndi Laurin and Craig Morningstar's THE RUDOLPH FACTOR: BUILDING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION THAT LASTS based on their inside access to Boeing and illuminating the principles and practices of finding and nurturing the critical and often neglected 10 percent of innovators in any organization who can shine the light where a company needs to go, through examples of their impact in both the C-17 and Dreamliner programs, to Matt Holt at Wiley, in a very nice deal, for publication in Summer 2009, by Stephen Hanselman of LevelFiveMedia (world).
Douglas Hunter's 1609: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Changed America, describing Hudson's world -- filled with spies, treachery, high stakes jockeying for power and wealth, espionage, and double-dealing -- and his mysterious, portentous journey, as he became one of the first Europeans to lay eyes on Manhattan, which all seems a fitting start to the modern metropolis that now towers above that site, to Peter Ginna at Bloomsbury, in a very nice deal.
Star of Bravo's Flipping Out Jeff Lewis's JEFF LEWIS'S REAL ESTATE RULES, a guide for anyone looking to buy, renovate, or sell their home in the current market, with trade secrets on getting the best value and tips on navigating new mortgage rules and government incentive programs, to Sarah Sper at Center Street, at auction, by Eileen Cope at Trident Media Group.
Pushcart Prize-winning author Frances Lefkowitz's HOW TO HAVE NOT, a memoir about deprivation -- economical and emotional -- and the author's battle and uneasy truce with the power of money and all the things it can and cannot buy, to Soumeya Bendimerad at MacAdam/Cage, by Amy Rennert at the Amy Rennert Agency.
Poised to become the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games as well as the oldest female Olympic swimmer ever Dara Torres' inspirational memoir, offering insight into her competitive spirit, work ethic, and determination to succeed in the face of life's challenges, including motherhood and Bulimia, and her motivation to attempt a comeback after the first of her first child in 2006, for publication in spring 2009, written with NYT Magazine contributing writer Liz Weil, and a fitness guide, presenting the secrets of her legendary training regimen and her reflections on what has motivated her, for publication in early 2011, to Stacy Creamer for Broadway, by manager Evan Morgenstein at Premier Management Group (world).