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For your encouragement or general interest, we present to you the following recent agency deals of which we are very proud. We'll update you with the latest as often as we can.
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• September 2009 - Audio - Tarnsman of Gor, the first novel in John Norman's bestselling 27-volume Gorean fantasy series, plus the first five sequels to Joe McNeely of Brilliance Audio.
• September 2009 - Detective - Mahu Blood, the latest novel in Neil Plakcy's Hawaiian detective series starring gay police detective Kimo Kanapa’aka, world English rights to Don Weise of Alyson.
• July 2009 - Childrens Books - Two new horse novels for young readers by Chris Platt (Moon Shadow) to Kathy Landwehr of Peachtree Publishers.
• July 2009 - Paranormal Romance - Two humorous sexy vampire novella collections by bestselling award-winning romance author Heidi Betts, world rights to John Scognamiglio for Kensingon’s Brava line.
• July 2009 - Contemporary Romance - Bestselling romance author Janet Dailey brings her Calder family cast together to celebrate A Calder Christmas, NA rights to John Scognamiglio of Kensington.
• July 2009 - Graphic Novels - New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s urban paranormal series starring witch Rachel Morgan will receive the full-color graphic novel treatment from Del Rey Books. Editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell bought world rights to three original stories set in Harrison’s world of vampires, werewolves, demons and more. Harrison will script the graphic novels herself. The first will be a prequel to Dead Witch Walking, to be told from the point of view of Rachel’s friend Ivy, when both women were employed by the I.S. The deal was negotiated by agent Richard Curtis, who also recently brokered a deal for six more novels in the series with Harrison’s longtime publisher, William Morrow/Eos.
• May 2009 - Urban Fantasy - William Morrow/Eos has reinvested in bestseller Kim Harrison in a big way, with the HarperCollins imprint closing a six-book deal with Harrison, brokered by her longtime agent, Richard Curtis. Executive director Diana Gill bought world rights to the sextet; three of the books will be additions to Harrison's Hollows series, and a fourth will be what a HarperCollins rep dubbed a “world guide/insider's look” at the fictitious titular town where the novels are set. A novel and a short story collection round out the deal. The HC rep confirmed that the deal is the most significant one between the publisher and author to date, which hints that it's in the million-dollar range, since Gill closed a three-book deal with Harrison in 2005 for more than $500,000.
• May 2009 - Historical Romance - Lessons in French by multiple Rita Award-winning historical romance novelist Laura Kinsale, set in the English countryside, features a dashing roguish Frenchman and his childhood sweetheart separated by her father and now fatefully thrown together when all hope of a happy reunion is past, plus reissue of an early Kinsale favorite, Uncertain Magic, NA rights to Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks Casablanca.
• May 2009 - Debut Novel - New York Social Diary contributing editor, CEO of wealth management firm Lebenthal & Co., and active figure on the NY social scene, Alexandra Lebenthal, with her debut novel, telling the story of four Manhattan socialites whose perfect Upper East Side lives get turned upside down when the economic collapse wreaks havoc on their pampered existences, to Karen Kosztolnyik at Grand Central Publishing.(World)
• April 2009 - Science Fiction - A science fiction icon and winner of the field’s highest awards, Greg Bear has signed on to write three Halo novels set in the time of the Forerunners, the creators and builders of the Halos. Almost nothing is known for sure about this ancient race. Worshipped by the Covenant as gods, their engineering relics pepper the galaxy, and their connection to humanity remains unanswered. Devoted fans of both the books and games will finally get to delve deep into the era of these enigmatic beings, and discover for themselves the epic story behind one of the great mysteries of the Halo universe: the complete disappearance of the Forerunners from existence. World publication rights to Tor Books.
• March 2009 - Children's Fiction - The Witch of Water Street by Bailey MacDonald continues a children’s book adventure series whose protagonists are famous historical figures when they were young, World English language rights to Ellen Krieger of Simon & Schuster Books for Young People.
• March 2009 - Children's Science Fiction - The Runaway Star by Brad Strickland commences a children’s science fiction series, to Lyron Bennett of Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
• March 2009 - Romantic Suspense - Four romantic suspense novels by New York Times bestselling author Beverly Barton (The Murder Game) in a major deal, world rights to John Scognamiglio of Kensington.
• March 2009 - Science Fiction - An untitled thriller by multiple award-winning science fiction author Greg Bear (City at the End of Time) set in the coldest, darkest reaches of the universe, to DongWon Song at Orbit for publication in Fall of 2010 in a two book North American rights deal.
• December 2008 - Fantasy - Ace editor Anne Sowards has acquired a new novel by Steven R. Boyett, a sequel to his 1983 debut, Ariel, published when Boyett was 19. Richard Curtis negotiated the North American rights sale. The new fantasy, Elegy Beach, takes place in Southern California 30 years after Ariel in the post-technological world of “the Change” created by Boyett. Planned hardcover pub date is 2009, along with a paperback reissue of Ariel.
• December 2008 - Business - Flamboyant municipal bond promoter Jim Lebenthal teams up with financial news columnist Joe Mysak for Lebenthal on Munis, their joint take on the wisdom of investing in municipal bonds, worldwide rights to Stephen Isaacs, Editorial Director of Bloomberg Press.
• December 2008 - Historical Romance - In Three Graces by Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award-winning historical romance author Jennifer Blake, treachery, lechery and debauchery tempt three young women at the court of Henry VII, world English rights to Susan Swinwood of Mira.
• September 2008 - Movie Book - Leonard Maltin's THE 100 BEST MOVIES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN, a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems by the TV personality and movie maven, to Robert Miller of HarperStudio.
• August 2008 - Children's Mystery - In Wicked Will, a historical mystery by Bailey Macdonald, a young female Elizabethan player (disguised as a boy of course) performing in an English town called Stratford offers a small role to a feisty lad named Will Shakespeare, but when a dead body is discovered the drama takes a distinctly melodramatic turn, World English rights to Ellen Krieger of Aladdin.
• August 2008 - Detective - In Mahu Fire, the fourth novel in Neil S. Plakcy’s gay detective murder mystery series set in Hawaii, a bomb at a charity event for gay marriage launches homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka’s toughest challenge yet, World English right to Dale Cunningham of Alyson Books
• July 2008 - Romantic Suspense - Three new “Savannah Reid” thrillers by G. A. McKevett (bringing the total to 17 titles) track the full-figured private eye’s investigations, on-again off-again romance, and hopeless struggle against a passion for chocolate, to John Scognamiglio of Kensington.
• July 2008 - Horror - Carrion Comfort by World Fantasy award-winner and bestselling author of The Terror Dan Simmons, a reissue of the epic thriller chronicling the battle between mind-vampires and their human pursuers, North American rights to John Schoenfelder of Thomas Dunne Books.
• July 2008 - Children's Fantasy - Three new “Faire Folk” novels by Gillian Summers, building on the earlier Tree Shepherd’s Daughter trilogy portraying Keelie Heartwood’s adventures in a Renaissance Faire, to Andrew Karre of Llewelyn’s Flux imprint.
• July 2008 - Adventure Thriller - In Darkness Under Heaven by F. J. Chase, when American security specialist Peter Avakian fails to thwart a political assassination at a China-sponsored international sports competition, he and an attractive female doctor have to flee the country in possession of an explosive political secret, world rights (plus an untitled sequel) to Linda McFall of Mira.
• July 2008 - Calendar - Film maven Leonard Maltin’s page-a-day 2010 movie calendar to Chris Steighner of Rizzoli USA.
• July 2008 - Audio - Watermind, M. M. Buckner’s forthcoming (Tor, November 2008) environmental thriller, to Joe McNeely of Brilliance Audio.
• July 2008 - Fantasy - In All That Lives Must Die, the second novel in Eric Nylund’s projected fantasy quintet pitting immortals and infernals, Eliot and Fiona Post uncover a staggering family mystery after entering a high school for children from magical families, to Eric Raab of Tor.
• June 2008 - Film Guide - Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, the film maven’s exhaustive annual movie listing with summaries and ratings, has been extended for 2010 and 2011 by Cherise Fisher of Plume and Kara Welsh of Signet, who also commissioned Maltin to update Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide, his distillation of more than 7,000 reviews of the greatest films ever made before 1965.
• June 2008 - Audio - The four-volume Hyperion science fiction saga by Dan Simmons, North American audio rights in auction to Audible.
• June 2008 - Large Print - Dark of Day, the latest Vanguard Press thriller by Barbara Parker, large print rights to Mary P. Smith of Thorndike Press.
• June 2008 - Narrative Nonfiction - In Never Forgotten: The Search and Discovery of Israel’s Lost Submarine Dakar, author David W. Jourdan recounts his harrowing but ultimately successful three-year search for a massive Israeli submarine that had been lost, with sixty-nine officers and crew, for over 31 years, world rights to Tom Cutler of Naval Institute Press.
• June 2008 - Fantasy - In Speak to the Devil and its untitled sequel by fantasy novelist Dave Duncan, Anton, one of the four brothers of a Bohemian baron and arguably the least qualified, is unexpectedly given command of a fortress and the prospects are pretty daunting, to Liz Gorinsky of Tor. Speak to the Devil will be Duncan’s 40th novel.
• May 2008 - Memoir - Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master and subject of the recent documentary "Dreams With Sharp Teeth" Harlan Ellison's WORKING WITHOUT A NET, the long-awaited memoir, to be told in anecdotes followed by the Ellison story they inspired, to Ginny Smith at Ecco, for publication in 2010.
• April 2008 - Science Fiction - In Gravity Pilot by Philip K. Dick award winning science fiction author M. M. Buckner, an extreme skydiver becomes the new Orpheus when he descends into a dark addictive wikiverse to rescue his entranced girlfriend, NA rights to David Hartwell of Tor.
• April 2008 - History - An untitled minute-by-minute reconstruction of the assassination of Julius Caesar by Roman historian Stephen Dando-Collins (Caesar’s Legion), world English language rights to Stephen Power of Wiley.
• April 2008 - Film Deal - Horror Grand Master Ray Garton’s short story Graven Image, whose main character buys an antique object that becomes the source of strange and malevolent events, optioned to producer-screen writer Richard Finney.
• March 2008 - Horror - In Bestial and an untitled sequel, Ray Garton’s Sheriff Farrell Hurley (Ravenous) returns for another bout with a town infested by homicidal werewolves, to Don D’Auria of Dorchester.
• March 2008 - Horror - In Far Dark Fields, Gary Braunbeck’s award-winning Cedar Hill Cycle nears its shocking conclusion in this penultimate novel in the series, to Don D’Auria of Dorchester.
• March 2008 - Audio - Dave Duncan’s Berkley Books “Alchemist” fantasy trilogy set in an alternative Venice and featuring Maestro Nostradamus and his glib, sword-wielding apprentice Alfeo Zeno, to Tenesha Gleason of Audible.
• March 2008 - Childrens Books - In Chris Platt’s Storm Chaser, a thirteen year old girl compensates for her family’s financial setbacks through love for a beautiful paint filly, to Kathy Landwehr of Peachtree.
• March 2008 - Fantasy - In The Farfield Curse, the debut novel of nineteen-year old Kaleb Nation's middle-grade series Bran Hambric, a boy living in a world where magic is banned discovers he has inherited dangerous gifts from his criminal mother, and the world he knows may not be his own, world English language rights to Lyron Bennett at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in a pre-empt by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• February 2008 - Fantasy - In the satirical fantasy novel Hell Can Wait by Theodore Judson, a Roman general stuck in Limbo because clerks lost his paperwork is given a second chance to find happiness in an American town, US rights to Brian Hades of Edge/Tesseract.
• February 2008 - Childrens Books - Richard Curtis clinched a blockbuster multibook deal with Simon & Schuster for D. J. MacHale, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pendragon series. The deal encompasses two trilogies, a four book series and two picture books to be published over an eight-year span under the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers imprint. Over three million copies of Pendragon are currently in print, and graphic novels and other spinoff books are on the way. The tenth and climactic book will be published in Summer 2009. North American rights. British and translation rights handled by Baror International, film and television rights by The Gotham Group. http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6536376.html?nid=2788
• January 2008 - Science Fiction - Three new sequels to Rogue Clone by Steven Kent extend to seven the military science fiction novels in the series featuring galactic marine Wayson Harris, a clone warrior who breaks away from the pack, acquired by Anne Sowards of Berkley.
• January 2008 - Audio - Science Fiction Grand Master Fritz Leiber’s classic Lankhmar fantasy series featuring the swashbuckling duo Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser, plus Leiber’s The Big Time to Tenesha Gleason of Audible. Award-winning science fiction writer Sean Williams’ Astropolis trilogy to Tenesha Gleason of Audible. Thriller author Barbara Parker’s Dark of Day to Jeffrey Golick of BBC Audiobooks America. j
• January 2008 - Science Fiction - In science fiction author William C. Dietz’s At Empire’s Edge and its sequel Bones of Empire, police officer Jak Cato must protect a high-ranking official from a sadistic empath capable of assuming the shape of any living creature including Jak himself, North American rights to Ginjer Buchanan of Berkley.
• December 2007 - Historical Romance (Reissue) - SEIZE THE FIRE, PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT, and MIDSUMMER MOON, three historical romances by Rita award winner Laura Kinsale, for reissue by Deb Werksman of SourceBooks.
• December 2007 - Fantasy - In HEART OF THE RONIN by Travis Heermann, a young masterless samurai, or ronin, wanders across a mythical Japan seeking the monstrous murderer of his father, to John Helfers of Five Star.
• December 2007 - Environment - The Tropical Rainforest: A World Survey of Our Most Valuable Endangered Habitat With a Blueprint for Its Survival, a sumptuously illustrated (300 color photos) survey of rain forest ecology and a program for reversing its destruction, with introductions by the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, and Robert Redford, acquired for world rights reissue by Allen Chips of Transpersonal Publishing.
• November 2007 - Thriller - In THE DARK OF DAY by Barbara Parker, national media descend on a high-profile criminal defense attorney after a young woman vanishes from a celebrity-studded South Beach party, North American rights to Roger Cooper of Vanguard Press, audio rights to Jeffrey Golick of BBC Audiobooks America. British and translation rights handled by Danny Baror.
• November 2007 - HEALTH AND MEDICINE - CRAVE: WHY YOU BINGE AND HOW YOU CAN STOP by Dr. Cynthia Bulik, an eating disorders expert offers comforting news and a proven practical program for women and men vulnerable to out-of-control eating, North American rights at auction to Jacqueline Johnson of Bloomsbury.
• November 2007 - Detective Thriller - MAHU FIRE by Neil Plakcy, the third novel featuring a Hawaiian police detective who struggles with homosexuality, plus the formerly out of print first novel MAHU, to Joseph Pittman of Alyson Books.
• November 2007 - Film Deal - In THE TREE SHEPHERD’S DAUGHTER, the first novel of a ‘tween fantasy series by Gillian Summers, a very California girl is reluctantly sent to live with her estranged father in a Renaissance Faire, and discovers love, life and true magic, film rights optioned to Rob Heydon of Ecstasy Film.
• September 2007 - Audio - Saturn Returns, the first novel in Sean Williams’s Berkley trilogy Astropolis, plus a novella Cenotaxis, to Greg Voynow of Audible US.
• September 2007 - Romantic Fantasy - In Witch-Eye, Emily Gee’s second romantic fantasy novel, things are not what they seem as a prim courtier and her wastrel lover meet and plot as spies in the catacombs of Corhona Castle, world English language rights to Christian Dunn of Solaris.
• September 2007 - Environmental Thriller - In her high-concept environmental thriller WATERMIND by Philip K. Dick award-winning science fiction author M. M. Buckner, a vivacious young scientist discovers that the accumulation of electronic devices discarded in the nation’s waters has begun to pulsate in synchronicity and combine with marine flora and the menace is about to reach critical mass, North American hard-soft rights to David Hartwell of Tor. British and translation rights handled by Danny Baror.
• August 2007 - Mystery - The sixth and seventh “Dr. Siri” novels will extend the mystery series by Colin Cotterill featuring the septuagenarian Laotian state coroner introduced in THE CORONER’S LUNCH, North American rights to Laura Hruska of Soho Crime. Foreign rights to Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri mystery series to Albin Michel of France, Quercus Publishing of the UK, Text Publishing of Australia, Fanucci Editore of Italy, Sony Magazines of Japan, and Goldmann Verlag of Germany, by Danny Baror of Baror International. Canadian rights to Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri books licensed to Knopf Canada by Soho Crime.
• July 2007 - Trade Reference - The Oxford Companion to Beer by Garrett Oliver (The Brewmaster’s Table), international authority and Brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, world rights to Benjamin Keene of Oxford University Press.
• July 2007 - Romance - The Borrowed Bride and two untitled historical romances by Elizabeth Lane, world rights to Demetria Lucas of Harlequin.
• July 2007 - Science Fiction - The complete set of twenty-six novels set on Gor, fantasist John Norman’s controversial science fiction world chronicling dominant men and submissive women, will be reissued in a series of omnibus mass market paperbacks, North American rights to Rob Simpson of Dark Horse. British and translation rights handled by Danny Baror, barorint@aol.com.
• July 2007 - Nonfiction - An untitled health book expanding on “Youth Movement,” Marc Bloom’s article in Runners World helping parents teach their kids to run for health, North American rights to Zachary Schisgal of S&S Touchstone Fireside.
• July 2007 - Adult and Young Adult Fantasy - The capstone novel in fantasy author Elizabeth Haydon’s Symphony of Ages and a new adult trilogy plus the fourth and fifth novels in her YA series Ven Polypheme constitute the six titles in a major deal for North American hard-soft rights to Tom Doherty of Tor by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, British and translation rights handled by Danny Baror of Baror International.
• June 2007 - Fantasy - In The Shadowed Path, a new fantasy trilogy by Morgan Howell (Queen of the Orcs), a man devoted to the goddess Karm purchases her incarnation as a slave, to Betsy Mitchell of Del Rey.
• June 2007 - Sex Guide - THE SEX BIBLE FOR WOMEN and THE ORGASM LOOP by sexologist Susan Crain Bakos, followups to her THE SEX BIBLE, are lavish photographically illustrated compendia of tips, toys, techniques, resources and positions, world rights to Jill Alexander of Quayside Publishing Group for its Quiver sex imprint .
• May 2007 - Audio - Calder Storm, the latest installment of Janet Dailey’s Calder family saga, to Jeffrey Golick of BBC Audiobooks America. Something More, Dailey’s forthcoming Kensington Books contemporary western thriller, to Ron Formica of Tantor Media.
• May 2007 - History - In VANDERBILT’S WAR, historian Stephen Dando-Collins (STANDING BEAR IS A PERSON), reconstructs the desperate, bloody and costly private war between robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt and adventurer William Walker for control over Nicaraguan territory earmarked for a canal, world rights to Bob Pigeon of Perseus.
• May 2007 - Romance - In an untitled trilogy of sexy, funny romances by Heidi Betts, an Anything-You-Can-Do-I-Can-Do-Better guy challenges the heroine in a domain sacred to females, world rights to Rose Hilliard of St. Martins Press.
• April 2007 - Thriller - In Trailer Park Noir by Horror Writers of America Grand Master Ray Garton (Live Girls), the dark secrets of a typical mobile home park flow into an explosively combustible mixture, limited edition to Rich Chizmar of Cemetery Dance.
• April 2007 - History - Pasteur’s Bunnies by historian Stephen Dando-Collins describes the intrigues surrounding the renowned microbiologist’s efforts to cure Australia’s rabbit plague, Australia/New Zealand English language rights to Meredith Curnow of RandomHouse Australia.
• April 2007 - Military History - In Decision at Strasbourg, military chronicler David Colley (Safely Rest) contends that General Eisenhower made a tragic blunder in restraining American forces from crossing the Rhine in 1944, world rights to Laura Johnston of Naval Institute Press.
• March 2007 - Romantic Fantasy - The Emperor’s Bride, a new trilogy by romantic fantasy author Linda Winstead Jones (Prince of Magic, Prince of Fire, Prince of Swords), North American rights to Wendy McCurdy of Berkley.
• March 2007 - Major Deal, Mainstream Fiction - Multiple award-winning Dan Simmons, author of the Little, Brown bestseller The Terror, has signed with Little, Brown and Orbit for two new untitled historical thrillers and Flashback, a novel of the near future, in a major deal with Reagan Arthur and Tim Holman respectively. North American rights only.
• March 2007 - Health and Medicine - Bestselling Park Avenue diet doctor Jana Klauer, MD will follow up How the Rich Get Thin with an as-yet untitled book revealing how the rich maintain youthful energy and vigor, North American rights to Elizabeth Beier of St. Martins.
• March 2007 - Romance - THE FAVOR and two untitled novels by Linda Winstead Jones to Mary-Theresa Hussey of Harlequin-Silhouette.
• February 2007 - Chick-lit - MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, the third novel in Mindy Klasky’s trio (GIRL’S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, GIRL’S GUIDE TO SORCERY), plus two novels in a new paranormal chick-lit series, SISTERHOOD OF THE LAMP, to Mary-Theresa Hussey of Red Dress Ink.
• February 2007 - Young Adult Fantasy - Bestselling author Kim Harrison (DEAD WITCH WALKING and sequels including her debut hardcover FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE) launches a young adult series with a trilogy featuring Madison Avery, the winning protagonist introduced in a story for a forthcoming anthology PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL, world rights to Farrin Jacobs of HarperTeen.
• February 2007 - Film Deal - CUPIDITY by Caroline Goode, in which the aging Greek god of love (now a Danny DeVito lookalike) comes out of retirement to help out a lonely high school girl, optioned to Jim Henson Productions by Eli Kirschner of Created By on behalf of Richard Curtis
• February 2007 - Film Deal - Los Angeles-based personal manager Dolores Robinson and Harrison Payne have optioned MARRY YOUR BABY DADDY by Maryann Reid. The novel, published by St. Martins Press in 2005, follows the fates of three sisters whose grandmother’s will requires them to marry the fathers (“Baby Daddies”) of their out-of-wedlock children in order to inherit $3 million.
• February 2007 - Fantasy - A collection featuring Fool Wolf, protagonist of a series of magazine stories by fantasy author Greg Keyes, to Brian Hades of Edge Press.
• December, 2006 - Sex Guide - INSATIABLE by Susan Crain Bakos (author of What Men Really Want) teaches couples how to maximize their lovemaking, to Quiver/Fair Winds Press
• December, 2006 - Audio - Hugo and Nebula-Award winner Greg Bear's near-future thriller QUANTICO, pitting three young FBI agents against a home-grown terrorist, to Jeff Golick of BBC America Audio.
• October 2006 - Collection - LEONARD MALTIN’S MOVIE CRAZY, a collection of essays and articles on movies by film buff and author Leonard Maltin (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide) to Mike Richardson of M Press.
• October 2006 - Business and Leadership - EVERY BUSINESS HAS AN INSIDE ADVANTAGE, a system for helping entrepreneurs identify and exploit the unique strengths of their businesses, by former Publicis CEO Robert H. Bloom with business writer Dave Conti, to Donya Dickerson of McGraw-Hill.
• October 2006 - Science Fiction - In THE MARTIAN GENERAL’S DAUGHTER by Theodore Judson, a devoted daughter must navigate the treacherous waters of imperial politics when her father, an aging provincial soldier, is summoned to govern the Empire.
• September 2006 - Mystery - Three new romantic suspense novels by Angela Henry, chronicling the further adventures of GED instructor and sleuth Kendra Clayton (The Company You Keep) to Glenda Howard of Kimani Press Sepia.
• August 2006 - Thriller - Two more novels will extend the dark suspense “Claire Morgan” detective thriller series by Linda Ladd, launched with HEAD TO HEAD, to Audrey Lafehr of Kensington.
• August 2006 - History - In THE PALATIUM MURDERS, Roman historian Stephen Dando-Collins (CAESAR’S LEGION) dramatically reconstructs and solves the most notorious murder case in Roman history, the poisoning of the charismatic imperial heir-apparent Germanicus, to Stephen Power of Wiley.
• August 2006 - Romantic Suspense - Three romantic suspense novels by New York Times bestselling author Beverly Barton (CLOSE ENOUGH TO KILL), to John Scognamiglio of Kensington Books.
• July 2006 - Thriller - Hugo and Nebula-Award winner Greg Bear's near-future thriller QUANTICO that pits three young FBI agents against a brilliant home-grown terrorist who plans an attack on the world's greatest religious cities, to Roger Cooper at CDS Books.
• June 2006 - History - In BLIGH’S OTHER MUTINY, historian Stephen Dando-Collins reenacts the military coup that deposed the luckless British governor, William (“Mutiny on the Bounty”) Bligh, in 1808, Australian/New Zealand rights to Meredith Curnow of Random House Australia by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates. North American rights on offer.
• June 2006 - Fiction - Maryann Reid, author of MARRY YOUR BABY DADDY, portrays a heroine torn between three lovers in EVERY MAN FOR HERSELF, acquired by Monique Patterson of St. Martins from Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• June 2006 - Mystery - Dr. Siri, the septuagenarian chief medical examiner of Laos and protagonist of Colin Cotterill’s THE CORONER’S LUNCH and three sequel detective novels, will make a fifth appearance in an untitled novel acquired by Laura Hruska of Soho Press from Richard Curtis of Curtis Associates.
• June 2006 - Nonfiction - THE STORKS’ NEST by Laura Williams, the true story of a young American who pulled up her roots to work on an environmental project in a remote Russian village and fell in love and married a local naturalist and brilliant photographer (whose pictures illustrate her memoir), to Robert Baron of Fulcrum Publishing.
• June 2006 - Science Fiction - CLONE ALLIANCE and CLONE ELITE, sequels to Steven Kent’s futuristic military adventures CLONE REPUBLIC and ROGUE CLONE about a cloned marine who discovers he has a mind of his own, to Anne Sowards of Ace.
• May 2006 - Fantasy - In QUEEN OF THE ORCS, a fantasy trilogy by Morgan Howell, a young woman conscripted into the king's army of Orcs discovers the nobility of their exotic alien culture and leads them in revolt. World rights to Betsy Mitchell of Del Rey.
• April 2006 - Young Adult Fantasy - Berta Platas and Michelle Roper's THE TREE SHEPHERD'S DAUGHTER, in which a 16-year-old Los Angeles native is forced to live in the woods with her estranged father, a carpenter on the Renaissance Faire circuit, and to learn the family's magical secrets, to Andrew Karre at Flux.
• April 2006 - Fantasy - In THIEF WITH NO SHADOW, Emily Gee’s first novel, in exchange for her beloved brother’s freedom, the wraith heroine must use her magical gifts to steal a treasured necklace from his malevolent captors, World English language rights to Mark Newton of BL Publishing for its new Solaris fantasy and science fiction line.
• April 2006 - Detective Thriller - In MAHU SURFER by Neil Plakcy, sequel to MAHU, a disgraced gay Honolulu homicide detective tackles the murders of three surfers and continues his personal coming-out process, to Joseph Pittman of Alyson.
• April 2006 - Role Playing Game - The late Grand Master Fritz Leiber’s LANKHMAR fantasy novels, featuring the swashbuckling team of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, will be adapted into a role-playing game by Mongoose Publishing Ltd.
• April 2006 - Film Deal - In RUNNING SCARED by Linda Ladd, a mother of an adopted infant must use all her mountaineering skills to escape the men who want the baby back, to Lynn Holst of RHI Entertainment.
• March, 2006 - Fantasy - Multiple award-winning Australian science fiction writer Sean Williams, BROKEN LAND, a fantasy trilogy for young readers set in a post-apocalyptic future inhabited by ghosts with attitude and giant spiders, Australia/New Zealand rights to Lisa Berryman of HarperCollins.
• March, 2006 - Horror - Two novels by Ray Garton, on whom World Horror Conference will confer a Grand Master honor in May: LOT LIZARDS (a truckload of gorgeous vampire hookers are snowed in at a truck stop) and RAVENOUS (something evil is transforming the townspeople of Big Rock into hairy, howling, ravenous beasts), to Don D’Auria of Dorchester.
• February 2006 - Fantasy - THE ALCHEMIST’S APPRENTICE and two unwritten sequels by Dave Duncan, a new historical fantasy series set in Renaissance Venice featuring the Italian clairvoyant Nostradamus and his faithful amanuensis, bodyguard and leg man Alfeo Zeno defending themselves from the machinations of the notorious Council of Ten.
• February 2006 - Mystery - Three new whimsically titled culinary mysteries in the “Carolyn Blue” series (prior titles include BON BON VOYAGE and HOLY GUACAMOLE) by Nancy Fairbanks, North American rights to Cindy Hwang of Berkley Publishing Group by Richard Curtis.
• February 2006 - Business and Leadership - BEYOND DEMAND: WHO REALLY DECIDES WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR AND WHY YOU’LL NEVER GOOGLE, TEXT MESSAGE, OR WATCH TV THE SAME WAY AGAIN by David Verklin, charismatic CEO of one of the world’s largest media buying firms, and Bernice Kanner, world rights to Richard Narramore, Senior Editor of John Wiley’s Professional and Trade Division.
• February 2006 - Science Fiction - IRON JAW AND HUMMINGBIRD by Chris Roberson portrays two youths caught up in the revolution against a despotic Martian government controlled by the Dragon Throne of Imperial China, North American rights to Sharyn November of Firebird Books, a division of Penguin Group USA.
• January 2006 - Thriller - QUANTICO, a near-future thriller pits young FBI agents against a brilliant home-grown terrorist, by multiple-award winning science fiction author Greg Bear, a three-way deal with Bookspan's Doubleday Entertainment division for original book club publication in Science Fiction Book Club, Book of the Month Club, Quality Paperback Book Club, Mystery Guild, American Compass, and Military Book Club; Easton Press for a limited edition; and E-Reads for trade paperback publication.
• December, 2005 - Fantasy - STARFOLK by Dave Duncan’s launches a new fantasy series whose protagonist, searching for his identity, discovers that one of his parents isn’t human, which seems to explain why he is in such great demand as an assassin, to Patrick Nielsen-Hayden of Tor by Richard Curtis.
• December, 2005 - Fiction - Multiple award-winner Dan Simmons’s gripping new novel THE TERROR, evoking Melville and Conrad and packing the jolt of Stephen King, an epic story inspired by a true historical event – the ordeal of the crews of two ice-locked 19th century British expeditionary ships tormented by a terrifying and implacable supernatural presence, to Michael Mezzo at Little, Brown in a pre-empt by Richard Curtis.
• November, 2005 - Romance - Three new tales of romantic intrigue involving Russian aristocrats, by romance novelist Patricia Grasso (SEDUCING THE PRINCE), to John Scognamiglio of Kensington by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• November, 2005 - Film Deal - In A TERRIBLE BEAUTY by horror master Graham Masterton, Irish detective Katie Maguire discovers a scene of unimaginable butchery and realizes she’s next, optioned by French screenwriter-producer Daniel Scotto, who also acquired outright Masterton’s short story THE EGG about a man who finds an embryonic Satan in his boiled egg.
• November, 2005 - Science Fiction - A THOUSAND DEATHS, a collection by the late George Alec Effinger of darkly humorous stories involving the character Sandor Courane who experiences terminal illness and untimely death, to Gary Turner of Golden Gryphon Press.
• November, 2005 - Science Fiction - WHEN ALL SEEMS LOST and WHEN DUTY CALLS by William C. Dietz, the latest volumes in the Legion of The Damned series chronicling a futuristic army’s battles to protect the fragile Confederacy of Sentient Beings from its ruthless enemies, to Ginjer Buchanan of Ace.
• October 2005 - Major Deal, Fantasy - Bestselling fantasy writer Kim Harrison, creator of DEAD WITCH WALKING’S sexy supernatural bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, three new novels, bringing the total under contract to nine, in a major world rights deal to Diana Gill of Eos by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• October 2005 - Computer Books - Award-winning computer columnist and Linux expert Marcel Gagné (MOVING TO LINUX: KISS THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH GOODBYE!), MOVING TO UBUNTU LINUX and MOVING TO FREE SOFTWARE, world rights to Mark Taub of Pearson Education Inc. by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.
• October 2005 - Nonfiction - Sexologist Susan Crain Bakos (SEXATIONAL SECRETS), THE SEX BIBLE, a lavish photographically illustrated compendium of tips, toys, techniques, resources and positions, world rights to Wendy Gardner of Quayside Publishing Group for its new sex imprint, "Quiver", which will focus on erotic books and kits, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• September 2005 - Science Fiction - In CITY AT THE END OF TIME, Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction master Greg Bear transports readers to Earth's final city at the terminus of time, where humanity fights a metaphysical disease that threatens to corrupt all of history, North American rights to Betsy Mitchell of Random House/Del Rey by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, foreign rights handled by Danny Baror of Baror International.
• September 2005 - Science Fiction - British rights to Sean Williams’s ASTROPOLIS, a pan-galactic space adventure trilogy in progress, to Darren Nash of Orbit by Danny Baror of Baror International in conjunction with Richard Curtis Associates.
• September 2005 - Memoir - Hollywood animal trainer Ralph Helfer adds KIPLING, THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREATEST TIGER THAT EVER LIVED, to his accounts of the greatest elephant (Modoc) and lion (Zamba), in a deal coupled with reissue of THE BEAUTY OF THE BEASTS, a collection of stories of animals he has loved and worked with, world rights to Jill Schwartzman of HarperCollins.
• September 2005 - Paranormal Fiction - HOTTER THAN HELL, an anthology of erotic paranormal stories by today’s leading romance writers, edited by Kim Harrison (DEAD WITCH WALKING) and Marty Greenberg, world rights to Diana Gill of Eos at auction.
• September 2005 - Thriller - In Rob Palmer’s first novel NO TIME TO HIDE, a government psychologist with extraordinary powers of observation meets his match when he joins a beautiful con artist in a race to shut down a Caribbean arms dealer and stop a war; North American rights plus a sequel to be written to Don D’Auria of Dorchester co-agented by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates and Theresa Gabaldon of Theresa A. Gabaldon Literary Agency.
• August 2005 - Psychology - UNDERSTANDING THE MIND OF THE BIPOLAR CHILD by child psychiatrist Greg Lombardo, MD tracks bipolarity through every stage of a child’s development from infancy through youth, adolescence, and into maturity and tells parents and professionals what manifestations to expect at each stage, world rights to Sheila Curry Oakes of St. Martins.
• August 2005 - Audio - Unabridged audio rights to three novels in Matthew Braun’s BRANNOCKS western saga, plus two other Braun novels, DAKOTA and TENBOW, to Troy Juliar of Recorded Books.
• August 2005 - Fantasy Book and Film Deal - Book publication and movie rights to the granddaddy of all swashbuckling sword and sorcery fiction, the eight novels and novella collections constituting the “Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser” fantasy series by the late Fritz Leiber, to Dark Horse Books and its film development division Dark Horse Entertainment.
• July 2005 - Thriller - In SNAKE EYE science fiction author William C. Dietz launches his first thriller, introducing FBI Agent Christina Rossi as she wages war against vicious eco-terrorists while juggling romance with a damaged man and raising a headstrong preteen daughter, NA hard-soft rights to Roger Cooper of iBooks, by Richard Curtis
• July 2005 - Health and Medicine - ALTERNATIVE CURES THAT REALLY WORK will be written by the team of Ronald Hoffman, M.D. and Barry Fox, Ph.D., two of the country’s preeminent authorities on alternative healing disciplines. Their book will introduce an exclusive system of effectiveness ratings for popular alternative treatments, based on their evaluation of the latest and best scientific research. Only those treatments that pass scientific muster will be included. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates.
• July 2005 - Romantic adventure - In RESONANCE, a romantic archeological adventure by Sharron McClellan reprising archeologist Veronica Bright (THE MIDAS TRAP), Veronica travels across three continents to prevent the reassembly of an ancient and potentially cataclysmic weapon, to Julie Barrett for Harlequin/Silhouette's Bombshell line.
• June 2005 - Mystery - Three new thrillers by Sonja Massie writing as G. K. McKevett will bring to 14 the titles in her series about voluptuous private investigator Savannah Reid, whose food cravings come second only to her appetite for adventure, world rights to John Scognamiglio of Kensington Books by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• June 2005 - Romance - In THE SECOND MRS. RAMSEY by Heidi Betts, the first novel of a three book deal, Emma Davis discovers that the path to the altar is more like an obstacle course when the intended hasn’t quite recovered from a traumatic first marriage, to Melissa Jeglinski of Harlequin/Silhoutte, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• June 2005 - Science Fiction - ASTROPOLIS TRILOGY, a pan-galactic gothic space adventure framed by a single murder mystery set in the far future, by award-winning fantasy and science fiction novelist Sean Williams, to Ginjer Buchanan of Berkley Books by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• June 2005 - Business and Leadership - In CONFESSIONS OF A MUNICIPAL BOND SALESMAN by Jim “Built by Bonds” Lebenthal with syndicated business columnist Bernice Kanner, the charismatic promoter who made bond certificates as sexy as Playboy centerfolds offers wise and witty motivational guidance to management executives, entrepreneurs, young professionals and business school students, world rights deal at auction to David Pugh of John Wiley by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• May 2005 - Film Deal - In STANDING BEAR IS A PERSON by Stephen Dando-Collins (Perseus Books), the true story of one of the most important cases in US legal history, a Ponca chief seeking to recover his tribal lands established his Constitutional right to sue in Federal court, optioned to screenwriters Alex Coscas and Joseph Kelbey by Michael Prevett of Relevant Entertainment on behalf of Richard Curtis Associates.
• May 2005 - Business and Leadership - In ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY leadership guru Stephen H. Baum and business writer (and former HarperBusiness Executive Editor) Dave Conti reveal the crucial life experiences that enabled key business leaders to break away from the pack and become the icons they are today, to John Mahaney of Crown Business by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• May, 2005 - Contemporary Thriller - In THE WINTERHAVEN SOLUTION by Beth Asher, a beautiful pianist trying to understand the vicious murder of her sister stumbles upon a covert hate organization and realizes it can happen here and indeed is happening in her Southern California backyard, to Roger Cooper of iBooks by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.
• May 2005 - Romantic Fantasy - In her new romantic fantasy trilogy CHILDREN OF THE SUN, Linda Winstead-Jones takes up the tale of the generation following the protagonists of her B&N Romance Bestseller-listed trilogy SISTERS OF THE SUN, to Christine Zika of Berkley. The first-born children of the Fyne witches find love while fighting a rising evil that threatens to destroy all of Columbyana and the worlds beyond.
• May, 2005 - Film Deal - CARRION COMFORT, award-winning author Dan Simmons’s epic horror thriller pitting a concentration camp survivor and a Southern sheriff against an army of mind vampires, to Michele Gavras of Oscar winning director Costa-Gavras’s K. G. Production, by Relevant Entertainment’s Michael Prevett on behalf of Richard Curtis Associates, negotiated for K. G. by Winston J. Maxwell, a partner at Hogan & Hartson MNP.
• April 2005 - Romantic Fantasy - In GIRL’S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY by Mindy L. Klasky, librarian Jane Madison discovers a hidden chamber filled with ancient spellbooks and realizes she possesses powers to do just about everything except land Mr. Right, sold with an untitled second novel to Mary-Theresa Hussey for Red Dress Ink.
• April, 2005 - Horror - In Ray Garton’s new horror thriller THE LOVELIEST DEAD, a couple moves into a new house to recover from their son’s death, only to discover a ghostly little boy wandering through the rooms, to Don D’Auria of Dorchester along with reissues of Garton’s horror classic LIVE GIRLS and its sequel NIGHT LIFE.
• April 2005 - Science Fiction - TRI OGALALA by Theodore Judson, a sequel set in the 26th century agrarian empire of Yukon established in FITZPATRICK’S WAR (named one of PW’s best debut novels of the year), to Betsy Wollheim of Daw.
• March, 2004 - Illustrated Biography - Charles Solomon's THE ART OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI, a hardcover illustrated volume celebrating the legendary Japanese animé auteur by the leading animation critic and historian, to Steve Mockus of Chronicle Books, following in their line of distinguished "ART OF..." animation books, at auction by Michael Gaudet.
• March 2005 - Political Nonfiction - Senior Interreligious Advisor to the American Jewish Committee Rabbi James Rudin's THE BAPTIZING OF AMERICA: POLITICS, PIETY AND THE COMING THEOCRACY exposes the systematic campaign by Christian fundamentalists to co-opt and take over every “room” of American society from the bedroom to the school room, hospital room, operating room, courtroom, work room, reading room and newsroom, to John Oakes of Thunder's Mouth Press by Richard Curtis.
• February, 2005 - Fantasy - In NIGHT OF THE HEROES by fantasist Adrian Cole, an unheroic man trapped in an alternate universe leads a band of pulp magazine, fantasy fiction and comic book superheroes against an evil mastermind, for late 2005 hardcover release, to John Betancourt of Wildside Press by Richard Curtis.
• February, 2005 - Fantasy - CROOKED LETTER, the 2004 Aurealis Award-winning cornerstone novel of Sean Williams's “Books of the Cataclysm” fantasy quartet, to Lou Anders of Prometheus’s newly launched Pyr fantasy and science fiction line for North American hardcover publication, by Richard Curtis.
• February, 2005 - Fantasy - Clare Bell’s RATHA’S COURAGE, a new novel about the society of intelligent cats created by the author in a series of classic fantasy novels published twenty years ago, to Sharyn November at Viking Children’s, as well as a reissue of the four original titles in her Firebird imprint, by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates.
• January 2005 - Audio - Audio rights to WARLORDS, OVERLORDS and BLACK GOLD by Western Writers of America Lifetime Achievement award-winner Matthew Braun, to Otis Clifton of Otis Audio by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.
• January 2005 - Health and Medicine - HERB SIDE EFFECTS by George Grossberg, MD and Barry Fox, detailing unexpected and potentially dangerous interactions of herbs, vitamins and other supplements with common medicines, diseases and laboratory tests, to Kristine Puopolo of Broadway Books by Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.
• January 2005 - Romantic Fantasy - With THE GUARDIANS – otherworldly protectors of women who have all but given up on love -- Constance O’Day Flannery launches a new romantic trilogy, acquired by Anna Genoese for Tor’s Paranormal fantasy line from Richard Curtis of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc.
• December, 2004 - Crime Fiction - DISCO FOR THE DEPARTED and an untitled sequel will bring to four the number of detective novels by Colin Cotterill featuring one of the unlikeliest protagonists imaginable, a septuagenarian Laotian coroner named Dr. Siri Paiboun introduced in the just-published THE CORONER’S LUNCH, to Juri Jurjevics of Soho Press.
• December 2004 - Science Fiction - In PARAGAEA: A PLANETARY ROMANCE, SF novelist Chris Roberson re-creates the fate of a cosmonaut transported to another dimension populated by other timelost people from Earth, to Lou Anders of Prometheus’s “Pyr” fantasy and science fiction line.
• November 2004 - Business Books - SARBANES-OXLEY – A CORPORATE DIRECTOR’S COMPLIANCE GUIDE by Scott Green, companion to his previous book helping managers of small companies to comply with federal laws requiring internal controls against fraud, to Sheck Cho of John Wiley.
• November, 2004 - Women's Action Adventure - Two untitled sequels to CODE NAME: DOVE by Judith Leon will take its hot heroine deeper undercover and under covers, to Julie Barrett for Harlequin’s Bombshell female action adventure line.
• October, 2004 - Fantasy and Science Fiction - CHILDREN OF CHAOS and sequel MOTHER OF LIES by Dave Duncan, chronicling how four children taken hostage in a war seek to reclaim their heritage, to Patrick Nielsen-Hayden of Tor Books.
• October, 2004 - Audio - Audio rights to New York Times bestselling author D. J. MacHale’s ten volume fantasy series PENDRAGON, at auction to Eileen Hutton of Brilliance Audio.
• October, 2004 - Nonfiction - FAIR USE by Lee Wilson, an authoritative guide for those perplexed about the intricacies and subtleties of permissions and copyright law, to Tad Crawford of Allworth Press.
• October, 2004 - Audio - LONE CALDER STAR by Janet Dailey, audio rights to the latest novel in the long-running Calder family saga, to Jeffrey Golick of BBC Audiobooks America.
• October, 2004 - Television Mini-Series - Nebula Award-winning science fiction adventure thriller DARWIN’S RADIO and sequel DARWIN’S CHILDREN by Greg Bear, depicting convulsive effects on civilization as humans give birth to genetically transformed offspring, to Michael De Luca (Magnolia, Rush Hour, Blade) and co-executive producers Ralph Vicinanza and Vince Gerardis of Created By, for an eight-hour television miniseries for the Sci Fi Channel.
• October, 2004 - Western Historical Fiction - A new western historical saga to be written by Western Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Matthew Braun, plus reissues of two previously published novels, WESTWARD OF THE LAW and TENBOW, to Marc Resnick of St. Martins Press, completing St. Martins' acquisition of all of Braun's western fiction.
• October, 2004 - Fantasy Story Collection - DEATHBIRD STORIES, award-winning fantasist Harlan Ellison's most famous story collection, to Andrew Wheeler of Science Fiction Book Club for inclusion in its Fiftieth Anniversary Collection, and to Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press for a limited edition.
• October, 2004 - Military Science Fiction - THE CLONE REPUBLIC, videogame authority Steven L. Kent's first novel plus a sequel, launching a Heinleinesque military science fiction series about an army of clones and the recruit hero who realizes he may not be one of them, to John Morgan of Ace Books.
• August, 2004 - Audio - Barbara Parker, SUSPICION OF RAGE, audio rights to the forthcoming Dutton/NAL thriller, to Jeffrey Golick of BBC Audiobooks America, by Richard Curtis.
• August, 2004 - Illustrated Book - D. J. MacHale, THE TERRITORIES OF HALLA Volume 1 illustrated by Peter Ferguson, based on MacHale’s bestselling PENDRAGON YA fantasy series, to Julia Richardson of S&S’s Aladdin Paperbacks, by Richard Curtis.
• July, 2004 - Fantasy - Kim Harrison (DEAD WITCH WALKING, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UNDEAD, EVERY WHICH WAY BUT DEAD), three new "Rachel Morgan" novels featuring a sassy bounty-hunting witch and her smartass pixy sidekick, bringing the total under contract to six, with Diana Gill of HarperCollins Eos, by Richard Curtis.
• July, 2004 - Movie Deals - Suspense/horror novelist Graham Masterton, a bevy of movie options: FAMILY PORTRAIT to Gold Circle Films (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) for producer Stephen Schneider; UNSPEAKABLE, a forthcoming Pocket Books horror suspense novel, to producer Eric Névé of La Chauve Souris; and THE PARIAH to Phoenix Pictures for producer Nick Osborne. Agent Richard Curtis.
• July, 2004 - Fantasy and Science Fiction - Fantasy and science fiction novelist Pamela Sargent, reissue of EARTHSEED plus two new sequels (FARSEED and SEEDSHIP), to Susan Chang of Tor for its Starscape Young Adult line, by Richard Curtis. World English, translation rights Baror International.
• July, 2004 - Military Nonfiction - World War II espionage writer Hervie Haufler, THE SPIES WHO NEVER WERE, depicting the roles of double agents in the grand deceptions that prevented allied D-Day invaders from being driven back into the sea, to Dan Slater of Penguin by Richard Curtis. World English. Translation rights Baror International.
• July, 2004 - History - In CLEOPATRA’S KIDNAPPERS, the third volume of his chronicles of the great Roman legions, military historian Stephen Dando-Collins (CAESAR’S LEGION, NERO’S KILLING MACHINES) recounts the stunning achievements of the Sixth Legion, to Stephen Power at Wiley by Richard Curtis.
• July, 2004 - Romance - Romance novelist Heidi Betts, two new novels for Harlequin’s “Desire” line, to Melissa Jeglinski, by Richard Curtis.
• July, 2004 - Fitness and Lifestyle - Star of Fit TV’s Urban Fitness, Derek Noble’s fitness and lifestyle program THE BODY NOBLE and Carol Colman, co-author of NY Times bestseller CURVES, to Tom Miller at Wiley for six figures, North American rights only, co-agented by Richard Curtis and Michael Levine.
• July, 2004 - Science Fiction - The late George Alec Effinger’s “Budayeen” trilogy (WHEN GRAVITY FAILS, A FIRE IN THE SUN, and EXILE KISS), set in the imaginary 22nd century Muslim city of Budayeen, to Patrick Nielsen-Hayden of Tor for reissue, by Richard Curtis.
• June, 2004 - Romance - Latina-chic novelist Berta Platas’s CINDERELLA LOPEZ and an untitled contemporary, to Elizabeth Bewley of St. Martins, by Richard Curtis.
• June, 2004 - Romance - Maryann Reid (SEX AND THE SINGLE SISTER, USE ME OR LOSE ME), MARRY YOUR BABY DADDY and a second untitled novel, to Monique Patterson of St. Martins, by Richard Curtis.
• June, 2004 - Science Fiction - Australian fantasy and science fiction writer Sean Williams’ award-winning early novel THE RESURRECTED MAN, to Lou Anders for the launch list of Prometheus’s new “Pyr” line, by Richard Curtis
• May, 2004 - Mystery Series - Angela Henry's Writer's Digest Award-Winning novel, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, and two sequels in a new mystery series featuring African-American teacher and restaurant hostess Kendra Clayton, to Glenda Howard at BET Books/Sepia, by Richard Curtis.
• May, 2004 - Diet Book - Elizabeth Beier of St. Martin's has pre-empted THE PARK AVENUE DIET by Jana Klauer MD, a physician, physical therapist and national director of nutrition for the Equinox Fitness Clubs. In her book Dr. Klauer shares her Upper East Side secrets for a sleek, chic shape.
• April, 2004 - Romantic Adventure - Richard Curtis has sold Sharron McClellan's THE MIDAS TOUCH, a romantic adventure about the search for a mysterious and mythological gem, to Julie Barrett for Harlequin/Silhouette's Bombshell line.
• April, 2004 - Mystery Novel - Richard Curtis and Soho Press’s Laura Hruska have agreed on a contract for THIRTY-THREE TEETH, the sequel to Colin Cotterill’s first mystery novel set in the Far East featuring an old and wise coroner. North American rights.
• April, 2004 - Regency Romance - Richard Curtis has sold a number of Regencies to Kensington: two by Merry Banerji to complete a quartet acquired by Kate Duffy; and a vampire Regency, RAVENSCLAW by Maggie McKeever, purchased by John Scognamiglio.
• April, 2004 - Historical Fiction - Richard Curtis and iBooks’ Roger Cooper have made a world-rights deal for THE INQUEST, a Roman historical by Australian author Stephen Dando-Collins, in which a magistrate is dispatched to the Holy Land to investigate and debunk claims made by a fast-growing and fanatical sect founded by a martyr crucified in Jerusalem forty years earlier. "Questor" Varro's report methodically destroys the myth fueling the movement – until an event occurs that changes everything.
• April, 2004 - Inspirational - Breakaway Books’ Garth Battista has acquired from agent Richard Curtis GOD ON THE STARTING LINE, Marc Bloom’s true account of how, by appealing to their spirituality, he coached a team of adolescent Catholic high school boys into contenders for a state championship.
• April, 2004 - Romance - A woman gets stuck in an elevator with her handsome and eligible boss in THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, Heidi Betts's latest "Desire" romance sold by Richard Curtis to Melissa Jeglinski of Harlequin.
• April, 2004 - Military Fiction - Richard Curtis has sold THE MISSIONARIES and a second untitled novel by combat novelist William Christie to Gary Goldstein of Kensington Books.
• March, 2004 - Historical Romance - Richard Curtis has made a deal with Harlequin’s Farrin Jacobs for a pair of historicals, COME NEXT SPRING and an untitled second novel, by romance author Elizabeth Lane.
• March, 2004 - Book and Movie - Richard Curtis and HarperCollins’s Marjorie Braman have shaken hands on ZAMBA, film industry animal wrangler Ralph Helfer’s memoir of the lion he raised in his home and subsequently employed in numerous movies and commercials. Helfer, creator of a radical technique for training animals through love and affection rather than fear, is author of MODOC (also HarperCollins), a dramatic biography of the world’s most famous circus elephant, which Curtis and film agent Joel Gotler have optioned to Scott Steindorff of Stone Village Pictures.
• March, 2004 - Military Fiction - Richard Curtis has sold THE MISSIONARIES and a second untitled novel by combat novelist William Christie to Gary Goldstein of Kensington Books.
• March, 2004 - Nonfiction book - Richard Curtis has finalized negotiations with hunting and wildlife book publisher Rowland Ward for THE DIANA FILES, Fiona Capstick’s illustrated history of women hunters, a labor of decades with enough great stories, according to the author, "to make fifty OUT OF AFRICAs."
• February, 2004 - Story Collection - Richard Curtis has arranged with Gary Turner of Golden Gryphon, a small press, to publish BLACK POCKETS AND OTHER DARK THOUGHTS, a collection of stories by award-winning author George Zebrowski.
• February, 2004 - Military Fiction - Richard Curtis has sold THE BLOOD WE SHED, a military novel by former US Marines officer William Christie, to iBooks’ Roger Cooper for hardcover publication in the fall.
• February, 2004 - Westerns - Richard Curtis has arranged for western writer Tobias Cole to develop a new series for Michael Shohl at HarperCollins, THE PROTECTOR.
• February, 2004 - Children's Books - Richard Curtis has negotiated a contract with Nancy Mercado of Dial Books for Young Readers for GRIMOIRE, a fantasy trilogy by Brad Strickland.
• February, 2004 - Book deal - Richard Curtis has negotiated a deal with Random House/Del Rey’s Betsy Mitchell for a sequel to Morgan Llywelyn’s popular novel DRUIDS. Translation rights to be handled by Danny Baror of Baror International, Inc.
• February, 2004 - Motion Picture - Under their banner with Recency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures has optioned Dan Simmons’s first novel Song of Kali. The award-winning novel, portraying a journalist’s descent into horror as he investigates reports of a famous Bengali poet returning from the dead in nightmarish Calcutta, will be adapted for the screen by Louis Sussman, with Darren Aronofsky and Eric Watson set to produce. Regency SVP Kara Francis will oversee the project for Sanford Panitch, president of production. The deal was brokered by The Firm in conjunction with Simmons’s literary agent Richard Curtis.
• January 2004 - Motion Picture - Dan Simmons's science fiction novel ILIUM, a literary science fiction tale spanning 5,000 years from the Trojan War to a high-tech future, and its forthcoming sequel OLYMPOS, optioned to Digital Domain and Barnet Bain Films, by Richard Curtis and Michael Prevett at The Firm, with Molly Hansen negotiating on behalf of Digital Domain.
• December 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has sold romance author Heidi Betts' MOST ELIGIBLE DADDY to Melissa Jeglinski of Harlequin for the "Desire" Line. Three out of print novels by the author will be reissued by E-Reads, the e-book publisher administered by Richard Curtis Associates.
• December, 2003 - Science Fiction/Fantasy Reissues - Richard Curtis has arranged for IBooks to reissue a number of out of print novels by leading authors in the fantasy and science fiction fields: PSYCHLONE and BEAR'S FANTASIES by Greg Bear; Elizabeth Lynn's Chronicles of Tornor trilogy (WATCHTOWER, DANCERS OF ARUN, NORTHERN GIRL); FROM A CHANGELING STAR and its sequel DOWN THE STREAM OF STARS by Jeffrey Carver; and R. A. MacAvoy's fantasy trilogy LENS OF THE WORLD, KING OF THE DEAD, and BELLY OF THE WOLF. E-book editions of these books are or will be on sale at www.ereads.com, the electronic books retail site administered by Richard Curtis Associates.
• December, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has made a deal with Christine Zika of Berkley for a historical fantasy romance trilogy by Linda Winstead Jones, with the series title SISTERS OF THE SUN, to be published in 2005.
• December, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has sold Susan Spencer Paul's COUNTING THE STARS, a fantasy romance set in the Regency period, and two sequels, to Monique Patterson of St. Martin's Press.
• December, 2003 - Young Adult Fiction - With sales of the first four books in D. J. MacHale’s young adult fantasy series Pendragon approaching 1 million, Richard Curtis has negotiated a deal with Simon & Schuster for books #5-7 out of a projected ten volumes. Julia Richardson is editor; foreign rights handled by Baror International.
• December, 2003 - Romantic Mystery - Richard Curtis has arranged with Harlequin editor Zilla Soriano for romance author Linda Style to write the third novel in a six-volume women cop continuity series, Women in Blue.
• December, 2003 - Mystery series - Richard Curtis has made a deal for three more Nancy Herndon “Caroline Blue” culinary mysteries for Berkley Books. Cindy Hwang was the acquiring editor.
• December, 2003 - Media novelization - Richard Curtis worked out terms for science fiction writer Jim Gardner to write Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Book Three for Random House.
• December, 2003 - Nonfiction - Richard Curtis has arranged for John Wiley to publish Nero’s Killing Machines, the second volume in Australian author Stephen Dando-Collins’ projected chronicles of Rome’s imperial legions. Wiley published the first book, Caesar’s Legion, and will be watching sales of both as it considers Dando-Collins’ plan for at least eight more volumes. Wiley’s Stephen Power wore the imperial armor in the negotiations with Curtis.
• December, 2003 - Nonfiction - Richard Curtis has worked out the terms of a deal with Prentice Hall’s Mark Taub for Marcel Gagne to write Linux System Administrator. Gagne is an, and perhaps the, authority on Linux, the computer program that has begun to rival Microsoft’s Windows. Prentice-Hall published his prior book on the subject, Moving from Windows to Linux, in August of 2003.
• December, 2003 - Young Adult - Richard Curtis has worked out terms for children’s book author John Vornholt to write a novel, Cupidity, for Simon & Schuster’s Pulse imprint. Curtis also wrapped up a contract for Vornholt to turn his successful novel The Troll King into a trilogy.
• December, 2003 - Mystery - Richard Curtis has sold THE CORONER’S LUNCH by Colin Cotterill, a first mystery novel set in the Far East, to Laura Hruska, editor of the Soho Crime imprint.
• December, 2003 - Audio - Richard Curtis has sold North American audio rights to CALDER PROMISE, Janet Dailey’s July Kensington hardcover lead title, to Samantha Bruce-Benjamin of BBC Audio.
• December, 2003 - Nonfiction - Alan Rinzler of Jossey-Bass has acquired Trudy Garfunkel’s KOSHER FOR EVERYBODY, introducing the benefits of kosher products (a multi-billion dollar industry) to consumers both inside and outside the Jewish community, from Richard Curtis.
• November, 2003 - Fantasy - Richard Curtis has arranged with editor of Wizards of the Coast for author Adrian Cole to write the launch novel for a new fantasy series, Eberron.
• November, 2003 - Nonfiction - Richard Curtis has negotiated a deal with Rodale for Runaway Eating, a book about adult eating disorders written by expert Cynthia Bulik with Nadine Taylor.
• November, 2003 - Science Fiction - Richard Curtis has made a two book hard-soft deal with science fiction editor Ginjer Buchanan of Berkley/Ace for RUNNERS and a sequel by William Dietz.
• November, 2003 - Reference - Leonard Maltin has been described by Esquire as “The father of the single most important reference book in every American home.” His agent Richard Curtis has negotiated a major deal on Maltin’s behalf with Penguin for a four annual-volume extension of that book, Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide. Kara Welsh, Penguin Vice-President and Publisher of New American Library, handled the negotiations on the Penguin’s side.
• November, 2003 - Science Fiction - Richard Curtis has sold Warren Hammond’s KOP, a first novel blending detective noir and high-tech science fiction, plus a sequel to be written, to Jim Frenkel of Tor. Translation rights handled by Danny Baror of Baror International.
• August, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has arranged two deals for romance author Diane Perkins, one a pair of novels under her own name for Melanie Murray at Warner, the other a pair for Mills & Boon’s editor Kate Paice under a penname.
• July, 2003 - Romance - In a major deal Richard Curtis has reached agreement with Dianne Moggy of Halequin’s Mira Books for “Masters at Arms,” a six-novel package of historicals by Jennifer Blake focusing on a secret society of male duelists that flourished in New Orleans in 1840-1850. Blake completed the first novel on spec and it proved irresistible for Harlequin. The deal is for world English rights, with Danny Baror of Baror International handling the translation rights for the Curtis Agency.
• June, 2003 - Science Fiction - Richard Curtis negotiated a two-book deal with Susan Allison of Ace for CUSP and an untitled second science fiction novel by Robert Metzger, whose PICOVERSE is a Nebula Award finalist.
• June, 2003 - Science Fiction - Richard Curtis has arranged for science fiction writer William C. Dietz to write a novelization of a sequel to the hit video game HALO, with Random House/Del Rey’s Steve Saffel.
• June, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Richard Curtis has placed with McGraw-Hill’s Barbara Gilson THE 150 BEST COLLEGES FOR MID-RANGE STUDENTS by college admissions specialist John Palladino, Ed. D.
• June, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Richard Curtis has sold ON COMBAT by renowned military expert Lt. Col. David Grossman to Brasseys. Focusing on citizen responsibility for local and national security, ON COMBAT picks up where Grossman’s bestselling study of soldiers, On Killing, leaves off. It will be co-written by author and police authority Loren Christensen. Gavin De Becker, author of The Gift of Fear, will write the foreword. On Killing has just been released in e-book format by Curtis’s e-reads company. The print rights to ON KILLING remain very active, in its twelfth and largest printing to date, bringing the in-print total to well over 100,000 trade paperback copies for Little, Brown.
• June, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Richard Curtis has negotiated a deal with Tami Booth of Rodale for WHY MEN NEVER REMEMBER AND WOMEN NEVER FORGET BY Marianne Legato, MD. Dr. Legato is director of The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University and a pioneer in this hot new science. Her latest book reveals how differences in the neurology of male and female brains explain many puzzling differences in their communications styles and behavior.
• June, 2003 - Westerns - Westerns are alive and well and sitting tall in the saddle at Richard Curtis Associates. Curtis negotiated a trilogy called Sharpshooters by Tobias Cole with Michael Shohl of HarperCollins. Curtis has also made a deal with Marc Resnick of St. Martin’s for three originals and seven backlist titles by Matthew Braun.
• June, 2003 - Mystery - Richard Curtis has worked out hard-soft terms for three new “Savannah Reid” mysteries by G. K. McKevett with Kensington editor John Scognamiglio. This food-themed series features a private detective released by the police force because of an overweight problem. With so many temptations put on her plate, Savannah never seems to conquer the calories, but sympathetic McKevett’s fans eat the books up anyway: the new contract brings the total number of titles to eleven.
• June, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Richard Curtis has placed with McGraw-Hill/Contemporary’s Judith McCarthy FROM THE E.R. TO THE O.R.: Everything You Need to Know to Protect Yourself in Hospitals. The author, Thomas A. Sharon, RN, is an expert consultant and educator who has developed quality assurance, risk management, and continuing education projects for a number of hospitals and nursing homes in New York City and State. Sharon’s book analyzes every important aspect of the hospital experience and tells us how to recognize conditions that can cause injury, avoidable complications, and even death. The book provides practical tools for patients and their families to identify patterns of neglect or incompetence and navigate through the hazards that needlessly kill 100,000 victims annually.
• June, 2003 - Science Fiction - Richard Curtis and Roger Cooper of iBooks have negotiated an extensive reissue of the backlist of science fiction Grand Master Fritz Leiber. iBooks will publish Leiber’s classic Lankhmar fantasy series including newly commissioned works in the universe of the beloved swordsman Fafhrd and his plucky sidekick Grey Mouser, to be written by SF author Robin Bailey. Curtis and iBooks have also reached agreement on half a dozen out of print novels by Greg Bear. An interesting wrinkle is that Curtis retained the electronic rights to the Leiber and Bear books and has put them into e-reads.com, his e-book program.
• June, 2003 - Movie - On behalf of the estate of mystery writer Robert L. Fish, Richard Curtis has negotiated a film deal with Anonymous Entertainment head Steve Golin for development of THE WAGER and four other novels featuring master smuggler Kek Huuygens. Curtis’s e-book company, e-reads, is reissuing the books in electronic and print formats.
• June, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has sold Maryann Reid’s novel USE ME OR LOSE ME to Monique Patterson of St. Martin’s Press. This tense drama of love and war between the sexes follows publication of Sex and the Single Sister, Reid’s sexy five-novella collection. The novel will be published mid-2003.
• June, 2003 - Play and Movie - Richard Curtis has negotiated two deals for Morgan Llywelyn with Ireland’s Tyrone Theatre. One is for development of a musical based on GRANIA, her novel about a famous woman pirate, for which Llywelyn also wrote the theatrical treatment. The other is for a movie based on her bestselling historical novel about Brian Boru, THE LION OF IRELAND.
• June, 2003 - Science Fiction - Richard Curtis has reached agreement with Jonathan Schmidt, editor in chief of Tor’s Young Adult line StarScape Books, for VEN POLYPHEME, a new children’s fantasy adventure series by Elizabeth Haydon. Combining this deal with the recently reported one for volumes 6, 7, and 8 of her bestselling adult fantasy series, RHAPSODY, Haydon and Tor will be working hand in hand through 2006.
• May, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Richard Curtis is turning the heat up both on backlist and frontlist books by firefighter-turned-author Peter Micheels. Will Balliett of Avalon acquired Micheels’ previously published first book, HEAT, for Avalon’s Adrenaline line. Roger Cooper of iBooks purchased a book chronicling firemen’s war stories as a followup to iBooks’ highly successful reissue of Micheels’ BRAVING THE FLAMES. Cooper also bought Micheels’ DETECTIVES, a previously published collection of interviews. Curtis has issued BRAVING THE FLAMES in e-book format in his E-Reads line.
• May, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has negotiated an eight-book deal with Harlequin’s Lynda Curnyn for eight new novels by one of Harlequin’s leading ladies, Beverly Barton. The package includes three single-title romances as well as books in the Intimate Moments and Desire lines.
• May, 2003 - Movie - Richard Curtis has negotiated an option with London-based Primadonna Productions for film development of several autobiographical works by the late New Yorker writer Emily Hahn. Hahn’s incredibly adventurous life in the Orient is chronicled in CHINA TO ME and two other books. Curtis is reissuing CHINA TO ME and several other Hahn works in e-reads, his electronic books line.
• May, 2003 - Fantasy - On behalf of Australian agent Fran Bryson, Richard Curtis has negotiated a deal with HarperCollins-Eos’s Diana Gill for THE BLACK MAGICIAN, a fantasy trilogy by Trudi Canavan.
• May, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Tom Colgan of Berkley pre-emptively acquired from Richard Curtis the rights to SAFELY REST by David Colley, which chronicles the devotion of families of America’s war dead to bring their boys home after World War II. Colley focuses on the moving story of one father’s search for the remains of his son lost in a bombing mission over Ploesti.
• May, 2003 - Mystery - Richard Curtis has negotiated a contract with M. J. Devaney of Modern Library for fantasist Harlan Ellison to edit and write the introduction to a collection of “Thinking Machine” detective stories by Jacques Futrelle, whose career and life ended on the Titanic – but not before securing a place on a lifeboat for his wife.
• May, 2003 - Computers - Richard Curtis has sold Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye by Marcel Gagné to Addison Wesley. Gagné describes a viable alternative to Windows and shows readers how to convert their Windows system to a Linux one that performs all the same functions without the liabilities of Windows.
• May, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has negotiated a significant deal with John Scognamiglio of Kensington for four new romantic mysteries by Beverly Barton.
• May, 2003 - Thriller - Richard Curtis has made a significant deal with Neil Nyren of Putnam Penguin for a new but as yet untitled thriller by John Altman, author of A Gathering of Spies and the just-published thriller Deception.
• May, 2003 - Fiction - Richard Curtis and Alison Callahan of HarperCollins US negotiated a deal for U. S. publication of SEER, GO FLEE, Canadian author Edeet Ravel’s second novel. Canadian rights were reserved and will be sold separately. HarperCollins US will publish Ravel’s TEN THOUSAND LOVERS in the fall.
• May, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis has optioned SILVER WINGS, SANTIAGO BLUE by Janet Dailey to Jim McCullough Productions for development as a feature-length film.
• May, 2003 - Movie - Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned Blood for Dignity: The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U. S. Army by David P. Colley via Richard Curtis, who also negotiated a technical consultancy for the author.
• May, 2003 - Biography - Richard Curtis has sold PISTOL, Sid Jacobson’s biography of Hall of Fame-bound Brooklyn Dodger Pete Reiser, whose career was cut short by numerous collisions with outfield walls, to Gary Mitchem of McFarland Publishers.
• May, 2003 - Non-Fiction - Richard Curtis has made a deal with Kensington’s Michaela Hamilton to publish Take it From Here: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, an inspirational book by psychologist Dr. Sonya Friedman and co-author Constance deSwaan. Friedman is author of several bestsellers including Men Are Just Desserts and Smart Cookies Don’t Crumble.
• May, 2003 - Movie - Richard Curtis has negotiated a deal with Trailopolis Entertainment to adapt Dana Stabenow’s Alaskan police detective “Kate Shugak” novels into a series of theatrical movies to be filmed in Alaska.
• May, 2003 - Fantasy - Richard Curtis has sold to Diana Gill of HarperCollins/Eos a fantasy novel, DEAD WITCH WALKING, and two sequels by Kim Harrison.
• May, 2003 - Fiction - Danny Baror of Baror International, Inc., representing Richard Curtis, has sold Canadian rights to Seer, Go Flee, a new novel by Canadian novelist Edeet Ravel, whose Ten Thousand Lovers recently reached #3 on the Canadian bestseller list. Several publishers offered but Anne Collins of Random House Canada put in the winning bid. HarperCollins US will publish both novels in the US.
• May, 2003 - Romance - Richard Curtis negotiated a three-book contract for Linda Winstead Jones’s Last Chance, a series about a group of former soldiers and police who take on jobs no one else can handle, to be published in Harlequin’s “Intimate Moments” romance line. Harlequin’s Mary-Theresa Hussey acquired.
• May, 2003 - Fantasy - Richard Curtis sold historical novel THE AMAZON AND THE WARRIOR by Judith Hand to Greg Cox of Tor.
• May, 2003 - Biography - Richard Curtis has sold A HOLLYWOOD FAMILY, a memoir by the late John Meredyth Lucas, stepson of flamboyant director Michael Curtiz, to Gary Mitchem of McFarland Publishers. The author died shortly after completing his book.


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