Sunday, December 7, 2008


With all the terrible economic news hitting the publishing industry last week you'd think that publishers are not buying manuscripts, but think again. Publishers Lunch Weekly hit my inbox today with some pleasant news: sales of children's books. Plus, since the sales on Publishers Marketplace are limited to those deals that editors and agents choose to list, it is certain that there were more deals than just those listed below. So let's all savor and applaud the wonderful contracts signed in children's books last week. Please note, I have not included foreign rights sales and have left out the names of agents in case said agents would not appreciate a mid-December query slam:).

These are the children's sales listed on PM for just last week. Enjoy!

Children's: Fantasy
Erin Bow's PLAIN KATE to Arthur Levine at Arthur A. Levine Books, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.

Alexandra Bracken's BRIGHTLY WOVEN to Regina Griffin at Egmont.

Children's: Middle grade
Gerry Swallow a.k.a. Dr. Kremlin Soup's A WHOLE NOTHER STORY and ANOTHER WHOLE NOTHER STORY, to Michelle Nagler at Bloomsbury.

Jessica Burkhart's CANTERWOOD CREST series books 5-8 to Kate Angelella at Aladdin, in a four-book deal.

Amber Benson's THE NEW NEWBRIDGE ACADEMY to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin Children's.

Children's: Picture book
Winner of the first ever Children's Choice Book Award for Frankie Stein, Lola Schaefer's FRANKIE STEIN STARTS SCHOOL, also illustrated by Kevan Atteberry to Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish.

Children's: Young Adult
Author of MISS MATCH and SECRET LIFE OF A TEENAGE SIREN Wendy Toliver's LIFTED,to Michael del Rosario at Simon Pulse.

Author of A Little Friendly Advice, Siobhan Vivian's PAST PERFECT to David Levithan at Scholastic, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal.

Louise Rennison's new series to Tara Weikum at Harper Children's.

LIFE IS FINE author Allison Whittenberg's TUTORED to Stephanie Elliott at Delacorte.

TWO-WAY STREET author Lauren Barnholdt's ACE'S UP: AND OTHER PERKS OF A FAKE ID  to Stephanie Elliott at Delacorte.

Terri Clark writing under the name Tess Clark's HOLLYWEIRD to Brian Farrey at Flux.

Swati Avasthi's GRAVEDIGGERS to Nancy Siscoe at Knopf, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a two-book deal.

Pearl North's LIBYRINTH to James Frenkel at Tor, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal.

Lee Nichols's DEATH KISSED MY FACE to Caroline Abbey at Bloomsbury Children's, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in spring 2010.

UK Children's
Rob Reger and co-writter Jessica Gruner's teen novels based on the cult character, Emily the Strange, to Lindsey Kelk at Harper UK Children's, in a four-book deal, for publication beginning in June 2009.


  1. Love hearing good news. Thanks for sharing your holiday spirit!

  2. Hey Jill. I'm sure the agents would appreciate being mentioned; if they didn't want the publicity they would not have submitted the deals to PW. (The whole point is to publicise their success, as well as to start "buzz" for the books they've sold.)

  3. Christina--ho, ho, ho:)

    Anon--Thanks for visiting. I don't wan't to step on any toes. If I hear from an agent and they tell me it is OK, I'll modify the post.

  4. Thanks for the positive words. Reading about deals is always good news!

  5. thanks for sharing the good news...

    And is it just me or is it pretty ironic that the commenter who urged you to use the names of the agents in your post left their comment anonymously?


  6. Solvang, Kelly and Lee - thanks for stopping by:)

    BTW, see my keep writing post for a whole slew of agents' POSITIVE opinions of how to deal with today's publishing environment.

    I think keeping positive is the only way to approach dire times.



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