Saturday, October 11, 2008

Previewing What's for Sale at the Rights Center

The International Rights Center at the FBF is the closest one gets in the literary world to the old open pit stock market trading. The tables are tiny and here is where the real jive-and-hustle of the book biz takes place. Last year, John Freeman, compared it to “speed-dating,” which strikes me as apt.

While much will be made of the “big” deals being announced at Frankfurt, there are thousands of other transactions, the deals that lubricate the system and keeps information flowing across borders.

To get a sense of what some of the publishers and agents are bringing to Frankfurt this year, we corresponded with Teri Tobias, Foreign Rights Director of the Sanford J. Greenberger Agency. She generously provided Beyond Hall 8 with a preview of the titles she’ll be selling in at the FBF this year. (Take a look at them below).

And if you’re curious, Publishers Weekly in the US has compiled offerings from a wide variety of agents and publishers, including:

Agate Publishing
Counterpoint/ Soft Skull Press
The Dijkstra Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Grove/ Atlantic
Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency
KT Literary
Mendel Media Group
MFA Publications
Simon & Schuster

Sterling Lord
Wylie Agency
A.P. Watt

A sampling of what Sanford J. Greenberger has on offer this year:

NYT bestselling author Daniel Amen's newest title MAGNIFICENT MIND AT ANY AGE. This book will help you develop your brain to be more successful in all areas of your life, including work and relationships, and will help you to achieve your greatest potential for accomplishment, connection and happiness. Rights have been sold to Piatkus Book in the UK.

Also, NINE KINDS OF NAKED by Tony Vigorito, which Harvest Books publishes next month. In the tradition of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Tony Vigorito turns his visionary gaze to the wonder of synchronicity and the mystery of cause and effect. His previous title JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS sold to Editions Gallmeister in France, Opus in Israel, Barbera in Italy, GrĂ¼ner and Jahr in Poland, Via Magna in Spain and Pegasus in Turkey.

Also, PHILANTHROCAPITALISM by Matthew Bishop & Michael Green just published by Bloomsbury. This is a global trend book that is an inside look at how today's leading philanthropists are revolutionizing the field, using new methods to have a vastly greater impact on the world. Korean rights have sold to Sejong Books and Taiwanese rights to China Times.

Also, HOW TO LOVE LIKE A HOT CHICK by Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent, which Collins will publish in January. Whether you are single, dating, married, in a relationship, this book shows women how to be the sexy, fabulous woman she deserves to be. This is their sequel to the fabulous debut HOW TO EAT LIKE A HOT CHICK, which sold to Norma in Spain, Campus in Brazil, and Goldmann in Germany.

Also, ANGELS IN MY HAIR by Lorna Byrne, which Doubleday will publish next March. It is the autobiography of a modern-day mystic, an Irish woman with powers of the saints of old. Rights have sold to Arkana in Germany, Norma in Spain, and Acorn in Taiwan.

Finally, Brad Thor's #1 NYT debut, THE LAST PATRIOT published by Atria and forthcoming from S&S UK and Australia; sales have been closed in Brazil, Bulgaria, Thailand, and in negotiation elsewhere; and Carolly Erickson's THE TSARINA'S DAUGHTER, a dramatic and romantic novel about the last Russian Imperial Family due this month from SMP.

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