Hollis Takes ‘Agonizing’ to Nelson
Rachel Hollis, author of this year’s bestselling motivational book, Girl, Wash Your Face, sold a new title to Nelson Books called Girl, Stop Agonizing. Nelson said Girl, Wash Your Face, which it published in February, has sold more than million units to date. The follow-up was acquired by Brian Hampton in a world rights agreement with Kevan Lyon at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and is set for March 2019. Hollis is a lifestyle expert and motivational speaker who has appeared on television numerous times; she is also the founder of the company Chic Media.
Algonquin Nabs McLean’s Debut
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, the debut novel by Felicity McLean, was sold to Algonquin in a North American rights agreement. Betsy Gleick bought the book from Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management, who brokered the deal on behalf of Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia. Detweiler said the novel, set for June 2019, is “part mystery, part coming of age story” and follows the disappearance of three sisters from a rural Australian town 20 years ago. The case, she went on, is “an unsolved mystery that has forever shaped the community and all those left behind.” McLean is an Australian author (having written a picture book and ghostwritten and cowritten a number of adult titles), and the book sold to HarperCollins Australia in a preempt; the novel has also been acquired in France, Spain, and the U.K.
Araton Takes ‘End Game’ to Penguin
Sportswriter and author Harvey Araton (Driving Mr. Yogi) sold world rights to The End Game to Penguin Press. Emily Cunningham nabbed world rights to the title from Andrew Blauner at Blauner Books. The book chronicles the friendship between the author and a fan fixture at New York Knicks games named Michelle Musler. Elaborating, Blauner said the title “revels in their shared memories of NBA greats and explores the inevitable process of shedding, in later years, the identities that shape our days and define our lives.”
Graphic Take on Reynolds’s Award Winner to Dlouhy
For her eponymous imprint at Atheneum, Caitlyn Dlouhy took North American rights to a graphic adaptation of Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor– and Printz Honor–winning Long Way Down (which she published in 2017). The adaptation will be illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff and is slated for fall 2019. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented Reynolds in the deal, and Tanya McKinnon at McKinnon McIntyre represented Novgorodoff.
Whiting Winner to Bloomsbury
In a world English rights agreement, Bloomsbury’s Liese Mayer bought Teddy Wayne’s novel Loner. The book by the Whiting Award winner is, Bloomsbury said, “a powerful, masterfully written novel about loneliness, sexuality, and class.” It revolves around an MFA student who offers a classmate the chance to stay, rent-free, in his rent-stabilized New York City apartment. Jim Rutman at Sterling Lord Literistic represented Wayne, and the book is slated for spring 2020.