Book Deals Dec 15 – 31, 2003

December 15, 2003
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December 15-31, 2003 Edition Book/Movie Deals Pete Rose Book

to Hit Stores

by January

NEW YORK, NY/12/8/03—Rodale Press, one of the largest independent publisher sin the U.S., has hastened the publication date for Pete Rose’s book MY PRISON WITHOUT BARS and has ordered an initial press run of 500,000 copies.

The much anticipated book was due for a March release to coincide with the opening of the baseball season. But the new pub date is January 8, leading some sports writers to speculate that he will soon be in the headlines again. An ABC Prime Time interview is schedule to run next month.

The record hit king of baseball is seeking reinstatement by Major League Baseball after signing a 1989 agreement that banned him from playing. He apparently signed the document to avoid admitting to illegal betting on baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig has hinted the ban might be lifted but has not said when.

Rodale, which says it is the largest independent book publisher in the U.S., releases nearly 100 book titles each year, and has an active backlist of more than 500 titles.

PublishersLunch.com

Reports Book Deals

for Late November

Look for more deals in our December 15th Authorlink edition

These book deals are reported on Authorlink as a courtesy of PublishersLunch.com. Deals are rated as follows:

“nice deal” $1 – $100,000 “good deal” $101,000 – $250,000 “significant deal” $251,000 – $500,000 “major deal” $501,000 and up NA, amount of the deal not available Late November

Nonfiction

TV interior design guru (14 year veteran of HGTV, Oprah and ABC-TV’s “The Home Show”) Kitty Bartholomew and journalist Kathy Price-Robinson’s KITTY BARTHOLOMEW’S DECORATING ABC’S: Affordable, Beautiful and Comfortable Decor For Real People Living with Real Budgets, to Ellen Phillips at Rodale, for six-figures, by Ted Weinstein (world).

Late November

Nonfiction

Independent filmmaker and women’s champion sailboarder Neva Sullaway’s CHASING DREAMTIME, an account of her spiritual, and emotional journey, boat-hopping across the South Pacific, in an effort to come to grips with her violent and harrowing past, to David Drotar at Brookview Press, in a nice deal, by Frank R. Scatoni at Venture Literary (world).

Late November

Nonfiction

New York Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro’s DAMN YANKEES, DAMNED SOX, a detailed look at the intense seven-game 2003 ALCS, used as a backdrop to explore the most bitter, heated rivalry in all of sports, to Jason Kaufman at Doubleday, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Greg Dinkin and Frank R. Scatoni at Venture Literary.

Late November

Children’s

Martina Wildner’s German YA book Jede Menge Sternschnuppen (Shooting Stars Everywhere), to Marissa Walsh at Delacorte Press, in a nice deal, by Kerstin Michaelis at Beltz & Gelberg (world English).

Late November

Fiction

T. Dawn Richard’s DEATH FOR DESSERT, a humorous cozy about a woman who trades her lecherous husband for a senior living complex and conspires with a dotty group of flimflammed, wildly-wicked seniors to solve a murder she may have committed, to John Helfers at Five Star, in a nice deal, for publication in trade paperback, by Robert Brown at the Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency (world).

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