Greenspan, Deardorff Hit ‘Puberty’ at Rodale
Louise Greenspan, M.D., and researcher Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., sold The New Puberty: The Facts, the Challenges, and the Strategies for Navigating Early Puberty in Girls to Alex Postman, at Rodale. Postman pre-empted world rights to the book from agent Bonnie Solow at Solow Literary Enterprises. In the book, the authors will address a trend gaining more and more attention: girls developing physically before they have any emotional concept of puberty. Rodale said this book will be the first to address this trend from a “medical and psychological perspective,” and that it will draw on certain landmark studies, some of which have been done by the authors themselves. Greenspan and Deardorff are regulars on the media circuit and have appeared on, among other shows, Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show; the pair has also been quoted on the subject in various outlets.
Da Capo Lands Celebrity Chef, Fallen Rocker
In the first of two deals coming out of Da Capo, Renee Sedliar bought world rights to Roberto Martin’s currently untitled vegan cookbook from ICM’s Esther Newberg. Martin is the former personal chef of Ellen DeGeneris and her partner, Portia De Rossi, and author of the bestselling Vegan Cooking for Carnivores (Grand Central, 2012). In this new book, set for fall 2014, Martin will offer over 100 plant-based recipes.
In the second acquisition, Ben Schafer bought North American rights to the memoir from Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, which has the working title Dark Days. Lamb of God is a heavy metal band from Virginia, which formed in 1990, and has released six albums. The book focuses on a particularly bleak episode for the band, and Blythe in particular, involving the death of a 19-year-old fan at a Lamb of God concert in Prague in 2010. Blythe, who had pushed the fan offstage, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in 2012; the book, Da Capo said, will tell Blythe’s “incredible, harrowing, heartbreaking, and redemptive story,” following his incarceration, his trial, and acquittal. Marc Gerald at the Agency Group represented Blythe.
At science fiction indie Candlemark & Gleam, Kate Sullivan took world English rights to Olivia R. Burton’s Mixed Feelings. The book, scheduled for spring 2014, follows a psychiatrist named Gwen Arthur who is also an empath (someone who is capable of feeling other peoples’ emotions). After a frightening visit from the monster that tormented her during her childhood, Arthur must find a group of kidnapped, magically gifted children. Burton did not use an agent in the deal.