Archive News

2013-2005

Sold: Maybe in Another Life to Atria Books

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life, pitched as reminiscent of Sliding Doors, in which a woman returns to L.A. to start over when two parallel universes develop into radically different stories-in one, she accepts a ride home from a party with her best friend; in the other, she goes home with her ex-boyfriend-raising questions about fate and true love, to Atria Books, in a two-book deal (World English).

Sold: The Wellness Kitchen to Adams Media

Non-fiction: Cooking. Registered Dietitian, Director of Nutrition at the California Health & Longevity Institute, and former Nutrition Expert on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss Paulette Lambert’s The Wellness Kitchen: Fresh, Flavorful Recipes for a Healthier You, featuring the delicious, healthy, and disease preventative recipes that have already helped thousands of Americans lose weight on TV and at home, to Adams Media (World).

Winnipeg Free Press Bestsellers: Fiction

Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie hit #1 on the Winnipeg Free Press hardcover fiction bestseller list. Click or tap here to view the complete list.

Sold: Bench Bosses to Fenn/McClelland & Stewart

Non-fiction: Sports. Professional historian and hockey columnist Matthew DiBiase’s Bench Bosses: The NHL’s Coaching Elite, with a foreword by Scotty Bowman, a fact-based look at hockey coaches–to determine the top fifty of all time–using a unique ranking method that examines stats, coaching styles, idiosyncrasies, techniques and achievements to establish coaching success, to Fenn/McClelland & Stewart (North America).

Sold: Saving for School to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Bestselling author and popular television host of Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and Money Moron, personal finance expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Saving for School: Understand RESPs, Take Control of Your Savings, Minimize Student Debt, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Client News: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted was chosen by Kirkus for their list, 11 Debut Novels We Love.

The Globe and Mail Bestsellers: Canadian non-fiction

Teaching: It’s Harder Than It Looks by Gerry Dee hit #1 on The Globe and Mail Canadian non-fiction bestseller list for 4 consecutive weeks.

Sold: Not Quite the Classics to Diversion Books

Fiction: Humor. Whose Line Is It Anyway? star and comedian Colin Mochrie’s Not Quite the Classics, a collection of humorous rewrites of modern classic short stories based on the Second City improv game, “First Line, Last Line”, to Diversion Books (World English, excl. Canada).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Cappelen Damm

International rights: Fiction. Norwegian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Cappelen Damm.

Review: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted

Publishers Weekly (starred review). “In her touching and powerful debut, Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn’t let go. A mere six months after their chance meeting at a pizza joint, Elsie Porter and Ben Ross impulsively elope, confident in the knowledge they’ll be happy forever. Nine days later, happily-ever-after evaporates when Ben’s bike collides with a truck, killing him instantly. Soon, Elsie is navigating the shoals of planning a funeral with Ben’s initially hostile mother, Susan, and learning how to live without her true love. The author beautifully weaves Ben and Elsie’s courtship throughout the narrative, showing the reader the deep love that has bloomed—and the utter capriciousness of the fate that has taken that away. As Elsie and Susan begin to heal, they offer each other strength borne of their shared experience—which helps each of them open doors, once again, to the possibility of love. A stunning first novel.” —Copyright © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Sold: Yellow Vengeance to Insomniac Press

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Author of Red Rover and Oranges and Lemons Liz Bugg’s Yellow Vengeance, the author’s third Calli Barnow mystery, this time the Toronto PI takes on a cold case and soon finds that the line between her personal and professional life blurs, to Insomniac Press (World English).

Sold: Stats Canada to Penguin Canada

Non-fiction: Humor. Stats Canada: Satire on a National Scale, a book of essays, graphs, timelines, maps, and photo illustrations from the anonymous creators of the Twitter parody account @Stats_Canada, to Penguin Canada (Canada).

BookNet Bestsellers: Canadian Non-Fiction

BookNet’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers list, for the two weeks ending January 13, 2013, contains three entries from our client Gail Vaz-Oxlade who appears at #1 (Money Rules), #17 (Money-Smart Kids) and #20 (Debt-Free Forever).

Sold: Money Rules to Munhakdongne Publishing Group

International rights: Non-fiction. Korean rights to Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You, to Munhakdongne Publishing Group.

Sold: In Sights to The History Press

Non-fiction: Memoir. Former soldier and battalion photographer in the Welsh Guards Tim Rees’ In Sights: The Story of a Welsh Guardsman, portraying the pride, tragedy and fellowship of a soldier’s life, from the Falklands War, Cold-War Germany and Northern Ireland, with previously unpublished photographs, to The History Press (World).

Sold: Ella and the Balloons in the Sky to Tundra Books

Fiction: Picture Book. Author Danny Appleby and illustrator Lauren Pirie’s debut Ella and the Balloons in the Sky, a whimsical story of a young girl coming to terms with the loss of her pets and learning to keep their memory alive, to Tundra Books (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Record

International rights: Fiction. Brazilian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Record.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted and Maybe in Another Life to Ambo|Anthos

International rights: Fiction. Dutch rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted and Maybe in Another Life, to Ambo|Anthos.

Sold: Anchorboy to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Memoir. Gemini Award winning TSN SportsCentre host Jay Onrait’s Anchorboy, very humorous essays, personal anecdotes and insider information about sportscasting in the tradition of David Sedaris, to HarperCollins Canada (North America).

Sold: Marriage Rescue to New Horizon Press

Non-fiction: Relationships. Host of the television show Newlywed Nearly Dead? and one of North America’s leading marriage experts Gary Direnfeld’s Marriage Rescue: Overcoming Ten Deadly Sins in Failing Relationships, to New Horizon Press (World).

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Sperling

International rights: Fiction. Italian rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Sperling, in a pre-empt.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Diana Verlag

International rights: Fiction. German rights to Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, to Diana Verlag, at auction.

Sold: Forever, Interrupted to Atria Books

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted, a captivating love story about a young widow who struggles with how to grieve the loss of her nine-day marriage and who must also forge a relationship with her new mother-in-law, who didn’t know she existed, to Atria Books, in a two-book deal (World English).

The 2012 BookExpo America – New York, June 4-7

The P.S. Literary team attended BookExpo America 2012 at the Javits Center in NYC June 4 to 7 representing client titles to a host of editors and scouts. In addition to attending BookExpo, PSLA spent the week criss-crossing NYC meeting with editors at numerous publishing houses.

The 2012 London Book Fair – London, April 16-18

The P.S. Literary team attended the 2012 London Book Fair at Earls Court April 16th to 18th presenting clients’ titles to sub-agents, scouts and foreign editors. The successful meetings led to two new partnerships: P.S. Literary will now be representing Futa Fata, Ireland, picture books in North America; and P.S. Literary will now be working with Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency who will represent film and television rights on behalf of the agency.

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Sold: The Holders to Strange Chemistry

Fiction: Young Adult. Julianna Scott’s new YA series beginning with The Holders where The Summoning meets Evernight, which tells the story of two teen holders of supernatural powers, pawns in a rivalry between the good and evil of their kind, and the fight for knowledge, love, and their own lives set against the backdrop of their Irish boarding school community, to Strange Chemistry, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2013 and beyond (World English).

BookNet Bestsellers: Canadian Non-Fiction

BookNet’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers list, for the two weeks ending January 29, 2012, contains four entries from our client and personal finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade who appears at #6 (It’s Your Money), #7 (Debt-Free Forever), #16 (Money-Smart Kids) and #19 (Never Too Late).

Sold: Not Quite the Classics to Penguin Canada

Fiction: Humor. Whose Line Is It Anyway? comedian Colin Mochrie’s Not Quite the Classics, a fun literary spin-off of the Second City improv game First Line, Last Line taking the first line and last line from classic books, poems, and songs and recasting the stories in directions that will delight and entertain readers, to Penguin Canada, at auction (Canada, English).

Sold: Teaching to Doubleday Canada

Non-fiction: Humor. Top-three finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing season 5 and star of the CBC sitcom Mr. D. Gerry Dee’s Teaching: It’s Harder Than It Looks, riffing on the trials of teaching, reminiscing about his own school days and revealing the truths of parenthood, to Doubleday Canada (World English).

Sold: Once Upon a Second Chance to Omnific Publishing

Fiction: Women’s Fiction. Marian Vere’s debut Once Upon a Second Chance, a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion where a young woman breaks off her engagement only for her fiancee to come back into her life eight years later begging the question ‘what about the one that got away?’, to Omnific Publishing (World).

Sold: Oranges and Lemons to Insomniac Press

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Author of Red Rover Liz Bugg’s Oranges and Lemons, the author’s second Calli Barnow mystery, this time the intrepid PI finds herself in the glamorous world of advertising following a twisted money trail that leads to murder, to Insomniac Press (World English).

The 2011 International Visitors Programme – Toronto, October 24

Principal Agent Curtis Russell, and Associate Agent Carly Watters, took over a dozen meetings at the International Festival of Authors with publishing professionals from five countries.

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Media: Author Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Her Editor on the Writer/Editor Relationship

Bestselling author Gail Vaz-Oxlade and her editor Kate Cassaday at HarperCollins Canada discuss the writer/editor relationship on The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio.

Sold: The 10-Pound Shred to Global Vision Press

International rights: Non-fiction. English-language rights in India to Tommy Europe’s The 10-Pound Shred: From Flab to Fit in 4 Weeks, to Global Vision Press.

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to Global Vision Press

International rights: Non-fiction. English-language rights in India to Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, to Global Vision Press.

Sold: Money Rules to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Star of CNBC’s and Slice network’s personal finance TV shows Til Debt Do Us Part and Princess and author of Debt-Free Forever and Never Too Late Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Sold: Gunship Ace to Casemate Publishers

Non-fiction: Biography. Journalist and author of Barrel of a Gun Al J. Venter’s Gunship Ace: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary, chronicling the career of the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive, to Casemate Publishers (World).

The 2011 BookExpo America – New York, May 23-26

The P.S. Literary team attended BookExpo America 2011 at the Javits Center in NYC May 23 to 26. We took several meetings and attended panel sessions discussing everything from e-books to online book discovery to global publishing issues. We can happily report a robust fair with buzzing industry discourse and bridging of new literary connections to support our growing list of clients.

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Sold: The Happiness Equation to Hankyu Communications

International rights: Non-fiction. Japanese rights to Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee’s The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, to Hankyu Communications.

Sold: The Happiness Equation to Totem Books

Non-fiction: Science. Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee’s The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, to Totem Books (US).

Sold: Endangered to Egmont

International rights: Fiction. German rights to Pamela Beason’s first three titles, beginning with Endangered, in the Summer “Sam” Westin mystery series, to Egmont, at auction.

BookNet Bestsellers: Canadian Non-Fiction

BookNet’s Canadian non-fiction bestsellers list, for the two weeks ending January 30, 2011, contains multiple entries from our client and personal finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade who appears at #1 (Never Too Late), #6 (Easy Money) and #7 (Debt-Free Forever).

Sold: Blackjack Secrets to Skyhorse Publishing

Non-fiction: How-To. Author of The Most Powerful Blackjack Manual Jay Moore’s Blackjack Secrets: A Handbook for Beginners, to Skyhorse Publishing (World).

Sold: Endangered to Berkley

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Daphne du Maurier Award winner Pamela Beason’s Endangered: A Summer “Sam” Westin Mystery, when a two-year-old boy vanishes from a campground and the television news instantly convicts the park’s cougars, wildlife reporter Sam Westin is forced to battle a media blitz, the hysterical public, and a flash flood to expose the human kidnapper she believes is hiding in the wilderness, to Berkley, in a three-book deal (World English).

Media: Gail Vaz-Oxlade on NBC’s Today

Gail Vaz-Oxlade, author of Debt-Free Forever, appeared on NBC’s Today show with Al Roker.

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to Editions Transcontinental

Non-fiction: Finance. French-Canadian rights to Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s #1 national bestseller Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, to Editions Transcontinental.

The 2010 BookExpo America – New York, May 25-27

P.S. Literary Agency attended this year’s BookExpo, the largest publishing event in North America. To quote Publishers Weekly, “…BookExpo America concluded its first run as a midweek show May 27 with many calling the show a success.”

Sold: The 10-Pound Shred to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Health & Fitness. Former NFL and CFL defensive back turned fitness coach, personal trainer and star of The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides Tommy Europe’s The 10-Pound Shred: From Flab to Fit in 4 Weeks, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Media: An Interview with Bestselling Author Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz-Oxlade discusses her #1 national bestseller, Debt-Free Forever. Click or tap here to view the complete interview.

Sold: Never Too Late to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Bestselling author of Debt-Free Forever and host of Til Debt Do Us Part and Princess Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Never Too Late: Take Control of Your Retirement and Your Future, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

Sold: The Happiness Equation to Icon Books

International rights: UK Non-fiction. Lecturer in the Department of Economics & Related Studies at the University of York in Great Britain and one of the leading young scholars in the new science of happiness, Dr. Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee’s The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset, drawing on the author’s research that it’s possible to accurately measure happiness and exploring the potential impact on society. For instance, using the new science of happiness to award compensation to non-market events (like death) in courts, or, government’s use of these findings to create new policies to maximize the happiness of its people, to Icon Books (UK/Commonwealth).

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to The Experiment

Non-fiction: Finance. Star of the CNBC personal finance TV show Til Debt Do Us Part Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, whose no-nonsense, tough-love approach to money management is now seen every Saturday following The Suze Orman Show, to The Experiment (US).

The 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair – October 14-18

P.S. Literary Agency was in attendance at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade fair for books. It afforded a great opportunity to network with our international rights partners from across the globe.

Sold: Barrel of a Gun to Casemate Publishers

Non-fiction: Memoir. Journalist and author of War Dog Al J. Venter’s Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent’s Misspent Moments in Combat, chronicling the author’s nearly forty years of covering conflicts around the globe, to Casemate Publishers (World).

Sold: Debt-Free Forever to HarperCollins Canada

Non-fiction: Finance. Bestselling author and television host Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life, to HarperCollins Canada (Canada, English).

The 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair – October 15-19

Our team made its debut at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the global gathering place for the book world, to meet with our international rights partners from countries as diverse as China, Turkey and Korea to name a few.

Sold: What Burns Within and The Frailty of Flesh to Shueisha

International rights: Fiction. Japanese rights to Sandra Ruttan’s What Burns Within, and The Frailty of Flesh, to Shueisha.

The 2008 BookExpo America – Los Angeles, May 30 – June 1

This year’s BookExpo proved to be light on attendance, but for the members of our team it afforded an excellent opportunity to network with industry colleagues, and gauge industry trends. BEA returned to Los Angeles for the first time since 2003.

Review: Sandra Ruttan’s What Burns Within

Publishers Weekly. “Three Vancouver constables—son-of-a-sergeant Craig Nolan, bombshell in the boys’ club Ashlyn Hart, and stolidly antisocial cop Tain—are drawn together as the rapes, arsons and child abductions they’re working on respectively converge. The three, who have a beef over a prior case gone bad, must get over their personal differences and chase scant leads before another raped woman, burned building or missing girl turns up. Ruttan manages to keep the multiple leads and seconds on the same page admirably: she doesn’t drop too many clues in their laps or allow the tension to flag. The child abduction and sex crime aspects of the story are handled without exploitation or kid gloves; the straight proceduralism from Ruttan (Suspicious Circumstances) serves the story well through the rewarding climax.” —Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Sold: What Burns Within and The Frailty of Flesh to Dorchester Publishing

Fiction: Mystery/Crime. Sandra Ruttan’s What Burns Within, a debut police procedural series set in the Vancouver Area, and the second book The Frailty of Flesh, in a two-book deal, to Dorchester Publishing (World English).

The 2007 BookExpo America – New York, June 1-3

Our team attended this year’s BookExpo and were among the many who jammed the aisles. To quote Publishers Weekly, “It was hot and crowded in most areas of the convention hall, but booksellers and publishers were upbeat about being back in New York.”

Sold: World Famous to AMACOM Books

Non-fiction: Business. David Tyreman’s World Famous: How to Give Your Business a Kick-Ass Brand Identity, to AMACOM Books (World).

Sold: Outsourcing and Management to Palgrave Macmillan

Non-fiction: Business. Dr. Thomas N. Tunstall’s Outsourcing and Management: Why the Market Benchmark Will Topple Old School Management Styles, revealing how and why governance structures, outsourcing techniques, and fluid enterprise boundaries will determine organizational success, to Palgrave Macmillan (World).

The 2006 BookExpo America – Washington DC, May 19-21

A few members of our team were at the 2006 BookExpo America. BEA returned to Washington for the first time in nearly 20 years. Attendees in general seemed to be pleased to be back in the Capital despite the maze-like navigation of the Center.

The 2005 Word On The Street Fair – Toronto, Sept. 25

From The Word On The Street: “You and your family, friends and neighbours are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at The Word on the Street Book & Magazine Fair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Sunday in September, Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax will unite Canada in a national celebration of literacy and the printed word.”

The 2005 BookExpo Canada – Toronto, June 26-27

P.S. Literary Agency was in attendance at this year’s BookExpo Canada. It was a great opportunity to meet the best authors, publishers and editors that Canada has to offer.

The 2005 BookExpo America – New York, June 3-5

The BEA made its triumphant return to New York City. To quote Publishers Weekly, “Traffic on the show floor ranged from heavy to gridlock.” Our team enhanced their knowledge base with educational sessions, networked with industry professionals, and caught up on industry developments.

Sold: The Most Powerful Blackjack Manual to Kensington Publishing

Non-fiction: How-To. Jay Moore’s The Most Powerful Blackjack Manual: A Complete Guide for Both Beginners and Experienced Players, to Kensington Publishing (World).