Agent Savant

The musings of literary agent Laurie McLean

Biggest Deal of My Career: a 7-Figure Kagawa

Written By: laurie - Jan• 28•13

I am so excited this morning. I helped propel New York Times and USA Today bestselling YA novelist Julie Kagawa to a million dollar deal for her next series with teen book imprint: Harlequin Teen. It’s my first seven-figure deal. Julie’s too. Together we worked hard to make this happen. And now we can bask in the glow of all that success. For today at least. Then it’s back to the hard work of writing all those words (Julie) and managing her career (me). Thanks to all the wonderful people at Harlequin who continue to see the brilliance in Julie’s writing. And if you want more details, it’s all over the interwebz. Check it out!


Publishers Marketplace listing:  NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Iron Fey series, Julie Kagawa‘s new series featuring mythical creatures in a contemporary setting, again to Natashya Wilson at Harlequin Teen, in a major deal, for seven figures, for multiple books, for publication beginning in 2015, by Laurie McLean at Larsen/Pomada Literary Agents (world).

Romance Writers: Entangled is HOT!

Written By: laurie - Jan• 08•13

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Yesterday three huge game-changing announcements came from Entangled Publishing’s founder and CEO Liz Pelletier:

1. Entangled inked a first-look deal for movies with Davis Entertainment through the fabulous Brandy Rivers at the Gersh Agency in LA.

2. Entangled digital-first books will be distributed worldwide by one of the Big Six, er, Five: Macmillan Publishing, the US part of the Holtzbrinck empire.

3. Entangled best-sellers will be published as a new Macmillan imprint called St. Martins/Entangled. If any Entangled book sells a certain amount of copies (I’ve heard 100,000) it will automatically be picked up by this new imprint and published in print. Plus other books that the joint acquisitions team thinks will be big could also end up in print.

Why is this huge you ask? Well, it’s the first sign of the blending between traditional and indie publishing. In one year, Entangled has added 12 new romance imprints, published the #6 bestselling book of the year for 2012 (The Marriage Bargain), and had eight bestsellers. That’s amazing growth for a company that is barely two years old.

Here’s a great story that you can peruse for more details. Liz Pelletier is also very active on Twitter, so do follow her at @Liz_Pelletier (where she’s been known to spill the beans early on deals, new acquisitions, and other news to her followers!)

Penguin Settles with DOJ

Written By: laurie - Dec• 18•12

I had a feeling this was going to happen. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Macmillan also tosses in the towel. The Agency model of publisher-centric ebook pricing is dying and I just don’t believe anyone can salvage it…or defend it for that matter. eBooks will be priced at levels that sell well and create profit for retail. It will sort itself out. Here‘s the entire article. Let’s see what 2013 brings on this issue.

Random House Gives $5,000 bonus to each employee

Written By: laurie - Dec• 17•12

Here’s the story behind those bonuses you read about last week:

BookScan To Include Walmart Sales Data

Written By: laurie - Dec• 14•12

This is a big deal. Ever since BookScan started it has only included retail bookstore point of purchase sales in its reports, and not even every bookstore participated. Now, for the first time, BookScan will add sales data from Walmart into its totals. This will significantly change the numbers and represent 80% of English language book sales. However one must note that Walmart tends to carry only a small selection of bestselling titles, so this will skew the numbers more towards the bestsellers. Read the full article here.

Happy Holidays

Written By: laurie - Dec• 12•12

Love this funny from Liz Climo:

Narhwale and Mistletoe

Harlequin Teams with Cosmo for new series

Written By: laurie - Dec• 06•12

Harlequin has always impressed me as one of the more savvy book publishers around. Their announcement this week is no exception. They are teaming up with steamy single girl magazine, Cosmopolitan, aka Cosmo, to launch a series of co-branded romance novels. Called Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin, these short (30,000 word) books will be e-originals and are aimed squarely at people who like to read their romance on a variety of devices.

Two e-books, priced at $3.99, will be released every month starting in May 2013. According to Harlequin the books will feature “narratives centering on modern young women living the free-spirited and outgoing lifestyle espoused by the international magazine.”

I’ve long wondered when a breakout cell-phone-only book will go viral and pull the rest of the industry along in its wake. This might be the powerhouse team that makes it happen.

Cosmo magazine logo

Amazon Launches Kids Subscription Service

Written By: laurie - Dec• 05•12

Amazon Sells Subscription Package of Kids Books, Videos and Apps

Called Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s new all-in-one unlimited subscription service will offer all types of media from books and apps to movies and television shows for kids. It will work on any Kindle Fire device and will be available as part of Amazon’s next automatic OS software update for that device. The package features all kinds of media focused on children ages 3-8. Amazon Prime members get preferred pricing–$2.99/month per individual child (or $6.99 per family)–but others can subscribe for $4.99/month (or $9.99 per family.)

Companies participating in this subscription service by making their content available include: Andrews McMeel Publishing, Chronicle Books, DC Comics, Disney, HIT Entertainment, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Marvel, Nickelodeon, PBS, Reading Rainbow, and Sesame Workshop, among others. Chris Van Allsburg’s “Jumanji” and Barbara Lehman’s “The Red Book” are among the available picture books, along with those featuring characters like Big Nate, Ivy and Bean, Phineas & Ferb, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda. The service also includes ebook apps and in-book games from characters such as Thomas & Friends, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Arthur, Duck and Goose, Caillou and Superman, and from award-winning children’s author Sandra Boynton.

Read the entire announcement here.

Sorenson Scores Starred Review for Aftershock

Written By: laurie - Nov• 05•12

Congratulations to my client, Jill Sorenson, for a rare and jewel-like starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for her forthcoming romantic thriller AFTERSHOCK. Here’s a snippet from the review and a link to the entire review here.

“Sorenson (The Edge of Night) fuels this fast-paced romantic thriller with nonstop adrenaline. Paramedic Lauren Boyer is headed to an emergency call when an 8.5-magnitude earthquake hits San Diego, killing her partner and trapping her and others underneath a collapsed freeway. As Lauren desperately tries to save the wounded, she learns that three escaped felons are among those trapped beneath the freeway…This twisty roller-coaster ride keeps the pages turning.”

Jill Sorenson's Aftershock

Coming in January 2013

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg Signs at Keplers Books

Written By: laurie - Oct• 31•12

My colleague, fellow agent Bookalicious Pam (far right), signed two anthologies and read selections of her writing at Keplers Books in Menlo Park on Halloween Eve. She must have come as a GHOST-writer! Notice Magical Mayhem in front of her! Pick up a copy for Halloween.