Virtually everyone else from first season of The Apprentice reality television show has already done a book or is planning to. Even the busy Donald already has several books to his credit. Now the last-fired Kwame Jackson is reportedly ready to publish his "workbook"--Taking the High Road--through the Jenkins Publishing Group. Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth is also said to have at least a book proposal in the works. The second season's Stacie J. start "journaling" if she hasn't.
Joe Jackson toured Europe to promote his book The Jacksons: The Golden Truth About the Jackson Family on his singing, dancing, headline-making clan. it was released by Random House in Germany and quickly went into a second printing, 80,000 copies in all. Jackson apparently wanted to hold onto United States rights until Michael Jackson's legal troubles are resolved.
Bob Herbert, columnist for The New York Times. will have his writings collected in Promises Betrayed, making the case that America too often fails to be just, Sold to Paul Golob at Times Books, for publication in spring 2005.
Marcus Reeves, a writer/journalist/cultural critic, has signed an under-$100,000 deal with Farrar Straus & Giroux for his book Somebody Scream! Rap Music's Rise in the Aftershock of Black Power. Ayesha Pande acquired the North American Rights from agent Manie Barron for the William Morris Agency Barron has since joined the Claudia Menza Literary Agency.
Karega Kofi Moyo's Real Men Cook: Rites, Rituals & Recipes for Living, based on the successful charity event, was sold to Cherise Davis at Touchstone Fireside, in a six-figure deal, by Undo Konner at the Linda Konner Literary Agency.
Natasha Munson's Life Lessons for My Black Girls and Spiritual Lessons for My Black Girls, both previously published by iUniverse, was sold to Kelly Notaras at Hyperion, in a $250,000-plus deal by David Dunton at Harvey Klinger.
Ken Wiwa's Last Train to Azania: Africa at the End of History went to David Davidar at Penguin Canada, for publication in fall 2006. it was handled by Ashton Westwood at Westwood Creative Artists. J. Elliott Lewis, a Washington. D.C., television journalist, has sold Life in Beige: Coming Into My Own in Multiracial America for publication in October 2005 to Don Weise at Avalon. through Audra Barrett of Barrett Books.
Sharon M. Draper's We Beat the Street, a young adult novel, based on the best-selling adult title The Pact, about three friends who become doctors was sold to Stephanie Owens Lurie at Dutton Children's. by Janell Walden Agyeman at Marie Brown Associates. Pearl Cleage's Baby Brother's Blues, to Nancy Miller at One World/Ballantine, by Howard Rosenstone of Rosenstone & Wender. Audra Barrett also sold Candice Dow's debut novel Caught in the Mix to Karen Thomas of Kensington's Dafina Books.
Many of the above items were first reported by the Publisher's Lunch e-letter.
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|Title Annotation:||Between the lines: the inside scoop on what's happening the publishing industry|
|Author:||Dodson, Angela P.|
|Publication:||Black Issues Book Review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2004|
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