aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Do you think there's any such thing as too much Austen?

I was struck that Publishers Lunch reported two Austen deals this week - so I did a little search.

April 22, 2008
Laurie Brown's WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO?, in which a costumer-maker would do anything for the chance to meet Jane Austen, even travel back in time to prevent a tragedy involving the notorious Regency rake Lord Shermont; only he turns out to be a much bigger and more intriguing challenge than anticipated, to Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks Casablanca, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of Spectrum Literary Agency (World).

March 26, 2008
Audio rights
Pamela Aidan's FITZWILLIAM DARCY, GENTLEMAN trilogy, Jane Austen-inspired trilogy, said to sold some 67,000 copies through author's website as a POD-only title before being picked up by Touchstone, to Audible, by Lloyd Jassin (World).

March 11, 2008
Non-fiction: Reference
Susanna Carson's anthology WHY WE READ JANE AUSTEN about the enduring fascination with the author and her novels, including pieces by Martin Amis, Virginia Wolf, C.S Lewis, and Eudora Welty, plus original essays by popular contemporary writers, with an introduction by Harold Bloom, to Jill Schwartzman at Random House, at auction, by Bonnie Nadell at Frederick Hill Bonnie Nadell Agency (NA).

January 24, 2008
RITA winner Beth Pattillo's JANE AUSTEN RUINED MY LIFE, in which a disgraced professor of English literature finds the lost letters of the venerated author and must decide whether to publish or perish, to Beth Adams at Guideposts, in a two-book deal, by Jenny Bent at Trident Media Group (World).

January 17, 2007
Fiction: Debut
Laurie Viera Rigler's CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, a literary homage, comedy, and exploration of identity, destiny, and the nature of time, that tells the story of a contemporary thirty-something LA woman and Jane Austen fan who wakes up inside the body of an Englishwoman in Austen's time, to Trena Keating at Dutton, in a significant deal, at auction, for two books, by Marly Rusoff of Marly Rusoff & Associates (NA).

November 13, 2006
Non-fiction: Pop Culture
Shannon McKenna and Joni Rendon's JANE AUSTEN SLEPT HERE, an encyclopedic guide of literary locales (the tavern that inspired O'Henry, Rudyard Kipling's favorite hotel, the Virginia Woolf Lounge in London) for book-loving travelers and armchair travelers alike, to Lisa Thomas at National Geographic, at auction, by Daniel Lazar at Writers House (world).

September 25, 2006
Fiction: Women's/Romance
Syrie James's THE LOST MEMOIRS OF JANE AUSTEN, written in a modernized Jane Austen style that weaves fact and fiction together seamlessly, and in which Jane Austen meets Mr. Ashford, falls in love, and has just the relationship her legions of fans and readers might wish for the beloved spinster, to Lucia Macro at Avon, in a good deal, at auction, by Tamar Ellman at the Laura Dail Literary Agency (NA).

August 3, 2006
Non-fiction: Memoir
Journalist Lori Smith's FOLLOWING AUSTEN: Notes on an Ordinary Life, about finding romance, adventure, and grace when she set off for a month-long journey through England to trace Jane Austen's life, to Jeanette Thomason at WaterBrook Press, by Beth Jusino at Alive Communications (world).

June 12, 2006
Fiction: Debut
Actress Emma Campbell Webster's LOST IN AUSTEN: A Make Your Own Jane Austen Adventure, to Sarah McGrath at Riverhead, by Zoe Pagnamenta at PFD New York, in a pre-empt, for publication in early 2008, on behalf of Sam Copeland at the Robinson Literary Agency (NA).

And that's just the ones who report to Publishers Lunch. Not everyone does. [Full disclosure: My four-book deal hasn't been in there, for example.]

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