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FRIEND OF A FRIEND: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Career
World rights From the author of UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT comes a valuable book about the best ways to grow your list of contacts and to mine them effectively, regardless of your profession. We all acknowledge the importance of networking in expanding one’s business opportunities. In this book Burkus theorizes that it’s your secondary, dormant, or even distant contacts who will ultimately be most helpful to you. Using case studies from the very best networkers, Burkus shows what they do that the rest of us do not. The result is an up-to-date, practical, and revelatory guide for building professional and personal connections in today’s world.
DAVID BURKUS is an author, podcaster, and associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. He’s a sought-after speaker among Fortune 500 companies and a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and other business publications.
Rights sold: simplified Chinese/CITIC; Dutch/Business Contact; Japanese/CCC Media House. DeJong, David
NAZI BILLIONAIRES (Tentative)
Translation rights (proposal available)
UK rights to William Collins
Projected Pub: Fall 2020 Nazi Billionaires will tell the story of the rise of these German businesses, their Faustian bargains with the Third Reich, their complicity as war criminals, and how they were given a free pass by the United States to rebuild Germany’s economy.
DAVID DE JONG, a reporter at Bloomberg News, has been covering the “billionaire beat,” with a special focus on western Europe, since 2011. A year into his reporting, he wrote a story about Germany’s wealthiest family, the Quandts, that became one of Bloomberg’s most read stories ever. Not unlike the path of the Koch brothers in the U.S. – in which Charles and David Koch transformed their father Fred’s business into a multi-billion-dollar empire – the Quandts rose to global prominence after Gunther Quandt’s two sons took over the family business in 1954. Today the family owns 47% of BMW and has an estimated worth of $60 billion. Although Gunther tried to keep this history a secret from his family, the truth is that his business was built on the bodies of Allied soldiers, civilians, and at least 50,000 concentration camp laborers. The family has since gone public with this information – it is known in Germany -- and they have agreed to open their archives to the author for his research.
Rights sold: Dutch/Meulenhoff; German/Kiepenheuer; Hebrew/Matar Triwaks; Polish/Sonia Draga.
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE (formerly GIRL WALKS INTO A THERAPY ROOM) April 2019
Lori Gottlieb, bestselling author and therapist, gives the reader an eye-opening look at the therapeutic process – from the therapist’s perspective. She introduces the reader to a narcissistic Hollywood producer; a young newlywed recently diagnosed with a terminal illness; a senior citizen threatening to end her life; and a 20-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys. As Gottlieb guides them, she discovers that helping other people recognize their blind spots does not cure her of her own. Because, all of a sudden, her own life has gone off the rails. Enter Wendell, the therapist who helps Gottlieb unearth the hidden roots of her current crisis, gradually transforming her as a therapist, a patient, a mother, and a human being. Personal, revealing, funny, and wise, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone lets readers peer in as both the therapist and her patients struggle to answer: How can I be happy? What am I willing to live with? How do we grow and change? This book offers an enlightening tour of an elusive process.
LORI GOTTLIEB is also the author of MARRY HIM: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, and I LOVE YOU, NICE TO MEET YOU: A Guy and a Girl Give the Lowdown on Coupling Up.
UK/British Commonwealth: Scribe; Dutch/Arbeiderspers; Norwegian/Tiden Norsk Forlag; Turkish/Teas; Television rights to Warner Bros.
KAJZER: A Quest to Reclaim Memory, Property, and Treasure in Poland (Tentative)
World rights (Proposal available)
Projected pub: fall 2020
This is a memoir in the tradition of Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes. Not only because of the subject matter but because, like de Waal, Menachem Kaiser is a superb writer. Some years ago, Kaiser set out to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland, which was lost to the Nazis. His search turned into to an engaging adventure story that will expand well beyond where he started, and the narrative will raise provocative questions about the meaning of reclamation and family obligation. He discovers the existence of his great-uncle Abram, who was a slave laborer in the Nazis’ vast hidden underground system of tunnels, and of Abram’s memoir, written secretly on scraps of cement bags, which has become the bible for a network of Silesian treasure hunters. Kaiser’s gift for characterization makes his Polish lawyer, a woman known as “The Killer," unforgettable.
Menachem Kaiser is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a prestigious fellowship that is funding his research in Poland. As a Fulbright Fellow, he traveled to Lithuania to spearhead a mapping project of the Vilna Ghetto, in partnership with museums on three continents. Kaiser speaks on Holocaust topics at conferences abroad and in the U.S., and he has written investigative journalism, travel writing, and reviews for the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Slate, LA Review of Books, New Yorker, and Tablet.
Rights sold: UK and Commonwealth/Scribe; Dutch/De Bezige Bij; German/Zsolnay.
DEAD DROP (Tentative)
Manuscript delivery: fall 2018 By the author of THE NAZIS NEXT DOOR, this is narrative history at its best: the remarkable, little known story of Fred Mayer, a German-born Jew who with his family fled to the U.S. from Nazi Germany soon after Kristallnacht. His story would sound like paperback fiction if it weren’t so well documented in the files of the US National Archives. Mayer enlisted in the U.S. Army and was soon recruited by the Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the CIA) to lead an audacious spy mission, parachuting into Austria and posing undercover in three different disguises as a Nazi loyalist. His work provided invaluable intelligence to the Allies that helped to defeat Hitler. Captured and tortured by the Germans, he conducted negotiations with his captors to secure his own release – and his captors’ surrender – as Allied forces closed in. Fans of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken will want to read DEAD DROP.
THE NAZIS NEXT DOOR was sold to: Czech/Jota; Dutch/Meulenhoff; Greek/Potamos; Italian/Boringhieri; Japanese/Shinchosha; Polish/Literackie; Romanian/Meteor/Swedish/Svenska Historiska; Turkish/Kalkedon
BEYOND THE BIG BANG: Rethinking the Origin of the Universe (tentative)
Translation rights: HMH
UK rights sold to Bodley Head
Pub: Spring 2020 What existed before the Big Bang? For thousands of years, humans have pondered the possibility of other universes beyond our own. Until now, our knowledge of this "multiverse" has been limited to our imaginations and our mathematical models. Today, though, as pioneering astrophysicist Mersini-Houghton explains, new scientific tools have given us the ability to test our theories about might exist beyond our universe. These findings are poised to revolutionize not only physics itself, but also our sense of humanity's place in the vastness of the cosmos. Other books have focused on the multiverse, but the latest of these was published in 2011, and none of them account for the cutting-edge observational evidence that Mersini-Houghton will present to support her theory about how our universe originated from the multiverse. For example: in 2015, researchers discovered a giant, galaxy-less "void" in outer space, suggesting that a single particle in our universe became quantum-entangled with a particle in another universe immediately around the time of the Big Bang.
Laura Mersini-Houghton, an Albanian-American cosmologist and theoretical physicist, is an associate professor of physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a visiting professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. She has been the subject of hundreds of articles in leading popular science magazines, and has appeared on the Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, as well as documentaries on the Discovery Channel and the BBC.
Montgomery, Sy, and with illustrations by Rebecca Green
HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals
Pub: September 2018 Understanding a living thing that belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than Sy Montgomery. Naturalist, adventurer, and the author of more than 20 books, many of them award winners, Montgomery has hiked the Altai Mountains of Mongolia looking for snow leopards and tracked tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea. In her travels, she has encountered some of the planet’s rarest and most beautiful animals. Her life continually intersects with and is changed by the creatures she meets. Among the animals you will meet in these pages are dogs who shared her home, a pig who lived in her barn, huge flightless birds, two tree kangaroos, and a spider, a weasel, and an octopus. The book also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.
Publishers for Montgomery’s Soul of an Octopus (not published by HMH):
THE TROUBLE WITH GRAVITY: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet
What is gravity? Nobody knows. How something so pervasive can also be so mysterious, and how that mystery can be so wholly unrecognized outside the field of physics, is one of the great conundrums in modern science. But as award-winning author Richard Panek shows in this groundbreaking investigation, gravity is a cold case that we are on the verge of cracking. Part history of science, part metaphysical farce, and part pop culture romp, the book is the first in-depth study of this ubiquitous, elusive force for a popular audience. Panek invites the reader to experience gravity in ways that leave our preconceptions ("what goes up must come down") in the dust, and which open up new vistas onto the universe and humanity's place in it.
RICHARD PANEK’s 2011 book, THE 4 PERCENT UNIVERSE, was sold to the following publishers:
Fall 2019 How – and why --did film and TV actor Kal Penn go from starring roles on US television and in the Harold and Kumar movies to working in the Obama White House? Through a series of stories, this memoir will answer that question, while also providing career and life advice. It’s a mix of all the ridiculous, funny, and serious things that happen in any job, all of which are amplified in arenas like Hollywood and politics. It’s about being the son of immigrant parents, people who came to the U.S. from India with very little and went very far. It’s about being a skinny kid with a funny name who helped another skinny kid with a funny name become President. And it’s about the difficulty of leaving a life in acting behind, the joy of starting a new one, and the fulfilling journey back to the screen. Above all, it’s a story about how your life can take many different roads. It’s about knowing you have many more choices than those presented to you. It’s about learning how to have your cake and eat it too.
UK and British Commonwealth rights: Quadrille. Staples, Tim, with Josh Young
HOW TO GO VIRAL: The Inner Secret of How to Launch Your Video Online So Millions Share It
World English Pub Date: Spring 2019
Tim Staples is an entrepreneur at the forefront of digital marketing. In 2016, he was named one of “11 Innovators who are disrupting Hollywood”. He is also the founder of Shareability, one of the world’s leading social media companies. Staples and New York Times bestselling author Josh Young will collaborate on this book, which draws on insights from behavioral psychology trends to reveal the secrets behind why certain videos are shared, how these shared videos can launch a global business without spending a cent on traditional advertising, and what the new frontier of sharing will look like. Shareability has created videos that have had over 2 billion organic views and 50 million shares. Entrepreneurs courting investors, small business owners, and chief marketing officers for major corporations all need to understand the principles of sharing online content. Because the online world is dominated by Facebook, Google and Amazon, who control the flow of Internet content and direct this traffic so that it monetizes their platforms, your message can easily be lost unless you know how to navigate the digital ecosystem.
MOVIE TIE-IN REISSUE
MY ABANDONMENT (fiction)
Tie-in edition: June 2018
This novel, inspired by a true story, was originally published by HMH in 2009. It has now been made into a movie with the title “Leave No Trace,” and Sony has picked up international distribution rights. Caroline, a thirteen-year-old girl, lives with her father in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, bathe in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water’s edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, and even keep a library of sorts. Once a week, they go to the city to buy groceries and to make contact with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover their location, which derails their entire existence and ultimately provokes a deeper flight.My Abandonment is a journey into life at the margins, and a tale of survival and hope.
Rights sold: UK & British Commonwealth/ John Murray; French/Editions Rue Fromentin; German/Dumont Buchverlag; Hungarian/Athenaeum; Spanish/Ediciones Godot.
DEAR UNIVERSE: 200 Mini-Meditations for Instant Manifestations (tentative)
World rights This is a dip-in/dip-out, highly accessible guide to manifestation and the law of attraction, written by a rising new star in the mindfulness community. In just a couple of years, Prout has amassed 442,000 Facebook followers, hosts a podcast with over 100,000 monthly downloads, has a 250,000-person email subscriber list, and gets over one million monthly hits on her website. Prout went from being an abused wife living on welfare to running a million-dollar business to now being an award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of The Manifesting Academy. She began her life transformation by turning to the power of manifesting, asking the universe for inspiration when she had hit rock bottom. The book is organized around 100 fear-based emotions, such as feeling anxious, ashamed, bored, lost, misunderstood, or paranoid. Readers are guided to a mini-meditation and then to a few of the 100 love-based emotions most appropriate to their situation, such as feeling loved, beautiful, cherished, or inspired. You use it when you need it, rather than read the book cover to cover. The book is aimed at people who are feeling uncertain or lost in the world today, and looking for a higher meaning or purpose.
GLOW 15: A Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life
World rights except for Chinese languages, Japanese and Korean
This New York Times bestseller is based on the discoveries made by the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. A Japanese scientist was awarded the prize for his discoveries related to autophagy, the process by which cells recycle their content. Glow15 is the first book for a general audience to take that fascinating science and translate into an accessible, practical guide to losing weight, looking younger, and feeling energized. On the Glow15 program, you eat foods that activate autophagy, like dairy, red wine, grains, or a blueberry smoothie. You don’t count calories. You don’t give up entire food groups. And you don’t obsess about exercise. You’ll also get Whittel’s advice for sleep, travel, stress reduction, and productivity, as well as delicious and nutritious recipes for eating the Glow15 way—everything that this 42-year-old CEO and mother of four children does to look -- and feel -- amazing.
NAOMI WHITTEL is CEO of Twin Labs Corporation, founder of Reserveage Nutrition, and QVC’s exclusive nutritional wellness expert.
UK & British Commonwealth rights sold to Octopus.
UPON A BURNING THRONE
World rights, except for India and all local Indian languages
Two princes, Pandu and Dri, are born in Hastinapura, the capital of the vast Kuru empire. One is blind, the other is an albino. The queen and the prince regent assure everyone that these obstacles will be overcome and that the princes will together form one great warrior. Any rumblings of dissent are quickly squelched by Bhishma, himself a demi-god and a formidable warrior. When a demonlord fails to destroy the Kuru family directly, he turns his effort to pitting the brothers against one another. The rift he creates between them passes to the next generation - and what was a family disagreement soon grows into an epic feud over the inheritance of the world’s largest empire.
ASHOK BANKER is the pioneer of the speculative fiction genre in India. His eight-book Ramayana Series was the first trilogy ever published in India. This highly successful series revolutionized Indian publishing, creating a genre which is now the biggest selling in the country. Banker is the author of 52 books, all of which have been bestsellers in India, and they have been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Los Angeles and has an intriguing background: he is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage.
Published September 2017
World Rights Originally self-published under the title Mars Endeavour, RETROGRADE portrays a colony on Mars of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers from all over the world. Although they’ve been well prepared, the reality of living in lava caves hundreds of feet below the surface of a rocky, frozen planet is exacting a toll on the crew. When senior members of the group learn that war has broken out on Earth, they wonder: living in such an international community, whom can you trust when your countries are at war? As they struggle to find out what is happening on Earth, grief and anger threaten to overwhelm the camaraderie of the colony and the spirit of exploration. Grounded in the latest scientific knowledge about Mars, its origins, geological history, and the physics of life, the novel also includes an afterword from Dr. Andrew Rader, an aerospace engineer with a degree from MIT, who endorses its scientific plausibility.
PETER CAWDRON is the author of more than twenty novels, novellas, and short stories that have been self-published. He lives in Australia.
Rights sold: Film rights optioned to Parkes + Macdonald Imagenation. French/Denoel; German/Random House Germany.
THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR
To be published September 2018
A spaceship lands in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, and for three years the ship does nothing other than sit quietly in that field. Nobody understands the full extent of this ‘nothing’ better than the people who live right next door. Then, late one August morning, Edgar Somerville arrives in town. Ed's a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to 16-year-old Annie Collins -- and pretty much everyone else he meets -- almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: The ship is doing something, and he needs Annie's help to figure out what that is.
Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town, and when Ed's theory is proven correct – that something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls - she's a pretty good person to have around. As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn't know it.
ROBOTS OF GOTHAM
In this near-future novel set in Chicago in 2083, one-quarter of the US is under foreign occupation, Manhattan has been annexed by a robot monarchy, and the world is on the verge of total subjugation by machines. After long years of war, a Canadian businessman named Barry Simcoe arrives in Chicago, hoping to profit from the rebuilding, and stumbles on a machine plot to exterminate all life in North America. He assembles an unlikely team of foreign peacekeepers, American resistance fighters, and robots to stop it. Together they stumble on a machine conspiracy to unleash a horrific plague. Simcoe races against time to prevent the extermination of all life on the continent . . . and uncovers a secret that America’s machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.
TODD McAULTY earned a Ph.D. using supercomputers to solve problems involving massive amounts of data. He was a manager at the start-up that created Internet Explorer, and currently is a director at a machine learning company. This is his first novel.
Rights sold: Japanese/Take Shobo.
Our lives are a series of chances and decisions—a branching tree of probabilities. But what if there was a secret machine that controlled each branch, each decision, and could change them? And what if a secret society of monk-like guardians protected the machine, and could manipulate it?
Olivia Nikitas, a war reporter, sees her boyfriend Brian die in Syria. Unbeknownst to her, the power of the guardians transfers to her and she enters a bizarre world in which she can bring him back to life. As Olivia begins to doubt her grasp of reality, she finds herself pursued by mysterious agents of the Society who abduct her and plan to reassert their power by sacrificing her. With the aid two young apostates, Olivia escapes and begins seeking a probability that will save both the world and Brian. Her choices threaten to unleash biological and nuclear apocalypses until her all-too human final decision. The fate of humanity depends on it.
JACK SKILLINGSTEAD’s first novel, Harbinger, blurred the line between mainstream and science fiction and was nominated for a Locus Award for best first novel. His second novel, Life on the Preservation, was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He is also the author of more than 40 short stories.
BOOKS BY TIM FERRISSTIM FERRISS, the author of the New York Times best sellers THE FOUR-HOUR WORKWEEK, THE FOUR-HOUR BODY, TRIBE OF MENTORS, and TOOLS OF TITANS, has been called “The Superman of Silicon Valley” by Wired, one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and “the world’s best guinea pig” by Newsweek.
TRIBE OF MENTORS: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Published November 2017 Everyone needs a mentor, and best-selling author Tim Ferriss tracked down more than 100 eclectic experts –mentors -- to help him, and his readers, navigate the world. Through short, action-packed profiles, he shares their secrets for success, happiness, and meaning in life. No matter the challenge or opportunity, no matter what field you work in, you will find the right advice in these pages.
UK & Commonwealth/Ebury/RHUK; Arabic/Brazil/Portuguese/Intrinseca; complex Chinese/CommonWealth Magazine; Dutch/Meulenhoff; French/Leducs; German/ Finanzbuch; Italian/Cairo; Japanese/Direct Publishing; Korean/Tornado; Polish/MT Biznes; Portugal/Leya/Casa das Letras/ Romanian/Act si Politon; Russian/Dobrya Kniga; Slovak/Tatron; Spanish/Gestion 2000; Vietnamese/MC Books. TOOLS OF TITANS: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Published December 2016
World rights This book was a New York Times bestseller, and translated editions have been published all over the world. In each episode of the author’s podcast, THE TIM FERRISS SHOW, Tim interviews one titan—a top performer from the worlds of business, technology, entertainment, sports, and more. The book distills the key lessons and tips learned from all these high achievers, to help readers in three distinct categories: to become healthy, wealthy, and wise. This is the ultimate self-help book, with advice across the gamut of our dreams and desires, and how to live smarter and better.
THE 4-HOUR CHEF: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life
Reissued November 2017 – Originally Published by Amazon Publishing in 2012
World rights #1 New York Times best-selling author (and lifelong non-cook) TIM FERRISS takes you from Manhattan to Okinawa, and from Silicon Valley to Calcutta, unearthing the secrets of the world’s fastest learners and greatest chefs. Ferriss uses cooking to explain “meta-learning,” a step-by-step process that can be used to master anything, whether searing steak or shooting basketball. That is the real “recipe” of The Four-Hour Chef. The reader will train inside the kitchen for everything outside the kitchen. Featuring tips and tricks from chess prodigies, world-renowned chefs, pro athletes, master sommeliers, supermodels, and everyone in between, this “cookbook for people who don’t buy cookbooks” is a guide to mastering both cooking and life.
Rights sold: Polish/MT Biznes; Romanian/Act si Politon. BACKLIST NONFICTION
DESTINED FOR WAR: America, China, and Thucydides’ Trap (nonfiction)
Published May 2017
World rights, except for simplified and complex Chinese translation (controlled by Inkwell)
When Athens went to war with Sparta 2,500 years ago, the Greek historian Thucydides identified one simple cause: a rising power threatened to displace a ruling one. As the eminent scholar Graham Allison explains, there have been sixteen instances in the past 500 years when great powers have found themselves in "Thucydides's Trap.” In twelve of those cases—from war between the French and the Habsburgs in the 16th century to the two world wars of the 20th—the results have been catastrophic. Today, Allison asserts, the same structural forces – the closest comparison would be World War I, when Germany threatened the supremacy of the British Empire -- could propel China and the United States toward war. He sketches several scenarios in which the U.S. and China might slide into a similar conflict; he also examines the instances in which two clashing powers have avoided disaster. Allison, director of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, is the author of Lee Kuan Yew, Nuclear Terrorism, and Essence of Decision. He has advised the secretaries of defense under Reagan, Clinton, and Obama.
THE AIR BNB STORY: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy
Published February 2017
World rights This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online hotel platform. In less than a decade, Airbnb has become the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of co-founder CEO Brian Chesky, Airbnb has completely disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry. Fortune editor LEIGH GALLAGHER explores its astonishing success, along with the darker side of the story. Although Airbnb is beloved by the 80 million members of its “host” community and the travelers they shelter every night, that affection is not universally shared: regulators want to shut it down; hotel industry leaders wrestle with copying or killing it; local residents resent the constant parade of travelers; some hosts see property damage; and some analysts believe the company is dangerously overvalued. This is the first book solely devoted to Airbnb as well as the first in depth study of Chesky.
Rights sold in 16 territories: UK/Virgin Books/RH; Brazil/Metafora/Buzz Books; complex Chinese/CommonWealth Magazine; simplified Chinese/CITIC; Dutch/Vakmedianet; French/Dunod; German/Munchner Verlag/Redline; Indonesian/Gramedia; Italian/Egea; Japanese/Nikkei BP; Korean/Dasan; Macedonian/Ars Lamina; Russian/Exmo; Spanish/Random House Mexico; Thai/Nation Books; Vietnamese/We Create Joint Stock Company.