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November 04
•Esmond Harmsworth of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency sold world rights to Kate Nitze of MacAdam/Cage for Dying Light and Other Stories by Donald Hays, who is currently a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas. Hays is author of The Dixie Association, which was published in 1984 and subsequently nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award; he is also the author of the 1989 novel The Hangman’s Children. The title story of the forthcoming collection has been published in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2003. Publishers Lunch has reported that publication is expected in spring of 2005.

•Geoff Kloske at Simon & Schuster bought Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, a collection of short fiction favorites of David Sedaris to benefit a non-profit tutoring and writing center in Brooklyn -- 826NYC (an off-shoot of 826 Valencia in San Francisco and subsequently McSweeney's and Dave Eggers). Not surprising given that Kloske made his name with Sedaris and has also been editor for Eggers. Don Congdon represented Sedaris.

•A debut story collection, 28 Bones, by 29-year-old Craig Davidson, along with his unpublished novel, In the Pit, went to Starling Lawrence at W.W. Norton, sold by Catherine MacGregor, rights and contracts manager at Penguin Group Canada, while French rights to both books went to Albin Michel. According to Penguin Canada, the stories of 28 Bones are populated by fighting dogs, prize-fighters, con men, and gamblers. Davidson, a 2003 graduate of the University of New Brunswick Creative Writing Masters Program, lives in Calgary where he teaches ESL classes part-time at a local middle school. His stories have been published in The Fiddlehead, Event, Prairie Fire, and Sub-Terrain, and he also writes horror fiction under a pseudonym. He is represented by Helen Heller. The deal was reported by Quill and Quire as well as Publishers Lunch.

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October 04
George Saunders, author of the short story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia: Stories, will have a new collection of short fiction, The Red Bow, forthcoming in 2006. Sean McDonald acquired The Red Bow, along with Saunders' novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, for Riverhead from Esther Newberg at International Creative Management (ICM). The title story of the upcoming collection, which won a National Magazine Award, may be read online as published in Esquire Fiction, September 2003. Saunders is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University, where he received his Master of Arts in 1988. The deal was reported by Authorlink, Publishers Lunch, and Publishers Weekly .

•Marly Rusoff of Marly Rusoff and Associates negotiated a two-book deal for writer Ron Rash -- an untitled story collection will go to Josh Kendall at Picador, while a new novel will go to Jennifer Barth at Henry Holt and Company. Rash is the author of the short story collections The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth and Other Stories from Cliffside, North Carolina and Casualties; he has also penned two novels and three collections of poetry. Rash's story "Speckled Trout" won a 2004 O'Henry award, and he is also winner of The James Still Award for writing of the Appalachian South given by The Fellowship of the Southern Writers. Currently, he lives in South Carolina and is a Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Literature at Western Carolina University.

•Algonquin's Kathy Pories acquired a the story collection Novice Males and the novel The Third Leading Local Cause of Death by Michael Parker from Peter Steinberg of Regal Literary. Parker is the author of three novels and a previous collection of short stories, The Geographical Cure, which won a 1994 Sir Walter Raleigh Award. In 1996, Granta Magazine named him one of the best young American fiction writers under 40. He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. His story "Off Island," first published in Five Points Magazine, won a 2002 Pushcart Prize and thereafter appeared in the New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2003 from Algonquin Press. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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September 04

•An debut story collection, Dance You into Day, and a debut novel, Disgruntled, by Asali Solomon have been bought by Lorin Stein for Farrar, Straus and Giroux in a deal negotiated by Ellen Levine of Trident Media Group and reported by Publishers Lunch. Solomon is a 2004 M.F.A. graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently serves as Assistant Professor of English at Washington and Lee University. In a Q&A associated with her profile on the Washington and Lee website, Solomon said, "When I was at Iowa, I got a lot of work done. The best gift you get there is time. I also met my agent at Iowa who worked out a two-book contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I was very lucky that the Writers' Workshop helped me line my ducks up in a row like that."

•U.S. rights to Avner Mandelman's 1998 story collection, Talking to the Enemy (first published by Oberon Press) have gone to Seven Stories in a deal between Anna Lui of Seven Stories and Victoria Gould-Pryor of Arcadia. Mandelman emigrated to Canada from Israel in 1973 and is now residing in California. He combines a career as a freelance stock analyst with writing fiction, and his stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 1996 as well as in the Pushcart Prize Stories and The Journey Prize Stories 15 anthologies. Mandelman is also the author of another collection of short stories, Cuckoo, also published by Oberon Press. The deal was reported by both Quill & Quire and Publishers Lunch; Lunch noted that the Seven Stories publication is expected in the spring of 2005.

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August 04

•A Cornell Woolrich "best of" collection, Tonight, Somewhere in New York, went to Claiborne Hancock for Carrol & Graf, in a deal negotiated by Alan Nevins of The Firm, as reported by Publishers Lunch. Woolrich is known as the "father of noir," and the stories collected are to stem from the last 20 years of the author's career in which hundreds of his stories were published in pulp magazines with several movies subsequently based on his work, including Hitchcock's Rear Window and Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black. A collection of 14 previously unpublished stories by Woolrich, Night and Fear, was published in 2003.

July 04

•McCormick Literary's Nina Collins sold The Insomniac Reader, an anthology that examines the dark side, literally and figuratively, to Jennifer Joseph at Manic D Press. The anthology, edited by Kevin Sampsell, includes such contemporary writers as Jonathan Ames, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, and Jonathan Lethem. The deal was first reported by Publishers Lunch.

June 04
•Twenty-five-year-old Kevin Clouther, a recent winner of the Iowa Writers' Workshop's Richard Yates Fiction Contest, sold a first novel and a collection of stories in a deal negotiated by Dorian Karchmar of Lowenstein-Yost Associates to Antonia Fusco at Algonquin, as reported by Publishers Lunch.

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February 04
•Ted Gideonse of the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency sold Canadian English and French world rights to a first collection of short stories, Cities of Weather, by Matthew Fox, to John Terauds at Cormorant Books. Fox is a New School MFA graduate and former student of Jhumpa Lahiri; his stories feature gay hipsters, Italian grandmothers, and a family of undertakers, among others. The news was first posted by the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency, Inc., and also received a mention in Publishers Lunch. Read the Matthew Fox story, "The Tests are More Detrimental than the Disease Itself," at La Petite Zine.

November 03
•Hugo award winner John Grant's first collection of short stories, Take No Prisoners, went to Robert I. Katz at Willowgate Press by Paul Barnett, as reported in Publishers Lunch.  

Blue Yodel and Other Ballads is a collection of short stories by Scott Snyder that Susan Kamil at Dial Press recently bought along with Snyder's novel, The Flight of the Fizz King, about a cross-country flying contest sponsored by William Randolph Hearst. Snyder is an MFA graduate of Columbia University and lives in New York City. He has previously been published in literary magazines, including Epoch, One Story, and Zoetrope: All-Story. The deal was negotiated by agent Jennifer Lyons of Writers House and was reported by both Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly. Zoetrope has Synder's title story of the collection, "Blue Yodel," available for reading online.

•Simon Lipskar of Writers House sold a debut story collection by Todd Hasak-Lowy to Tina Pohlman at Carroll & Graf. Publisher's Lunch reported the deal, noting that Michael Chabon has already praised the collection.

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September 03
•Indian writer Lavanya Sankaran's collection of stories, along with a novel synopsis, sold to Susan Kamil at Dial for what was reported by John F. Baker of Publishers Weekly as a "significant" six figures resulting from a three-day auction involving nine publishers. Sankaran was represented by agent Lane Zachary.

•Bill Contardi, an agent formerly known for movie deals with William Morris made his first major book rights sale, according to Publishers Weekly, for Brandt and Hochman with Valerie Ann Leff's, Better Homes and Husbands, a book of short stories that take place in a Park Avenue apartment, plus a novel. Diane Reverand at St. Martin's was the buyer for a reported six figures. The story collection is due in June 2004. Leff's stories and essays have been published in The Antioch Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and The Seattle Review, among other journals.

August 03
•The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories anthology edited by Ben Marcus was sold by Denise Shannon to Marty Asher at Vintage/Anchor.

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July 03
•Deborah Schneider of Gelfman Schneider negotiated a four-book deal for bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, including a story collection, to David Rosenthal at Simon & Schuster. Both Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly reported the deal in the multimillions. Twisted: The Collected Stories of Jeffery Deaver is due out in December 2003.

June 03
•Red Dress Ink's Margaret Marbury bought a chick lit anthology of stories, Girls' Night In, from Deborah Schneider at Gelfman Schneider. Included in the anthology are stories by Jill A. Davis, Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Weiner, among others. Sales of the book upon publication in late 2004 are to benefit the organization War Child which aims to help child victims of war. Both Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly reported the deal.

May 03
Stephanie Kallos was discovered by Simon Lipskar's assistant at Writers House -- Daniel Lazar -- via a short story in an online magazine, according to a report by John F. Baker in Publishers Weekly. Subsequently, Lipskar sold world rights to a first novel by Kallos, entitled Broken for You, to Lauren Wein of Grove/Atlantic. It's likely that the online magazine in question was Carve Magazine, where her story "Blanche Before and After" was published in January of 2003 and still remains online. According to her bio in Carve, in addition to the recently completed novel, she also has completed a book of short stories, The Right Starting Note, and lives in Seattle, having formerly spent some 20 years as an actor, teacher, and playwright.

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April 03
•Terry Karten of HarperCollins bought both a story collection and novel by Josip Novakovich from Anne Edelstein in a deal that was reported by both Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly. Novakovich, a native of Croatia who migrated to the U.S. at the age of 20 to attend Vassar College, is the author of several books including the short story collections Yolk: Short Stories (Graywolf Press 1995) and Salvation and Other Disasters (Graywolf Press 1998), as well two books on the craft of writing: Writing Fiction Step by Step and The Fiction Writer's Workshop (both published by Story Press). In 1997, he was a winner of the Whiting Writers' Award.

March 03
•As per Publishers Weekly, Gail Hochman of Brandt & Hochman negotiated a two-book deal with Pantheon's Deborah Garrison for a new novel and a story collection by Julia Glass who won the National Book Award in 2002 for Three Junes.

•An interlinked collection of literary stories exploring issues of HIV and AIDS by Paula Peterson, entitled In the Grove, was sold by Esmond Harmsworth of Zachary Shucster Harmsworth to Helen Atwan of Beacon Press, according to Publishers Lunch. Peterson's short stories and essays have been published in The Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and Alligator Juniper.

John McNally's collection of linked stories, The Book of Ralph, and a novel were sold by Jenny Bent of Harvey Klinger to Dominick Anfuso of the Free Press. McNally is a professor at Wake Forest University and MFA graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, as reported by Publishers Lunch.

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February 03
Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather, a short story collection by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingian sold to Terry Karten at HarperCollins in a deal by Georges Borchardt, Inc. As reported in Publishers Lunch, two of the stories in the collection have been selected for publication in The New Yorker. Xingian is the author of One Man's Bible and Soul Mountain.

•As first reported by John F. Baker of Publishers Weekly, a collection of stories called Give Me (Songs for Lovers) by a 20-year-old Russian, Irina Denezhkin, recently sold at auction by agent Sally Wofford Girand to Rob Weisbach.

•Twenty-five-year-old Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Aimee Phan signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press with the help of agent Dorian Karchmar at Lowenstein Associates. The deal, reported by both Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly, includes a book of interconnected stories, We Should Never Meet, along with an untitled novel, both of which involve the lives of Vietnamese orphans in the U.S.

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January 03
•A first collection of short fiction by writer/director Neil LaBute, went to Grove/Atlantic's Morgan Entrekin. Susanne Gluck of William Morris struck the deal for LaBute, who won the Filmmaker's Trophy at Sundance in 1997 for his first feature, In the Company of Men. He has also directed Nurse Betty (2000) and written/directed Your Friends and Neighbors (1998), Possession (2002), and The Shape of Things (2003).

December 02
•Donadio & Olson's Neal Olson sold a Robert Stone novel about a campus murder, along with a book of stories and a memoir, to Janet Silver at Houghton. Both Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly's John F. Baker reported the deal to be in seven figures. Stone's Dog Soldiers won the National Book Award in 1975.

•Maria Massie of Witherspoon Associates sold Anatevka Tender - a debut story collection by Naama Goldstein, a writer raised in Israel who currently lives in Boston - to Rachel Sussman at Scribner. Publication is expected in 2004. Ms. Goldstein's stories have been anthologized in Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops 1998 and First Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis 1991-1997 and have appeared in various literary magazines. Many of her stories can be read via PDF download at the author's website, including "Mr. Durchschlag's Medal," which will appear in the upcoming collection.

Every Night Is Ladies' Night, a debut book of linked stories by Michael Jaime-Becerra was bought by Dan Menaker for the Harper Collins Rayo imprint from Lisa Bankoff at ICM, as reported by John F. Baker's in the "Hot Deals" column in Publishers Weekly.

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November 02
•Eric Simonoff at Janklow & Nesbit sold world rights for two forthcoming books from Edward P. Jones to Dawn Davis at Harper's Amistad imprint. Jones' story "Marie" was selected for both the Pushcart Prize and New Stories From the South, and he is the recipient of a PEN/Hemingway award for his 1992 story collection Lost in the City. The two-book deal includes a new story collection, as well as a first novel dealing with slavery in antebellum Virginia, as reported by John F. Baker for Publishers Weekly.

•As reported by Publishers Lunch, Jandy Nelson of Manus & Associates Literary Agency, struck a deal with Harper Collins for former police officer Laurie Lynn Drummond's collection of stories and a novella, Under Control: Stories About Women, Guns, and Family.

Ha Jin is set to introduce and edit an Asian American short story reader, acquired by Dominique Troiano at Random House for the Modern Library. According to Publishers Lunch, the reader will be an original trade paperback publishing in January 2004.

October 02
•Nicole Aragi sold Hannah Tinti's story collection Animal Crackers to Susan Kamil of Dial Press, along with a first novel-in-progress, Resurrection Men. Deal was first reported by Publishers Lunch and later covered by Joe Hagan and Rebecca Traister for The New York Observer. Tinti's fiction has been published in Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, Sonora Review, among others. Hagan and Taister wrote that the deal garnered $500,000 and "book-publishing executives were scratching each other’s eyes out for the rights to publish" the 29-year-old Tinti, a former agency assistant and current editor of One Story Magazine.

•A first story collection about a family of Soviet immigrants by filmmaker/writer David Bezmozgis went to Lorin Stein at Farrar Straus, by Ira Silverberg at Donadio & Olson, as per Publishers Lunch.

July 02
Michael Cunningham's agent Gail Hochman of Brandt & Hochman, struck a deal with Cunningham's editor, Jonathan Galassi at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, for a new book that will be a collection of three linked stories, as reported by John F. Baker for Publishers Weekly. Cunningham won a Pulitzer for The Hours in 1999.

April 02
•Agent Marly Rusoff sold a first-time novel and a book of short stories from William Lychak to Houghton Mifflin. Lychak's short stories have been published in various journals, and his story "A Stand of Fables" was included in The Best American Short Stories 1996, edited by John Edgar Wideman.

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February 02
•Peter Steinberg of JCA Literary sold world rights to an untitled story collection by Brad Watson, along with a new novel entitled Jane, to Alane Mason, an editor at Norton, in what was reported by John F. Baker of Publishers Weekly to be a solid six figure deal. Watson is the author of four books; his debut story collection of eight thematically linked stories, Last Days of the Dog Men: Stories, was published in 1996, also by Norton.

•Elizabeth Winick of McIntosh & Otis agency, signed Thomas Steinbeck, son of the famed Nobel-winning novelist John Steinbeck, in a two-book deal which will include a story collection, Down to a Soundless Sea, as well as an untitled first novel to Dan Smetanka at Ballantine. John F. Baker of Publishers Weekly reported the deal in the six-figures for world rights. Down to a Soundless Sea will hit the shelves in October of 2002.

•An untitled story collection from David Foster Wallace was sold to Michael Pietsch of Little, Brown by agent Bonnie Nadell of Frederick Hill Bonnie Nadell agency. Publication is planned for 2004, according to John F. Baker of Publishers Weekly. Wallace is the author of the story collections Girl with Curious Hair and more recently, the collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, as well as the novel Infinite Jest.

October 01
•First reported as a Community Deal to Publishers Lunch, Brian DeFiore sold a collection of 10 interrelated short stories entitled Other Fish in the Sea by Lisa Kusel, in addition to her untitled novel, to Hyperion's Leigh Haber.

August 01
•Professor Gabriel Brownstein was recently discovered by Paul Cirone of the Aaron Priest agency after his story, "Wakefield, 7E," was published in Zoetrope's All-Story in Vol. 4, No. 3. Brownstein, who teaches at the Stony Brook campus of the State University of New York, received a two-book deal negotiated by Cirone to Norton's Jill Bialosky for North American rights to a collection called A Boy Falling Out of the Sky, along with a yet-to-come novel. The deal was first reported by John F. Baker in Publishers Weekly where Baker wrote that the collection centers around a group of boys growing up in the 1970s, in New York.

•Lisa Bankoff of ICM sold North American rights to a collection of linked stories set in an Israeli Bank Settlement, entitled Welcome to Heavenly Heights, by first-time writer Risa Miller, to Dori Weintraub of St. Martin's, as per Hanya Yanagihara in Inside.

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July 01
•Richard Abate at ICM sold Joshua Furst's collection, Short People, and a first novel to Gary Fisketjon at Knopf, as per Inside. Furst is a recent Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate and has published in Crab Orchard Review, Fall/Winter 1999.

•Reported as a Community Deal to Publishers Lunch -- Jennifer Lyons of Writers House sold a collection of short stories, The First Thing Smoking, by Nelson Eubanks, as well as his novel, Chasing Carnival, to Leslie Meredith and Anita Diggs of Ballantine's One World.

•PJ Mark of Inside reports that 26-year-old Nell Freudenberger, who just recently had her first published story appear in the New Yorker's June Debut Fiction issue, signed with Ecco Press for $100,000. According to Mark, Freudenberger, represented by agent Binky Urban, received a preemptive offer of $500,000 for two books and a novel, both unwritten as of yet, but turned it down, solely for the opportunity to work with Dan Halpern of Ecco. The deal was for North American rights. Other rights sold include a low-six figures, reported by Mark, for the unwritten collection, along with an unwritten novel to Picador UK.

June 01
The Ascent of Eli Israel and Other Stories of Jerusalem, a debut by Jon Papernick, was sold to Webster Younce at Arcade by Simon Lipskar at Writers House, as reported by Publishers Lunch.

•The self-published story collection, Delicate, the non-fiction book, Going Off-Line, and the novel, Going through Ghosts, by Mary Sojourner, went to Sarah McGrath at Scribner, by Judith Riven, as per Inside.

May 01
•Jill Grinberg of Anderson/Grinberg Literary Management sold a first novel titled A Fine Place and a first story collection, Descent, by Nicholas Montemarano to Beau Friedlander at Context Books. Montemarano is a 30-year-old writer, and the novel will be published in Winter 2002, with the collection to follow. His story "The Other Man" was published in Issue 17 of DoubleTake.

April 01
•Sam Stoloff of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency sold Jean Harfenist's debut collection, A Brief History of the Flood, coming of age, linked stories taking place in Minnesota during the Sixties, to Knopf's Jordan Pavlin. As per Publishers Lunch.

•Knopf also acquired the first book from Gabe Hudson, Dear Mr. President and Other Stories, in a deal negotiated by Ira Silverberg of Donadio & Olson and Jenny Minton of Knopf. This collection of 20 stories about the Persian Gulf War, is yet another case of linked stories, as reported by Inside.

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March 01
Inside reveals that ICM's Denise Shannon sold 60 short pieces and stories under the title The Old Dictionary by Lydia Davis to McSweeney's Books with an advance of $50,000. Reportedly, the book will be published this fall. Davis was called "one of the most interesting and playful of American experimental writers" by Publishers Weekly in 1997 upon the release of her story collection Almost No Memory, which, coincidentally (or not) is to be re-issued this fall.

February 01
•Wendy Sherman sold Stephanie Rosenfeld's story collection, The Last Known Thing, along with a novel called Massachusetts, California, Timbuktu at auction to Ballantine for what Inside.com reports to be a low- to mid-six figures.

Karl Iagnemma, a 28-year-old writer, recently had his mathematically themed story collection, On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction, sold to Carla Riccio at The Dial Press in a pre-empt by Peter Steinberg, new to JCA Literary Agency. Publishers Lunch reported the deal at a solid six figures and stated that it includes a work-in-progress novel. The title story of the On the Nature was recently awarded the Paris Review Discovery Prize.

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January 01
•The Wylie Agency's Sarah Chalfant sold the story collection Personal Velocity by Rebecca Miller to Joan Bingham at Grove Atlantic, as per Publishers Weekly.

December 00
Publishers Weekly Hot Deals revealed that in a preempt by Kyung Cho at Henry Dunow agency, Kevin Brockmeier's story collection and a novel went to Jenny Minton at Pantheon.

•As disclosed by Inside.com, Joy Harris sold Melissa Pritchard's novel Late Bloomer, along with a collection of short stories to Deb Futter at Doubleday. Pritchard's first collection of stories which marked her debut,
Spirit Seizures, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction in 1987.

•North Atlantic Books/Frog Ltd. recently acquired His Tongue, a collection of gay erotic stories already published in Spain, Brazil & Germany from Lambda Literary Award winner Lawrence Schimel. This is his second story collection, the first being The Drag Queen of Elfland: Short Stories, a compilation of modern gay fairy tales. News of this deal first appeared in Publishers Lunch.

November 00
•Witherspoon Associates' Kyung Cho negotiated a deal for an upcoming book and a current collection of short stories by Dao Strom to Houghton's Heidi Pitlor -- this according to Inside.com.

October 00
•Morrow's Claire Wachtel acquired the story collection Searching for Intruders and an untitled novel by Stephen Raleigh Byler from Barbara Lowenstein for a low six figures. The collection was described as being "about fishing, women and adventure" by Inside.com.

Good as Any, a collection of short stories by Tim Westmoreland was sold to Andre Bernard at Harvest/Harcourt by Anna Ghosh of Scovil, Chichak, Galen. The deal also included a novel entitled Gathering, as yet unwritten.

•Paperback rights to Emily Carter's debut collection Glory Goes and Gets Some was sold by Coffee House Press to Picador for a reported "five figure sum," according to Inside.com. Carter's collection was selected as part of the Barnes & Noble Discover Series for Fall 2000, and Coffee House Press says that the hardcover -- which was released in September -- has sold out, despite being the largest printing ever for their independent not-for-profit house.

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•Publishers Weekly reported that Penguin paid six figures for an upcoming novel and a book of stories from Girl in Hyacinth Blue author Susan Vreeland.

•A six-figure sale was negotiated by Alice Martell for author Laura Jacobs and her story collection Women About Town to Pam Dorman at Viking, as disclosed in Publishers Weekly.

•The Gernet Company's Amy Willians sold Living with Saints, a collection of interlinked stories by Mary O'Connell, to Elisabeth Schmitz at Grove Atlantic, as reported by Inside.com

Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng, is set for his next two books. Inside.com revealed that Sarah Chalfant of The Wylie Agency sold Dutton on Strauss's story collection, Old Women and Boys, as well as an unwritten novel.

•IMG's David McCormick sold Lee Boudreaux at Random on a collection of stories from an author who died in 1967 -- Mary Ladd Gavell. Her story, "The Rotifer," is anthologized in Best American Short Stories of the Century.

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September 00
Ann Beattie sold a book of stories and a future novel to Nan Graham at Scribners. Beattie is the author of at least a dozen books, including a collectedstories favorite, Park City: New & Selected Stories from 1998.

Summer 00
•As reported in Publishers Weekly, the start of the summer brought a six-figure sale for recent grad, Clay Chapman, to Hyperion for a book of stories which will be called Rest Area and a novel, as yet untitled. The news of the sale came just prior to the 22-year-old's graduation from Sarah Lawrence college.

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