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The Key
As usual, the handy key to our Lunch deal categories. While all reports are always welcome, those that include a category will generally receive a higher listing when it comes time to put them all together.
“nice deal” $1 – $49,000
“very nice deal” $50,000 – $99,000
“good deal” $100,000 – $250,000
“significant deal” $251,000 – $499,000
“major deal” $500,000 and up


NYT bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s eight-book deal, to Chelsey Emmelhainz at Harper, by Mary Sue Seymour at The Seymour Agency.

Brian McClellan’s three untitled epic fantasy novels, a new trilogy set in the same world as THE POWDER MAGE series, to Devi Pillai at Orbit, by Caitlin Blasdell at Liza Dawson Associates (World English).

Children’s: Middle grade
Go the F*ck to Sleep author Adam Mansbach and Lunatics author Alan Zweibel’s BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: Huge Pain in My……, about a boy trying to navigate junior high and woo the popular girl with the help of Ben Franklin, with whom he can communicate via letters from 1776, to Emily Meehan at Disney-Hyperion, in a two-book deal, by Richard Abate at 3 Arts Entertainment for Mansbach and Laura Nolan at Paradigm for Zweibel (World English).

Children’s: Young Adult
Debut author Heather Petty’s LOCK & MORI trilogy, in which a female Moriarty teams up with classmate Sherlock Holmes to solve a mystery in modern-day London, until the answers lead him too close to all that she’s been hiding, to Christian Trimmer of Simon & Schuster Children’s, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2015, 2016, 2017, by Laurie McLean at Foreword Literary. Dramatic rights: Brandy Rivers at The Gersh Agency.


Fiction: Thriller

T.R. Ragan’s fourth, fifth and sixth book in the LIZZY GARDNER series, featuring a Sacramento PI and her two young assistants, to Alan Turkus of Thomas & Mercer.

History/Politics/Current Affairs

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Twomey’s FROM THE VACANT SEA, detailing the ten days before Pearl Harbor, to Priscilla Painton at Simon & Schuster (World).

Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael J. Morell with Bill Harlow’s THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against al Qa’ida, from the only person with both President Bush on 9/11/01 and President Obama on 5/1/11 during the capture and killing of Osama Bin Ladin, promising an unprecedented look into our nation’s war against al Qa’ida during the period he calls the “most remarkable in the history of the CIA”, to Sean Desmond at Twelve, for publication in Spring 2015, by Andrew Wylie at The Wylie Agency (NA).

Decorated War Hero and Clemson football player Daniel Rodriguez’s RISE: A Soldier, His Dream, and a Promise Kept, with NYT bestselling author Joe Layden, chronicling his role in the bloody battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009, his personal battle with PTSD, and how a promise he made to a friend who died on the battlefield drove him to relentlessly pursue his dream of playing Division 1 football, to Susan Canavan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, at auction, by Scott Waxman at the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency for Rodriguez and Frank Weimann at Folio Literary Management for Layden.
Film: Joe Veltre at Gersh Agency

Comic, mental health advocate, youth lecturer, and TEDx speaker Kevin Breel’s HANG ON TO HOPE, his short, inspirational and motivational narrative on depression, to Heather Jackson at Crown, by Brilliant Partners (World).


Recently enshrined Pro Football Hall of Famer and legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells’ memoir PARCELLS: A Football Life, co-written with sports journalist, Nunyo Demasio, a look back at his long, storied and influential career, offering a nuanced portrayal of the complex man behind the coach, and examining the inner workings of the NFL, to Mauro DiPreta at Crown Archetype, for publication in September 2014, by David Black and David Larabell at the David Black Literary Agency (world).


Lit Idol

Judges: the other writers being workshopped today.

Contestants: the class will form three groups competing against one another.

Task: Noticing and identifying things about the manuscript at hand, as many as possible, falling into the categories of our rubric: showing v. telling; viewpoint & narration; characterization; hooks; setting; pacing & progression; presentation; adjectives, adverbs & comparison; sound & style; dialogue.


1. The JUDGES will notice a list of things about the manuscripts based on the rubric and write them down. Each GROUP of contestants will do the same.

2. Each round (one for each rubric field), each GROUP will share one thing they noticed about the manuscript, and they get one point if the JUDGES did not notice the same thing. The JUDGES decide whether the group gets a point.

3. GROUP with the most points wins something after 10 rounds (1 round per rubric field).

Wri 125 Next Semester

Looks like I have Wri 125 again next semester. The focus will be short stories–reading, writing, revising, & publishing (yay!) them.

WRI 125 Sec1   M/W  4:00-5:50pm

Come one, come all!

Metaphor & Simile Exercise (adapted from Lukeman’s The First Five Pages)

1. Pick an object, person, or part of your setting from your novel-in-progress,and create a metaphor and simile each for it.

simile: Her dresser, tall and narrow, looked like an upright coffin.

metaphor: The dresser, tall and narrow, was an altar.

2. Come up with a metaphor and simile each to describe the action an object, person, or part of the setting from your novel-in-progress is taking.

metaphor: The dresser, leaning against the wall, was an abandoned baseball bat.

simile: The dresser leaned against the wall like a bored security guard.

Peer Review Format and Rubric for Your First Five Pages


1. Showing v. Telling

2. Viewpoint & Narration

3. Characterization

4. Hooks

5. Setting

6. Pacing and Progression


 7. Presentation (12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, no extra breaks between paragraphs, indent new paragraphs and dialogue)

 8. Adjectives, Adverbs & Comparison (No overuse/misuse of adjectives & adverbs, effective use of analogies, similes, & metaphors)

 9. Sound & Style (No errors, avoid too much repetition (echoes), alliteration, no rhyming, vary sentence length, tone & style appropriate for story)

 10. Dialogue (Clear identifiers, not too commonplace, informative, melodramatic, or hard to follow)

 *Rubric roughly based on Noah Lukeman’s The First Five Pages

Homework for next Monday 11/4

1. Pick two separate instances of telling from the beginning of your novel-in-progress, and revise/expand those passages so you are showing instead of telling.

2. Reflect on the following course learning outcomes for the semester. What have you learned in terms of:

1)  Integrating elements of craft and genre conventions into own writing

2)  Assessing peer writing and providing constructive feedback, and modifying own work by integrating relevant feedback

3) Demonstrating familiarity with contemporary issues within your genre

4)  Understanding the relationship between current writing projects and future creative writing goals.