News from 1999

November 15, 1999

Seminar: Business and Finance Books in the Age of e-Commerce

New York — Doris Michaels will moderate a panel of six publishing experts on the topic of business and finance books in the age of e-commerce. The discussion is hosted by the Women’s National Book Association at the Time & Life Building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas on November 15 from 6 to 8 PM. Admission is free for WNBA members, $10 for nonmembers, $5 for students.

Joining the panel are David J. Conti, Executive Editor for HarperBusiness; John Crutcher, Marketing Director for Bloomberg Press; Carie Freimuth, Publisher of Times Books; Hardy Green, Books Editor for Business Week magazine; Kirtsten D. Sandberg, Senior Editor for Harvard Business School Press; and Kathleen Sindell, author of Investing Online for Dummies.

For more information, call 212-675-7805  or visit www.bookbuzz.com.


November 11, 1999

Highlights from the Frankfurt Book Fair

New York — Last month Doris Michaels attended the Frankfurt Book Fair and had over 60 appointments. Meetings were held in the Agent Center and Hotel Hessischer Hof lobby with subagents, international publishers, authors, and other publishing professionals from around the world.

Many additional rights deals were closed on the books highlighted on the hot list and we gathered interest in other books on our rights list. We also filled the two open positions for subagents.

Pat Duffy’s project sold by Faye Bender to W. H. Freeman with the enticing title 50 BLUE CATS FOR DAD really got people talking. The unique book describing synesthesia grabbed the attention of the largest international publishers and subagents. We currently have an auction situation in Germany with offers pending in other major countries.

The first book by Jeff Fox entitled HOW TO BECOME CEO now has 17 international translation deals in place and is in the tenth printing with close to 150,000 copies. The Finnish sale was closed at the fair by new subagent Ann-Christine Danielsson. The Italian and French rights deals were just concluded by Frederique Porretta. The second book entitled HOW TO BECOME A RAINMAKER is gathering just as much attention ahead of the Spring 2000 Hyperion publishing date. The German rights for RAINMAKER were snatched up by Econ Verlag following their great success with CEO, which was prominently displayed in their booth in an attractive exhibit with many copies on view.

The British version of Jason Kelly’s THE NEATEST LITTLE GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY ONLINE was a featured book in the Nicholas Brealey catalogue and will be available around the same time as this fourth US title in the Plume imprint of Penguin Putnam. We have many other international sales pending.

Other deals will be included in the updated book list. We look forward to following up on all the promises made at the largest international book fair in the world, in the industry simply known as FRANKFURT.


October 1, 1999

DSM Literary Agency Finalizes Frankfurt Hot List

New York — The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. announced today that it has selected five titles to emphasize at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, held October 13 through 18. The titles are:

How to Become a Rainmakerby Jeffrey Fox

The Neatest Little Guide to Making Money Onlineby Jason Kelly

Business Climate Shiftsby Warner Burke and William Trahant

Ninety Days to Launchby Shayne Gilbert

50 Blue Cats for Dadby Patricia Duffy

The hot list is available in MS-Word and Adobe PDF for printing.


September 30, 1999

DSM Literary Agency Seeking Sub-Agents for Scandinavia and Italy

New York — The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. announced today that it is seeking sub-agents for the Scandinavian and Italian book markets. The agency prides itself in its many international book deals and is working hard to expand its reach even further. In addition to the United States, the agency has placed books in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, and China, among other countries.

“Having lived four years in Zurich and two years in London, international sales are important to me,” said Doris Michaels, founder and president. “The United States still boasts the world’s biggest book market, but it’s not the only one. Translating titles is increasingly important to an author’s success.”

The list of the agency’s current international sub-agents is displayed online.

NOTE 11/1/99: We’ve now filled both positions. Please see the list.