Today in books and publishing: the Giants turn their attention to book deal, Penguin gets rid of its e-book supplier, and HarperFiction is rebooting Jane Austen.
With the week of parades, local TV appearances, and chilly backstage interactions with Sarah Michelle Gellar winding down, members of the New York Giants can turn their attention to what really matters: securing their post-Super Bowl book deals. A source says wide receiver Victor Cruz -- he of the endzone salsa dances and team-high 83 catches -- is going to start meeting with publishers next week. New York Post media columnist Keith Kelly predicts coach Tom Coughlin will "jump into the book chase sometime in the next two weeks," even though A Team To Believe In, the memoir he received a $400,000 advance for after the team's 2008 Super Bowl win, flopped. (A spokesman for Random House was more diplomatic when talking to Kelly about the book's performance, noting only that it had "a modest sale.") Apparently, Coughlin's new book is going to be about management and leadership and whatnot. As for quarterback Eli Manning, a source says he has "no interest" in a memoir, even though publishers have offered him "big money -- seven figure deals." [New York Post]
This is interesting: Prep author Curtis Sittenfeld has signed a deal with HarperFiction to write a modern version of Pride & Prejudice. It's part of a larger Harper project in which six writers of "global literary significance" write contemporary updates of Austen's six novels. Joanne Trollope is the only other confirmed participant. Her version of Sense & Sensibility is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2013. Sittenfeld's entry is slated for the following autumn. [The Bookseller]