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The Boston Herald reports that book deals given to bloggers tend to result in lackluster sales; though anyone with Wordpress can likely score themselves a nominal deal, it certainly doesn't mean the book is going to make any money. And the big blog-to-book deals — such as those of Stephanie Klein (Greek Tragedy), Gawker Media alum Ana Marie Cox (Wonkette) and Jessica Cutler (Washingtonienne) — are almost guaranteed to disappoint publishers when the titles finally hit the stands. Says one agent: "Paying $500,000-plus for that Greek Tragedy blogger was pretty dumb."

So just how screwed are publishers? After the jump, the head-shaking results of an incredibly cursory search for blog book deals on Publisher's Marketplace. We'd hate to know how much more might turn up with some real research.

In reverse chronological order:

22 September, 2006
A blogger's WAITER RANT, an insider's look at a waiter's life at an upscale New York area restaurant, promising to do for the front of house what Anthony Bourdain did for the kitchen, to Eleanor Birne at John Murray, at auction, by James Gill at PFD, on behalf of Farley Chase at the Waxman Literary Agency (UK/Commonwealth).

18 September, 2006
Shauna James's BEYOND WONDER BREAD, based on her blog,, to Christel Winkler at Wiley, for publication in fall 2007, by Stacey Glick at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (world).

11 September, 2006
Blogger Robert Rummel-Hudson's SCHUYLER'S MONSTER, a memoir focused on his young daughter's battle with a rare neurological disorder, to Sheila Curry Oakes at St. Martin's, for publication in winter 2008, by Sarah Jane Freymann (world).

5 September, 2006
"Blogs for Bush" founder Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan's CAUCUS FOR CORRUPTION, detailing corruption in the Democratic Party, to Eric Jackson at World Ahead, for publication in spring 2007.

21 August, 2006
Quirkyalone author Sasha Cagen's THE TO-DO LIST PROJECT, based on her 'zine and blog of the same name (, and in the tradition of Found and This Book Will Change Your Life, it provides an interactive look at list making and what the lists we create say about us; including lists from celebrities and civilians alike, to Amanda Patten at Touchstone Fireside, in a nice deal, by Jill Grinberg of Anderson Grinberg Literary Management (NA).

2 August, 2006
From the blogger of WAITER RANT, an insider's look at a waiter's life at an upscale New York area restaurant — dubbed Kitchen Confidential at the front of the house, to Emily Takoudes at Ecco, in a pre-empt, by Farley Chase at the Waxman Literary Agency (NA).

26 July, 2006
Mason-Dixon Knitting authors and bloggers Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne's DELIRIOUS DISCOVERY, in which they'll continue to inspire their readers with humorous stories, fun techniques and new patterns, to Shawna Mullen and Rosy Ngo at Potter Craft, by Joy Tutela at the David Black Literary Agency.

11 July, 2006
Deadspin blogger Will Leitch's COME AS YOU ARE, the follow-up to CATCH, about an alienated teenage boy, obsessed with Nirvana, who plans to follow in Kurt Cobain's footsteps, to Kristen Pettit at Razorbill, by Kate Lee at ICM (world).

26 June, 2006
Wine blogger and sommelier Courtney Cochran's HIP TASTES: The Sophisticated Girl's Guide to Wine, to Lucia Watson at Viking Studio, by Elisabeth Weed at Trident Media Group (NA).

23 June, 2006
Blogger Wendy Bernard's KNIT AND TONIC, 25 patterns that encourage readers to customize the patterns into their own unique design, and alter the measurments to ensure perfect fit, to Melanie Falick at Stewart, Tabori & Chang, by Caroline Greeven at The Agency Group (World).

23 June, 2006
Blogger Eunny Jang's AVANT GARDE DESIGNS FOR THE ADVENTUROUS KNITTER, 25 knitting patterns, including discussions of history and technique and introducing readers to advanced knitting skills and teach them to execute complex patterns, to Anne Merrow at Interweave, by Caroline Greeven at The Agency Group (World).

21 June, 2006
Wandering Scribe blogger Anya Peters's ABANDONED, a memoir of her abusive childhood and subsequent homelessness to Sally Potter at Harper Thorsons for publication in May 2007, at auction, by Camilla Hornby of Curtis Brown UK (world).

20 June, 2006
Political blogger and author of How Would a Patriot Act? Glenn Greenwald's BUSH AGONISTES, examining the character of George W. Bush and legacy of his administration, focusing his analysis on the President's flaws, to Sean Desmond at Crown, in a good deal, for publication in summer 2007 (world).

15 May, 2006
Crime Blogger J.T. Ellison's ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS, featuring a Nashville homicide detective and her lover, an FBI profiler, who must team up to stop a menacing killer terrorizing the Southeast, to Linda McFall at Mira, in a very nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group.

11 May, 2006
Editor-at-large at Washingtonian and founding blogger at FishbowlDC Garrett M. Graff's THE FIRST CAMPAIGN: the Democrats and the Digital Age, following the efforts of Mark Warner, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and others to position themselves for the 2008 nomination, and the candidates' efforts to update the party's themes and outlook for the age of globalization, to Paul Elie at Farrar, Straus, for publication in fall 2007, with updates via the web through Election Day 2008, by Timothy Seldes at Russell & Volkening.

28 April, 2006
Digital media critic and tech-industry veteran Andrew Keen's THE GREAT SEDUCTION: Silicon Valley's Assault on Our Culture and Values, expanding on ideas from his blog ( and recent piece for The Weekly Standard criticizing the ideology and cultural consequences of the Web 2.0 movement, to Roger Scholl at Currency/Doubleday, in a pre-empt, by Stephen Hanselman at LevelFiveMedia.

14 April, 2006
Blogger Alexandra Levit's HOW'D YOU SCORE THAT GIG?, a look at the coolest careers for 20- and 30-somethings, including how college grads can get past the ho-hum on-campus recruiting and find a job they really love, for publication as a trade paperback original, to Christina Duffy at Ballantine, by Alex Glass at Trident Media Group.

5 April, 2006
Blogger Melissa Plaut's NEW YORK HACK, about the author's years driving a New York City yellow medallion cab — a career change she made after having decided at the age of twenty-nine to become "the driver of my own life," to Bruce Tracy at Villard, in a pre-empt, by Erin Hosier at The Gernert Company (world).

31 March, 2006
Lawrence R. Velvel's BLOGS FROM THE LIBERAL STANDPOINT: 2004-2005, the best postings from, to Doukathsan Press, in a nice deal, by Massachusetts School of Law (world).

31 March, 2006
Humorist and "internet quasi-celebrity" blogger Jason Mulgrew's illustrated autobiography, EVERYTHING IS WRONG WITH ME: An American Childhood Gone Wrong, to Brian Saliba at DK, for publication in spring 2007. He has a half-hour series in development at DreamWorks.

22 March, 2006
Huffington Post contributor (and former Fishbowl blogger) Rachel Sklar's JEW-ISH, a guide to understanding the difference between a shiksa and a latke, and why there are so many ways to spell Chanukah, pitched as something like AMERICA: THE BOOK, except about Jews, and what it takes to be a good one, or a good-ish one (now go call your mother!), to Matthew Benjamin at Collins, by Kate Lee at ICM (world English).

28 February, 2006
Jessica Valenti's FEMINISTS DO IT BETTER, in which the blogger aims to convince young women to give feminism a second look, to Brooke Warner at Seal Press, in a nice deal, by Tracy Brown at Wendy Sherman Associates (NA).

17 February, 2006
Co-founder of blog and editor-and-chief of Make magazine Mark Frauenfelder's RULE THE WEB, providing powerful and little-known tips, tricks, and workarounds the Internet offers, to Lisa Senz and Tom Mercer at St. Martin's, at auction, in a good deal by Byrd Leavell at Waxman Literary Agency (world).

2 February, 2006
One-time teen prostitute/blogger turned bestselling memoirist in Brazil (now 22 and retired from her previous profession) Raquel Pacheco's THE SCORPION'S SWEET VENOM, to Unieboek in Holland at auction; Sonzogno/Rizzoli in Italy at auction; Planeta Argentina for Latin American Spanish rights; Edicoes ASA for European Portugese rights; Tramvay in Turkey; Tammerraamat in Estonia; and Vinabook in Viet Nam; with an auction underway in Germany; all sold within the past week, by Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh, on behalf of Marcelo Duarte at Panda Books in Brazil.

1 February, 2006
"Hog on Ice" blogger Steven H. Graham's GOOD MORNING, NIGERIA! How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Spam, in which Graham scams the con artists whom everyone has come to hate, the Nigerian spammers in the tradition of Ted L. Nancy's Letters From a Nut series, to Gary Goldstein at Citadel, in a nice deal, by John Talbot at Talbot Fortune Agency (NA).

20 January, 2006
James Beard Award winner, Time magazine columnist, and Food and Wine Magazine award winner for her blog Veritas in Vino Alice Feiring's THE BATTLE FOR WINE AND LOVE (OR HOW I SAVED THE WORLD FROM PARKERIZATION), a chronicle of the author's crusade against wine critic Robert Parker's palate and her search for real wines around the world, from the last riojas in Spain to true champagne, to Andrea Schulz at Harcourt, by Betsy Amster at Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises in association with Bob Sehlinger at Menasha Ridge Press (NA).

4 January, 2006
Former Wonkette blogger Ana Marie Cox's first nonfiction book, on the next generation of political activists, again to Megan Lynch at Riverhead, reportedly for "mid-six-figures" (Washington Post), for publication in 2008, by Gary Morris at the David Black Literary Agency (world).

7 December, 2005
New Yorker, Playboy, and Radar contributor, and blogger Daniel Radosh's RAPTURE READY!: Adventures in the Strange Pop Culture of the Religious Right, an investigative account of the burgeoning multi-billion dollar Christian media industry, to Nan Graham and Brant Rumble at Scribner, at auction, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects (NA).

14 November, 2005
Brooke Parkhurst's BELLE OF NEW YORK, about a beautiful Southern debutante who comes to New York and lands a job in the mosh pit news room of a highly conservative cable network while reveling in the hedonisitic pleasures of the city, based on the blog BELLE IN THE BIG APPLE, to Sarah McGrath at Scribner, by Bill Contardi at Brandt & Hochman (world).

19 October, 2005
The political blogger Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds' AN ARMY OF DAVIDS: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths, to Joel Miller at Nelson Current, by Kate Lee at ICM (world).

17 October, 2005
Former Gawker and MediaBistro blogger Elizabeth Spiers' novel AND THEY ALL DIE IN THE END, a satire of Wall Street and the media, to Geoff Kloske at Simon & Schuster, by Kate Lee at ICM (world English).

10 October, 2005
Blogger Dawn Eden's THE THRILL OF THE CHASTE, giving marriage-minded single women — who want more to life than sex and the city — an inspirational and motivational message, to Greg Daniel at W, for publication in fall 2006, by Janet Rosen at Sheree Bykofsky Associates.

8 September, 2005
Nadine Haobsh's untitled book, in which the Ladies Home Journal associate beauty editor recently fired for her blog, "Jolie in NYC," dishes about the beauty industry, to Carrie Feron at William Morrow, in a two-book deal, by Jonathan Pecarsky and Dorian Karchmar at William Morris Agency (NA).

7 September, 2005
Creator of teen media and marketing trend blog Anastasia Goodstein's MEET JUDY JETSON: Decoding the 21st Century Teen, a parent's guide to better understanding the technology children are using today, to Becki Heller at St. Martin's, by Kate Lee at ICM.

6 September, 2005
Former Houston Chronicle blogger Rachel Spencer's AUPARIS, about a young woman who gives up life in the corporate world and travels to Paris to be a nanny for a well-to-do family, to Danielle Chiotti at Citadel, in a nice deal, by William Brown at Waterside Literary Agency (world).

19 August, 2005
Rob the Bouncer's CLUBLIFE: Behind the Velvet Rope, based on the blog that has been featured in Gawker and Newsweek, exploring the nightclub subculture from the point of view of a New York City bouncer, to Mauro DiPreta at Harper, by Eileen Cope at Trident Media Group (world).

15 August, 2005
Blogger Anna Broadway's SEXLESS IN THE CITY, about her exploits as a half-hearted virgin struggling to reconcile the deeply held faith of an evangelical upbringing and life as a Brooklyn denizen and chaste party girl, to Beth Datlowe at Broadway, by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (NA).

4 August, 2005 blogger Ariel Meadow Stallings's AND THE BRIDE WORE A HULA HOOP, helping brides-to-be buck tradition and create a unique wedding, to Brooke Warner at Seal Press, in a nice deal, by Liz Coen at Stuart Krichevsky Agency.

12 July, 2005
Author of GAY HAIKU and blogger Joel Derfner's SWISH: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever, exploring the more flamboyant facets of modern living, to Andrew Corbin at Broadway, by Joy Tutela at the David Black Literary Agency.

16 June, 2005
Reporter and blogger Frances Dinkelspiel's TOWERS OF GOLD: Isaias Hellman and the Creation of California, a narrative biography of her great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, California's premier banker in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose financial acumen catapulted California into the modern era and laid the groundwork for one of the world's most dynamic economies, to Diane Reverand at St. Martin's, by Michael Carlisle at Inkwell Management.

7 June, 2005
Blogger and author Wendy McClure's gift book of the popular 1974 Weight Watchers recipe cards featured on, including such recipes as Frankfurter Spectacular and Snappy Mackerel Casserole, and complete with hilarious captions, again to Megan Lynch at Riverhead, in a pre-empt, by Erin Hosier at The Gernert Company (world English).

1 June, 2005
Consultant and seminar leader Andy Wibbels' EASY BAKE BLOGS, a 'business blogging cookbook' on how to leverage blogs to build and market your business, to Megan Casey at Portfolio, in a pre-empt, by Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group (world).

26 May, 2005
Air America radio pundit and blogger Bill Scher's WAIT! DON'T MOVE TO CANADA!, commentary and strategic advice for frustrated liberals and Democrats, to Chris Potash at Rodale, by Danielle Svetcov at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency.

26 May, 2005
Lawyer by day and blogger by night Martha Kimes' IVY BRIEFS: A Privileged and Confidential Law School Story, relating her humorous adventures as a Midwestern girl struggling to survive at Columbia Law School, to Suzanne O'Neill at Atria, in a pre-empt, by Laurie Abkemeier at DeFiore and Company (world English).

26 May, 2005
NYT writer (known for the recent "Tao of Skinny-Dipping article) and occasional blogger known as D-
Nasty Dana Vachon's MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: A Romance, to Cindy Spiegel at Riverhead, reportedly
in a major deal for $650,000, for two books, by David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects.

14 April, 2005
Paul Davidson's BLOGOSPHERE, a collection of blogs "written" by historical figures and celebrities such as Elvis, JFK, Confucious, and John Lennon (upon meeting a young woman named Yoko Ono who seems very interested in how The Beatles deal with the publishing rights to their song library) to Jason Pinter at Warner, by Arielle Eckstut at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency (world).

11 April, 2005
Creator of the "Bullsfreak" basketball blog and author of Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Alan Goldsher's BLEEDING BLACK 'N' BLUE: A Smashmouth History of the NFL's Toughest Division, to Jack Heffron at Emmis Books, by Jeff Kleinman of Graybill & English.

1 April, 2005
26-year-old blogger and role-playing game freelancer Scott Lynch's four books, beginning with THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORE, to Simon Spanton at Gollancz (world). They've sold rights to Bantam, reportedly for six figures for three books.

9 March, 2005
Blogger and writer Jami Attenberg's INSTANT LOVE, a collection of linked short stories, pitched asa worthy of comparison to David Schickler's KISSING IN MANHATTAN and Melissa Bank's A GIRL'S GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING — exploring what it means to be in love and what it means to be lonely, and particularly what it means to be both at the same time, to Sally Kim at Shaye Areheart Books, at auction, by Douglas Stewart at Sterling Lord Literistic.

15 February, 2005
Blogger and photographer Stephanie Klein's STRAIGHT UP AND DIRTY: The Life of a Young New York Divorcee, a humorous tell-all tracing the author's return to single life as a "firm, fashionable, and let's face it - fetching" twenty-something, plus a memoir based on the author's childhood experience at Fat Camp, to Judith Regan at Regan Books, in a major deal (including film rights), by Diane Bartoli and Joe Veltre at Artists Literary Group. UK rights are with Patrick Walsh at Conville Walsh. Artists Literary Group will represent foreign rights, on behalf of Regan Books.

7 February, 2005
Blogger and third-year Harvard Law student Jeremy Blachman's ANONYMOUS LAWYER, a novel based on the now infamous blog of the same name (his fan's thought he was a middle-aged partner in an LA firm until a recent NYT article), about a partner in a big LA firm who commits a seemingly minor ethical infraction he could probably get away with until he is found out by his nemesis at the firm, a fellow hiring partner known simply as The Jerk, to John Sterling at Holt, in a pre-empt, for publication in September of 2006, by Suzanne Gluck at William Morris Agency (NA).

3 February, 2005
NYU Department of Journalism chair and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen's book on the media, exploring the ways in which the Internet has transformed, and will continue to transform, the press through web logs and other interactive forms, including a look at why an interactive, open-source press is gaining public support and views on what big media corporations and journalists must do to regain the public's trust, to Robin Dennis at Times Books, by Kate Lee at ICM (world).

31 January, 2005
Twenty-eight-year-old Army soldier and blogger Colby Buzzell's MY WAR, depicting his experiences as a soldier in the line of fire and presenting uncensored stories that bring home the realities of war, expanding on material first filed on his blog of the same name starting last June (which brought allegations of retribution from his superiors, covered widely last September), to David Highfill at Putnam, for publication in fall 2005, by Heather Schroder at ICM (world).

26 January, 2005
Blogger Jen Lancaster's ( memoir, BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office, in which the author, a former sorority girl and self-described pain-in-the-ass who defined herself by the trappings of success in the heady days of the dot-com era, explores what it's like to go from having a household income of almost a quarter million dollars to being evicted from a slum apartment in less than two years and ultimately discovering that money has nothing to do with happiness, to Kara Cesare at NAL, at auction, by Kate Garrick at DeFiore and Company. (NA)

10 January, 2005
Lit blogger "Moorishgirl" Laila Lalami's THE THINGS THAT DEATH WILL BUY, a collection of linked stories, about four Moroccans who illegally cross the Straights of Gibraltar on a lifeboat destined for Spain and how their lives are irrevocably changed, and A PLACE TO CALL HOME, a novel about a man and a woman from Casablanca, who, unbeknownst to each other, are siblings and whose lives unexpectedly come together under extraordinary circumstances, to Antonia Fusco at Algonquin, for publication in spring 2006, by Stephanie Abou at the Joy Harris Literary Agency.

15 November, 2004
Microsoft employee Rebecca Agiewich's BREAK UP BABE, a memoir based on her blog, about the quirky phenomenon of computers and relationships, showing how the Internet is changing the way we meet, communicate, and fall in love, to Allison Dickens at Ballantine, by Elisabeth Weed at Kneerim & Williams (NA).

2 November, 2004 blogger Ron Hogan's THE STEWARDESS IS FLYING THE PLANE, a look at the cultural trends and personal stories behind the highs and lows of (mostly) American cinema in the 1970s, with at least 300 photos — many never-before-seen in print — and interviews with roughly a dozen of the people behind the decade's coolest films, to Karyn Gerhard at Bulfinch, in a nice deal, by Leslie Daniels at the Joy Harris Agency (NA).

1 November, 2004
Blogger and Spin magazine writer John Sellers's GOLD SOUNDZ: One Man's Journey Into Indie-Rock Idiocy, a humorous first person account of the Guided By Voices farewell tour, and a look back at the influence that the band and other stalwarts of the indie genre have had on the author's life, to Geoff Kloske at Simon & Schuster, by Jud Laghi at ICM (NA).

21 October, 2004
"Wonkette" blogger Ana Marie Cox's novel DOG DAYS, a comic tale about what happens inside the Beltway during the month of August, when the government closes up shop, to Megan Lynch at Riverhead, in a significant deal, (for $275,000 according to the NY Post), at auction, by Gary Morris at the David Black Literary Agency.

19 August, 2004
Essayist and blogger Marrit Ingman's INCONSOLABLE: DISPATCHES FROM A POSTPARTUM LIFE, a stylish memoir about the forbidden truths of postpartum depression, from the fallacies of Dr. Sears and the "designer parenting" movement to the difficulty of arranging childcare for one's suicide, to Leslie Miller at Seal Press, by Jim Hornfischer at Hornfischer Literary Management (NA).

1 July, 2004
The former Senate aide, who serviced inside-the-Beltway players and blogged about it Jessica Cutler's THE WASHINGTONIENNE, to Kelly Notaras at Hyperion, in a significant deal, for publication in summer 2005, by Michael Carlisle and Pilar Queen at Inkwell Management (NA). The author will also pose for Playboy.

22 February, 2004
Well-known 28-year-old UK mystery blogger and high-end prostitute "Belle de Jour's" (who is not Toby Young) LONDON CALLING, from the winner of the Guardian's Best-Written Web-Site of the Year Award 2003 to Helen Garnons-Williams at Weidenfeld & Nicholson/Orion, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, for manuscript delivery in August 2003, by Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh. Italian rights to Rizzoli and Dutch rights to House of Books, both in pre-empts, with a Spanish auction underway.
Christy Fletcher at Fletcher and Parry is selling US rights this week, and there has already been considerable film interest.

2 February, 2004
Wendy McClure's I'M NOT THE NEW ME: The Pound Diaries, a sometimes humorous account of her struggle with weight-loss as seen on her popular web journal,, and the satirical, to Megan Lynch at Riverhead, at auction, by Betsy Lerner and Erin Hosier at The Gernert Company (world English).

9 December, 2003
Mu Zimei's ASHES OF LOVE: THE DIARY OF LI LI, the sexual-revolutionary "blog" diary of 25-year-old columnist from Canton, who received millions of hits a day and but when the book was published in China, the book was banned, her website shut down, and she was fired from her magazine job, to Prometheus Publishers in Holland in a pre-empt, in a nice deal, by Barbara J. Zitwer Agency in association with Vicki Satlow Associates (Holland).

3 December, 2003
Blogger, geek, and the actor who portrayed Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Wil Wheaton's three books, two of them originally self-published, DANCING BAREFOOT and JUST A GEEK, almost unbearably honest tales of life, love, and the rigors of being an ensign on the Starship Enterprise, and WIL WHEATON'S WEBSITE DESIGN, to O'Reilly & Associates, for publication beginning in spring 2004.

12 November, 2003
Baptist minister and Salon Top-100 blogger, the eponymous REAL LIVE PREACHER collection of the best of his down-to-earth, thoughtful, and often provocative writings from his website, to Chuck Van Hof at Wm B. Eerdmans, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2004,by Deirdre Mullane at The Spieler Agency (world).

15 September, 2003
Julie Powell's THE JULIE/JULIA PROJECT, a year in the life of Julie Powell, a 30-year old secretary living in Queens, who decided to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which drew a following (and press) through her blog, to Judy Clain at Little, Brown, for six figures, at auction, for publication in early 2005, by Sarah Chalfant at the Wylie Agency (NA).

11 July, 2003
The pseudonymous 'Baghdad Blogger' (actually a Guardian columnist living in Baghdad) who drew attention for his web diary of the war in Iraq Salam Pax's collection of his posted pieces, to Atlantic Books in the UK, in a very nice deal, for quick publication in September 2003 (world).

Publishers Say Few Hits on Blog Books [Boston Herald]