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Janet Evanovich Moves to Random House

Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich has left her longtime publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and moved to Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of Random House. Deadline.com [2] is reporting that the move comes after Evanovich and her agent/son Peter failed to get $50 million from St. Martin’s for her next four books. There’s no word on how much Random House paid for the four-book deal, which includes two Stephanie Plum novels and two more books in the “Unmentionable” series (a paranormal spinoff of the Plum series that launches in September).

According to the AP [3], Evanovich says, “I started my career as a Bantam author, and I’m very excited to be returning,” Evanovich, 67, said in a statement. “Their sales, distribution, and marketing make them the perfect partner for me and my work. Load up the U-Haul; break out the pizza and the beer — it’s moving day.”

The movie version of Evanovich’s first book, One For the Money, is currently filming now. It stars Katherine Heigl as Jersey girl bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

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