After scoring a runaway bestseller with their “Nanny Diaries” novel debut, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have cleaned up with a two-book deal with Random House that sources pegged at $3 million for North American rights.
The deal calls for the duo to pen a “Nanny” sequel, but first they will write “Citizen Girl,” a humorous story of a 24-year-old woman struggling to rise above an entry-level job under a domineering boss.
Random House Trade Group editor Lee Boudreaux made the buy after WMA agent Suzanne Gluck submitted to publishers an 18-page sample consisting of a prologue and a chapter to convey style and tone more than content. She asked $3 million and got it quickly.
Most persuasive was the sales track record of “Nanny Diaries,” which has spent 29 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, logging 800,000 hardcover sales, and has been translated into 29 countries.
“We were enormously impressed by these two women,” Boudreaux said in a statement. “They have something to say and a terrifically funny way of saying it.”
McLaughlin and Kraus are expected to turn in “Citizen Girl” by the end of the year.
Miramax is developing “The Nanny Diaries,” and while movie scouts have gotten hold of the 18-page sample, WMA doesn’t plan to seek a movie sale for “Citizen Girl” until the manuscript is turned in.