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‘Snow’ falls on Scribner; readers ‘Love’ Tyree

A SPLASHY E-BOOK AUCTION has left Scribner in possession of the latest venture from Robert Jordan, the author of eight major sci-fi bestsellers.

The auctioneer was Nat Sobel, whose lit boutique Sobel Weber Associates caused a stir in July by holding the first auction of its kind — for James Ellroy’s e-book “Widespread Panic,” due this fall from Contentville.

Jordan’s e-book “Snow” is the prologue to “Winter’s Heart,” the ninth installment in Jordan’s Wheel of Time series that’s seen sales of more than 15 million copies internationally. There were two underbidders for “Snow,” which Scribner will issue, in an increasingly crowded e-book market, on Sept. 13.

“Winter’s Heart” will be published in hardcover by Jordan’s longtime ink-and-paper publisher, Tor.

OMAR TYREE IS NEW to the New York Times bestseller this week. But it’s not for want of trying.

“For the Love of Money” is the 31-year-old author’s fifth novel in five years, all published by Simon & Schuster following two self-published nonfiction books. He’s written a screenplay and is currently at work on another novel. He’s also the first male African-American author to hit the fiction list since Eric Jerome Dickey and E. Lynn Harris, two novelists to which his work has been compared.

“Omar Tyree is a one-man, full-service, all media content provider,” says Geoff Kloske, his editor at S&S. “He’s the hardest working writer I’ve met.”

Tyree, who acts as his own lit agent, is now repped on the West Coast by Judi Farkas at AMG. That relationship may soon pay dividends. Producers are circling “Money,” and some of those who’ve taken an interest have ties to the urban music industry.

Should Tyree’s various project take flight, life just might imitate art: “Money” is the story of a driven Philadelphia schoolteacher who becomes a hot screenwriter in Hollywood.

GIL ROSCOE’S FIRST NOVEL, “Company of Thieves,” a lead title for Kensington for the summer of 2001, may sound familiar.

It’s the same novel that Eric Nicholas just agreed to adapt for a six-figure fee for Alcon Entertainment. But until last week, Roscoe had neither a lit agent nor a publisher for the book.

Roscoe sent the manuscript, then called “Coyote Enterprises,” to Kensington senior editor Diane Stockwell. She purchased the novel — about a man drawn into a high-stakes con when an unsavory ex-girlfriend re-enters his life — and gave it the somewhat more catchy new title.

IF YOU THOUGHT RESTAGING the battle of Pearl Harbor was expensive, try producing 66 feature-length films based on each book of the Old and New Testaments, from Genesis to Revelations, at $10 million a shot.

That’s precisely what Parabellum Prods. hopes to do. A tiny company heretofore known only for the recent low-budget release “Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire,” Parabellum has already begun adapting the Good Book, says prexy Philip Pennestri.

Project is the brainchild of Film the Bible, a Florida-based nonprofit church group that’s already raised several million dollars and hopes to rake in close to $700 million more in a national fund drive over the next three to five years, says Philip Hughes, a publicist at RPM Associates, which reps Film the Bible.

Parabellum is in negotiations to be the lead producer on the project. Should a better offer come along, however, Film the Bible could go elsewhere.

“If Steven Spielberg feels like getting behind the first couple of books,” they’re his for the taking, said Hughes. “That would be a real legacy for him.”

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