Backstreet Boy bio, Harry Potter's magic touch

By Linnea Lannon
Updated December 17, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Nick Carter, the youngest Backstreet Boy, is ready to tell the story of his life — all 19 years of it. Literary agent Denise Marcil says she’s had offers; industry sources claim she’s holding out for a seven-figure deal….

Jenny Drake McPhee, daughter of John McPhee, has sold her first novel, The Center of Things, to Doubleday senior editor Amy Scheibe….

Warner Books has paid a rumored $600,000 for two titles by first-time author Nancy Geary, beginning with a novel about the Hamptons called Misfortune. ”She really gets inside the minds of old money,” says Warner’s Jamie Raab, who made the acquisition.

J.K. Rowling and Scholastic have made a fortune off of Harry Potter…and now other people are too. Potter paraphernalia is all the rage on Internet auction sites, where two weeks ago an anonymous bidder paid $15,000 at for a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as the British first volume of the series is titled. The rare copy — from a first printing of 500 — was inscribed by Rowling to a friend. ”It’s highly unusual that a so recently published novel would be worth this kind of price,” notes David Redden, executive vice president of Sotheby’s. Meanwhile, over on eBay more than 200 Potter-related items (ranging from wizard tattoos to Canadian postcards) were bringing in considerably less money, though a signed U.S. first edition of Sorcerer’s Stone is so far fetching $2,300. — Matthew Flamm contributed to this story