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Experts Break Down the Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal - Posted January 22, 2014
As part of this week's Profit From Your Passion series, yesterday we offered advice on how to get your book propos... [GalleyCat]

Jonathan Franzen's Career Advice for Fiction Writers: 'Make yourself an expert at some arcane thing' - Posted October 22, 2013
Scratch Magazine has opened online, running a long interview with Jonathan Franzen in its first issue. Franzen spoke frankly about his early career as a writer and explained how the publishing world has changed sin... [GalleyCat]

eBook Publisher Open Road Has Raised $11 Million - Posted August 19, 2013
Digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media has raised $11 million in Series C equity financing from NewSpring Growth Capital III. Open Road's chief operating officer Chris Davis and chief marketing officer Rachel Chou spearheaded the funding effort which is aimed to hel... [FishbowlDC]

5 Book Publishing Paths Infographic - Posted May 21, 2013
Virginia Quarterly Review web editor Jane Friedman has created an infographic called "Understanding the Key Book Publishing Paths." ... [GalleyCat]

160 Chicken Soup for the Soul eBooks Coming - Posted August 7, 2012
Working with Open Road Integrated Media, Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing will release the first 160 Books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as eBooks. The Chicken Soup for the Soul series counts more than 200 titles. Founders/motivational speakers Jack Canfield... [GalleyCat]

Smashwords Founder Criticizes Author Solutions Acquisition - Posted July 26, 2012
Mark Coker, founder of self-publishing platform Smashwords, criticized Pearson's acquisition of self-publishing company Author Solutions in a recent post. He suggested ... [semanticweb.com]

Smashwords Founder Criticizes Author Solutions Acquisition - Posted July 26, 2012
Mark Coker, founder of self-publishing platform Smashwords, criticized Pearson's acquisition of self-publishing company Author Solutions in a recent post. He suggested ... [GalleyCat]

Summer's Social Swans, Kim Kardashian's BFF and the Woman Behind Mad Men - Posted July 25, 2012
Where else could you possibly find friends of reality stars (Come on, you can't expect an A-lister sighting every week) and the last vestiges of Cafe Society all in one room? If it's Wednesday, at Michael's, of course. I couldn't even begin to do justice to the head-spinning scene there today,... [FishbowlLA]

Summer's Social Swans, Kim Kardashian's BFF and the Woman Behind Mad Men - Posted July 25, 2012
Where else could you possibly find friends of reality stars (Come on, you can't expect an A-lister sighting every week) and the last vestiges of Cafe Society all in one room? If it's Wednesday, at Michael's, of course. I couldn't even begin to do justice to the head-spinning scene there today,... [Fishbowl NY]

Summer's Social Swans, Kim Kardashian's BFF and the Woman Behind Mad Men - Posted July 25, 2012
Where else could you possibly find friends of reality stars (Come on, you can't expect an A-lister sighting every week) and the last vestiges of Cafe Society all in one room? If it's Wednesday, at Michael's, of course. I couldn't even begin to do justice to the head-spinning scene there today,... [FishbowlNY]

Kirk Douglas Pens Spartacus E-book - Posted May 14, 2012
New York publishing firm Open Road Integrated Media is calling it Kirk Douglas' "first E-riginal." Even though the 242-page work will also be available in paperback. ... [FishbowlLA]

Jane Friedman Appointed Web Editor at Virginia Quarterly Review - Posted April 2, 2012
Jane Friedman has been appointed web editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. She starts in June, tasked with expanding the literary journ... [GalleyCat]

7 eBook Price Points Defended - Posted June 21, 2011
How much should an eBook cost? To give publishers and authors some guidance, we've collected spirited defenses of seven different eBook prices--choose the price that works best for your writing. According to a new and unscientific poll, Nathan Bransford found that ... [GalleyCat]

Kathie Lee Gifford, Marlo Thomas And The Best Seller Brigade - Posted May 11, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The joint was jumping when I arrived for my weekly lunch at Michael's today. Between the bestselling authors, media mavens, and the social swans of the Upper East Side, there was a real buzz in the room -- or was it just all that pesky pollen from the azaleas... [Fishbowl NY]

Kathie Lee Gifford, Marlo Thomas And The Best Seller Brigade - Posted May 11, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The joint was jumping when I arrived for my weekly lunch at Michael's today. Between the bestselling authors, media mavens, and the social swans of the Upper East Side, there was a real buzz in the room -- or was it just all that pesky pollen from the azaleas... [FishbowlNY]

Open Road Releases Children's eBook - Posted May 10, 2011
Open Road Integrated Media has teamed up with Canadian children's publisher Kids Can Press to publish digital versions of the Franklin in the Dark series of digitally. Under the terms of the partnership, Open Road will digitally publish 25 Franklin the Turtle titles including the 25th... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Albert Einstein eBooks in Kindle Exclusive - Posted March 14, 2011
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Jane Friedman Discusses Digital Publishing In DBW Video - Posted February 17, 2011
Jane Friedman, CEO of Open Road Integrated, left a career in traditional publishing with an entrepreneurial spirit. Her idea was to get rid of the old guard publishing elements that she didn't like --advances and inventory. "I'm out of the advance business a... [Inside Mobile Apps]

When Will eBooks Hit Libraries? - Posted January 25, 2011
Despite the rising adoption of eBooks among consumers, publishers have been slow to work out library distribution deals for their eBook titles. (eBooks in libraries certainly do exist, but there is not a widely adopted model brin... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Is $9.99 A Fair Price Point? - Posted January 25, 2011
The debate about the right price for an eBook came up this morning at Digital Book World in New York when Dav... [Inside Mobile Apps]

Barbara Marcus Joins Open Road Integrated Media for Children's Market Push - Posted October 6, 2010
Open Road Integrated Media hired children's publishing veteran Barbara Marcus as a consultant for their endeavors to enter the children's market. Marcus' role also allows her to consult on international business development and general strategic issues for the company. Marcus has be... [GalleyCat]

Investor Group Led by Kohlberg & Company Acquires Majority of Thomas Nelson's Stock - Posted June 15, 2010
Today a group of investors led by Kohlberg & Company acquired a majority of Christian publisher Thomas Nelson's stock--a move that will resolve most of the publisher's long term debt. The publisher also announced some changes in the board of directors, adding Open Road CE... [GalleyCat]

Open Road Integrated Media Receives $4 Million VC Investment - Posted June 2, 2010
Today the venture capital firm Kohlberg Ventures dramatically increased its investment in Open Road Integrated Media--adding $4 million to the $3 million it invested in the digital publisher last year. The investment firm's founder, ... [GalleyCat]

Vanity Fair Analyzes the eBook Summit - Posted December 24, 2009
Today mediabistro.com's eBook Summit turned up in a Vanity Fair feature, as the magazine asked: "Whoever said digital publishing was boring?" Vanity Fair blogger Lauren Sozi... [GalleyCat]

mediabistro.com's Ebook Summit Begins Today - Posted December 15, 2009
Our first ever Ebook Summit began this morning in New York with Jane Friedman (former Harper Collins CEO) and Brendan Cahill of Open Road Media. W... [PRNewser]

eBook Summit Live! - Posted December 14, 2009
If you can't attend the inaugural launch of mediabistro.com's eBook Summit tomorrow, don't worry--you can watch select presentations live on your computer. The special conference will be held on December 15 & 16 in New York at ... [GalleyCat]

Jane Friedman and Jeffrey Sharp to Keynote eBook Summit - Posted November 3, 2009
Former HarperCollins president Jane Friedman and film producer Jeffrey Sharp will deliver the keynote address at mediabistro.com's upcoming eBook Summi... [GalleyCat]

Jane Friedman Raises $3 Million for Publishing Start-Up - Posted August 24, 2009
After studying a SEC filing for former HarperCollins publisher Jane Friedman's digital book publishing venture, paidContent reports that the industry veteran has raised $3 mill... [GalleyCat]

CEOs Ponder the Future of Publishing - Posted August 4, 2009
Publishing giants ... [GalleyCat]

Toni Morrison Defends Censored Work - Posted June 4, 2009
Two weeks ago a high sch... [GalleyCat]

Lunch: Liz Smith, Frank Langella & A Bevy of Social Swans - Posted March 11, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The streets may be eerily empty these days (at least you can always get a cab), but you can pretty much count on a full house on Wednesdays at Michael's. Today the dining room was buzzing as media mavens and a fair share of fashionistas made the scene. Before... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Liz Smith, Frank Langella & A Bevy of Social Swans - Posted March 11, 2009
— DIANE CLEHANE The streets may be eerily empty these days (at least you can always get a cab), but you can pretty much count on a full house on Wednesdays at Michael's. Today the dining room was buzzing as media mavens and a fair share of fashionistas made the scene. Before... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Tom Brokaw Holds Court; Jane Friedman Works The Room - Posted December 17, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE 'Tis the season to be lunching, and the usual A-list suspects were out in force today with plenty of glad-handing and air kissing all around. Maybe it's because this is (mercifully) the last full week of work for the year or perhaps it's just because everyone is tired of... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Tom Brokaw Holds Court; Jane Friedman Works The Room - Posted December 17, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE 'Tis the season to be lunching, and the usual A-list suspects were out in force today with plenty of glad-handing and air kissing all around. Maybe it's because this is (mercifully) the last full week of work for the year or perhaps it's just because everyone is tired of... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Barry Diller, Jeff Zucker & The Magazine Mob - Posted November 19, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The usual power quotient found on any given Wednesday at Michael's went into overdrive today as the gals at the front desk had so many media moguls, magazine mavens and talking heads lining up to dine and dish today, they had to shoehorn in extra tables all... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Barry Diller, Jeff Zucker & The Magazine Mob - Posted November 19, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The usual power quotient found on any given Wednesday at Michael's went into overdrive today as the gals at the front desk had so many media moguls, magazine mavens and talking heads lining up to dine and dish today, they had to shoehorn in extra tables all... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch: Charlie Rose, Joe Scarborough, and the Summer Die-Hards - Posted August 6, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE With the dog days of summer upon us, the usual suspects at Michael's are soldiering on over their Cobb salads until it's time to take off those last few weeks of the month to the Hamptons, Nantucket or some other sun-filled spot ... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch: Charlie Rose, Joe Scarborough, and the Summer Die-Hards - Posted August 6, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE With the dog days of summer upon us, the usual suspects at Michael's are soldiering on over their Cobb salads until it's time to take off those last few weeks of the month to the Hamptons, Nantucket or some other sun-filled spot ... [FishbowlNY]

Lunch At Michael's: Paging George Clooney! Fern Mallis is Saving You a Seat at Fashion Week! - Posted January 23, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The dining room at 55th & Fifth was buzzing with the usual assemblage of bold face names, social swans and television types that tucked into their Cobb salads with gusto while digesting some of the week's harrowing headlines. Hollywood figured heavily into many... [Fishbowl NY]

Lunch At Michael's: Paging George Clooney! Fern Mallis is Saving You a Seat at Fashion Week! - Posted January 23, 2008
— DIANE CLEHANE What recession? The dining room at 55th & Fifth was buzzing with the usual assemblage of bold face names, social swans and television types that tucked into their Cobb salads with gusto while digesting some of the week's harrowing headlines. Hollywood figured heavily into many... [FishbowlNY]

Another Award for Luke Hayman; Another Reason for You to Hate Him - Posted September 13, 2007
We have to tell you we're getting pretty sick of Luke Hayman's annoying ability to garner awards from all corners of the earth. Not to mention his dashing good looks. But in the spirit of supporting the design community, we feel compelled to pass alo... [UnBeige]

Of Course Jane Friedman Would Think the Book Business is "Healthy" - Posted August 2, 2007
And since we've met Jane Friedman a couple of times and generally think the CEO of HarperCollins is very smart in a terrifying sort of way and probably has more knowledge contained in her pinky than we ever will in both our heads, disagreeing is, well, not an option. Especially since... [GalleyCat]

Murray Promoted to HC Worldwide President - Posted May 24, 2007
PW Daily reports that Brian Murray has been promoted to the position of president of HarperCollins worldwide. Murray's been at the publisher for seven years now and most recently had the title of HarperCollins group president. In this newly created position, HC said Murray will work closely with CEO Jane Friedman... [GalleyCat]

More on S&S's Boilerplate Contract Changes - Posted May 18, 2007
Simon & Schuster's boilerplate contract change to exclude a minimum threshold for determining whether a book should stay in print or not continues to get traction. AP's Hillel Italie offers his own summary but also include... [GalleyCat]

A Dangerous Path to Bestseller Status - Posted May 18, 2007
It's a Jeff Trachtenberg double bill at the WSJ today, and in the second half of the double feature, he looks at why Conn and Hal Iggulden's THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS - first published in the UK and Australia - has not only transferr... [GalleyCat]

Parenting Advice from Jane Friedman - Posted March 5, 2007
When HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman is usually interviewed, she's talking about spreading digital control...er, love to all parts of the HarperCollins world, or about the company's new plans. But Modern Mom exposes the softer side of Friedman and how she balanced moving up the publishing ladder with raising two child... [GalleyCat]

Media Events: 02.12.07 - Posted February 12, 2007
Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings MONDAY 02.12.07 WHAT: "The State of American Democracy" WHO: Newark Mayor Cory Booker WHEN: 6:00PM WHERE: The New School, Tishm... [Fishbowl NY]

Media Events: 02.12.07 - Posted February 12, 2007
Parties, panels and other notable media gatherings MONDAY 02.12.07 WHAT: "The State of American Democracy" WHO: Newark Mayor Cory Booker WHEN: 6:00PM WHERE: The New School, Tishm... [FishbowlNY]

You Mean There's Interest in a Book By Jenna Bush? - Posted January 26, 2007
When word first circulated last week that Co-First Daughter Jenna Bush was shopping a memoir, we ignored it - well, at least I did - because I didn't expect there to be much publisher interest in a book about her reported working with underprivileged children in Centr... [GalleyCat]

HarperCollins Makes Disney/Hyperion Distribution Deal Official - Posted January 26, 2007
Though the news broke a few months back, yesterday HarperCollins made the news official: they will be distributing books published by Hyperion Books and Disney Book Group, taking over from the former Time Warner Book Group (now, of course, Hachette Book Group.) All back office functions including customer service, warehousing, billing... [GalleyCat]

HarperCollins Payment Plan to OJ Simpson Revealed - Posted January 17, 2007
Court TV's Hollywood Heat has unearthed the amended complaint by lawyers representing Fred Goldman in his lawsuit against O.J. Simpson to collect any money he (through his alleged dummy corporation, Lorraine Brooke Associates) obtained from ... [GalleyCat]

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