FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera is the author of "Forever My Lady" (Grand Central) and the founder of http://www.GumboWriters.com. He and his articles have been mentioned or featured in the Boston Globe, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Fast Company, NPR, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, Publishers Weekly, Billboard, TMZ, The Los Angeles Times and the New York Observer.

Next Jason Bourne Book Unveiled

Author Eric Van Lustbader just published The Bourne Imperative, and told us about the next book in the Jason Bourne series started by the late Robert Ludlum. Bourne Retribution will be published next year, and Lustbader shared the plot (SPOILERS AHEAD):

If  you’ve read Imperative, you’ll know that someone who Bourne really cares for, a Mossad agent named Rebeka, is murdered. At the end of the novel, Bourne’s gone to Israel to attend her funeral and he’s really burned out. The new book deals with him coming out of that kind of death spiral and wreaking vengeance on the people who killed her.

Lustbader has written seven books in the Bourne series. He also shared his original outline and first draft Bourne Dominion (out in paperback now). Follow this link to view them.

EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Collins to Self-Publish

In our forthcoming So What Do You Do? interview with mega-bestselling author Jackie Collins, she reveals exclusively to us, that within the next three weeks she will release an eBook for The Bitch, a complete rewrite of her previous version of the novel, with a price point of $2.99 or less.

Seth Godin, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and even billionaire Mark Cuban have gone the DIY route, and now Collins is joining their ranks.

Although she will continue to work with her traditional publisher for other books, Collins was going through her old work recently when she thought that The Bitch would be the perfect eBook. The novel was also a movie, which Collins said “wasn’t that good and didn’t turn out the way that I wanted it to.”

Read more

Mark Cuban Explains Why He Self Published

Mark Cuban

cover of Mark Cuban

It seems like not a day goes by that another Oscar winner, business guru or reality star is offered a six or seven-figure publishing deal. So, when billionaire, Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban turned down all offers in lieu of self-publishing his book, ‘How to Win at the Sport of Business‘,  tongues were wagging.

Are the advantages of independently publishing becoming so strong that the allure of a lucrative contract just isn’t cutting it any more?

GalleyCat caught up with Cuban, asking why he chose this route and getting his thoughts on the future of publishing…

Read more

Johnny Diaz Lands Film Deal

Open Road Integrated Media, a New York-based digital publisher and multimedia content company, has optioned the TV, film and digital rights to Johnny Diaz’s first three novels, Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, and Beantown Cubans.

Diaz, a Boston Globe Business staff writer, published his fourth novel this week. We caught up with the novelist to find out more about his books.

Diaz explained: “I wanted to present gay Latinos in a positive light and to buck the negative stereotypes that we often see in books, TV and film.  I wanted to do for gay Hispanic men and their friends what author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez has done for Latinas in literature – amplify their voice.”

Read more

Gaby Rodriguez Lands Book Deal

17-year-old Gaby Rodriguez caused a stir when she faked her pregnancy last year.  Her campaign sparked a movie deal with Lifetime, a Today Show appearance and a book deal with Simon & Schuster Young Readers.

Sharlene Martin, Rodriguez’s literary manager, explained how the deal came about: “When executive editor Zareen Jaffery saw the story in GalleyCat, she asked for the proposal which led to a very quick pre-emptive offer.”

The book will be published early 2012 to coincide with the Lifetime Movie which is being produced by Barbara Lieberman, Anne Bremner and Sharlene Martin.  The Taryn Fagerness Agency will handle foreign rights.

Preg-NOT Teen Shopping a Book Deal

To say Gaby Rodriguez‘s life has changed in the last few weeks is a gross understatement. After Rodriguez created a live social experiment for her senior class project, posing as a pregnant teen at her high school, she had no idea it would create a national stir.

Friends, students and even relatives were led to believe that she was pregnant for 6 1/2 months in order gauge their reactions and prejudice toward teen moms.
The experiment was successful and the reaction, after Rodriguez’s big reveal, was overwhelming.

First, over 100 news outlets around the world begged her for interviews and then she took her first airplane flight ever to appear with Matt Lauer in a heart-to-heart for the Today Show followed by an appearance on Telemundo.

Read more

Predictions for 2011 from Smashwords Founder

If 2010 was the year eBooks went mainstream, 2011 will be the year indie eBook authors go mainstream.

According to Smashwords founder Mark Coker, indie eBook authors are becoming more professional and sophisticated, and they’re starting to climb the best-seller charts without the assistance of a publisher. 2011 will be the first year traditional publishers feel the need to compete against the indie ebook alternative. Here are Coker’s predictions for the new year:

1.Ebook sales rise, unit consumption surprises – Ebooks sales will approach 20% of trade book revenues on a monthly basis by the end of 2011 in the US, yet the bigger surprise is that ebooks will account for one third or more of unit consumption. Why? Ebooks cost less and early ebook adopters read more.

Read more

Publishing Predictions for 2011 from Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis, veteran literary agent and president of Ereads.com, shared a few publishing predictions for 2011.

1. Google Editions will be a game-changer in the e-book field
2. There will be at least one shocking merger or acquisition of print publishers or of print and e-book publishers
3. The Big Six publishers will raise their current royalty rate over the standard 25% they currently offer
4. Educators, psychologists and parents will report learning and retention problems for children reading on screens.
5. College students will reject e-textbooks in favor of paper ones

Read more

PW’s Notables 2010: No Women? Few People of Color?

The industry bible, Publisher’s Weekly, released their picks of Notables of 2010 in book publishing this week. Among the names were Barnes & Noble’s Len Riggio, veteran literary agent, Andrew Wylie, Google’s Tom Turvey and others.

One quick glance at the list and readers may notice something is missing. Although certainly notable and arguably deserving of accolades, PW’s list this year negates to mention any women in book publishing and virtually no people of color.

If you could nominate anyone as a 2010 Notable Woman or a Notable Person of Color in book publishing, who would you nominate? Would it be Jane Friedman for her e-publishing venture Open Road Media, perhaps Jamie Raab for Hachette’s notable success with Grand Central, perhaps Alex Simmons for his work with Kids Comic Con, Junot Diaz for being chosen as a prestigious member of the Pulitzer Prize Board or someone else?

Comment below and tell us your thoughts.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this post mentioned Sonny Mehta, a publisher of Indian descent. The reference was removed and the post was modified. This correction was not immediately noted in the post, as is our usual policy when facts are changed within a post.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: The headline has been corrected as well to reflect the change.

*Full Disclosure: This GalleyCat blogger is published by Grand Central.

James Patterson Responds to Critics

No other author has had as many New York Times bestsellers at one time as James Patterson. People magazine called him the “king of the bestsellers list.” He has outsold writers like Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown.

Yet Patterson has not gone without criticisms. His stable of co-writers, his non-literary style of writing and his dominance of every genre have all been fair game. In this GalleyCat contributor’s interview with Patterson, he responded to those critics. He also discussed the secret to his success and his advice for aspiring authors.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “My success revolves around the fact that I am fairly analytical, logical, have a pretty good IQ but I’ve got street smarts too. You know, a lot of people who have nice IQ’s are just dumb as a brick when it comes to thinking about how other people think and what they might like and how to act in public and things like that. I think I have, you know, gifts involved of those areas. I mean, if I am writing a story that kids are supposed to not want to put down, if I don’t feel it, then I don’t think kids will feel it. If I don’t think that the pages are moving in the story and the characters aren’t involving, then I’m going to assume that the people reading it won’t.”

NEXT PAGE >>