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Drew Barrymore Inks Deal for Photography Book

Actress Drew Barrymore has signed a deal for her photography book, Find it in Everything. This collection features pictures of “heart-shaped objects found in everyday life.”

Little, Brown and Company has scheduled a release date for January 14, 2014. Executive editor Michael Sand acquired this project.

According to the press release, Barrymore has discovered and photographed hearts that appear “from a discarded straw wrapper to a hole in a T-shirt to a scallion in a bowl of miso soup.” In the near future, she plans to post an image from the book on her personal social media pages.

Hachette To Buy Disney’s Hyperion Adult Trade Imprint

Hachette Book Group has reached an agreement to acquire Disney’s Hyperion adult trade publishing imprint. The deal includes more than 1,000 books published by Disney’s imprint since 1991 and about 25 as-yet-unpublished books. Hyperion’s backlist includes over 250 bestsellers,

Hyperion’s list ranges from from Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven to Michael J. Fox‘s Always Looking Up to  Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. Here’s more from the release:

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), the world’s largest publisher and licensor of children’s books, will retain all of its Disney and Disney-Hyperion branded children’s and young adult book titles, and will publish franchise-based titles from Disney/ABC Television Group upon completion of the transaction … HBG will take on Hyperion’s extensive backlist, rich in the areas of inspiration, pop culture, cooking, humor, business, sports, history, self-help, fiction, and more, books that continue to sell year after year in a variety of formats and editions.

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Score That Job: Hachette Book Group

Do you have the New York Times Best Seller list memorized? Do you have a passion for books and want to get into the publishing business?

In this episode of “Score That Job,” career expert, author and mediabistro editor Vicki Salemi sat down with Andrea Weinzimer of Hachette Book Group to get the inside dirt on what they’re looking for in a candidate.

Here a few tips — know the industry and know which authors they publish (hint: rhymes with James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, David Sedaris…). Or just watch the video.

You can view our other MediabistroTV productions on our YouTube Channel.

Jason Rekulak Named Quirk Books Publisher

Jason Rekulak has been promoted to publisher of Quirk Books. In addition, Brett Cohen has been promoted to president at Quirk Books and David Borgenicht will take the role of Quirk Productions CEO.

Rekulak acquired and edited many of the house’s bestsellers including the mash-up title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

A number of other publishing organizations have also announced promotions this week…

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Andrew Phillips Named Next Author Solutions CEO

Penguin International president Andrew Phillips has been named the next CEO of Author Solutions, the self-publishing business purchased by Penguin.

He will start in July. Current CEO Kevin Weiss “will leave to take up a new position which will be announced separately next week.”

A number of publishing promotions were also announced this week…

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Grand Central Publishing to Expand Forever Imprint’s List

Grand Central Publishing will nearly double the releases from its romance imprint Forever and its eBook-only counterpart Forever Yours this year.

The Hachette imprint expects to grow from last year’s list of 64 titles to an estimated 120 titles this year and more than 190 titles in 2014. They will also add editorial and marketing staff at these imprints. Forever currently publishes established writers like Jill Shalvis or Larissa Ione and has acquired books by self-published bestsellers like Jessica Sorensen and J.A. Redmerski.

Forever’s founding editor Beth de Guzman had this comment in the release: “With the romance audience more robust and diverse than at any other time, we are thrilled to expand our program to match the insatiable demand in the marketplace for romance books in every format available.”

Reagan Arthur Named Publisher of Little, Brown

Reagan Arthur, the editorial director of Little, Brown’s Reagan Arthur Books imprint, will be the next publisher and senior VP of Little, Brown. She will assume her new role on April 1st as Michael Pietsch becomes the new CEO of Hachette Book Group.

The release included this news: “In stepping into the role of Publisher, Arthur will retire the Reagan Arthur Books imprint she has led for three years.”

Arthur has worked at Little, Brown since 2001, earning her own imprint in 2008. She has edited Tina Fey, Joshua Ferris, Kate Atkinson, George Pelecanos and Ian Rankin.

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Digital Sales Now 26% of Overall Revenue at Hachette

In a recent earnings report, one major publisher noted rising eBook sales are diminishing net sales.

AppNewser has more details:

The Hachette Book Group reported today that the company’s net sales for the fourth quarter 2012 were down 5.7 percent. The company’s net sales dropped 3.4 percent for the entire year of 2012. The increase in eBook sales drove net sales down, as eBooks bring in less revenue, the company explained in a press release. Despite the drop in net sales, volume sales were up 1.2 percent for the year. HBG’s net sales from eBooks and audio products totaled 26 percent of overall revenue in 2012, up from 23 percent in 2011. The publisher also had seventy-one titles reach the New York Times eBook bestseller chart last year.

Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish

Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011.

The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below).

According to Digital Book World sources, the publishers have invested “about $16 million” in the new venture. Bookish also counted the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers and Perseus Books Group.

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Promotions at Little, Brown & Company

A number of publishing professionals at Hachette’s Little, Brown & Company imprint were promoted this week.

Within the marketing/publicity department, four staff members have received promotions. Heather Fain has been named vice president, associate publisher and marketing director. Nicole Dewey has will now serve as vice president and executive director of publicity.

Sabrina Callahan‘s new title is now director of publicity for James PattersonTheresa Giacopasi has moved up to online publicity manager.

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