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Crown Publishing Group Names Four New VPs

The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, has named four publicity directors as vice presidents.

Here are the directors, with their new titles: VP, director of publicity Tammy Blake (Crown Archetype, Harmony, Crown Forum, and Three Rivers Press imprints), VP, director of marketing & publicity Tara Gilbride (Crown Business imprint), VP, director of publicity Annsley Rosner (Crown Publishers, Hogarth, and Broadway Books imprints) and VP, director of publicity Kate Tyler (Clarkson Potter imprint).

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Lauren Oliver Reveals Cover for ‘Panic’

Lauren Oliver revealed the cover for her new young adult novel on Goodreads this morning. What do you think?

Oliver recorded two videos of herself reading the first three chapters of this book. During her introduction in the first video, the author explains that this book deals with the theme of fear.

Panic will come out in March 2014. The Wrap reports that Universal Pictures recently won a bidding war for the film rights to the book in a seven-figure deal.

HarperCollins & Autography Partner for Author Signings

HarperCollins and Autography will team up for virtual signing events.

The technology behind Autography will allow eReader users to add a unique signed page to their eBooks.

The first event will take place at this year’s Romance Writers of America conference. This kickoff signing is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 20th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. Twenty authors from the Avon Impulse imprint will participate including Eloisa JamesRachel Gibson, and Kerrelyn Sparks.

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Charlie Redmayne To Serve as CEO at HarperCollins UK

After 13 years as CEO of HarperCollins UK,  Victoria Barnsley is leaving. Pottermore CEO and former HarperCollins chief digital officer Charlie Redmayne will serve as  CEO of HarperCollins UK, starting August 5th.

As part of this restructuring, HarperCollins Worldwide CEO Brian Murray will now manage HarperCollins Australia,  HarperCollins New Zealand and HarperCollins India. Here’s more about Redmayne’s career, from the release:

Redmayne left HarperCollins in 2011 to serve as CEO of J.K. Rowling’s revolutionary digital publishing business, Pottermore. Prior to that, he held several roles at HarperCollins Publishers, including EVP, Chief Digital Officer, and Group Digital Director of HarperCollins UK. He joined HarperCollins from News Corp’s BSkyB, where he was Head of Commercial Partnerships for the Sky Online Business Unit.

Do Authors Deserve a Higher eBook Royalty Rate?

Publishers Marketplace covered an “investor day” report at News Corp. (subscription only link) where investors got a closer look at the profit margin for digital books at HarperCollins.

Over at the AARdvark blog, DeFiore and Company founder Brian DeFiore shared the most important stats (chart embedded above): a “$27.99 hardcover generates $5.67 profit to publisher and $4.20 royalty to author” and a “$14.99 agency priced e-book generates $7.87 profit to publisher and $2.62 royalty to author.”

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Cal Morgan Named Executive Editor at the Harper Division

We’ve had a number of job changes in the publishing world this week.

Cal Morgan will leave his post as publisher at HarperCollins’ It Books imprint to serve as senior vice president and executive editor at the Harper division. Morgan will continue on as editorial director for Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks.

Throughout his career, he has worked on projects with several celebrity authors such as Amy PoehlerAlan Cumming, and Tom Piazza.

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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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Mitch Albom Lands 3-Book Deal with HarperCollins

Prolific writer Mitch Albom has landed a three-book deal with HarperCollins’ Harper imprint, leaving his old publisher.

Albom’s next book will be a novel entitled The First Phone Call From Heaven. The storyline will focus on characters who receive phone calls from those who have passed away. Editor Karen Rinaldi negotiated the deal with literary agent David Black.

According to Albom’s Facebook page, the publisher plans to release the book on November 12, 2013.

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William Morrow Opens Digital Original Mystery, Suspense & Thriller Line

HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint has unveiled  a “digital-original mystery, suspense and thriller line” called Witness Impulse. The imprint will release its first digital titles in October, already stocked with 100 books acquired by editors.

William Morrow executive editor Dan Mallory will lead the new line. The launch will include classic Agatha Christie short stories, releasing digital singles of the Hercule Poirot stories and an omnibus edition. Here’s more about the imprint:

Witness will feature the same royalty structure as William Morrow/Avon’s other digital-first imprints: authors receive a 50% royalty once their book sells 10,000 copies (initial royalties start at 25%). They will not receive an advance … Even though these books are digital-first, the HarperCollins sales group is always seeking out opportunities in print, working with key retail accounts to execute tailored promotions in physical stores. To date, more than 60 percent of Impulse titles have a print format, with thousands of printed copies sold for each of those books.

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Cody Simpson Lands Book Deal with HarperCollins

HarperCollins will publish the first official book by 16-year-old YouTube pop singer Cody Simpson, a book entitled Welcome to Paradise: My Journey. Above, we’ve embedded a copy of Simpson’s most popular video–viewed  23.7 million times on YouTube.

Publication is set for October 22, 2013. The book will contain never-before-scene photographs as well as exclusive gossipy tidbits about the Australian singer’s personal and professional life. Matt Graham at Scooter Braun Projects, Primary Wave and CAA negotiated the deal for world rights with Harper nonfiction publishing director Anna Valentine and executive editor David Linker.

Here’s more from the release: “Cody Simpson gained notoriety in 2009 when he began uploading songs to YouTube and quickly became a viral hit. He was signed by Atlantic Records and, by 2010, had released the massive chart-topping single ‘iYiYi’ featuring Flo Rida, which has over 23 million views on YouTube … Now his YouTube channel has more than 155 million views, he has over 4.2 million Twitter and Facebook followers, has released two bestselling albums and has embarked on a global arena tour supporting Justin Bieber.” (via Yahoo! News)

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