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Weinstein Books to Publish Ebola Memoir

WeinsteinBookslogo“The love of my life and the father of my son came to America to marry me. It was supposed to be the first happy day of a new life of joy for us all. But before we could make our new family, he died a terrible death in a quarantined room… I am writing this book to tell people about Eric, about our love story, about our family, and about my faith that has been tested but not broken.”

These are the words of Louise Troh, whose fiancé Thomas Eric Duncan became the first man on American soil to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus, and then, the first to die of the disease in America. She will tell her story for the first time in a book to be published in April 2015 by Weinstein Books, which is a joint venture of The Weinstein Company and The Perseus Books Group.

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said, “This is a heartbreaking, emotional family story. Spanning continents and decades, Louise shows faith and grace through it all.”

According to AP, Troh says she will use part of the book proceeds for a down payment on a new home.

RosettaBooks pubs “Click Lit,” with “Find Me I’m Yours”

FindMeI'mYourscoverIts creators call it Click Lit and you can see the appeal. In the new rom-com Find Me I’m Yours from RosettaBooks, 24-year-old Mags works for an online bridal magazine and has just discovered her lug of a boyfriend is cheating on her. Into her life drops a mysterious hunk, aka Mr. WTF, looking for love and leaving clues all over LA. “Find me … I’m yours,” he breathes.

CNN has called Find Me I’m Yours “the book of the future,” and Today.com said, “A new way to read… [Find Me I'm Yours] is not merely a book — its characters inhabit an entire universe that includes nearly three dozen standalone websites, online video series, real-world magazines and more.”

You get to help Mags search for her hunkalicious soul mate via links to several interactive custom-designed narrative platforms that augment the storyline and invite readers to post their own images, art, videos, and stories. These incorporate 33 websites (including a functioning site for Mags’ employer Bridalville and Freak4MyPet.com, where her ex is posting pix of Mags’ dogs and you can pop in your pooch, too), Instagram accounts, ten videos of Mr. WTF’s clues, and more.

Created, written, and designed by award-winning author and digital innovator Hillary Carlip, and co-created, directed, and produced by Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated TV comedy triple-hyphenate Maxine Lapiduss, Find Me I’m Yours was designed to be a page-turner novel, multimedia click fest, and as noted by Alexandra Alter in the New York Times, “a vehicle for content sponsored by companies.”

It’s not Vespa or Red Bull, two brands mentioned in Find Me I’m Yours, but the makers of Sweet’N Low, Cumberland Packing Corp, that jumped in first. Steven Eisenstadt, chief executive of Cumberland, told the Times he was excited about his company’s products being part of the story, rather than delivering the message through an outright ad.

Alter writes, “If it succeeds, it could usher in a new business model for publishers, one that blurs the lines between art and commerce in ways that are routine in TV shows and movies but rare in books.”

4 Publishing Houses Sign with Consortium For Distribution

ConsortiumFour publishing houses have signed on with Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. According to the press release. these companies publish a wide range of genres from illustrated books to translation titles.

On November 01, 2014, Consortium’s contract with Deep Vellum Publishing goes into effect. The distribution for the other publishers, Alternative Comics, Cicada Books, and Postcart Editions, will start on January 01, 2015.

Judith Regan’s New Multimedia Company to Release Book on Virtual Reality

Virtual RealityPublishing veteran Judith Regan has become the head of a Phaidon Global multimedia company called Regan Arts.

According to the press release, the first publication is an educational title called Virtual Reality Beginner’s Guide. A release date has been scheduled for October 28th.

TechCrunch staffer Frederic Lardinois and DODOcase co-founder Patrick Buckley collaborated on writing this book; Buckley also worked on the design. It comes with a VR Smartphone Viewer Toolkit that works with all smartphones universally including the latest Apple iPhone devices.

Pearson Picks First Book to Oversee the ‘We Need Books’ Digital Platform

First BookThe First Book organization will be overseeing a digital platform called “We Need Books.” The website features 300 beloved children’s books that youngsters, guardians, and educators can access using a tablet or computer.

The Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group (USA) originally developed this project and launched it 4 years ago. Pearson will also be donating $1.3 million to First Book.

Here’s more from the press release: “In addition to inspiring lifelong readers, We Give Books also provides a platform for giving back. Books read at www.wegivebooks.org trigger donations of new books that are given to programs and classrooms serving children in need…By assuming control of We Give Books and associated programming initiatives – including the 2015 Read for My School program in the United Kingdom – First Book adds the distribution of digital books to its growing catalog of offerings for under-resourced classrooms and community organizations.”

Executives to Transform McSweeney’s Into a Non-Profit Organization

mcsweeneys-logoThe executives behind McSweeney’s intends to transform the company into a nonprofit. The independent publishing house was launched in 1998 as a for-profit business.

In an interview with SFGate, founder Dave Eggers explained why the company is heading in this direction: “We’ve always been a hand-to-mouth operation, and every year it gets just a little harder to be an independent publisher. An independent literary title that might have sold 10,000 copies 10 years ago might sell 6,000 now, for example…It just seemed that increasingly so many of the things that we wanted to do were nonprofit projects and were not really things that you could reasonably expect to break even on.”

This plan will be set in motion by next month with the hope of transitioning into a 501(c)(3) organization within a year. There will be no changes made to the editorial team. Once the switch takes place, the staff can actually take on projects that were put on hold including an expanded poetry series, a fiction anthology written by South Sudanese women, and the Collins Library.

Those Were the Days: Norman Lear’s Memoir Pubs Today

“This is, flat out, one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written… An absolute treasure,” raves Booklist in a starred review of Norman Lear’s memoir, Even This I Get to Experience.

NormaLearCoverThe creator of such iconic and unprecedented hit shows as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” Lear reinvented television comedy in the ‘70s. At one point, he had nine shows on the air, and at their peak, his programs were watched by 120 million people a week.

Now, Lear is telling his story, from his Depression-era days growing up with a dad sent to jail for scheming to sell fake bonds, to becoming the highest-paid comedy writer in the country, working for Danny Thomas, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Martha Raye, and George Gobel. A member of a B-17 bomber crew in WWII, Lear made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List” and was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton.

Dave Itzkoff, writing about Even This I Get to Experience in the New York Times, cites Lear’s influence on Roseanne Barr, Rob Reiner, and Trey Parker. Itzkoff quotes Parker, creator and producer of “South Park” with Matt Stone, as saying that Lear’s work “had an immeasurable impact on that show and its satirical, scared-cow-slaughtering sensibility.”

Now, in his book out today from Penguin Press, we all can read of the events and people that had an immeasurable impact on Norman Lear, and shaped his sensibility.

Sourcebooks Turns 27

SourcebooksThe team at the independent publishing house, Sourcebooks, recently celebrated the company’s 27th anniversary. A poetry contest was held to honor this momentous occasion.

Altogether, the staff partnered together and penned several haikus, sixteen poems, and one rap song. Follow this link to read a creation called “Day One” written by Phil Norton, Sharon Schmid, Tina Silva, Kelly Lawler, Kelsey Kulp, Agnes Godziszewski, Steve Geck, and Jean Johnson.

‘How Now,’ Says Author Dov Seidman to Chobani

HowCoverIt’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. We school our kids in this from the first soccer kick on.

Bestselling author and management guru Dov Seidman built a brand around his hit 2011 book, How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything. This title focuses on the business of creating more ethical corporate cultures. Seidman became known for using the phrase “How Matters” in some of his company’s materials, notes the New York Times. The book’s premise is that it is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do.

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HarperCollins to Establish HarperCollins Germany

harpercollins1HarperCollins plans to expand the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg to establish HarperCollins Germany.

Harlequin’s Hamburg office will continue its regular operations. The inaugural list for HarperCollins Germany will feature approximately 50 titles and launch in Fall 2015; it includes The List by bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva.

Here’s more from the press release: “Germany has one of the strongest European publishing markets and is home to Harlequin’s most successful European office, which will provide the resources to fully support HarperCollins titles. HarperCollins English language publishing imprints, along with local German editorial, marketing, and sales professionals, will collaborate to select titles for publication from the various HarperCollins divisions around the world.”

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