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Kensington Publishing Has Acquired eBook Publisher Lyrical Press

lyricalpressIndie publishing house Kensington Publishing Corp. has acquired the eBook publishing company Lyrical Press, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition brings 250 romance, YA, and genre fiction titles from Lyrical Press’ backlist into the Kensington collection. Lyrical Press will continue to operate under its current name under Kensington Publishing’s umbrella. Kensington will continue to acquire new titles for the digital imprint. The titles will also be available as print-on-demand editions.

Adam Zacharius, Kensington’s Director of Special Projects and Alternative Media will over see the imprint, and Renee Rocco, Lyrical Press’ founder, will serve as Managing Director of the imprint. Read more

Pearson’s Nonprofit Division to Pay $7.5 M Settlement

pearsonfoundationThe Pearson Foundation, Pearson’s nonprofit division has agreed to pay a $7.5 million settlement, to end an inquiry  by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which alleged that the company used funds to mix business with foundation work.

The company did not admit any wrongdoing, but admitted that they could have been more transparent. Here is more from the company’s blog:

Over the past two years, the Foundation has taken several steps to strengthen its governance, beginning with the addition of independent directors to the board and the adoption of stronger operational systems. Under the settlement, these efforts will be further enhanced by the creation of a three-person audit committee.

“The law on this is clear: Non-profit foundations cannot misuse charitable assets to benefit their affiliated for-profit corporations,” stated Schneiderman in a press release. “Moving forward,  funds for Pearson Charitable Foundation will be used exclusively for legitimate charitable purposes, beginning with millions of dollars to help ensure that every public school student has a great teacher in the classroom.”

The money will go to support the work of education nonprofit 100Kin10, and will be placed in a fund managed by the Attorney General. (Via NPR).

Chronicle Books Holds Bake Sale for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

bake sale 200Chronicle Books held a bake sale following the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan.

During this event, the staff moved $1526 worth of pastries and homemade treats. The San Francisco-based publishing house pledged to match these funds.

Altogether, they were able to donate $3052 to the Philippine Red Cross. Last year, the company hosted a similar fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Random House Integrates Website With Pinterest

pinterestRandom House has partnered with Pinterest to help readers connect with books through digital pinboards.

Through the partnership, Random House is adding a Pinterest API to its website and will feature the social network’s most current popular pins related to books on the center of Randomhouse.com. The integration will include “Pinterest Favorites” which will highlight the most popular pins from different time periods, as well as prominent links to Pinterest through related boards.

The idea is to help site visitors discover new books, as well as to increase the number of readers pinning books. It will also help make the publisher’s websites more colorful. The integration will begin with Randomhouse.com but will follow on the publisher’s other sites.

Simon & Schuster to Pull Benghazi Book Amid Questions of Accuracy

Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 4.46.50 PMSimon & Schuster has pulled Dylan Davies‘ new book on Benghazi after new information has called into question the book’s credibility.

Politico has the scoop:

“In light of information that has been brought to our attention since the initial publication of The Embassy House, we have withdrawn from publication and sale all formats of this book, and are recommending that booksellers do the same,” Threshold Edition spokesperson Jennifer Robinson said in a statement. “We also are notifying accounts that they may return the book to us.”

Davies was the source of the controversial “60 Minutes” Benghazi report, which 60 Minutes has admitted was inaccurate.

New York Times reporter who covers book publishing Julie Bosman tweeted that the publisher is recalling books.

New Publisher Dedicated to International Literature

restlessbooksInspired by a New York Times opinion piece, a international literature publisher Restless Books has opened its doors.

Last year, publisher Ilan Stavans and executive editor Joshua Ellison wrote an essay for  about how “we have turned travel into something ordinary.” The new publishing house will include books written by authors around the world, changing our views on travel.

What defines us is right there in our name: the restlessness of modern life, the impulse to go to new places, both physically and with our imagination. Our objective is to create a community of readers passionate about other cultures and other languages; who share an interest in how people tell stories. We are committed to bringing the best of international literature—fiction, journalism, memoirs, poetry, travel writing, photography, and graphic novels.

How Henry Bushkin Got His New Book Published

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Henry Bushkin, attorney and former right-hand man to Johnny Carson, has written a book about what life was really like with his famous friend. It’s a deeply personal account filled with scandalous details, including the real story on why his relationship with Carson ended.

Yet despite the book’s obvious potential, Bushkin actually had a hard time getting it published. In Mediabistro’s latest installment of So What Do You Do?, Bushkin talks about the media’s reaction to his writing, his thoughts on the proposed NBC miniseries and the process of publishing:

In the book’s acknowledgments, you explain how the impetus for the book came in 2008 from fellow (and subsequent) Carson attorney Ed Hookstratten. Can you explain a bit how you got from there to here?
Some time ago, I was about to self-publish the book. The book that has come out this week is essentially the same book. Frankly, when I was going to do it on my own with a small staff, it became apparent that Carson wasn’t relevant in the eyes of New York publishers vis-a-vis New York editors. They thought he was just irrelevant.

When I had the manuscript in polished form, I sent it to a friend of mine in New York. She then immediately sent it to a friend of hers at Vanity Fair, and then she asked if she could send it to a friend of hers, an agent in New York. I said yes. And all of a sudden, there were five publishers bidding for it. So it had quite an evolution that took quite some time, with the book going through several gestation periods.

To hear more about the book and its controversies, read: So What Do You Do, Henry Bushkin, Attorney and Author of Johnny Carson?

– Aneya Fernando

How To Find a Publishing Job

penguinclassicsPenguin Classics editorial director Elda Rotor fielded questions from readers on reddit today, sharing advice for aspiring publishing professionals.

Here’s a particularly useful tip about finding a publishing job:

make sure you tell everyone you know your interest in book publishing, you’ll be surprised who hears about a job. See if a favorite professor or your college alumni network can help out with recommendations of people to meet. Have a resume ready always. If you can, try to get an internship. They are not mandatory but they help, mostly because of editors hearing from one another about good interns and when jobs become available the interview process sometimes goes quickly. It’s not mandatory to be in NY but if you can be here to set up informational interviews that should be time well spent. Some people prefer in-person interviews, others don’t mind having phone interviews.

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Writing Advice From a 23-Year-Old Published Author

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Kara Taylor is not your typical 23-year-old. While many young adults are struggling to find a job, Taylor has had the kind of early success most young writers only dream of. At 23, she has already released her debut novel, Prep School Confidential and is currently the co-executive producer and writer for the new CW show, The Revengers, created by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

Taylor recently spoke to Mediabistro about the pressure to churn out books, what her typical day is like (spoiler alert — she writes morning, noon and night) and how she broke into the world of TV writing:

What tips do you have for other writers who want to break into TV?
I think the most important thing — and this is hard advice because it’s not something that you can really learn — [is to] just have a voice and a point of view and focus on branding yourself, whether it’s [with] humor or whatever. Just be unique and be yourself, and write as much as you can. I obviously broke into it in a strange way because it was actually the novel writing that helped me break into TV. So I think it’s good to keep in mind that there’s not one clear path or way to break into the industry. You have to put yourself out there in all mediums and all aspects and not write anything off, and [don't] get discouraged, obviously. I was writing books for two years before I found an agent, and I heard a lot of nos. I must have been rejected by over a hundred literary agents with my first book. So if you’re expecting instant results, it’s not going to be the career for you. You just have to be patient and be in it for the long run.

To hear more about her incredible rise to success, read Hey, How’d You Become a Published Author and TV Writer at 23, Kara Taylor?

Aneya Fernando

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LIFE to Release ‘The Day Kennedy Died’

LIFE will publish a book called The Day Kennedy Died to honor the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death.

The book, which comes out on October 15th, opens up with a foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough. It also contains photos, several essays, and “all 486 frames of the [Abraham] Zapruder film in print for the first time.”

The assassination of our 35th president took place in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. President Jimmy CarterDr. May Angelou, actor Alec Baldwin and other celebrities contributed personal stories about “where they were when they heard the news.”


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