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Amazon Has Established a New Contract With Simon & Schuster

SimonSchusterAmazon and Simon & Schuster have established a new multi-year print and digital agreement. The previous contract was scheduled to expire in two months.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “Simon & Schuster, whose recently published works include Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators and Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, will set the consumer prices of its digital books, and Amazon will be able to discount titles in certain situations, according to one person familiar with the agreement. Simon & Schuster titles also will be well promoted on Amazon’s website, the person said.”

Many speculate that this development will put more pressure on Hachette to wrap up the ongoing dispute. Several writers have publicly spoken about the situation including Stephen Colbert, John Green, and Malcolm Gladwell. Earlier this week, economist Paul Krugman wrote New York Times article criticizing Amazon’s business practices. How do you predict this will affect the conflict between Amazon and Hachette?

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Milq Forms Partnership With Simon & Schuster

milqMilq, a company that powers a culture-sharing application and website, has launched a new content category for books. Through a new agreement, Simon & Schuster will serve as its exclusive publishing house partner.

According to the press release, the “books” feature allows users to “share audio and video around their favorite books on Milq, organizing them into collaborative, interactive playlists called Beads.” Simon & Schuster will establish two beads, “What Are You Reading?” and “Books That Changed My Life,” that will be continually updated with responses from the publisher’s writers.

Several authors are already taking part by creating beads. Steve Jobs author Walter Isaacson constructed a “Great Digital Innovations” bead with vintage footage of the video game SpaceWar! and of “The Mother of All Demos.” After novelist Anna Todd hopes fans will contribute songs to her “Soundtrack to After” bead. What do you think?

Simon & Schuster Forms Partnership With Mofibo

simon-and-shusterSimon & Schuster has formed a partnership with a European eBook subscription service called Mofibo.

Mofibo users, who hail from Denmark and Sweden, now have access to Simon & Schuster’s backlist. This formidable collection contains more than 20,000 English and local language titles.

Simon & Schuster UK publisher Ian Chapman had this statement in the press release: “Scandinavia has long been an important international market for English language authors, and Mofibo’s early success makes evident the strong appetite for content in electronic form. A continental-based subscription service is a wonderful opportunity for reader, author, and publisher alike.”

Mary Louise-Parker Inks Deal with Scribner

Mary Louise-ParkerActress Mary Louise-Parker (pictured, via) has landed a deal for an autobiographical nonfiction book. According to the press release, this title will contain a series of letters addressed to the significant men who have touched Louise-Parker’s life.

Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will publish Dear Mr. You in Fall 2015. Editor-in-chief Colin Harrison negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Eric Simonoff.

Nathan Lane Teams Up With Life Partner For Picture Book Series

Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane (pictured, via) and his life partner Devlin Elliott will team up as writers for a picture book series. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the first installment, Naughty Mabel, in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup. Mabel is the queen of the Hamptons and has a penchant for getting her perfectly pedicured paws into trouble.”

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (representing Lane and Elliott) and Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary (representing Krall). Chanda will edit the manuscripts. Animator Dan Krall has been brought on to create the illustrations.

New Anthology Features Essays By Writers Who Love New York City

Never Can Say Goodbye to NYCLast year, Sari Botton served as the editor of an anthology called Goodbye to All That: On Loving and Leaving New York. Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, and 25 other writers penned essays on how they renounced residency from New York city.

Botton has been working on a follow-up entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York. Some of the contributors to the new project include Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, and Nick Flynn.

Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will release the book on October 14, 2014. What do you think?

Simon & Schuster Releases the First TED Book in Print

Terrorist's SonSimon & Schuster has released the first TED Book in print.

Zak Ebrahim and Jeff Giles were brought together to chronicle Ebrahim’s journey on becoming an advocate of peace. Together, they wrote The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice. The collaborators accomplished this daunting task in less than two months.

Here’s more from the TED blog: “Zak stood in front of 1200 attendees in Vancouver, with 700 more people watching live at TEDActive in Whistler, and more online…Sitting in the crowd was Michelle Quint, the editor of TED Books. ‘I was blown away by his talk,’ she says. ‘It was clear he had a powerful story to tell, an urgent idea to spread. I approached him right after to discuss a potential book.’” Follow this link to check out Ebrahim’s talk at the TED 2014 conference.

Jennifer Romanello Joins Simon & Schuster Children’s as VP of Publicity

3c27c0eSimon & Schuster has hired Jennifer Romanello  as its new Vice President, Director of Publicity for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Romanello will assume her new post on Wednesday August 20th.

Romanello comes to Simon & Schuster from her own Public Relations firm, which she led for more than a year. Prior to that, she spent seventeen years at Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing as VP, Executive Director of Publicity.

Here is more from the press release: “During her time there she was instrumental in creating innovative and hugely successful campaigns for a who’s who of bestselling authors, including Nicholas Sparks, Nelson DeMille, David Baldacci, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Ted Turner, Michael Moore, Brad Meltzer, Sandra Brown, Scott Turow, Jane Goodall, and Amy Sedaris, among many others.”

 

Simon & Schuster Acquires Self-Published YA Novel

archwaypublishingAladdin Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has acquired the book rights to Strays a self-published YA novel about two orphans by Virginia Castleman.

Castleman self-published the book through Archway Publishing, a self-publishing service operated for Simon & Schuster by Author Solutions, back in February where it gained momentum and attention. This is the first time that a Simon & Schuster imprint has acquired a title from Archway.

“Virginia Castleman is a strong writer with a fascinating and emotionally wrenching story to tell,” explained Mara Anastas, Vice President and Publisher of Aladdin Books and Simon Pulse, in a statement. “I was immediately struck by her unique voice and storytelling ability, and we look forward to working with her to bring Strays to an even wider audience.”

The book is slated for a spring 2016 release.

Author Kyle Mills to Finish Mitch Rapp Series

vinceflynnAuthor Vince Flynn died last year after a battle with cancer. At the time, he was only two chapters into his next Mitch Rapp book The Survivor.

Author Kyle Mills has stepped in to complete the story of the famous undercover CIA counter terrorism agent. The Vince Flynn Estate has signed a three-book deal with Mills and Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books to complete The Survivor and deliver two new books in the series. Emily Bestler, the editor of all of Flynn’s books, will edit the new works.

In a note posted on VinceFlynn.com, Mills explained his own connection with Flynn and his plans for the books. “My goal with The Survivor is to stick very closely to Vince’s style and to try to capture Mitch exactly as he did,” he wrote.  ”I’m lucky that The Last Man included a lot of clues as to where Mitch’s story would go next.  The hope is to create a book that even lifelong fans will have a hard time differentiating from the rest of the series. Not an easy task, but I’m working hard to get as close as I can.”

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