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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.”

Simon & Schuster Debuts Video Series

Simon & Schuster has launched a new video series to tell the story of how books are made. The new “Behind The Book from Simon & Schuster,” series includes video interviews with book editors and publishers telling about the making of specific books.

The videos are available on the publisher’s website, as well as on the company’s YouTube page. The series launches with five videos on of which we have embedded above. The video features Simon & Schuster editor Ben Loehnen talking about The Boom by Russell Gold.

The series is produced by the publisher’s Studio4 video production facility.

Simon & Schuster Forms Distribution Partnership With Regan Arts

reganartsSimon & Schuster has formed a sales and distribution partnership with Judith Regan’s new imprint Regan Arts, a new division of Phaidon.

Under the terms of the agreement, Simon & Schuster will take care of the world-wide sales and distribution for Regan Arts titles in both print and electronic media. Regan Arts spent the spring hiring staff and working on new titles and is gearing up to launch its first books this fall.

“We are delighted to welcome Regan Arts and its authors to Simon & Schuster,” stated Steve Black, Vice President, Client Services for Simon & Schuster.  ”Our sales and distribution infrastructure are poised to provide them with the best possible service and help them to reach the widest possible audience.  We look forward to a very productive partnership.”

Simon & Schuster Expands eBook Lending Program

simonSimon & Schuster is expanding its eBook library lending program, after testing a successful pilot program with more than twenty library systems nationwide.

Now all of the publisher’s frontlist and backlist titles that are available as eBooks are available for public libraries across the United States to acquire for their collections. Each title acquired by a library for lending can be used for a year. These digital books can be checked out one at a time, in the same way that a print title can be.

Simon & Schuster is also using the service to help sell eBooks. Here is more from the press release: “In order to help support libraries, and for the convenience of patrons who might not want to wait until a popular new title is available, Simon & Schuster’s ebook program includes a ‘Buy It Now’ capability, which gives the patron the option to purchase a copy of Simon & Schuster eBooks through a library’s online portal, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale going to the library.”

Simon & Schuster Introduces Summer Reading Series in the Hamptons

simonSimon & Schuster is introducing a new summer reading series this year in the Hamptons.

The theme of the series is “power, perseverance and resilience of women.” The content includes lectures from A House In the Sky author Amanda LindhoutLife By The Cup author Zhena Muzyka and Brain On Fire author Susannah Cahalan.

The talks kick off on June 26th and run through August 18th. The series will take place at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) located in Westhampton, New York. Books & Books Westhampton Beach will be selling books at the event. Follow this link to check out the entire schedule.

Simon & Schuster Introduces Online Community For Its Authors

simonSimon & Schuster has launched an online portal for its authors to connect with other authors called S&S InkedIn.

The feature, which is currently only available to Simon & Schuster authors, allows writers to connect and have one-on-one or group discussions. The tool is accessible through LinkedIn and through the publisher’s recently redesigned author portal.

“Simon & Schuster’s authors are a talented and knowledgeable community that, using S&S InkedIn, can come together for the purposes of sharing information, advising each other, and enjoying the unique, only-an-author-would-understand camaraderie and inspiration of their peers in a private,  professional social network,” stated Ellie Hirschhorn, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Simon & Schuster.

Demetria Lucas on Getting Her First Book Published

Demetria-Lucas-ArticleDemetria Lucas first claim to fame came from her uber-successful blog, A Belle In Brooklyn, which chronicled her dating adventures in New York City a la Sex and the City. After scoring a gig as the relationships editor at Essence, Lucas’ friends convinced her to write a book based on her blog. After all, she started her career editing romance novels for Harlequin and BET Books.

She ended up not only writing one book, but two, and is currently a life coach and one of the stars of Bravo’s reality show Blood, Sweat and Heels. In our latest So What Do You Do interview, Lucas talks about the moment she knew she had to write her first book, titled A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life:

I was fortunate to land a spot on Let’s Talk About Pep on VH1, which was another story about four black women dating in New York. I realized I had a really big platform and I should do something with it. That’s when I pitched my book. Coming from a book editor’s background, I knew that you could have a great story, but if you didn’t have a platform to sell it on, nobody was going to know about it. Simon & Schuster took it. After the book came out, I was all over social media and started doing my ‘Cocktails with Belle’ events because I wanted to meet my readers. I wasn’t really looking at it as a marketing strategy.

For more from Lucas, including her thoughts on being labeled the “black Carrie Bradshaw,” read: So What Do You Do, Demetria Lucas, Writer and Reality Show Star?

TED Partners with Simon & Schuster to Publish ‘TED Books’

ted logoTED Conferences LLC and Simon & Schuster will partner together to publish a 12 title series called TED Books. Renowned book designer Chip Kidd, a past TED speaker, will create the cover art for all of the projects.

The publisher plans to release one book every one-to-two months beginning in September 2014. Some of the books set to be published include The Virtue of Stillness by Pico Iyer, How We’ll Live on Mars by Stephen Petranek, and Follow Your Gut by Rob Knight.

Here’s more from the press release: “The books will be available in hardcover, e-book, and in audiobook from Simon & Schuster. The co-publishing agreement is for world rights, and the books will be published by Simon & Schuster in the United States and worldwide by its companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, as well as in foreign-language editions.”

Scott Westerfeld Lands Deal For ‘Afterworlds’ YA Novel

scottScott Westerfeld has landed a deal Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, for his new young adult novel, Afterworlds. The story follows Darcy Patel as she moves to New York City to establish her writing career; readers will follow both Darcy’s actual life story and the fictional one she hopes to publish.

Publisher Bethany Buck negotiated the deal with literary agent Jill Grinberg; Buck has secured North American, audio, and ebook rights. The book is scheduled to be released on September 23, 2014.

Westerfeld (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Readers of YA are also lively and energetic producers – of fanfic, of original work, of reviews and blogs and manifestos. Afterworlds is an homage to all those who write to make themselves better readers, or the other way around.”

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