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Simon & Schuster Launches Book-Dedicated Review Site & Daily Email

simonSimon & Schuster has created a new website and daily email dedicated to book reviews called Off the Shelf.

The site will publish an original book review or essay about a book every day. Simon & Schuster employees will be writing reviews, as well as occasional guest writers. The site will feature books that were published at least one year earlier. They must also be currently available for purchase in some format.  The site will feature books from any publisher in fiction, nonfiction for both adult and young readers. Readers can sign up to receive the daily review as an email. Read more

Becca Fitzpatrick Inks Deal For New YA Thriller

beccaBecca Fitzpatrick, the young adult author behind the Hush, Hush saga, has landed a deal for a new book called Sapphire Skies.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers plans to publish this stand-alone thriller novel in Fall 2015. Executive editor Zareen Jaffery negotiated the deal with Inkwell Management literary agent Catherine Drayton. The story stars a 17-year-old girl named Stella Gordon who ends up in the witness protection program due to extraordinary circumstances.

Fitzpatrick had this statement in the press release: “I’m delighted to be writing another young adult thriller for Simon & Schuster—this about a girl who’s running from dangerous men and a haunted past. I’m drawn to stories that weave heart-stopping suspense with broiling romance, and Sapphire Skies is no exception.”

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Transgender Advocate and Author Janet Mock Talks About Her Memoir

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Janet Mock has known she wanted to be a storyteller since she was a fifth grader in Honolulu who escaped to her local public library to devour books by Maya AngelouTerry McMillan and Zora Neale Hurston. ”I knew that words would be my refuge and words were where I could create a composite of the dreams and the life that I wanted to live,” she recalls.

Years later, the now 30-year-old moved to New York to pursue her writing career. And after coming out as a transgender woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, Mock became an ardent advocate for other transgender women, especially those who are young and struggle financially. Her newly released memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster) delves into the self-identify struggles that many trans people face. Mock recently spoke to Mediabistro about her book and offered some advice on writing your own memoir:

Anchor yourself in your own experience and write from that place. And you’ll find your voice. You’ll find out what you want to do. You’ll find your purpose. And I think that everything comes out of that. It’s [about] being able to sit still with yourself and really excavate those parts of yourself that were shut off or silenced or put into the dark a long time ago. I know that when I actually sat down with myself to do that work… that’s when my life began transforming.

To hear more from Mock, including what her literary idol, bell hooks, thought of her book, read: So What Do You Do, Janet Mock, Writer, Transgender Advocate and Author?

Summit Entertainment Grabs Film Rights for ‘Noggin’

nogginSummit Entertainment has snatched up the film rights to a forthcoming young adult book by award-winning author John Corey Whaley called Noggin.

According to DeadlineDear John screenwriter Jamie Linden has been hired to serve as the director and pen the script. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will release the book on April 08, 2014.

The story follows “dying young man agrees to be cryogenically frozen, Ted Williams style, for as long as it takes for medical science to be able to cure the disease that is killing him. He wakes up just five years later and finds his head grafted onto the body of someone else. He’s still 16, but discovers life has moved on without him. Seeing that his friends have grown up and his life love is engaged to someone else, he tries to find a way to build a new life, even if new scars are inevitable.”

Simon & Schuster Debuts Book News Site

simonSimon & Schuster has introduced  250 Words a news site that will cover the book business books.

The site will publish original essays by authors, as well as interviews, reviews and commentary about the publishing business. The site will include stories and interviews with authors across the industry, not just those published by Simon & Schuster.

Here is more about the site from the press release: “The centerpiece of 250 Words will be a daily, original essay also available as a daily email subscription.  The essay will be no longer than 250 words on ideas distilled from books. These pieces are not summaries or reviews but intended to excavate useful anecdotes and interesting ideas from books that cover all aspects of the business world, including leadership, management, careers, finance, marketing, investing, innovation, economics, technology and psychology.”

Select articles from the site will be featured on Fortune.com.

Simon & Schuster Signs Book Deal With 3D Gun Maker

codywilsonCody Wilson, the creator of the first 3D-printable gun, has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for $250,000, according to a report in Forbes.

The working title is Negative Liberty, and will be a nonfiction account of  Wilson’s mission to create the first 3D-printable gun.

“The whole point to me is to add to the hacker mythology and to have a very, very accurate and contentious portrayal of what we think about the current political situation, our attitude and political orientation, a lasting remark,” Wilson told Forbes. “It won’t be a manifesto. But culturally I hope to leave a couple of zingers…a touchstone for the young, disaffected radical towards his own political and social development, that kind of thing.”

Simon & Schuster eBooks Now Available in Select Libraries

simonSimon & Schuster has partnered with digital book distribution company OverDrive to create a pilot program in which the publisher is making its eBook catalog available to select public libraries in the United States.

Simon & Schuster’s entire eBook catalog is available through this program. Participating libraries can purchase these titles to lend them to patrons. Just as with a print title, library patrons can check out these eBooks one copy at a time an unlimited number of times for a period of 12 months. There will even be an option for library patrons to purchase the eBook titles themselves through their library’s website with the new Library BIN (Buy It Now) option.

At launch there are 31 libraries participating. Titles include: Dr. Sleep by Stephen King;  Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin; and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, among others. As new eBooks come out this year, they too will be available to the program.

Simon451: Simon & Schuster’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Imprint

Simon & Schuster has introduced a new imprint called Simon451. The imprint issimon451 dedicated to publishing fiction with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, and works with dystopian, apocalyptic, and supernatural themes.

The imprint will publish both print and eBook titles but will focus on digital-first publishing. The company plans to test serialized novels and original short stories, and will re-issue backlist titles digitally.

The first book from the imprint is called EarthEnd Saga by X-Files actress Gillian Anderson and co-writer Jeff Rovin. The book, which is slated for an October release, will be the first in a series. The Undying by Ethan Reid, a dystopian novel set in Paris, will also come out in October.

National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata on Self-Editing: “It involves a lot of flailing around.”

cynthia_kadohataNewbery Medal winner Cynthia Kadohata now adds “winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category” to her list of achievements. Kadohata earned this honor for her middle grade novel, The Thing About Luck. Throughout her career, she has also written adult novels and short stories. We caught up with her to learn more about her secrets to success. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How do you self-edit?
A: I try to find my deepest, often hidden feelings about what’s working and what’s not. This is difficult because I do lie to myself without being aware that that’s what I’m doing. For me it’s mainly a matter of finding the path to being honest with myself, which is not always a path I enjoy walking down. It’s not an orderly process. It involves a lot of flailing around.

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Ylvis Lands Deal for ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ Picture Book

fox coverYouTube sensation Ylvis has signed a picture book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Norwegian comedic duo has written a story based on their hit song, “The Fox.” Follow this link to view the music video.

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing president Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with the Creative Artists Agency. Senior editor Christian Trimmer will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for December 10, 2013.

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