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Fahrenheit 451 Cover Design Contest Winner Revealed

Matthew Owen has won the  Fahrenheit 451 cover design contest from Simon & Schuster and the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

The winning cover (embedded above) was revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Owen, who hails from Little Rock, AR, created a cover that beat out more than 360 submissions. Both the Simon & Schuster staff and the Bradbury estate participated in judging the entries.

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Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson Collaborate on Shadowhunters Spinoff

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare will collaborate on a digital short story series called The Bane Chronicles, working with The Lynburn Legacy author Sarah Rees Brennan and The Name of the Star author Maureen Johnson.

This spin-off series, set in Clare’s “Shadownhunters” universe, profiles the character Magnus Bane. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will publish the first title in February 2013. Each of the ten Bane installments will come out on a monthly basis leading up to the release of The Mortal Instruments film adaptation. In 2014, the publisher will release a single volume containing all ten stories.

Here’s more from Publishers Weekly: “The novelty of this approach is new enough, Galen said, that S&S is having to do some things ‘on the fly.’ Unfamiliar with this type of schedule, which invokes Aaron Sorkin more than Charles Dickens, S&S is, Galen explained, still working out ‘the whole process of delivery, editing, and distribution.’ Also being worked out, albeit in a different way, is how readers will take to this model. Given the growing number of options to deliver staggered content in a quick manner, projects like The Bane Chronicles are cropping up more frequently.”

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Osama Bin Laden Hunt Retold in Graphic Novel

Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books partnered with indie comics publisher Bluewater Productions to create a graphic novel entitled Killing Geronimo: The Hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

The book focuses on the Navy SEAL Team Six mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. The book has been released today. Artist James Boulton illustrated. Writers Jerome Maida and Darren G. Davis collaborated wrote the story.

Maida had this statement in the release: “This is an epic story nearly ten years in the making. It’s like a true-to-life Jason Bourne novel. And like those Ludlum books, it’s a complex labyrinth of intrigue, danger and politics culminating in an action-packed ending.” (Via CNN)

Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service

Simon & Schuster has created  Archway Publishing to help writers self-publish fiction, nonfiction, business and children’s books.

They will run the new service with help from Author Solutions, the self-publishing company acquired by Pearson for $116 million in July.

Archway Publishing will include “editorial, design, distribution and marketing services” for its authors, all these tools coming from Author Solutions. Fiction options range from $1,999 Author package to the $14,999 Publicist package. The business book options start at $2,199 and go as high as $24,999.

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News Corp. Interested in Buying Simon & Schuster

The News Corp. owned Wall Street Journal broke the news this afternoon that News Corp. (the corporate parents of HarperCollins) have pondered buying Simon & Schuster.

Check it out: “News Corp, owner of HarperCollins Publishers, has expressed interest to CBS Corp. about acquiring its Simon & Schuster book business, according to people familiar with the talks. The people described the talks as preliminary and cautioned that a deal isn’t imminent.”

At the end of October, Pearson-owned newspaper the Financial Times reported that Random House and Penguin were holding similar talks. Three days later, the companies announced a merger.

CONTEST: Design a New Cover for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

To celebrate the upcoming 60th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Simon & Schuster is hosting a jacket design contest for the classic science fiction novel about book burning. We’ve included a copy of the current cover inside this post.

The publisher recently extended the contest deadline, so you have until December 7th to submit. The competition is already strong–you can see some of the submissions at this Tumblr page.

The winner will get $1,500 and see their design on the cover of the first print run of 2013 anniversary edition.

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Publishers Contribute to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Many of those within the literary community have pitched in to relief efforts helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Now, two major publishers have also decided to help.

Scholastic has pledged to donate one million books to schools and libraries located “in the hardest-hit areas of the tri-state region.” The children’s publishing company has also organized a website listing “Storm Recovery Resources” for families, educators and communities to access.

Simon & Schuster will aid schools, libraries, retail partners and various organizations (First Book, K.I.D.S, World Vision, UJA-Federation of New York and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Bookmobile).

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Michael Szczerban Promoted To Editor At Simon & Schuster

“I like making fun, expressive, and useful stuff in print and on the web,” writes Michael Szczerban on his LinkedIn page.

And he’ll be doing more of that. Szczerban has just been promoted from associate editor to editor at Simon & Schuster.

Szczerban began his career at the publishing house as an intern during the summer in 2006, working in the managing editorial department.

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Major Reorganization at Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster announced a major restructuring today, bringing together all its imprints into four publishing groups. Free Press publisher Martha Levin and Free Press editor-in-chief Dominick Anfuso will both leave the company as part of the reorganization.

Judith Curr will helm Atria Publishing Group, and the Howard Books Christian imprint will be part of this new group. Susan Moldow will lead the Scribner Publishing Group, which now includes Touchstone Books. Touchstone publisher Stacy Creamer will report to Moldow.

Jonathan Karp will direct the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, adding the Free Press into this new group.  Louise Burke will lead the Gallery Publishing Group, a group that now includes Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, MTV Books, and Karen Hunter Publishing.

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Octavia Spencer Lands Book Deal at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Help star Octavia Spencer inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Spencer’s debut novel, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, is scheduled for release in fall 2013.

It is the first installment of a two-book middle grade series. Executive editor Zareen Jaffery negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Andy McNichol. Jaffrey will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the release: “Randi Rhodes isn’t your average twelve-year-old. She’s a Brooklyn vigilante with a Tae Kwon Do black belt. But circumstances take a turn for the worse when Randi’s mother passes away and her father decides to move to the small and sleepy town of Deer Creek, Tennessee. Randi couldn’t be more unhappy—until a mystery arises: the town’s two-hundred-year-old time capsule, which is rumored to contain hidden treasure, inexplicably disappears. Randi must solve the case, as the town’s fate hangs in the balance.”

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