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Archives: August 2012

Author Solutions Removes Fake Social Media Accounts

Following a GalleyCat article yesterday, self-publishing company Author Solutions will remove social media accounts for Jared Silverstone–a set of profiles for an “Awesome Publishing Consultant at Author Solutions” that used a fake image from a stock photo company.

Copywriter and editor Emily Seuss discovered a collection of social media accounts sharing the same stock photo picture (embedded above), all credited to an employee named Silverstone. You can see screenshots from the social accounts and read more at this link.

Here is the official statement from the self-publishing company: “At Author Solutions we take our social media activities very seriously, and we are committed to following industry best practices. The manner in which the accounts were set up is not supported by our company-wide social media policy, and in no way is condoned by our company. We are taking appropriate action and we are in the process of removing the content from social media accounts.”

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Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Random House Earnings

Random House posted a 64 percent increase in operating profit for the first half of 2012. According to Variety, the publisher also boasted a 20 percent increase in revenue–rising to $1.2 billion.

Here’s more from the article: “The titillating [50 Shades of Grey] trilogy sold more than 30 million copies between March and June, with sales evenly divided between the trade paperback and e-book editions. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey the first book in the trilogy, for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.”

Random House also credited the growth in eBook sales and the popularity of some of their biggest bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin  (A Song of Ice and Fire series), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Dr. Seuss (The Lorax).

Francine Fialkoff Leaves Library Journal

After 35 years at the magazine, Library Journal editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff is leaving.

In her farewell editorial, Fialkoff said she will “turn to new challenges in the library world” after her September 1 departure. LJ’s executive editor Michael Kelley will serve as interim editor-in-chief.

Here’s more from the company: “She helped put LJ on the map as a major player in library building and design, with, among other things, the launch of a biannual Library by Design tabloid as well as a popular Design Institute event series now in its 11th cycle. And she has been involved in the creation of awards, including Best Small Library in America Award, the LJ Teaching Award, and the new LibraryAware Award, as well as enhancing the impact of the annual Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year awards. She has also overseen the launch into important original research such as Patron Profiles; the integration of webcasts; and the launch of LJ’s widely read enewsletters. ”

Fialkoff has had an extraordinary career at LJ spanning 35 years, with over 15 years at its helm (as editor and editor-in-chief). Under her leadership, LJ moved from a print magazine to a multiplatform entity. Effective immediately, .

Alan Goldsher Lauches Virtual Book Talk Show ‘Book It’

Alan Goldsher, the author of  the novels Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion and My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the von Trapp Family Vampires, is launching a new virtual talk show dedicated to books and publishing called Book It.

The interactive talk show which is billed as “for writers, by writers,” will include such authors as Ned Vizzini author of The Other Normals and It’s Kind of a Funny StoryJonathan Maberry author of Patient ZeroRot & Ruin); Joel Stein author of Man MadeKevin Pollak author of How I Slept My Way to the Middle and  Adam Mansbach author of Go the F*** to Sleep.

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The Normals, Happiness & Lunatopics: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our New Books section. Want to include your book? Just read our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post. Don’t forget to include your title’s exact release date and a link.

The Normals by Alyx Mesun: “Trent Bosworth is a popular kid in a small town who is surrounded by superficial acquaintances while valiantly trying to survive the fallout of a rapidly deteriorating family structure. Trent is angry and aimless, but thanks to his carelessness, he finds himself in a bizarre situation.” (August 2012)

Road of Happiness: Finding Joy in Life’s Journey by Jill R. Seely: “A common goal in life is to be happy… to find and create happiness that can develop into joy. This insightful book gives a fun perspective on happiness, and how to enjoy life now and in the future. The author’s real life examples, insights, and strategies make it easy for anyone to increase his or her happiness and understanding of what it means to be happy.” (August 2012)

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Find the Best Books Starring Mighty Girls

Looking for books to share with the kids in your life?

Over at A Mighty Girl, you can sort through an archive of the “Top Read Aloud Books starring Mighty Girls.” You can sort the recommendations by age group, price and awards. It’s the perfect list to browse over the holiday weekend.

Check it out: “A Mighty Girl’s top recommended read aloud chapter books are perfect for reading aloud with elementary-aged children or as independent reading for older children. You can view age recommendations for a specific book on its product page under the ‘details’ section or filter by age range on the left menu. Many of the books recommended for children ages 9 and up are also excellent choices as real alouds for younger readers as parents can use the book as a jumping off point for discussing relevant topics (for instance, the issue of tolerance in the novel Rules).”

Hachette Book Group Sales Drop 4%, Digital Up 20%

The Hachette Book Group reported that its sales dropped four percent during the first half of 2012 in a financial earnings statement released August 30th. Meanwhile, Hachette’s digital sales increased 20 percent in the first half of 2012, as compared with the first half of 2011. The company reported that digital represents 27 percent of HBG’s net sales, which is up from 22 percent of net sales last year.

The company expects higher sales in the second half of the year, due to the typical growth in holiday season sales. In addition, the company expects J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy to help bolster sales.

Lagardère Publishing’s Hachette Livre reported net sales of around $1.1 billion during the first six months of 2012. Digital is growing within the division, representing 8.4 percent of total net sales for Hachette Livre, which is up from 6 percent for all of 2011. (Via Digital Book World).

Bookstores on Tumblr & Paid Amazon Reviews: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including David Foster Wallace on your Mac’s thesaurus, the best bookstores on Tumblr and LeVar Burton talking about Reading Rainbow (video embedded above).

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1. Major Bestsellers with More Than 150 One-Star Reviews

2. Audition For ‘Sex & The Single Girl’ Audiobook

3. Best Bookstores on Tumblr

4. How To Read Amazon Review Graphs

5. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook

6. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey

7. David Foster Wallace on Your Mac Thesaurus

8. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publisher to Sell Chicken Soup

9. C.S. Lewis: ‘Your book bill ought to be your biggest extravagance’

10. LeVar Burton: ‘We’re sacrificing our kids’

How to Clean Sticker Glue on Books

Over at The Last Bookstore, we discovered a secret ingredient for cleaning sticker glue on books: lighter fluid!

Everybody in the GalleyCat audience knows the problem. You buy a new or used book, but somebody left an annoying sticker on the cover. You can scrape it off, but bits of glue will haunt the book forever.

Check it out: “Each Tuesday, book archivist Emily comes in to cover the art books we get with Brodart book coverings–a smooth, protective plastic that allows them to stay pristine.  Before she does that, she uses lighter fluid to clean them.  She swears it’s the most effective thing she’s found for removing the sticky, gummy mystery goop that old books can acquire.”

UPDATE: Reader Mira Draken added a note of caution: ” Indeed lighter fluid can clean books- but you might try a hidden corner first, it damages some colors.”

Who Is Jared Silverstone?

Copywriter and editor Emily Seuss has uncovered a set of social media accounts sharing the same stock photo picture, all credited to an Author Solutions employee named Jared Silverstone. UPDATE: Author Solutions will remove these accounts and has issued an official statement about the matter.

Silverstone is identified as an “Awesome Publishing Consultant at Author Solutions” in his bio on various social media sites, but his photograph can also be found as “Nerdy Mustache Guy Portrait” from iStock Photo. You can visit his Google+ page, his Facebook page and his Twitter page. We have reached out to Penguin (the new corporate parent of Author Solutions) for commentary and we will update when we have a response.

Here’s more from Seuss: “Aside from the fact that he’s posted only a handful of ASI-centric posts since March 2012, Jared looks just a little too hipster to be hipster, doesn’t he? That’s because—surprise!—Jared Silverstone isn’t real. Click through a few pages of istockphoto.com  search results for ‘mustache,’ and you’ll find our precious Jared, sans the green filter makeover and the slightly off center crop job. Before Author Solutions paid for his likeness, Jared looked a little something like (okay, maybe EXACTLY like) the watermarked guy on the right.” (Via Victoria Strauss)

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