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Archives: September 2012

Robert Gottlieb Responds to Penguin Lawsuit: ‘Authors Beware’

The Smoking Gun broke the news that Penguin has sued a number of authors “who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances.”

The list of writers includes Elizabeth WurtzelAna Marie Cox and Herman Rosenblat. Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb wrote a scathing comment on the story.

Check it out: “Penguin this is wrong headed. Authors beware. Books are rejected for reasons other than editorially and publishers then want their money back. Publishers want to reject manuscripts for any reason after an author has put time and effort into writing them all the while paying their bills. Another reason to have strong representation. If Penguin did this to one of Trident’s authors we could cut them out of all our submissions.”

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Ross Perot Inks Deal for Memoir

Ross Perot — the rogue Texas business man who shook things up during the 1992 presidential election by winning 19 percent of the popular vote as an independent with a campaign dedicated to balancing the federal budget — is writing a memoir.

Simon & Schuster will publish the book, which is called, Ross Perot: My Life, and is slated for release in January 2013. In the book, Perot will tell his tale which includes building high tech businesses, rescuing POWs and being the most successful third party candidate in the country.

In 2002, Tapestry Press published a book of Perot’s philosophies written by Perot called Ross Perot: My Life & The Principles for Success.

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Media App Summit Adds Atavist

Join fellow publishers, entrepreneurs, developers, and digital content strategists at Media App Summit, December 3 in New York City. Learn strategies the experts use to effectively retain and engage their audiences in the turbulent mobile world. You’ll save $300 when you register by Thursday.

Evan Ratliff, co-founder and editor of Atavist, explores how to maximize the social media presence and cross-platform exposure of your app during the presentation, New Distribution Models for eBooks and Apps. This panel discusses some of the tools and strategies which are now available to market and publicize apps and ideas.

Matthew Cavnar, VP of business development at Vook, shares advice for making your app more discoverable in vast online destinations during Maximizing Discoverability & Profitability in Book App Marketplaces. You’ll learn how to create eye-catching content, rise up the Top App lists, and promote your app in the right places.

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Smash Mouth to Publish a Cookbook

Seapoint Books will be publishing a cookbook by the rock band Smash Mouth. Smash Mouth: Recipes from the Road: a Rock ‘n’ Roll Cookbook hits bookstores on October 16th.

The book contains candid photos, road trip stories from the band (pictured, via) and celebrity guest recipes. The list of participants include Food Network star Guy Fieri, rock vocalist Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen fame), retired NFL player Jerome Bettis and award-winning chef Michael Symon.

Here’s more from SFWeekly: “We can’t predict exactly what types of macho food will be served up in this book, but there are a few clues. First, take into consideration the utter sophistication of some of the actual items on the menu at Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar, Fieri’s new restaurant in New York’s Times Square: Sashimi tacos, bleu cheese and wasabi “Buffalo Bleu-Sabi” chicken wings, “Guy-Talian” nachos, and the “Slamma Jamma” chicken parmesan.” (via UPROXX)

Natan Fund Launches Book Award

The Natan Fund, a foundation that supports Jewish nonprofits, has introduced a new award to support books on Jewish themes. The Natan Book Award will award selected authors with $50,000.

The money will be divided up in two stages. First, individual authors will be granted $15,000 to support the writing process. The second financing phase will pay for the book’s marketing.

Journalists Jeffrey Goldberg and Franklin Foer will co-chair the Natan Book Award Committee. The Fund is currently looking for submissions for next year’s award. The deadline is December 3rd. Follow this link to find out more details.

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Poisoned Pen Press Seeks Submissions for New YA Imprint

Poisoned Pen Press has created The Poisoned Pencil, a new imprint for young adult mysteries. The new YA imprint is looking for manuscripts between 45,000 and 90,000 words.

Follow this link to submit your writing to the new imprint. Jessica Tribble was named publisher of the new imprint and Ellen Larson is the new editor. Since 1997, Poisoned Pen Press has published more than 400 mystery books.

The new imprint seeks “works with off-beat approaches and narrative choices that reflect the complexity and ambiguity of today’s world.” Tribble explained more in the release: “Our goal with The Poisoned Pencil is to publish Young Adult mysteries that are fast-paced and relevant to today’s teens—books that adults will also want to read.”

Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins, Quirk Books, ABRAMS

This week, HarperCollins is hiring a senior marketing manager, while Quirk Books needs a writer/editor. ABRAMS is seeking a senior publicist, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for a production editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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99-Cent Sale Sweeps Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Stephanie Bond swept three spots on our Self-Published Bestsellers List with a 99-cent sale at Amazon this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we have compiled lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

We update these lists every week, tracking how writers perform inside these booming marketplaces. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book. If you are an author, check out our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post and our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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Association of American Publisher ‘Disappointed’ by ALA Letter

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has responded to an open letter from American Library Association president Maureen Sullivan about “discriminatory” eBook library lending practices at major publishers. Association of American Publisher ‘Disappointed’ by ALA Letter

We’ve reprinted the complete AAP statement below, but here is an excerpt: “At a time when individual publishing houses are more actively engaged than ever in exploring viable solutions to e-lending, we are disappointed that the new leadership at ALA chose this path, with this particular timing, to criticize those efforts.”

The statement stressed that “publishers support the concept of e-lending but must solve a breadth of complex technological, operational, financial and other challenges to make it a reality.”  It also noted that “antitrust restrictions” prevent publishers from working together to build a new lending model.

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Neil Patrick Harris to Publish ‘A Work of Imaginative Nonfiction’

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris has landed a book deal with Random House’s Crown Archetype imprint for his first book. Publication is set for 2014.

Here’s more from the publisher: “As yet untitled, Harris’s book will be a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir. An accomplished amateur magician, Harris will draw upon his love of adventure and surprise in creating the book, as well as upon the many roles he has played in his life and career—from being a child star to coming out, and from acting on Broadway to becoming a proud father.”

Laura Nolan from Paradigm negotiated the deal with publisher Tina Constable. Senior editor Suzanne O’Neill will edit. Harris’ career has spanned genres, ranging from Doogie Howser, M.D. to playing himself in the Harold & Kumar to leading Joss Whedon’s cult musical,  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

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