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Tracey Guest Promoted to VP At Simon & Schuster

Tracey Guest, director of publicity at Simon & Schuster, has been promoted to vice president, director of publicity.

Guest has been with Simon & Schuster since 1998. In her time at the publisher, she has worked on a wide range of books by authors including: Hunter S. Thompson, Bob Woodward, Don Rickles, Mike Birbiglia, Bob Dylan, Paula Deen and Sylvia Nasar. Guest’s most recent publicity campaign was for Jaycee Dugard‘s bestseller, A Stolen Life. Guest began her career at Dutton/Plume in 1991.

In an email, Adam Rothberg, SVP, corporate communications at Simon & Schuster, wrote: “Through it all, Tracey has demonstrated excellent judgment, warmth, spirit, and an ability to make good things happen for our authors in all forms of media.”

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Adam Rothberg Promoted To Senior VP of Corporate Communications at S&S

s&slogo23.jpgAdam Rothberg has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications at Simon & Schuster.

Rothberg has served as VP of corporate communications at the publisher since 1999. He first joined the company in 1985, working as a publicity assistant and then director of publicity at Pocket Books.  In the mid-1990s, he joined Villard Books/Random House, serving as director of publicity and then as associate publisher before returning to Simon & Schuster.

CEO Carolyn K. Reidy praised Rothberg: “He is cool under the pressure of deadlines, and brings to the job a diplomat’s ability to reconcile disparate agendas when working on projects with multiple partners. His well-deserved reputation as a straight shooter has made him a trusted counselor on communication and general business questions in every corner of Simon & Schuster, from our publishing and operations units to our corporate staff and international companies, and at CBS, where he works closely with his communications counterparts at both corporate and divisional levels.”

Simon & Schuster and TechCrunch Battle Over Blog Excerpts

facebookeff.jpgYesterday TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington posted an angry response to Simon & Schuster following a lengthy email exchange about his posting of excerpts from a book.

Last week TechCrunch posted excerpts from The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company by David Kirkpatrick. Arrington reprinted the email exchange he had with publicists and lawyers asking him to remove the excerpts–they expected he would only post excerpts of the excerpts.

Here’s the heart of Arrington’s post: “So just to be very clear, Simon & Schuster is threatening legal action unless I take down my post linking to pre-sales of the book and giving it a huge thumbs up. Because I posted excerpts of the book that are also posted online on Fortune and other sites … In my world, where content is quickly ripped off without attribution every day, a link is gold.”

In June, our video interview program Media Beat will host an exclusive interview with Kirkpatrick about his book. Simon & Schuster responds after the jump…

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Controversy Over Changes to S&S’s Boilerplate

Simon & Schuster recently altered its boilerplate contract to extend their copyright control of an author’s work “in perpetuity” and the Authors Guild is steaming mad about it. In an alert issued yesterday, the Guild recommended that author considering excluding the house from auctions until they agree not to impose the new conditions: “The new contract would allow Simon & Schuster to consider a book in print, and under its exclusive control, so long as it’s available in any form, including through its own in-house database — even if no copies are available to be ordered by traditional bookstores. With the new contract language, the publisher would be able stop printing a book and prevent the author from publishing it with any other house.”

Added president Roy Blount Jr., “A publisher is meant to publish, to get out there and sell our books. A publishing house is not supposed to be a place where our books are permanently squirreled away.” It’s a sentiment that Jane Litte at Dearauthor.com wholeheartedly agrees with. “The publisher is signaling that it will no longer include minimum sales requirements for a work to be considered in print. Simon & Schuster is apparently seeking nothing less than an exclusive grant of rights in perpetuity. Effectively, the publisher would co-own your copyright.”

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Is S&S Muzzling Plame Appearances?

My answer would immediately have to be “no” but it makes for good gossip fodder for Rush & Molloy, who claim that the reason Valerie Plame has canceled tomorrow’s People For the American Way-hosted talk – and possibly any other future appearances – not because of CIA concerns but because of an edict handed down by Simon & Schuster. “From our perspective, the book is in progress and is expected to be published in the near future,” Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg told the gossipists. “It has always been a known fact, as a former employee, that [her] book would be subject to a review” by the CIA. “I think everybody agrees a better time to do the event would be closer to when the book comes out.”

But a source believes “she was bullied by Simon & Schuster not to appear, since her editors want to maximize the publicity” for when the memoir hits bookstores. But really, let’s go with the prevailing theory that the CIA’s unhappiness about Plame writing any sort of book about her time with the Agency – especially since she was a Non-Official Cover, the most secretive level – instead of some publishing conspiracy-based one….

Today in AMS: S&S Bid Rejected, Economies of Scale

Buried at the end of Julie Bosman‘s New York Times piece about Perseus‘s offer to acquire the distribution contracts of Publishers Group West clients is that the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware rejected a bid by Simon & Schuster to reclaim books in Advanced Marketing Services‘ inventory that could be valued at $5 million. “We made an aggressive move to reclaim the books that were in their possession during the 45-day period before they filed Chapter 11,” said Simon & Schuster VP of marketing Adam Rothberg.

And the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a Jan. 31 hearing has been scheduled on AMS proposal to establish procedures to sell all or part of the company or to find an investor willing to put up new capital or refinance its debt.

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