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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hires Rick Wolff to Lead New Business Book Line

2bf32fcHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has hired book editor Rick Wolff to launch a line of business books. In his new role as Senior Executive Editor, Wolff will develop and edit about 10-15 titles a year. He starts in HMH’s New York office on September 15th.

Wolff comes to HMH from Hachette Book Group where he has spent 23 years publishing business books. In his tenure, Wolff has served as the Editor-in-chief/publisher of Warner Business Books and Grand Central’s Business Plus imprint. He has been instrumental in editing and publishing many bestsellers including Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort.  His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself,” stated Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

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Oliver Potzsch Lands Deal for Historical Novel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has picked up the North American rights for Oliver Potzsch‘s new stand-alone historical fiction book, The Castle of Kings.

Potzch is the author of The Hangman’s Daughter series. HMH recently published the fourth installment, The Poisoned Pilgrim.

Publisher Bruce Nichols negotiated the deal with the German publishing house, Ullstein.

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Philip K. Dick Total Recall eBook Coming

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired the eBook rights to “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale,” the short story by the late Philip K. Dick that inspired the Total Recall movie in 1990 and an upcoming remake (trailer embedded above).

The Wylie Agency negotiated the deal with publisher Bruce Nichols.

The publisher will release a tie-in version of the story (entitled Total Recall) in time for the remake’s August release . Len Wiseman directed the August 2012 film that stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

Philip K. Dick “Exegesis” & 39 Backlist Titles to be Published by HMH

pkd23.jpgHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has sealed a deal for North American rights to publish Philip K. Dick‘s unpublished manuscript: The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. This as-yet-unpublished work contains journal entries the science fiction author (pictured, via) produced after a mystical experience in the 1970s.

The text will be edited by Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson. The conglomerate publisher had more news for Dick fans–they will also bring back 39 titles from Dick’s backlist to republish under the Mariner imprint. The reprints will begin in fall 2011.

Adult Trade publisher Bruce Nichols had this comment: “Philip K. Dick’s books remain as provocative and cutting-edge today as ever … Each generation wants to claim him as its own and we look forward not only to the landmark publication of The Exegesis in fall 2011, but to inspiring a new generation of readers with his significant backlist and its potential in all formats.”

65 To Be Laid Off at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

hmcologo2.jpgAfter establishing a new partnership with the outsourcing firm Cognizant Technology Solutions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. will cut 65 employees, The Boston Globe reports.

While the article didn’t speculate on how the cuts would be spread out, it noted that employees in both Orlando and Boston will be laid off. The news follows a recent executive hiring at the conglomerate publisher–Bruce Nichols joined the company as adult trade and reference publisher last month.

Here’s more from the article: “Cognizant will take over responsibility for application development and maintenance, while Houghton Mifflin’s information technology department will continue to manage strategy, direction, business knowledge, innovation, and the customer interface, according to a Houghton Mifflin spokesman.” (Via Jose Afonso Furtado)

The Post-Restructuring Shuffle

hmcologo.jpgThis week the publishing industry saw some serious post-restructuring shuffling as literary types leapfrogged from Henry Holt to Germany’s Suhrkamp Verlag, Penguin Press to Broadway Books, and HarperCollins to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The NY Observer reported that Henry Holt editor Webb Younce decided to move to Germany to become the English-language editor at Suhrkamp Verlag. His former EIC Marjorie Braman is already thinking about replacements, a rare opening in the publishing recession. In addition, the NY Observer reported that Vanessa Mobley left Penguin Press earlier this year, and is now headed to Broadway Books to serve as senior editor.

Finally, GalleyCat noted earlier this week that former Collins division publisher Bruce Nichols will now serve as adult trade and reference publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Bruce Nichols Moves to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

hmcologo.jpgMonths after HarperCollins shuttered his Collins division, Bruce Nichols is leaving the company to serve as adult trade and reference publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

At Collins, Nichols worked on “Alex & Me” by Irene Pepperberg, “My Booky Wook” by Russell Brand, and “Red and Me” by Bill Russell. Before the HarperCollins restructuring, he was the Collins publisher–moving there after serving as executive editor at Free Press.

Here’s more from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt president, Gary Gentel: “Nichols is widely recognized in the industry for his leadership, innovation and keen editorial judgment, and his ability to find topics and writers that attract national attention … We want to build on our legacy, but also look to the future, and I’m thrilled to have Bruce guide our Adult and Reference programs.”