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Former ‘Fox News’ Producer Joe Muto Inks Deal at Dutton

Joe Muto, a former television producer at Fox News, has landed a memoir deal with Penguin Group (USA)’s Dutton imprint.

Muto, “a self described bleeding heart liberal,” wrote An Atheist in the Foxhole to recount his eight years at Fox which includes his time working with political commentator Bill O’Reilly. The nonfiction title is slated for publication in early 2013. Executive editor Jill Schwartzman oversaw this acquisition and secured world rights.

Here’s more from the release: “Having finally reached a breaking point, Muto decided to leak salacious bits of FoxNews gossip to the ultra-popular website, Gawker. He only lasted only 36 hours as theso-called “Fox Mole” before being discovered and suspended, but in those 36 hours,a record-breaking 8.5 million readers were fascinated by Muto’s bizarre and hilarious stories.”

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What’s An Aspiring Writer To Do?

I found a great question in our anonymous tips slush pile (sadly, we get tons of spam so it takes a while to weed through and find those gems you send in).

As an aspiring author, I read my GalleyCat emails religiously. Thank you so much for all of your great information! As I read about so many authors taking up their time and creative energy to promote their books (because publishers simply won’t do it) more and more I’m wondering, “What’s the point of a publisher?” What, exactly, do they do for those who don’t make it to the top of their lists? Add to this the apparent widespread problem with royalties, communication, etc etc, and I’m starting to wonder if I shouldn’t publish myself. But then there’s a black mark associated with that too. There’s NO hope for getting in the big stores when you’re self-published. And I see the point of that. Too many writers think their horrible crap is brilliant, so we need that filter of an agent/editor/publisher. But those people are making big mistakes, I think. When I read about that Flammable author worrying that publishers will smell an Iranian trend, flood the market with books that are too similar and then pull out when readers (shockingly!) get bored, I think to myself “How many times have we seen THAT in action?” More and more I’m thinking the wrong people are in charge of getting books to the reading public. And we writers are caught in the middle of it. What’s an aspiring writer to do?

This writer brings up some good points especially in the age of print on demand. Sure there are black marks associated with self-published works. All the major trades and reviewers refuse to look at the self-published work despite any merits it might have. However, POD can work to your advantage if you have a niche market. Take Daemon for example by Daniel Suarez. His book had a definite appeal to the tech sector who glommed onto his subject matter and chatted it up on Wired magazine and got kudos from Craig Newmark from Craigslist. He bypassed the normal review structure and focused on his core audience with a payoff… Dutton picked up the rights to republish it and the sequel. This process might now work for every book, but it can when there’s a ravenous core audience to tap into.

More Promotions at Penguin, Trafalgar Square Adds Publishers

hodgman dutton.jpgBeth Parker has been promoted to Associate Publicity Director for both the Dutton and Gotham lists and has contributed to the campaigns for New York Times nonfiction bestsellers including Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, Always By My Side by Jim Nantz, and How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill. She also works with Harlan Coben, Eric Jerome Dickey, and John Lescroart.

Amanda Walker has been promoted to Publicity Manager for Gotham/Dutton having just joined in the spring of last year from the Free Press. She has spearheaded the success of Hill Harper’s books, Letters to a Young Sister and Letters to a Young Brother and is currently working on promoting John Hodgman’s upcoming book for Dutton, More Information than You Require.

Meanwhile, Trafalgar Square Publishing (from Independent Publishers Group)just announced it now esclusively distributes titles for nine new publishers including: Alma Books, Angry Penguin Ltd., Cadmos Books, Capuchin Classics, The History Press Ltd., OneWorld Classics/Calder Publications, Piatkus Books, Pushkin Press, and Spy Publishing. This will be the first time Angry Penguin Ltd., Cadmos Books, Capuchin Classics, and Spy Publishing will be distributed in North America.

Dutton To Publish Meg Gardiner in the US

It worked for Ron McLarty, and now the Stephen King Anointment Test (TM) works once more for Meg Gardiner. After teasing her readers earlier this week with the news of an American deal, she supplied more information yesterday afternoon: Ben Sevier at Dutton pre-empted the rights to all five of her novels, plus two new titles from Britt Carlson at Gelfman Schneider (acting on behalf of Jonny Pegg at Curtis Brown.) The backlist will be published as mass market paperback originals by NAL, while the next titles – the sixth Evan Delaney series installment plus THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB, a standalone thriller set in San Francisco – will debut here in hardcover, with the standalone going first in summer 2008. No terms are known, but seeing as this is a seven-book deal, the amount of money has to be fairly substantive, though the per-book ratio may break down to more manageable numbers. Comments from Carlson and Sevier are still pending, and will be added once they come in.

On the face of it, this looks like a smart acquisition on all sides. Starting Gardiner in mass market means (as I explained last month) that her audience can build quickly and demand will grow until a suitable splash is made with the first hardcover release. For Dutton, Gardiner will enable them to tap into the audience that reads other New York Times bestselling female thriller writers like Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and Alison Brennan while adding a necessary counterpart to a predominantly male thriller list (including Harlan Coben, Jonathon King, Juan Gomez-Jurado and Stephen White.) It’s also Sevier’s first thriller acquisition and his second major deal since moving to Dutton earlier this year. So while a lot is riding on Gardiner to live up to the expectations set by King’s blurb and Abebooks’ inability to keep her UK editions in stock, the likelihood is that this risk will pay off in spades.

UPDATE: Dutton has released an announcement about Gardiner’s six-figure deal, which was finalized last Friday evening. Sevier will edit Gardiner’s new novels for hardcover publication, which Dutton will release in the summer of 2008. “For such a talented thriller writer to have gone unpublished in her own country for so long is difficult to imagine, and I look forward to helping Meg find the American audience she so clearly deserves,” says Sevier in the announcement. “THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB is everything I look for in a suspense novel-fast-moving, inventive, with an engaging heroine in Jo Beckett and a plot that twists and turns toward an explosive finale set against the backdrop of an earthquake-addled San Francisco.” As for the backlist, Dutton spokeswoman Beth Parker said by email this morning that they had not been scheduled for publication by NAL as yet.

Sevier Moves to Dutton

After a very short stint with Touchstone/Fireside – where he acquired undercover FBI agent “Jack Falcone‘s” INSIDE MAN earlier this month – former St. Martin’s editor Ben Sevier is moving to Dutton as a Senior Editor effective January 30. “Ben is generally regarded as one of the best crime fiction and thriller editors in our business,” said Dutton editor-in-chief Trena Keating in an announcement sent out this morning. “I am very pleased to welcome him to Dutton and introduce him to our bestselling thriller writers, including Harlan Coben and Raymond Khoury, who are among the finest thriller writers anywhere.” Sevier added that “quite simply this is my dream job–I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with their elite list of talented thriller writers.”

UPDATE: I asked Sevier this afternoon about the circumstances of his move to Dutton. “I loved my time at Touchstone working with the terrific team here, and leaving is not something I could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago,” he said by email. “But when Dutton called it was with an offer and an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up, and I couldn’t be more excited to start over there next week.”