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Rod Stewart Lands Book Deal for Memoir

Rock star Rod Stewart has inked a book deal with Random House’s Crown Archetype imprint. Publication is set for 2012, and Stewart promised to reveal the “socks and knickers” beneath his metaphorical bed.

Arnold Stiefel of Stiefel Entertainment negotiated the deal with  Random House Group chairman Gail Rebuck and Cornerstone Publishing managing director Susan Sandon, and Crown Archetype publisher Tina Constable.  The star has sold 250 million records, known for classics like ‘Maggie May,’ ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?,’ ‘Rhythm of My Heart.’

Here’s more from Stewart: “I thought long and hard before committing to write my book.  It is a funny old thing telling my life story but I truly intend to hold nothing back.  I’ve had quite a life, known some extraordinary people and had some amazing experiences. I’ve waited all this time, until my 50th year in the business and realise I can no longer put it off.  Forget skeletons in the closet; this one’s going to be socks and knickers under the bed.”

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33 UK Layoffs at Random House

trans.jpgNews broke this morning that Random House has cut 33 employees in the UK.

According to Bookseller, the Transworld imprint lost a few employees, including senior publishing director Francesca Liversidge, Rochelle Venables, and Mary Vacher. The article also noted that Bodley Head editorial director Dan Hind was laid-off along with James Gurbett from the Secker imprint.

Here’s more from the article: “In an email to staff this morning, Random House Group chairman and c.e.o. Gail Rebuck said the company had been through ‘a difficult few weeks’ and said: ‘by facing the recessionary challenge directly and taking timely action we are securing our long-term future and strength.’”

Blair Picks Barnett to Broker Book Deal

Yesterday afternoon the Bookseller broke the story that literary lawyer to the stars Bob Barnett would be representing Tony Blair – and shopping around the former UK prime minister’s interests to America first. So of course, people are wondering a) who will get the book and b) how much they will have to pay for it. Bill Clinton money? Alan Greenspan money? Something even greater?

The advance will be inflated by Blair’s perceived value in the US, said one leading publisher of political books. “The Americans love him. They see him as an articulate George W. Bush. He’ll get a good whack out of a US publisher.” And the direct approach to the US is seen to thwart UK agents who were vying for a slice of the action. “It will be a shoot out between HarperCollins and Random House, but I think HarperCollins will prevail despite the much trumped link with Gail Rebuck‘s husband. [Rupert] Murdoch‘s keen and he’s got deep pockets,” said a major non-fiction publisher. “They’ve been political bedfellows for a very long time, and [News Corp] is a multimedia company,” a leading UK literary agent added. Shootout royale? Major league auction? Stay tuned, as the drill goes..

Profit Spike for Random House UK

The Bookseller reports that Random House Group UK is understood to have made 45.3m pounds in operating profits in 2006 – marking a 5% lift on the previous year (43m pounds). Annual turnover is understood to have leaped 8% in the period, from 250m pounds to 271m pounds, following organic growth and the acquisition of BBC Books. Chief executive Gail Rebuck said: “Last year [2006] was a surprisingly strong year, characterized by diversification with the acquisition of BBC Books and the growth of our non-fiction publishing; [and] innovation with a range of very successful new authors and investment in our future growth.”

Random House UK’s Promised Patterson Blitz

On Monday, Random House UK hosted James Patterson (situated at left with company CEO Gail Rebuck) at Sketch, reports Booktrade.info, where the company first held a conference day at the venue, outlining sales plans to staffers and the trade. Customers got to meet the author in the evening. And while Patterson was in London the company also arranged for him to do a photo shoot with Rankin, the results of which will be revealed in due course.

The Bookseller was at the presentation, too
, and report that Patterson will nearly double his annual output to eight books a year when he moves to the Random House next February, adding non-fiction, a graphic novel and more romance and teen fiction to his mainstay of thrillers. CHA marketing director Claire Round said the company will treat every Patterson launch “as if it were a major Hollywood release”, and has appointed a full-time brand specialist to manage the Patterson oeuvre. Each standalone thriller will be backed by prime-time television advertising. Further branding plans are in place for a new teen series, titled Jack X, the Michael Bennett series co-authored with Michael Ledwidge, and his existing series. “We felt strongly – sorry Headline – that the package could be evolved to bring in some new readers without alienating the current ones,” Round concluded.

Sansom Named Communications Director for Random House UK

Random House UK announced in a press release yesterday that Rachael Sansom has been appointed as Group Communications Director, effective July 23. Sansom, previously a Board Director and Partner at London based PR agency Consolidated Communications and Director of Communications, Europe for Motorola, will oversee all aspects of communications for the Random House Group, to include information on the Group’s many corporate responsibility initiatives, its long-term digital plans, corporate affairs and internal communication including the launch of the ouRHouse intranet.

“We were overwhelmed by the high calibre of candidates we saw in our search for a new Communications Director and I am delighted that Rachael is joining us,” said Random House UK CEO Gail Rebuck. “Her strong communications background and her extensive knowledge of the media sector, make her the ideal candidate.” Added Sansom: “Publishing is a dynamic industry and The Random House Group in particular is a diverse and fast moving organisation. I very much look forward to joining the team at Random House and the challenges it will bring.”

Random House UK CEO Talks of Tough Markets

Publishing News reports on Random House UK CEO Gail Rebuck‘s recent “state of the union” address to around 40 literary agents in the Random House boardroom last Friday, spelling out just how tough the market is for all publishers – and how her group is investing heavily in areas such as digitization to prepare itself for the future. “Her analysis of the state of the industry was very good, very cogent,” said one agent. For another, it was “brave and frank”. The message was clear: it’s not getting any easier out there. Publishers’ share of the trade is shrinking while at the same time discounts are rising. There has been conglomeration among retailers and wholesalers (EUK’s takeover of Bertrams was mentioned) and the pressure on all publishers remains intense. “They’re saying something has to give,” was one (somewhat obvious) assessment afterwards.

While Rebuck wouldn’t comment directly to PN about the meetings – which another agent felt might be a bid to “soften them up” for hard news about advances and royalties – she did offer this statement: “The pace of change is so fast in our industry that it is unlikely most publishers can truly say they are fully briefed on all the issues at any given time. It is even more difficult for agents who do not necessarily have the same flow of daily information. The Random House Group briefings are an opportunity for us to share our strategic aims with a most important constituency.”