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Posts Tagged ‘Hilary Duff’

Andrew Phillips Named Next Author Solutions CEO

Penguin International president Andrew Phillips has been named the next CEO of Author Solutions, the self-publishing business purchased by Penguin.

He will start in July. Current CEO Kevin Weiss “will leave to take up a new position which will be announced separately next week.”

A number of publishing promotions were also announced this week…

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Chris Colfer Inks Deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Glee star Chris Colfer has signed a two-book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. His middle grade novel, The Land of Stories, will be released in summer 2012. A publication date for the untitled follow-up has not been announced.

Deputy publisher Andrew Smith and editorial director Alvina Ling negotiated the deal with literary agent Rob Weisbach of Rob Weisbach Creative Management. Ling will edit the book. The video embedded above features Colfer performing a duet with his Glee co-star Darren Criss.

Here’s more from the press release: “A fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales, The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner Bailey. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they comeface-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about.”

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Hilary Duff YA Series, Radiohead Meets Murakami, and Star Trek Zombies: Weekend Reading

As we head off into the weekend, check out that excellent video about the making of a book cover. If you want more weekend reading, here are our favorite headlines from the week.

In an interview, author Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel discussed writing books about autism–explaining how publishers can better serve parents with autistic children.

We reported the fabulous news that Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny Greenwood is writing the score for a film adaptation of a Haruki Murakami novel

Quirk Books took zombies to the nerdiest of all readers, acquiring Night of the Living Trekkies.

We found out the most “egregious offense” writers commit while pitching agent Michael Bourret.

Actress and musician Hilary Duff inked a multiple-book deal with Simon & Schuster Books.

We interviewed Seth Grahame-Smith about zombies, vampires, and mashup publishing.

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Hilary Duff to Publish YA Series

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Actress and musician Hilary Duff inked a multiple-book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers today. The first novel is Elixir, scheduled to be published in hardcover October 2010. The deal also includes a nonfiction book about children of divorce–scheduled for a spring 2012 launch.

The series will focus on a photojournalist named Clea Raymond, the celebrity offspring of a politician and a doctor. In Da Vinci Code fashion, she chases a dashing boy “in a race against time to unravel a centuries-old mystery that could unlock the key to her soulmate’s true identity.” Duff (pictured, via) began her career on the Disney Channel show, Lizzie McGuire, and recently had a guest spot on Gossip Girl.

Duff had this statement: “I’ve always loved the escape of a great book, especially one that features a strong, inspiring female character you feel you really understand, someone who could be you, but living a more fascinating life. I’m hoping Elixir will be that kind of book–a novel that will transport readers and open new worlds for them.”