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Posts Tagged ‘Jofie Ferrari-Adler’

Boris Kachka on His Book’s Perilous Publishing Path

Few writers ever speak frankly about their book deals for nonfiction books. In a candid interview at The AwlNew York magazine journalist and author Boris Kachka shared the story behind his nonfiction book.

As he wrote the manuscript for Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, Kachka’s book a perilous journey between publishing houses. Kachka explained in the interview:

A small house picked up the book for $30,000. It was not an easy sell, and in fact [the eventual editor] Jofie Ferrari-Adler was one of the editors who declined to take it on the original proposal. He was at Grove/Atlantic then. Things didn’t work out with Thomas Dunne Books, my original publisher … We parted ways with Dunne, returned the half-advance I’d gotten, and went out to others. It was easier to do that with a completed book, but it was a risky thing of course. Jofie eventually sent me a note: “This book is marvelous, baby.” He had lots of suggestions and there was some rewriting involved. He matched that first advance.

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Susan Orlean To Write About Infamous LAPL Fire

Author and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean inked a deal for The Library Book.

The book will explore the power of libraries and her “quest to solve a crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out in 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying 400,000 books?” If you want to read more about this sad story, the LAPL posted a complete account of the fire.

InkWell Management agent Richard Pine negotiated the deal with Jonathan Karp and Jofie Ferrari-Adler at Simon & Schuster.

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J.D. Salinger Book & Documentary Coming

Simon & Schuster will publish The Private War of J.D. Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno in September, an oral biography of the great author that is guarded by “elaborate security.”

Salerno directed a documentary about the author that will air on American Masters in January 2014. The publisher negotiated the deal with Salerno and senior editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler will edit. Both publisher Jonathan Karp and Ferrari-Adler had sought to acquire the book for a few years.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “The project has been the subject of much speculation since a 2010 Newsweek story, ‘Salinger Like You’ve Never Seen Him,‘ about the work-in-progress. Entertainment Weekly reported on the elaborate security surrounding the project … Salerno has been interviewing colleagues and intimates of Salinger since 2004. Since then, he and co-author David Shields have been shaping the interviews into an oral biography, which will be accompanied by never-before-seen photos of Salinger.”

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Amanda Murray Cut at Simon & Schuster

s&slogo23.jpgThe NY Observer broke the news that editor Simon & Schuster editor Amanda Murray has been cut. She had worked with some big names in fiction, including: Robert M. Parker, Jr., Mary Higgins Clark, and Sandra Brown.

Here’s more from the article: “Jonathan Karp replaced David Rosenthal last month, and he’s now begun to assemble his own editorial team at Simon & Schuster. Senior editor Amanda Murray has been fired, she confirmed today. Karp could not be reached for comment.”

Yesterday we reported that newly-hired publisher Jonathan Karp had hired senior editors Ben Loehnen and Jofie Ferrari-Adler to acquire and edit nonfiction titles.