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Rick Atkinson To Write American Revolution Trilogy

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson will publish a narrative history trilogy about the American Revolution with Henry Holt and Company.

The former Washington Post staff writer won the Pulitzer Prize for An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, part of his bestselling trilogy about World War II–a 15 year writing effort. 

 The American Revolution trilogy will begin with 1775 and 1776; volume two will cover 1777 to 1779 and volume three will cover 1780 to 1781. Macmillan editor at large John Sterling acquired and will edit the books. He has edited all of Atkinson’s books.

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Elizabeth Warren Lands a Book Deal with Metropolitan Books

Senator Elizabeth Warren will publish a book about “how Washington is rigged against America’s middle class” with Henry Holt and Company’s Metropolitan Books imprint.

Publication is set for the spring of 2014. Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly negotiated the deal with publisher Stephen Rubin. Editor at large John Sterling will edit. You can read her work on Twitter, where she has more than 82,000 followers. Here’s more from the release:

The main focus of the book, however, will be the conflict America now faces between giant institutions and the needs of everyday citizens. Senator Warren will bring her wide professional experience – as a Harvard law professor, head of the Congressional panel that tried to bring some oversight to the bank bailout, and assistant to the President for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – to outline how the American middle class can be strengthened. The book will discuss how powerful interests in Washington have rigged the system to benefit themselves and what actions must be taken at every level – from campaigns to legislation to government agencies – to level the playing field.

Grammar Girl Sells Audiobooks, Too

The New York TimesAndrew Adam Newman is the latest to jump on the Grammar Girl Podcast bandwagon, focusing on Mignon Fogarty‘s quick turnaround in producing the audiobook of her book, which Henry Holt won’t publish until next year. The reason for speed? An appearance on Oprah, which then propelled said audiobook to the top of iTunes’ bestselling books list. Unlike most authors, Fogarty owns a mixing board for recording her podcasts, which allowed her to gin up a quickie audio version of the book she plans to write. The effort was spearheaded by Mary Beth Roche, publisher of Audio Renaissance, the audiobook division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, which also publishes Henry Holt.

The resulting success has Holt publisher John Sterling feeling very happy. “We didn’t break out Champagne because we weren’t selling tens of thousands, but we certainly broke out the sparkling water,” Sterling said. “We are accustomed to working with product cycles one measures in months, but in this case we were working with a product cycle of days and even hours.” An audiobook would normally appear after – or simultaneously with – a published book, not before. “Traditionally, we would see the audiobook as the tail on the dog, and here the tail is wagging the dog.” And as with all success stories, expect this to be emulated over and over…