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Atria & United Talent Launch Keywords Press

keywordspressAtria Publishing Group has teamed up with United Talent Agency to launch a new imprint called Keywords Press.

The new imprint will publish books by “digital influencers.” The publisher will put out 6-10 titles a year, all of which will be available digitally and in print. Shay “ShayCarl” Butler, Shane Dawson, Justine “iJustine” Ezarik, Connor Franta and Joey Graceffa are the first authors on the imprint.

“Keywords Press is being built to work with new authors who not only have unique voices, but also have a special and direct relationship with their fans,” stated Judith Curr. “We believe that this generation of digital stars, who are unprecedented in how they’ve built their brands and relate to their audiences, gives us an opportunity to rethink the traditional publishing model.”

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‘The Secret’ Author To Publish New Book in November

The author of The Secret will release Hero on November 19th. Simon & Schuster’s Atria Publishing Group will publish the new book by bestselling author Rhonda Byrne.

Publisher Judith Curr described the new title: “this book will inspire and show us all how to search for, find, and live our dreams.” There are currently more than 25 million copies of The Secret in print. Here’s more about the new book, from the release:

Hero brings together the wisdom and insight of twelve of the most successful people living in the world today. By following their seemingly impossible journeys to success, Hero reveals that each of us was born with everything we need to live our greatest dream – and that by doing so we will fulfill our mission and literally change the world.

Major Reorganization at Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster announced a major restructuring today, bringing together all its imprints into four publishing groups. Free Press publisher Martha Levin and Free Press editor-in-chief Dominick Anfuso will both leave the company as part of the reorganization.

Judith Curr will helm Atria Publishing Group, and the Howard Books Christian imprint will be part of this new group. Susan Moldow will lead the Scribner Publishing Group, which now includes Touchstone Books. Touchstone publisher Stacy Creamer will report to Moldow.

Jonathan Karp will direct the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group, adding the Free Press into this new group.  Louise Burke will lead the Gallery Publishing Group, a group that now includes Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, Pocket Books, Pocket Star, MTV Books, and Karen Hunter Publishing.

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Kevin Costner Lands Book Deal

Actor Kevin Costner has signed a book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint for an adventure series. It begins with The Explorers Guild, Volume One: Passage to Shambhala in 2014. The book is aimed at a broad group of readers, ranging from “young adult to more mature mystery and adventure enthusiasts.”

Writer and art director Jon Baird (pictured, left) also worked on the project with Costner (middle), which will be illustrated by Rick Ross (right). Rob Weisbach and Fonda Snyder at Rob Weisbach Creative Management negotiated the deal with publisher Judith Curr. Atria senior editor Sarah Durand and assistant editor Daniel Loedel will edit the book.

Here’s more from the release: “Behind the staid rooms of an old world gentlemen’s club operates a darker, more mysterious organization: The Explorers Guild, a clandestine group of adventurers who seek out the places where light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth … Set against the backdrop of World War I, with Western Civilization spiraling into chaos, the first installment in The Explorers Guild series, A Passage to Shambhala, concerns the Guild’s quest to find Shambhala, the golden city of Buddhist myth. Each member is driven toward the City for a different reason: one believes that finding it will save his brother’s life; another hopes that it will reveal a path to spiritual enlightenment. Some believe the power of the city can be used to restore peace, while others are certain that Shambhala is responsible for bringing mankind to the brink of apocalypse.”

Atria Books Teams Up with Short Books to Launch UK Lit Imprint

Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint has entered into a trans-Atlantic co-publishing agreement with UK indie publisher Short Books.

Under this new partnership, Atria intends to bring “the best in contemporary British writing” to North American readers. The new imprint, Marble Arch Press, will launch in fall 2012. Each year, 12 titles from Short Books’ UK list will be selected for publication within the US and Canada in both print and digital format.

Here’s more from the release: “This is the first international co-publishing agreement for Atria. Under the Marble Arch banner, British authors including Justin Webb, Emma Craigie, Betsy Tobin, Sofka Zinovieff and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall will now see their titles appearing in the US market. The name Marble Arch Press refers to the well-known London landmark near Hyde Park, and is also a nod to Atria’s own Washington Square Press imprint (Washington Square having its own “marble arch” monument).”

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Emily Bestler to Helm New Atria Imprint

Editor Emily Bestler will helm a brand new imprint at Atria Books–Emily Bestler Books. The imprint will publish both fiction and nonfiction. The new imprint will open in the spring.

During her 16 years at Simon and Schuster, Bestler has worked with a range of authors (counting 79 NYT bestsellers): John Connolly, Jodi Picoult, Sister Souljah, and Liza Marklund. Atria Books will hire a new editor for the imprint as well.

Atria Books publisher Judith Curr had this statement: “Emily has an eye for discovering talented authors, nurturing their careers and growing their sales to bestselling levels.  An Emily Bestler Book will signal to both the reader and the bookselling community that between the covers they can expect to find many hours of entertaining reading … I’m delighted to launch her new endeavor here at Atria, to salute her past accomplishments and look to many more future bestsellers from her.”

Simon & Schuster Introduces Digital Books with Video

One day after the company announced a major imprint restructuring, Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint unveiled four new “vooks” that combine video and text within a digital book.

In that Beet.TV interview above, Altria Books publisher Judith Curr outlines her plans for these vooks and talks about the skill set necessary to work in her imprint. Today the NY Times reports that the imprint will release four titles, a blend of both fiction and nonfiction. The titles include: Jude Deveraux‘s “They are Promises,” Pete Cerqua‘s “The 90-Second Fitness Solution,” Richard Doetsch‘s “The Embassy” and Narine Nikososian‘s “Return to Beauty.” The titles retail for $6.99.

Here’s more from the article: “These new editions, also called’vooks,’ can be viewed on any browser-based device such as a laptop, net-book or desktop computer as well as the iPhone. (They can’t be read on dedicated electronic readers like Amazon’s Kindle or Sony’s Reader because these devices don’t support video.)”

Publishing Deal Gets Compromised by Ritz-Carlton

So about a year ago, Atria (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) struck a deal with the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain to provide a paperback collection of original short stories by its best-selling authors that Ritz-Carlton would give away copies for a month as part of its turndown service. Contributors would include Jodi Picoult, Susan Isaacs and John Connolly. Then the hotel brass read the collection in manuscript and decided to cancel, as the New York Times’ Joanne Kaufman reports. “They submitted the manuscript and we rejected it,” said Julia Gajcak, vice president for marketing and communications of Ritz-Carlton. “There were some language issues, and there was some racy content.”

Judith Curr, the publisher of Atria, acknowledged that bad things do happen in TURNDOWN TALES, which was originally scheduled for publication in early June. Some people die and others, perhaps, do not behave as well as they might. “But I’m not going to go back to Jodi Picoult and tell her, ‘This woman can’t leave her children for the weekend,” Curr said. “I’m keen on doing a collection to reach readers, but I’m not going to compromise my authors’ integrity to do so.” But in the end, compromise was reached between Atria and Ritz-Carlton. The collection will be available in hotels this fall with “some of the swearing toned down,” according to Curr.