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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.

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But S&S is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

As part of CBS’s first quarter report, Simon & Schuster‘s revenues were up an astounding 27 percent from this time in 2006, zooming from $181 million to $227 million. That’s because of higher sales from best-selling titles, which in 2007 included THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne, THE BEST LIFE DIET by Bob Greene and NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult. OIBDA increased to $23.8 million from $5.8 million, and operating income increased to $21.4 million from $3.7 million, driven by the revenue increase partially offset by higher expenses, primarily reflecting increased production costs and royalty expenses. Publishing results included stock-based compensation expense of $.7 million and $.3 million for the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively.

North by Northwest Publishing

The Oregonian’s Abby Haight spotlights various publishers operating out of the Northwest region, including the now suddenly-successful Beyond Words Publishing. Not long ago, the 12-person company traveled the West Coast selling their titles out of the back of their car. But now that they’ve used a partnership with Simon & Schuster to sign Australian Rhonda Byrne to write THE SECRET book based on her video, the company’s success has helped reveal the vibrant but often overlooked community of publishers in Oregon, ranging from one-person presses to renowned Dark Horse Comics.

“There’s this creative energy about Portland,” says Cynthia Black, who founded Beyond Words with her husband, Richard Cohn, 24 years ago. “I think it draws a certain kind of person that has an independent, creative spirit. And the literary culture that was created by Powell’s Books has drawn people who are interested in books. Those things coming together creates almost this safe haven for these works to emerge.”

Other publishers out of the seventy-odd companies working around the Northwest include Hawthorne Press (currently making a splash with Monica Drake’s CLOWN GIRL), the Ink and Paper Group, and Multnomah Publishers (bought by Random House and folded into WaterBrook Press.)