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The 2014 Winter Tour Story Crush Authors Talk Self-Editing & Future Projects

storycrushHow often can you meet five young adult authors at the same event?

The 2014 Winter Story Crush Tour features Robyn Schneider, Katie Cotugno, Melissa Kantor, Courtney C. Stevens, and Lauren Oliver. Follow this link to check out their tour dates.

We caught up with all five writers for advice on writing, getting published, and more. Highlights from the interview follows below.

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HarperCollins to Release ‘The Giving Tree’ in eBook Format

9780060256654HarperCollins will publish an eBook edition of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein on February 18th.

This release marks the first time a Silverstein title was released as a digital book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstein “never allowed paperback editions of his books.”

The publisher organized this to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of this iconic children’s book. How will you be celebrating this momentous occasion?

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Crown Publishing Group Names Four New VPs

The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, has named four publicity directors as vice presidents.

Here are the directors, with their new titles: VP, director of publicity Tammy Blake (Crown Archetype, Harmony, Crown Forum, and Three Rivers Press imprints), VP, director of marketing & publicity Tara Gilbride (Crown Business imprint), VP, director of publicity Annsley Rosner (Crown Publishers, Hogarth, and Broadway Books imprints) and VP, director of publicity Kate Tyler (Clarkson Potter imprint).

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Lauren Oliver Reveals Cover for ‘Panic’

Lauren Oliver revealed the cover for her new young adult novel on Goodreads this morning. What do you think?

Oliver recorded two videos of herself reading the first three chapters of this book. During her introduction in the first video, the author explains that this book deals with the theme of fear.

Panic will come out in March 2014. The Wrap reports that Universal Pictures recently won a bidding war for the film rights to the book in a seven-figure deal.

HarperCollins & Autography Partner for Author Signings

HarperCollins and Autography will team up for virtual signing events.

The technology behind Autography will allow eReader users to add a unique signed page to their eBooks.

The first event will take place at this year’s Romance Writers of America conference. This kickoff signing is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 20th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. Twenty authors from the Avon Impulse imprint will participate including Eloisa JamesRachel Gibson, and Kerrelyn Sparks.

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Charlie Redmayne To Serve as CEO at HarperCollins UK

After 13 years as CEO of HarperCollins UK,  Victoria Barnsley is leaving. Pottermore CEO and former HarperCollins chief digital officer Charlie Redmayne will serve as  CEO of HarperCollins UK, starting August 5th.

As part of this restructuring, HarperCollins Worldwide CEO Brian Murray will now manage HarperCollins Australia,  HarperCollins New Zealand and HarperCollins India. Here’s more about Redmayne’s career, from the release:

Redmayne left HarperCollins in 2011 to serve as CEO of J.K. Rowling’s revolutionary digital publishing business, Pottermore. Prior to that, he held several roles at HarperCollins Publishers, including EVP, Chief Digital Officer, and Group Digital Director of HarperCollins UK. He joined HarperCollins from News Corp’s BSkyB, where he was Head of Commercial Partnerships for the Sky Online Business Unit.

Do Authors Deserve a Higher eBook Royalty Rate?

Publishers Marketplace covered an “investor day” report at News Corp. (subscription only link) where investors got a closer look at the profit margin for digital books at HarperCollins.

Over at the AARdvark blog, DeFiore and Company founder Brian DeFiore shared the most important stats (chart embedded above): a “$27.99 hardcover generates $5.67 profit to publisher and $4.20 royalty to author” and a “$14.99 agency priced e-book generates $7.87 profit to publisher and $2.62 royalty to author.”

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Cal Morgan Named Executive Editor at the Harper Division

We’ve had a number of job changes in the publishing world this week.

Cal Morgan will leave his post as publisher at HarperCollins’ It Books imprint to serve as senior vice president and executive editor at the Harper division. Morgan will continue on as editorial director for Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks.

Throughout his career, he has worked on projects with several celebrity authors such as Amy PoehlerAlan Cumming, and Tom Piazza.

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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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Mitch Albom Lands 3-Book Deal with HarperCollins

Prolific writer Mitch Albom has landed a three-book deal with HarperCollins’ Harper imprint, leaving his old publisher.

Albom’s next book will be a novel entitled The First Phone Call From Heaven. The storyline will focus on characters who receive phone calls from those who have passed away. Editor Karen Rinaldi negotiated the deal with literary agent David Black.

According to Albom’s Facebook page, the publisher plans to release the book on November 12, 2013.

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