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‘Game of Thrones: The Exhibition’ Opens in New York City

Westeros is coming to you! “Game of Thrones: The Exhibition” opens today in New York City. The video embedded above offers a sneak peek of this special exhibit.

New Yorkers have until April 3rd to drop by and check out this traveling exhibit. After this, it will go on to make stops in Sao Paolo, Amsterdam and Belfast. The Gothamist reported that visitors will encounter “Daenerys Targaryen‘s dragon eggs, the Stark family’s Winterfell costumes, and assorted weapons.”

Here’s more about the exhibit: “Presented by HBO and international partners, the exhibition is free to the public and focuses on key characters from five of the noble houses: Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy. It will showcase a trove of more than 70 original artifacts from Seasons 1 and 2, plus select pieces from this year’s new season.”

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DOJ Closes Investigation Into Penguin and Random House Merger

The Department of Justice has closed its investigation into the merger of Penguin and Random House, removing a major roadblock in the merger process. The publishers hope to close the deal by the second half of the year.

Parent companies Pearson and Bertelsmann revealed the news in a statement, noting that the DOJ ended the investigation “without conditions.” Nevertheless, the merger still faces scrutiny from other groups. Here’s more from the release:

The proposed merger is currently under review by the European Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau and various other antitrust authorities around the world. Pearson and Bertelsmann continue to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2013, after all necessary approvals have been received. Following completion, Bertelsmann will own 53% and Pearson 47% of Penguin Random House. It will encompass all of Random House and Penguin Group’s publishing units in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, as well as Penguin’s operations in China and Random House’s publishers in Spain and Latin America.

How To Submit Your Work To Random House’s New Digital Imprints

Random House has released writer guidelines for four digital imprints, seeking submissions from romance, new adult, mystery, thriller, science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Follow these individual imprint links to submit your manuscript: Loveswept (romance & women’s fiction), Alibi (mystery & suspense), Hydra (sci-fi, fantasy & horror), Flirt (new adult). There is no official word count, but the editors are looking for both shorter submissions that range between 15,000 and 30,000 words and longer works that range between 40,000 and 60,000 words. Here’s more from the publisher:

You may present any manuscript in which you control exclusive copyright.  We are open to previously-published manuscripts as long as the submitting author now controls all electronic and print publishing rights.  Please submit the entire query form at the link below.  If we are interested in considering your full manuscript, you will be contacted with further submission instructions.  We make every effort to respond to submission inquiries within 2-4 weeks after submission of the submission query form; please do not resubmit previously submitted queries, as this may create delays.

 

Upcoming Book Looks at Hillary Rodham Clinton & 2016 Election

The Crown Publishing Group at Random House has acquired a new book about Hillary Rodham Clinton written by political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. The book will look at Clinton’s recent career as Secretary of State.

Here is more from the press release: “Tentatively titled HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, Allen’s and Parnes’s book will take readers behind the scenes during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State and shed new light on the inner workings of the Clinton Machine in the run-up to the 2016 election. The book will be released simultaneously as a hardcover, eBook, and Random House Audiobook.”

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Publish Memoir

Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written a memoir titled My Beloved World. Random House’s Knopf imprint will release the book on January 15, 2013.

President Barack Obama appointed Sotomayor in 2009. Following her confirmation, she became the third female and first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court.

Here’s more from The Washington Post: “Sotomayor mentioned the title and the release date Friday after speaking to law students…Sotomayor told students stories about her days in law school, as a prosecutor and now as a justice. She said that many more stories about her life could be found in the book.”

Bertelsmann Acquires 100% Stake in Random House Mondadori

Bertelsmann, the corporate parent of Random House, has purchased a 100 percent stake Random House Mondadori. Random House created the publishing house for Spain and Latin America in 2001, splitting the shares 50/50 with the Spanish publisher.

Spanish antitrust authorities still need to approve the acquisition, and the name will be changed “in the near future.” The move came one week after Random House decided to merge with Penguin next year, creating Penguin Random House.

Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe had this comment: “Bertelsmann believes in the creative and commercial potential of the book business and, by maximizing its holding in Random House Mondadori, is embracing an opportunity to significantly improve both its position in the Spanish book market and its access to the growing Spanish-language markets of Latin America.”

Authors Guild Calls for ‘Close Scrutiny’ of Penguin Random House Deal

The Authors Guild has responded to the news of the upcoming Penguin Random House merger, calling for “close scrutiny from antitrust officials at the Justice Department or the FTC” before the publishers combine forces.

The Guild feels that the super-publisher will control more than 35 percent of the “fiction and narrative non-fiction market,” a worrisome development for the group.  Authors Guild president Scott Turow had this comment:

Survival of the largest appears to be the message here … Penguin Random House, our first mega-publisher, would have additional negotiating leverage with the bookselling giants, but that leverage would come at a high cost for the literary market and therefore for readers. There are already far too few publishers willing to invest in nonfiction authors, who may require years to research and write histories, biographies, and other works, and in novelists, who may need the help of a substantial publisher to effectively market their books to readers.

Markus Dohle Writes To Random House Employees

After Random House and Penguin announced their merger today, Random House CEO Markus Dohle (and CEO of the new Penguin Random House conglomerate) sent a letter to his employees.

Here’s an excerpt:  ”For today, and in the months ahead, it is business as usual. Right now, our priority is publishing our fall lists to finish our fourth quarter as strongly as our previous three, and to plan the publishing campaigns for our winter and spring titles. As always, I know I can count on you. I want you to know that I understand how difficult it is not having all of the details immediately about our new company. In order to overcome the uncertainty for all of you I will communicate and share with you directly and regularly as we move toward this transition, and I will do so with complete openness and transparency.”

We’ve included his complete letter below–what do you think the publishing world will look like with this new conglomerate? (Image via)

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Captain Random House Responds to Publishing Merger

As news of the Penguin Random House merger emerged last week, the satirical Captain Random House Twitter feed resurfaced with a stream of tweets.

This morning, the feed broadcast ten new rules for the publishing house and we’ve collected these humorous posts below…

If you need more Random Penguin House humor, check out the booming Random Penguin meme and the Penguin House tweets.

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Random House & Penguin To Merge

The major publishers Random House and Penguin have decided to join forces, creating a new entity called Penguin Random House. Random House worldwide CEO Markus Dohle will be CEO of the new group. Penguin CEO John Makinson will chair the board of directors.

Bertelsmann (the corporate parent of Random House) will control 53 percent and Pearson (the corporate parent of Penguin) will control 47 percent of the new publisher. The new entity will not include Bertelsmann’s German trade publishing business and Pearson decided to “retain rights to use the Penguin brand in education markets worldwide.” Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe had this comment in the release:

“With this planned combination, Bertelsmann and Pearson create the best course for the future of our world-renowned trade-book publishers, Random House and Penguin, by enabling them to publish even more effectively across traditional and emerging formats and distribution channels. It will build on our publishing tradition, offering an extraordinary diversity of publishing opportunities for authors, agents, booksellers, and readers, together with unequalled support and resources … Its significance for our business and for the cultural resonance of our book publishing operations worldwide is on a par with such momentous agreements as the takeover of Goldmann Verlag in 1977; the acquisition of a stake in Bantam Books, our first-ever U.S. investment, that same year; the purchase of Doubleday in 1986; and especially that of Random House in 1998. Each of these steps was aimed at increasing the breadth and quality of Bertelsmann’s publishing operations, as our new company will.”

The new company will combine all of Random House and Penguin’s business in the United States, Canada, the U.K., but it will also publishing business in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, China, Spain and Latin American.

Follow this link to read the Pearson release, explaining how the merger “will generate synergies from shared resources such as warehousing, distribution, printing and central functions.”

 

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