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Nora Ephron’s Final Written Work Will Only Be Available in Hardcover Collection

Knopf will publish Lucky Guy, the final written work by the great Nora Ephron, as part of a hardcover-only release on October 29th.

The play will be part of a $35 collection edited by Robert Gottlieb called The Most of Nora Ephron. Lucky Guy tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning police reporter in New York City, and Tom Hanks now stars in the Broadway edition of the play. Gottlieb introduced the book in the release:

It includes her brilliant writing as a reporter and columnist, her novel, Heartburn, and her screenplay for When Harry Met Sally… as well as her last finished work, the play Lucky Guy. Nora’s unique takes on feminism, politics, family, marriage, food, being a woman, aging, and dying — everything her readers came to admire and love her for — are represented here. Hers was a remarkable life in letters.

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Literary Agents Are Watching Blogs & Amazon Bestseller Lists

Many of the traditional ways literary agents discover talent have changed over the last few years, and many agents spend their time exploring blogs and the Amazon bestseller list.

The Hollywood Reporter recently hosted a panel discussion with major literary agents, offering some invaluable intelligence for aspiring authors. You can watch the entire presentation in the video embedded above. The participating agents included Sloan Harris, the co-head of ICM Partners’ literary department, who offered this advice:

I grew up scouring magazines and literary journals, but that has largely dried up. Most magazines have their writers already under contract, and there’s very little space there. Our younger colleagues are reading blogs, are watching Amazon best-seller lists for books that may be unrepresented but are starting to pop. It’s encouraging to see the business learning how to create new places where writers can actually develop their voice and make money while they’re growing enough of a fan base to potentially jump over and join the commercial trade publishing side.

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Robert Gottlieb Responds to Penguin Lawsuit: ‘Authors Beware’

The Smoking Gun broke the news that Penguin has sued a number of authors “who failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances.”

The list of writers includes Elizabeth WurtzelAna Marie Cox and Herman Rosenblat. Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb wrote a scathing comment on the story.

Check it out: “Penguin this is wrong headed. Authors beware. Books are rejected for reasons other than editorially and publishers then want their money back. Publishers want to reject manuscripts for any reason after an author has put time and effort into writing them all the while paying their bills. Another reason to have strong representation. If Penguin did this to one of Trident’s authors we could cut them out of all our submissions.”

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Deepak Chopra & Sanjiv Chopra Land Major Deal with Amazon

Deepak Chopra and his brother Sanjiv Chopra have sold their memoir to Amazon’s New York City publishing imprint in a major ($500,000 or higher) deal. Brotherhood: A Tale of Faith, Big Dreams, and the Power of Persistence.

Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb negotiated the deal with Amazon’s Larry Kirshbaum and David Moldawer. Gottlieb added: “I am delighted that Amazon, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra are in business together in a major book deal that is a game-changer for the publishing industry.”

This is Trident’s second major deal with Amazon. Last month, Amazon reportedly paid $800,000 for a memoir from Penny Marshall, the Laverne & Shirley star and director.

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Trident Media Group Launches eBook Division

Trident Media Group, the literary agency representing Deepak Chopra, Paris Hilton, Jon Stewart, Tori Spelling and a long list of other authors, has launched Trident E-Book Operations.

The new division will “create, manage and implement innovative e-book strategies including the distribution of a variety of e-books directly to a large number of e-tailers in North America and internationally.” In addition, they will consult with authors about everything from digital design to social media to exploring new relationships with “traditional and non-traditional publishers.” Lyuba DiFalco and Nicole Robson have been appointed co-directors of e-book operations.

In the release, Trident chairman Robert Gottlieb explained: “Trident will not become a publisher, but will instead continue in its new e-book operations to have itself aligned with its clients whose interests we serve as an agent and manager.”

Kindle “Bestseller” Cinderella Story: Indie Author Signs with Major Agent

gayletrent23.pngAfter indie publisher BelleBooks offered a free copy of “Murder Takes The Cake” as a temporary promotion in the Kindle Store, author Gayle Trent‘s book jumped to third place on the Kindle “bestseller” list. Yesterday, she signed with agent Robert Gottlieb from Trident Media Group–a Kindle Cinderella story.

GalleyCat asked Trent about her experience: “When I first got the e-mail, I thought, ‘Robert Gottlieb? THE Robert Gottlieb? No way.’ I was afraid it was some Nigerian scam or something. I expected to open the e-mail to find, ‘Prince Robert Gottlieb of Nigeria will represent your work if you send him your bank account number so he’ll know where to deposit checks,’” she explained.

“I was pleasantly surprised–okay, thrilled–when I called the number at the bottom of the e-mail and learned it was legitimate and that Mr. Gottlieb was indeed interested in talking with me.”

She concluded: “Mr. Gottlieb has a great network of connections; and he believes my work has potential, so he contacted me … My readership has increased, of course, and readers’ comments and reviews have been so encouraging and uplifting.”