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Meet the Woman Behind Steve Harvey’s Book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Becoming a published author is usually a tough, demanding mission. But for Denene Millner, it was “a total fluke.” The journalist landed a book deal after writing an article for the New York Daily News, and since then has written 20 more, including Steve Harvey‘s New York Times-bestseller Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, the author/journalist/blogger tells what cooperative writing is really like. 

“It’s really crucial that the person who’s writing the book trusts me,” she explained. “It’s extremely difficult to walk into a project with someone who doesn’t trust that you can deliver. There’s nothing worse than working with someone who doesn’t trust you to do your job. And that’s whatever you’re doing. You could be bagging groceries at Kroger. If someone doesn’t trust you not to put the eggs underneath the milk, they’re going to give you a hard time for it.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Denene Millner, Ghostwriter of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man?

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Novel Writing: Editing Your Draft

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HarperCollins’ Revenue Decreased Nearly 20 Percent Last Quarter

hclogod.gifIn an earnings report for the quarter that ended March 31st, 2009, News Corporation reported that HarperCollins’ revenue had declined by nearly 20 percent compared to last year. While the company release blamed “the weakening retail market,” it also recorded a $30 million charge resulting from the company’s massive layoffs and consolidation earlier this year.

The release noted that “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” by Steve Harvey and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman had posted strong sales for the company, with seven books reaching number one on The New York Times bestseller list during the quarter.

CEO Rupert Murdoch reflected on his company’s overall performance: “Our third quarter results directly reflect the continuing weakness of the global economic climate … We continued to make necessary operational adjustments to ensure our businesses are performing at optimum levels. We are working daily to increase market share and strengthen our core businesses, even in this very challenging environment.”

Stephenie Meyer Sold 16 Percent of all Books Last Quarter

Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight series ruled the top four bestselling books for the first quarter of 2009. According to <img alt="twilight.jpg" src="/galleycat/files/original/twilight.jpg" width="120" height="200" class="alignright"/USA Today, one in every seven books sold last quarter was a Meyer book–16 percent of all books sold in the first months of 2009.

The vampire series launched a film franchise last year as well, receiving a Hollywood book sale boost like the “Watchmen” graphic novel. Here are the next five books on the first quarter bestseller list, from the article:

“5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
6. The Shack by William P. Young
7. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey
8. The Associate by John Grisham
9. Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons” (Via Colleen Lindsay)