Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cold Spring Publishing Changes Name To Harborside Press

Cold Spring Publishing, LLC, announced that the principals of the company have approved a name change to Harborside Press, LLC.

In addition, Harborside Press announced that the growth the company has experienced over the past year requires a substantial expansion in personnel and a move to larger office space. As of January 1, 2010, the new offices of Harborside Press will be located at 37 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. The phone numbers will remain the same: 631-692-0800 (p) and 631-692-0805 (f). The company's Web site is

Monday, December 21, 2009

Phoenix Books Acquires 'The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Beer'

A new cook book to be published by Phoenix Books, Inc. promises to help single men find their way around the kitchen using a familiar fridge staple: beer.

Streeter McClure authors The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Beer, a complete guide to using beer in easy recipes and pairing beer with food. With 34 original and adapted recipes for appetizers, soups, stews and main courses, the cook book aims to help single men incorporate beer into delicious dishes in the same way chefs use wine.

Inspiration for the recipes in the book came from a dish McClure's mother used to make, "One Beer Chili," that he says had a special flavor. His mother's chili was only the beginning of his inspiration. Publishing the cook book was a promise McClure made to his mother before she died of breast cancer in 2005. In her honor, he has decided to dedicate a portion of the book's proceeds to breast cancer research.

Phoenix Books plans to publish The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Beer late spring 2010, just in time for the outdoor cooking season. As the Single Man's Guide brand grows in popularity, Phoenix Books plans to publish a series of Single Man's Guides, including The Single Man's Guide to Cooking with Wine.

Learn more about Streeter McClure and Single Man's Guide products at Discover even more Phoenix's book and audio selections at

Nick Cannon to Produce Multimedia Book Series With Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Nick Cannon, an internationally known award winning actor, comedian, musician, screenwriter, producer, and business mogul, is joining forces with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division to produce a brand-new multimedia book series to coincide with the Cannon-directed movie, School Gyrls, which will premiere on Nickelodeon on February 21, 2010. To kick off the series, Simon Spotlight will publish a movie novelization in February 2010, and a movie tie-in scrapbook. Aladdin Books will publish six original novels based on the three members of the real life teen pop group School Gyrls who are the stars of the movie. Fiona Simpson from Aladdin acquired World rights through Fletcher & Company in association with UTA on behalf of Nick Cannon.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Doubleday Canada to publish a new book from international comedy star Russell Peters

Doubleday Canada is proud to announce that it has acquired the rights to a new book from international comedy star Russell Peters. The yet-untitled book will be published in Fall, 2010.

Born in Toronto, Russell Peters is an international comedy sensation. Over the course of his twenty-year career, he has headlined comedy festivals at home in Canada and throughout North America. In recent years, he has gained a devoted following around the world, and has performed sold out arena tours of China, South Africa, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and India.

Peters uses his wry and funny observations about race, class and culture to illuminate our human shortcomings with the sizzling accuracy of a well-aimed laser. His quick wit and gift for mimicking languages and accents allows Russell to create characters of all races and cultures to forge an immediate bond with his audience, regardless of their cultural background.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Self-Publishing Imprint Harlequin Horizons Furthers Opportunities for

Harlequin Enterprises Limited has launched Harlequin Horizons; a self-publishing partnership with Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) -- the world's leading self-publisher.

Harlequin, Book Business magazine's 2009 Publishing Innovator of the Year, regards the self-publishing venture as an accessible opportunity for emerging authors to bring themselves to the attention of the reading public.

"Harlequin Horizons expands upon Harlequin's tradition of providing wonderful opportunities for fresh voices in women's fiction," said Donna Hayes, publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises. "Partnering with Author Solutions, Inc., the recognized world leader in self-publishing, is an innovative and original approach to discovering new authors to add to our traditional publishing programs."

Through this strategic alliance, all sales, marketing, publishing, distribution, and book-selling services will be fulfilled by ASI, but Harlequin Horizons will exist as a division of Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Harlequin will monitor sales of books published through the self-publisher for possible pickup by its traditional imprints.

"Harlequin has been a leader in driving change in the publishing industry for many years, and we are thrilled to partner with them to launch Harlequin Horizons. This new imprint will give thousands of emerging authors the unprecedented opportunity to make their professionally published books available to the enthusiastic and growing set of women's fiction readers," said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer.

Harlequin Horizons is the second such partnership ASI has launched with a leading trade publisher in the last two months. The parent company of industry-leading self-publishing imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris, ASI brought to market more than 21,000 new titles in 2008.

To learn more about the publishing packages available through Harlequin Horizons, visit

DreamWorks Studios and Doubleday Acquire Rights to Robopocalypse

DreamWorks Studios and Doubleday have acquired, in a pre-emptive deal, the rights to Daniel H. Wilson's unpublished manuscript, "Robopocalypse," it was announced today by Mark Sourian and Holly Bario, Co-Presidents of Production at the studio, and Jason Kaufman, Executive Editor and Vice President, at Doubleday.

DreamWorks acquired the film rights from literary manager Justin Manask and is putting the project into accelerated development. Kaufman acquired world publishing rights to "Robopocalypse" from Laurie Fox at the Linda Chester Literary Agency and a tentative 2011 publication date has been set for the book.

"Robopocalypse" explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Innovative "Skinny" Series Shakes Up Traditional Publishing

RAND Publishing's award-winning SKINNY ON series is making waves in the publishing industry by challenging the conventional model for non-fiction books. The Skinny On books are... simply, skinny -- short, concise summations of bottom-line information presented in a visual and funny format.

"The Skinny on Success: Why Not You?" is the sixth installment from RAND this year. Their first book, "The Skinny on the Housing Crisis" was recently awarded the Gold Medal in a competition sponsored by NAREE, a group of 600 journalists, beating out power-publishers like Doubleday and Wiley.

"The Skinny on Success" features interviews with Jim Nantz, Brian Williams, and Olympic medalist Dwight Stones and endorsements from the CEO/Chairman of Pfizer and the CEO of The Huffington Post:

The Skinny On Series has already made a dent in the market; readers, reviewers, business leaders, and journalists alike are rejoicing in the time-saving, bottom-lined, "insider" format:

RAND Publishing titles are available at local or online booksellers through all major wholesalers including Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, and Follett or directly from the publisher at

Harlequin Launches Digital-Only Publishing House

Harlequin Enterprises Limited, the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced the launch of Carina Press(TM), a digital-only publishing house that will operate independently of their traditional publishing businesses.

Carina Press ( is a digital-only publishing house whose eBooks will be sold direct to consumers through the Carina Press Web site and numerous third-party Web sites. Carina Press will publish a wide range of women's fiction -- romance, erotica, science fiction, mystery, family sagas, choose your own adventures, horror, thriller and more, including every conceivable subgenre of these categories.

"As a digital-only publisher Carina Press is a natural extension to our business; it builds on our digital strength and leadership position. We expect to discover new authors and unique voices that may not be able to find homes in traditional publishing houses," said Donna Hayes, CEO and Publisher of Harlequin Enterprises. "It definitely gives us greater flexibility in the type of editorial we can accept from authors and offer to readers. As well, we hope to reach a new group of readers with niche editorial."

Brent Lewis, Vice President Digital, is delighted to announce that Angela James is joining Carina Press as Executive Editor. A veteran of the digital publishing industry, James is a well-known advocate for digital publishing. James has enjoyed a long and varied publishing career, including senior editorial positions at digital-first publishers. "I have admired Harlequin's digital initiatives for years, and have always thought of them as leaders in the digital arena, so I'm unbelievably excited to join the Carina Press team," said James. "I believe Harlequin can bring digital publishing to the next level for both authors and readers."

Lewis added, "Angela has been a key player in growing the digital marketplace for romance. Her experience and insight is a tremendous benefit to the Carina Press team."

Carina Press is currently accepting submissions in all genres of commercial fiction. Carina Press will consider shorter stories, genre novels of 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer, and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Carina Press will also acquire books that have been previously released in print form, but for which the author has either retained digital rights or had digital rights revert to them. All submissions should be sent to

Monday, November 09, 2009

Iceberg Interactive Acquires UK Publishing Rights for Dark Fall: Lights Out - The Director's Cut Edition

Premier videogame publisher Iceberg Interactive has signed the UK publishing rights to the re-mastered The Director's Cut version of Darkling Room's horror adventure for PC 'Dark Fall: Lights Out', the 2nd adventure in the Dark Fall saga. The agreement follows earlier agreements between the companies on Iceberg publishing the 3rd Dark Fall volume Lost Souls and the bundle Adventures in Terror. All three games are set for a November 2009 release.

Lights Out received a lot of acclaim upon its original release in 2004. Dark Fall series creator Jonathan Boakes, who also wrote the successful ghost-hunting title The Lost Crown, has been adding content to the original Lights Out adventure ever since its release, resulting in a much boosted Director's Cut edition to be re-released shortly. The new version includes many additional features such as new graphics and effects, new puzzles and an enhanced story, new spooks and thrills with more ghostly encounters, as well as new additional music and sound to bring the game world even more to life.

Erik Schreuder, CEO of Iceberg Interactive says: "'Lights Out is a great adventure, based on a real life event of people who vanished from a lighthouse about 100 years ago. We are proud to be re-releasing this eerie adventure's final cut, boosted to perform under modern Windows versions and using many upgrades to satisfy both curious newcomers as well as collectors of the Dark Fall series who want to delve deeper into the story and enjoy fresh new parts and puzzles in the game."

DreamWorks Studios Acquires Rights to Young Adult Book Series "Wicked"

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the young adult book series "Wicked" it was announced today by Mark Sourian and Holly Bario, Co-Presidents of Production for the studio. Aaron and Matthew Benay have signed on to write the adaptation based on their own pitch. The Gotham Group will produce.

A New York Times bestselling series and published by Simon & Schuster, "Wicked" is a five book series written by Nancy Holder and Debbie ViguiƩ. The first two books, "Witch" and "Curse," were published in 2002, followed by "Legacy" and "Spellbound" in 2003. The fifth book, "Resurrection," was published this past summer.

Story follows the journey of a young woman who learns she is a descendent of a powerful coven of witches. Complications arise when she falls in love with a boy who turns out to be a member of a rival coven sworn to destroy her family.

"'Wicked' has all the elements for a great movie--adventure, mystery, star-crossed lovers, bitter enemies, and the supernatural," said Mark Sourian. "Aaron and Matthew came in with an intriguing take on the books and a story that we feel will really speak to all audiences."

Aaron and Matthew Benay, who are brothers, wrote the script for "1906," which Pixar, Warner Brothers, and director Brad Bird are readying for release in 2012.

Best-selling author Nancy Holder has published sixty books and more than two hundred short stories. She has received four Bram Stoker awards for fiction from the Horror Writers Association, and her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. She has written or co-written twenty Buffy and Angel projects based on the characters from the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" film and television series.

Debbie ViguiƩ is author of the Once upon a Time novels "Scarlet Moon" and "Midnight Pearls," as well as the Sweet Seasons novels "The Summer of Cotton Candy," "The Fall of Candy Corn," "The Winter of Candy Canes," and "The Spring of Candy Apples."

Monday, November 02, 2009

Thomas Nelson Partners with Author Solutions to Launch Self-Publishing Imprint, WestBow Press

Thomas Nelson, the world's leading Christian publisher, is partnering with the world's leading self-publishing company, Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), to launch WestBow Press--a Christian self-publishing imprint. The alliance will allow authors to benefit from the market leadership of Thomas Nelson, while taking advantage of ASI's technology and services that make publishing easy, affordable, and available to anyone.

Long regarded as an industry innovator, Nelson's creation of WestBow Press provides new and emerging authors the opportunity to publish with the global leader in Christian publishing. Thomas Nelson will monitor WestBow Press titles for the purpose of entering into a traditional publishing contract for those that perform well.

Through this strategic partnership, ASI will manage WestBow Press on behalf of Thomas Nelson, and be responsible for selling and delivering a rich array of publishing, marketing, and book-selling services, unique to WestBow Press. Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer, believes the WestBow Press partnership will serve as a blueprint for other similar alliances.

ASI, the parent company of industry-leading self-publishing imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, and Xlibris, brought to market more than 21,000 new titles in 2008. Since 1997, ASI imprints have published more than 120,000 titles by 85,000 authors worldwide.

To learn more about the publishing packages available through WestBow Press, visit

Monday, October 26, 2009

Leading strategy game publisher signs multi-title digital distribution deal with Matrix Games

Matrix Games ( ) and cdv Software Entertainment USA ( ) have signed a publishing agreement to bring multiple acclaimed cdv Software Entertainment titles to the Matrix Games community. The deal marks the fruition of cooperation between the two publishing companies and stands as a tremendous opportunity for both companies to offer high-quality strategy games to fans of the genre.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said, "We're thrilled to be working with cdv and very pleased to be adding their titles to our catalog. It's been a pleasure working their great staff and we feel that this deal will bring more enjoyable, top-tier products to gamers around the world."

"Given our success in publishing strategy titles and Matrix Games' excellence in serving the strategy and wargaming communities, it's only natural for our companies to work together on making these great games available to a wider audience," added Tom Gross, CEO of cdv Software Entertainment USA. "We're thrilled to be working together and this deal is a great thing for both companies and consumers."

For more information about cdv Software Entertainment USA and their products, please visit -

Monday, October 19, 2009

Benjamin Launches New E-Book Business Imprint

William A. Benjamin, founder of science publisher W. A. Benjamin, Inc. announced today the formation of TBG Publishing, LLC (TBG). The new e-book imprint will specialize initially in venture investment analysis and development books, directories, and databases for entrepreneurs and venture investors that are delivered from their website,

Citing the increased interest and demand for venture industry information and instruction being delivered electronically to the investor's desktop, Benjamin explained that his new firm will capitalize on its founder's 40 years of venture development experience including nine startups, most of which were acquired by larger companies including McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Thomson.

Benjamin said, "The new online paradigm in content aggregation and delivery is now being focused into - and delivered by - more formal, organized channels, which was the missing ingredient. We have designed a new online publishing model to fit this low-cost marketing opportunity, and intend to pursue aggressively one or two vertical markets where constant updating and resource referencing is crucial to the user." He added that "The mission of the new TBG imprint is to provide, via the internet, business model development data and expert instruction to entrepreneurs and investors that will improve the dismal rate of success for venture startups, which is now less than 40 percent."

TBG's first title, "SUCCESSFUL STARTUPS: An Essential Guide to Business Venture Analysis and Development," will be released October 1 and is considered a gateway publication and introduction to the more specialized series of e-books to follow. Benjamin indicated that his firm is in negotiations with several online distributors to deliver this first title over the internet and via an electronic reader. Print copies are also being stocked by Amazon, Google and the established chain of retail and wholesale distributors.

HarperCollins To Publish Dinosaur King Books

HarperCollins announced a licensing deal with 4Kids International for international publishing rights in the hugely popular children's animation series, Dinosaur King.

Targeted at boys aged 6+, Dinosaur King is transmitted daily on Disney XD and GMTV where it regularly reaches over 150,000 viewers. The series focuses on mysterious dinosaur cards which are scattered all over the world. Whoever finds and controls these cards can bring dinosaurs back to life and use them in battle. Max, the 12 year old son of a world famous palaeontologist, and his friends are in a race against time to collect these cards and battle the evil Alpha Gang who are also after the cards. The brand already has an established licensing portfolio that includes toys, trading cards, posters, apparel and video games.

The HarperCollins publishing programme will launch in April 2010 and will include story, activity, sticker activity, annuals and 3D formats. Territories covered in the deal include English language rights in the UK, Eire, ANZ and South Africa.

Commenting on the deal, HarperCollins Category Manager, Richard Haines said "We are hugely excited about the acquisition of Dinosaur King. The ever popular subject of dinosaurs combined with a clever mix of fact, fiction and aspirational characters lends itself perfectly to a publishing programme with huge consumer appeal."

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Peace Arch Entertainment, Producer Barnet Bain Acquire Screen Rights to Children's Book

Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. has teamed with Emmy nominated producer Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come, Homeless to Harvard) to acquire screen rights to Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman's children's book, Milton's Secret: An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When, and the Power of Now.

Tolle, a Canadian spiritual teacher and the best-selling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, which have sold more than 11 million copies, wrote Milton's Secret with Friedman as his first work of fiction.

The story, being adapted as a live-action family film, centers on a boy who discovers that his obsession with pre-teen fears, shaky parental relationships, confidence issues and mistreatment by his schoolmates are preventing him from finding true happiness through living in the Now. Donald Martin (Dim Sum Funeral, The Christmas Choir) is writing the screenplay.

Bain, who most recently directed The Lost & Found Family, acquired by Sony for release this fall, says, "We get to tell this inspiring story and, at the same time, help as many people as we can-kids and parents-to stop stressing and start living."

"We're delighted to be able to bring to life this extraordinary first fiction work from Eckhart and Robert," Peace Arch Entertainment CEO John Flock says. "In this age of anxiety, its lessons will ring as true to movie-goers as they have to the countless fans of Eckhart's best-selling books."

Milton's Secret was co-authored by Friedman, president of Hampton Roads Publishing Company, and co-published by Hampton Roads and Namaste Publishing in Vancouver.

Peace Arch Entertainment and Barnet Bain Films will produce, with Tolle, Friedman and Constance Kellough serving as executive producers.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Byker Books Moves Into Full Length Crime Fiction With Danny King

Byker Books are pleased to announce that they have signed the latest novel from the hugely popular Danny King. 'More Burglar Diaries' Follows on from the critically acclaimed 'The Burglar Diaries' and is based on the BBC comedy series Thieves Like Us. Narrator Bex takes us on another tour of Tatley's rooftops and drainpipes, and through lock-ups, cock-ups and jobs as he recounts More Burglar Diaries. Featuring a full novelisation of all six episodes of the show, plus an all new and final adventure for literature's least favourite burglars.

With a release date in November '09 'More Burglar Diaries' is sure to be on everyone's Christmas wish list.

Also, Danny is well known for his witty take on life and the good copy he always gives so if you wish to interview or do a feature on him then he'd be happy to oblige. Please contact Ed at Byker Books for further details.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Musicians love to say that every song tells a story, but they are usually tight-lipped about the story behind the song. Was it really scribbled on a napkin? What love interest was the real inspiration? If we knew the real story behind our favorite songs, would we ever listen to them the same way again?

Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) has partnered with veteran Hollywood publicist, talent manager, and celebrity booker Jo-Ann Geffen for the first all-celebrity book from the top-selling brand. Geffen peels back the curtain on 101 songs, songwriters, and artists with the upcoming release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song (Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC, November 10, 2009, 978-1-935096-40-5, $14.95). Jo-Ann Geffen is credited as editor along with Chicken Soup for the Soul co-founders Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. The foreword is by Lamont Dozier, who is credited as an architect of the Motown sound.

The book reflects on many of our favorite songs that trace our lives through all genres of music. Some of those who tell their very personal stories include hitmakers Richie Sambora, Christina Aguilera, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend, the Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough, Kanye West, Jewel and classic rock performer/songwriters like Chicago's Robert Lamm, Foreigner's Mick Jones, and Daryl Hall and John Oates; and alternative rockers Aaron Lewis of Staind and Corey Taylor of Slipknot. Readers will learn the story behind pop classics by Barry Manilow, Hal David, Diane Warren, and Paul Anka, rockers Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains and Joan Jett, as well as from R&B songmasters including Nathan Morris on the Boyz II Men/Mariah Carey hit "One Sweet Day," Walter Orange of the Commodores, Smokey Robinson, and Earth Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey and country singer/songwriters Tracy Lawrence, Ray Stevens, and Pam Tillis.

Some bring laughter, others bring tears, but all are insightful and great reading for music fans, aficionados or people who just like a good story. Each of the tales is accompanied by a photo and the lyrics for the song that is discussed.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which are distributed through Simon and Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Website:

Creative Byline and Bowker Team Up to Support Publisher Decision-Making

Creative Byline, Inc., has partnered with Bowker, to provide book-buyer demographic information for editors and writer members of its site.

"Partnering with Bowker for PubTrack data lets us give our editor clients direct and immediate access to industry trends and buyer demographics within the context of a manuscript they're reviewing," says Brad MacLean, CEO of Creative Byline, Inc ( "This kind of information 'mash-up' can provide unexpected insights, and it demonstrates the value for a publisher to have a pre-acquisition digital strategy."

Kelly Gallagher, Bowker vice president of Publisher Services, explains, "Typically, editors are tasked with finding books in a specific genre (like romance). Now, for the first time, with the partnership between Creative Byline and PubTrack Consumer, editors can view profiles of the consumers who are actually buying these books. Rather than publishing a book for a genre, the combination of these services allows editors to publish a book for the consumer and increase its chances of success."

Bowker's PubTrack Consumer service is the publishing industry's exclusive resource for understanding consumer book buying behavior. Moving beyond basic book-sales data, PubTrack™ Consumer shows who today's book buyer is, what they buy, where they buy books, and what motivates their purchase. Actionable reports provide the entire publishing team the information needed to create, market and sell in today's dynamic publishing environment.

Creative Byline's introduction of this service for editors coincides with its offer of new capabilities for writer members. In addition to genre-specific buyer data through Bowker's PubTrack, writer members can choose from three levels of review and feedback, submit to as many editors as are interested, develop a complete online portfolio showcasing their work, and save money on writing-related purchases through the WriteGoods program.

"As the place where editors can connect with content creators," MacLean says, "we'll continue to add capabilities for both audiences on the Creative Byline platform."

Creative Byline's online service leaves the paper-based submission process behind. Publishers subscribe to connect their editors with content creators, without needing to invest in proprietary technology. Editors set their own acceptance criteria, review manuscripts electronically, and can search for qualified writers for their own projects, as well. All manuscripts are screened by Creative Byline first readers to assure they are ready for editor review. Over a dozen publishers and imprints currently participate, including Dutton's Children's Books, Globe Pequot Press, St. Martin's Press, and, most recently Chicago Review Press.

Capstone Press Publishes New Nonfiction Graphic Novel Series With Social Studies Focus

Capstone Publishers imprint Capstone Press, publisher of accessible, innovative children's nonfiction for beginning, struggling, and reluctant preK-8 readers, announces the release of Graphic Expeditions, a new graphic novel format series for elementary students with a social studies focus. Graphic Expeditions launches this fall with six titles and introduces readers to archaeologist Dr. Isabel "Izzy" Soto.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ingram Publisher Services Signs VeloPress, the Leader in Endurance Sports Publishing

Ingram Publisher Services Inc. (IPS), the full-service book distribution company of Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced an agreement to assume trade distribution for VeloPress, publisher of multiple best-selling endurance sports titles, including the The Time-Crunched Cyclist by Chris Carmichael, the personal cycling coach to Lance Armstrong.

"Endurance sports is the fastest-growing category in outdoor sports and recreation, and VeloPress has seen steady sales increases for the past five years," said Ted Costantino, Publisher for VeloPress. "Our new agreement with IPS for trade sales and fulfillment is going to boost our visibility and market presence even more, and we are thrilled to be joining the many successful publishers already working with IPS."

The Time-Crunched Cyclist, which sold over 3000 copies in its first month of publication, is a new addition to the VeloPress frontlist, which includes the best-selling titles The Triathlete's Training Bible, by Joe Friel (over 200,000 copies sold), and Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, by Lennard Zinn (over 120,000 copies sold), both of which have enjoyed record sales in their new editions this year.

"VeloPress is a tremendous publisher and a great addition to Ingram Publisher Services. They truly understand their customer and their category and execute the publishing program at a very high level," said Mark Ouimet, General Manager of Ingram Publisher Services. "VeloPress is also a customer of Lightning Source Inc., our print on demand, sister company. We're proud that VeloPress has selected the Ingram Content Group companies and the services we provide."

VeloPress will continue to manage direct sales to specialty retailers and distributors within the endurance sports industry.

VeloPress, founded in 1987, is headquartered in the sports mecca of Boulder, Colorado, and lists 75 titles on endurance sports, fitness, and training, covering topics in cycling, triathlon, running, strength training, yoga, diet and nutrition. In addition, VeloPress has produced a number of titles on the histories of famous athletes and other sports figures.

New Book of Flash Fiction Targets Time-Challenged Readers

Maureen Sherbondy's short-story collection, The Slow Vanishing, targets the time-challenged reader. Sherbondy, a Raleigh, North Carolina poet with two published poetry collections, has written a short-story collection that includes flash fiction and traditional-length stories.

Flash fiction usually contains fewer than one thousand words, is image-driven and often surreal in nature. Sherbondy says of this form, "Flash fiction is also referred to as 'sudden fiction' and 'micro fiction'. Though short, these stories often linger in the same way that a poem does." She adds, "This is the perfect creative outlet for busy writers, and the ideal reprieve for busy fiction lovers."

Sherbondy is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her stories have appeared in Stone Canoe, the North Carolina Literary Review, Southeast Review, and the Sierra Nevada College Review. She is a previous winner of the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open, as well as a finalist in Southeast Review's Best Short-Short Story Contest. Included in The Slow Vanishing is "The Final Simcha," a 2007 runner-up in the prestigious William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest.

North Carolina novelist Joanna Catherine Scott describes Sherbondy's debut short story collection: "Off-beat stories with unexpected endings. Life's ordinary problems intruded on by the bizarre. The Slow Vanishing has a mesmerizing, magical effect."

Karen Quinn, bestselling author of The Ivy Chronicles, says of The Slow Vanishing, "The writing is very evocative and interesting to read. I enjoyed each piece tremendously."

The Slow Vanishing is now available through Main Street Rag Publishing Company (Charlotte, NC), ISBN 13: 978-1-59948-186-9. The book is $13.95 and can be ordered directly from the publisher at and also at select independent booksellers.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Penguin Announces The Publication Of Nick Hornby's Latest Novel

Penguin has announced the publication of Juliet, Naked, the long awaited novel from Nick Hornby, which sees him return to the music world and will be released by Viking in hardback.

Juliet, Naked, Nick's latest novel for adults after a four year wait since A Long Way Down, is about the nature of creativity and obsession, and how two lonely people can gradually find each other.

Juliet, Naked tells the story of Annie and Duncan, a mid-thirties couple whose shared interest in musician Tucker Crowe brings them together before ultimately splitting them apart.

Tony Lacey, Nick's editor at Penguin, said: "Fans of Hornby's High Fidelity will doubtless be delighted to learn that his next novel takes him back into the music world, though nowhere near the north London of Fever Pitch. His protagonist is a reclusive 80s rock star who is forced out of isolation when the release of a stripped-down version of his most famous album brings him into contact with some of his most passionate fans. Set in America and Lincolnshire, the novel tells the story of two lonely people finding each other across decades and continents."

Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of five previous novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) and Slam; three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree; and a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. He recently wrote the screenplay for the film An Education, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and is due for release in the UK in October 2009. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London.

Penguin will publish Juliet, Naked in September 2009, adding to the complete list of Nick Hornby books already available on the Penguin website, as well as the blog which Nick updates.

Penguin Announce Publication Of Vladimir Nabokov's Final Novel

Penguin has announced the publication of "The Original of Laura," the final book by novelist Vladimir Nabokov, a novel which has been the source of much anxiety and contention for Nabokov's fans and his family.

The Original of Laura which exists on 138 index cards, was complete in Nabokov's mind, though he died before he could translate his vision onto paper. He asked for the manuscript to be destroyed, so his wife Vera, and later his son Dmitri, faced an agonising choice whether to publish the book or not. After three decades in a Swiss vault, "The Original of Laura", an extraordinarily beautiful novel, unprecedented in structure and style, will be published for the first time.

In Dmitri's introduction to his father's last novel, he recalls that it was only chance that saved an earlier book, "Lolita", from the incinerator. He has been guided by the precedent of that other book's survival in choosing to see "The Original of Laura" published.

Dmitri Nabokov, the son of Vladimir said: "When the task passed to me, I did a great deal of thinking. I have said and written more than once that, to me, my parents, in a sense, had never died, but lived on, looking over my shoulder in a kind of virtual limbo, available to offer a thought or counsel in order to assist me with a vital decision, were it a crucial mot juste or some more mundane concern. I decided at this juncture, that, in putative retrospect, Nabokov would not have wanted me to allow a new "Juanita Dark" - for that was an early working title of "Lolita", destined for cremation - to burn like a latter-day Jeanne d'Arc."

Penguin is celebrating all Vladimir Nabokov's writing in three tranches with beautiful new jackets for the entire backlist.

Penguin will publish "The Original of Laura", as well as Nabokov's other titles about childhood and young love in November 2009, with the author's experimental novels and nonfiction, including a collection of unpublished poems to follow in spring 2010. Nabokov's satirical works and a previously unpublished collection of letters to his wife will be published in autumn 2010.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Penguin to launch a site for 'And Another Thing,' the sixth Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy book

Penguin is to launch a new website with Block Interactive to support and promote the publication of 'And Another Thing', the sixth book in the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy 'double trilogy.'

Block Interactive has beaten leading digital agencies to secure a contract with Penguin to create a pan-galactic, pan-publisher website at, which will promote the Autumn publication of 'And Another Thing' by international number-one bestselling author Eoin Colfer.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been heard on radio, seen on TV and enjoyed on the big screen, there was even a musical version. Now fans can look forward to the sixth instalment of the science fiction comedy series by visiting the website.

The new site will support and promote the 'And Another Thing's' publication and marketing campaign, providing news, reviews, features and competitions as well as details on both global and local events. Most importantly, it will bring together the voices of legions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans using inclusive social networking and innovative Twitter-based features, as well as a Flash game and a range of archive material stolen from the The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy vaults (found mouldering in a cellar, using a torch because the lights had gone, in a locked filing cabinet, in a disused lavatory, with a sign on the door saying 'beware of the leopard').

Penguin will launch the site early September 2009 to coincide with the October 2009 release of 'And Another Thing.'

Harvard University Press to Sell Nearly 1,000 Digital Books on Scribd

Scribd, the world's largest social publishing company, today announced that it has signed a deal with Harvard University Press (HUP) to sell nearly 1,000 digital books through the Scribd Store, a recently launched e-commerce marketplace for written works. HUP joins other university presses such as New York University Press and MIT Press that are already offering free previews of books and reports to Scribd's readership of millions. The Harvard announcement comes a month after the company announced a similar deal with publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster.

"Scribd's goal is to collect all the world's written information -- whether for free or for purchase -- in one place and then make those works available to as many people as possible," said Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd and a Harvard alum. "Harvard University Press has brought to light some of the world's most thought-provoking ideas in the form of printed books. We are thrilled to bring this amazing content to a much larger potential community of information seekers."

Examples of the variety of books and reports currently available through university presses and schools on Scribd include:

-- The Boy Who Would be a Helicopter (HUP)

-- The Civic Potential of Video Games (MIT Press)

-- Hooking Up: The Campus as a Sexual Arena (NYU Press)

-- McGill University Daily News Magazine (McGill University)

-- Bethel Regional Jr. High School paper (Bethel Jr. High)

"Our goal is to get our books in front of as many people as possible; Scribd helps us reach readers who prefer to read online and on digital devices," said Daniel Lee, director of digital content at Harvard University Press.

The majority of content available on Scribd includes original works -- such as short stories, research reports and recipes -- contributed by its community. Professional publishers offering free and for-purchase books and other written works include Simon & Schuster, O'Reilly, Berrett-Koehler, Lonely Planet, and The World Bank. Books offered by HUP are available immediately on Scribd and can be found through searches in the Scribd Store or by keyword, title, author or other identifyers. A sampling of HUP books can be found for a limited time at

Monday, August 03, 2009

Harlequin Launches Harlequin TEEN

Harlequin Enterprises has launched Harlequin TEEN, a new fiction imprint for young adults. The timely launch comes during a period when young adult fiction is one of the rare sectors to buck the recent slump experienced by most publishers and book retailers. Romance fiction, a genre in which Harlequin is a notable market leader, is another sector that has thrived despite the recession. Many booksellers, such as Borders and Barnes & Noble, have created teen sections in their stores to capitalize on the trend.

Harlequin TEEN launches with titles by three New York Times bestselling authors in 2009. Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Take (August) stars a teenager who discovers that she is a banshee. Intertwined by Gena Showalter (September) features a teen who learns that he has four souls living inside him. The protagonist of P.C. Cast's Elphame's Choice (October) is a young half human, half centaur who sets out to make her own way in the world. Cast is the author of the popular young adult House of Night vampire series with her daughter Kristin. Rachel Vincent has also penned My Soul to Lose, an eBook prequel to her launch title. It is available for free download at

"These books feature teen protagonists, which is not something Harlequin has traditionally done," says Harlequin TEEN senior editor, Natashya Wilson. "Most readers have come to us as young girls and had to 'read up' to the editorial. However, Harlequin TEEN stories are specifically written for teenage readers. Harlequin publishes a wide range of books for women, and Harlequin TEEN ensures that teens and young women also get the opportunity to share in great entertainment and a rewarding reading experience."

Harlequin TEEN will have a full publishing program in place by 2010 and expects to publish 12 to 14 titles in that calendar year. Many of the novels will feature paranormal, fantasy and science fiction elements. The target demographic is girls ages 13 to 18. "Younger women are a natural extension of our core readership," says Margaret Marbury, Harlequin's director of single titles, "and we want to offer them tales -- not necessarily romances -- that appeal to them."

Harlequin has some experience in the young adult marketplace. The publisher successfully launched the Kimani TRU line in 2007, targeting African-American teens.

Harlequin TEEN's Web site,, allows readers to find out more about titles by reading excerpts, posting their own reviews, watching book trailers -- or in the case of Rachel Vincent, downloading the free eBook prequel, My Soul to Lose.

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Book Consortium to Fill Gaps in Publishing Biz for Literary Authors

Backword Books, a new publishing enterprise out of Los Angeles, fills a huge gap in the publishing business, according to founder and literary author Henry Baum (North of Sunset). "With the changing landscape of the publishing industry," says Baum, "and the countless new avenues for authors to directly reach readers, there has never been a time like this. There's a perfect storm brewing."

The perfect storm is that publishers are less willing to take chances with literary fiction while, says Baum, "Emerging media make it easier for quality writers to reach readers. Backword Books is a new approach to the book business."

Named to give focus on old-fashioned values in quality writing, Backword Books brings together the best literary writers that Baum and a small group discovered. The seven writers use new digital printing technology to publish titles under their own imprints.

After Baum and four other authors landed in Entertainment Weekly in 2006 for their well-regarded print-on-demand (POD) books, he saw the gap in what traditional publishers were doing and what could be done. He created a new forum, the website Self-Publishing Review, devoted to the emerging potential as well as to the pitfalls of self-publishing.

Backword's authors bring together their quality books to help each other in marketing because they know multiple people pushing multiple, related products together is more effective than one person pushing one product alone. They make clear they're not a publishing company, but a consortium of like-minded authors who have important books that have been getting exceptional reviews.

"The writers in Backword put a lot of care into their work," says Kristen Tsetsi, author of the novel Homefront. "We've all hired editors, book designers, and have acted truly as publishers. The reviews bear us out."


Monday, July 13, 2009

Author Makes Mark by Inking Book Deal in Spite of Hurricane Katrina

On August 27th, 2005, two days ahead of Hurricane Katrina, Daphne Marie Doucette and her family fled New Orleans, Louisiana in her Toyota Sequoia en route to Alabama. Underestimating the threat of Katrina, Doucette packed very little and as a result left behind floppy discs of her three finished manuscripts, which represented nearly four years of work at her personal computer. By the next night, Doucette was in Atlanta, Georgia, finally realizing the gravity of her miscalculation as predictions regarding Katrina grew more grave with each CNN broadcast.

One day later, August 29th, even the darkest of predictions were not enough to prepare anyone for what would become reality. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, destroying lives, leveling homes, and leaving thousands of survivors with the same story: "We lost everything." Despite her gratitude regarding her family's safety, Doucette could not refrain from counting what she had lost, and it was then that she remembered the manuscripts she had left behind.

For two long months, Doucette believed that her work was gone forever. The thought of recreating it was too daunting and she tried to come to grips with the fact that her dream of being a published author had become impossible in the wake of Katrina. However, in October of 2005, Doucette's younger sister recovered the floppy discs containing her sister's three finished manuscripts. Thankfully, Doucette had long since developed the habit of placing her most treasured possessions in the uppermost drawer of her furniture chest. Although the chest had been pushed over by the water of Lake Pontchartrain that had infiltrated the house, it had fallen forward against a bed in such a way that the contents in the top drawer were totally salvageable.

Having the discs back in her hands again, Doucette recommitted herself to seeing her work recognized and published. The fact that the discs had survived the elements refueled her passion and she immediately went to work revising Dirty Butter, the manuscript she believed was destined to be her debut book release. "Dirty Butter has been six years in the making for me. God willing, it will do well. No matter what becomes of the book, my message is to remember that there's always a rainbow after every storm," says Doucette.

After a few false starts, Dirty Butter is ironically set to be released on the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by Waterway Books. Doucette and Waterway executive, Akbar Cojoe, consider the launch date to be indicative of the fact that she has come full circle… and on this 29th day of August 2009, she has reason to celebrate. "We've waited for the perfect book for a really long time," says Cojoe, CEO of Waterway Book Publishers, LLC. "Waterway is a great company and our people really understand our writers' vision. We're looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with Daphne and many books to come."


Monday, July 06, 2009 Prize Winner Signs Three Book Deal With St. Martin's Press, LLC announced that Saoirse Redgrave, 1st prize winner of the 2008 Textnovel Writing Contest (, has accepted a three book publishing deal with St. Martin's Press. The initial novel in the series is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2010 and will be her prize winning story. "13 to Life: A Werewolf's Tale," which she wrote on in serial form over the course of only five weeks with interactive reader input.

Michael Homler, editor at St. Martin's Press, commented "I first read Saoirse's story after hearing that she won the Textnovel writing contest. I could immediately tell she had created a great young adult novel. She has developed characters with unique and compelling voices and an exciting plot and concept. We were very pleased we were the winning bidder for Saoirse's three-book series and I look forward to working with her to make it successful."

Stan Soper, literary agent and founder of Textnovel, commented, "We were very pleased that St. Martin's Press, a top national publisher, was able to see the potential in Saoirse's work. was designed to help authors take their writing to the next level and to help publishers validate the market potential of new fiction. This contract further validates our model and should give new authors confidence that participating in our unique writing format and contests are a viable path to success and publication."

After winning the 2008 writing contest, Ms. Redgrave chose Stan Soper, literary agent and founder of, as her exclusive agent to represent her story to potential publishers. More information about Ms. Redgrave and her novel can be found on her site at

Monday, June 29, 2009

Encinitas Writer and Airline Pilot Flying High With Wings and a Keyboard

Less than a year after garnering top honors in the global L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest for new science fiction and fantasy writers, Encinitas resident and writer David Parish-Whittaker has sold story rights to Aberrant for its high-profile, miniatures science fiction game "Rezolution."

Parish-Whittaker was first professionally published in 2008 as part of the L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future Vol. 24 anthology (Galaxy Press, 2008) for his story A Warbird in the Belly of the Mouse.

In addition to his first professional publication and a contest cash award last year, David also took part in a week-long workshop sponsored by the Contest and led by members of the jury panel of award-winning and best-selling writers.

The part-time writer and full-time airline pilot is currently shopping a young adult Victorian fantasy and revising a "Wodehousian steampunk novel."

"David has used last year's Contest experience and put it to work for him," said Contest Director Joni Labaqui. "The reason that Mr. Hubbard started the contest in 1983 was to give unrecognized talent like David a better chance to make it in publishing."

Other past winners of the Writers of the Future Contest have had over 500 novels, 1,400 short stories, and selling an impressive 31,000,000 books. The Contest was begun by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth.

For more information, on the contests, go to

Monday, June 22, 2009

HBO Acquires TV Rights to Boardwalk Empire

HBO has exercised its option to purchase the TV rights to the book Boardwalk Empire. Written by Nelson Johnson and published by Plexus Publishing, Inc., Boardwalk Empire chronicles the politics and corruption of Atlantic City from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles.

HBO has recently begun filming the pilot for Boardwalk Empire, which is being directed by Martin Scorsese. In addition, Scorsese is an executive producer on the series along with Terence Winter, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and Tim Van Patten.

Plexus Publishing has also announced a new trade paperback edition of Boardwalk Empire to be released in fall 2009. The book will be distributed to the trade by Independent Publisher's Group (IPG). The purchase of the TV/Film rights by HBO for Boardwalk Empire marks the first time that Plexus has sold those rights for one of its titles.

About Plexus Publishing. Inc.
Incorporated in 1977, Plexus Publishing, Inc. is located in Medford, New Jersey. In addition to being a regional publisher, Plexus also publishes titles in the field of biology and ecology. Plexus' book list extends from technical-scientific works to histories, folklore, and novels. Additional information about Plexus is available at, and more information about Boardwalk Empire is available at

Medford Press is an imprint of Plexus Publishing, Inc. All books published under the Medford Press imprint are available to bookstores through Chicago-based trade distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG).

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cerulean's John Avellanet Signs Book Contract with Logos Press

Cerulean's managing director, John Avellanet, has signed a contract with Logos Press to write a book covering the compliance and quality systems landscape over the next decade, including the compliance strategies required for new drug and device development and approval in the era of personalized medicines.

Based in part on Mr. Avellanet's April talk at the NIH on the future of the biopharmaceutical landscape, and his SmarterCompliance newsletter series on personalized medicine and the role of regulatory compliance, the book provides a strategic review of the compliance and quality systems best practices required for marketplace success over the next decade for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device firms.

The book is sub-divided into three parts: a review of today's landscape, an analyses of the key challenges likely to dominate over the next ten years, and then a step-by-step strategy covering:

• Faster product innovation and development

• Medicinal safety and efficacy by design

• Cost-effective, lean quality systems

• Flexible, regulatory compliance programs

As part of the book's practical, "how to" mindset, readers will be able to access bonus materials, downloads, and supplemental information online through a dedicated book website.

Subscribers to Mr. Avellanet's monthly newsletter, SmarterCompliance, will be able to access pre-publication materials and downloads as part of the lead-in to publication.

John Avellanet is the author of more than 100 articles, is the compliance columnist for several international industry journals, and is a former C-level biotech and medical device executive for a Fortune 50 subsidiary. As the co-founder of the private compliance advisory firm, Cerulean Associates LLC, he publishes the monthly executive newsletter, SmarterCompliance™. He is a frequent speaker at corporate workshops, industry conferences, and meets regularly with regulatory officials. Learn more about Mr. Avellanet on his blog,, or through his company's website:

Friday, June 05, 2009

A New Imprint Supporting Christian Self-Publishers

Innovo Publishing, LLC has expanded its audio book division and capabilities with the release of Innovo Audio--a new Innovo Publishing imprint that provides Christian & wholesome self publishers and ministries with the ability to create and globally market professionally narrated and mixed audio books, audio chapters and audio excerpts. Innovo Audio is supported by an acclaimed VoiceBank team comprised of award winning voice professionals, each of whom was handpicked for his/her outstanding professional experience and dedication to the mission of Innovo Audio to get the Word out for Christian authors and ministries.

Innovo Audio provides unique and affordable access to the global audio book market for Christian & wholesome self publishers and ministries. With Innovo Audio, new and established authors and Christian ministries can affordably extend their title’s reach beyond the hardback and paperback markets to the expanding global audio book segments.

Innovo Audio allows self publishers and ministries to personally select their preferred voice talent by listening to excerpts from Innovo’s VoiceBank team ( Self publishers and ministries may choose to have their Innovo Audio titles available for purchase and immediate download or physically shipped on Audio CD or MP3 CD. All Innovo Audio titles are compatible with the latest phones, PCs and MP3 players.

In addition to complete audio books services, Innovo Audio offers Christian self publishers and ministries an affordable, high quality and fast process for creating audio excerpts and audio chapters--which can easily be used for advertising and marketing on the author's or ministry's web sites, blogs, and social media sites like Facebook, MySpace or YouTube.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Glenn Beck and Simon & Schuster Launch Wide-Ranging Global Publishing Partnership

Simon & Schuster announced a global multi-book, multi-imprint co-publishing agreement with Glenn Beck, one of America's leading radio and television personalities and #1 New York Times bestselling author. This multi-tiered publishing program will draw on the resources of numerous imprints at Simon & Schuster to create a comprehensive catalog including more of Beck's unique brand of adult fiction and nonfiction as well as picture books and fiction for children, young adult literature, and eBook and audiobook originals. Beck's titles will also be published internationally by Simon & Schuster's publishing companies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. This announcement comes on the heels of Beck's debut as a #1 bestselling novelist with the publication of THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER in 2008, which followed his #1 nonfiction bestseller AN INCONVENIENT BOOK in 2007.

The new agreement kicks off with three diverse titles in 2009 including ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, Beck's return to hardcover nonfiction, to be published by Threshold Editions in September. The first two projects under the partnership are AMERICA'S MARCH TO SOCIALISM, an audio original read by Beck (May) and GLENN BECK'S COMMON SENSE, which will be published first as an eBook original and then as a trade paperback original, in which Beck channels the spirit of Thomas Paine (June). Both COMMON SENSE and ARGUING WITH IDIOTS will be available as audiobooks.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Anthony F. Smith Signs Book Deal With John Wiley & Sons for ESPN: The Company

Leadership advisor Dr. Anthony F. Smith has signed with John Wiley & Sons to publish ESPN: The Company--The Story and Lessons Behind the Most Fanatical Brand in Sports. Publication is slated for September 2009, coinciding with ESPN's 30th anniversary.

Dr. Anthony F. Smith has distilled key lessons from ESPN's invention of 24/7 sports coverage and evolution into cable television's most profitable network. Grounded in his 20-year experience advising ESPN's leadership, Dr. Smith and coauthor Keith Hollihan have written a playbook that will benefit leaders of any business, while it entertains sports fans and fanatics alike.

Proceeds from the sale of ESPN: The Company will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research, established in honor of legendary college basketball coach Jimmy Valvano who lost his battle with cancer. Dr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of the V Foundation.

ESPN will be Dr. Smith's second book. In 2007 Jossey-Bass (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons) published Taboos of Leadership: The 10 Secrets No One Will Tell You About Leaders and What They Really Think authored by Smith.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Author Solutions Acquires Publishing Assets of Trafford Publishing

Author Solutions (ASI) (, the world leader in indie book publishing - the fastest-growing segment of book publishing, announced Monday the acquisition of the publishing assets of Trafford Publishing of Victoria, British Columbia. Since its founding, Trafford has helped more than 15,000 authors from more than 120 countries publish and bring to market nearly 20,000 new titles.

"As more and more authors turn to indie book publishing, we are seeing strong double-digit growth in North America as well as the UK, and we believe the time is right to accelerate our international expansion. The Trafford brand gives us a platform to help more writers become published authors around the globe," said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer.
Established in 1995, Trafford was the world's first company to offer an on-demand publishing service and an early adopter of the Internet bookstore model. Weiss added, "Trafford's strong Canadian and UK presence and roster of more than 15,000 authors make it a valuable addition to our family of author services brands."

In 2008, the ASI author services brands brought to market more than 21,000 new titles, including one out of every 20 new titles put into distribution in the U.S. Overall, ASI's catalog now includes more than 120,000 titles from more than 85,000 authors

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Author Solutions Acquires Publishing Assets of Trafford Publishing

Author Solutions announced Monday the acquisition of the publishing assets of Trafford Publishing of Victoria, British Columbia. Since its founding, Trafford has helped more than 15,000 authors from more than 120 countries publish and bring to market nearly 20,000 new titles.

"As more and more authors turn to indie book publishing, we are seeing strong double-digit growth in North America as well as the UK, and we believe the time is right to accelerate our international expansion. The Trafford brand gives us a platform to help more writers become published authors around the globe," said Kevin Weiss, ASI president and chief executive officer.
Established in 1995, Trafford was the world's first company to offer an on-demand publishing service and an early adopter of the Internet bookstore model. Weiss added, "Trafford's strong Canadian and UK presence and roster of more than 15,000 authors make it a valuable addition to our family of author services brands."

In 2008, the ASI author services brands brought to market more than 21,000 new titles, including one out of every 20 new titles put into distribution in the U.S. Overall, ASI's catalog now includes more than 120,000 titles from more than 85,000 authors.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oxford University Press USA Joins PubEasy Book Ordering Service

PubEasy, the global inquiry and ordering service for the book industry, today announced that Oxford University Press in the U.S., which is affiliated with the largest scholarly press in the world, has joined the growing PubEasy community of booksellers and suppliers.

Founded in 1586, Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest scholarly press in the world, with a network of divisions, branches and related companies around the globe, from Australia and New Zealand to South Africa, India, Japan, and the United States. OUP first opened an office in New York in 1896 and the publisher's titles have won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, in addition to many other major book awards and New York Times bestsellers.

As a new PubEasy member, joining its affiliate OUP, which is an existing member, Oxford University Press, Inc.'s (OUP USA's) catalog of more than 25,000 titles will now be available to retail booksellers for purposes of checking price and availability on various book titles, placing online orders, receiving email acknowledgments of new orders, and tracking the status of book orders.

OUP USA joins a growing number of academic publishers who are making their catalogs available on PubEasy, including McGraw-Hill, SAGE, Bedford, Freeman & Worth, and Chicago Distribution Services, which includes the University of Chicago Press among its 70 academic press distribution clients.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Soul Launches New Book Club

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC., the company behind the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, one of the best-selling and most-beloved series of all time, is launching its first-ever book club in April 2009. The company has teamed up with two industry leaders, Traffic Marketplace, the world's fifth largest online advertising network [source: ComScore], which is set to handle global marketing, and Alta Resources, the global leader of integrated sales, service and fulfillment solutions supporting many other world-class brands.

Upon joining the book club, members will receive three books and sign up to buy eight more within 18 months. In a unique feature, members will be able to direct the shipment of each month's books to friends or family members as gifts by managing their account online.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Antitype Press Launches with Lesbian Fiction Release

"Especially in an economic downturn, books are a great resource and that is proven in increased sales," said Aimee White, Business Development Manager of Antitype Press in the UK. "And that's especially true in the lesbian fiction market, where there is quite a stunted growth in formats that break away from the community norm of detective or Mills and Boon type lesbian fiction. We're responding to calls for novels that are more quirky."

The lesbian fiction market has seen a boom over the last few years with an increase in publishers, especially in the US that has filtered through the UK.

One of the main issues facing publishers is attracting a suitable calibre of writer. Ensuring that submission process runs smoothly, Antitype Press has secured a small team of professional editors. Aimee explained, "It's easy for a publisher to want to bulk their books up with authors en masse because of the savings this can have with Print On Demand, but this can also damage your brand and that's something we really don't want to so. Also, with increased authors on your books it is easy to create an impersonal culture and that's not what we're about."

Antitype Press' first signing was E.A.Gray and her dark religious fiction about salvation and redemption in Heaven and Hell.

"I wanted to do something that made Heaven and Hell seem more accessible for the lesbian community," said E.A.Gray, "not for any specific religious beliefs myself, but because the Bible is a pretty good story. So I dragged it all into a modern day setting but kept it dark, following the premise of a Greek Tragedy."

Despite the difficulties faced by some areas in the economy the demand for books remains steady, and in some sectors, it is even increasing.

"I really think it comes down to this, if you're a good writer then you'll go far no matter what the economy is doing," Aimee concluded.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

PM Moon Publishers, LLC Signs Amy Allgeyer Cook

Amy Allgeyer Cook's entry "The Iron Bodkin" took Grand Prize in the PM Moon Publishers, LLC First Annual New Authors' Writing Contest.

According to Mara C. Forsythe, Managing Editor, they are currently working on a title change. "We are moving forward with Amy's book, including a look at a number of different titles".

Ms. Forsythe refused to offer any hints as to what the new title will be.

"Amy will announce it on her new blog at the same time that we send out the information," said Mara.

Although this is Amy's first book, she has been published in Family Fun, Stories for Children, and A Fly in Amber. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and holds a diploma from the Institute for Children's Literature.

A graduated from NC State University with a degree in Architecture her first job was designing churches. She is also an alumnus of the Highlights Foundation Workshop for Children's Writers at Chautauqua.

These days, Amy spends her time renovating historic homes and working on her next novel. She's written five books, including the sequel to The Iron Bodkin. She lives in a hundred-year old home in Boise, Idaho with her husband and son, one cat and the oldest living Betta fish on the planet.

She loves to play soccer, volleyball and tennis. Whenever possible, she travels the world. The most exotic place she's been is Morocco, where they serve boiled sheeps-brains in open-air marketplaces.

Someday, she hopes to own a little stone house in Europe …she doesn't even care which country. She loves reading fiction and her favorite author is Susan Cooper. Amy also enjoys eating brussel sprouts, cheese and Indian food but doesn't care much for chocolate...or sheeps-brains.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Youthful Wisdom Launches Eco-Conscious Press for Teen Literati

Recognizing the dearth of traditional publishing outlets for teen authors, Andrea Colston launched Youthful Wisdom Press, a Green publishing house that provides young aspiring writers an opportunity to be seen, heard and appreciated in print.

With a veritable "children should be seen, not heard" mentality, the young adult (YA) genre has traditionally been dominated by adult writers. Andrea Colston, founder of the newly launched Youthful Wisdom Press, believes that young aspiring writers should be seen, heard and appreciated for their unique literary perspective. As such, she has dedicated herself to publishing works by authors between the ages of 13 and 18.

A mentor of at-risk youth, Colston is well aware of the outlet writing can provide for young people. "At the end of the day, teens are who I write for, so I can't help but want to give back to them. Completing a novel, seeing your work selected for print, and putting some elbow grease into promoting your book. It's a wonderful self-confidence builder," Colston explains of her impetus for launching the press.

"Besides, teens have unbelievable stories to share; stories we—and their peers—should hear," she adds.

Other than the fact that they do not receive an advance (payment is in royalties), authors who publish with Youthful Wisdom Press will enjoy a traditional publishing experience—from acceptance to first pass pages to promotion tours (albeit virtual). Writers will also enjoy an expedited publication schedule—typically 9 months to 1 year—and the knowledge that their books are printed on acid free, virgin fiber paper.

"The Janette Rallisons, Tina Ferraros and Louise Rennisons of the YA world shouldn't get nervous just yet about our young authors nipping at their heels," explains Colston. According to recent reports, sales in this genre are rising, even amidst flailing adult book sales. A December 2008 Publisher's Weekly article noted that juvenile fiction sales at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday were up 33.7% more than last year, and a recent Children's Book Counsel sales survey indicated a more than 25 percent increase in the past few years. "There are plenty of readers to go around!" she reassures.

Youthful Wisdom Press is an independent traditionally run company that specializes in publishing material written by young adults, ages 13-18. Not merely youth-conscious, but Earth-conscious as well, Youthful Wisdom Press is a Green Press Initiative member. All their books are printed on acid free, virgin fiber paper; promotional material is printed on 30% post consumer recycled paper. To learn more about Youthful Wisdom Press or founder Andrea Colston, please visit

Orson Scott Card, Internationally Bestselling Author, To Publish New Young Adult Series

Orson Scott Card, author of the enduring bestseller ENDER'S GAME and winner of the 2008 YALSA Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Contribution to Young Adult Literature, will publish an exciting new series for younger readers with Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. Card has published numerous works in many genres, but is best known for his science fiction and fantasy work. Anica Rissi from Simon Pulse acquired World English rights to the first three books in this as-yet-untitled Young Adult series through Barbara Bova at The Barbara Bova Literary Agency. The series-launching debut hardcover title is set to be published in Spring 2011.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

HarperCollins to Launch 'It Books' Imprint in September 2009

HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, today announced the launch of It Books, a new popular culture imprint dedicated to entertainment, music, fashion, design, and sports.

The first books in the new imprint will be published in September 2009. Among the projects on the inaugural list are books by burlesque artist Dita Von Teese, style guru Amanda Brooks, bestselling author Neil Strauss, and comedians Paul Provenza and Aaron Karo; Charlie Cross's illustrated history of Led Zeppelin; the legendary Larry "Bozo" Harmon's posthumous autobiography; and the first authorized Twitter book. Future authors will include actress Molly Ringwald and bestselling recording artists Debbie Harry, Johnny Rotten, Toni Braxton, and the mythical metal band Spinal Tap.

It Books will be directed by Carrie Kania, Senior Vice President and Publisher. The editorial team for the imprint will be lead by Mauro DiPreta, Vice President/Associate Publisher, and Cal Morgan, Vice President/Editorial Director. Ms. Kania and Mr. Morgan are currently the Publisher and Editorial Director of Harper Perennial respectively, and will retain those roles.

"It Books will be a new way for us to reach readers like us--people with an endless appetite for pop culture, who live for music and film and art and fashion and the Internet," said Carrie Kania. "An It book should be fun. It should be interesting. It should be cool. It should look great. Working with Cal and Mauro, we're going to have the chance to publish some great books and market them in new and interesting ways. I'm really excited about this opportunity."

Book Publisher Marion Street Press Sold to Acorn Guild Press

Book publisher Marion Street Press of Oak Park., Ill., has been acquired by Acorn Guild Press of Portland.

According to Ed Avis, the founder and president of Marion Street, the time was ripe for selling the firm to a publisher capable of continuing to expand the brand.

Acorn Guild acquires 38 titles in the Marion Street portfolio. Included in the sale are such popular books as "The Art of Column Writing," "The Buzzword Dictionary," "Pen & Sword," and "The Concise Guide to Copy Editing."

Marion Street Press books are distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Acorn Guild plans to move its distribution to IPG.

The sale was effective on March 1.

The acquisition of Marion Street Press by Acorn Guild was brokered by Noel Griese of Anvil Brokers of Atlanta. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Dozier Internet Law's John W Dozier Jr Inks 'Google Bomb' Book Deal

John W Dozier, Jr., a veteran of the Internet industry and President and Founder of Dozier Internet Law, a law firm specializing exclusively in the law of the Internet, has inked a book deal with veteran publisher Health Communications, Inc. (H.C.I.) to share his perspectives on the story of Sue Scheff and online attacks.

Tentatively entitled "Google Bomb", it will provide the only insider account of Sue Scheff's historic journey to obtaining an $11.3 Million defamation court judgment. Mr. Dozier will follow Ms. Scheff's journey and provide an unprecedented perspective covering the landscape of online attacks and the solutions for families and businesses all along the way.

Mythica Publishing Acquires e-Book Rights for Nightmares and Daydreams

Mythica Publishing has acquired the publishing rights to American author Barbara Watkins' superb short story collection, Nightmares & Daydreams.

Ms. Watkins is a resident of Sikeston, Missouri where she lives with her family and husband. She is the latest in a string of experienced authors to be signed up by Mythica who continue to expand their list of authors daily. Such include the talented UK authors Harry Porter, Gladys Hobson, and Thomas D. Cooke.

Barbara Watkins is an author of such thriller's as 'Behind the Red Door' and
'Thorns of an Innocent Soul'. 'Nightmares & Daydreams' is a superb collection of short stories that showcase the talents of the author who specializes in the writing of psychological and paranormal thrillers.

HarperCollins Inks Deal With No. 1 Bestselling Rock Band Bon Jovi

HarperCollins Publishers announced a deal to publish the first ever official Bon Jovi book, Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful. Celebrating the band's 25th anniversary, the book contains never-before-seen photographs and exclusive text from the band and will be published next October by the Collins Design imprint. Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful will also serve as a companion to a major documentary about the band being released at the same time.

The story of Bon Jovi's career -- spanning three decades, countless hits, sold-out stadiums -- reads like a timeline of popular culture and has earned them legendary status. But for all their acclaim, fans have been offered very few up-close-and-personal glimpses of the band members. To commemorate their 25th anniversary, the band gave filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin unprecedented access to their lives, onstage and off, during 2008. The Lost Highway tour became the #1 tour in the world last year, according to Billboard Magazine. This insider portrait of one of the world's best-loved rock bands is the subject of a major documentary and this extraordinary book is a must-have for all Bon Jovi fans.

The public face of Bon Jovi -- band of brothers, hitmakers, rock stars -- is well known, but in Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, gorgeous, exclusive photographs and revealing text from Jon, Richie, David and Tico themselves tell the behind-the-scenes story. From intimate moments to basking in the limelight, the book offers fans an honest, unposed and unscripted portrait of this legendary band at work and at home.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Graphic Novel Publisher Releases New Paperback Line

Indulge yourself in a new way to enjoy romance stories: graphic romance paperbacks. Long the leader in online romance graphic novels, MyRomanceStory is launching a new line of paperback graphic novels slated to be in select stores and available online at

MyRomanceStory's graphic novels combine the storytelling of romance fiction -- a fiction category that generated $1.375 billion in sales in 2007 according to Romance Writers of America -- with the visual format of graphic novels -- a category that grew by 5% in 2008 according to a CBR News recent report.

Each month Arrow will release two new volumes in English and Spanish each containing two novels. The first two volumes feature stories illustrated by such top Latin illustrators as Italo Ahumada and Enzo Pertile, and popular MyRomanceStory authors such as Maryan Gibson. Along with his comic and graphic novel work, Pertile does drawings for editorial pages, and cartoons for the Ultima Hora newspaper in Asuncion, Paraguay. For the past four years, Chilean architect Ahumada has worked exclusively as an illustrator in the comic and graphic novel field. Gibson's graphic novel writing includes Whitewater Rapture, Good Husband Material and The Substitute Wife. In addition to her work as a writer, Gibson worked for many years as an editor for Harlequin Enterprises Limited.


Mythica to publish US Author Tom Cooke's Debut Novel

Mythica Publishing has added U.S. author Tom Cooke to the list of accomplished authors signing with this new company. Tom Cooke, although this is his first novel is no stranger to the media, having worked in the Cable TV industry for many years after leaving the U.S. Army, and being the writer of a number of technical manuals during those years.

THE MEMOIRS OF BEAR: Nueces Means Nuts will be released later this year.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Market leaders to create a series of Mystery Case Files books and Harlequin Presents games

Harlequin Enterprises Limited, the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, and Big Fish Games(TM), the world's leading online destination for games and interactive entertainment, today announced a new licensing partnership.

In the summer of 2009, Big Fish Games will begin publishing interactive games inspired by Harlequin Presents, the most popular romance-novel series in the world, which regularly tops eRetailer and retail bookstore bestseller lists. These games will be sold on line exclusively at and at all major retail stores.

In the second quarter of 2010, Harlequin will begin publishing a branded series of books inspired by Mystery Case Files(R), Big Fish Games' award-winning franchise with over 3 million units sold. These novels will be written by Harlequin's bestselling authors. Harlequin will be the first to publish women's mystery fiction for Big Fish Games.

In 2008, Harlequin sold 130 million books and enjoyed a total of 252 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists. Almost half of all romance readers read Harlequin, and the company has some 13 million series readers. Harlequin sold a book every 4.1 seconds in 2008 and has sold 5.76 billion books since its inception. Also in 2008, Big Fish Games served its global customer base nearly 400 million games.

Basketball Legend Jerry West to Publish His Autobiography

Michael Pietsch, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Jerry West will write his autobiography for publication in 2010. With the help of critically acclaimed writer Jonathan Coleman, bestselling author of Long Way to Go: Black and White in America and Exit the Rainmaker, West will candidly and poignantly recount the fascinating, complex life of one of sports' greatest heroes -- on and off the court. Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Alfred A. Knopf Canada to Publish a Memoir from Canadian Entertainer Anne Murray

Alfred A. Knopf Canada is acquiring Canadian publisher for a memoir from music icon Anne Murray. The book, tentatively titled All of Me, is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2009.

"We are thrilled to be publishing what is sure to be one of the most sought after memoirs of 2009. We all grew up with Anne Murray. She is one of Canada's most enduring music legends - and a beloved, admired figure well beyond the music field," says Michael Schellenberg, Knopf Canada's Associate Publisher and acquiring editor of the book. "She has legions of fans who are going to want to find out what the somewhat private performer has to say about her career and the challenges she has met being in the public eye for over four decades. As a great entertainer, she has taken on the writing of her memoirs with the same vitality and professionalism that she brings to her work. This will be a major book for fall 2009."

From her humble beginnings in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Anne Murray has sold more than 50 million albums in a distinguished career that spans four decades and includes four Grammy awards, three American Music Awards, three Canadian Country Music Association Awards and twenty-four Juno Awards. She has been making music since the late 1960s, and the story of her rise to international success mirrors the story of the Canadian music industry. As one of the few Canadian megastars of that era, she prides herself for having remained in Canada.

The book will be written alongside Michael Posner (the author of 4 non-fiction books including The Last Honest Man, a biography on Mordecai Richler). Arnold Gosewich, Murray's literary agent and Anne Murray's manager Bruce Allen completed the deal.

Rodale to Publish Dr. David A. Kessler

On April 27, 2009 Rodale will publish "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" by Dr. David A. Kessler who served as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Over the course of seven years, Dr. Kessler met with top scientists, physicians, psychologists, and food industry insiders and conducted research to put together a picture of the multilayered influences that condition millions of us to eat more than we want to or should.

In "The End of Overeating" Dr. Kessler explains that certain combinations of sugar, fat, and salt drive us to eat, and then demonstrates how the food industry create products to stimulate our appetites. This in turn sets in motion a seemingly unbreakable cycle of desire and consumption. His goal in writing "The End of Overeating" is to change the way we look at what we eat and how we can change our behavior.

Dr. David Kessler, a pediatrician, has been the dean of the medical schools at Yale University and the University of California, San Francisco, where he currently is Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is a graduate of Amherst College, the University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard Medical School.