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