Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hurts Poetry/Hurts Publishing Joint Venture Agreement

International acclaimed poet, speaker, and best-selling author Isiah Hurts has joined Hurts Publishing with a management and joint venture book agreement. Isiah will write under a newly formed joint venture with the company's premiere poetry-based book division, Hurts Poetry. His highly-anticipated book, Water For Your Soul, is scheduled for a 2011 fourth quarter release on Hurts Poetry/Hurts Publishing.

As a best-selling author, Isiah, has sold hundreds of thousands of groundbreaking books. His popular writings offer powerful leadership inspirations with hope, strength and spirituality. His innate charisma and enlightening sermons have drawn thousands to conferences and events around the world.

Fueled by a deep spirituality, Isiah Hurts delivers thought provoking and relevant messages in his writings, within the media and through his powerful and anointed voice in poetry. His writings has inspired multicultural and intergenerational audiences worldwide.

Baker and Taylor Signs Deals with Two Major Publishers

Baker and Taylor Inc., the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, at Book Expo America announced it has signed agreements to provide print-on-demand services -- via its TextStream Digital Print Service unit -- to Simon & Schuster and German academic publisher De Gruyter.

"These world-class publishers have put their trust in Baker & Taylor and TextStream, and that speaks volumes about our commitment to becoming the leader in digital services for our publishing partners," said Tom Morgan, CEO of Baker & Taylor.

The agreements with Simon & Schuster and De Gruyter illustrate Baker & Taylor's latest success in expanding TextStream's presence in the publishing community. Working with a combination of on-site and near-site facilities, TextStream provides publishers with a truly comprehensive suite of print-on-demand and print-to-order services and a wide variety of formats and trim sizes.

TextStream's flexibility and industry-leading customer reach, coupled with its capabilities in private label consumer direct fulfillment and Web hosting, make it especially advantageous to publishers by providing product to specialized audiences and academic libraries on an as-needed basis.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mahogney Ink Publications is a new publishing house searching for raw and new talent

Mahogney Ink Publications is currently seeking manuscripts for street lit, erotica, urban, poetry, romance, and Christian books.

Mahogney Ink Publications mission is to develop and to publish stories that inspire the average person to keep reading. In doing so, the company has started an annual book scholarship that is awarded every February to a deserving high school or college student.

Shaneisha Dodson, founder, commented: “Starting Mahogney Ink Publications is a dream come true. I have always had a passion for writing and look forward to helping others reach their publishing goals. Mahogney Ink Publications is a independent publishing company founded in 2009 after I successfully self published my novel Cheating On My Mistress.”

Mahogney Ink Publications pays royalties. The company’s goal is to focus on author development and marketing support. We are committed to giving our authors the support they need to make their literary work a success.

The company will initially release books in trade paperback and E-Book format. Books will be released in 2010. Submission guidelines are available on the company's website.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Clarion to Publish Read for Your Life, New Serialized eBook

Clarion Books, an imprint of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, announces a new digital project with the Newbery medalist and National Book Award–winning author Katherine Paterson.

Clarion will publish a series of Ms. Paterson's essays on writing and literature for young people in digital format. Collectively entitled Read for Your Life: Speeches and Writings of Katherine Paterson, the essays will be available through all major online book retailers and will be compatible with a variety of different digital reading devices

HarperCollins Signs Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis for 'Wildwood' Series

HarperCollins Publishers announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Wildwood, a middle-grade series by Colin Meloy, illustrated by acclaimed artist Carson Ellis. Wildwood is a classic tale of adventure, magic, and danger, set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, Oregon. Meloy is the lead singer and songwriter of The Decemberists, the highly celebrated and uncommonly literary band.

The three-book deal was negotiated by Donna Bray, Co-Publisher of the Balzer & Bray imprint at HarperCollins, with Steven Malk of Writers House, after an auction involving five other publishers. The first book is scheduled for publication in Fall 2011.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

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Howard, Grazer to adapt 'Dark Tower' books

Hollywood director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will try to bring Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" novels to the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporter said the rights to the seven-book fantasy Western series have reverted back to author King after J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company held them briefly and couldn't figure out how to adapt them.

Howard, Grazer and Goldsman are in talks to start the series as a film that could then lead into a television drama, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

The trio has previously worked on the movies "A Beautiful Mind," "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons."

(Source: UPI )

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires the Philip K. Dick Library

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired North American publishing rights to Philip K. Dick's two-volume unpublished masterwork, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick. Edited by Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson, The Exegesis "serves as the foundation for ideas and themes that would appear throughout the work of this visionary author," notes Bruce Nichols, Publisher of Adult Trade at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. HMH has also acquired rights to 39 titles from the author's backlist, which will be published in paperback under the Company's Mariner imprint beginning fall, 2011.

During his lifetime, Philip K. Dick won both the prestigious Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Award, which honor excellence in science fiction. Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005 and with publication in three volumes in the Library of America in 2007, Dick's 45 novels and 120 short stories have been adapted into numerous films, including, most notably, "Minority Report" and "Blade Runner" (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?). Other films based on his work are forthcoming.

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Rodale Books to Publish Second Book by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Rodale Books has acquired the second book by the chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, Howard Schultz, for publication in March 2011. Executive Vice President, General Manager, and Publisher Karen Rinaldi and Vice President and Publishing Director Colin Dickerman acquired North American rights; Jennifer Rudolph Walsh of William Morris Endeavor made the sale. Schultz will share the story of the company's dramatic transformation under his leadership, revealing how Starbucks has achieved profitability and sustainability without sacrificing humanity during one of the most tumultuous economic times in history. Collaborating with former Forbes writer and five-time author Joanne Gordon, Schultz will tell the story in his conversational, inspiring voice--taking readers into the mind, office, and heart of one of the world's most admired business leaders. Schultz's proceeds from the book will be directed to the Starbucks Foundation and CUP Fund.

"In the years since I published my first book, Pour Your Heart into It, the world has changed in ways I couldn't have imagined, testing Starbucks as a company and challenging my own understanding of the responsibilities required of a leader," said Schultz. "My motivation is to chronicle Starbucks transformation and how we confronted these challenges by reaffirming our core values and reinventing our company from the bottom up. I hope the book will prove an insightful tool for anyone facing fundamental business and societal shifts, but I am also writing this for Starbucks partners (employees), to honor the work they do every day and the human connection they've formed with our many customers around the world."

Stephen King Publishes New Novella "Blockade Billy," Available in the Kindle Store announced that the new novella by bestselling author Stephen King, "Blockade Billy," is now available in Amazon's Kindle Store ( for $7.99. The Kindle Store now includes over 480,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle, including titles such as "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "Pride and Prejudice" and "Treasure Island."

"We're excited to be able to offer our customers Stephen King's new novella in the Kindle Store, especially after seeing customer enthusiasm for King's Kindle-exclusive novella ‘UR,'" said Melissa Kirmayer, Director, Kindle Content. "'Blockade Billy,' a shorter format book with a limited physical print run, is not only a great example of the publishing freedom Kindle allows writers, but also the rich content Kindle customers can find in the Kindle Store."

"Blockade Billy" tells the story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest baseball player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first—and only—player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Blockade Billy has a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse… and only Stephen King can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all. Publishers Weekly writes of the book: "As King's fiction goes . . . a deftly executed suicide squeeze, with sharp spikes hoisted high and aimed at the jugular on the slide home."

The Kindle edition of "Blockade Billy" features both the cover illustration by Glen Orbik and the interior artwork of Alex McVey from the limited-edition hardcover published by Cemetery Dance Publications.

Stephen King has written more than 40 books, including "Misery," "The Green Mile," "Cujo," "IT" and "Carrie." He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Bram Stoker Award, O. Henry Award, Horror Guild Award and was the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

"Kindle is a great way for authors to make different lengths of their writing available and to reach diverse audiences with their work," said Stephen King. "I'm excited to be able to offer ‘Blockade Billy' in the Kindle Store."

Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at

Max Books Announces Children's Author Signs 11 Book Contracts

Children's adventure and mystery author, Max Elliot Anderson, has signed contracts for 11 books to be published by two publishers.

Comfort Publishing, in Concord, North Carolina, will republish his first 7 titles after the original publisher could not withstand the economic pressures that have hurt so many small businesses.

The titles to be republished by Comfort Publishing include Newspaper Caper, Terror at Wolf Lake, North Woods Poachers, Mountain Cabin Mystery, Big Rig Rustlers, Secret of Abbott's Cave, and Legend of the White Wolf. A new book, Barney and the Runaway, will also be published.

Comfort Publishing has also contracted a first right of refusal option on another 16 titles and wants to pursue an extensive series with him. This could become a 24 book deal. "These books are already written," Anderson said, "although I'm doing a revision on each one to increase the word count."

"Over a period of 3 ½ years," Mr. Anderson added, "I wrote 35 manuscripts. Now I'm glad I did that." Each book has different characters, locations, and plots.

Mr. Anderson is also developing the Sam Cooper Adventure Series with Port Yonder Press in Shellsburg, Iowa. "It's a new step for me," Anderson said. "Writing a traditional series, in the same locations, with the same characters, requires a different set of writing skills."

Book # 1 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series is Lost Island Smugglers which will be published in July/August, 2010. This book will be followed by Captain Jack's Treasure, and River Rampage. The plan calls for more titles to be written for this series in the future.

Further details can be found on Mr. Anderson's blog, Books for Boys, at