Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Amazon Publishing Acquires 47 Books from Award-Winning Mystery Author Ed McBain

Amazon Publishing has acquired the publication rights of 35 titles in the 87th Precinct Series-including "The Con Man" and "The Mugger"-by author Ed McBain. These books will be published by the Thomas & Mercer imprint in print, digital and audio formats starting in Fall 2011. In addition to the 87th Precinct titles, Thomas & Mercer will publish 12 titles in McBain's Matthew Hope series starting in Spring 2012. These 12 books will be published in digital and audio format, with most of the 12 available in print format. This is the first time any of these books have been available digitally for readers. Jane Gelfman of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc. represented the estate of Ed McBain in this deal.

Ed McBain was a pseudonym of Evan Hunter, who passed away in 2005. McBain won the Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement from the Mystery Writers of America in 1986, and he was the first American to receive the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain's Cartier Diamond Dagger award. He is the author of the popular 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope series. With more than 100 million books sold worldwide, McBain was praised by critics and fellow writers. "The wit, the pacing, his relish for the drama of human diversity [are] what you remember about the McBain novels," the Philadelphia Inquirer once said of his writing. People Magazine simply observed that "Ed McBain is, by far, the best at what he does. Case closed."

Samhain Horror Signs Additional Authors for New Line

Samhain Horror has signed several horror authors--both established authors and exciting new voices--to its line, launching October, 2011. Following a launch list that includes Horror Master Ramsey Campbell, David Searls and Maynard Sims will release new books in January, 2012.

Samhain Publishing is an international publisher of ebook and traditional print fiction. One of the most prominent voices of original ebook fiction, Samhain represents some of today's brightest authors of romance and horror fiction. To learn why at Samhain "it's all about the story...", visit Samhain Publishing online at http://www.samhainpublishing.com.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sports Writer Mike Lupica to Publish New Middle-Grade Sports Book Series with Scholastic

Scholastic has acquired world rights to Game Changers, a series of hardcover novels for middle-grade readers written by prominent sports columnist Mike Lupica, to launch in May 2012. Lupica brings his expertise, signature style and New York Times bestselling success to a younger audience with an exciting series that follows reoccurring characters and spans three different sports kids love, football, basketball and baseball. The deal was negotiated by Esther Newberg from International Creative Management for Mike Lupica and Debra Dorfman, Vice President Publisher for Paperbacks, Non-fiction and Licensing, from Scholastic.

Record-Setting Sales for Jaycee Dugard’s Memoir

Simon and Schuster announced that Jaycee Dugard’s memoir, "A Stolen Life," sold a combined total of 175,000 copies on Tuesday, July 12, the first day it went on sale. This includes print books, audio books and nearly 100,000 eBooks, a new company record for one-day eBook sales. Simon and Schuster has already gone back on press five times for a total of 425,000 copies in print.

Big Screen Entertainment Group Options New Screenplay by Award Winning Author and Filmmakers

Big Screen Entertainment Group has optioned the rights to a motion picture screenplay titled GIRL ZERO, devised by husband-and-wife filmmaking partners Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan of Wildlight Entertainment, LLC.

The screenplay, which depicts an apocalyptic scenario in which the Earth's women are being destroyed, was penned by Shapiro from a story created by him and Jordan. The filmmakers' debut picture, a time-bending psycho thriller called RULE OF THREE, is being distributed by BSEG worldwide.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Buyer Group International Obtains Motion Picture Rights for Multiple Screenplays by Alex Weis

Buyer Group International, Inc. announced their most recent venture, collaborating with up and coming fiction writer Alexandrea Weis on two screenplays, "Blood Will Tell" and "Treasures in Hiding." Additionally, Buyer Group International, Inc. has obtained the motion picture rights for Weis second novel, the romantic thriller "Recovery" (ISBN 453875700). Buyer Group International, Inc. is hoping to secure future screenplays by seeking options on this up and coming writer's fiction novel.

Weis offers a fresh perspective with charismatic characters and unique, edgy story lines that fill the void of interesting content that the Motion Picture Industry lacks in the current market.

Ms. Weis' first novel in the Nicci Beauvoir series, "To My Senses," and third novel, "Sacrifice," due out later this year, are also currently under review. Both screenplays are currently in pre-production

Disney Publishing Worldwide Grabs Three-Book Deal with Internationally Best-Selling Author Eoin Colfer

Disney-Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, has acquired the eighth and final installment of internationally best-selling author Eoin Colfer's hit Artemis Fowl series. Colfer will also helm a new series for the publisher in an additional two-book deal. The agreement for North American rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, and Sophie Hicks, Ed Victor, Ltd.

The final Artemis Fowl book—The Last Guardian—will be published in Summer 2012. The first book in the brand-new W.A.R.P series, The Reluctant Assassin, will be published in Winter 2013. The assassin of the title is young Riley, who has fallen into the FBI's W.A.R.P.—Witness Anonymous Relocation Program—after a murderous escapade with a Victorian illusionist. Riley is transported to modern-day London, where he must both evade the illusionist and keep him from returning to Victorian times, where, with his new knowledge of all things scientific and technological, he could literally change the world. Additional W.A.R.P. books will follow every year.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mercury Radio Arts and Simon & Schuster extend and expand publishing deal

Glenn Beck's multi-media production company Mercury Radio Arts and Simon and Schuster, Inc., are are extending their global multi-book, multi-imprint co-publishing agreement. The renewal builds on the incredible success and many milestones the two companies have enjoyed since the 2003 publication of THE REAL AMERICA, including Beck's joining the select group of authors who have placed #1 New York Times bestsellers on both the fiction and non-fiction lists.

Beck, the author of seven consecutive #1 bestsellers spanning multiple genres and formats-- including fiction, non-fiction, self-help, and children's picture books, trade paperback and audio originals-- will continue to write numerous books every year. As in the past, Beck and Mercury's focus will be on creating a robust publishing program that offers readers a broad selection of titles in a wide range of categories. The first title under the renewed agreement, a trade paperback non-fiction title, The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century, goes on sale June 14, 2011. A new novel by Beck, THE SNOW ANGEL, will be published in October.

Beck's titles will continue to be published internationally by Simon and Schuster's publishing companies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and in audio from Simon and Schuster Audio.

Mercury is also launching Mercury Ink, a new division that will discover, publish and promote books and authors that Glenn is passionate about across a variety of genres. The division will be run by Kevin Balfe, Mercury's SVP of Publishing, who will acquire titles for the imprint. Mercury Ink titles will be co-published with Simon & Schuster.

Mercury Ink's first title is Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, a young adult novel by #1 New York Timesbestselling author Richard Paul Evans.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Brighton Publishing acquires "Jest" manuscript from author David Warren

Brighton Publishing announced the signing of author David Warren for his new book "Jest."

Writing in a style reminiscent of the early Stephen King masterpieces, David Warren establishes his own unique voice and striking originality, giving Mr. King a worthy competitor. As the story builds, it takes a number of sharp turns, heading off in unexpected and fearsome directions. Providing old-fashioned page turning suspense, and concluding with a totally unexpected ending, it doles out fear in ample portions.

The story is about Nicole Carzon who is an average, young college student, trying to cope with everyday life and an alcoholic father. Her life has not been easy since her mother left; in reality, it was the source of the problem. Nevertheless, everything changed the day she received the letter. Her grandfather, having been estranged with his own son for years, shocks everyone when he bypasses her father and names Nicole as heir to his castle in England.

With an angry father and the summer off, Nicole and her friends decide now is the perfect time to fly overseas and visit the castle. Once they arrive, they are overwhelmed with the history and nostalgia pulsating from the 600-year-old Bodlum Castle. However, as Nicole and her friends soon come to realize, this castle has an ancient occupant. One that has been lying dormant and patiently waiting for hundreds of years…but waits no longer.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Publish Early Life Memoir of Late Nobel Prize Winning Author José Saramago

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade and Reference Division will publish Small Memories, the early life memoir of the late José Saramago, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998. The book comes out just a month before the one-year anniversary of the author's death.

The Independent (UK) praises Saramago's memoir of his early life, calling it an "homage to [his] family and homeland, but also…the endlessly renewable life of the mind." The Business Post (Ireland) calls the book, "Small memories, perhaps, but a small masterpiece, too."

Born in Portugal in 1922 in the tiny village of Azinhaga, Saramago was only eighteen months old when he moved with his father and mother to live in a series of cramped lodgings in a working-class neighborhood of Lisbon. He returned to Azinhaga throughout his youth to stay with his illiterate but world-wise grandparents.

Shifting back and forth between the village and the city, Small Memories is a mosaic of Saramago's family memories and earliest encounters with literature--from the tragic death of his older brother at the age of four, to the first novel that made an impression on him, the melodramatic Maria, Fairy of the Forest. Small Memories traces the formation of an individual who emerged, against all odds, from a car mechanic in Lisbon to one of the world's most respected writers.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is also offering The Collected Novels of José Saramago exclusively in e-book form. This collection, which includes twelve novels and one novella along with an introductory essay by Ursula K. Le Guin, showcases the range and depth of Saramago's career.

José Saramago was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. He died at his home in the Canary Islands in 2010.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

HarperCollins Publishers Signs Lauren Conrad For New Series

HarperCollins Children's Books announced today that it has acquired world rights to THE FAME GAME, a new series by Lauren Conrad--television star, fashion designer and author of the #1 New York Timesbestselling L.A. Candy. THE FAME GAME takes place in the world of reality TV and its fashionable starlets, and features a favorite character from L.A. Candy.

Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of girl-next-door-turned-reality-celeb Jane Roberts in the L.A. Candy books. Now she's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. But with backstabbing friends and family, relentless paparazzi, and tabloid scandals she can't control, Madison is going to have her work cut out for her.

The deal was negotiated by Farrin Jacobs, Editorial Director at HarperCollins Children's Books and Literary Agent Matthew Elblonk of DeFiore & Company, with Max Stubblefield at UTA. The first book in the three-book series will be published in Winter 2012.

Filled with characters both familiar (producer Trevor Lord and sister-from-hell Sophia) and new (Carmen, daughter ofHollywood royalty, and Jill, a struggling musician), Lauren Conrad's THE FAME GAME dishes gossip and drama at every turn.

In 2009, Lauren made her authorial debut with L.A. Candy, the behind-the-scenes story of a young girl who moves to L.A. and becomes the star of a reality television show. The first in the series, L.A. Candy was a #1 New York Times bestseller. The follow-up book, Sweet Little Lies, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. The paperback of Sugar and Spice goes on sale this week, and contains a sneak peek at Conrad's new series, THE FAME GAME.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

HarperCollins Publishers Signs Candace Bushnell for Two Young Adult Novels

HarperCollins Publishers announced today a new two-book deal with Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries. The deal was negotiated by Alessandra Balzer, Vice President and Co-Publisher of the Balzer + Bray imprint at HarperCollins, with Heather Schroder at ICM. UK and Commonwealth rights along with translation rights were acquired by Rachel Denwood, Publishing Director at HarperCollins Children's Books UK.

In April 2010, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books, published Candace Bushnell's first young adult novel, The Carrie Diaries, which told the story of iconic character Carrie Bradshaw during her high school years. The Carrie Diaries garnered rave reviews worldwide, debuting at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List. It has been translated into 34 different international languages.

The Second Carrie Diaries novel, Summer and the City, will be published on April 26, 2011 (April 28, 2011 in the UK). Summer and the City explores Carrie Bradshaw's first summer in Manhattan and reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, Four Blondes and the upcoming Summer and the City (A Carrie Diaries Book, on-sale April 26, 2011/April 28, 2011 in the UK)–the coming-of-age story of one of her most famous creations – Carrie Bradshaw. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC in the US.

CMG Holdings, Inc. Negotiates Successful Book Publishing With Rodale Press

CMG Holdings, Inc. announced that New York-based Rodale Press, (www.rodalepress.com) (www.rodale.com), has agreed to publish "Is This Normal" authored by John Whyte, M.D., Chief Medical Expert for Discovery Communications. Dr. Whyte is an Agency client of the Company's Subsidiary Creative Management Group, Inc. The book is scheduled for release in August of this year.

The Company plans to complement Rodale Press marketing for Dr. Whyte through its wholly owned subsidiary XA Event Agency for the book tour and AudioEye, utilizing its e-Learning platform and digital technology.

CMG Holdings Inc. Chairman CEO Alan Morell, who negotiated the literary arrangement for Dr. Whyte, commented about the signing, "We are honored to represent John, who has pioneered medical and patient education programming at Discovery Communications. John is clearly one of the most highly respected Network Medical Experts, with his innovative, professional expertise, integrity and dedication to detail and a perfect fit for Rodale Press and the fine work they do in this sector."

Zondervan to Publish Book by 'The Pastor' of the Chilean Miners

For 69 days, 33 miners from Mina San José, Chile were trapped 2,300 feet below the earth's surface, surrounded by more than 700,000 tons of unstable rock. They were trapped underground longer than anyone in recorded history, and the world had no insight into their survival for 17 days following the August 5 cave-in. As the last rescued Chilean miner came above ground, the world watched in awe. Editorial Vida, the Spanish-language division of Zondervan, a world leader in Christian communications, has signed a publishing agreement with José Henríquez, one of the miners rescued last year and regarded as "the pastor" of the group, for a book titled "Miracle in the Mine," in which he will tell his spiritual journey leading up to the mine collapse and following the heroic rescue--a faith which kept the miners alive.

"I'm eager to share how our faith in God helped me and my friends to survive this experience," said Henríquez. "Although, I have not fully embraced our so-called ‘celebrity' status, if writing this book will serve to bring others to know the truth of God's Word, then my experience will have been for good."

The book will highlight aspects of Henríquez's spiritual background and speak to the events which followed the 69 days he was trapped underground. This includes Henriquez's collaboration with Marcelo Leiva, a Baptist pastor above ground, who helped him create custom Bible studies for the miners to share in together during their ordeal. The book will also highlight aspects of the spiritual leadership Henríquez provided, which helped them to make use of their faith in God as a means to survive.

Editorial Vida, will publish "Miracle in the Mine" in all Spanish-speaking countries, while Zondervan will publish the book in English in the United States and Canada. The contract with Henríquez was signed in Talca, Chile, his hometown, approximately 257 km (160 miles) south of Santiago.

"The experience of the Chilean miners captivated the attention of the entire world for more than two months and we are absolutely thrilled to help tell this awe-inspiring true story of faith and recovery," said Lucas Leys, Publisher at Vida. "Jose's steadfast faith in God played a key role in helping these men survive this remarkable ordeal and we hope the experience of these men will touch the hearts and inspire everyone who reads their story," added Verne Kenney, EVP at Zondervan.

The book will release worldwide on October 12, 2011, the anniversary of the rescue, for $11.99 (Spanish), $19.99 (English) with announced first printing of 250,000 copies.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Penguin Acquires Rights to Non-Fiction Janet Frame Book

Penguin NZ has acquired the rights to publish the first non-fiction book by Janet Frame for 25 years, as well as two new works of fiction.

For the first time ever, all of Janet Frame's published short non-fiction will be brought together in a new collected volume. Published essays, reviews and reports will feature alongside speeches and extracts from interviews. The work also includes published letters spanning 50 years of Frame's life and passages from her personal correspondence.

Penguin will publish the non-fiction collection at the end of 2011, and has acquired the rights also to publish two new fiction titles.

The first fiction work will be a volume of previously uncollected short stories, as well as some unpublished stories. The second work is an adult fable written by Frame in Ibiza during the 1950s. It is the first publication of material written by Frame when she lived on Ibiza, where she had her first profound romantic encounter.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Odyssey Press Launches Self Publishing Press Division

Writers who want to have their books published have a new option, Self Publishing Press (www.SelfPublishingPress.com). The new company has been created as a division of Odyssey Press, which has a 22-year history of digitally printing books, journals and article reprints.

The new venture's aim is to provide a cost-effective way for authors to self publish their books, explained Kevin E. Pirkey, publisher of Self Publishing Press.

Pirkey, who has spent the last 25 years in the printing and publishing industry, said today's technologies enable authors to do for themselves that which took entire staffs just a few years ago.

"With Self Publishing Press' support, authors can match the services of large commercial publishers and publish their books the way the want," he said, "but with the quality and professionalism their creative works deserve. Just because they have never written a book before or don't have the name recognition of a Stephen King doesn't mean they shouldn't get the same access to readers and bookstores all over the country."

Pirkey explained he was motivated to begin Self Publishing Press by his love of books and publishing. "I love to share in and encourage the passion of a new author for their work and the subject that they are interested in," he said. "There is great satisfaction in seeing an author receive the first copy of their newly published work."

Self Publishing Press will offer its authors several publishing packages from which to choose. Writers can select services from its Gold Deluxe, Silver Premier or Bronze packages, which include editorial and marketing services. Also available is a Family Memories plan, which is designed for those publishing family genealogy books, cookbooks or similar works with limited distribution.

Additional copies always can be ordered from Self Publishing Press. The packages include an author Website to more easily allow for ordering reprint, and a variety of a la carte services also are available to our authors.

Joining Pirkey at Self Publishing Press is Teresa M. Melcher. She will help edit and serve as a guide for authors in the publishing process. Melcher has been writing and editing professionally for 26 years, including seven years as an editor of several newspapers in Ohio. Her mother introduced her to a love of reading and she's hooked.

"I love books. This is a great opportunity to help authors publish their books, to share their stories," she said. "I'm looking forward to reading a lot of great books and meeting interesting people along the way."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New eBook Imprint: Avon Impulse

Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced the debut of Avon Impulse, a new imprint dedicated to digital publishing. The new imprint will feature e-books and print-to-order novels and novellas by existing Avon authors, and will seek new talent to nurture in an e-book marketplace that finds romance experiencing expansive growth.

"Romance readers have been among the first to embrace books digitally," says Liate Stehlik, senior vice president and publisher of William Morrow and Avon Books. "Their passion has encouraged us to introduce a line of romance e-books, which empowers Avon to publish more quickly, with an eye to what's trending in fiction."

The new imprint is looking to publish multiple titles each month, eventually releasing new content on a weekly basis. The Avon Impulse brand has grown organically from Avon’s existing publishing program and offers authors all the strengths of Avon's widely respected team. Books will be acquired by Avon editors, and will benefit by targeted marketing and publicity plans, as well as powerful sales platforms.

"What sets Avon Impulse apart," affirms Stehlik, "is that authors are signing to work alongside the Avon team, and will benefit from the same platforms that Avon authors have always enjoyed."

As part of the imprint’s publishing strategy, each Avon Impulse e-book will benefit from a dedicated "five-point" marketing and publicity platform, helping build awareness in the competitive marketplace. Plans include cross promotion, digital marketing and publicity, social media outreach, interactive assets and coaching, as well as targeted online retail placement strategies.

"Without traditional printing constraints, we can edit, market and release e-books more quickly, allowing unprecedented speed to market," says Carrie Feron, Morrow/Avon Vice President and Editorial Director. "The Avon Impulse imprint also allows us greater flexibility in the length of books we can publish—from novella to full-length fiction, and enables us to explore new themes in romance."

"There is so much opportunity right now within the romance genre," Stehlik says. "Readers have found a rich array of fresh content using digital and e-reading devices. It's crystal clear that we can nurture great talent via Avon Impulse's e-book publishing platform - and that there is already a very dedicated fan base of savvy digital readers."

The line launches with "A Lady's Wish," an original e-novella by Katharine Ashe; on-sale March 15; and then features "Royal Wedding," a historical romance short fiction anthology by Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley and Loretta Chase, timed to coincide with the nuptials of Britain's most beloved young couple. Later in the season bring four releases from Lavinia Kent and a prelude to Karina Cooper’s Avon debut, "Blood of the Wicked." Jaime Rush launches a brand new series with a digital short; and a full-length paranormal romance novel by author Kristin Miller will be released in the summer.

Avon Impulse is currently in the acquisition and production process for e-books to be published in 2011 and 2012. "We are actively looking to acquire for Avon Impulse," says Feron.

Authors looking to submit to Avon Impulse can find guidelines and an online submission portal at www.avonimpulse.com. "We are looking for quality submissions across every romance subgenre," adds Feron.

Avon Impulse e-books will be made available at all online retailers, everywhere in the world where English-language e-books are sold. For those seeking a hard copy of individual Avon Impulse titles, print-to-order books will be available from online book retailers.

For more information on Avon Impulse, and a detailed FAQ, visit www.avonimpulse.com.

Brown Books to Publish Ziglar Book for a New Generation

Brown Books will publish Zig Ziglar's new book, Born to Win: Prepare Yourself. Expect Success. Change the World.

With Born to Win, best selling author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, hopes to introduce a new generation of success-minded readers to his messages of humor, hope, and encouragement. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, Ziglar's powerful messages have earned him many honors, and today he is considered one of the most versatile authorities on the science of human potential.

"I am very excited about my new book, Born To Win," said Ziglar. "In the book, readers will find the core principles and action steps that have transformed the lives of many thousands of people over the past 40 years. I've put the most important things I've taught in a concise, easy-to-read format. I feel that Born to Win provides a clear direction on how to be successful in every area of your life."

Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar, Inc. and Zig's son, comments that this book speaks to both loyal Ziglar followers, as well as to those who are new to his motivational philosophies, while asking, "We are all born to win, the question is – 'are you winning?"

"Ziglar is thrilled to partner with Brown Books in the release of our newest book Born To Win. Brown has already made significant contributions to the project and we believe this book will impact thousands of people around the world," said Tom Ziglar.

The book will be edited by New York Times best selling author Michael Levin. "I owe much of my success to the wisdom of Zig Ziglar. To contribute to a book of Mr. Ziglar's gives me goose bumps. It's my way of saying thank you for helping me become the man I am today," said Levin.

Born to Win is scheduled to be released September 2011.

To learn more about Zig Ziglar and Born to Win, please visit http://www.ziglar.com , or contact Brown Books Publishing Group at 972.381.0009.

Professor Emeritus Wil Denson signs with Hollywood literary agent

Lucky for Dr. Wil Denson, Hollywood loves guys with beards and Ph.D.s.

That's what literary agent Caren Bohrman, a prominent figure in the Hollywood film industry, jokingly told the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor emeritus of theatre arts when he recently signed with her agency.

Joking aside, Denson caught the agent's attention -- and that of about 35 other agencies, producers and managers -- when his screenplay "Feral" in January was named the overall winner in trackingb.com's 2010 international Feature Script Contest. Denson's work was selected for the top honor from a field of about 1,000 competing entries by a panel of 15 film industry literary judges.

Denson's hopes after "Feral" won the tracking.com contest were that he'd "be signed by an 'effective' literary agent, that 'Feral' will be produced and that I'll be made one of the film production team," he said shortly before signing with Bohrman.

"The odds of production are daunting, but I have hopes," he said.

Denson went with Bohrman based on what he'd learned about her from others in the industry. Bohrman has sold numerous screenplays that have subsequently gotten produced, including the scripts for the films "The Fugitive," "Warlock," "Crazy/Beautiful," "Buckaroo Banzai" and "The United States of Leland."

"Ms. Bohrman was my first choice to represent me," Denson said. "She's generally known as a 'boutique' agent specializing in working intensely with a small number of writers. From what I've learned she is one of the best/better LA industry people/human beings. The organizer of [the trackingb.com contest] advised me from the very beginning that she was the one to hope for, the perfect match for me."

Denson retired in 1999 from UW-Eau Claire after 30 years on the university's theatre arts faculty. He taught acting, stage directing, theater literature and criticism, musical comedy, performance for the camera, playwriting and theater management. For years he was the director of University Theatre and Summer Theatre. During his time at UW-Eau Claire, many of his play scripts were published and produced.

Denson's writing continued following his retirement and expanded to include screenplays.

"Feral," about a man "beyond psychotic," can accurately be categorized as a thriller, Denson said.

"Some agents have also labeled it 'thriller/horror,'" Denson said. "I'm not clear on the distinction. I do want to make it clear that it is not a 'slasher film.'"

Denson, who said he constantly changes and rewrites his works that have not yet been published, estimated he began writing "Feral" about five years ago.

His "dream cast" would include Chris Cooper or Tommy Lee Jones in the lead, a county sheriff, with John Malcovich as Ray, the psychotic villain.

"It's very unusual for first-time screenwriters to score A-team actors, but I can dream," Denson said.

The trackingb.com honor is not the first screenwriting contest success for Denson. Earlier versions of "Feral" were a top-10 finisher in the 2007 Script Savvy competition and a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Nexus Screenwriting Contest. Another of Denson's screenplays, "Brantner," was a finalist several years ago in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition, a prestigious contest sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As he waits to see whether his new agent will be the key to getting "Feral" produced for the big screen, Denson directs his attention to doing what he loves. While "Brantner" had success in the Nicholl Competition, it's never been produced, and he continues to refine it. He's also recently returned to playwriting. His one-act play, "It Ate Houston," was awarded second place in the Lourdes College Drama Society's 2010 One-Act Playwriting Competition and will premiere in Lourdes College's Festival of One Acts this spring.

A new piece, called "Going Long," also is in the works. Whether it's a play or a film script and what it's about, however, Denson is not yet willing to share.

"I hesitate to say more about it at this point except I think it's a good idea," Denson said.

Monday, February 21, 2011

"Poke the Box" to be published in English worldwide as print, audio and Kindle editions

In December, international-bestselling author Seth Godin and Amazon announced a new publishing imprint, The Domino Project--the first to use Amazon's new "Powered by Amazon" publishing program. Now Godin and Amazon are unveiling the first book--written by Godin--from The Domino Project, "Poke the Box," which will be published worldwide on March 1.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to break ground and help define what publishing can become," said Godin. "We all know that ideas that spread win, and this publishing house will enable my colleagues and I to create, write and spread ideas that matter. A book that isn't read doesn't do anyone any good, and too often, the book publishing industry gets in the way of books reaching people who can benefit from them. Amazon knows what to do to help these books get read."

"Poke the Box" is about producing something that's scarce, and thus valuable: initiative. It demands that you stop waiting for a road map and start drawing one instead. It's a call to action - in your job or in your life - to leap, commit, make something happen. Godin knows that the scarcest resource in most organizations (and most careers) is the spark provided by an initiator - the person with the guts to say, "I want to start stuff." In Godin's words: "Life is a buzzer box. Poke it."

Monday, February 07, 2011

HarperCollins to Publish Manuscript Discovered on Teen Writing Site inkpop

HarperCollins Publishers announced today the first acquisition from inkpop (www.inkpop.com), its interactive website for teen writing. Slated for Fall 2011, THE CARRIER OF THE MARK, by debut author Leigh Fallon, is a fresh and thrilling paranormal romance linking two teens to a supernatural destiny.

Fallon, a native of Cork, Ireland, tried to get her manuscript published through conventional channels. She started by contacting agents and eventually took a less traditional route. She heard about inkpop through a writing group and decided to upload her manuscript. Within weeks her manuscript was voted into the coveted "Top Five" by the inkpop community and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails later, she signed her first book deal with HarperCollins for World English rights.

"For many people the rise to 'Top Five' on inkpop is a long process, but for Leigh, THE CARRIER OF THE MARK shot to the top of the list. This was one of our first key indications that it was an outstanding project," said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books.

Inkpop combines community publishing, user-generated content, and social networking to connect rising stars in teen literature with talent-spotting readers and publishing professionals. In just over a year, inkpop traffic has grown by nearly 500%. With over 60,000 projects uploaded, the highly engaged members spend an average of over 20 minutes per visit on the site.

Katz added, "The opinions of our readers matter to us. Inkpop is HarperCollins Children's Books' first site (and not the last) to really put the users' voice and ideas in the forefront. Social media is incredibly empowering if used correctly, and HarperCollins recognizes this and is gearing up to make social media the cornerstone of all of its digital endeavors."

In the coming months, inkpop will be announcing more acquisitions. Budding writers will have more opportunities to get their ideas in front of editors at HarperCollins Children's Books and will be offered more ways to get published.

Writer's Digest Launches Self-Publishing Division-Abbott Press

Writer's Digest, the oldest and most respected media company dedicated to the advancement of writers, announced today it is partnering with the leading self-publishing company, Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI), to launch Abbott Press-a self-publishing division. Named in honor of Richard K. Abbott, the legendary Writer's Digest editor, Abbott Press is devoted to helping writers improve their work and realize their dreams of getting published.

"In keeping with the mission of Writer's Digest, and in order to provide our consumers with the most complete information, inspiration, products and services to further their craft, we are proud to expand our portfolio to address a real desire of aspiring writers-to get published, be it by indie publishing or by traditional means," said Sara Domville, president, F+W Media. "Fully supported by the trusted experts at Writer's Digest, Abbott Press brings the same respectability, integrity, and commitment to editorial excellence as our Writer's Digest brand, while maintaining a unique identity of its own, for the benefit of our authors."

Through this strategic partnership, Author Solutions will manage Abbott Press on behalf of Writer's Digest, taking responsibility for sales and publishing activities, while delivering a comprehensive array of publishing, marketing, and book-selling services, designed specifically for Abbott Press authors. The educational and editorial services provided to authors fall under the respected Writer's Digest brand umbrella of Writer's Digest Books, Writer's Digest University, The Writer's Digest Conference, and Writer's Market.

Monday, January 31, 2011

UNC Wilmington's New Lookout Books Imprint Garnering Rave Reviews with Debut Volume

The debut volume from Lookout Books, the new literary imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, has been greeted with glowing reviews this week by the New York Times and LA Times. The book, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, by Edith Pearlman, was featured on the cover of the NYT Book Review's Jan. 16 edition. All of this attention is happily overwhelming for members of the Creative Writing faculty, who have nurtured the idea of a literary imprint at UNCW since 2007.

Smith founded Lookout Books with Ben George, editor of Ecotone--the Creative Writing department's award-winning literary magazine--and now editorial director of Lookout. The imprint grew out of the university's decade-old Publishing Lab, a teaching press that offers students the opportunity to learn the publishing process through apprenticeship. Students were involved in every step of publishing Binocular Vision, including discussions about the selection and order of the stories, as well as researching the cover design and typesetting.

Lookout Books publishes trade paperback originals and seeks "emerging and historically underrepresented voices, as well as works by established writers overlooked by commercial houses." George said Pearlman, who has had two stories published in Ecotone, was the perfect choice for the imprint's debut author. At age 74, Pearlman has won three O. Henry Prizes, her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize anthology, and she has published three previous collections. Still, her writing had not achieved widespread recognition.

Pearlman will visit UNC Wilmington in March for the official launch of Lookout Books. She will read at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3 in Morton Hall Auditorium, with the reading followed by a reception and book signing. Pearlman will also speak Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at B'Nai Israel Synagogue, 2601 Chestnut Street, on her identity as a Jewish writer and what that has meant to her.

Lookout Books is currently working on its second short story collection, Steve Almond's God Bless America, which will appear this fall.For more information about Lookout Books, go to http://www.lookout.org/index.html.

Loud Crow Interactive Partners with Bestselling Children's Author Sandra Boynton

Loud Crow Interactive Inc. is extremely pleased to announce that it has partnered with bestselling children's author and illustrator, Sandra Boynton, to develop and publish digital interactive versions of Boynton's popular children's books. Boynton has written over fifty books including four that reached the New York Times best sellers list, and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

The partnership will see Loud Crow develop and publish interactive digital books under a new imprint, Boynton Moo Media. The digital books will be based on Boynton's titles, which include the popular Moo Baa La La La, The Going To Bed Book, and Barnyard Dance. The book apps will be produced for a variety of devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Boynton is also a Grammy-nominated songwriter and record producer, with three gold record albums, and future plans also include musical apps that will feature Boynton's well-known recordings

The first Boynton Moo Media title that will be produced is The Going To Bed Book which Publishers Weekly names as being one of the best selling children's books of all time. The digital book will feature innovative interactive elements including touch and gesture-based animations, audio, and narration. Like all of Loud Crow's books, The Going To Bed Book app will offer the educational read-to-me mode and word-repeat-by-touch functionality and will be narrated by British invasion singer, Billy J. Kramer. The Going to Bed Book app is currently scheduled for release in February of 2011.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Announcing a New Publishing Imprint -- Napoleon Hill on Brilliance Audio

The Napoleon Hill Foundation and Brilliance Audio, Inc., today announced a new imprint, Napoleon Hill on Brilliance Audio, that has launched with the publication of an e-book and audio editions of a newly discovered work, "Napoleon Hill--The Road to Riches."

At the University of Virginia archives, Don M. Green, CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, was doing a routine inventory when he discovered a box of 16 mm film canisters circa 1960. After restoring and digitizing the content, what was discovered was "pure gold"—Napoleon Hill and his longtime partner W. Clement Stone sharing their inspirational insights on the "master keys to success." The foundation commissioned Greg S. Reid, co-author with Sharon Lechter of "Three Feet from Gold," to take the archival film and create a new motivational program. The result is a one-of-a-kind audiobook, where you will not only hear the voice of Hill and Stone discussing the "master keys to success," but gain additional insights from some of today's top motivational speakers, including Bob Proctor, Brian Tracy, Les Brown and Mark Victor Hansen as they put a modern spin on Hill's classic principles of achievement. The 3-CD audiobook also includes a bonus DVD of the original film footage.

"We were searching for an audio publishing/e-book distribution that could leverage the future and propagate Napoleon Hill's message of prosperity well into the 21st century, and we believe we have achieved exactly that by working in concert with Brilliance Audio, Inc.," said Don M. Green, CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

In coming months, other releases under the Napoleon Hill on Brilliance Audio imprint will include the authorized edition of Hill's classic "Think and Grow Rich" with a new introduction by Lechter, Hill's "Keys to Success," "Selling You" and "Think and Grow Rich—Instant Motivator."

Best-Selling Author Steve Farber Signs Deal Repurchasing Rights to his Top 100 Business Book

No Limit Publishing Group and best-selling author Steve Farber announced today a signed unprecedented deal following Farber's high five-figure repurchase of all rights to his best-selling leadership books Radical Leap and Radical Edge from Kaplan Publishing.

"We are extremely excited to sign such a prolific author to our thought Leader imprint and show the publishing industry that authors and publishers can truly partner in this world and that there is a third option that solves the economical injustice of traditional deals, while simultaneously solving the myriad of quality, marketing and distribution issues with authors who choose to self-publish," said Chris J. Snook, Editor-In-Chief of No Limit Publishing, following the deal signing on December 23 in San Diego, Calif.

"The Farber Deal" will consist of a co-investment by each party, a lucrative author-buyback provision, 50/50 split on net royalties for both digital and print formats and worldwide distribution rights for No Limit Publishing for a minimum of three years with renewals.

Farber has joined a growing list authors who are contracting with No Limit Publishing's proprietary Rising Author Modern Media Platform (RAMMP) program at an undisclosed sum. As part of RAMMP, No Limit Publishing Group will provide a complete multi-media, print and digital publishing and distribution plan estimated at a mid six-figure development level.

Scholastic to Re-Launch Animorphs Books by Bestselling Author K.A. Applegate

Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced today that it will re-launch K.A. Applegate's bestselling "Animorphs" series in May 2011. Each book will be published with a lenticular cover that actually morphs.

Since the first Animorphs book was published in June 1996, the brand has grown to include 54 books, two spin-off series and ten companion books -- totaling more than 35 million books in print worldwide. In addition, the Scholastic Media-produced television series was sold to 35 countries globally and aired on Nickelodeon in the United States. The Animorphs series empowers kids with the desire, skills and supernatural abilities to achieve such noble virtues as heroism, loyalty and respect for nature's creatures -- all while engulfed in an urgent quest to save the world from evil.

K.A. Applegate is the author of the bestselling Animorphs series, as well as the Remnants and Everworld series, Home of The Brave, and the Roscoe Riley Rules series. She lives in Southern California.