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Scholastic announced a number of recent promotions. Emily Clement has been promoted to editor, Arthur A. Levine Books, while Marisa Polansky moves up to editor, Nonfiction. Celia Lee has been promoted to editor, Cartwheel Books, while Samantha Swank moves up to assistant editor. Finally, Beth Noble has been promoted to…

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WATCHMAN and GREY Can't Save Books A Million From Another Tepid Second Quarter

Books-A-Million said sales for the second quarter ending August 1 dipped 0.4 percent to $107.9 million. Same-store sales dropped 0.3 percent, while their net loss of $5.8 million, or 41 cents per share, nearly doubled compared to a $3 million net loss a year ago. The quarterly results also include "higher…

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Pedroza Likely to Win $10.7 Million Or More In FIFTY SHADES Royalties, But Can She Collect?

Former co-founder of The Writers Coffee Shop Jennifer Pedroza is moving closer to receiving her one-quarter share of The Writers Coffee Shop's profits from the Fifty Shades trilogy, though the process has been underway for many months and still is not finalized. In a Texas court hearing on Wednesday, Judge Susan…

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Andy Dodds will join Grand Central Publishing as associate director of publicity on September 2. Previously he was associate director of publicity at William Morrow. Brette Dorris has joined Ingram Content Group as senior sales representative for public and school libraries in the Midwest. Previously he was a sales representative…

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Author Solutions Lawsuit Settled in New York; Indiana Suits Consolidated

Once Judge Denise Cote denied class certification in July to the group of plaintiffs who filed suit against Author Solutions more than two years ago alleging fraud, violation of consumer protection acts, and unjust enrichment, it was only a matter of time before that version of the case reached a natural…

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Ananth Padmanabhan has been appointed chief executive officer of HarperCollins India, reporting to Charlie Redmayne. Padmanabhan has been svp, sales at Penguin Random House in India. He starts at the beginning of October, after current ceo P.M. Sukumar steps aside. The company also announced the formation of a new HarperCollins India…

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Liz Esman has joined Crown as senior publicist, Crown, Hogarth, Broadway Books and Tim Duggan Books. Previously she was a publicist at HarperCollins. In addition, Morgan Carattini has been promoted to publishing manager for Crown, Archetype, Hogarth, Broadway Books, Tim Duggan Books, and Three Rivers Press. The Ransom Center at…

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Gene Taft will join Johns Hopkins University Press as publicity manager for the Books division on September 1, succeeding Kathy Alexander, who will retire October 2. Taft was formerly vp, assistant publisher at PublicAffairs and spent the past decade running his own publicity firm, Gene Taft PR. At Scribner, Kyle…

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At the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Jennifer Rofe has been promoted to senior agent. Marissa Litak has joined Sourcebooks as an assistant publicist. Previously, she was editorial assistant at Rhetoric Society Quarterly. The new issue of Poets & Writers magazine has Michael Szczerban interviewing at length 37 Ink founder Dawn Davis: "The…

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Nicole Tourtelot will join DeFiore and Company as an agent. She was most recently an agent at Kuhn Projects. Former Hachette Book Group CIO Ralph Munsen has joined GroupM, the media buying unit of advertising conglomerate WPP, as managing partner and global head of development. HBG is looking for a new CIO.

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