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TPG Plans Majority Stake In CAA

The NY Post reports that private equity firm TPG plans to increase their stake in CAA from a 35-percent share to a controlling 51-percent holding. That deal "could be announced within the week, one source familiar with the talks said." The paper's sources say the long-term objective of taking control…

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Briefs: Hachette Launches Author Portal, Yale Moves Up Modiano

Hachette Book Group has launched their Author and Agent Portal as a "channel" within their business-facing site hachettebookgroup.biz. Similar to portals from Simon & Schuster, Random House and others, it includes unit sales information by title, weekly Nielsen BookScan sales data, an "interactive publication timeline for the 12 months prepublication," a feature for…

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In Settlement, Foreword Literary Changes Name to Fuse

Foreword Literary agency announced that they are changing their name to Fuse Literary, under an out-of-court settlement with Foreword Magazine. Founded in 2013, the agency will continue to operate as before. Founding partner Laurie McLean says in a statement: "The owners of Fore Word Magazine, Inc. felt that people in…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Literary agent Loretta Barrett, 74, died peacefully in Manhattan from complications of a brain tumor, her agency reports. Barrett began working in publishing in 1967 as an editor at Anchor Press, where she was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1970. She left Doubleday in 1990 to start her agency, Loretta Barrett…

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People, Etc.

Amazon’s director of author and publisher relations Jon Fine "has decided to leave the company at the end of the year," according to internal announcement cited by Porter Anderson. The note from Charles Kronbach says, "Over the last seven years, he has represented Amazon at hundreds of publishing and author…

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People, Etc.

Andrew Kidd "has decided to leave agenting" and will depart Aitken Alexander at the end of October after 6 years there. The announcement says he will "pursue a new path in the book industry," apparently to be announced in November. Eric Price has joined Melville House in the newly created role…

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People

Perseus announced internally on Monday "several key changes" in their international sales and rights business to fuel their growth, including a number of new appointments. A newly created vp of international sales and marketing will oversee the London and New York-based international sales teams from New York once a search is completed. VP…

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Slaughter Squares Off with IRS Over Self-Employment Tax On Royalties

Last week Forbes uncovered two previously unreported lawsuits in US tax court which saw thriller writer Karin Slaughter square off against the Internal Revenue Service. While the suits themselves are interesting on their own, they are particularly relevant for authors with respect to the classification of book royalties as self-employment…

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Agency Celebrations

It's a big month for celebrating milestone anniversaries for a number of well-known literary agencies. Writers House went first on Tuesday night to commemorate their 40th, at the Morgan Library, joined by over 500 people. (The event also served as a surprise 83rd birthday celebration for Writers House founder and chairman…

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People, Etc.

Longtime editor Tom Miller will join Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as a literary agent on September 15. He will represent primarily nonfiction projects in the areas of diet and wellness, psychology and self-help, business, popular culture, spirituality, cooking, and narrative nonfiction. Most recently, he was an executive editor at McGraw-Hill. Annie…

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