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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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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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People: Layoffs At USA Today Claim Longtime Book Reporter/Reviewer

Layoffs at USA Today on Wednesday eliminated approximately 25 editorial jobs, including that of longtime Books section reporter and reviewer Bob Minzesheimer. He can be reached at bookbobminz@yahoo.com. He has written about books and authors since 1997. In other news, Natasha Alexis and Lana Popovic have joined Chalberg & Sussman…

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Former ceo of Atlantic Books Toby Mundy has established his own literary agency, Toby Mundy Associates. He will use Ed Victor Ltd.'s service operation Bedford Square Literary Management for "turn-key back-office service." TMA is the first client for the new service. Amazon cfo since 2002 Thomas Szkutak will retire from the company in…

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People, Etc.: Clegg Leaves WME; Editorial Layoffs at Atria; and More

Bill Clegg is leaving William Morris Endeavor after 8 years to set up his own literary agency. Clegg had not yet responded to our request for comment, so further details of his new venture are not clear, but WME svp Jennifer Rudolph Walsh told us: "For the 8 wonderful and…

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Lia Ronnen has been promoted to publisher at Artisan, effective September 2. She succeeds Ann Bramson, who will now acquire books across Workman’s imprints with the new title of executive director, special projects at Workman. Of Ronnen's appointment, Bramson said in the announcement: "Lia is an amalgam of everything one…

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Robin Straus and Andrew Nurnberg have jointly acquired the Wallace Literary Agency, four months after the death of Lois Wallace, who founded the agency in 1988.  Jeff Hoffman, who worked for the agency for the past 18 years, will stay on staff. Nurnberg handled foreign rights for her clients for…

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Ten Speed Press announced a number of promotions and new hires. In the publicity and marketing departments, Lorraine Woodcheke has been named marketing & publicity manager, cookbooks, while Natalie Mulford moves up to marketing and publicity manager, Watson-Guptill and Amphoto Books. In the design department, Betsy Stromberg has been promoted…

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Kerry Eltman has joined Fox Chapel Publishing as chief financial officer. Previously he was controller at The Jay Group, a logistics and supply chain company. John Aardema has joined Sourcebooks in the newly created position of art director in the entertainment & gift group. He spent the past nine years…

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