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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Leigh Zarelli as svp of consumer brands, driving the strategic direction and expansion of direct-to-consumer product offerings. They have also hired Caroline Fraser as vp of program development and acquisition, spearheading new content development for the consumer market and identifying  new media channels for HMH's stable…

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March Bookseller Picks

The March Pennie's Pick at Costco is Dead Wake by Erik Larson, releasing the 10th. At Amazon, George Hodgman's Bettyville -- previewed now in our Spring/Summer Publishers Lunch Buzz Books sampler -- is their spotlight pick, and Jill Alexander's Hausfrau is the featured debut. The other picks for March are Larson,…

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Paula Deen Books to Return This Fall, Distributed By HBG

Paula Deen returns to book publishing this fall, issuing her titles through Paula Deen Ventures, the company she launched in early 2014 with backing from Najafi Media. The company announced an agreement with Hachette Book Group to sell and distribute her titles throughout the world. The first planned new title…

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Benjamin Lee will join Putnam and Dutton as vp, associate publisher of paperbacks, as both imprints will launch their own in-house paperback lines beginning January 2016. Lee was previously vp, associate publisher at Atria. At St. Martin's, Monique Patterson has been promoted to editorial director of romance while also continuing as executive…

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Kirkus Media has promoted chief operating officer Meg LaBorde Kuehn to the newly created position of ceo, continuing to report to president and publisher Mark Winkleman and co-owner Herb Simon. Winkleman said in the announcement: "It's been five years since Herb Simon and I bought Kirkus Media, and no one…

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Kindle Unlimited Pool Is Bigger In Dollars, Lower Per Book

With the continuing rollout of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription program to additional territories, the total payout to participating authors continues to grow, even as the per-borrow payment remains near its lowest levels. Every month on or about the 15th, Amazon tells authors how much they will be paid on a retroactive…

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Sean Shoemaker will take over as president of Publishers Group West, effective April 1, after Susan Reich retires. Shoemaker has been with PGW for the past 20 years. Perseus Client Services president Mark Suchomel writes: "In addition to a strong operations and finance perspective, Sean brings to the role a keen awareness of…

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Another Found Manuscript: Dr. Seuss's What Pet Should I Get?

In the fall of 2013 the late Ted Geisel's widow Audrey and the author's longtime secretary and friend Claudia Prescott rediscovered an original unpublished manuscript and sketches -- along with other materials -- first found shortly after Ted's death in 1991, while cleaning his office space. Random House Children's will publish the rediscovered WHAT…

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Director of order management at Simon & Schuster Francine Leinheiser will retire on February 27 after more than 38 years with the company, and 12 years in her current position. In a statement, vp, distribution & fulfillment Dave Schaeffer praised Leinheiser as "a true Simon & Schuster lifer," adding: "We…

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Cynthia Bond's RUBY is Latest Oprah Pick; Krakauer's MISSOULA to Publish April 21

Oprah's revived Book Club, which now only picks books about once a year, has selected Cynthia Bond's debut novel RUBY as its latest choice. (Its previous selection, in early 2014, was THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd.) The novel was published in hardcover last April by Hogarth to…

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