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Briefs: September Costco Pick; Amis Breaks with German, French Publishers; Maze Runner Movie

The September Pennie's Pick at Costco is The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery, by Sophie Hannah. The Guardian reported that two of Martin Amis's longstanding international publishers -- Hanser in Germany, and Gallimard in France -- declined to publish his newest novel, The Zone of Interest, set in a fictionalized…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Indiana University Press has appointed Gary Dunham as director. Previously he was director of publications for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Louise Erdrich has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award. She will receive the award at a ceremony in Dayton, OH on November 9. The Hugo Awards were…

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People, Etc.

Julie MacKay has joined Scribd as manager, content acquisition, working out of the company's New York office. Previously she worked as a foreign rights manager for Janklow & Nesbit. In addition, Greg Freed has been named content operations specialist, working from Scribd's San Francisco office. Previously he was director of…

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People, PEN Awards, Etc.

Marcie Lawrence has joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as designer. She is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts MFA Design program, and was previously at Wenner Media. In addition, Maggie Edkins has been promoted to assistant designer. Susan Peterson has joined CodeManta as svp, sales.…

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Authors and Kindle Unlimited

Authors understandably have questions about Amazon's not-yet-officially-released Kindle Unlimited subscription service. To expand more explicitly on what we wrote in our first post on Wednesday morning: For Authors/Publishers Participating By Direct Agreement These credits/payments will work in a manner similar to other ebook subscription terms, we are told. Any time…

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Harper Lee Repudiates Marja Mills Book, Again; Mills Affirms Her Experiences

When Penguin Press announced their acquisition of Marja Mills's THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR: LIFE WITH HARPER LEE in 2011, saying it was written with "direct access to Harper and Alice Lee," Harper Lee's attorneys released a letter in which the renowned author said, " I have not willingly participated in any book…

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Wattpad Acquires Red Room and Takes It Offline With Five Days Notice

On July 3, founder of online writers community Red Room Ivy Madison posted a chipper note with "big news," writing, "Red Room is becoming part of Wattpad!" Apparently Wattpad acquired Red Room, and wasted no time in killing it: "Red Room will go offline on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. You…

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Howey and Konrath Drive Petition Supporting Amazon; Amazon Author Wendig Responds

Following Douglas Preston's open letter to which hundreds of well-known traditionally-published authors signed on, on Thursday a group of almost 30 self-published authors posted a petition of their own at Change.org in response (from online accounts, the letter was written by Hugh Howey and Joe Konrath). It's offered "To Thank Our Readers,"…

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People, Etc.

Following the February announcement that Penguin Random House would close two Penguin warehouse/operations centers by 2015 and consolidate all US fulfillment operations into the Westminster, MD and Crawfordsville, IN facilities, there is a now a report on an expansion of that warehouse in Indiana. PRH is adding 350,00 square feet…

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Open Letter From Authors to Readers About Amazon, Organized by Douglas Preston, Has "Gone Viral"

As we were first to report mid-day Wednesday, bestselling author Douglas Preston has been circulating by email an open letter from authors to their readers, objecting to how Amazon has "directly targeted Hachette's authors in an effort to force their publisher to agree to its terms," enlisting signatories. (Preston's forthcoming…

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