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Grisham Apologizes For Interview Comments

In a written statement on Thursday issued through publisher Doubleday and posted on his website, author John Grisham apologized for remarks he made to the UK's Telegraph in an interview: "Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography -- online…

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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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Once again, the naming of the Nobel Prize for Literature laureate will align perfectly with the Frankfurt Book Fair: The Swedish Academy said the new honoree will be announced on Thursday. (The Peace Prize will follow on Friday.) In other awards, the Giller Prize will cull their longlist down to…

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Seth Godin Direct -- and In Print Only

Author, entrepreneur and "ruckus maker" Seth Godin has unveiled his latest experiment in a long line of efforts to publish directly: His new forthcoming book WHAT TO DO WHEN IT'S YOUR TURN [And it's always your turn] is available online for discounted direct, pre-order through October 8, while Godin closes his…

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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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Harper Offers Authors Additional Net Royalty For Online Direct Sales Referrals

As promised in July when HarperCollins relaunched their web site to focus on making their full catalog of books, ebooks and audiobooks available for sale to consumers, the company is now ready to provide additional compensation to "our authors who want to sell directly" via Harper's shopping cart. Authors who…

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People, Etc.

Dominic Myers became head of Amazon Publishing in Europe on September 2, based in Luxembourg but overseeing the UK and German publishing businesses and "launching new offices" they "expand our European publishing efforts."Most recently non-executive director at some consumer-focused startups, he had been managing director of Waterstones in the UK up until it was…

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People, Etc.

Emilie Polster has joined Little, Brown Children's as executive director of marketing. She was previously senior director of integrated marketing & operations at Harper Children's. At Picador, Andrea Rogoff has been promoted to senior publicist, while Elizabeth Bruce has been promoted to associate editor. In addition, Shannon Donnelly has joined as…

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Lee Child On Authors United and Amazon: "it’s a thus-far-and-no-further thing for me. I don't want Amazon to be the only publisher."

Lee Child took up Joe Konrath's invitation for an Authors United signatory to explain their thinking further by sending a written statement for posting on Konrath's blog. The original post was broken into pieces (so that you could only read Child's remarks with Konrath's responses interspersed), but it has been…

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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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