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Pedroza Likely to Win $10.7 Million Or More In FIFTY SHADES Royalties, But Can She Collect?

Former co-founder of The Writers Coffee Shop Jennifer Pedroza is moving closer to receiving her one-quarter share of The Writers Coffee Shop's profits from the Fifty Shades trilogy, though the process has been underway for many months and still is not finalized. In a Texas court hearing on Wednesday, Judge Susan…

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Author Solutions Lawsuit Settled in New York; Indiana Suits Consolidated

Once Judge Denise Cote denied class certification in July to the group of plaintiffs who filed suit against Author Solutions more than two years ago alleging fraud, violation of consumer protection acts, and unjust enrichment, it was only a matter of time before that version of the case reached a natural…

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Briefs

Liz Esman has joined Crown as senior publicist, Crown, Hogarth, Broadway Books and Tim Duggan Books. Previously she was a publicist at HarperCollins. In addition, Morgan Carattini has been promoted to publishing manager for Crown, Archetype, Hogarth, Broadway Books, Tim Duggan Books, and Three Rivers Press. The Ransom Center at…

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Surprise Bestseller: Self-Published Picture Book that Prompts Yawns to Put Kids to Sleep

Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin's crude-looking self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep: A New Way Of Getting Children To Sleep finds itself at the top of Amazon's bestseller list more than a year-and-a-half after publication. It seems to have caught on in the UK first, drawing media…

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Monday Briefs

The big weekend read was the NYT piece with allegations about Amazon's "purposeful Darwinism" towards its employees. Jeff Bezos sent an email to all employees -- and thus the world -- saying, "Even if it's rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero."…

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Hamilton Parts Ways With Minotaur Weeks Before Publication Date

Edgar Award-winning author Steve Hamilton is parting ways with Minotaur Books, his publisher for more than seventeen years, less than two months before the scheduled September 29 release date of his next thriller, THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON. After issuing a terse announcement to various trade publications and accounts…

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For the Record: Clinton Got Over $8.5 Million for Latest Book

A few days ago Hillary Rodham Clinton released her tax returns for the years 2007 through 2014 (and when she had run for president in 2007, she had made public the Clintons' tax returns for the years 2000 through 2006). The returns show that Clinton was paid over $8.5 million…

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NEH Backs 36 Books By "Journalist-Historians"

The National Endowment for the Humanities has selected the first 36 recipients in their new Public Scholar program, which "supports well-researched books in the humanities conceived and written to reach a broad readership." The initiative awards 6- and 12-month grants, paying writers $4,200 a month (resulting in grants worth $25,200…

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People, Etc.

Wendy McCurdy will return to Kensington, as editorial director, starting August 3. She was previously an executive editor at Berkley and prior to that a senior editor at Bantam Dell after starting her career at Kensington's Zebra Books. Philip Turner has returned to his roots as a bookseller, working at the new Rizzoli Bookstore in New York,…

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Authors United Finally Writes to DOJ Asking Amazon Inquiry, Joined by Authors Guild and ABA

It was September of 2014 that author Douglas Preston showed the FT a letter being drafted by New American Foundation senior fellow Barry Lynn asking the Department of Justice to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations, and said Lynn was preparing a full report. That letter and position paper, finally ready…

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