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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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People, Awards, Etc.

Barbara Kline Pope has been appointed director of the Association of American University Presses, succeeding Philip Cercone. Pope is director of the National Academies Press and will serve a one-year term as AAUP director. Costco's July Pennie's Pick is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. Donna Tartt's THE GOLDFINCH and Doris…

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People, Etc.

At Penguin Random House in the US, Tom Cox has been promoted to vp, adult mass merchandise and distributor sales, the company's newly formed cross-company division, reporting to Jaci Updike. In addition, Penguin vp, director of distributor sales Ken Kaye will retire at the end of 2014 after more than…

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Open Road Says Harper Looks to Intimidate Other Authors

On Friday Open Road filed their reply to HarperCollins' demand for the maximum statutory damages, over $1 million in legal costs, and a permanent injunction following the District Court's finding that Open Road's digital edition of Jean Craighead George's JULIE OF THE WOLVES infringed Harper's rights. Open Road argues that…

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