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Kindle Unlimited Pool and Page Rate Rise, As Pages Read Declines

In their latest retroactive allocation of funds, Amazon has decided to give Kindle Unlimited participants a slightly larger pool of funds to share for October -- $16.2 million (up from $15.9 million in September), with the per page payment rate jumping to  $.005189 (up from $0.00497397). But at least some authors continue…

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The Zora Neale Hurston Trust is now being represented by the Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Hurston's work was previously represented by Victoria Sanders & Associates.) Singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen, 82, died Thursday. Jared Bland at his longtime publisher McClelland & Stewart said in a statement, "His work, in all its…

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Kelly Denies Her Book SETTLE FOR MORE Says What NYT Reported

In advance of the book's publication on November 15, NYT book critic Jennifer Senior also obtained a copy of Megyn Kelly's SETTLE FOR MORE -- first written about by Radar -- and ran an early review (rather than a news story). Senior writes about Kelly's accounts of president-elect Donald Trump's behavior towards…

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As Amazon Investigates, Kindle Unlimited Page Reads Drop In September

Amazon announced their retroactive payment pool for Kindle Unlimited authors for September, set at $15.9 million -- up $100,000 from August -- paying $0.00497397. As we noted last week, many of those authors have been very concerned about sudden drops in page reads (and some have reported notable declines in…

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Rumblings of Kindle Limitations for Self-Published Authors

The latest Author Earnings report is surprised to find declining sales of self-published books in their October survey, as traditional publishers registered small gains and Amazon Publishing continues its steady rise. In the measure that publishers follow -- gross ebook dollar sales -- AE found traditional publishers with about 65…

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Vicki Jaeger has joined Portable Press -- part of ReaderLink's Printers Row Publishing Group -- as developmental editor. She was marketing manager at Mattel Consumer Products, and most recently a licensing consultant for entertainment and consumer products companies. At Donaghy Literary Group Valerie Noble has been promoted to senior agent. Amanda Ayers Barnett has joined…

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Doug Jones has been promoted to the new position of svp, deputy publisher of the Harper group, reporting to Jonathan Burnham. In addition, he will serve as publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks. All marketing and publicity for the Harper imprints and lines will report to Jones, who has been svp, sales for…

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Donoghue, Thien Among Giller Prize Shortlist

Canada's Giller Prize announced its six-book shortlist Monday morning: Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin) Gary Barwin, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) Emma Donoghue, The Wonder (Little, Brown/HarperCollins Canada) Catherine Leroux, The Party Wall (Biblioasis) Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Norton/Knopf…

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At Crown Children's, Emily Easton has been promoted to vp, publisher. Marissa DeCuir has been promoted to president and partner at JKS Communications. Kurt Hettler has joined Ingram Academic Services as director of academic services. Previously he spent the past 25 years at Oxford University Press, most recently as director,…

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Briefs: Pedroza Collects In Fifty Shades Settlement, Amazon Boston, and More

Jennifer Pedroza will finally collect from her former Writers' Coffee Shop partner Amanda Hayward, in a confidential settlement. Hayward is dropping her appeal of the Texas District Court judgment that gave Pedroza a $10.6 million award, along with $900,000 in interest and $1.7 million in attorney's fees. The final payment does include at least $1.6…

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