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Past the Hype, Data Shows Modest Dealmaking As Dollars Move Away From Big Fiction

With the Frankfurt Book Fair underway, our annual analysis of actual dealmaking data stands in contrast to the standing fair daily stories hailing a few big deals made a few weeks ago. Our data shows overall dealmaking just below last year's soft season, comprising the fewest pre-Frankfurt deals since 2012. (And…

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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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LBF: This Will Be Familiar

Back at Olympia for a second straight year, the London Book Fair opened Tuesday in familiar form, similar to last year's show. The special above-ground train that is supposed to connect London's tube directly to Olympia is still out of commission (fortunately it was a good morning for a leisurely wall).…

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Now Michael Mann Has An Imprint, at HarperCollins; Jackson to Reboot One World; and More

After announcing a couple of book deals with himself via Deadline.com, writer/director Michael Mann is reported to have made a deal for his eponymous imprint with HarperCollins. David Highfill is said to be overseeing the books for the publisher, acquiring world rights to three Mann-co-authored books, sold by Shane Salerno…

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Scribner Acquires Majority of Stephen King Backlist

After 20 years of publishing new works by Stephen King, Scribner announced that it has print, ebook, and audio rights to "almost the entirety of the bestselling author's body of work," comprising 27 titles. (They have North American and open market rights for the licensed titles.) Nan Graham negotiated the deal for Scribner --…

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Will Frankfurt Deals Pick Up?

Every year we check in on deal volume and pricing a couple of times ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. This season is a little unusual in that the Fair is a week later than usual this year, and Labor Day was late -- perhaps delaying the beginning of the…

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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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Sara Sargent will return to Harper Children's on July 13, in the new position of executive editor, reporting to Kate Jackson. She will acquire teen, middle grade and picture book fiction and nonfiction titles "created from or around digital and social media content. Sargent was most recently at Simon & Schuster, Robert Bolick is joining the International Baccalaureate…

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In London, Everything Old Is New Again

In a year of transitions for three of the world's major book fairs, the London Book Fair opened Tuesday in a return to its historical home at the Olympia Exhibition Center. You can go home again, but usually by the time you do, someone has redecorated, and today LBF veterans…

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Slaughter Moves to Harper In Global Deal, As Harper Adds Four More International Lines

HarperCollins officially announced from London on Tuesday morning a multi-territory four-book deal with bestselling author Karin Slaughter. The relationship begins with PRETTY GIRLS, now set for US publication in September, which Harper will publish in all countries in which it operates on their newly-expanded international platform -- except for the UK, Australia,…

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