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Maggie Stiefvater fans got our new Buzz Books releases off to a roaring start last week when they learned that we featured the opening chapters of the fourth and final installment in The Raven Cycle (which starts with a big surprise) -- and this new edition packs in a lot…

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Miriam Altshuler will join DeFiore and Company on January 1. She has run her own agency for the past 21 years, working with authors including including Robb Forman Dew, Elizabeth Rosner, Maya Lang, Andrew Carroll, Marja Mills, Wednesday Martin, and the late Walter Dean Myers. Also joining DeFiore and Company is…

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Deal Volumes and Dollars Still Lag This Frankfurt Season

Our deal reports have been busy, as they always are around book fairs, but the information flow is big enough and the annual hype from other quarters intense enough that we always like to look to the data. An analysis of PM deal reports clearly shows that, as indicated at the…

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Obituaries Founder of Tarcher Books, Jeremy Tarcher, 83, died on Sunday of complications related to Parkinson's Disease. Current publisher of the Tarcher Perigee imprint of Penguin Random House Joel Fotinos says in a statement: "Jeremy was one of the most creative and brilliant people I've ever met.  His boundless curiosity inspired…

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Paulson Will Pull More Money Out of HMH with Secondary Offering and Share Buyback

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's largest shareholder John Paulson and his associated investment funds will be cashing out another couple of pieces of his investment. The recently announced $300 million in stock repurchases announced by the board apparently includes a deal to buy $150 million of stock directly from Paulson's companies. The price…

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KDP Fund for February: Down Slightly Overall, Up Slightly Per Book

In their monthly retroactive declaration of how much KDP Select authors earned from Kindle Unlimited borrows for February, Amazon financed a total pool of $8 million -- down from $8.5 million allocated in January. That's the first time Amazon has reduced the monthly pool. The fee paid per borrow rose slightly,…

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Amazon and Hachette Finalize New Contract

Hachette Book Group and Amazon announced jointly on Thursday morning that "the companies have reached a new, multi-year agreement for ebook and print sales in the US." HBG ceo Michael Pietsch said, "This is great news for writers. The new agreement will benefit Hachette authors for years to come. It gives Hachette enormous…

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Harper Germany to Launch In 2015; Will Publish Silva In 16 Territories

HarperCollins is creating a HarperCollins Germany publishing program, expanding on the operation in Hamburg acquired as part of their purchase of Harlequin and launching in fall 2015 with approximately 50 Harper branded titles. The German initiative is itself just a first step, as Harper plans to take those 50 titles…

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Russo Writes to Authors Guild Members On Amazon

The Authors Guild distributed to members on Thursday a letter from novelist and AG vice president Richard Russo. It expands on remarks made by association president Roxana Robinson earlier in the week: "On Tuesday, Amazon made an offer to Hachette Book Group that would 'take authors out of the middle' of their…

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Charles Watkinson joined the University of Michigan Library on July 1 as associate university librarian for publishing and director of the University of Michigan Press. Most recently he was head of scholarly publishing services and director of Purdue University Press. At Macmillan, Ruth Esehak-Gillespie has been promoted to international sales and…

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