Mary Trump’s TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH sold over 1.35 million units across all formats during its first week on sale in the US, Simon & Schuster reported. Another hardcover reprint will give them 1.35 million copies in print when it delivers. That suggests continuing sales of about 400,000 units after pre-orders and the first day on sale, and an added 200,000 hardcovers in print since their first sales announcement a week ago. NPD Bookscan charted sales of over 337,000 hardcovers in the channels they measure, through July 18.
Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder at Addictive Picture and producer Jay Schuminsky will launch digital publisher NeoText in August, publishing short-form works “ranging from science fiction and noir novellas to investigative journalism and narrative nonfiction.” Video game narrative development specialist and former senior editor at Tor Eric Raab is chief creative officer, and Edgar-nominated author and editor Allan Guthrie is editorial director. (Schoenfelder worked at Mulholland Books before leaving in 2012 to work for Scott Rudin.) They plan monthly releases, with the first priced at $2.99 each, and the all-male staff announced a roster of creators including approximately 25 men and 5 women.
In other corporate announcements, Scribd has paired with Planeta in Mexico with an exclusive deal to include over 1,000 Planeta titles in their Spanish-language subscription service in Mexico and Latin America.
At Sourcebooks, Margaret Coffee has been promoted to director of sales – schools, libraries, and independent bookstores, and Heather VenHuizen has been promoted to art director.
David M. Glantz won the 2020 Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s $100,000 prize for lifetime achievement in military writing.
Venture capitalist Bradley Tusk and education program lead of Bloomberg Philanthropies Howard Wolfson announced the new Gotham Book Prize, a $50,000 award “to encourage and honor writing about the city.” The first prize will be conferred in spring 2021, with nominations due by November 1.
Last night, hundreds of fans watched as four romance authors and editors presented these new titles for fall in our first-ever Buzz Books Romance virtual panel:
Melissa Ferguson, THE CUL-DE-SAC WAR (Thomas Nelson). Editor: Jocelyn Bailey
Brenda Jackson, FOLLOW YOUR HEART (HQN). Editor: Cat Clyne
Vanessa Riley, A DUKE, THE LADY, AND A BABY (Zebra/Kensington). Editor: Esi Sogah
Denise Williams, HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING (Berkley). Editor: Kerry Donovan
You can check out samples from each of those books and more right now in our Buzz Books Romance free sampler.