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Tara Greico joins Random House Children's Books as marketing coordinator, licensed & proprietary brands. She was previously marketing assistant at Simon & Schuster. At Dutton, Emily Brock has been promoted to senior publicist. Susan Hershberg and Wes Seeley have both joined Princeton Architectural Press as publicity managers. Previously, Hershberg was associate…

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Kate Morton and Former Agent Sue Each Other Over Backlist Commissions

Australian author Kate Morton, author of a number of internationally bestselling novels including The Shifting Fog and The Lake House, and her former agent Selwa Anthony have sued each other over the fate of future commissions from Morton's backlist. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, which obtained Anthony's original lawsuit…

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At Chronicle Books, Madeline Moe has been promoted to production developer, food and lifestyle. Bernd Leukert has joined the supervisory board of Bertelsmann. He is the executive board member at SAP responsible for products and innovation at SAP. Chairman Christoph Mohn notes in a statement: "He is a digital thought leader…

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Roxane Gay Withdraws from Ted Books Contract Over Simon & Schuster's Milo Publication

Author Roxane Gay tells BuzzFeed that she asked her agent Maria Massie to "pull" her forthcoming How to Be Heard -- scheduled for March 2018 publication from Ted Books, through Simon & Schuster -- from the publisher. "I can't in good conscience let them publish it while they also publish…

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Trump National Security Pick Crowley's 2012 Book "Plagiarized Large Sections"

Conservative author and former Fox News contributor Monica Crowley, who has been picked for a leading national security communications role by the Trump administration, plagiarized upwards of 50 sections of her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened, according to CNN's KFile. Among those from whom Crowley appears to have…

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The Costco Pennie's Pick for January is Amy Stewart's Girl Waits With Gun (HMH) while the company's book club pick for the month is The Tumbling Turner Sisters (Gallery) by Juliette Fay. Updating our very best of the best books of 2016 report, Jacqueline Woodson is represented now by Kathleen Nishimoto at…

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Steven Pace will join Norton on January 2 as director, trade sales, succeeding William Rusin, who is retiring after 45 years with the company at 36 years as director of trade sales. Pace was previously sales director at Workman. Norton vp trade sales & marketing Brendan Curry said in the announcement:…

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Abrams Withdraws Bad Little Children's Book At Author's Request

Recent articles in Book Riot (It's Not Funny, It's Racist) and the Huffington Post (...Isn't Just Offensive, It's Bad Comedy) that were amplified on social media led publisher Abrams to the withdraw the book under fire, Bad Little Children's Books -- "respecting the author's request" to do. Initially, Abrams had…

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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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