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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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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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