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October, 2012  // Posts published in October, 2012

Random Penguin or Penguin House?

No, it’s not the latest cutesy Zynga game for Facebook, it’s a potential buyout. On Thursday rumors spread from across the pond that Random House parent Bertlesmann is in talks with Pearson to acquire its publisher Penguin. Random House is already the largest publisher in the world, and for Halloween should consider dressing up like...

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Is Tinseltown raiding publishing?

So, Johnny Depp is going to publish books. The Associate Press reported last Monday that his imprint, Infinitum Nihil, also the name of his production company, is now a part of Harper Collins Publishers. Supposedly Depp will seek “authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices.” “I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will...

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Things Not on my Bucket List

GalleyCat just reported today that Lee Harvey Oswald’s ex has written a book. Seriously. Why do we even care? Well, I’m sure the crazy Kennedy conspiracy theorists will love this, but I hope serious book buyers will stay away from this. I’m sure this book was self-published, though who knows anymore. She’s also running a...

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Do. The. Work.

I was in Starbucks today, just waiting in line and this gal behind me struck up a conversation. She asked what I did, I told her that I’m a book publicist. Of course, she had written a book. So, she tells me that she’s written a memoir, though, it’s not really a memoir per se,...

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Online Translators Do Not Make Good Authors

I have a dear friend of mine who is a freelance editor, she does wonderful work. If you ever need someone to turn your work into utter brilliance, you should give her a call. You should not, however, send her your book if a) English is your fifth language and b) you sent your manuscript...

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The Market Widens

I’m always glad to see new trends emerge and it looks like self-publishing is finally reaching new heights. Though most of here dismissed this form of publishing (and many in NY publishing still do), it looks like the numbers don’t lie. As a publicist, where do I stand on this? I’ve had some freelancers tell...

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The Deadliest Job

A lot of these cable networks love showing really dangerous jobs, like Deadliest Catch, et al. No one, however, ever features a book publicist. Sometimes this job can be deadly, too. Last week I was at a writers conference (which shall remain nameless) speaking to a particular author who handed me his manuscript. The book...

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