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November, 2012  // Posts published in November, 2012

“I need more sex.”

No, I’m not venting about my latest therapy session – that was the line that kicked off our sales meeting this week. While most people are focused on the holidays, family, gift buying, maybe vacations, we’re focused on sex. See, publishing wrapped up the holiday season six months ago, when the big houses voted which...

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Flying too high, in first class of course

So we’ve been working with this author, a woman, who was once married to an extremely popular actor from the 70s and 80s and of course she wants to cash in, I mean chronicle, her time with him for the good of mankind and die hard fans everywhere. We see this a lot, but I’m...

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A Royal Failure

When it comes to publishing, nothing is sacred and having a royal sis doesn’t mean instant success. Such is the case with Pippa Middleton’s party planning book which in the words of an overheard conversation at Starbucks this morning is “lame.” Someone in front of me was ordering a latte, talking with her friend about...

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Shopping Season

A friend of mine  just emailed, she got a note from a potential client who said “I need to get my book edited in so I can publish it in December and get holiday sales.” Seriously? A week before Thanksgiving? In case no one has been paying attention, the holiday shopping season started when Duane Reed...

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Cameron Diaz penning fitness book for girls

Okay, so Cameron Diaz is fit. I get it, the media has inundated us with this fact, she had rhinoplasty because of a surfing accident for god’s sake (reportedly, like Jennifer Aniston did to “breathe better”) and all her photos on Google are 30/70 mix of girl next door and sex goddess. Now a Huffington...

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How publishers & authors can help after Hurricane Sandy

My heart goes out to everyone trying to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy but I wanted to take a moment to call special attention to the bookstores that suffered some incredible losses, rows of books standing no chance against walls of water as high as 14-feet in some areas.  Shelf Awareness published updates from a number...

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