New York, NY - April 13, 2017 Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition of an as-yet untitled book by acclaimed comedian, actress, writer and singer Rachel Bloom. Suzanne O’Neill, VP, Executive Editor at GCP acquired world rights from co-agents Richard Abate of 3 Arts Entertainment and Marc Gerald of United Talent Agency (UTA). The book is tentatively scheduled for publication in hardcover print, e-book and audio editions in the Spring of 2019.
NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2017) - Nation Books has acquired rights to publish the upcoming book by CNN correspondent Tanzina Vega, UPPITY: Women, Race and Class in America. Alessandra Bastagli, editorial director of Nation Books, acquired world rights from Amy and Peter Bernstein at the Bernstein Literary Agency.
Gary Younge, editor-at-large for the Guardian and an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, has won for ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books), which tells the stories of the lives of childrens and teens lost during a single day to gun violence. The judges called it "An...intimate, affecting and urgent portrait of ten young lives ended due to gun violence during a period of 24 hours in cities across America. Younge’s masterful reporting indelibly illustrates the, as Younge puts it, “collateral damage” of gun deaths happening every day “in a society where these deaths are uniquely possible and that has a political culture apparently uniquely incapable of creating a world in which they might be prevented.”
The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize recognizes superb examples of nonfiction writing that exemplify the literary grace, the commitment to serious research, and the social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award's namesake, J. Anthony Lukas. Judges: Charlie Conrad (chair), Nina Burleigh, Richard Joyce.
March 13, 2017 (SEATTLE, Washington) – Storytime App Novel Effect (www.novel-effect.com) and Hachette Book Group (www.hachettebookgroup.com) have announced a pilot program to create immersive read-aloud experiences for select children’s books from HBG’s Little, Brown Books for Young Readers division. Interactive soundtracks, including custom theme music and sound effects, will be produced for these titles and distributed within the Novel Effect App, which is currently available free for iOS users. The initial launch will include four titles from bestselling LBYR authors, on March 13, and will be expanded through 2017.
March 14, 2017 (New York, NY) - In a new partnership, global multiplatform entertainment company Wattpad has teamed up with leading publisher Hachette Book Group to bring Wattpad stories to life as audiobooks. Over the next year, Hachette Audio will produce 50 audiobooks based on Wattpad stories written by people from all over the world. Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad will be available beginning summer 2017.
Hachette Book Group (HBG) is dedicated to protecting the environment and to the responsible use of natural resources. We are committed to publishing this annual report on our progress toward the goals laid out in our environmental policy.
To view HBG's environmental policy for 2017-2020 please visit our Corporate Social Responsibility page.
Reducing Climate Impacts
HBG pledged to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions linked to publishing operations by an average of 5% annually through 2015, for a cumulative 50% reduction in the six years since we established our policy. We achieved this 50% goal last year, and will continue to optimize wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint, with an annual reduction goal of 2.5% for the 2017–2020 period. We will share 2016 carbon footprint results when those figures are available in March 2017.
Increasing Certified and Recycled Fiber
We achieved our goal to have 90% of the company’s paper be FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) by the end of 2015. Through October 2016, our FSC usage was 88.8% (a 3% improvement over prior year). HBG’s SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) usage was 11% (down 3% from prior year). Combining FSC and SFI, 99.9% of HBG’s overall paper usage in 2016 came from certified fiber, on par with last year.
We have an aggressive target for recycled fiber, with a goal of increasing recycled fiber to 20% of our overall paper use by 2016, from a 3% benchmark in 2008. To date, HBG’s recycled fiber was 8.9% of our overall paper usage, a slight decrease over the prior year. Despite serious challenges with sourcing of recycled fiber, including scarcity, low quality, and high cost, we continue to push for improvements in recycled usage.
HBG began fiber testing in the second half of 2016. We will continue to test semiannually and will share results in our annual environmental reporting.
Protecting Endangered Forests
Our goal in this area is to continue HBG’s diligent oversight of our supply chain to ensure that we avoid using any controversial sources of paper fiber, and require our paper to be free of unacceptable sources as defined by FSC’s controlled wood standard. We regularly discuss paper sourcing with our suppliers and remind them of their strict adherence to HBG’s paper and environmental standards.
Monitoring and Reporting
HBG’s environmental initiatives span many different areas, including paper sourcing, office recycling, energy usage, product transportation, and packaging. We are guided by our industry‐leading environmental policy, and our commitment to communicating consistently about our progress on our green goals.
Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch said, “We made encouraging progress against our environmental targets in 2016, and we also began fiber testing this year to ensure that our supply chain is adhering to HBG’s green policy. Our new goals for 2017-2020 will keep us focused on continued improvement, with particular emphasis on production, paper sourcing, and energy efficiency in our facilities. HBG’s green efforts have dovetailed nicely with those of our parent company Hachette Livre, which holds social and environmental responsibility as one of its core values."
New York, NY – November 30, 2016 Eleven audiobooks published by Hachette Audio have been recognized for excellence by the National Parenting Publications Awards in 2016. These audio editions are adapted from books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers & JIMMY Patterson Books—Sherman Alexie, Cressida Cowell, James Patterson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes are among the honored Hachette Audio authors.
NEWYORK,NY(September22,2016)––HachetteAudio,adivisionofHachetteBook Group,andliterarytechnologypioneerBooktracklauncha new generationof audiobookswithanindustry-firstpartnership,bringingfull soundtracksto youngadultnovellas.ThiscollaborationoffersYAlistenersan innovativenewwayto experience their favorite stories through immersive, synchronized movie-style soundtrackscomplementingthenarrationofexistingaudiobooks;thetempoandrhythm of thescoreharmonizewithaction,dialogueandthecharacters’emotionalarcs.Popular novellasbybestsellingYAauthors—including LainiTaylor,KamiGarciaandMargaret Stohlat launch—willbemadeavailableonHachette’sBooktrackpage beginningOctober4,withnewreleasestocome.
NEW YORK, NY (September 16, 2016)—Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announces the Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award. This initiative seeks promising new illustration talent and encourages the development of high-quality picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The program will also provide valuable mentorship by an acclaimed illustrator and children's book professionals.
New York, NY – September 20, 2016 Hachette Audio is proud to announce that seven of its audiobook titles are being honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation this year. Winning titles included installments in beloved series and by bestselling authors, a story from an award-winning writer that tackles helping children understand 9/11, an audio experience that put the judges to sleep (deliberately), and a nonfiction title that makes learning history fun. These seven audio editions are based on books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and JIMMY Patterson Books.
September 13, 2016, NEW YORK — Hachette Books announced today the acquisition of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, an intimate memoir from legendary musician Prince’s first wife, Mayte Garcia. The book is slated for publication in April 2017, around the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, and will be available in a hardcover, eBook, and as an audio edition by Hachette Audio. The book will be edited by Executive Editor Michelle Howry, who acquired world rights from Garcia’s agent, Jennifer Gates, of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency.
In THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, Garcia, for the first time, shares the richly detailed and deeply personal story of her life and her relationship with Prince: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating loss of their children that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Through it all, they shared a partnership unlike any other in Prince’s life. No one else can tell this singular story or provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince, both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist, than Mayte, who was with him during some of the most pivotal moments of his personal and professional life. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL (the title of which is inspired by Prince’s 1995 hit song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” which celebrated their legendary love story) draws from never-before-seen letters, photos, and memorabilia.
New York, NY – August 24, 2016 The New York Times Bestseller NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX with Jeff Alulis will soon be made available as an audiobook, both downloadable and on CD. Recounted by the men who lived the stories, with the ad-libs and extemporaneous in-studio updates to the print edition you’d expect from these performers, this one-of-a-kind audiobook also features original NOFX musical tracks and audio cameos by Jello Biafra and Tommy Chong.
In NOFX, current and former band members, along with writer Jeff Alulis, share the story of one of the world’s most influential and controversial punk bands from the inside: the pranks and drunkenness and fun alongside the horrors of murder, suicide, addiction, riots, and terminal illness.
New York, NY, July 19, 2016 – Reagan Arthur, senior vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today the publication of THE CHEMIST, mega-bestselling author Stephenie Meyer’s first thriller. The worldwide English-language release of the book is set for November 15, 2016.
Stephenie Meyer said: “THE CHEMIST is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different kind of action hero, one whose primary weapon isn’t a gun or a knife or bulging muscles, but rather her brain.”
Reagan Arthur said: “Stephenie Meyer’s considerable storytelling talents have made her one of the most beloved authors in the world. Those talents are on full display in THE CHEMIST, and we are over the moon that she’s returned to the world of adult fiction with this exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
July 13, 2016, NEW YORK—Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Hachette Books, announced today the upcoming publication of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN: A Mel Brooks Book, a complete, behind-the-scenes look at the making of his great comedy/horror classic Young Frankenstein. The book is publishing on October 18, 2016, in anticipation of the 2017 grand opening of the newly enhanced stage adaptation of Young Frankenstein: The Musical in London’s West End. For years, Young Frankenstein, the film that Brooks considers to be his greatest work as a writer-director and a mainstay on the AFI’s Funniest American Movies of All Time list, has attracted a legion of fans and was nominated for two Academy Awards and Golden Globes alike.
In his own words, comedic genius Mel Brooks tells all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this cult favorite. With a foreword by beloved writer/director Judd Apatow, this carefully crafted time capsule will take readers inside the classic film’s marvelous creation story through more than 225 never-before-seen black and white and color photographs from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, including the gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfield, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman, veteran producer Michael Gruskoff, and most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks himself.
FYI: It's pronounced Frankensteen.
The singer-songwriter’s music – including the original song “Two by Two” – celebrates the bestselling author’s latest novel in this unique collaboration
JD Eicher, the Youngstown, Ohio-born and bred musician, has teamed with author Nicholas Sparks in a unique collaboration to celebrate Sparks’s 20 years of publishing books. Eicher has produced an original song and musical companion for Sparks’s forthcoming novel, Two By Two, which will be published on October 4, 2016. The music will be available to fans for free via one of the author’s websites starting September 6 through December 6, 2016.
The soundtrack includes four songs by Eicher, one of which -- “Two by Two” -- is original and inspired by the new book. The album also includes a re-recorded version of “Not Afraid” from Eicher’s latest release, The Middle Distance, and two remasters of previously released songs “Love Is Gonna Find You” and “The Last Love Song.” The song “Two by Two” is also incorporated into the narrative of Sparks’s novel.
“The opportunity to collaborate with Nicholas on the Two By Two project has been a great honor and very exciting for me,” says Eicher. “I love the challenge of writing a song for a particular purpose, and diving into the Two By Two story and its themes was an inspiring and rewarding process. I am beyond grateful to have the chance to work with such a gifted storyteller!”
Chicago, IL – May 12, 2016 At the gala awards ceremony held at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium last night, prominent narrators, authors, producers, directors, and other audiobook professionals came together to celebrate the best in the past year’s audiobooks. The Audies is an annual competition sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), and is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Hachette Audio was one of the night’s repeat winners, with three Audies awarded for the following titles:
NARRATION BY AUTHOR
Born with Teeth, written and read by Kate Mulgrew
Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister
The Little Shop of Monsters, by R.L. Stine and Marc Brown, read by Jack Black
Anthony Goff, VP and Publisher of Hachette Audio, said “It’s a testament to the breadth and quality of our publishing program - and that of the larger Hachette Book Group - that we should be recognized in such fantastically varied categories. On our roster of winners, we have the sensitive and gorgeously written memoir of an acclaimed actress, the heart-racing bestselling mystery from J.K. Rowling’s crime-writing alter ego, and a hilariously spooky listen for the entire family from beloved children’s writers read with entertaining gusto by Jack Black."
On the heels of the Grammy nominated audiobook Pete Seeger: The Storm King comes Pete Seeger: Storm King Volume 2—gems from the life of one of the most influential figures in American music! Listen to intimate, never-before-heard recordings of the beloved civil rights icon and environmentalist’s stories wrapped in music from around the world.
Pete Seeger's last project bridges generations, spanning subjects as contemporary and relevant to today’s listener as the modern Occupy movement and as historically significant as those of Rosa Parks and Satchel Paige. It is another collection that the entire family can enjoy, "weaving together Pete Seeger's sonorous voice and profound stories with new music for new times and modern ears" (David Bernz, Historic Content Expert and Musician on Vol 1).
Recorded simultaneously with the highly praised Volume 1, this new audio collection presents Pete Seeger’s spoken words as he captivatingly delivers stories, narratives, and poems. Engagingly set to new music produced and created by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—and over 60 musicians reflecting traditions as diverse as Bluegrass, New Age, Blues, Funk, Folk, African, Indian, and Gospel—Pete’s wisdom and stories are brought to new audiences and into a new technological age.
Featuring: Pete Seeger, Jeff Haynes, Alan Levi, Perry Robinson, John Patitucci, Sachi Patitucci, Jane Kelly Williams, Timothy Hill, Joseph Bartolozzi, Julie Kehr, Joel Henry, Kris Kehr, Randy Harris, Gregoire Maret, Lucy Woodward, Dave Eggar, John Smith, Ivan Bodley, Doug Weiss, Joseph Borrello, C. Lanzbom, Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin, Masako, Jill Haley, Marvin Sewell, Jacob Bernz, D-Tour, Casey Erdmann, Clarence Ferrari, David Richards, Tamir Barzilay, David Rothenberg, Fode, Fred Doumbe, Charlie Shew, Paul Cebar, Gregoire Maret, Doug Weiss, Joseph Borrello, The Dady Brothers, John Dady, Joe Dady, Stephen Katz, Bianca Merkley, Rob Scheps, Matt Turk, Yaeir Heber, Sara Milonovich, Greg Anderson, André Brunet, Natalie Haas, Abbie Gardner, Scott Petito, Mark Aarstad, Dhruv Sangari, Jennifer DeFrayne, Eugene Friesen, Rebecca Daniel, Jill Haley, Dean Bowman, Charlie Burnham, Ariel Nicholson, Maya Days, Corin Nelson, Stance Mason, Reggie Bennett, Valerie Haynes, Kevin Hays
Hachette Book Group and KADOKAWA Corporation announced today that they have entered into an agreement to create a new venture, joining HBG’s Yen Press imprint, a leader in the US publication of Japanese manga and light novels, with KADOKAWA, a major Japanese publisher. KADOKAWA will hold majority ownership, with 51% of the business to be acquired through its US investment company and HBG controlling 49% of the business. The transaction is expected to be completed by end of April, at which point Yen Press will function as Yen Press LLC, a joint venture between HBG and Kadokawa.
Yen Press is one of the largest English language manga imprints in North America, specializing in manga and light novels, publishing a broad range of titles including English translations of Japan originated titles, manga adaptations of novels by bestselling Hachette authors like James Patterson and Stephenie Meyer, and original manga developed at Yen Press. The joint venture will continue to leverage HBG’s strengths in manga publishing, distribution, sales, and marketing. Moreover, the partnership will enable Yen Press and KADOKAWA to maximize marketing collaboration between book publishing and anime distribution (through KADOKAWA’s expertise in the anime marketplace), while also seeking to expand ebook distribution, to maximize the growth potential of Japanese content in the North American market.
Michael Pietsch, CEO of HBG, says, “This new partnership with KADOKAWA is an exciting opportunity for HBG -- the venture will further strengthen our Yen Press brand, and allow us to leverage KADOKAWA’s superb reputation in both manga and light novel genres, as well as their digital distribution and anime platforms. Combining KADOKAWA’s expertise in these categories, and HBG’s excellent sales, distribution and publishing support services, Yen Press will be well positioned to continue its remarkable growth. And this important new partnership is in extremely able hands, with Kurt Hassler as Publisher – no one is more perfectly suited to lead this new venture than Kurt, who has built the publishing program to where it is today.“
Hachette Audio is pleased to announce that the audiobook edition of HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION will be read by Mariska Hargitay. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical, adds more than 200 funny, revealing, personal “footnotes” to the recording, while co-author Jeremy McCarter lends his voice to the introduction.
Lin-Manuel Miranda made the casting decision for the audio edition of his book decisively: "Mariska, in addition to being the #1 fan of the show, represents, to me, much of what HAMILTON is about - tough, smart, and New York. She’s an essential part of this city; it feels only right for her to narrate the story.” He added, during a break from recording his notes in the Hachette Audio NYC recording studio, "and she has a killer voice! I want to hear her telling the story.”
The award-winning actress, perhaps best known for her role as Olivia Benson on NBC’s long- running Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has seen Hamilton on stage multiple times. Hargitay enthused about her hand-picked role in this production: "I'm hard pressed to express how thrilled and honored I am to do this. Lin-Manuel’s Hamilton enthralls me, and to think that I get to play a part in telling the story of how this masterpiece came into existence, it's really just a lot to take in.”
Grand Central Publishing is thrilled to announce the publication of a memoir by YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mom, Emily Riordan Lee, entitled CASPAR LEE. With more than 7.6 million subscribers across his two channels, Caspar Lee is one of the biggest YouTube stars in the world. Brittany McInerney, Editor, Grand Central Publishing, acquired the U.S. rights from Penguin Random House UK. The global publication date of the book will be May 31, 2016. Please go to Caspar’s YouTube Channel to view his announcement video!
Caspar and his mom are presenting his story in an exciting new way. Unbeknownst to Caspar, his mom signed a book deal agreeing to write his life story. Luckily, Caspar found out about the book at the last minute and dashed to the printer in the nick of time to make corrections in the margins and over his mom’s text, telling his side of the story. The results are both hilarious and heart-warming. Caspar and his mom Emily are incredibly close, and Emily often features in his videos.
“I’m really pleased to be the only YouTuber who has published a book in the last couple of years… oh wait,” said Caspar Lee. “In all seriousness it’s been so interesting to hear about all the things my family went through when we were living in South Africa but that I wasn’t aware of because I was too young. Thanks so much to my mum for capturing my life story so far and to everyone who has gotten me to this point.”
The Perseus Books Group and Hachette Book Group announced today that they have entered into a binding commitment to sell Perseus’s publishing business to Hachette. The transaction is expected to close after regulatory approval is received.
Michael Pietsch, Hachette Book Group CEO, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Perseus staff and authors to Hachette, and are confident that it will be both an excellent complement to our publishing program and a great fit for the Perseus team. Perseus has created vital and original programs across their imprints, and they are widely respected by authors, agents, booksellers, and the media. Their broad editorial vision and skill at reaching readers are impressive, and the opportunity to bring HBG’s proven sales and marketing skills to these books is exciting. This acquisition is a realization of Hachette’s continuing plans to grow and to expand our non-fiction and backlist publishing programs. It is especially gratifying to have this new opportunity to join together with Perseus, after coming so close to acquiring the company eighteen months ago.”
“I thank my colleagues at Perseus whose tenacity and talent enabled our company to succeed, grow and innovate,” said David Steinberger, President and CEO of the Perseus Books Group. “We take very seriously our responsibility to our people, our authors, our books, and our many clients and partners, as well as to our investors. So it is gratifying that Hachette, a company that we all admire, will be building on what we have accomplished.”
“Perseus Books is a highly successful company that attracted interest from a number of parties. We are pleased to announce the transaction with Hachette which is a leader in the publishing industry,” said Quinn Morgan, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Centre Lane Partners LLC, the private equity owner of Perseus Books. We also would like to thank David and his team for all the hard work in achieving a successful outcome for all parties involved.”
Open eBooks, a new initiative and ereader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama released a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in lowincome households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.
President Obama announced a nongovernmental eBooks effort in support of the ConnectED Initiative at the April 30 Kids Town Hall held by the White House at the Anacostia Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library. ConnectED is multipronged effort designed to provide all youth with access to highquality digital learning tools. Since it launched, over 20 million more students have been connected to highspeed broadband in their schools and libraries and millions more are taking advantage of its free private sector resources. Open eBooks complements the new digital infrastructure to provide an opportunity for kids in need to have a worldclass eLibrary in their homes.
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has signed a distribution agreement with Phoenix International Publications, Inc., also known as pikids (pikidsmedia.com). Beginning May 1, 2016, HBG will provide North American distribution, fulfillment, customer service and billing/collection services to pikids. Based in Lincolnwood, IL, pikids is one of the nation’s largest children’s publishers and the leader in sound books, with licensing partners that include Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and many more child and family favorites. Prior to 2014, pikids was the children’s division of Publications International, LTD (PIL), and is now a division of Phoenix Publishing & Media Group (PPMG), the largest publishing company in China, who also has a partnership with Hachette Livre.
Todd McGarity, Vice President of Hachette Client Services said “We’re thrilled to welcome Phoenix International into the Hachette family of client publishers. This is a very exciting opportunity for HBG, as not only will pikids be one of our largest clients, but it further strengthens Hachette’s partnership with Phoenix Publishing and Media Group.”
Phoenix International CEO Jack Alexander said "I'm very excited to be working with Hachette Client Services. Hachette brings both expertise and professionalism to help best serve our customers. This relationship will help pikids as it plans future growth in the children's book category.”
Today, dozens of prominent authors, narrators, and reviewers took to social media to reveal to their millions of followers and fans 2016’s audiobook finalists for The Audies®. This annual competition is sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), and is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Winners will be announced at the gala celebration May 11 in Chicago’s Adler Planetarium.
Grand Central Publishing (GCP) is excited to announce a groundbreaking new publishing project by Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. GCP acquired the North American rights to the project – Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA -- from Orion Publishing, a division of Hachette UK.
Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA is a story told in a prologue and 10 installments published week by week in the tradition of Charles Dickens, delivered in text and audio versions directly to your mobile, tablet or desktop via a brand new app. You can read it, or listen to it, or jump between the two.
The app will launch via the website julianfellowesbelgravia.com in April 2016, with the prologue free to download. Each of the 10 installments can then be purchased individually for $1.99 via the website or e-book retailers, and the entire series can be purchased through the website for $13.99 with the reader receiving an alert as soon as the next installment is available. The installments can also be listened to as audiobooks, available via the website, and the reader will be able to switch between reading and listening at any stage. There will be extra content, videos, and other bonus features such as music, character portraits, maps of Belgravia, family trees, and period fashions included within each installment. After the final installment has been published, Julian Fellowes’s BELGRAVIA will be published on July 5, 2016 as a $26.00 hardcover book.
Hachette Books, the namesake imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced today the acquisition of a new book by the global bestselling authors of Blue Ocean Strategy, W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. The as-yet-untitled work is ten years in the making and is the long-anticipated follow up to Blue Ocean Strategy. The book, offering practical methodologies and processes on how businesses and individuals can move from a red ocean (a highly competitive market) to a blue ocean (an open market), is slated for publication in 2017 and will be available in an electronic edition and an audio edition by Hachette Audio. The book was acquired by Mauro DiPreta, Publisher of Hachette Books, from Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly after a multi-day-auction.
Published in 2005, Blue Ocean Strategy was a groundbreaking publication that analyzed business owners and companies who explored untapped market space and achieved incredible market growth. Companies worldwide have employed the lessons outlined in Blue Ocean Strategy to successfully change the way they do business and to achieve remarkable results. Blue Ocean Strategy has sold over 3.5 million copies, become a bestseller across five continents, and has been translated into 44 languages. Blue Ocean Strategy was a Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Fast Company bestseller. It won the Thinkers50 Strategy Award for Best Business Book of the Decade, it is in The Fast Company Leadership Hall of Fame, and it is a Winner of the Carl S. Sloane Award for Excellence in Management Consulting. It was selected as one of the 25 most important business books over the last thirty years in Taiwan, one of the 40 most influential books in the History of the People’s Republic of China in economics, and has been adopted as teaching material in more than 1,800 universities and in over 100 countries around the world.
Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, and goop, the fully shoppable lifestyle brand founded by Paltrow and headed up by CEO Lisa Gersh, are excited to announce the launch of a new imprint, goop press, which will include one goop-branded book and three releases sourced from goop and its expert contributors per year. Acquisitions and editorial decisions will be made by a team of goop editors, including founder and curator Paltrow, CEO Gersh, and Editorial Director Elise Loehnen, with Grand Central Life & Style’s VP, Editorial Director Karen Murgolo.
Goop press will launch in April 2016 with the publication of IT’S ALL EASY: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, Paltrow’s highly anticipated new cookbook, followed by a goop-branded beauty book in Fall 2016. Additional titles will be announced in the coming months.
Of the new imprint Paltrow said, “With so much incredible content now being produced at goop.com on a daily basis, we’re excited to memorialize it for audiences across the world.”
Nacho Figueras Presents The Polo Season, to be Published in Summer 2016
Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition for its Forever imprint of The Polo Season, a series of romantic novels presented by Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras and written by Jessica Whitman. Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director of Forever will be overseeing the publication. Nacho Figueras is represented by Luke Janklow and Emma Parry of Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Alex Logan, Senior Editor at Forever, will edit the initial three books in the series—High Season, Ride Free, and Wild One—for back-to-back publication in May, June, and July 2016.
The thrill of competition, the clink of champagne glasses, and celebrities of all kinds: it doesn’t get more glamorous than the year-round summer of the polo circuit. And no one knows that scene better than Nacho Figueras, captain of the Argentinian Black Watch team and global face of Ralph Lauren’s Polo brand. Now Figueras is championing the sport in a new medium. “This series is completely addictive with all the dishy glam of a Jackie Collins novel combined with the heart of Elin Hilderbrand and the heat of Jill Shalvis. It’s perfect beach reading,” says Hultenschmidt.
Malala Yousafzai, Chris Colfer, James Patterson, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Mariano Rivera among honored Hachette Audio authors
The National Parenting Publications Awards have recognized six audiobooks published by Hachette Audio: five received NAPPA’s Gold designation, in addition to one Silver winner. These audio editions are adapted from books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers & JIMMY Patterson Books.
“Our awards program recognizes only top-quality products that are innovative, reliable and educational,” says Julie Kertes, NAPPA General Manager. “With so many products on the market, it’s sometimes hard for moms and dads to find time to separate the truly great from the rest of the pack. Our testers save them that legwork by carefully evaluating hundreds of products and awarding only the best of the best.” Hachette Audio’s NAPPA “best of the best” includes:
The Land of Stories: BEYOND THE KINGDOMS
Written and Read by Chris Colfer
THE CLOSER (Young Readers Edition)
By Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey and Sue Corbett, Read by Jon Curry
HOUSE OF ROBOTS
By James Patterson, Read by Jack Patterson
I AM MALALA (Young Readers Edition): How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
By Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick, Read by Neela Vaswani
THE RED PENCIL
Written and Read by Andrea Davis Pinkney
GUTS & GLORY: The American Civil War
By Ben Thompson, Read by Will Collyer & Brian Delaney
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition of LIFE & WORK by legendary writer, director, and artist David Lynch and noted journalist, critic and author Kristine McKenna. Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor at GCP, acquired North American rights at auction from Chris Parris-Lamb at The Gernert Company. The book is tentatively scheduled to be published in hardcover, e-book and audio editions in 2017. UK rights were sold to Francis Bickmore at Canongate and to Uli Genzler at Heyne in Germany; sales in several other territories around the world are in process.
LIFE & WORK will be a hybrid of memoir by David Lynch, a leading figure on the cultural landscape for almost four decades, and biography by Kristine McKenna, who has been a friend of Lynch and a close observer of his work since his first feature, Eraserhead (1977). In the book, Lynch will truly open up for the first time about his lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he’s made along the way, and the struggles he’s faced – sometimes successful, sometimes not – to bring his visionary projects to fruition.
McKenna’s biographical sections will be based on her new interviews with approximately 90 of Lynch’s friends, ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators in various fields, all interwoven into the story of Lynch’s life as a director of legendary films. David Lynch will read these remembrances and respond — essentially riffing on his own life.
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the acquisition of The Magic Misfits, the debut middle-grade series by acclaimed award-winning actor and bestselling author Neil Patrick Harris. The acquisition for North American rights was negotiated by Laura Nolan of Kuhn Projects and Alvina Ling, Editor in Chief of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, who will edit the series with Rex Ogle, Senior Editor.
Scheduled to launch in Spring 2017 as an illustrated hardcover and ebook, and also in audio (which Harris will narrate), The Magic Misfits is Harris’s first foray into writing for young readers and follows the enormous success of his bestselling adult memoir Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. Well known for his creative genius on the screen, stage, and page, Harris, with this latest endeavor, combines his passion as a magic enthusiast with his more recent experiences as a parent to craft a series that will inspire and entertain kids.
“Books are awesome. Reading and books have become a mainstay in my family, and they have gotten me thinking in a new way about the power of storytelling,” commented Harris. “Playing with elements of magic, adventure, and friendship, The Magic Misfits is the kind of series that would have thrilled me as a kid, and I hope it does just that for today’s young readers.”
Hachette Audio is happy to share the news that five of its audiobook titles are being honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation this year. Winning titles ranged from inspirational nonfiction to a story in verse about a refugee child finding hope, to fun fiction with heart from bestselling authors. These five audio editions are based on books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and JIMMY Patterson Books.
Anthony Goff, VP and Publisher of Hachette Audio said: “Our production staff is comprised of some of the most talented audio directors, producers, engineers - and of course narrators - in the business. It’s always such a pleasure to hear their work, and never more exciting than when they tackle creative projects in adapting books from Hachette Book Group’s young readers division. We are so grateful to collaborate with the brilliant LBYR & JIMMY teams, and work to make sure our audio editions bring the stellar storytelling of our illustrious authors to life in a dazzling way.”
A Gold Award went to the young readers’ edition of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s memoir – I AM MALALA: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (which was also recognized in audio with a GRAMMY award for Best Children’s Album earlier this year), with co-writer Patricia McCormick, and read by Neela Vaswani. The Parents’ Choice review had this to say about I AM MALALA: “Her message is empowering, but the story itself feels like a riveting coming-of-age narrative about a young girl, who happens to be growing up in the shadow of the Taliban…. Neela Vaswani, an accomplished writer and activist herself, has a lyrical voice, and reads this compelling story in a way that will leave listeners disappointed when it ends.”
Hachette’s second Gold honor was bestowed on Chris Colfer’s author-read audiobook edition of THE LAND OF STORIES: BEYOND THE KINGDOMS, the fourth in this #1 New York Times bestselling series from the fan-favorite young author and tv/film star. “With the rich material Colfer's written, and his natural acting skills, it's no surprise the narration feels flawless. He gives his dysfunctional characters (a mix from classic children's literature and fairy tales) the perfect narrative sturm und drang,” said Parents’ Choice on the selection.
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announces the publication of a special tenth anniversary edition of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, the groundbreaking novel that became an internationally bestselling publishing phenomenon, a blockbuster film franchise, and a cultural touchstone around the world. This new edition will release on October 6, 2015 and feature exclusive bonus content. It will be available in hardcover, ebook, and large print formats, in addition to an audio version from Listening Library.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary, Meyer attended the annual Forever Twilight in Forks fan gathering. In addition, Meyer will also be participating in this year's New York Comic-Con for an event and autographing on Thursday, October 8, at 1:45pm. Meyer will be in conversation with Josh Horowitz of MTV's After Hours as they reflect on the tenth anniversary and discuss the new edition of her landmark novel. Meyer will also be doing book signings in the New York City and Los Angeles areas surrounding the release.
Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new book that will be a comprehensive, fun and inspiring guide to the art of food crafting by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. Karen Murgolo, VP, Editorial Director of Grand Central Life & Style, acquired world rights from Dan Strone of Trident Media Group. The as-yet untitled book has a scheduled publication date of spring 2017.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is thrilled to share with the world her passion for food crafting, which has allowed her to spend fun and creative time with her kids while preparing delicious, healthy food they love to eat. Just today, her culinary lifestyle brand, Foodstirs, co-created with Galit Laibow and Gia Russo, was announced publicly. Gellar’s crafting journey began when she realized that her kids would be more adventurous with food if they were involved with the process of making it. She also knew that if the food looked fun, it was far more likely that her kids would enjoy it. Why stop with making healthy brownies when you could decorate them? By getting kids in the kitchen and encouraging exploration, the possibilities are endless. Gellar will take readers step-by-step through each project in the book, from concept to execution, and all will be completely accessible.
Of the acquisition, Murgolo said, “We are thrilled to partner with Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is very committed to the idea of simple food crafting as a way to bring parents and children together to create fun, non-processed food. She has really done her homework on this subject; this book and her food crafting kits should appeal to parents everywhere.”
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has announced that they will be handling sales and distribution for Hachette UK (HUK) titles into the United States, effective January 2016.
HBG has been providing various sales and distribution services to HUK for many years, including distribution into Canada, and North American services for Octopus Books and Quercus Books. And over the last year, HUK has been consolidating some of its remaining US distribution relationships under HBG. In January 2015, HBG began selling and distributing the bestselling Asterix line into the US, and in January, HUK will end its relationship with Trafalgar Square Publishing. Also beginning in January, HBG will sell and distribute HUK’s Chambers line of reference material, formerly distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Ben Wright, International Sales Director of Hachette UK said, “The move to working with HBG for all UK books distributed in North America is the latest step in the consolidating all our worldwide English-language sales arrangement within the Group: we’ve been delighted by the development of the Canadian business under HBG and look forward to seeing that progress continue. Trafalgar Square Publishing have been our partners for many years and our thanks go to them for all they have done for us.”
Todd McGarity, Vice President of Hachette Client Services, added, “With HBG already selling and distributing most of HUK’s titles into Canada, it’s logical that we expand the relationship into the United States. We’re looking forward to helping bring HUK’s excellent catalog of titles to US readers.”
Reagan Arthur, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F*CK by former Simon & Schuster editor Sarah Knight. Little, Brown acquired world rights from literary agent Jenn Joel of ICM. The book, an irreverent and practical homage to Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up will be edited by Executive Editor Michael Szczerban for publication in December 2015.
Michael Szczerban said, “As a colleague, I always admired Sarah’s talent for connecting readers with the perfect book. Now she has written one herself: as smart as it is witty, as persuasive as it is irreverent. She may not have set out to be a guru, but she has written my mantra.”
Marie Kondo’s #1 bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and inspired countless people to jettison the garbage that’s cluttering up their lives. Many “KonMari" devotees have, in fact, experienced remarkable transformations that extend far beyond their junk drawers. One of those people is Knight, a corporate lifer, who quit her job, reorganized her husband’s sock drawer, and felt fantastic. Then she decided to take the next step: clearing out her mental clutter.
“Ever since reading Marie Kondo’s terrific book, I found myself walking around telling people how much better my life is now that I can see all my socks. But then I started thinking, it’s not really about socks, is it? And when I went beyond my physical space and applied the lessons I learned from Kondo to my mental space—and admitting when I well and truly do not give a f*ckabout some things, in service to being able to give quality F*cks to others, and acting on it—that was when my life really changed,” Sarah Knight said.
Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, announces the acquisition of a first collection of humorous essays by acclaimed comedy writer-actor-director Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project). Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor at GCP, made a preemptive offer and acquired World rights from Richard Abate at 3Arts entertainment. The as-yet untitled book – and accompanying audio edition -- are currently scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2017.
Barinholtz’s collection of hilarious stories, humorous anecdotes and funny tales will tell you how the son of two Polish butchers rose from being a Chicago street thug to a Tea Party activist and reality show watcher. If you like to laugh at funny stories and are looking for delicious, heart-healthy crockpot recipes, this is the book for you.
About his first foray into publishing, Barinholtz said, “I’m thrilled to be able to share my thoughts with the world, and my piping hot takes will cover all the bases: Comedy, showbiz, sex, Hollywood, the Chicago Bulls of the 90's, sex and drugs, movies, politics, the “Biz”, pizza and travel, religion and entertainment.” He also added, “ I just want people to say "OH! THAT GUY! YEAH, HE’S FUNNY, I’LL BUY HIS BOOK, WHAT THE HELL, I'VE GOT LIKE A FIVE HOUR FLIGHT.”
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition of HAMILTON -- a backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton -- by Tony Award winning composer-lyricist-actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor at GCP, acquired the North American rights from Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Andy McNicol at William Morris Endeavor. HAMILTON will be published in April 2016 in hardcover and ebook. The book will be produced by Melcher Media, creators of other successful Broadway books such as Wicked: The Grimmerie and Rent.
Before it moved to Broadway, tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton were nearly impossible to get, with a sold-out run at the Public Theater and taste-makers from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim to Ben Brantley and Peter Marks raving about it. Blending musical styles from hip-hop and R&B to pop and classic musical theater, Miranda’s Hamilton is a sexy, vibrant, and enduring re-imagining of the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers. Debuting in January 2015, Hamilton has already received numerous awards, including ten Lucille Lortel Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Drama Critic’s Award for Best Musical. The show is currently in previews and officially opens on Broadway on August 6.
Like the musical, HAMILTON will offer a new kind of experience for the reader. A hybrid American history/ look inside the mind of a visionary playwright, HAMILTON will seamlessly integrate the story of Alexander Hamilton – from his beginnings as a scrappy immigrant orphan, to his military career, his tumultuous family life, and his crucial role in American independence – with behind-the-scenes show content and a deep dive into its brilliant lyrics, including annotations by Miranda. The book will be designed to look like an object from Hamilton’s era, and will include photos and artifacts in addition to interviews, essays and sidebars to accompany the central narrative of Hamilton’s life story and how and why Miranda crafted that life into the stunning stage work over the course of six years.
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming publication of Thunder Boy Jr., the debut picture book by National Book Award–winning and bestselling author Sherman Alexie with illustrations by critically acclaimed picture book artist Yuyi Morales. Alexie’s Thunder Boy Jr. will release on May 3, 2016, as a jacketed hardcover and was edited by Alvina Ling, Editor in Chief, and Associate Editor, Bethany Strout. The acquisition for world rights was made by Tingley with Nancy Stauffer at Nancy Stauffer Associates for the author and Charlotte Sheedy at Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency representing the artist. This is Alexie’s first title for young readers since his enormously popular novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in 2007, which has sold over 1.5 million copies to date.
Thunder Boy Jr. tells the story of a little boy who is named after his dad. But Thunder Boy Jr. doesn’t want to share a name; he wants a name that is all his own, and he goes through many possibilities—Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth? Touch the Clouds? Old Toys Are Awesome? Just when all hope is lost, his dad helps him find the perfect name, one that celebrates the love between father and son.
“In my family, we give one another Indian names to tease each other, and I was playing with that tradition in this book,” said Alexie. “I love that there will be a picture book with a happy Indian family! Seeing the sketches for the first time of Yuyi’s gorgeous art just made me cry with joy.”
“For years the work of Sherman Alexie has been read, admired, and shared in my family,” commented Morales. “One Christmas, my son gave The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to his grandparents as a gift, wanting them to feel the force of Sherman's stories. What an honor it is to be part of his thunderous work!”
J.P. Leventhal, publisher of Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Hachette Books, announced today the forthcoming publication of JERRY ON JERRY: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews, a collection of some of the most candid interviews with the beloved Grateful Dead front man. Publishing in November 2015, the book is timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the band and the 20th anniversary of Jerry's passing. The book will be available in a special audio edition from Hachette Audio, featuring more than eight hours of the original audio recordings covering Jerry's thoughs on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process, as well as previously unreleased live musical recordings.
Edited by former Grateful Dead publicist and the band's authorized biographer, Dennis McNally, and curated with the cooperation of the Jerry Garcia Family estate, JERRY ON JERRY will mark the first time these insightful and intimate interviews with Jerry Garcia have ever been made available to the public. Here Jerry speaks openly about everything from growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area and his first encounters with early R&B to his thoughts on songwriting, LSD, the Beats and Neal Cassady, government, movies, and more. Illustrated with family photographs, ephemera, and Jerry's artwork, JERRY ON JERRY presents uniquely poignant, unguarded, and astute moments, showing a side of Jerry that even his biggest fans have not known.
Former Financial Times journalist Alan Friedman will write the long-awaited biography of Silvio Berlusconi, the former Prime Minister of Italy. Written with Berlusconi’s full cooperation, BERLUSCONI will offer an unvarnished look at the billionaire media mogul’s astonishing life. The book will publish in Italy by Rizzoli in early October and in the U.S. by Hachette later in the fall.
In the tradition of the Frost/Nixon interviews and with the same unfettered access of Walter Isaacson in his biography of Steve Jobs, Alan Friedman chronicles Silvio Berlusconi’s incredible rise to power from cruise ship crooner to real estate tycoon, from founding the first commercial television network in history to turning AC Milan into a world-class soccer club, and then ultimately becoming the longest-serving Italian Prime Minister in history. Culled from more than 100 hours of interviews and filled with revelations involving many current and former heads of state, BERLUSCONI will detail the life and times of one of the world’s most provocative living public figures.
“This is a remarkable story about a hugely controversial and iconic international figure, a man who reshaped his country and was a witness to history at a time of epochal change. We are delighted to publish this book as part of our effort at Hachette Books to create a dialogue with American readers about provocative subjects,” said Mauro DiPreta, publisher of Hachette Books, a new division of the Hachette Book Group.
“Only a journalist of Friedman’s caliber could pull this off and get Berlusconi to really open up. In addition, Friedman has packed this book with fresh revelations that take the reader from the White House to the Kremlin and offer rare insights and behind-the-scenes stories that touch on the war in Iraq, the Arab Spring and the overthrow of Qaddafi in Libya and the role of the IMF and world leaders in the recent eurozone financial crisis,” said Massimo Turchetta, General Manager at Rizzoli in Milan.
James Patterson is launching a children’s book imprint at Little, Brown & Company called jimmy patterson that will be unwaveringly focused on one goal: turning kids into lifelong readers. The announcement was made today by Michael Pietsch, Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group, and Reagan Arthur, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company.
The defining mission of jimmy patterson will reflect Patterson’s most heartfelt goals: to inspire kids to become willing, self-propelled readers; to help teachers, booksellers, and librarians get the tools, opportunities, and skills they need to accomplish this important duty; and to identify the right books for each child by celebrating a compelling diversity of human voices and experiences.
The imprint’s purpose is not just to publish compulsively readable books by James Patterson and other writers, but also to provide resources, strategies, and programs that serve the country’s librarians, booksellers, teachers, and parents. Patterson’s profits from the imprint will go to scholarships for teachers; helping bookstores; supporting school libraries; increasing the reach of his pro-reading website, ReadKiddoRead; and distributing books to kids who can’t afford them.
“James Patterson is a man on a mission: to save lives by making great books available to all kids,” Pietsch said. “This new imprint is an exciting way of combining his force as the world’s best-selling author with his inspiring message about getting kids reading. I can’t think of anyone better equipped with tools and experiences to revolutionize children’s book publishing. With his deep commitment to reading and his let’s-solve-this-problem approach, he is the ideal founder for an imprint that aligns with Hachette Book Group’s tradition of fostering creativity and encouraging risk-taking and innovation.”
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has announced that they have entered into an agreement with Kids Can Press (KCP). Under this agreement, HBG will be selling and distributing all titles published by KCP throughout the world, effective February 1, 2016.
Kids Can Press, which is based in Toronto, Canada, and is a division of Corus Entertainment Inc., has been distributed by University of Toronto Press and sold in the U.S. through a variety of commission sales groups. Among its long list of award-winning books for children, the KCP library includes the Franklin the Turtle series by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark, which is the single most successful franchise in the history of Canadian children’s publishing, the Scaredy Squirrel and Chester series by Mélanie Watt, and the acclaimed CitizenKid™ collection.
“We are very pleased to have forged this new partnership with Hachette Client Services,” said Lisa Lyons Johnston, President of Kids Can Press. “They have an impressive international reputation and we are confident that joining forces with the team at Hachette will propel awareness and sales of Kids Can Press books.”
Todd McGarity, Vice President of Hachette Client Services, added, “We are extremely excited to be adding Kids Can Press to our family of clients. For over forty years, they have consistently produced wonderful fiction and nonfiction children’s books, and we are anxious to expose these titles to an even broader audience throughout the world.”
Next week Orbit will publish the first installments of a new fantasy story by acclaimed author K.J. Parker, to be serialized digitally until the series has concluded, followed by a print and digital release, Orbit publisher Tim Holman announced today.
The first three installments of The Two of Swords will be published on April 21st, with new installments released monthly through the rest of the year. Each will be published internationally.
The writing of the full The Two of Swords cycle has not yet been completed. While Parker knows how the story will end, there are many routes the characters could take to get there. The Two of Swords’s cast is large even for an epic fantasy story, with the viewpoint perspective changing in each installment.
“What drew me to this project was the opportunity to, quite literally, make history,” said Parker about this new project; “a broad, unified sweep of significant events, witnessed by a wide spectrum of diverse characters – farm boys, soldiers, spies, tradesmen and emperors; rather than run a dozen storylines in parallel, I've used a sort of relay-race structure, passing the narrative baton from observer to observer. I've tried to make each section both a self-contained novella and a cog in the larger machine.”
Orbit announces the acquisition of two science fiction novels by Ann Leckie, author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice and its sequel, Ancillary Sword. Ancillary Sword has also been nominated for this year’s Nebula Award and, it was announced this week, Hugo Award for Best Novel.
The first novel is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2017 and will be set in the same universe as her previous Ancillary books. The second will be an unrelated science fiction novel. Both novels will be published simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Ancillary Justice was Leckie’s debut, and the first novel ever to win all three of the prestigious Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, honoring the best works in science fiction. Both Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword were praised for the quality of their writing, their unique and innovative ideas, and their awareness of social issues. NPR Books called Ancillary Justice “assured, gripping, and stylish,” while the New York Times praised Ancillary Sword as “powerful.”
The Five-Book Series Will Be Published by Forever, an Imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition for its Forever imprint of the Hacker Series, five novels by #1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild. Leah Hultenschmidt, Editorial Director of Forever, acquired world rights in a significant seven-figure deal brokered by Kimberly Brower of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency. The first four books in the series, which were originally self-published by the author – Hardwired, Hardpressed, Hardline, and Hard Limit – will be released as Forever ebook editions on April 7 with Forever trade paperback editions following on May 12. The highly anticipated fifth and final book in the series, Hard Love, will be released simultaneously in both ebook and trade paperback editions on September 15.
Rights to the Hacker Series have already been sold in 12 countries, including Transworld in the UK, who will also release their edition of the first four ebooks on April 7.
The Hacker Series is a major self-publishing success story. The series has already sold 1.2 million ebooks and approximately 200,000 print-on-demand trade paperbacks.
National accounts like Barnes & Noble and Hastings initially placed modest orders, but found they had to reorder frequently to keep the books on the shelves. “The rapid sales of Wild’s Hacker books caught my attention,” said Jules Herbert, Romance Buyer at Barnes & Noble. “Wild is definitely an author to watch.”
LEGENDARY ICON JULIE ANDREWS TO PUBLISH WITH HACHETTE BOOKS THE LONG-AWAITED FOLLOW UP TO HER CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MEMOIR, HOME
Mauro DiPreta, publisher of Hachette Books, the new namesake imprint of the Hachette Book Group, announced today the acquisition of the second volume of Dame Julie Andrews’s memoirs in a deal with Steve Sauer of Media Four. The as-yet untitled work will pick up where her critically acclaimed 2008 book, Home, left off and span the 1960s through the early 1990s, during which time Andrews began her filmed entertainment career, starting with Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. The book is slated for publication in September of 2017 and will also be available as an ebook and audiobook.
Dame Julie Andrews, DBE, is one of the most renowned, beloved, and critically acclaimed actresses and singers in history. For more than sixty-five years, Andrews has been a stage and cinematic icon whose memorable and enduring performances have earned her an Academy Award, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys, Kennedy Center Honors, a Disney Legend designation, a British Academy of Film and Television Award, and millions of adoring fans. With the same powerful and honest voice that earned her first memoir wide critical praise, Andrews will share intimate details and reflective insights about the years in her life during which she became the legend she is today. The book will include behind-the-scenes stories about filming Mary Poppins and playing Maria Von Trapp, pivotal career highlights in films like Hawaii, Thoroughly Modern Millie,10 S.O.B. and Victor/Victoria (among so many others), her experiences with motherhood and her second marriage to the renowned Hollywood writer/director/producer Blake Edwards.
“My first memoir, Home, was about my childhood, early training and formative years in the theater. I am so pleased that my good friends at the Hachette Book Group have encouraged me to share the next phase of my life, beginning with my arrival in Hollywood and the wonderful movies and television programs I was asked to be a part of.”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch a new publishing program based on internationally popular LEGO® brands as part of a multiple book, multi-year agreement with the LEGO Group, it was announced today by Andrew Smith, the division’s Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher, who made the acquisition for North American rights. Rex Ogle, Senior Editor at Little, Brown, will edit the books.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch their LEGO line with graphic novels, each based on three popular, bestselling LEGO properties: LEGO NinjagoTM, LEGO Friends, and LEGO BIONICLE®. Releasing just in time for the holidays, each of the full-color graphic novels – priced at $7.99 – will publish in trade paperback format and be available as ebooks. Geared for readers ages 6 – 11, the books will feature fun adventures and original storytelling that will expand the LEGO universe and build upon the key LEGO themes of creativity, imagination, and humor. In addition, each novel will feature exclusive content designed to enhance the storytelling and further engage young readers.
In anticipation of the first book that will release in September 2015, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will support the launch of the program with an extensive pre-publication campaign including a major presence at San Diego Comic-Con, a wide-spread distribution of teaser chapter samplers, and extensive cross-promotion with the LEGO Group.
Mauro DiPreta, publisher of Hachette Books, the new namesake imprint of the Hachette Book Group, announced today the acquisition of a book by legendary Hollywood powerhouse Ari Gold. THE GOLD STANDARD: Rules to Rule By will draw from Gold’s years of dominating the Hollywood agency scene and offer invaluable tips and advice on how to be as successful in work and in life as Gold himself. The book is slated for publication on May 12, 2015, and will be available in electronic and audio editions.
Ari Gold is known for his ruthless approach to deal-making and client relationships that made him one of, if not the, most powerful and sought-after agents in Hollywood until he retired in 2011. In his new book Gold will illuminate, for the first time, his unique, effective and, some would say, outrageous philosophies on running a successful business, client management, employee motivation, keeping a happy home life, and other keys to his many successes. Brash, emphatic, instructive and always wise, Gold’s book will rival business and leadership bestsellers the world over. In his own words and with his trademark enthusiasm, Gold’s tome will be the only book anyone wanting to make something of him- or herself will ever need.
Ari Gold says: “In my humble opinion, if you want to run a successful business this is the only book you’ll ever have to read. And my humble opinion is never wrong.”
Hachette Books publisher and Gold’s editor, Mauro DiPreta, adds: “You can read Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill and Stephen Covey, but no one can give you the real world experience on how to succeed like Ari Gold."
The prestigious GRAMMY for Best Children’s Album has been awarded to I AM MALALA: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, the New York Times bestselling young readers edition of the autobiography of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai written with Patricia McCormick.
The audiobook, narrated by Neela Vaswani and featuring a prologue and epilogue read by Malala, is the firsthand story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world - and did. “I am so grateful for this award and I hope it will help spread my message of peace and education for all even further,” Malala said of the honor. “Producing an audiobook is a collaborative process. I would like to thank everyone involved: from narrator Neela Vaswani, to the producers and my publishers. Thank you.”
Receiving the award at the GRAMMY Premiere ceremony, Vaswani closed her acceptance speech, "Thank you, most of all, to Malala, for her incredibly brave work for active, lasting, peaceful change. Narrating this book was a gift. This is another huge gift and honor and I dedicate it to, in Malala's words, 'those forgotten children who want an education, those frightened children who want peace, those voiceless children who want change,' the world over, including here in the United States."
We announced important personnel changes at HBG today:
Tom Maciag, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Gerry Cummings, Senior Vice President for Distribution—two of Hachette Book Group’s most respected and beloved senior leaders—will be retiring in the coming months. Gerry (a 35-year veteran of the company) and Tom (a 25-year veteran) have made enormous contributions to HBG, and both have been instrumental in this company’s growth and success.
These changes present a great opportunity for talented leaders from within HBG to step up and fill these important roles:
Stephen Mubarek, SVP Finance and Controller, will become Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective March 9. Steve joined the company in 1999.
Frank Casolaro, Executive Director, Operations will become VP, Distribution effective March 30. Frank joined the company in 1996.
Hachette Book Group has partnered with Gumroad, the powerful platform that enables creators to sell products to their audience, on a new social media commerce initiative to enable book purchases natively within Twitter. The promotions will launch on December 11 with print books by Amanda Palmer, Chris Hadfield, and The Onion available for purchase for a limited time and in limited quantities, each accompanied by an exclusive bonus item. Since partnering with Twitter on a commerce pilot this fall, Gumroad has worked with major and independent musicians and charities on unique social commerce initiatives. Hachette is its first publishing partner.
Within the authors’ tweets, promotional buy buttons will appear for Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking, Chris Hadfield’s You Are Here, and The Onion’s The Onion Magazine: The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World so readers can purchase their books without leaving the Twitter platform. Palmer’s book will kick off the promotion on December 11, and will be accompanied by an original manuscript page, with notes from the author and editor, as well as from Palmer’s husband, bestselling author Neil Gaiman. Ex-astronaut Chris Hadfield will launch a promotion on December 15, with the book plus a signed original photo, a stunning aerial image of the island of Corfu; and The Onion’s special Twitter promotion begins on December 18, with the new book accompanied by a set of note cards featuring twelve of the editors' favorite magazine covers.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Hachette and their authors to Gumroad. We’ve been really impressed by Hachette’s commitment to exploring new opportunities for their authors to make money and engage directly with readers through social commerce. They don’t shy away from new technology—they’re genuinely committed to exploring what the future of publishing looks like,” says Sahil Lavingia, founder and CEO of Gumroad.
Hachette Audio is thrilled to share the news that I AM MALALA: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, the young readers edition of the autobiography of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai written with Patricia McCormick, has been announced an official Nominee for a GRAMMY award in the Best Children’s Album category. This honor marks the 24th GRAMMY Nomination received by Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group.
Narrated by Neela Vaswani and featuring a prologue and epilogue read by Malala herself, this powerful story will open listeners’ eyes to another world and will make anyone believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person - one young person - can inspire change in her community and beyond. In this New York Times bestselling young readers edition, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world - and did.
Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group, remarked: “We’re proud to publish Malala Yousafzai’s I AM MALALA, and thrilled to receive this recognition for the brilliant audiobook, which brings Malala’s inspiring story to life for listeners. Congratulations to the Hachette Audio team - this nomination is a tribute to their truly excellent work.”
"I'm honored to see an audiobook nominated in the Children's category once again, against stiff competition in a field that includes many musicians and bands popular in children's entertainment,” said Anthony Goff, VP and Publisher of Hachette Audio. “This recognition makes a strong statement by voting members of the Recording Academy in honor of Malala's incredible work for worldwide literacy and education, and Hachette Audio is so proud to have been able to produce this powerful Little, Brown & Co. book to share it with listeners in the audio format.”
Little, Brown and Company announces the publication of an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard Commencement speech, VERY GOOD LIVES: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination (Hardcover; $15.00; ISBN: 978-0-316-36915-2). The book will be illustrated by Joel Holland and will be published worldwide in the English language April 14, 2015.
About the book:
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?
Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force.
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has entered into an agreement to purchase Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, recognized as one of America’s most innovative publishers of illustrated books and creative non-fiction. The closing will take place in the next several months, subject to meeting the closing conditions. As of that date, Black Dog & Leventhal will become an imprint of HBG’s newest division, Hachette Books, led by Publisher Mauro DiPreta.
Black Dog & Leventhal was founded in 1993 by J.P. Leventhal. Leventhal will continue as Publisher of the imprint, and the company’s management will remain in place, with Rebecca Koh elevated to the position of Editorial Director, and Maureen Winter becoming Associate Publisher.
The impressive range and variety of the Black Dog & Leventhal list is evident in their recent bestsellers, which include The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, Skyscrapers, Take Me Out to the Ballpark, The Complete Front Pages of the New York Times, The Louvre: All the Paintings, Theodore Gray’s The Elements, as well as the more recent Molecules, which is currently on the New York Times Science bestseller list. The company publishes 20 to 30 books per year, in the categories of art, history, science, humor, cooking, crafts, music, and theatre, as well as a selection of books for young readers.
Mauro DiPreta, publisher of Hachette Books, the new namesake imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced today the acquisition of a provocative, witty, and heartfelt book on the downsides of marriage by entertainment icon and outspoken advocate Whoopi Goldberg in a deal with the Creative Artists Agency. This as-yet untitled work will draw from her years of personal experience through marriages and other relationships, which ultimately led her to realize that marriage isn’t for everybody. The book is slated for publication in September of 2015 and will be available as an audio book by Hachette Audio and as an e-book.
For more than thirty years Whoopi Goldberg has been an exciting, envelope-pushing public figure of many stripes: “EGOT” award-winning actor, comedienne, singer, songwriter, author, political activist and talk show host. In the new book, Whoopi will speak openly, and with her trademark wit and wisdom about why marriage isn’t for everyone, how being alone can be satisfying, and how what’s ultimately most important is understanding who you are and what in life makes you happy. Wise, funny, and conversation-starting, Whoopi’s message is sure to resonate with the millions of people who struggle with relationships – and what they ultimately want in life – every day.
Whoopi Goldberg says: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight into why a person might not put her best foot forward in a relationship. I’ve realized there are certain things you have to come to terms with in life, like managing your own expectations, telling the truth, reconciling true love with other aspects of your life, including wealth or even celebrity. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”
Beloved comedian, talk show host and New York Times bestselling author Ellen DeGeneres will share her passion for home design, including hundreds of ideas and tips for readers to help create the homes of their dreams, in a new book, HOME. DeGeneres, who has bought and renovated over a dozen properties, most recently launched a line of home goods on QVC and will launch Ellen's Design Challenge, a new show on HGTV, in January of 2015.
HOME will be published in the Fall of 2015 by Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group. Deb Futter, VP, Editor-in-Chief, Hardcovers at Grand Central Publishing acquired the world rights from Esther Newberg of ICM Partners. Karen Murgolo, VP, Editorial Director of Grand Central Life & Style will edit.
DeGeneres said of her new book, “A lot of people don’t know that I have a passion for interior design, so I’m excited to be releasing this book. I’m inspired by art and nature and architecture. Now everybody can see how things come together inside my home and in some of my favorite places. It’s called HOME because you know what they say, ‘Home is where the books are about interior design.’”
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the next book by J. Randy Taraborrelli, the New York Times bestselling author of groundbreaking biographies of Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, the Kennedys and most recently, the Hiltons. Scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2015 in hardcover, digital and audio editions, Taraborrelli will write the first comprehensive biography ever published of pop icon Beyoncé Knowles. Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing, acquired world rights from Mitch Douglas of the Mitch Douglas Literary Agency. The book is currently untitled.
Based on exhaustive research by Taraborrelli, including exclusive interviews with the people in the superstar’s life who have been pivotal to her personal and professional development, the biography will explore all facets of Knowles’s life. Beginning with her career at the age of seven performing in pageant shows and talent contests and recording her first number one hit record at the age of 18 with her group, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé has become one of the most successful solo artists of her generation appearing in 2014 on the cover of Time magazine and at the # 1 spot on Forbes’s annual list of the wealthiest celebrities.
"I can't think of a more intriguing subject than Beyoncé," said Taraborrelli. "In terms of research, there's no road map to follow since this is the first major biography. Therefore, we're breaking new ground with every chapter. From Destiny's Child to solo superstardom to her marriage to Jay-Z, Beyoncé has lived a most incredible, inspiring life. I know my readers will enjoy her journey."
Hachette Book Group has just launched their Author and Agent Portal, an important new channel within hachettebookgroup.biz, the company’s business platform. The Portal provides a self-service option that puts up-to-date information and resources at the authors’ and agents’ fingertips, including confidential sales information for all of their titles published by HBG, in all formats, as well as a variety of features and tools.
Enhanced features available to authors include:
Agents will have access to all of the information that their author sees, as well as PDFs of their author’s royalty statements.
Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch said, “I'm very pleased to be able to offer this new channel for communication and information sharing. The Portal is designed to add transparency to the publishing experience by making sales data and resources readily available and easy to use to authors and agents, our valued partners in the publishing process.”
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown, a division of Hachette Book Group, has acquired World rights for PRESENCE by social psychologist Amy Cuddy. The book was acquired by executive editor Tracy Behar in a deal negotiated by Richard Pine at Inkwell Management. The book is slated for publication in fall 2015 and will be available as an audio book by Hachette Audio.
In PRESENCE, Dr. Cuddy will reveal that we have the power not only to affect how others see us, but also to change how we see ourselves and even to alter our own chemistry by making small, nonverbal, incremental tweaks—such as “power posing”—that ignite the power of the mind/body connection. By learning to connect authentically with our own thoughts and feelings, we can connect with others, and therefore increase their respect for us, make what we say and do more memorable, and heighten our self-confidence in ways that are both measurable and sustainable. As Dr. Cuddy says, “Don't fake it 'til you make it. Fake it 'til you become it."
There is no one more qualified to write this book: Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. Her 2012 TED talk on body language is now up to more than 20 million views and currently ranks second in the top-ten most viewed TED talks of all time. TIME magazine named Cuddy one of 2012's “Game Changers,” and the World Economic Forum named her one of 2014’s Young Global Leaders.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is excited to announce the acquisition of a debut book by Josh “Fat Jew” Ostrovsky. Executive Editor Ben Greenberg acquired the North American rights in a limited submission from Byrd Leavell of Waxman Leavell. Tentatively entitled MONEY PIZZA RESPECT, the book and accompanying audio edition are currently scheduled for a Fall 2015 publication. Ostrovsky will be writing the book with David Oliver Cohen, co-author of the national bestseller White Girl Problems.
With his outrageous sense of humor, Josh "Fat Jew" Ostrovsky has attracted millions of devoted followers on his Instagram and Twitter. In his forthcoming debut book, MONEY PIZZA RESPECT, Josh relates one insanely hilarious story from his life after another—from puking on his grandfather after a bender to hiring prostitutes to come to his apartment for the sole purpose of reenacting scenes from Mel Gibson's Braveheart. The book will also contain ridiculous photos and captions that have catapulted Josh to fame, or whatever this might be called.
Of publishing his first book, Josh said, “Whoops, I just made reading hip again.”
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today the acquisition of an in-depth biography of legendary entertainer Joan Rivers by Little, Brown Editor-in-Chief Judy Clain in a deal with David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects. JOAN RIVERS: A Life will be the definitive book about Rivers’s tumultuous, victorious, tragic, glamorous, and fascinating life, told by longtime Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts. The book is slated for publication in 2016 and will be available as an audio book by Hachette Audio and as an e-book.
Best known for her thoughtful and newsy Vanity Fair profiles of major stars including Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Demi Moore (among others), Leslie Bennetts has been writing about performers and the culture industry for more than forty years. She was the first to get Jennifer Aniston to open up and candidly address rumors after her divorce from Brad Pitt in 2005 and may be the only reporter ever to evoke tears from Hilary Clinton in an interview. Bennetts’s experience carefully crafting richly drawn portraits full of entertaining, complex, and surprising detail combined with her access to the hundreds of comedians, friends, and business associates that played essential roles in Rivers’s remarkable life and career makes her uniquely qualified to pen a biography that will be as bold, pioneering, and culturally significant as Joan Rivers herself was.
Leslie Bennetts says: “Joan Rivers' life story was, in every way, a remarkably dramatic roller-coaster ride characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving. But Rivers' career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. It's hard to imagine a more compelling subject for a book – or one that would be more fun.”
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is honored to announce the acquisition of the last novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Oscar Hijuelos. In addition, Grand Central has acquired a never-before-published short story by Hijuelos, Another Spaniard in the Works. Gretchen Young, VP, Executive Editor, acquired world rights to the novel and short story from Jennifer Lyons, President of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. The book, the short story, and an audio edition of the novel are tentatively scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2015.
Twain and Stanley Enter Paradise was inspired by the real life friendship between two towering figures of the late 19th century, famed author and humorist Mark Twain and legendary explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. The novel employs a variety of narrative forms to imagine key points along the arc of their 37-year relationship, from their early days as journalists in the American West, to their long admiration and support of each other’s writing, their mutual hatred of slavery, their common suffering from bouts of bad health, and their social life together in the dazzling literary circles of the period. In addition, Hijuelos conjures up a fictitious journey to Cuba undertaken by Twain and Stanley to search for the latter’s adoptive father (both men actually had visited Cuba, though separately and at different periods of life).
Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, has acquired the world rights from Kristyn Keene of ICM to the next three novels by S.C. Stephens, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thoughtless series. Beth de Guzman, VP, Digital and Paperback Publisher, acquired the books and Megha Parekh will edit.
Stephens was one of the trailblazers in self-publishing, charting high on retail ebook bestseller lists with her novels Thoughtless and Effortless. The third book in the series, Reckless, debuted at #1 on the New York Times eBook fiction bestseller list.
Stephens’s first book for Forever, Thoughtful, is a retelling of the events in Thoughtless from the point of view of Kellan Kyle, the book’s hero. It will be published in simultaneous print and ebook editions in February 2015 with a second book following in the Fall of 2015. The third book is scheduled for the Spring of 2016.
“For decades romance publishers held on to the notion that love triangles and rock-star heroes don’t sell. S.C. Stephens smashed that to pieces. We’re thrilled to publish this maverick author and to finally give everyone what they’ve been waiting for: the story as told by Kellan,” says Beth de Guzman.
Hachette Audio was honored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) with eight 2014 Audie Awards® at the 19th Annual Audies Gala on May 29th . With Audies wins in categories including Thriller, Romance, Literary Fiction, Inspirational Nonfiction, and more, Hachette Audio received more awards last night than any other single audio publisher.
The gala event took place at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. Often referred to as the “Oscars of spoken word entertainment,” the evening marks a gathering of authors, narrators and publishers where the most prestigious awards honoring audiobooks in the United States are announced.
Hachette Audio was deeply humbled in particular to accept one of the top two prizes of the night - for Distinguished Achievement in Production, which went to Pete Seeger: The Storm King - written and read by beloved icon Pete Seeger, and masterfully edited, produced, and presented by Grammy-winning percussionist and producer Jeff Haynes. The judges said: “a sterling mixture of stories, narratives, poems, and music, this outstanding audio features intimate, seemingly unscripted commentary from Seeger in which he regales listeners with stories about his childhood, family life, career, and much more.”
Orbit announced today the acquisition of two new novels and four original novellas from multiple Hugo Award-nominated author Mira Grant. One of the novels will be a third book in the "Parasitology" series, following the Hugo Award-nominated Parasite and Symbiont, and will conclude the trilogy, while the second novel and all four novellas will be set in the world of the "Newsflesh" series.
Mira Grant is a pseudonym of Seanan McGuire, winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. Orbit published the first book under the Grant pseudonym, Feed, in 2010, and the following year it became her first Hugo Award-nominated novel. The sequels, Deadline and Blackout, were also nominated for the award. McGuire has also received a shared Hugo Award for Best Fancast for her work on the SF Squeecast.
Parasite is a finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award, the fourth Best Novel nomination for the Mira Grant name. Grant's science fiction writing has been praised as "Horrifying, riveting, and a bit too plausible" (Library Journal, starred review of Parasite) and "exceptionally creepy" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Parasite).
Quercus announced today that they are moving sales and distribution services from Random House Publisher Services to Hachette Book Group (HBG), effective July 1, 2014. HBG will handle North American sales and distribution of all printed and digital Quercus products, as well as providing office space to Quercus’ five US-based employees. This move comes as a result of Hachette UK’s acquisition of Quercus, which was announced last month.
‘‘We would like to thank Random House Publisher Services for all their hard work and commitment over the last two years helping to launch Quercus in North America so successfully. We now look forward to further developing our publishing plans and growing the business with the help and support of HBG,” said Richard Green, Publishing Director Quercus US.
“We are very excited to welcome Quercus to HBG, and look forward to being part of their growing North American business,” said Todd McGarity, Vice President, Distribution Sales & Services for HBG.
Deb Futter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Twelve, announced today the acquisition of AND THE GOOD NEWS IS… by Dana Perino, White House former press secretary and current co-host on Fox News's The Five, to be published in May 2015. Editorial Director Sean Desmond acquired world rights from Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly LLP.
From her years as a press secretary for President George W. Bush to her daily debates with colleagues on Fox News's hit show The Five, Dana Perino reveals the lessons that have successfully guided her through a life of challenges and achievement -- including stories from behind the scenes at the White House and The Five. Insightful, often surprising, and unguarded, AND THE GOOD NEWS IS... blends candid self-portrait with advice for allowing your own grace, optimism, smarts, and personality to shine through in your own daily life and career.
Sean Desmond says: “AND THE GOOD NEWS IS… will be a touching memoir about Perino’s unlikely start, her best stories from her days as a witness to historic events and now television, and a compendium of all the hard-earned life lessons she picked up along the way. I’m thrilled to have Dana – someone who always knows the best thing to say and how and when to say it – as an author for our Twelve list."
Hachette Audio is pleased to announce that Michael Kay, longtime television play-by-play sports broadcaster of the New York Yankees, voices the audiobook edition of legendary Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera’s memoir, THE CLOSER.
“I have amazing respect for Mariano and to have the chance to read his words about the incredible life he's lived is a distinct honor,” said Kay, after recording of this exceptional memoir was completed in New York City. Baseball fans and sports lovers of all kinds will find Kay’s famous voice the ideal delivery for this 7.5-hour audio edition of the champion’s life story, covering the game, God, family, career, charity, and community – from his childhood in Panama to his greatest successes in New York.
“Being a die-hard Yankees fan from birth,” said Anthony Goff, VP & Publisher of Hachette Audio, “I can think of no better voice to record the play-by-play of Mariano’s audiobook. Having Michael Kay narrate THE CLOSER makes this an instant classic.”
Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new book that will be a holistic look at diet, fitness, vitality and style by supermodel and actress, Christie Brinkley. Karen Murgolo, VP, Editorial Director of Grand Central Life & Style, acquired the world rights from Dan Strone of Trident Media Group in association with Brian Dubin of Artist Brand Alliance. The as-yet untitled book and accompanying audio edition have a tentative publication date of Fall 2015.
Christie Brinkley is one of the world's most successful supermodels. Christie, who just turned 60 years old, has retained her sex appeal while simultaneously juggling career and family goals. Now in her new book, she will share the secrets she’s learned traveling the world throughout her legendary career on what to eat, how to take care of your body and how to look and feel like a knock-out at any age, especially for women over 35. Christie will include fun tidbits, exclusive advice and stories from her personal life. Plus, she will give diet and fitness plans anyone can follow.
Brinkley said of her new book, “I am very proud to work with Grand Central. After more than forty years in the beauty industry I have learned tips, secrets and shortcuts that have kept me working and feeling great and I am excited to share with other women so that every woman can feel beautiful, vibrant, and relevant at every age!”
Reagan Arthur, senior vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired rights to publish a new book by former astronaut Chris Hadfield featuring photographs from the International Space Station (ISS). YOU ARE HERE: Around the World in 92 Minutes will be in bookstores this fall. Literary agent Rick Broadhead of Rick Broadhead and Associates completed the deal.d
“Chris Hadfield’s new book, YOU ARE HERE, encapsulates his singular eye for our world as it appears from above. We first fell for his photographs over Twitter, and now we have the chance to see the earth with startling freshness in these hand-selected shots from the thousands Chris took on board the International Space Station. Chris’s new book is full of beauty, whimsy, and a keen sense for the planet we share,” said vice president and executive editor John Parsley.
Divided by continent, YOU ARE HERE represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour—surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful—is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of his bestselling An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, YOU ARE HERE opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.
At its panel at Seattle's Sakura-Con today, Yen Press announced a dedicated program for the English-language publication of Japanese light novels, to be branded Yen On. The newly established Yen On brand will expand on the imprint's previous light novel offerings, which include such properties as Spice and Wolf, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (co-published with sister company Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and the forthcoming releases of Sword Art Online and Accel World. Yen On will formally launch in Fall 2014 with a goal of releasing approximately twenty-four books in 2015.
Yen Press also announced several new licenses of popular manga series. The following is a summary of the new acquisitions announced today.
Reagan Arthur, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Lee Boudreaux has been named Vice President and Editorial Director of an eponymous imprint, publishing eight to ten titles a year. She will begin her new role on September 2, 2014.
For the past nine years Boudreaux has been the editorial director of Ecco, a division of HarperCollins, working with authors who include Ben Fountain, David Wroblewski, Madeline Miller, Kevin Wilson, Eleanor Henderson, Ron Rash, Jennifer Senior, Ivy Pochoda, and Patrick DeWitt. Boudreaux spent her first nine years in publishing at Random House, where she acquired and edited the first novels of Curtis Sittenfeld, Arthur Phillips, and Adriana Trigiani. Writers Boudreaux has worked with have won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Prize, the PEN/Hemingway award, the Frank O'Connor prize for short stories, the Los Angeles Times and Center for Fiction first novel awards, and been finalists for the National Book Award, the Booker prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
“Lee is one of the most respected editors in the business, widely admired not just for her adventurous and discerning eye but also for her sharp editorial skills," said Arthur. "I've long wanted to work with her, and I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome her to Little, Brown, where I know she and her new list will be an exciting part of our future."
Mauro DiPreta, VP, Publisher of Hachette Books, announced today that Stacy Creamer will join Hachette Book Group as Vice President, Executive Editor of Hachette Books, a new publishing division built on the foundation of the Hyperion backlist, which HBG acquired last summer. The Hachette Books list will include narrative nonfiction, business, pop culture, science, health and wellness, humor, and some fiction. Creamer will start at HBG on June 16 and will report to DiPreta.
Creamer has had a 30-year career in publishing and most recently was VP, Publisher at Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster. Prior to Touchstone, Creamer was VP, Editor-in-Chief at Broadway Books, an imprint of Random House. Creamer began her career at Putnam, starting as assistant to Phyllis Grann and rising to the position of VP, Senior Editor. During her three decades in the industry, Creamer has acquired and edited numerous acclaimed bestselling and award-winning books by such authors as Lance Armstrong, J. A. Jance, Lauren Weisberger, Elizabeth Edwards, Douglas Blackmon, and Kurt Eichenwald, among many others.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition today of a memoir by Flea, the bassist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the most prominent and successful bands of the last 30 years. Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor at Grand Central Publishing, acquired the world rights in an exclusive negotiation with David Vigliano of David Vigliano & Associates. A publication date has not yet been set for the as-yet untitled memoir. Hachette Audio will publish an audio edition. UK and Commonwealth rights were pre-empted by Sarah Emsley at Headline at the time of acquisition.
In his self-written memoir, Flea— who recently lit up social media with his viral post about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2014 SuperBowl performance— will share stories from his intense and dynamic life, including: his move from a “normal” upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea.
Of the acquisition, Greenberg said, “Grand Central is thrilled to publish Flea’s memoir. Besides being a voracious reader, he is an utterly unique musician, thinker, and creative force—whether with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, or his Silverlake Conservatory which fosters music education in Los Angeles. His story is epic.”
Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, and Orion Books UK have acquired the world rights from Andrea Barzvi of Empire Literary to a new trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling THIS MAN erotic romance trilogy. At GCP, Beth de Guzman, VP, Digital and Paperback Publisher, acquired the North American and translation rights, and, Genevieve Pegg, Editorial Director for Orion Fiction, acquired the UK rights.
In North America, the as‐yet untitled trilogy will be published during a six‐month span: Book 1 in August 2014, Book 2 in November 2014, and Book 3 in February 2015. Leah Hultenschmidt, Forever’s Editorial Director, will edit, and the books will be published simultaneously in trade paperback and e‐book editions, a first for Malpas, who began her writing career as a self‐published e‐book author. Hachette Audio will release audio editions of the new series.
“The new trilogy follows the passionate love story of Livy and M,” says Beth de Guzman. “And M will thrill Jodi’s hundreds of thousands of fans. He’s a gentleman but aloof, well‐mannered but difficult—as complex and irresistible as This Man’s Jesse Ward. Just as the ‘Lord of the Manor’ was named in numerous reader lists as a favorite ’book boyfriend,’ so will the memorable M.”
Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, and leading Japanese gaming and manga publisher Square Enix in conjunction with the Tuttle-Mori Agency announced today that their highly anticipated inter-corporate initiative for the global distribution of Square Enix's English language manga will commence on April 8th.
By virtue of this groundbreaking agreement, fans of Square Enix’s manga in over 200 countries will have access to the authorized, English-language ebook editions of 175 titles through Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo with new volumes available concurrently with future print releases. Launching first with internationally best selling series like Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater, Yana Toboso's Black Butler, and Yoshiki Tonogai's Doubt, Yen Press will roll out additional series weekly throughout the month of April with a blockbuster assortment that includes Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist, Jun Mochizuki's PandoraHearts, Ryukishi07's Higurashi WHEN THEY CRY, and Until Death Do Us Part by Hiroshi Takashige and DOUBLE-S. As an added bonus for fans, these ebook editions will include color pages not reproduced in the titles' print counterparts.
In addition to this ambitious launch of their cooperative digital publishing endeavor, Yen Press and Square Enix have also unveiled a program for the digital English language serialization of new chapters of two ongoing series – Atsushi Ohkubo's riotous successor to Soul Eater, Soul Eater NOT!, and Yoshiki Tonogai's latest mind-bending mystery thriller, Secret. Chapters not already contained in the collected volumes of these series will be released as digital comics in advance of the latest chapters slated for publication April 14th.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a memoir by ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas. Gretchen Young, VP, Executive Editor acquired the world rights from Creative Artists Agency. The as-yet untitled memoir and accompanying audio book have a tentative publication date of Spring 2016.
In January 2014 on Good Morning America, Emmy award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas admitted to the world her alcohol addiction, leading to an outpouring of sympathy and support. Vargas's memoir will be a no-holds-barred account of growing up with crippling anxiety and of turning to alcohol for relief. She'll divulge how she found herself living a dark double life and will share personal stories of her despair, her time in rehab, and, ultimately, her recovery process.
Vargas found salvation from her anxiety and alcoholism in the realization that many others were similarly suffering; more Americans are medicated for anxiety than any other disorder, and alcoholism is a growing problem among women. Through her memoir, Vargas hopes to provide solace and guidance to others who are battling addiction.
Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group, announced today that Mauro DiPreta will join HBG as Vice President and Publisher of Hachette Books, a new publishing division that HBG will launch this year. Built on the foundation of the Hyperion backlist that HBG acquired in 2013, Hachette Books will be a new home for publishing across a broad spectrum of subjects and interests. As Publisher, DiPreta will be responsible for the division’s direction and publishing, overseeing a staff of editors, marketers, and designers, and will join HBG’s Executive Management Board. The existing Hyperion staff will report to him and become part of Hachette Books, and he will hire additional staff as necessary. The Hachette Books lineup will include narrative nonfiction, business, pop culture, science, health and wellness, humor, and some fiction.
DiPreta has spent more than two decades in the publishing industry and was most recently Vice President and Editor in Chief of Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House. At Crown, DiPreta managed a team of editors and helped oversee the publishing program of nearly one hundred titles per year across five imprints–Archetype, Harmony, Business, Forum, and Three Rivers Press. He acquired and edited numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Sum It Up by Pat Summitt (a #1 bestseller), Let Me Off at the Top! by Ron Burgundy, and League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru. Prior to Crown, DiPreta spent sixteen years at HarperCollins and William Morrow, where he acquired and edited the hugely successful Marley & Me by John Grogan and many other bestselling books. Authors he has worked with include Yogi Berra, Jay Leno, Yoko Ono, Slash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Archie and Peyton Manning, and Russell Brand. He will join HBG on March 31, 2014.
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today the upcoming picture book publication of Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar from world-renowned Rolling Stones rock star Keith Richards, with illustrations by his artist daughter, Theodora Richards. Inspired by a childhood experience shared in Richards’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Life, the story was written with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro and will simultaneously release in hardcover and ebook on September 9, 2014, with the hardcover edition including an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus book content. The author and artist were represented in the deal by Richards’s manager, Jane Rose, and Ed Victor Ltd.
Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as “Gus,” who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith’s daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus & Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards’s exquisite pen-and-ink collages. This unique autobiographical picture book honors the special bond between a grandfather and grandson and celebrates the artistic talents of the Richards family through the generations. It will also include selected photographs from the Richards family collection.
Mulholland Books is pleased to announce that The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith will be published on June 24.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.
Hachette Audio is proud to report twenty-two nominations for its productions were named this morning when The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced finalists for its 2014 Audie Awards® competition. The Audies, sponsored by the APA, is the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in outstanding audiobooks and spoken word
Among the productions honored today are audiobooks based on materials running the gamut of Hachette Book Group’s imprints, including fiction and nonfiction titles from Little, Brown & Co, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Little, Brown for Young Readers, and Orbit. A Hachette Audio Original is also a nominee; PETE SEEGER: THE STORM KING is a collection of stories and poems beautifully told by the late activist and songwriter, set to compositions by producer Jeff Haynes and musicians from a variety of traditions.
Before that Nicholas Sparks novel reached your nightstand it traveled from New York-based Hachette Book Group’s distribution center in Lebanon.
“We shipped over 120 million books last year,” said Gerry Cummings, senior vice president of distribution at Hachette Book Group. The center serves as HBG’s sole distributor, shipping the company’s many trade publications and titles from bestselling authors like James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Sparks.
To keep up with demand for all of HBG’s titles from its 20 publishers, such as Business Plus and Forever Yours, and to distribute page turners for a growing number of outside publishers — 16 and counting — HBG announced in December that it plans to invest $6.1 million to expand its distribution facility by 218,000 square feet, along with adding 10 jobs.
Stephen Colbert’s AMERICA AGAIN won the GRAMMY for Spoken Word at a pre-telecast ceremony hosted by iconic singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater yesterday.
AMERICA AGAIN: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t won the award in a competitive category that included audiobooks by David Sedaris, Pete Seeger, Carol Burnett, and Billy Crystal. This victory marks the second GRAMMY win and third nomination for Colbert. AMERICA AGAIN was the satirical television pundit’s second Spoken Word Album GRAMMY nomination (after 2008’s I Am America (And So Can You!)); his A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! won a GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album in 2010.
Hachette Book Group (HBG) has announced that it will expand its distribution center in Lebanon, Indiana. The facility is HBG’s primary warehouse and distribution center for North America. When completed, the expanded facility will be approximately 1.5 million square feet, in two buildings. Construction is scheduled to begin in March and will increase the facility by an additional 218,000 square feet. It is also expected to add 10 new full time jobs.
Hachette Audio is proud to celebrate three newly announced GRAMMY Nominees in the Best Spoken Word Album category: AMERICA AGAIN by Stephen Colbert; LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS by David Sedaris; and THE STORM KING by Pete Seeger. Anthony Goff, Hachette Audio VP, reports: “Hachette Audio has had the great fortune to have produced seven GRAMMY-winning audiobooks since 1994; these fantastic new honors bring our total to twenty-three nominations over the past two decades.”
Humorists dominate the Spoken Word field this year, with Stephen Colbert’s AMERICA AGAIN: Rebecoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t as the satirical television pundit’s second Spoken Word Album GRAMMY nomination (after 2008’s I Am America (And So Can You!)); his A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! won a GRAMMY for Best Comedy Album in 2010.
Bestselling author David Sedaris has previously been nominated for three GRAMMY awards, in both the Spoken Word category (Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, 2005; When You Are Engulfed in Flames, 2009) and for Best Comedy Album (Live at Carnegie Hall, 2005). His most recent speaking tour featured 40 sold-out events all over the US (including two sold out nights at New York’s Carnegie Hall), where he read material from new work in addition to passages from LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS.
THE STORM KING presents legendary folk artist and activist Pete Seeger’s captivating narratives in new recordings—all set to music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Native American Music, and Jazz, “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before,” says Seeger.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks’s Novel Learning Series (NLS) has won a Family Choice Award for Frankenstein, Dear John, and A Bend in the Road, Grand Central Publishing announced today. The Family Choice Awards recognize the best in children’s and parenting products. Now in its 18th year, The Family Choice Awards is one of the most coveted, family-friendly consumer award programs in the nation.
The Novel Learning Series was launched in 2012 with four of Sparks’s books—The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, The Last Song, and Three Weeks with My Brother—and was expanded this past summer with three more titles for teenage readers. The three new titles were Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Sparks’s own Dear John and A Bend in the Road, all Family Choice Award-winners.
All seven books in the Novel Learning Series include the full text of the novel or memoir along with study guides after every few chapters, and “question and explanation” sections, essay prompts and sample essays for students’ enrichment and understanding.
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown will publish the unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story of Willie Nelson’s life. World rights for the book were acquired by executive editor John Parsley in a deal by David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Publication is currently slated for summer 2015.
A beloved American icon, Willie Nelson and his music are embedded in the hearts and minds of fans the world over, winning ten Grammys, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. Nelson’s life story is rich and ripe for the telling. Having recently turned eighty, Nelson is ready to open up about all aspects of his life. He starts at the beginning, revealing a tough little kid abandoned by his parents, and moves through his failures at various jobs, his early days as the self-starting proprietor of Willie Nelson Presents, his struggles in 1960s Nashville, and then on to the profound success he has had as one of America’s all-time most beloved singer-songwriters. And, in between, he shares stories he hasn’t told involving a fascinating cast of characters, including Ray Charles, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and many more. Though Willie Nelson has published several books, none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.
“Willie Nelson is an extraordinary musician and man, and it is a deep thrill to announce Little, Brown’s publication of his definitive autobiography,” said John Parsley. “One of the most eagerly anticipated books by any performer alive, Willie’s book will be authentic to the core and bursting with the stories, insight, and wild wit of this true American icon.”
Business Plus, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing (GCP), is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new book by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Senior Vice President Jonathan Rosenberg. James Levine of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency brokered the world rights deal with GCP and Business Plus Executive Editor John Brodie.
In No Adult Supervision Required: How To Build Successful 21st Century Companies, Schmidt and Rosenberg will distill their years of working in the high-tech industry into a practical and fun-to-read guide for executives and entrepreneurs who want to thrive in a business landscape where the old rules of management no longer apply. Each chapter will contain how-to advice illustrated by inside stories from the authors’ years at Google, Sun Microsystems and Apple covering topics such as growth, corporate culture, talent, decision-making, innovation, communication and dealing with disruptions.
Of the acquisition, Brodie said, “The business world is rapidly changing, and who better to write the new playbook than Eric and Jonathan, two super-smart Silicon Valley icons who have been working alongside co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as they have built Google into the innovative and inspiring company that it is today.”
Hachette Book Group has partnered with our sister company, Hachette UK, in a new ebook distribution arrangement that will significantly expand our presence in English language markets worldwide.
Under this arrangement, authors who have granted world or world English language rights of their books to HBG will have ebooks in English available for sale worldwide. Ebooks will go on sale immediately in the UK, Europe, Australia, India and Africa (through HUK’s ebook retail partners) and in South America, the Caribbean, and Asia in the coming weeks (through HBG’s ebook retail partners).
Advantages of this new arrangement include selling ebooks in local currency and with local market knowledge. In addition, HBG's ebooks will be available for promotion and inclusion in retailers' marketing programs in HUK's territories. Authors will receive full ebook royalties on these sales.
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announced today that Malala Yousafzai will share her remarkable story with young readers ages ten and up in a book titled I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. Cowritten with two-time National Book Award Finalist Patricia McCormick, I Am Malala will be simultaneously released in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook on August 5, 2014. The acquisition for world rights was made by Megan Tingley with Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown and Amanda Urban at ICM. I Am Malala will be edited by Farrin Jacobs, Editorial Director, and Elizabeth Bewley, Senior Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The book will be published in the UK by Orion Children’s Books, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK, and in France by Hachette Jeunesse, an imprint of Hachette Livre
In October 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range because she had the temerity to campaign for girls’ education. She survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world. Overnight, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and education for all. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way. The United Nations declared July 12, 2013—Malala’s 16th birthday—“Malala Day” in honor of her heroic stand to ensure universal education.
Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, is honored to announce the acquisition of Where Do We Go from Here? by Representative Paul Ryan. Editorial Director Sean Desmond acquired world rights from Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly LLP.
Where Do We Go from Here? will delve into the state of the conservative movement in America today, how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and what needs to be done to save the American Idea. It will challenge conventional thinking, renew the conservative vision for 2014 and beyond, and show how it is essential for the well-being of our communities and the future of our nation.
The book will be published in August 2014 and will be released in hardcover, eBook, and simultaneously as an audiobook by Hachette Audio. The contract will be submitted to the House Ethics Committee for approval. Consistent with House rules, Representative Ryan will not receive an advance from the publisher, but will receive royalties from sales.
Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new cookbooks by acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author and television personality Mario Batali. Karen Murgolo, VP, Editorial Director of Grand Central Life & Style acquired world rights at auction from Tony Gardner of Gardner Literary.
The first cookbook will be written by Batali and Washington Post writer Jim Webster, and will look at farmers and their top products in 12 American states across the country – from Maine to Seattle – and will include 70 recipes that utilize these local ingredients. Publication will be in the Fall of 2014.
The second cookbook will be Batali’s definitive look at American regional cuisine. Featuring over 250 recipes of Batali’s interpretations of the best dishes America has to offer, the cookbook will emphasize the inexpensive and the deceptively simple, celebrating the treasures of state fairs, the dishes of local rotary clubs and regional classics such as the BBQ styles of Texas, the Smokeys and the Carolinas and the seafood soups of Boston and New Hampshire, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific Northwest. Batali’s approach to regional American cuisine will reflect the same excitement and passion as his interpretations of Italian and Spanish traditional and regional cuisine. Publication will be in the Fall of 2015.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a memoir, STRONGER, by Jeff Bauman, the Boston Marathon bombings survivor who lost his legs during the attack but went on to identify the terrorists behind it and is making an inspirational recovery. The memoir will be written with six time New York Times bestselling co-writer Bret Witter (Dewey, Until I Say Goodbye, Until Tuesday).
Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing, acquired the North American rights from Anthony Mattero and Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media. STRONGER will be published in April 2014 to coincide with the first anniversary of the bombings.
Just prior to the first bomb going off at his feet, Bauman was surrounded by revelry at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, waiting for his girlfriend to finish. Shortly after the bombs went off, he became the face of the attack when a photo of him in a wheelchair with blackened clothing and a smoke smeared face, and in some versions including his severely injured legs, was being shown by press outlets throughout the world.
Reagan Arthur, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that it has been revealed in a Sunday Times (London) story that J. K. Rowling is the author of the novel THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The book was published by Little, Brown’s Mulholland Books imprint on April 30, 2013.
“We are pleased and proud to have published THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, and we're delighted by the response it has received from readers, reviewers and fellow writers. We are really looking forward to publishing the second book in the Strike series next summer,” said Reagan Arthur. “A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads ‘Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling.’”
Little, Brown has acquired astronaut Chris Hadfield’s first book AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH. Little, Brown acquired world rights, except Canada, from literary agent Rick Broadhead of Rick Broadhead & Associates. The book is scheduled for publication on October 29, 2013. The audiobook edition, read by Chris Hadfield himself, will release simultaneously from Hachette Audio.
Disney and Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced today Hachette’s agreement to purchase Disney’s adult trade publishing imprint, Hyperion. When the acquisition is completed, HBG will become the publisher of more than 1,000 books published by the Hyperion adult trade book division since its inception in 1991, as well as approximately 25 books scheduled for future publication.
John Parsley of Little, Brown US and Alan Samson of the Orion Publishing Group and have acquired the world English language rights for a memoir by John McEnroe, who is represented by IMG. It will be published in hardback by Little, Brown in the US and Orion in the UK in September 2014.
Ranked no. 1 in the world in singles for four consecutive years from 1981, John McEnroe was perhaps the most naturally skilled and controversial tennis champion of them all. During a Hall of Fame career, McEnroe’s unique prowess and passion on the court, and his transformation into the elder statesman of international tennis, remain undisputed, but what of the challenges of an ex-champion seeking reinvention? How did McEnroe tackle the psychological struggles he endured on the path to success as a broadcaster, businessman and gallery owner? His memoir is a personal odyssey, a blend of anecdote and reflection that re-evaluates the meaning of success.
In this revelatory account of his personal struggle, McEnroe disquiets and reassures in his own original and unadulterated voice. He writes as he plays, inspiring the reader while consolidating his status as one of the world’s legendary sportsmen.
Quarto, the world's leading international illustrated non-fiction book publisher and distribution group, is pleased to announce that it has entered into distribution agreements with Hachette Book Group in the US and Hachette UK.
From 1 January 2014 all order processing, customer services, credit control and fulfilment functions for Quayside Publishing Group in the US and Canada will be provided by Hachette Book Group.
Quarto publishing businesses Quayside Publishing Group, QED and Rotovision has also entered into a similar arrangement with Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Hachette UK, which will become effective from 1 July 2013.
A recent distribution agreement between Hachette UK and Aurum Publishing Group means that, from September, distribution for all Quarto’s UK publishing, previously provided by three separate distributors, will be consolidated with one distributor, Littlehampton Book Services.
Mulholland Books is thrilled to announce that MRC (House of Cards) and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will team up to adapt Lauren Beukes’s THE SHINING GIRLS for TV. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “The project marks a rare but splashy foray into TV for Appian, which previously made the environmental reality show Greensburg.” THE SHINING GIRLS, a stunning thriller about a time-traveling serial killer, is garnering remarkable praise as this summer’s must-read book, and it is the third novel from South African writer Lauren Beukes. Julian Friedmann at Blake Friedmann and Michael Prevett at the Gotham Group negotiated the deal.
Mulholland Books will publish THE SHINING GIRLS in the U.S. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4, but critics around the world have already emphatically praised the book: the New York Times’s Janet Maslin calls it an “expert hairraiser” and a “strong contender for this summer’s universal beach read,” and the New York Post says THE SHINING GIRLS “has got everyone talking…and some say it’s this summer’s answer to last year’s mega-hit Gone Girl.” The book is already a London Times Top Ten Bestseller.
Hachette Book Group (HBG) announced today that they will provide unabridged audiobook recordings free of charge to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress (LOC). By the end of 2013, HBG will begin making select backlist and new titles available, including new releases, through the NLS’s popular Talking Books program.
With this collaboration, HBG will help the NLS best serve their user base of close to 500,000 patrons of all ages, who are unable to read or handle regular print books. HBG’s providing high quality audiobook productions at no cost enables the NLS and LOC to save time and money they otherwise would have to spend to create their own versions of HBG’s audiobooks (they are legally entitled to do so through the Chafee Amendment, which allows groups producing specialized formats for the blind to record audios without getting permission from the copyright holder). In this way, HBG is able to contribute to a significant disability organization, and to reach readers hungry for good books.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a memoir by beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing, acquired the world rights from Paul Fedorko and Peter Goldberg of N.S. Bienstock, Inc. The as yet untitled memoir and accompanying audio book will be published in April 2014 with Raab editing.
In her new memoir, Roberts will tell the amazing story of her courageous battle against a life-threatening illness, the life lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.
"I am humbled that many have an interest, and draw strength from my on-going journey,” said Roberts. “I’m grateful for the prayers and well wishes of so many people. I'm thrilled that Jamie Raab and Grand Central Publishing will help me tell my story."
Tim Holman, SVP and Publisher of the Orbit division at Hachette Book Group in the US and the Orbit imprint of Little, Brown Book Group in the UK, will be returning to the UK with his family later this year. He moved from London to New York in 2006, to help set up Orbit in the US. From the UK, he will continue to oversee Orbit’s publishing programs in the US and UK and be making frequent trips to New York.
At the same time, Anne Clarke, currently Editorial Director of Orbit in the UK, will relocate from London to New York and take up the role of Deputy Publisher, reporting to Tim Holman. She will be overseeing both the Orbit and recently launched Redhook imprints. Tim Holman will continue to oversee Yen Press.
Tim Holman said: “I’ve hugely enjoyed my seven years in New York, launching two new imprints and establishing a new publishing division within HBG. We have two highly talented publishing teams in the US and UK, and I’m delighted that I’ll be continuing to work with both of them. Anne has been a brilliant Editorial Director for Orbit in the UK, and I know that she’ll be an equally brilliant Deputy Publisher in New York.”
Reagan Arthur, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired three plays by Ayad Akhtar, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer for Drama for his play Disgraced and author of the acclaimed debut novel American Dervish. Judith Clain, Editor-in-Chief of Little, Brown, acquired world rights from Donna Bagdasarian at Publication Riot Group, Inc. Little, Brown will publish Disgraced in the summer 2013, The Who and the What in the spring 2014, and The Invisible Hand in the summer 2015.
“At a time when our need for understanding of Islam in America is so great, this fearless, moving and humorous writer arrives, who, in each new work, pulls back the curtain a little further,” said Clain. “It’s an honor to share Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant work with the world.”
Hachette Book Group announced today that, beginning May 8, it will make its full ebook catalog, including new releases, available to nonprofit public and school libraries across the nation.
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL, an original e-book by journalist Michael J. Mooney to be published on April 23.
America has been fascinated with and has celebrated Chris Kyle—a U.S. Navy SEAL who is known as the most lethal sniper in the history of the American military—since well before Kyle was tragically shot and killed by another veteran on February 2 of this year. This desire to know much more about Kyle, and to pay proper tribute to his life, continues. On March 21, Dallas’s D Magazine published a major story about Chris Kyle by staff writer and contributor to GQ, Outside, and Grantland Michael J. Mooney, who had been spending time with Kyle and reporting intimately on him for over nine months before Kyle was killed. The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle goes beyond that magazine piece to give a fuller sense of Kyle, his life, and his death with more great and revealing stories. Mooney sheds light on Kyle working with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, showing them going to gun ranges and ranches, bonding over guns and whiskey and the camaraderie of fellow servicemen—a rough but often effective kind of group therapy.
Mooney also shares deeply personal and previously untold stories from Kyle’s childhood, anecdotes told exclusively to Mooney by Kyle’s wife and his closest friends about him in high school, in the rodeo, and growing up with two dreams: to be a cowboy and to be in the Marines. (Kyle ended up in the SEALs simply because the Marine recruiter was out to lunch when he first came into the recruitment building.)
Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown will publish in 2015 the definitive Paul McCartney biography, written with his approval by acclaimed and bestselling biographer Philip Norman. World English-language rights are shared by John Parsley in the United States and Alan Samson, publisher of nonfiction for Weidenfeld & Nicolson, in the United Kingdom, in a deal by Michael Sissons at PFD.
John Parsley said, “We are thrilled to publish Philip Norman’s biography of Paul McCartney. Paul has become an institution, immensely popular with and beloved by millions of fans, and the story of his getting and staying there deserves a deep, frank, fair book. I’d love to read this life in Norman’s hands.”
Alan Samson said, “This is one of the most exciting biographies we have ever commissioned, because Philip Norman is destined to be the ideal chronicler of Sir Paul’s extraordinary life.”
Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing announced today that Deb Futter has been named Publisher of Twelve. In addition to her new role, Futter remains Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Central Publishing.
Since coming to GCP in 2007, Futter has acquired numerous bestselling and acclaimed books including Scott Turow’s Innocent, Carole King’s memoir A Natural Woman, and Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty. Among the books she has already acquired and will be editing for the Twelve list include an untitled memoir by Barbara Ehrenreich, The History of Drinking by Susan Cheever, First Girl by New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, and a memoir by Alexandra Zapruder. Futter joined GCP six years ago after spending 25 years at various imprints at Random House. Some of the authors she edited there include Deborah Tannen, Peggy Orenstein, Pete Dexter and Jane Hamilton.
“The Twelve list is a jewel in the publishing landscape,” said Futter. “Since its inception, Twelve has been a singular publisher and I am excited to shepherd a new era for this illustrious imprint.”
Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Malala Yousafzai will tell her remarkable story in a book titled, I AM MALALA. Little, Brown acquired world rights and book is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2013.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, a fifteen-year-old Pakistani girl was shot in the face at point-blank range because she had the temerity to stand up to the Taliban. That girl, Malala Yousafzai, survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world. Overnight, Malala became a global symbol of peaceful protest and education for all. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way.
Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish a truly unique audiobook—PETE SEEGER: THE STORM KING—on April 9, 2013. THE STORM KING audio collection presents Pete Seeger’s captivating spoken words in new recordings as he tells his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—all set to new music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, Native American Music, and World Beat. “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before,” says Seeger, who will celebrate his ninety-fourth birthday May 3, 2013.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Trade Publishing today announced a new partnership with Hachette Book Group in key international markets including Latin America, South America, Asia and Europe. HBG will be responsible for sales, billing, returns, credit processing and collections services for HMH general interest titles and books for young readers. HMH will handle order fulfillment.
It was announced today that #1 bestselling author and two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee James Patterson will team up with two-time Miami Heat champion and New York Times bestselling author Dwyane Wade for a national online webcast for kids across the country called ONE ON ONE: Fundamentals with Dwyane Wade and James Patterson. In collaboration with NBA Cares, the Wade’s World Foundation, ReadKiddoRead and Hachette Book Group, ONE ON ONE will highlight the importance of reading for success in life and will air on April 25, 2013 at 1pm ET. The webcast will be available free of charge to schools, libraries, and for home viewing via www.JamesPattersonEvents.com, where viewers can sign up in advance to watch.
“As a new author, I am very excited to join forces with acclaimed author James Patterson to advocate the importance of literacy throughout the country,” said Wade, author of the New York Times bestseller A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball. “My foundation and I strive to educate children on the benefits of reading and the important role it plays in their lives by preparing them for success in school and in life.”
Grand Central Publishing (GCP) announced today a major initiative to expand its romance publishing program over the next two years. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year, GCP’s romance imprint Forever and its year-old e-book only imprint Forever Yours will expand from a 2012 list of 64 titles to approximately 120 titles in 2013 and over 190 titles in 2014. As part of this growth initiative, Forever will be adding to its editorial and marketing staff.
Forever is the home of bestselling writers Elizabeth Hoyt, Jill Shalvis, and Larissa Ione and in recent months has acquired rising stars Jessica Sorensen, Kelli Maine, and J.A. Redmerski. It publishes its titles in a mix of trade paperback, mass market, e-book and audio formats.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announces two exciting new initiatives for reaching the enthusiastic and growing young adult reading audience: the launch of NOVL, a new online hub for young adult book fans. Hosted on popular micro-blogging site Tumblr (at thenovl.com), this online initiative is intended to take readers beyond and behind the page of favorite titles new and old, and will feature original content based on Little, Brown’s bestselling and beloved young adult books and authors.
The mission of NOVL states: “We believe:
Michael Pietsch, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company and incoming CEO of Hachette Book Group, announced today that Reagan Arthur will become Little, Brown's Senior Vice President and Publisher. Arthur, currently Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books, a Little, Brown imprint, assumes her new role on April 1, when Pietsch takes over as CEO. She will also join Hachette's Executive Management Board at that time.
Arthur arrived at Little, Brown in 2001 and in 2008 was named VP, Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books. Among the many bestselling and prizewinning writers she has acquired and edited are Tina Fey, author of the million-copy-selling #1 bestsellerBossypants, National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris, Whitbread Award winner Kate Atkinson, and numerous New York Times bestselling writers including Elin Hilderbrand, George Pelecanos, and Ian Rankin. Elizabeth Kostova's novel The Historian, which Arthur acquired, was the first debut novel ever to go to #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list its first week on sale. In 2012 alone two Reagan Arthur Books first novels, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, were New York Times bestsellers.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition today of the next major book by Kitty Kelley, the award-winning author of # 1 New York Times bestselling biographies of Oprah Winfrey, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, the Bush family and Frank Sinatra. Jamie Raab, President and Publisher of Grand Central Publishing acquired the North American rights from Wayne Kabak, CEO of WSK Management, LLC. The tentative publication date for the new book and accompanying audio edition is Spring 2016 with Raab editing.
With the largest number of women serving in the nation’s history-- 20 women in the U.S. Senate and 78 in the House of Representatives -- Kelley will investigate their influence on the 113th Congress in her new book. She will focus on the Senate, known as “the world’s most exclusive club,” which has been traditionally white and male but is now, according to Kelley, “divinely diverse and one-fifth female.”
Kelley, who lives in Washington, D.C. and worked in the U.S. Senate for four years, says: “As a woman who cheers the accomplishments of other women on both sides of the aisle, I come to this project with a positive bias, and I am eager to learn if the combined talents and collegiality of women will make a difference in the way our laws are made and the country’s business is conducted. More importantly, through in-depth reporting I will try to answer the question that so many are asking: can the presence of women break the ugly gridlock now choking Congress?”
Click here to read the article on Publishers Weekly.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish THE LORDS OF SALEM—a terrifying story straight from the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie—on March 12, 2013. The novel is based on the original screenplay by Rob Zombie and written with multiple award-winning horror author B.K. Evenson. THE LORDS OF SALEM plunges readers into a nightmarish world where the sins of Salem are paid for in today’s blood.
Executive Editor Ben Greenberg preempted World rights from David Vigliano at Vigliano Associates. Translation rights have already been licensed to Heyne (Germany), Like (Finland) and Newton Compton (Italy). Hachette Audio will release an unabridged audio edition.
“As a horror junkie and a fan of Rob’s work, I am thrilled that GCP will be publishing this novel,” said Greenberg. “THE LORDS OF SALEM is Rob's first original horror story since the great The Devil’s Rejects, and it delivers exactly what his fans have been waiting for."
Hachette Book Group (HBG) is proud to announce the premiere of its video contribution to the It Gets Better Project. This video is the culmination of an employee-driven initiative by LGBT staff and allies who contributed their time and talents to send a message of hope to teens being bullied because of their sexuality. It’s a statement of support from HBG and its employees, and a reminder that it really does get better.
The theme of HBG’s It Gets Better video is “write your own future.” According to project leader Paul Florez, “The publishing industry is such a unique and colorful world. It’s full of so many different people from all walks of life, each with their own stories of grief and triumph. We really wanted to capture our LGBT employees’ stories and give the world a glimpse at a very progressive industry that values individualism. I’m so proud to be working at a company that views me as an equal and brings to light the struggles of LGBT youth.”
“What a privilege it is to be part of an industry that is, by and large, free of prejudice,” said Hachette Book Group CEO David Young. “Our industry is based on the telling of stories. These stories should help and inspire people, and I believe they will.”
See the video here: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/itgetsbetter/
Michael Pietsch, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired North American publication rights to Nolan Ryan’s The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook. The book is scheduled for publication in May 2014.
Nolan Ryan is known for his prowess on the baseball diamond. The only player in the Major Leagues to have his number retired by three different teams, he also holds the single-season and career major-league strikeout records, and the Guinness World Record for throwing the fastest baseball ever, clocked at 100.9 miles per hour. Ryan has pitched seven no-hitters, a major-league record, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is currently a member of the owner’s group as well as , president and CEO of the Texas Rangers.
But ever since he bought his first heifer at the tender age of ten, ranching has been close to Nolan Ryan’s heart. Ryan was one of the first baseball players to sign a contract worth $1 million. He invested his earnings in a ranch. While still pitching for the Texas Rangers he was asked to run for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, and during this period in his career, he started to compile his favorite beef recipes.
Hachette Digital today announced the launch of Hachette Book Group's EPUB3 program. Hachette Digital is committed to the EPUB3 format, which allows greater flexibility in representing enhanced content, including interactive covers, embedded multimedia and interactivity, pop-up screens for end-notes, and melded audio and text, as well as improved navigation of reference content, creating a high-quality digital reading experience.
Hachette Book Group is releasing 16 titles in EPUB3 from November 2012 to March 2013. These titles cover many genres ¬ from psychology (Po Bronson's NurtureShock), to memoir (Elton John's Love is the Cure) to business (William Poundstone's Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?).
HBG'ss popular health and fitness titles ¬ Jackie Warner's This Is Why You're Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever), The DASH Diet Action Plan, Rocco DeSpirito's Now Eat This! 100 Quick Calorie Cuts at Home, and Making Babies by Sami David MD and Jill Blakeway, among others ¬ will greatly benefit from the enhancements that EPUB3 offers.
EPUB3 opens new doors for illustrated titles ¬ for young and adult readers alike ¬ in digital form, and HBG will offer Todd Parr's Otto Goes to Camp and James Patterson¹s young adult novel Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life as well as classic cookbooks such as The Flavor Bible and Vegan Cooking for Carnivores. EPUB3 will enable HBG to give readers a far richer reading experience.
Hachette plans to publish all standard novels in EPUB3 by March 2013.
Hachette Book Group President and COO Ken Michaels said "HBG's goal is to get our authors' works out to consumers as broadly as possible, with the most engaging experience for readers regardless of device or platform, along with high quality aesthetics and entertainment. To do this in a world of rapid technological change, the industry needs standards like EPUB3 that enable awider range of publishing creativity in handling complex layouts, rich media and interactivity capabilities. This EPUB3 release is an exciting step forward in our publishing program and will greatly benefit our readers as the industry fully recognizes the potential and fully adopts this important standard."
Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s memoir for publication in 2014.
“My family’s story of intergenerational struggle for success is one that so many Americanscan relate to,” said Mayor Castro. “Were it not for the sacrifices made by my mother and grandmother, and without the competitive, fascinating, and unique relationship with my twin, Joaquin, I would not be where I am today.”
A thirty-eight-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. Many Americans saw his inspiring keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In that speech he shared part of his remarkable, uniquely American personal story.
Lagardère released its results for third quarter 2012 today. Highlights of the company’s performance are as follows:
At Lagardère: The Lagardère group’s activity “held up well, notably thanks to a return to sales growth at Lagardère Publishing and continued development in Travel Retail at Lagardère Services,” according to the company’s press release. The Group delivered net sales for the third quarter of €1.963B (-0.4% on a like-for-like basis and -1% on a reported basis).
At Hachette Livre: Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing) delivered net sales of €626M, up 4.2% in reported terms and up .1% like-for-like. Of note during the third quarter was the stellar performance by General Literature, which rose sharply in France (+12.4%), the UK (+17%), and the US (+7.3%), thanks to the release of JK Rowling’s THE CASUAL VACANCY on September 27. This solid performance by General Literature helped offset the slowdown in the company’s education business in France, Spain, and the UK. Digital continues to grow within the publishing division, accounting for 20% of total third-quarter Adult trade book sales in both the US and the UK, representing 6.4% of total net sales for Hachette Livre.
At Hachette Book Group: While net revenues were up 6% in the third quarter, on a year to date basis HBG’s sales are still below the prior year. Digital sales at HBG increased 3% compared with the third quarter of 2011. Digital represents 20% of HBG's net sales, consistent with last year.
HBG had 184 titles – including 27 #1s – on the New York Times bestseller list thus far in 2012. We have surpassed our year-end total of 182 bestselling titles in 2011. In addition, 59 titles hit the New York Times ebook bestseller list. The key titles driving HBG sales for the third quarter include LOW PRESSURE by Sandra Brown, CHANGE YOUR WORDS CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Joyce Meyer, I DECLARE by Joel Osteen, I, MICHAEL BENNETT by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, NEVERMORE by James Patterson, THE CASUAL VACANCY by JK Rowling, and THE BEST OF ME by Nicholas Sparks.
HBG rounds out 2012 with a superb fall list that includes THE FORGOTTEN by David Baldacci, AMERICA AGAIN by Stephen Colbert, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Chris Colfer, THE PANTHER byNelson DeMille, THE BLACK BOX by Michael Connelly, I FUNNY by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR? by Lemony Snicket, BACK TO BLOOD by Tom Wolfe, and CROSS ROADS by Paul Young.
Michael Pietsch, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired rock and roll legend John Fogerty’s memoir for publication in 2014.
In his long-awaited memoir, John Fogerty—one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums—will recount his remarkable life. Fogerty’s private and professional journey is one of the great sagas in American music, and his book will interweave the facts of his life with the music that emerged from his personal joys and battles. This includes his time as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for one of the most beloved and successful rock bands of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Evan Schnittman, EVP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Hachette Book Group, has announced a new structure for HBG’s sales force that will bring the sales and marketing functions in line with the changing book market – unifying print and digital sales, and integrating research and analytics into HBG’s overall sales strategy.
HBG will not be reducing headcount as part of the re-alignment announced today. We are changing our current structure to enable HBG to meet the needs and challenges of our ever-shifting world, where digital has made a deep and lasting impression on the way HBG sells and the customers we sell to, the platforms we advertise on, and the manner and type of content we publish.
This re-alignment includes the following hires and promotions:
Chris Murphy has been promoted to Senior Vice President of the newly created Retail Sales department, which will consist of 5 sub-departments: National Accounts, CBA, Clients and Nashville, Young Reader Sales, & National Field Force.
We have hired David Bowers as SVP of Sales Strategy & Operations (SSO), a new group within HBG’s sales department. David comes to HBG from Oxford University Press where he has been Global VP of Business Development and Publisher, Oxford Academic Dictionaries. David will oversee both operations in sales (analytics, retail promotion, retailer services, ebook platforms services, metadata optimization, business modeling, and key author liaising) and Online Retailer and Jobber accounts.
The third group, International, Canada, & Special Markets (ICS), will continue to be led by Jean Griffin, VP ICS and Publishing Director, Ansel Adams.
Additional changes in the Sales department:
• Rick Cobban, has been named Vice President of National Accounts.
• HBG’s ID and Field Sales teams will be brought together under Mike Heuer who will be promoted to Executive Director, National Field Force.
• Rich Tullis will expand his role as Channel Director, Online Retail & Jobbers.
• Karen Torres has been promoted to VP Account Marketing & Retail Operations.
• Andy LeCount has been promoted to Channel Director, Chains.
• Linda Jamison has been promoted to Channel Director, Merch & Clubs.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced today that it will publish a new book by bestselling author and comedian Chelsea Handler. The book, to be called, 50 SHADES OF CHARTREUSE: This Time It’s Personal, will be published under the A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing® Publishing imprint of Grand Central Publishing. The book is slated for publication in October 2013.
Chelsea Handler said, "This sounds to me like one big wiki leak."
Beth de Guzman, VP, Editor-in-Chief, Paperbacks, who acquired the book for Grand Central Publishing, said, “Publishing Chelsea and partnering with her on her imprint have been ridiculously fun. And the new book is groundbreaking. Bigger stories, smaller type. We can’t wait to publish it.”
September 13, 2012, New York, NY—Michael Pietsch, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Little, Brown has acquired Carlos Santana’s highly anticipated autobiography for publication in 2014.
By the grace of God, dedication, and intense personal effort, Carlos Santana has reached unprecedented heights as a Mexican-born, internationally acclaimed artist. Carlos has spent his life as the embodiment of the dreams and aspirations of the invisible people all over this world. Being recognized by all who hear a single note is a God-given miracle. This gift has been bestowed on a select few: Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John McLaughlin, and, of course, Carlos Santana.
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, officially confirmed today that it will publish WHY I LEFT GOLDMAN SACHS: A Wall Street Story by Greg Smith. The book is scheduled to be published on October 22, 2012.
“Many people on Main Street distrust Wall Street right now, yet few can put their finger on why. Greg Smith’s candid account of his years at Goldman Sachs does just that,” says Jamie Raab, Executive VP of Hachette Book Group & Publisher, Grand Central Publishing. “Reading about his adventures as he rose from an idealistic intern to a vice-president, who felt the world’s most prestigious bank had lost its way, helped me finally understand how an elite few enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us. Just as Greg’s New York Times Op-Ed touched off a firestorm last spring, this book will be a call to action for genuine financial reform.”
Arnaud Nourry, Chairman of Hachette Livre, announced today that after seven years at the helm of Hachette Book Group, David Young has decided to return to the UK to be with his family. His last day as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group will be March 31, 2013. He will remain Chairman of HBG and will return to the U.S. approximately one week per month.
Effective April 1, 2013, Michael Pietsch, now Executive Vice President of HBG and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, will succeed David Young as Chief Executive Officer of HBG, assuming full responsibility for the company’s profitability and direction. He will report to David Young and will begin immediately the search for a new Publisher for the division that he has led for the past 11 years.
Effective immediately, Ken Michaels, HBG’s Chief Operating Officer, is promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. Ken Michaels joined HBG in 2009 and has overseen major contributions to HBG and Hachette Livre with the Order to Cash and Digital Asset Distribution platform, among many other systems enhancements. He is also responsible for HBG’s important third-party distribution services that will see the return of Disney and Hyperion in the second quarter of 2013.
In the UK, David Young on June 1, 2013 will assume the role of Deputy Chief Executive of Hachette UK and Chief Executive Officer of The Orion Publishing Group, a division of Hachette UK. In that capacity he will report to HUK’s CEO, Tim Hely Hutchinson. Tim Hely Hutchinson has today announced that Peter Roche will retire, in June 2013, from his role as Deputy CEO of Hachette UK and CEO of The Orion Publishing Group, the company he co-founded in 1992 and which he has led for the past 10 years.
David Young will also chair Hachette Livre’s Chief Operating Officers’ council, covering France, UK, USA and Spain, to help all parts of Hachette Livre benefit from his understanding of the publishing processes, systems, and efficiency. In this role and in his capacity as Chairman of HBG, he will report to Arnaud Nourry.