August 16, 2009 |
If you love books, or know a little about the publishing industry, here are 10 reasons why Steve Hely's first novel, "How I Became a Famous Novelist" (Grove Atlantic/Black Cat: 322 pp., $14 paper), will hit you like "This Is Spinal Tap." In fact, in honor of Spinal Tap, let's crank that number to 11. 1. Hely has written for David Letterman and has a dry, sharp wit. 2. If anyone can write a rollicking satire of the publishing world, this is the guy. 3. Hely's protagonist, Pete Tarslaw, is an underemployed, underwashed liberal arts slacker who cooks up the idea of becoming a famous novelist to make his soon-to-be-married ex-girlfriend jealous.
January 4, 1989 |
Further consolidating the $1-billion-a-year music publishing industry, CBS Records has acquired Nashville-based Tree International Publishing, long considered the top country music publisher and the last locally owned publishing company in the country music capital.
June 4, 1990 |
Robert Maxwell, a leading publisher in Britain who has gone on a buying spree in the U.S. publishing industry in recent years, said today he is in talks to buy a major American newspaper. Maxwell, speaking at the annual meeting of one of his companies, Berlitz International Inc., declined to identify his target but said the property is valued "obviously in the mid-hundreds of millions." Speculation centered on the Tribune Co.'s high-circulation but marginally profitable New York Daily News.
February 24, 2006 |
Author James Frey, who admitted last month that he made up much of his bestselling memoir "A Million Little Pieces," has been dropped by his publisher, Riverhead Books, Frey's representative said Thursday. Frey's unmasking and public confession to Oprah Winfrey, whose endorsement catapulted the drug-rehab memoir to the top of the bestseller list, has rocked the U.S. publishing industry, stirring debate about the nature of memoirs and the importance of accuracy.
April 17, 1997 |
Publishing industry observers were startled Wednesday by the announcement that Landon Y. Jones Jr., the top editor of People magazine for more than seven years, is moving to a corporate position within Time Inc. Jones, whose title is managing editor, will be succeeded by Carol Wallace, who has been deputy managing editor for three years and has presided over such annual franchises as the "50 Most Beautiful People" issue. People has a weekly circulation of 3.
February 9, 1991 |
The book business has a message for Cable News Network's Peter Arnett: "Phone home." Arnett, who has stirred controversy with his dramatic if heavily censored reports from bomb-plagued Baghdad, is suddenly one of the publishing industry's hottest commodities--in absentia. Hungry editors and agents are convinced that an uncensored, no-holds-barred book by the veteran war correspondent would be an enormous seller both in the United States and abroad. "He's perfect. He's right there.
June 16, 2011 |
Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging Amazon.com Inc.'s top-selling e-reader with material that is far from being book-worthy and threatening to undermine the company's entry into publishing. Thousands of digital books, called e-books, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense. Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.
November 7, 1997 |
Stephen King's novels have sent a shiver up readers' spines for more than 20 years. His new book deal may have a similar effect on publishers. Viacom Inc.-owned Simon & Schuster said Thursday that it had struck an unprecedented deal with King, whereby he will take a smaller-than-expected advance in exchange for sharing half the profit generated by his next three books.
March 8, 1992 |
Norman Mailer's editor has just read the author's latest manuscript. "Great story, Norm. Loved it! But instead of calling it 'Harlot's Ghost,' we want to go with "Murder Most Foul at the CIA." "Put more sex in it," advises John Updike's editor after looking over the new novel. "Oh, and John, we need a pen name for this. Something like Lola LaBlue?" Ridiculous? Only if you're up there with Norman and John in the literary stratosphere.