Harlan Coben Inks Four-Book Deal With Dutton

Author Harlan Coben has landed a four-book deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Ben Sevier, vice president and editor-in-chief at Dutton, will continue to edit Coben’s manuscripts. Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency negotiated the deal on Coben’s behalf. Here’s more from the press release: “With more than...

B&N’s Nook Partners With ESI Media on UK Literacy Push

Barnes & Noble’s Nook Media has forged a partnership with ESI Media, the commercial department of The London Evening Standard and The Independent, for an initiative that promotes reading in London schools with low literacy rates. The Get London Reading program, now in its second year will encourage reading in a number of ways.There will be a...

Oprah Winfrey, Dav Pilkey, & David Mitchel Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel: “Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door...

Elizabeth Gilbert Shares Weird Advice on Passion

Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert appeared at the Atlanta stop for Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend. Gilbert revealed on Facebook that she gave a presentation urging attendees to be “the hero of your own life’s story.” During a Q&A with Winfrey and other guest speakers, Gilbert shared some odd advice on passion. For those who...

Publishing Jobs: Quirk Books, Phaidon, Random House

This week, Quirk Books is hiring an acquisitions editor, and Phaidon needs a senior publicist. Meanwhile, Random House is seeking a brand manager and paperback publishing manager for Random House Children’s. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Acquisitions Editor Quirk Books (Philadelphia, PA) Senior Publicist...

The 5 Attributes of a Successful Ghostwriter

BY KELLY JAMES-ENGER I’ve been writing about making money as a freelancer for well over a decade now. I have written five books, dozens of articles and hundreds of blog posts about the subject. I get many questions, and lately many of those have been about the field of ghostwriting. What is ghostwriting? How lucrative...

PEN American Center Kicks Off Fall Event Series

PEN American Center has kicked off its Fall events series, a lineup of discussions featuring writers, musicians and critics around New York City. The first night, which took place this past Tuesday, was called ”What Can’t Be Sung” and featured a discussion between The New Yorker‘s music writer Sasha Frere-Jones, Chinese author/filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and the singer-songwriter...

James Franco’s New Book ‘Hollywood Dreaming’ Arrives This Month

Actor/director James Franco has a new book coming out from Insight Editions later on this month called Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems. In his latest work, The Paris American’s “Poet of the Week” from April, tells his story of coming up in Hollywood through poetry, short stories, photos and paintings. USA Today has an excerpt of the new...

Ronald Miskoff & Liz Fuerst Collaborate On ’9/11 Stories: The Children’

Ronald Miskoff and Liz Fuerst, two professors from the Rutgers University Department of Journalism & Media Studies, have compiled a digital anthology entitled 9/11 Stories: The Children. The stories were sourced from the 9/11 Student Journalism Project. The participating student reporters spoke with 20 children who lost a parent and 1 parent who lost a child from the...

Happy Birthday Oyster: eBook Subscription Business Turns 1

eBook subscription service Oyster is turning 1! The venture-capital backed service lets readers pay $9.95 a month for access to as many eBooks as they can read. Since its launch last year, the playing field has gotten more competitive. Amazon launched a similar offering in July. Over the past year, the Nexflix-for-books service has grown its list of 100,000 eBook...

A Curious Case in Texas: When Promoting a Book Becomes a Campaign Finance No No

Wendy Davis is running for office. She also has a book out. We’ve seen this all before. No big deal, right? No big deal except for the fact that this is Texas and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s memoir includes an abortion. The last time Davis spoke personally about abortion (specifically, the ending of an ectopic...

GalleyCat Exclusive: New York Times to Launch 12 New Monthly Best Sellers Lists

The New York Times team plans to implement several changes to the book review section over the next few months. Henceforth, The New York Times Book Review will feature twelve new best sellers lists. These new monthly lists will cover the following genres: politics, business, travel, humor, family, relationships, animals, religion, spirituality and faith, celebrities, food...