HarperCollins’ New Website Design Focuses on E-Commerce

HarperCollins Publishers has redesigned its website with new capabilities that make it easier for readers to buy books directly from the publisher, in a move to have a more direct relationship with its customers. The site allows bookworms to purchase print, eBook and audiobook titles directly from the publisher. The update also includes new author tools...

Australian Ad Agency Launches a Line of ‘Game of Thrones’ Wines

Common Ventures, an Australian-based ad agency, has been working on a line of Game of Thrones-themed wines. According to the company website, “The Wines of Westeros” are not officially affiliated with the popular HBO adaptation; the executives launched this “side project” because they love the show. Fans can enjoy twelve different varietals; each one represents...

Ripples in Opperman’s Pond by Doug Zipes Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Ripples in Opperman’s Pond Author: Doug Zipes Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 288 Genre: Thriller Format: Ebook Purchase at AMAZON Identical twins Dorian and Daniel Sloane grow up inseparable, sharing the same tubes of toothpaste as children and their lives as adults. Loyalty proven many times, they have been saving each other since the day Dorian...

Rebecca Dinerstein Inks Deal with Bloomsbury For Debut Novel

Writer Rebecca Dinerstein (pictured, via) has landed a deal with Bloomsbury for her debut novel, The Sunlit Night. Editor Lea Beresford negotiated the deal with Union Literary agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler to secure world rights. Alexa von Hirschberg, an editor based in the UK division of Bloomsbury, will edit the manuscript. The publisher plans to release...

Harry Potter Reconnects With Old Pals to Watch the World Cup in New JK Rowling Piece

JK Rowling has published a new piece starring Harry Potter for the Harry Potter fan site Pottermore.com. In the 1,500 word piece, which is called Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final, reads as a gossip column written by the Daily Prophet’s Gossip Correspondent Rita Skeeter. In the piece, Harry hangs out with his old friends...

Editing Poetry: “Say It or Don’t Say It”

As poet and Pulitzer nominee Clifford Brooks states below, “…just as it is crucial that a writer creates his or her own voice, the way we edit is also a matter of self-discovery.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m a true believer in the idea that no two poets create or edit the same way, nor...

Interview with Gail Graham, author of ‘Will Your Dog Reincarnate?’

Gail Graham is the author of seven other books, published both in the United States and in Australia, where she lived and worked as a journalist, editor and academic for 32 years. Her novel Crossfire has been translated into French, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish and was awarded one of Germany’s most prestigious literary prizes,...

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘Gone Girl’ Movie

Twentieth Century Fox has unleashed a new trailer for the Gone Girl movie adaptation. The video embedded above offers scenes with the characters Nick Dunne, Amy Dunne, Desi Collings, Detective Rhonda Boney, and Detective Jim Gilpin. Over the July 4th holiday weekend, The Huffington Post unveiled a promotional poster featuring a photo that showcases “the...

Macmillan to Donate to the Kids’ Right to Read Project in Honor of the Late Nancy Garden

Writer Nancy Garden has died. She was 76-years-old. The New York Times reports that Garden became most well-known for her 1982 young adult book entitled Annie On My Mind; it was one of the first to feature a lesbian relationship. Since its publication, “the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies and has never been out of print.”...

Best of BTB: The “New” Agents

For the book business in 2014, everything is new – for proof, turn to the news media, which breathlessly covers the breaking stories as if filing dispatches from a war. Self-publishing particularly receives attention, and is often pitched as a David and Goliath tale. Once the dirty word of the book world, “self-publishing” is transforming...

5 People You Need on Your Team When You Self-publish a Kids’ Book

By Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod It doesn’t quite take a village but you might be surprised at how many people you should have on your team to self-publish a children’s book. Today I’d like to welcome children’s author Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod to The Book Designer. Are you an island? According to poet John Donne, the answer...

Publishing Jobs: Verso Books, Oxford University Press, Greenleaf Book Group

This week, Verso Books is hiring a marketing manager, while Oxford University Press is seeking a development editor. Greenleaf Book Group needs a print buyer, and Quarto Publishing Group is on the hunt for an acquiring editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro. Marketing Manager...