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World Teachers’ Day

As the child of not one but two teachers, I had to celebrate with this infographic. If you can read books, thank a teacher!

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Top 10 Ways to De-Stress in a Multi-Book Deal

My fantasy author/client, J.M. Frey (@scifrey), has landed her second three-book publishing deal in less than a year. Ambitious. Terrifying. She must have a plan or face total annihilation!!! And she’s nice enough to share her top 10 tips for surviving the next two years with six books to write, edit, and promote. THE STRESS […]

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TEEN FUSE: Gideon’s War (Guest Blog Post)

I have known award-winning children’s author, Douglas Rees, for a long, long time. When Fuse Literary acquired the assets of Ambush Books, a publishing company that Doug and I founded three years ago, we were thrilled that four of his young adult historical fiction titles would once again shine in the spotlight. Doug is a […]

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Under His Spell

Happy Book Birthday to Linda Wisdom for Under His Spell from Joyride Books. It’s a contemporary romance that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, where two local kids “conjure” up a husband for their divorced mom. While the hero is all flesh and blood, the romance is pure magic. Touches of gothic haunts abound, as well […]

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Half-Million Dollar Deal for Michael J. Sullivan

I am so proud to tell you all that we just inked a $540,000 deal for epic fantasy and science fiction author Michael J. Sullivan of Riyria fame. Hadrian and Royce would be so proud of their Creator. Read the anatomy of the deal here: http://www.fuseliterary.com/anatomy-of-a-half-million-dollar-deal/

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Happy Book Birthday, Riding the Odds!

I love science fiction. I love romance. I love adventure. And, apparently, I also love sentient tattoos! This book has it all. And it’s a rollicking ride to boot. Give it a try. It’s only $1.99, but that price won’t last. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24467261-riding-the-odds

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Vote for The Forever Song!

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Foreword Literary Becomes Fuse Literary!

October 10, 2014—San Francisco Bay Area—Foreword Literary, the hybrid literary agency launched in March of 2013, is rebranding as Fuse Literary following an out of court settlement with Fore Word Magazine, Inc. Fuse Literary will continue to operate as normal, focusing on customized blending of traditional and emerging aspects of book publishing for their author-clients. […]

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Amazon versus Hachette: the authors lose

I was recently interviewed on a great podcast called The Shared Desk run by two of my clients: veteran podcasters Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine. Give us a listen if you want to hear my views on the ongoing battle between Amazon and Hachette Books over ebook royalty rates and other sundry things. Pundits are […]

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News Corp Buys Harlequin

Parent company to HarperCollins, News Corp., is buying Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation for $415 million in cash and will make it a division of HarperCollins. Harlequin’s headquarters will remain in Toronto, as will the offices of HarperCollins Canada. Founded in 1949 and bought by Torstar in 1981, Harlequin publishes more than 110 titles monthly […]

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