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Happy Holidays!

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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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Kindle Unlimited Creates 2-Tiers for Authors

Amazon jumped into the book subscription service with both feet over the weekend with their Kindle Unlimited program. My client Michel J. Sullivan wrote a great article for Digital Book World about how the subscription service creates a two-tier system for authors depending on whether you are traditionally or self-published. I can’t say it any […]

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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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Goodreads Author Tips

As a former marketing pro with 25+ years in that industry before I became a literary agent a decade ago, I am bullish on establishing a strong author brand. I speak about it a lot at conferences and in webinars. So I was delighted that a recent Forbes magazine article entitled “The Strongest Brand in […]

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My client, AR Kahler, Nominated for 2 Book Awards!

My client, debut fantasy author A.R. Kahler has made me a proud mama today by sharing the news that his The Immortal Circus fantasy trilogy (Amazon 47North) has been nominated for two awards for 2013: The Endeavor Award for best science fiction or fantasy written by a Pacific Northwest author and published in the previous […]

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Wild 2014 Publishing Predictions

If you’re wondering what to expect in the new year, hop on over to Foreword Literary’s blog and see what zany predictions we cooked up in our last staff meeting of 2013. Remember that this was at the end of an hour long Facebook chat, so forgive us in advance if we got a bit […]

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Iron King Motion Comic Debuts!

Here’s a great idea for a stocking stuffer! The best-selling young adult novel The Iron King has been transformed into a new medium – a comic book series and now an interactive digital comic book.  Bluewater Productions has released the first two issues of the 4-issue mini series. Bluewater Productions has partnered with Piglion Studios […]

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Congratulations to the 2013 Goodreads Winners!

From Publisher’s Marketplace: Goodreads.com announced the winners of their Goodread Choice Awards, based on close to 2 million online votes. Among the 20 winners: Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini Mystery & Thriller: Inferno, Dan Brown Historical Fiction: Life After Life, Kate Atkinson Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman […]

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