Agent Savant

The musings of literary agent Laurie McLean

Archive for October, 2012

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg Signs at Keplers Books

My colleague, fellow agent Bookalicious Pam (far right), signed two anthologies and read selections of her writing at Keplers Books in Menlo Park on Halloween Eve. She must have come as a GHOST-writer! Notice Magical Mayhem in front of her! Pick up a copy for Halloween.

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Penguin House?

Here’s a great article from Shelf Awareness about the potential merger of Random House and Penguin, comedically referred to as either Penguin House or Random Penguin. I even like the logo they came up with as a spoof. But they make a variety of good points to consider. Well worth the read:

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Two of the Big Six in Merger Talks

O.M.Golly. Today I just read that Random House is in discussions with Pearson, owner of Penguin, on a possible merger. I keep telling everyone who will listen that I believe Amazon is going to buy either HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster. This totally blindsided me. Wowza. Wonder if it will really happen. Can you see […]

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Disney Channel Options Awkward by Marni Bates

Here’s the press release: For Immediate Release                    Disney Channel Options Awkward by Kensington Author Marni Bates Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY – October 23, 2012 – The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles today announced that The Disney Channel has optioned the teen novel Awkward by Marni Bates to be made into a television […]

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Fun video of Julie Kagawa on television

Oh my. Look at the masquerade-ball-throwing YA authors from Louisville, Kentucky!–174588971.html  

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Oyster will be Spotify for eBooks!

Digital Book World broke the story today that new eBook subscription service, Oyster, has received $3 million in funding to become the Spotify for eBooks. With a monthly subscription to Oyster, you could read as many books as you wish from their catalog. There are more details here on this exciting announcement! Of course there […]

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Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ sells half in eBooks!

An interesting point was made earlier this week by Little Brown’s publisher Michael Pietsch. Yes, J.K. Rowling’s first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, has exceeded their sales expectations, selling 375,000 hardcover copies in six days, which he believes will make it the bestselling hardcover in 2012. Then the other shoe dropped. Since Nielsen BookScan reported […]

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