THIS WEEK in publishing:
Of course, of course. I should have known that my post about how great it is to live in San Francisco would spawn an earthquake. But it was very small (4.2) and no literary agents were harmed.
In actual publishing news, Random UK has been split asunder! Actually they’ve just reorganized themselves into two separate divisions. On one side you have CHA (aka “the Jets”), comprised of Century, Hutchinson, William Heinemann, Arrow, Random House Audio and Random House Books. And on the other you have CCV (aka “the Sharks”), comprised of Jonathan Cape, Chatto & Windus, Harvill Secker, Yellow Jersey Press, Vintage and Pimlico. The two new companies plan to snap their fingers as they walk down the street, engage in balletic knife battles, and fight for the hand of Maria.
Did you read CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN and IT’S NO SECRET: FROM NAS TO JAY-Z, FROM SEDUCTION TO SCANDAL — A HIP-HOP HELEN OF TROY TELLS ALL and think to yourself, “Wow, I sure wish there were more books like this!” Well, you’re in luck. The latest in the burgeoning genre of celebrity tell-all books (and I mean tell-all) was released this week: SECRETS OF A HOLLYWOOD SUPER MADAM by Jody “Babydol” (sic) Gibson. The LA Times is, of course, all over this story, and has the scoop here.
Man, people sure love them some secrets. Simon & Schuster just announced that they have gone back to press for a ridonkulous, pretty much unprecedented two million copy reprint for THE SECRET. Two million. To put that in perspective, that’s a two… with six zeroes after it. The ridonkulous, pretty much unprecedented reprinting brings THE SECRET up to 3.75 million copies in print. I guess author Rhonda Byrne used the secret 4,000 years in the making and thought really hard about selling a bazillion copies, which so far is working.
And finally, a big happy birthday to THE CAT IN THE HAT, who turned 50 this week. If The Cat is anything like my parents, he will now commence complaining that he is too young to be receiving mailings from the AARP.
Have a great weekend everyone!