Bob Miller has kept pretty quiet on HarperStudio since his departure in March led the imprint to shutter. But with a recent speech at Book Net Canada, he seemed to admit defeat. The central tenets of the HarperStudio project proved implausible: Yes, the cap on advances made it difficult to compete for some Read More
Bob Miller has unveiled the 23 titles that will make up his first list at HarperStudio, the imprint he started last spring at HarperCollins with the goal of finding a model for book publishing that doesn’t rely on paying authors outsize advances or allowing retailers to return unsold stock. Mr. Miller’s announcement, which he Read More
It was a small party on Steve Rubin’s roof last night, not a big party. Just two "civilians" there, as Jane Friedman, the guest of honor, put it—everyone else was either a publishing executive, an editor, a high-powered literary agent, or a member of her family.
Bob Miller, head of the Harper Studio imprint at Read More
A few months have passed since Bob Miller left his longtime post atop Hyperion to start an experimental new imprint at HarperCollins designed to avoid big advances and bookstore returns—two of the most crippling structural issues facing contemporary publishing. So far, Mr. Miller has been operating quietly by himself, using his time to meet Read More
Publishers sure do love it when sick professors write books. First, Randy Pausch, the terminally ill computer scientist from Carnegie Mellon, sold his book The Last Lecture to Bob Miller, then the president of Hyperion, for a reported $6.7 million. And now, “Singin’ Scientist” Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist who suffered a massive stroke in Read More
Literary agents at ICM are preparing for a visit from Bob Miller, the veteran publisher who left his longtime post atop Hyperion earlier this month to start an experimental publishing “studio” at HarperCollins. Mr. Miller has declared his intention to eschew industry conventions by paying authors small advances and offering them a more generous profit Read More
The publishing world was stunned yesterday by two major resignations, as Rob Weisbach, founding president of Weinstein Books, and Bob Miller, founding president of Hyperion, both announced that they were vacating their positions to pursue other opportunities.
No word yet on what Mr. Weisbach’s next move will be—he hasn’t returned our calls, though a Weinstein Read More
Employees at Time Inc., the magazine division of Time Warner Inc., found that they’ll soon be working for AOL Time Warner in an e-mail sent companywide before their arrival at work on Jan. 10. Far from panicking about handing over their professional fates to a Virginia-based cyberspace outfit, the benefits-swaddled scribes rejoiced: Almost all of Read More