In May 2011, Daniel Menaker posted eight of the rejection letters he received for his memoir, My Mistake, on the Huffington Post.
“If you’re curious about this kind of thing—what goes on inside the submission process of publishing—there follow, a few paragraphs down, eight edited examples of the rejection notes I got, through my agent, for 25,000 words of a memoir,” wrote the former editor for The New Yorker and editor in chief of Random House. Read More
Penguin and Random House have officially merged and are now Penguin Random House. The merger, which was first announced last fall after a swirl of rumors, has taken eight months to finalize and means that the combined publishing house now controls over a quarter of the US and UK market. The new publishing mega company, which is projecting annual revenues of $3.9 billion, will employ more than 10,000 people worldwide across almost 250 imprints.
“Over the past few months, we have been working through the many financial, legal, and logistical arrangements necessary for the merger to become a reality. But despite the tasks already accomplished, we are really still just at the starting line when it comes to building our new company,” Markus Dohle, the CEO of Penguin Random House, wrote in an email to literary agents. “The process of creating a unified Penguin Random House platform of systems and operations will be gradual, providing plenty of time for us to learn and evaluate from all sides of our company the best ways to bring together our programs, resources, skills, talents, and ideas in order to best serve authors, booksellers, readers, and all of our marketplace partners.”
David Zinczenko, former Rodale Executive and EIC of Men’s Health, just signed a deal with Random House which the publisher is calling “unprecedented in scope.”
Not only will Mr. Zinczenko, BFF of Dan Abrams and author of the hugely succesful series Eat This, Not That, be penning new titles for a Random House imprint under his new contract, but will be getting his own, separate imprint as well, along with a publishing partnership for his new company’s titles, and, oh yeah, a swoonworthy amount of cash. And guess what? He’s totally worth it.
Book publishing may not be in the best shape right now, but Random House employees have something to celebrate this holiday season. CEO Markus Dohle announced at last night’s company holiday that all employees will get a $5,000 bonus, the Times reports.
“Random House had its corporate Christmas party last night in New York and word is that Santa likes bondage. A lot,” the paper of record wrote. “Call it 5,000 shades of green.”
Two of the largest publishing houses could merge. Random House’s parent company Bertelsmann and Penguin’s parent company Pearson have been discussing combing their publishing houses, reports the Financial Times.
The talks, which could still fall apart, have focused on a merger that would give Bertlesmann more than a 50 percent stake in the mega-publishing Read More
The hot ticket of this year’s New Yorker festival was a chat between Girls auteur Lena Dunham and New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum. The 90-minute talk sold out long before events featuring lit stars Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith and Martin Amis. When the conversation was opened up to the audience, fans stretched 20-deep up Read More
Lena Dunham has sold her book proposal to Andy Ward, an executive editor at Random House for $3.7 M., a source familiar with the deal told us. The auction, which was still going on as late as Friday, was decided over the weekend.
The proposal (obtained by The Observer) for Not That Kind of Girl, mocked up Read More
Last night, legendary Knopf editor Ashbel Green died while at dinner with his wife, Elizabeth Osha, and friends near their Stonington, Conn., home. He was 84.
Mr. Green, who was known as “Ash,” started working at the publishing house in 1964 and went on to edit over 500 books by a stable of well-known authors, political figures and journalists such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Vaclav Havel, George H.W. Bush and Walter Cronkite.
To many in the publishing world, Mr. Green was one of the last of the old-style gentleman editors.
“You could hear his typewriter from anywhere on the floor,” said Paul Bogaards, director of publicity at Knopf. “He was a classic editor with a red pencil.”
“He was an editor’s editor,” said Knopf editor Gary Fisketjon. “Those kind of people are rare in any generation.
Jane Friedman announced today that Crown VP Tina Pohlman has been named publisher at Open Road Integrated Media. Ms. Pohlman will lead the e-book backlist specialist’s acquisition of new titles, expand into new verticals and oversee editorial services, according to Ms. Friedman, Open Road co-founder and CEO.
Ms. Pohlman is currently the publisher of Three Rivers Press and Broadway Books, brought in during the 2010 shake-up of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group. Prior to that, she was a senior editor at Spiegel & Grau.
She starts at Open Road on March 5.
I’ve never been a fan of Alan Rickman’s tight-lipped, prissy-mouthed acting style, but sometimes he picks a role that fits like a knee-high nylon sock, in a play that suits his nasal, slanty-eyed mannerisms with the sound of two hands clapping instead of one. The result in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, at the Golden, is a blessing. In fact, the entire cast of five is a marvel of well-oiled introspection, which is certainly a good thing, because without them, the enjoyable but often untidy and uneven play would be nothing more than a lot of clever one-liners.