Archives February 1-15, 2002

February 1, 2002
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Walker Shuts

Down Crime

Fiction Line

 

NEW YORK, NY/01/29/02—Walker & Company has shut down its crime fiction division, and has laid off veteran mystery editor, Michael Seidman, who edited the line for 11 years.

Titles under contract will be published, and the fall list (probably three new titles and several paperbacks), will appear as scheduled. Seidman reportedly will edit the new titles as a freelancer.

Walker may publish a number of stand alone crime fiction novels in the future, as part of its general fiction line rather than as a separate program.

Since Walker’s beginning in 1959 the company has been dedicated to the best in crime fiction. The publisher introduced John Le Carré to American readers and since then have published first novels by such standardbearers in the field as Marcia Muller, Jeremiah Healy, Sandra West Prowell, and Lynda Robinson, as well as award-winning books by writers like Carol Lea Benjamin and Jeanne Dams. The house also has published Bill Pronzini, James Sallis, Harold Adams, and Ley Raphael.

Rumors Say

 

Perseus May

Buy SourcebooksNEW YORK, NY/01/02—Inside publishing sources say The Perseus Book Group may be negotiating to purchase Illinois-based Sourcebooks. Neither Perseus's CEO Jack McKeown, or Sourcebooks' chief executive, Dominique Raccah, were available for comment.

The Perseus Books Group publishes serious nonfiction and literary fiction Each book group member is editorially independent and individually focused. The group includes: Basic Books, Basic Civitas Books, Counterpoint Pres, DaCapo Press, Perseus Publishing, PublicAffairs, and Westview Press. Sourcebooks focuses on commercial nonfiction and fiction.

Sourcebooks currently handles its own distribution while Perseus titles are distributed by HarperCollins. Amazon.com

Shows First

Quarterly Profit

SEATTLE/1/21/02—Amazon.com reported a first-time-ever profit for the fourth quarter (ended December 31) on net sales of $1.12 billion. Sales figures represented an increase of15 percent over the $972 million in revenues for the same quarter last year.

The world’s largest Internet retailer showed earnings of $5 million, or 1 cent a share, compared to a net loss of $545 million ($1.53 per share) for the same period last year. The profitable quarter ended well ahead of the company's forecasts and Wall Street predictions.

The company's profitability is attributed to lowered book prices, strong sales in the holidays, and tough cost-cutting measures which reduced operating expenses by 24 percent during the fourth quarter.

Despite the strong results in the fourth quarter, Amazon anticipates it will break even or lose $16 million in the first quarter, ending March 31 on sales of about $775 million to $825 million.

For the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, the company posted a net loss of $567.2 million, or $1.56 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.41 billion, or $4.02 per share, for the previous fiscal year.

Net sales were $3.12 billion compared with $2.76 billion in fiscal 2000.

Bookstore Sales

 

Continue Decline

in November

1/18/02—The U.S. Census Bureau recorded a steady slowdown in bookstore sales since September 11. The Bureau shows August, 2001 sales were up 24 percent, but increased only 7.5 percent in September, and 6.8 percent in October. Sales for November increased a mere 5.9 percent on revenues of $1.28 billion. By comparison, sales across all retail sectors increased 4.7 percent in November.

AMS Acquires

 

Publishers

Group West

1/17/02—Advanced Marketing Services, which, until now, has relied heavily on its wholesale distribution services to warehouse clubs, has announced it will acquire Publishers Group West for $37.3 million.

The sale excludes Avalon Publishing Group, which will be retained by PGW founder Charlie Winton and a group of employees, but Avalon's titles will continue to be distributed by PGW. PGW's Canadian unit also will be sold to Raincoast Books, which is partly owned (25%) by AMS.

The PGW acquisition makes AMS a leader in the distribution industry. PGW had revenues of about $125 million in 2001 and profit margins of 20 to 30 percent. AMS includes Advanced Global Distribution (AGD), which distributes titles for small publishers, both in the US and abroad.

Michael Nicita is president of AMS. Winton will remain as president of PGW through a transition expected to last through January next year.

Historic Blackwell's

 

May Be Put Up

for Sale

1/17/02—Blackwell's, the UK's leading bookseller, publisher and supplier of books to libraries, may be up for sale soon as the result of contention between retired chiarman Toby Blackwell, and his nephew and present chairman, Nigel Blackwell.

Toby Blackwell, who owns 30.1 percent of the 120-year-old British company and controls another 12.5 of shareholder votes, wants to immediately sell the company. But Nigel Blackwell prefers to restructure the company and take it public within a few years.

Toby Blackwell lobbied a January 24 board meeting of Blackwell, Ltd.–the bookselling business that owns 9.3% of the shares in Blacwell's Publishing business–to persuade shareholders to sell.

Blackwell Publishers, under Nigel Blackwell's leadership, is courting shareholders not to sell with the promise of “greater liquidity” following a corporate finance review.

Blackwell's is a market leader in library book supply and is recognized worldwide as a book retailer and publisher. Founded as a book store in Oxford in 1879, Blackwell's now owns 70 bookshops across the UK. Blackwell added a book and journal publishing unit in the 1920s and is now one of the largest private companies in Britain, valued at approximately £400 million ($576 million) on year 2000 sales of about £141 million ($203 million)

Blackwell publishes more than 1000 journals and textbooks per year.

Potential buyers for the company include Pearson, John Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and Vivendi.

ALA Announces

 

Winners of Caldecott,

Newbery, Awards

1/21/02—The American Library Association's prestigeous Caldecott and Newbery awards for 2002 have both gone to authors published at Clarion Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin.

At the ALA's midwinter meeting in New Orleans, David Wiesner won the 2002 Randolph Caldecott Medal as the author and illustrator of THE THREE PIGS. Linda Sue Park, a first-time winner, earned the 2002 John Newbery Medal for her novel A SINGLE SHARD.

Wiesner also holds a 1991 Caldecott Medal for his picture book, TUESDAY, and a 2000 Caldecott Honor for SECTOR 7.

Earning the Caldecott Honor Book award were: THE STRAY DOG by Marc Simont (HarperCollins); Martin’s Big Words: THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Doreen Rappaport (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun); and THE DINOSUARS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS, illustrated by Brian Selznick and written by Barbara Kerley (Scholastic Press).

The Newbery Honor Book award went to: EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE, by Polly Horvath (FSG) and CARVER: A LIFE IN POEMS by Marilyn Nelson (Front Street Books).

A number of other awards were handed out. Authorlink Contest Finals

 

to Be Judged by Top

Editors and Agents

NEW YORK, NY/1/20/02–Authorlink this week announced an impressive panel of finalist judges for the fifth annual INTERNATIONAL AUTHORLINK NEW AUTHOR AWARDS COMPETITION. The contest is held each year in association with the Harriett Austin Writers' Conference. This year's event is scheduled July 19-20, 2002 at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Judges for the 2002 final rounds include:

Tom Colgan, Executive Editor, The Putnam Berkley Group, Inc., New York Amanda Patten, Editor Trade Paperbacks, Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York Daniel B. Slater, Senior Editor, New American Library (a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc.), New York David Ebershoff, Publishing Director, Modern Classics Library, Random House, Inc., New York Melody R. Guy, Editor, Villard, a division of Random House, Inc., New York Claudia Gable, assistant editor, Crown, a division of Random House, Inc., New York Michael Seidman, former senior editor, Walker Books, New York Tom Dupree, Editor and Marketing Director, HarperCollins Entertainment, New York Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates, New York Don D'Auria, Executive Editor, Dorchester Leisure, New York

Several other judges will be announced when confirmed.

Entries will be received by Authorlink ONLY BETWEEN THESE DATES: January 1-March 15, 2002. Winners will be announced on the Authorlink web site (http://www.authorlink.com) in June 2002, and the Best of Show awards presentation will be held at the Georgia conference.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, and for First Place in each of eleven categories. The top award recipient will have their winning first chapter published on the Authorlink web site, and will receive an expense paid trip to the Harriett Austin Writers' Conference, where top editors and agents will speak.

For complete submission details, see: http://www.authorlink.com/contest_02.entryphase.html, or click the contest headline on the main page at www.authorlink.com

GENERAL NEWS McGraw-Hill CIG

 

Acquires Assets

Of C-Z.com

NEW YORK/1/17/02—The McGraw-Hill Companies’ (NYSE: MHP) Construction Information Group announced the acquisition of several former Construction-zone.com ( c-z.com) key business assets. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

CIG will begin integration of relevant construction-zone.com content, applications and services into construction.com’s Building Product Center which is powered by Sweet’s, the industry’s leading building product information source. Completion of the integration is scheduled for the second quarter of 2002.

“By integrating the critical assets of construction-zone.com with those of construction.com and its Sweet’s-powered Building Product Center, CIG will establish the most in-depth and powerful construction product database and search engine available on the Internet. We are excited to be starting 2002 with such a valuable acquisition, one that enables us to connect even more construction professionals with the largest array of building product manufacturers found in one place,” said Norbert Young, president of The McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group.

As per the agreement, the McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group purchased only certain of the key assets of Construction-zone.com and has not assumed any of c-z.com’s liabilities.

As a service to the former customers of c-z.com, construction.com will continue to operate the c-z.com site independently through the first quarter of 2002. Client product information will remain available to the registered user database of more than 100,000 construction professionals.

“This acquisition will not only improve the service we provide to registered users of construction.com and sweets.com, we feel that former c-z.com customers will find that this acquisition will benefit them as well. We have taken great steps to ensure that all c-z.com customers have been educated about the change and we look forward to having them join the CIG family,” said Howard Mager, senior vice president and general manager, Sweet’s.

The Construction Information Group is the world’s premier information provider to the commercial construction industry. With its leading brands F.W. Dodge, Sweet’s, Engineering News-Record, Architectural Record, and Design-Build, and the industry’s most popular Internet portal, construction.com, CIG provides the latest industry intelligence and interactive solutions that enable construction professionals to do their job faster, better and cheaper. CIG employs more than 1,700 professionals around the world.

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in financial services, education and business-to-business information through leading brands such as Standard & Poor’s, BusinessWeek and McGraw-Hill Education. Sales in 2000 were $4.3 billion.

Oprah Magazine

 

to Launch South

Africa Edition

NEW YORK/1/16/02—The first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine will be published in South Africa in April as a joint venture between Hearst Magazines, Harpo Print, LLC and Associated Magazines South Africa.

George J. Green, president of Hearst Magazines International, made the announcement at a morning press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on Jan. 17.

Oprah Winfrey said, “We have an opportunity to make a real mark with this magazine. To speak to and touch women in a way no other publication ever has. To convince women that the real work is becoming more of who they really are. To embrace their life. We hope that our mission will now reach countless women in South Africa.”

“Since its launch in April 2000, O, The Oprah Magazine has proven to be an exceptionally strong magazine with a distinct and powerful point of view,” said Cathleen P. Black, president of Hearst Magazines. “Oprah has an incomparable ability to connect with her audience, on television and through the pages in the magazine. We are very excited to launch the first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine in South Africa.”

Said Hearst Magazines International President George J. Green, “O, The Oprah Magazine has truly been groundbreaking in the United States and we look forward to bringing it to a broader audience. We are confident that South Africa is the right market to embrace the first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine.”

Jane Raphaely, managing director of Associated Magazines South Africa, commented, “We are grateful to Oprah for giving us the first chance to turn O, The Oprah Magazine into an international brand and we support her clear, consistent message of hope, self-determination and living one’s best life. It is the right message at the right time.” Like the U.S. edition, South African O, The Oprah Magazine will start on a bimonthly basis.

Hearst Magazines International’s 107 editions are published in 27 languages and distributed in more than 100 countries. Hearst Magazines, a division of The Hearst Corp. ( http://www.hearst.com/), is one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines with a total of 16 U.S. titles. In Great Britain, a wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Co. Ltd., publishes 17 magazines.

Hearst Magazines International includes 43 editions of Cosmopolitan, 17 editions of Harper’s BAZAAR, 12 editions of Good Housekeeping, 11 editions of Popular Mechanics, nine editions of Esquire and several editions of CosmoGIRL!, Redbook, House Beautiful and Country Living.

Associated Magazines South Africa is the leading publisher of quality female titles including Cosmopolitan, Femina, House and Leisure, Baby and Me and Brides and Homes.

Primedia Sells

 

Modern Bride

to Conde Nast

1/15/02—Conde Nast Publications agreed to purchase the bimonthly Modern Bride and the regional magazines Modern Bride Connections for $52 million, Maurie Perl, senior vice president corporate communications, announced today.

Strapped by debt since it purchased Emap USA’s titles, including Motor Trend, Skin Diver and Teen, Primedia started shopping the Modern Bride magazines in December.

Tom Rogers, Primedia’s chairman and CEO, said his company wants to focus on magazines with “the highest potential to be integrated multi-platform properties with strong endemic advertising support.”

“We are extremely pleased to be executing this sale on very favorable terms to Primedia in this market environment,” said Rogers. “ Modern Bride is a great publication, but one which has shown few opportunities for synergy with Primedia’s growth strategy. As a company, we continue to make significant progress on our strategic plan to divest non-core assets and use the proceeds to strengthen and deleverage our balance sheet.”

Conde Nast publishes Vogue, Architectural Digest, Bride’s GQ, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and The New Yorker, among others.

Fresno

 

Honors Literary

Native Son

FRESNO, CA/1/19/02—The William Saroyan Festival 2002, Fresno Committee, has announced plans to honor the city’s most renowned native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, playwright and artist. The festival begins Feb. 28 and runs through May 5 in Fresno.

The William Saroyan Foundation, assisted by Stanford University, will premiere the literary and art masterpieces that Saroyan created. The collections will highlight the author’s life and achievements through an unprecedented collaboration of 29 Fresno organizations. Among them: Fresno Art Museum; William Saroyan Society, Fresno; California State University, Fresno’s School of Arts and Humanities; The Good Company Players; City of Fresno Convention Center; Fresno City College, Humanities Division; Fresno Arts Council; Fresno Metropolitan Museum; Valley Public Television; Fresno Pacific University; Valley Public Radio; WIN-WIN (Writers International Network); Fresno Philharmonic; Fresno County Office of Education; Fresno Historical Society; Fresno County Library and Fresno Unified School District. These and other organizations will host theatrical and musical productions, panel discussions, walking tours, exhibits and contests.

Festivalgoers will also be treated to special presentations from a number of celebrated authors, other celebrities and performers as well as Saroyan’s children, Aram and Lucy Saroyan, throughout the duration of the event.

“We are truly pleased to be honoring William Saroyan for his contributions to American Literature,” said Larry Balakian, Committee Chairman of the William Saroyan Festival 2002. “Saroyan reached greatness through his literary prowess and artistic skill. As a result, he has left an indelible mark for future generations to enjoy.”

“William Saroyan is one of the literary giants of the short story among American authors of the 20th Century. He has brought prominence and distinction to his cherished San Joaquin Valley and Fresno, the city of his birth,” said Robert Setrakian, Chairman of the William Saroyan Foundation and executor of Saroyan’s estate. “He remains one of Fresno’s most beloved sons having given the literary world a unique, rich perspective of Central California and its inhabitants during his creative years of writing.”

Saroyan, the fourth child of Armenian immigrants, battled his way through poverty and rose to literary prominence in the early 1930’s when national magazines began publishing his short stories such as The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze, My Name Is Aram; Inhale & Exhale, Three Times Three, and Peace, It’s Wonderful. From short stories, Saroyan then moved on to writing plays for Broadway and screenplays for Hollywood. Some of his most notable works include: My Heart’s in the Highlands, The Time of Your Life and The Beautiful People, as well as his silver screen adaptation of The Human Comedy.

The William Saroyan Festival 2002, Fresno, is being organized by a 50-member, volunteer committee headed by Larry Balakian, Chairman in association with the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation.

AWARDS Fusfield Named

 

Journal Register Co.

Publisher of Year

TRENTON, NJ/1/17/02—Journal Register Co. (NYSE:JRC) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert M. Jelenic announced that Ira M. Fusfeld of the Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y., was named Journal Register Co. Publisher of the Year for 2001.

In making the announcement, Jelenic said, “The selection of Ira as the recipient of our first Publisher of the Year Award is in recognition of his ability and his efforts to achieve excellent results in a very difficult year. As a result of Ira’s leadership, the Daily Freeman is one of Journal Register Co.’s best newspapers. Ira is the consummate team player and a pleasure to work with.”

“I am honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of this award,” said Fusfeld. “It is a personal tribute, but it also favorably reflects on the many dedicated and talented people with whom I work in Kingston and at our sister operations in the Mid-Hudson area, including those at Taconic Press in Millbrook and The Independent in Hillsdale. They all make meaningful contributions to the success of Journal Register Co.

“One of Journal Register Co.’s first acts after it acquired the Freeman, as part of the Goodson acquisition in 1998, was to purchase a new press and related production equipment, dramatically improving the look and feel of the Freeman, and also providing for added paging and more color capacity. We always felt we were a good newspaper, but since becoming a Journal Register Co. newspaper, we are an even better one.”

Fusfeld, who has been publisher of the Daily Freeman since 1987, joined the newspaper in 1970 as a sports writer. Fusfeld started his newspaper career as an editorial assistant at the Bronx (N.Y.) Press-Review in 1969. Throughout his career, Fusfeld has been a member of numerous civic and professional organizations and remains active and involved in several community organizations. He also is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and previously held the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New York Newspaper Publishers Association.

Journal Register Co. is a leading U.S. newspaper publishing company that owns 23 daily newspapers, including the New Haven Register, Connecticut’s second largest daily and Sunday newspaper, and 204 non-daily publications. Journal Register Co. currently operates 133 individual Web sites featuring the company’s daily newspapers and non-daily publications, which can be accessed at www.journalregister.com. All of the company’s operations are strategically clustered in six geographic areas: Connecticut, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Cleveland, Central New England, and the Capital-Saratoga and Mid-Hudson regions of New York. The company has an equity investment in PowerOne Media Inc., a leading provider of online solutions for newspapers, hosting the largest online newspaper network in the United States.

PEOPLE Sceibe Moves to Free Press

 

Amy Scheibe, former editor at Knopf (Random House), has moved to Free Press (Simon & Schuster) as a senior editor. Amy was Myla Goldberg's editor at Knopf for THE BEE SEASON. Amy will be launching Free Press' fiction list. D'Auria Promoted at Dorchester Leisure

Don D'Auria, senior editor at Dorchester Leisure has been promoted to Executive Editor over all editorial units at the house. More details are forthcoming.

Ullyot Joins AOL

Time Warner Europe

as VP, General Counsel

NEW YORK/1/18/02—AOL Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: AOL) announced the appointment of Theodore W. Ullyot as senior vice president and general counsel for AOL Time Warner Europe.

Ullyot will continue to serve as a vice president and associate general counsel of AOL Time Warner, and to report to Paul T. Cappuccio, executive vice president and general counsel of AOL Time Warner. Ullyot will be based in London and New York and will work closely with the general counsels of the various AOL Time Warner divisions with operations in Europe, as well as with Iris Knobloch, AOL Time Warner Europe’s senior vice president for international relations and strategic policy.

In making the appointment, Cappuccio said: “Having worked closely ith Ted for more than five years, I know that he will serve AOL Time Warner well in this new capacity. Ted’s strong analytic skills and legal judgment, as well as his close working relationship with the European Commission officials and the company’s legal and policy staff in Europe, make him the perfect choice for this position.”

Ullyot said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to work with the company’s talented executive team in Europe and to help coordinate our company-wide legal strategy throughout Europe. I am pleased to assume this new role on Paul Cappuccio’s legal team, and I look forward to working closely with Iris Knobloch and other members of the AOL Time Warner Europe policy group.”

Ullyot joined the America Online legal department in October 2000, and transferred to AOL Time Warner following the completion of the merger in January 2001. In his current capacity as vice president and associate general counsel, he has worked on a wide range of European legal matters.

Prior to joining AOL Time Warner, Ullyot was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. While at Kirkland, he specialized in telecommunications and appellate law, advising America Online and other major clients on litigation and transactional matters. Ullyot joined Kirkland & Ellis following clerkships with Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Chicago in 1994, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1990, and studied in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in 1990-91, receiving a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques.

AOL Time Warner (NYSE: AOL) is the world’s first Internet-powered media and communications company, whose industry-leading businesses include interactive services, cable systems, publishing, music, networks and filmed entertainment.

FINANCIALS

McGraw-Hill

Beats Estimates

In Fourth Quarter

New York, NY/01/29/02 — The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP) reported today diluted earnings per share before restructuring charges and other one-time items of $2.45 for 2001 versus $2.36 for 2000, which was before a gain on the sale of Tower Group International and a cumulative change in accounting mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Including the one-time items for 2001, earnings per share were $1.92 versus $2.06 in 2000.

The restructuring charge includes $30 million in employee severance costs and $129 million in asset write-downs relating to the Corporation's announcement last month of its worldwide restructuring. The program includes the exiting of certain businesses, product lines and markets in each operating segment. The other one-time items in 2001 include the gain on the sale of real estate, the gain on the sale of DRI, the shutdown of Blue List, the contribution of Rational Investor and the write-down of selected assets.

Net income for 2001, before one-time items and accounting charges, grew to $480.4 million. Including these items, net income was $377.0 million.

Revenue for 2001 increased 8.5% to $4.6 billion.

"We demonstrated our resilience in 2001 by producing a tenth consecutive year of growth despite an economic recession in the United States and a steep decline in advertising," said Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies. "A strong performance by Financial Services and solid growth in education, particularly in the college and university market, helped create this record.

Acclaim

 

Reduces Amount

Of Outstanding Notes

GLEN COVE, NY/1/18/02–Acclaim Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ.SC: AKLM), a leading global video entertainment software developer and publisher, announced that an additional $1.3 million of its 10 percent subordinated notes have been submitted for conversion, which would reduce the company’s total outstanding amount to $24.9 million from the previously announced $26.2 million on Jan. 10.

These reductions represent a 15 percent decrease from $29.2 million as of Dec. 2, 2001.

“The company reiterates its previously stated guidance, that based on its fiscal 2002 business operating plan projections, the company’s cash flow supports the repayment of the subordinated notes at maturity on March 1, 2002,” said Gerard F. Agoglia, Chief Financial Officer for Acclaim. “In addition, the company expects to generate sufficient positive cash flow from operations to meet its currently projected cash and operating requirements for the next twelve months.”

“We are pleased to follow up our solid first fiscal quarter results with the further reduction of our debt,” added Gregory Fischbach, Chief Executive Officer of Acclaim. “We remain comfortable with our previously stated guidance for fiscal 2002, which includes first half net revenues of $146.0 million and $.27 per diluted share.”

The company repaid its interim $10 million working capital over-formula loan on Jan. 7. As a result of its strong ongoing relationship with its bank, the company renewed its over-formula commitment for $5 million, which proceeds it intends to utilize for short-term working capital purposes as required, in the normal course of business. As previously indicated in its recent first quarter Form 10Q, the company’s cash flow supports the full repayment of this loan on Feb. 28.

“Furthermore, the risk of bad debt exposure due to third-party bankruptcy is covered under our factoring relationships, leaving no exposure to the company,” concluded Agoglia.

Based in Glen Cove, N.Y., Acclaim Entertainment Inc., is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment game consoles including those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Corporation as well aspersonal computer hardware systems. Acclaim owns and operates six studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom which includes a motion capture and recording studio in the U.S., and publishes and distributes its software through its subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain. The company uses regional distributors worldwide. Acclaim also distributes entertainment software for other publishers worldwide, publishes software gaming strategy guides and issues “special edition” comic magazines from time to time to support its time valued brands, Turok and Shadow Man.

Scholastic Offers

 

$300 Million

In Senior Notes

NEW YORK/1/17/02—Scholastic Corp. (NMS:SCHL) announced that it has priced a public offering of $300 million of senior notes.

The notes will bear interest at 5 3/4 percent and will mature on Jan. 15, 2007. The notes will be unsecured and will be redeemable at any time at par plus a make whole premium, if any. The offering, which is being made through underwriters led by Credit Suisse First Boston and Salomon Smith Barney Inc., is expected to close on Jan. 23.

The company stated that it intends to use the proceeds primarily to refinance debt incurred in connection with the acquisition of Grolier Inc.

Scholastic (NMS: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. As a global children’s publishing and media company serving the needs of parents, teachers, and children, Scholastic provides proprietary book and software distribution through school book clubs, school book fairs and to classrooms, as well as through the retail trade. Since 1920, Scholastic has created quality educational materials for schools and has expanded its reach to include the distribution of books, software, toys, online learning services and television programming directly to the home. Scholastic’s Grolier division is the leading print and online publisher of children’s reference materials and the leader in children’s direct-to-home book clubs. Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly owned companies in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The U.S. Scholastic web site, http://www.scholastic.com/, is a leading provider of educational services online for parents, teachers and children.

BOOK/MOVIE DEALS Among new book deals reported by PublishersLunch.com for January are these:

Non-Fiction

David Halberstam's FIREHOUSE, a portrait of the men, families, and community of Engine 40 Ladder 35 on West 66th Street in NY, which lost twelve men in the World Trade Center attack, developed from a forthcoming Vanity Fair article, to Will Schwalbe at Hyperion, for publication on May 29, 2002, by Bob Solomon of Frankfurt, Garbus, Kurnit, Klein & Selz (world English).

Psychotherapist (and magician!) Thom Rutledge's EMBRACING FEAR, a "gentle, old fashioned, self-help book" about the need to understand that "fear underlies every emotional difficulty we encounter, and that only when we accept responsibility for choosing how we respond to fear will we be free to live the lives we really want to live," to Gideon Weil at HarperSanFrancisco, in a nice deal, by Joe Durepos

Fiction

 

Novelist Maria Flook's book about the mysterious as yet unsolved murder of freelance writer Christa Worthington on Cape Cod, providing "a deeply textured story of the tragedy of a prominent family (a mother who dies of cancer four days before Christa gives birth; a father with a mistress who is a prostitute and possible drug user who may or may not be involved in the murder) and of a woman's desire to stabilize her life away from NY only to have an out-of-wedlock child with a local fisherman and meet a violent end," to Charlie Conrad at Broadway, in a good deal, for publication in fall 2003, by Gail Hochman at Brandt & Hochman Agency (world).

For more deals, see PublishersLunch.com Authorlink News, Success Stories,

And Recognition Authorlink Sales at a Glance

A Comprehensive Listing of Sold Titles

Major Publishers

Browse Authorlink

for Manuscripts

Statistical Update

DALLAS, TX/ 02/01/02—Literary agents and editors regularly surf Authorlink in search of good writers. Among major houses making requests and/or visiting the site, are: Random House, Knopf, St. Martin's Press, Simon & Schuster, Penguin/Putham and many other smaller publishers. More than 700 writers are currently listed with us. Since tracking began, 1620 requests have been processed for requested manuscripts. Of the 342 editor or agent offers we've been able to track, 73 have lead to publication as a direct or indirect result of exposure on Authorlink. Additional sales and agent contracts are pending.

On average, about 55-65% of the listed writers have received requests by editors and agents, some receiving multiple requests. Of those who have received interest, about 20-30% are signed with agents and 15-20% have directly sold their works to publishers during this time, not including pending sales.

The site, which matches literary agents and editors with writers, has received praise from editors at Penguin UK, Avon, Berkley, Random House, Time-Warner, Bantam Doubleday Dell and other major publishers.

See "What People Are Saying About Authorlink"

Authorlink Writer

Freni Sells Work

to California Press

73rd Authorlink Writer to Land Publisher

MARLBORO, MD/1/1/02—Authorlink writer Pamela S. Freni has become the 73rd author to sell her manuscript as a direct result of the popular online marketing service. Her book, SPACE FOR WOMEN will be released in mid-2002 by Seven Locks Press, Santa Ana, CA (www.sevenlockspress.com) and will be available at major bookstores and online booksellers.

Ms. Freni who lives in Upper Marlboro, MD (twenty miles east of Washington, DC), was listed with Authorlink for about two years and had several queries for the manuscript before Seven Locks offered her a contract. She is represented by the Stefanidis Agency which is active on Authorlink. Seven Locks made the direct request for Freni's manuscript through the Authorlink service.

In announcing the sale, Freni called Authorlink "a fine and useful service."

The 25-year-old Seven Locks Press publishes quality books covering a wide variety of contemporary topics that provoke thought, enlighten, and entertain. Its authors include political figures, icons of journalism, and recognized experts including Bill Moyers, Hedrick Smith, Congressman Cecil Heftel, Sir Eldon Griffiths, Jane Glenn Haas, and Alan Bock.

Ms. Freni's book is about the heated space race between the US and Russia. After Russia sent the first man into space, the US was backed into a public relations corner that could only be answered by sending the first woman into space.

Thirteen enormously talented women tested and trained and were on the verge of being astronauts in 1960 when political pressure forced them off the stage. Even forty-one years later,they are talented and ambitious and some of them are still looking for a ride into space.

Pam began writing the book as a direct result of hearing of the thirteen women discussed in her book. "I was so incensed at how they'd been treated by NASA and others, I decided that the story should be told, so I naively began to write a book," Pam said. "It's amazing how much ignorance played a part in the process. I thought if you wrote a book, someone just published it."

Freni's favorite authors are Michener and Dava Sobel. They can tell a story that quickly fades from words to mind pictures. You don't even realize you're reading, just pictures passing over your mind's eye.

Does she have any advice for newcomers trying to break into publishing?

"As a newcomer, I have read a thousand documents all reminding writers not to take any rejections personally and to persevere. It's true. Also, never take 'No' for an answer if you believe in your writing."

Asked why she thinks so many writers get rejected, and so few become published, and what elements of good writing would she guess are missing from an aspiring writer's work, Pam had this to say:

"It doesn't seem to be a single element so much as it is the 'heart' many of us miss adding into our books. We make word choices that either describe something or that grab the imagination and wrestle it to the ground. We can either say, 'The fireman raised the flag,' or we can say, 'The fireman cradled the scarlet and white banner as he struggled to the top of a small smouldering mountain of debris where he defiantly raised it to the top of the mast of the remains of the World Trade Center.' I think we have to be honest with our emotions and let them enter into our stories. That gives them heart and catches the eyes of the editors."

Pam says she has learned her craft from, "Reading, reading, reading. Dissecting word usage from authors I enjoy. Reading every web page targeted at authors such as Authorlink.com. Listening to a really good editor who has worked on two manuscripts for me.

And what's the funniest thing that ever happened to her on the way to getting published?

"After twenty-three rejections on Space for Women, I mentioned it to a friend from the office. She looked startled and asked if I would like an agent. She then handed me the phone number of an author friend of hers who recommended his agents to me. Thinking that it couldn't be this easy, I contacted them and they became my agents. See it's easy! I was so lucky and have felt from that day, that this book was destined to be published."

Seven Locks Press has won a Benjamin Franklin Award and the Category Bestseller Award from Amazon.com. In the last few years Seven Locks Press selection of books has expanded to include a collection of coffee table books, gift books, celebrity bios, and new age titles. The company has introduced a line of juvenile titles and launching a line of fiction titles. Seven Locks Press is the publishing arm of Chapman University Press and a distributor for other small presses that rely on the marketing and publicity capabilities of Seven Locks Press. This year, Seven Locks Press will be publishing twenty-one new titles and will distribute nine titles for other publishers. In 2001, the publishing program will nearly double to forty new titles. James C. Riordan is publisher.

Joyce Lackey

Sells Book

to Gardenia Press

72nd Authorlink Writer to Land Publisher

A publisher contact made several years ago has finally paid of for Authorlink writer Joyce Lackey. The author who received a request for her novel as a result of her Authorlink listing for, The Ghosts of Buffalo Creek, has at last sold the work to Gardenia Press, a small publisher who plans to release the work in July 2002.

News Archives

Bemis Becomes

71st Authorlink Writer

to Sell Manuscript

June1, 2001—Michael E. Bemis of Kennebunk, Maine, became the 71st author to sell his work as a direct result of listing his work on Authorlink.com.

His book, Safe & Sound, a nonfiction work about how to buy a safe, private, and quiet home, will be published by Hanrow Press of Rancho Santa Fe, California. The small press, founded in 1982, has specialized in law and safety engineering books until now. The publication date for Safe & Sound has not yet been determined. Michael’s work had been listed with Authorlink for about a year when Hanrow requested a look at the full manuscript. Authorlink interviewed the author about his success:

AUTHORLINK: When did you begin your writing career, and what prompted you to do so? Is there a special story behind your decision to become an author?

BEMIS: I started writing in earnest while serving as Sheriff of York County, Maine. When I left law enforcement full-time I was able to devote more time to my writing. 

AUTHORLINK: Who was the greatest influence on your decision to write, and in what ways did they encourage you?

BEMIS: My mother who is a published author.

AUTHORLINK: How important has your agent been in guiding your career?

BEMIS: I briefly had an agent but due to personal hardship they were forced to close. I presently do not have an agent.

AUTHORLINK: How did Authorlink help?

 BEMIS: Authorlink’s excellent service and support has consistently exceeded my expectations. Without Authorlink, Safe & Sound would not be poised for publication.

AUTHORLINK: Do you have any advice or insights for newcomers trying to break into publishing?

 BEMIS: It sounds monotonous, but they should just keep trying.

AUTHORLINK: Do you perceive New York publishing to be a closed society or an open one?

BEMIS: I think it's open to good writing and content that's timely and unique.  

AUTHORLINK: What are publishers looking for today?

BEMIS: What will sell and authors with a passion to sell it.

AUTHORLINK: How did you learn your craft? Through reading? Conferences? A university? Mentoring? A combination of these, or other means?

BEMIS: Nothing formal, just a lot of research, reading and writing.

Jan Letoha Becomes

70 th Authorlink Writer

to Land Publisher

April 15, 2001—Jan Letoha this month became the 70 th Authorlink writer to sign a publishing contract as a result of her listing on Authorlink.com. Her first book, Bury The Past , will be published by Port Town Publishing in August, 2002.

Port Town Publishing (PTP) is a small publishing house located in Superior, Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1999 by Jean Hackensmith, a struggling romance author who got tired of getting rejection letters from the New York publishers. PTP publishes about 4-5 novels per year, including original romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and horror.

Bury The Past was listed on Authorlink for 22 months. During that time, Jan also signed with an agent through Authorlink, but the agent closed her agency due to illness.

Jan has also listed her second book, Fire On The Moon, with Authorlink. It’s another spooky, romantic suspense story.

How did Jan feel when she heard that her book would be published?

“Like a genie popped out of a bottle and granted me three wishes! It’s the best feeling in the world!”

Jan began writing about ten years ago. “I read a time travel/historical romance and thought, ‘If this author can get away with such a fantastic story, maybe my ideas aren’t so crazy after all.’ So I started writing Bury The Past. Writing fiction was a lot harder than I thought it’d be, though. Getting the hang of writing dialogue was really tough.

Before listing her work with Authorlink, Jan had tried the traditional methods of marketing — sending out query letters and sample chapters. “I had another agent a few years back,” Jan said. “A word of advice — if an agent asks for money up front, look out! Maybe I’m just jinxed when it comes to agents. Anyway, I'm convinced that Bury The Past would be sitting in a shoe box on my closet shelf if I hadn't discovered Authorlink.”

When Jan is working on a book, she’s a person obsessed — or possessed. She'll write 10 – 12 hours a day, especially during the summer.

In the real world, Jan teaches Psychology and U.S. History at a South Georgia high school.

What advice would she give to writers who want to be published?

“Research the requirements for different types of novels. It seems that publishers want to see key elements in a book that will appeal to their specific type of market. Read a book on editing manuscripts so you can delete what publishers don't want to see. List your book on Authorlink — it’s the only thing that worked for me! Then develop a huge store of patience and persistence and don’t think you’re home free once you sign a contract. That’s when the real work starts!”

Authorlink Writer

Joy Jasper Sells Work

to St. Martin's Press

67th Authorlink Sale

2/26/01—Joy Waldron Jasper this month became the 67th Authorlink writer to sell a manuscript as a direct result of contacts made through Authorlink. Jasper found her New York agent— Sam Fleishman of Literary Artists Representatives — via Authorlink, and he subsequently sold one of her works to St. Martin's Press.

The new book, "The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Attack!," will be in bookstores November 1, 2001, in time for Veteran's Day (November 11) and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day (December 7, 2001)

"After meeting my agent through Authorlink, we signed a contract in December 2000 to represent my novel. Then we signed a second contract in January to represent my nonfiction book," Jasper explained. "As is often the case, the nonfiction sold first. St. Martin's Press bought it in February 2001, and has moved at an impressive speed to release it in less than a year, so as to offer it to readers at the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day — a mere nine months later, which is stunning in the world of publishing! Kudos to my wonderful editor, Mac Talley at St. Martin's Press, and to my amazing agent, Sam Fleishman."

Joy became an Authorlink writer in October, 2000. The fictional work that originally attracted her agent is titled "Betrayal at Pearl Harbor." While that novel hasn't yet sold (as of press time), the nonfiction book on Pearl Harbor was rapidly sold through the agent who connected with Jasper through Authorlink.

The USS Arizona book is the story of life aboard the USS Arizona in peacetime, and the survival stories of 10 men who lived through the attack. As a journalist and a diver, Joy first visited the USS Arizona underwater in 1983, covering the story of the photo documentation and scientific illustration of the gallant battleship, the greatest casualty of the Pearl Harbor attack. She was so enthralled with the story, she searched out survivors and began interviewing them, crisscrossing the country for several years to hear their stories. Hearing their emotional tales, she was fascinated by the tremendous bond and affection they felt for their ship, and she felt it was a story that needed to be told.

"I'm a writer who prefers to write every day, in the morning when I'm fresh, and for a period of three to four hours," Jasper said of her working habits. " If I'm on a splendid roll, I might write for longer, but I like to achieve 10 pages a day that I'll keep. It never hurts to stop in the middle — of an idea, a sentence, a chapter. I like returning the next day to something unfinished so that I'm inspired to jump in again. I don't think there's any one way to write, but I think it's important to find your own best period of the day and the length of time that makes sense for you. Writing books is my top priority, and I write full time."

For the record, Joy's children are grown, and she lives in New England with her husband and a garden full of perennials

"I've completed my second novel in a series of underwater thrillers (the first — working title, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, which is listed on Authorlink — is under review at several major houses at this time)," Joy said.

I'm currently working on another nonfiction book on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and another historical biography is in the outline stage.

"I want to thank Authorlink for providing me a forum for my work, she added. "I was encouraged by having been selected for the Authorlink web site, and once I had a page there (http://www.authorlink.com/001051th.html), I had confidence to approach agents. I sent a number of Authorlink-listed agents an email, condensing my query to three paragraphs and asking them to look for more information on my page. I got positive responses from eight out of ten queries I sent. Of those eight, I was extremely fortunate to find a superb agent to represent me, and who got a sale within a month at a major press.

"Thanks to all at Authorlink. And I want to say to my fellow writers: '"Keep writing, and don't lose heart! If it happened to me, it can happen to you.'"

Authorlink Writer

Chopra Finds

Publisher for Work

68th Authorlink Sale

4/1/01—Dr. Prem Chopra, author of the new age nonfiction book, "If I Had Known," has sold his work to Hanrow Press in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The small press, founded in 1982, has specialized in law and safety engineering books until now. Chopra's book is their first venture into trade books.

Dr. Chopra has been listed with Authorlink since October 2000. He signed a contract with Hanrow Press early this year. He became the 68th author to sell his work through Authorlink in the last 36 months.

Jan Wallace Becomes

69thAuthorlink Writer

to Sign With Publisher

69th Authorlink Sale

4/1/01—Jan Wallace became the 69th writer to sign a publishing contract through Authorlink in the past 36 months in late March. Ms. Wallace, a first-time author, signed a deal with PortTown Publishing for her book, Where Roses Grow Wild. The publisher is a small Wisconsin house that releases about four books per year.

Ms. Wallace had two manuscripts listed on Authorlink between 1999 and 2000. In January 2000, Authorlink received a request from WMG Promotions, a literary agency, requesting the manuscript. She signed a contract with WMG the very next month, and shortly thereafter WMG sold the work to PortTown.

Port Town senior editor Jean Hackensmith wrote to Agents Cary and Sherry Wolf that she found the manuscript to be "funny, romantic and tragic." She said she had tears streaming down her face in the end.

Jan Wallace credits the editor with giving each writer a lot of attention to make sure the manuscript is everything it should be for the reader.

"It's an unbelievable feeling knowing someone reads your manuscript and it really has an effect on them positive effect at that, that you make them feel for the characters themselves, because that's what it's all about-believing in the story."

"Authorlink has made it possible for writers to link up with the correct agents and publishers, and gives agents a chance to review works by various writers," Jan explained.

I started along time ago writing, as child I would write stories and put on plays in the basement of my parents' home. I've always told stories, then one day said, lets see if anyone would like to publish any of the stories. Friends have read them and said they were good, but, hey, these are friends after all.

Jan once worked for The University of Georgia Extension Service in the Fort Valley, Georgia office. Today she is a fulltime writer.

"I start a manuscript and work each day 6 to 8 hours," she said. "It usually takes 3 months to finish a draft, then another three months to get the bugs out. I edit, fix mistakes and read it over and over, proofing each page until it is correct.

"I can see why books cost what they do and why some people just give up, it is not an easy job to do it over and over, no ones manuscript is correct the first go around, you realize when you re-read it the feeling might not be there so you have to correct it put heart where there was none."

Jan is married to her childhood sweetheart, and they have four children. Twenty-six years ago they bought an old historic house with 17 rooms in Marshallville, Georgia, restored it and live there today with their family and many dogs, cats, doves, ducks, chickens and rabbits.

"My advise to other writers is: don't quit dreaming about what you believe in, you have to believe in yourself, before anyone else will, and then you go from there, keep writing don't give up. "Write from your heart, and let it be about something you know. If you venture into another area you don't know the reader will know it too, and you've lost. So stay with what you feel and understand most about life. "It'll work for you.

"I am especially thankful for my agents," Jan said. "They have worked late into the mornings trying to find a suitable publisher. They work with writers because they love the written word."

Authorlink's Goldring

 

Wins Series Contract

With Berkley Publishing

Kat Goldring, among new writers listed on Authorlink, has signed a three-book contract with Berkley Publishing Group for her cozy mystery series, Crow's Feet and Lemon Drops, to be released in September 2001. Kim Waltemyer is the Berkley editor who made the acquisition, and Carol McCleary of Wilshire Literary Agency, made the sale for four figures.

McCleary had represented the series 5 1/2 years before the first book sold.

"I already had an agent when Authorlink was kind enough to list me in some of their first presentations," said Kat. "Ours was a mutual endeavor as Authorlink was just starting up and I had just finished a revision with the first novel under the wings of the DFW Writers' Workshop. Just as an aside, that DFW Writers' Workshop stands for that and never has meant "Dallas Ft. Worth" as some like to say. In fact one of the founding members with whom I was lucky enough to work with and helped name the group told me it really meant, Damn Fine Writers.

"I believe the fact that AUTHORLINK listed me was one of the reasons my agent did not give up on presenting my work to top notch publishers. I have a few magazine articles and short stories published but my best and most extensive showcase was writing and illustrating with my original drawings a newspaper column for a year titled 'THE MEDICINE PATH.'

"AUTHORLINK has been wonderful. My agent and I have always been grateful for the professional format available on the site for presenting my work. We came very close to making a sale through the site with China, and may yet sell the foreign rights with help through AUTHORLINK.

Kat Goldring works full time as a high school foreign language department head and Spanish teacher. She spends an hour to hour and a half per day in editing and rewriting the novels and outlines for the first three in the WILLI GALLAGHER MYSTERY SERIES. During holidays and summer time (8 weeks) that time increases to 3-4 hours a day. This doesn't include the hours for research, marketing, the time to work with other writers on shared projects, and commitments to two writing groups.

"Not only do I work the 40-hour drill and the writing tight-wire," Kat explains, "but I also sing and play the guitar in two groups: SISTERS OF THE WIND includes a fellow writer, Shirley McKee. We two do mostly classic/golden country western and cowboy/girl programs for local clubs, groups, schools, city gatherings and such. The HIGH MILEAGE country western band, some seven members strong, includes three law officers, performs for trail drives and city functions.

How does it feel to have a published contract?

"I go back and forth between elation of having a fantastic adventure and panic attacks," says Kat. "I am so thankful for all the wonderful folks, including AUTHORLINK, who have crossed my path at the right time, and have helped me make a lifelong dream come true. WAKAN TANKA (Great Spirit), of course, I thank for all lessons learned and all paths. This is one of those paths strewn with bluebonnets, soft moss and warm cuddly critters. The panic part has to do with getting to those book signings. I'm directional dyslexic and panic when traveling to new places. So . . . maybe that's the next adventure and lesson!"

Kat Goldring currently is working on the next two novels in the WILLI GALLAGHER SERIES: SNOW SNAKE and SWEET CHARIOT. She also have a second series, the DELTA PAIGE SERIES, and has finished the first book in that series, COOPER STREET GIRLS.

Authorlink asked the author: How helpful was DFW Writers' Workshop?

"I would not have cleared out the flaws in my manuscript. The members helped me to develop a selling novel. I would not have met my agent, Carol McCleary, if DFW Writers' Workshop had not had her as a guest. I would not have had the opportunity to meet my editor, KIM WALTEMYER with BERKLEY PUBLISHING. I interviewed with her during her visit with DFWWW. Although I've served as an officer and hosted many dinners as well as parties at my own country home for the members, editors and agents, I still owe DFWWW a great deal."

Two Authorlink Press

Writers Earn

Top Recognition

Dallas and Atlanta/2/15/01— Jerry Lee Davis, author of Twin City (AUTHORLINK PRESS), and Ginnie Bivona, author of Ida Mae Tutweiler and the Traveling Tea Party (AUTHORLINK PRESS), have recently earned top recognition in two different markets.

Jerry Lee Davis of Atlanta has been nominated for the First Novel Award in the 37th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Georgia Writers' Association. Ginnie Bivona's Ida Mae Tutweiler recently climbed to number one on the Dallas Morning News Bestseller List for paperback fiction. Ginnie lives in Dallas.

The Georgia Awards ceremony, hosted by Mercer University Press, will be held at a dinner March 17 at Mercer University in Macon,Georgia.

Among a number of recent review of Ginnie Bivona's book was an article by Don Johnson on Read-a-Bargain.com.Johnson called Bivona's Ida Mae "A wonderful,character-driven story that produces open memories we thought we'd forgotten. . . . I expected a typical 'woman's' book but found a story of human beings for human beings. Man or woman your time won't be wasted on this one."

66th Authorlink

 

Writer Signs

Publishing Contract

Charlene Tess has become the 66th author to find a publisher as a direct result of Authorlink. Port Town Publishing, a small Wisconsin publisher, will release Ms. Tess's THE VAN WINKLE BRIDE as a trade paperback romance in June 2001. The book, originally listed on Authorlink as THE VAN WINKLE CONNECTION, is Ms. Tess's first published work.

"The senior romance editor of Port Town Publishing saw my posting on the Authorlink website and thought my novel sounded intriguing and suitable for her list for 2001," Charlene explained. "She contacted Authorlink Editor Doris Booth, who contacted me. Doris Booth forwarded an e- mail to me from Port Town Publishing. I sent the publisher a copy of my manuscript by snail mail. The editor read it and said she could not put it down. She offered me a contract by e-mail and then sent me a written contract by snail mail."

Charlene listed her novel on Authorlink on April 10, 2000, and sold it on November 25.

"My husband and I met Doris Booth at a SouthWest Writers Conference and decided to advertise our editing business on Authorlink. Two of my novels had won first place at Southwest Writers Conference Contests, and I had been trying to get them published by the old-fashioned way: query, partial, full manuscript, SASE, wait, wait, wait method. Authorlink sounded like an attractive, modern way to market my novels. And it worked! I am delighted with the results," Charlene said.

"I have been writing as long as I can remember and have published essays, feature articles, short stories, and a nonfiction book, but this will be my first published novel.

"Presently, I am working on a rewrite of a romance novel that my sister and I co-wrote, and I am about one-third of the way through a mainstream novel entitled The Greatest Gift. It is the story of the unshakable bond between a mother and daughter in spite of tragic circumstances that shatter their lives."

Charlene says her best advice when it comes to becoming published is "to be like the old Timex watch slogan: 'Take a licking, but keep on ticking.' In other words, keep trying. And don't forget to try new ideas if the old ones aren't working for you."

Authorlink's Goldring

 

Wins Series Contract

With Berkley Publishing

Kat Goldring, among new writers listed on Authorlink, has signed a three-book contract with Berkley Publishing Group for her cozy mystery series, Crow's Feet and Lemon Drops, to be released in September 2001. Kim Waltemyer is the Berkley editor who made the acquisition, and Carol McCleary of Wilshire Literary Agency, made the sale for four figures.

McCleary had represented the series 5 1/2 years before the first book sold.

"I already had an agent when Authorlink was kind enough to list me in some of their first presentations," said Kat. "Ours was a mutual endeavor as Authorlink was just starting up and I had just finished a revision with the first novel under the wings of the DFW Writers' Workshop. Just as an aside, that DFW Writers' Workshop stands for that and never has meant "Dallas Ft. Worth" as some like to say. In fact one of the founding members with whom I was lucky enough to work with and helped name the group told me it really meant, Damn Fine Writers.

"I believe the fact that AUTHORLINK listed me was one of the reasons my agent did not give up on presenting my work to top notch publishers. I have a few magazine articles and short stories published but my best and most extensive showcase was writing and illustrating with my original drawings a newspaper column for a year titled 'THE MEDICINE PATH.'

"AUTHORLINK has been wonderful. My agent and I have always been grateful for the professional format available on the site for presenting my work. We came very close to making a sale through the site with China, and may yet sell the foreign rights with help through AUTHORLINK.

Kat Goldring works full time as a high school foreign language department head and Spanish teacher. She spends an hour to hour and a half per day in editing and rewriting the novels and outlines for the first three in the WILLI GALLAGHER MYSTERY SERIES. During holidays and summer time (8 weeks) that time increases to 3-4 hours a day. This doesn't include the hours for research, marketing, the time to work with other writers on shared projects, and commitments to two writing groups.

"Not only do I work the 40-hour drill and the writing tight-wire," Kat explains, "but I also sing and play the guitar in two groups: SISTERS OF THE WIND includes a fellow writer, Shirley McKee. We two do mostly classic/golden country western and cowboy/girl programs for local clubs, groups, schools, city gatherings and such. The HIGH MILEAGE country western band, some seven members strong, includes three law officers, performs for trail drives and city functions.

How does it feel to have a published contract?

"I go back and forth between elation of having a fantastic adventure and panic attacks," says Kat. "I am so thankful for all the wonderful folks, including AUTHORLINK, who have crossed my path at the right time, and have helped me make a lifelong dream come true. WAKAN TANKA (Great Spirit), of course, I thank for all lessons learned and all paths. This is one of those paths strewn with bluebonnets, soft moss and warm cuddly critters. The panic part has to do with getting to those book signings. I'm directional dyslexic and panic when traveling to new places. So . . . maybe that's the next adventure and lesson!"

Kat Goldring currently is working on the next two novels in the WILLI GALLAGHER SERIES: SNOW SNAKE and SWEET CHARIOT. She also have a second series, the DELTA PAIGE SERIES, and has finished the first book in that series, COOPER STREET GIRLS.

Authorlink asked the author: How helpful was DFW Writers' Workshop?

"I would not have cleared out the flaws in my manuscript. The members helped me to develop a selling novel. I would not have met my agent, Carol McCleary, if DFW Writers' Workshop had not had her as a guest. I would not have had the opportunity to meet my editor, KIM WALTEMYER with BERKLEY PUBLISHING. I interviewed with her during her visit with DFWWW. Although I've served as an officer and hosted many dinners as well as parties at my own country home for the members, editors and agents, I still owe DFWWW a great deal."

Former LA Times Reporter

 

to Contribute Kids' Book

Column to Authorlink

Laguna Beach, CA/12/15/00—Barbara J. Odanaka, former LA Times sports reporter and columnist, will join Authorlink on January 1 2001 as a regular columnist. Her articles will provide writers with in-depth insights on writing and publishing children's books, and will include interviews with children's editors at major publishing houses.

Among upcoming topics for her column will be:

January 1: Rejection 101 February 1: A Crime to Rhyme? March 1: Every Story Tells A Picture April 1: Successful School Visits May 1: Beautiful Noise—Why "Quiet" Picture Books No Longer Make the Grade June 1: Five to Watch: A look at Upcoming Children's Authors

From time to time, she will provide special reports on major children's book conferences.

Ms. Odanaka left her career at the Times to write books for children. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.

Barb earned a BA in English from the University of Southern California. She lives with her husband and son in a California beach town, and is a founding member of the Skateboarding Moms Society. She can be reached at bodanaka@aol.com

Authorlink Writer

Lands First Book

Deal With Scribner

NEW YORK,NY/10/1/00—Jimmy Gleacher, who has been listed as an Authorlink writer since October, 1999, has sold his first novel to prestigious Scribner, an imprint of Rawson Associates and part of Simon & Schuster.

Meredith Phelan of Linda Chester and Associates in New York found Jimmy's novel, "Roll Again," on one of her frequent searches of Authorlink, signed him on, and subsequently sold the work for five figures. The mainstream fictional work, to be released in 2002, is the 64th title to be sold either as a direct or indirect result of Authorlink.

Agent Wray

Signs Fifteen

Authorlink Writers

9/00—Pamela Wray, owner of the new and growing Pamela Wray Literary Agency, has agreed to represent 15 writers found over the last several months as a direct result of Authorlink.

Among the works now represented by Wray are several thrillers and young adult works. Ms Wray, an aggressive agent, already has sent works by the newest Authorlink ensigns out to key publishers.

In another case, Ms. Wray signed a children's author who, while not officially listed on Authorlink, connected with Wray through the service. The work is a moral folk tale, similar to Uncle Remus.

"I was so excited about this book that he expressed it to me over night, and I have already spoken with numerous publishers, special merchandising and TV producers, " said Wray. "I am going to put this book up for auction because there is so much interest."

"The Authorlink website is the ultimate place for any editor, literary agent or publisher, and I am so thankful the staff's hard work and diligence," Ms. Wray said in a note to Authorlink.

Ms. Wray is among a number of agents who regularly surf the Authorlink site in search of good manuscripts.

Clemente Becomes

 

61st Authorlink Writer

to Sell To Manuscript

New York House Pays Handsome Advance

 

New York, NY/5/26/00 Authorlink writer Gary Clemente became the 61 st author to sell his work to a key New York publisher.

Lebhar-Friedman, New York has slated a 2002 publication date for " Confessions of a G-Man: Inside the FBI, originally listed on Authorlink as The Marking of a Hoover. Clemente will be paid a $5,000 advance plus royalties for the work, half up front and half on delivery of the finished manuscript. Sale of the book is the direct result of Clemente's listing on Authorlink.

"Confessions" will be an inside look at the FBI through the eyes of Clemente's father, who was a career agent for 26 years. The book will deal with anecdotal stories and inside information about the Bureau, the war on Communism in the Fifties, the mob, and J. Edgar Hoover among other things.

How did he find Authorlink? A writer friend told him about it and spoke highly of the service.

Authorlink seemed to be up front about everything and didn't present itself as a scheme to make money off of writers," Gary said. "Doris Booth answered all of my questions promptly and professionally while the book was made available for review. I was pleased with how some of the particulars of the book was presented and listed on-line."

How long were you listed on Authorlink before the sale Gary's book was listed on Authorlink for about five months before Lebhar-Friedman Editor Frank Scatoni (formerly with Simon & Schuster) spotted the title and requested a proposal. This was all done through e-mail.

Gary, 48, has been writing full time and semi-professionally since he got out of college. He's written in a number of different mediums along the way. He has several other projects in the working stage, including a collection of short stories; a humor book based on the newspaper column he writes weekly; and a suspense book in the same vein as Michael Creiton.

How does it feel to be a published author?

"My first and only published book was a children's piece that came out in 1995, called 'Cosmo Gets An Ear,' about a little boy who gets his first hearing aid. Being published in book form is a wonderful feeling. It's an achievement I'm the most proud of in my writing career.

And does he have any advice for new writers?

"Take it from somebody who has written all of his adult life and even some before as a kid — it's got to be in your blood, because getting published is not the easiest thing to do. You write because you have to — it's who you are and nobody's going to make you stop. One thing that can be valuable is to learn how to distill and recognize exactly what it is on a gut level that attracts people to certain stories and why. There are usually one or two elements working that can make a successful story or book. Examine a well-made movie or book and practice how to recognize the "concept" that made it work. Other than that, as Winston Churchill said, 'Never, never, never give up.'"

Pamela Wray

 

Literary Agency Signs

Four Authorlink Writers

5/00—Pamela Wray Literary Agency based in Alabama, has signed four Authorlink writers for representation.

They are Steven Rudd, Midnight Run; Jan Letoha, Bury the Past; J.E. Deegan, In Dark Covenant; Norman Davis, Stonecypher's Gold.

Authorlink Author

 

Carolee Joy Takes

Rising Star Award

6/15/00—Carolee Joy, author of Wild Angel (Authorlink Press) won second place in the prestigious short contemporary category of the Rising Star 2000 Awards, a division of the Romance Writers of America.

The winners, including the Grand Prize winner, were offered free registration at the RWA national conference or equivalent cash. Winners were presented at the Sooner Area Romance Authors in Tulsa, Oklahoma May 20.

Fifth Authorlink

 

Contest Winner Earns

Publishing Contract

Los Angeles, CA/ 5/15/00 —Ekaterine Nikas (Katy) Terlinden, the 1998 Best of Show and mystery winner of the Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has landed a publishing contract with Avid Press

( www.avidpress.com Her winning novel, Divided Child, will be released by Avid in Winter 2000 under her pen name, Ekaterine Nikas. It is the fifth time in two years an Authorlink contest winner has won a substantial publishing contract.

"Authorlink.com offered a wonderful contest that gave me an important boost to my career, got me access to editors and agents, and provided a very impressive reference for query letters," said Terlinden.

Katy had been writing for about ten years before she heard about Authorlink on one of her writer lists. She advises new writers to "be persistent, be part of a network, enter contests (they are a great way to get agents and editors to look at your work), and keep your mind open to the possibilities offered by small presses and e-book publishers, especially if your book does not fit easily into the New York mold."

Katy also says, "utilize the Internet to the fullest. I probably would not have made my sale without it. I think Authorlink is a great resource for writers and an excellent example of how new writers can use the Internet to break through the barriers to publication.

Authorlink Writer's

 

New Book Released

by Marlowe, New York

NEW YORK, NY/5/1/00—Beyond Anger: A Guide for Men, by Thomas J. Harbin, Ph.D, has just been released by New York Publisher Marlowe & Company's Avalon imprint. Author Tom Harbin directly attributes the sale of his book to his listing on Authorlink.

Forensic Psychologist Harbin sold his nonfiction manuscript, originally titled STANCE OF ANGER, to established publisher, John Muir Publications as the result of a direct inquiry by the publisher in May, 1998. Muir was bought by Marlowe Books, a division of Avalon last year.

In his new book, Dr. Harbin helps men understand their anger by explaining what the specific symptoms of chronic anger are and by showing angry men how their actions negatively affect family, friends and co-workers.

Tom is one of nearly 60 Authorlink writers to sign a contract with a publisher since sales tracking began in early 1997.

Tom had been listed on the site for eight or nine months before receiving the request. Generously sharing the sales figures with other Authorlink writers, Tom said he was paid a $1,000 advance upon signing a contract, another $1500 upon delivery of the revised manuscript, and the final $1000 was paid when the book was released.

Tom began writing the manuscript about seven years ago, for use with angry men in his clinical practice. "The book sort of grew over the next couple of years and I guess I have been actively trying to sell it for about three years," he said.

"At first, I naively sent it to editors who had done similar work. Then, I engaged a New York agent who had promoted books for a friend of mine. Honestly, I was about to put the manuscript away and forget about it or start the self-publishing journey. Then I became aware of Authorlink while absently surfing the net for agents."

While not officially working on any new titles, he has started writing some short stories about the goings on in his rural North Carolina county, and he's been keeping copious notes for a possible book about his role as a forensic psychologist.

When asked what he would advise first-time writers, he said I would not presume to offer anyone advice. I think that lucked out so far.

And how important was Authorlink to his begin published? My book would still be sitting on a dusty disk somewhere, without Authorlink, he concluded.

In little more than three years, nearly 300 writers have reported signing with agents as a direct result of Authorlink, and more than 1500 requests from editors and agents have been processed.

The author lives and practices in North Carolina.

Authorlink

 

Correspondent

Joins LA Times

Authorlink writer, Michelle Lovato, has been hired by the Los Angeles Times to cover special sections issues.

Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious news organizations, the Los Angeles Times has a full circulation of 1.4 million copies per Sunday issue.

Lovato’s work will premier March 13.

With more than two years experience as an Authorlink California publishing correspondent, Lovato has covered several events, and can be found by searching archives.

Lovato is the owner/publisher of The Silver Lakes Gazzette, a weekly newspaper, and a columnist and reporter for The Inland Empire Business Journal, a Southern California regional business magazine.

Accompanying Lovato in her new post will be her husband, Vince, a 20- year veteran of journalism. Among Vince’s credits are previous LA Times bylines,

the sales of two short stories to Stephen Speilberg, two nominations for California Newspaper Publisher’s Association awards and was the recipient of a fellowship to Rice University in Houston Texas.

Lovato has 10 years experience as a political and business reporter

and specializes in feature stories. She writes a newspaper column entitled, Thank You, Lord and has won several awards for her short fiction.

Both Lovatos are pursuing careers in the publishing industry. Ms.Lovato will continue contributing articles to Authorlink.

Authorlink Author

 

Carolee Joy Ranks

as RWA Finalist

DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX/ 3/13/000—WILD ANGEL (Authorlink Press, April 2000) by Carolee Joy has been named a finalist in the Golden Quill contest sponsored by the Desert Rose Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Other finalists include multi-published authors such as Vicki Lewis Thompson, one of Harlequin TemptationsTemptation’s biggest sellers.

In addition to WILD ANGEL, SECRET LEGACY, another novel by Ms. Joy, is also a finalist in the Golden Quill competition for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book.

New Author

 

Ranks #12

on Amazon

ATLANTA,GA/3/10/00—A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DAY TRADING ONLINE (Adams Media) by first-time author, has risen to #12 on Amazon.com’s top 100.

The book, agented by Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency (listed on Authorlink), was released only a week ago, and began its quick rise after the author appeared on CNBC Today.

 

American Self

Publishers' Group

Honors Mitchell

SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ 3/1/00—Ed Mitchell, whose manuscript had been listed with Authorlink before he decided to self publish, has been awarded the National Publishers Freedom Award for Best new Fiction. The honor will be bestowed by the year-old American Self Publishers Association (ASPA) for Mitchell's novel, GOLD RUSH 2000. Resource Library. The ASPA award will be given in a formal ceremony May 13 in San Francisco. In addition, the work was accepted by the National Steinbeck Center Resource Library.

Mitchell attributes part of his success to Authorlink for having seen "the quality in my book, and having had the courage to publicly declare that assessment." Authorlink, while not a self publisher, helps writers market their work through promotion to editors and agents, and through listings of their work on its award-winning site, authorlink.com

Third Authorlink Contest

 

Winner Signs Contract

With Major Publisher

Dallas, TX/1/1/00—Three winners of the Authorlink New Author Awards competition have landed major publishing contracts within the past 18 months. The latest Authorlink contestant to become published is Cynthia G. Alwyn (pen name), who placed among the top three in the 1999 Authorlink awards competition.

Carol Berg of Ft. Collins, CO, the 1999 Authorlink first-place, science fiction/fantasy winner for Song of the Beast, won a three-book contract with Roc (an imprint of Penguin Putnam). And June London, 1998 Authorlink mainstream winner signed a six-figure contract with Harper Collins for her novel, Bingo Queens and a second work-in-progress, tentatively titled Stray Bullets.

Ms. Alwyn won the 1999 competition for a book titled, Tail of the Serpent, but it was her newest work, Best Served Cold, that convinced New York Agent Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins & Associates, to become her agent. Hawkins subsequently sold the work to St. Martins Press for an undisclosed amount. The title will be released in the Winter of 2001.

"I have been surprised how fast things can happen," said Cynthia. "I met Anne Hawkins, who is now my agent, at a conference in 1998. We kept in contact, and when I visited with her at the 1999 Authorlink Awards presentation in Georgia, we finalized our business partnership with my new book BEST SERVED COLD. A short time later, St. Martin’s bought the project. I’m thrilled and stunned at the same time. It didn’t feel real to me until I started getting mail from them."

BEST SERVED COLD features protagonist Brenna Scott and her search dog, Feather, a black Bouvier Des Flandres. Together, they search for lost or missing people. In this book, Brenna and Feather race the clock to locate a child before the kidnapper makes good his threat to take the little girl’s life.

"I wasn’t sure the book would sell, but Anne believed in it and in me. Since I’d worked with a canine search and rescue team for nine years, I do have first-hand knowledge of how dogs and handlers work. Although the story is fiction, I believe my experience in this area helped sell the book," said Cynthia.

Due to the commitment of her day job, Cynthia’s writing time is limited. "I usually write Thursday through Sunday and a solid eight hours a day while on vacation. I frequently work out plot points and tidbits about characters driving to and from work. Most days, I’ll sit in my car during lunch break (it’s the only quiet place at work) and make notes. Although I’ve started writing the next Brenna Scott book, it doesn’t yet have a title."

The 2000 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition is now accepting entries for this year’s contest through March, 2000. Awards again will be presented at the annual Harriette Austin Writers Conference, University of Georgia, in July, 2000. Top prize is $500.

For details see: http://www.authorlink.com/contest_00.html

Three More

Authorlink Writers

Sign Publishing Deals

8/15/99—Three more writers have won publishing contracts as a direct result of their listings with Authorlink. All three are clients of Elisabet McHugh, McHugh Literary Agency, who discovered them on Authorlink several months ago. This brings to a total of 49 the number of books that have been sold through Authorlink during the past 2 1/2 years.

Chris Spicer has accepted an offer form McFarland & Co. for Frankly, My Dear. . .:The Life of Clark Gable.

Publication will be in 1001, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Gable's birth.

Neva Hacker, author of Missing Candy, and Charles Crone, author of The Palestinian Solution, have sold their work as e-books to Fictionworks, through Ms. McHugh.

E.A. Blair Becomes

 

43 rd Author to Find

Publisher Via Authorlink

7/1/99—Scrivenery Press will publish Authorlink writer E. A. Blair's A Journey to the Interior, in November, 1999, making Blair the 43 rd author to find a publisher via Authorlink since sales tracking began in 1997. Thirty-one writers have been published as a result of Authorlink, with houses such as Berkley, Tor, John Wiley & Sons, Carol Publishing Group and others. Twelve more titles will be released in August, 1999 by Authorlink's own imprint—Authorlink Press, bringing the total of successfully published authors to forty-three.

"I had tried sending material to about 50 agents, and though many were favorably impressed, all rejected the work, probably because their slice of an author's first book might not have seemed profitable enough," said E.A.

 

Blair, who holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts has been writing since 1951. His day job for the past 30 years has been in publications for the aerospace industry. Some time back, he wrote and published a professional book, but turned to serious fiction only about ten years ago.

E.A. had been trying to sell his work through agents for five years, when he discovered Authorlink in May, 1998. He had been listed on the site for ten months when Scrivenery Press Publisher Ed Williams spotted his work on the web site. Scrdivenery, whose titles are distributed by Ingram Book Group, is actively building both its fiction and non-fiction lines.

Asked how it feels to be a published author, Blair said, "Vindicated. The related adjectives will come later."

Blair's contract did not include an advance, but does pay standard royalties.

"My impression of Scrivenery is that they are professional, intelligent and use advanced publishing technologies—as witnessed by the use of Authorlink and Ingram Book.

"Finding Authorlink was like a door to opportunity suddenly opening," said Blair.

He advises the unpublished writer to "Write patiently, critically."

He has a second title underway.

Authorlink Writer's

 

Novel Released

by Berkley Publishing

NEW YORK,NY/6/10/99— LOST RIVER, a novel by Authorlink writer, Pax Riddle, is now on bookstore shelves. Pax made the deal with Berkley Publishing Group (division of Penguin/Putnam) as part of the connections he made through Authorlink. The book is available via: http://www.lostriver.org/, barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com

Authorlink Named

 

Among Best Education

Resources on the Web

6/10/99—Authorlink has been selected as a featured site in StudyWeb

( http://www.studyweb.com/) as one of the best educational resources on the web.

StudyWeb is one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers. Since 1996 professional reviewers have scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included in StudyWeb's reviews. Each site in StudyWeb includes a detailed review describing it's merits.

Authorlink Teams

 

With Lightning to Offer

On-Demand Book Imprint

DALLAS, TX /5/1/99—Authorlink, the award-winning news/information and marketing site for the publishing industry, will launch its own book imprint, Authorlink Press, this summer. The move results in part from a new publishing partnership between Authorlink and Lightning Print, Inc, the print on demand subsidiary of Ingram Book, worlds largest book distributor.

Authorlink Press will carry the fine tradition of New York-style publishing into the digital age, said Authorlink President Doris Booth. We will serve as a market proving ground for the titles that truly deserve to be published and read—titles that eventually may find their way to larger houses, after we establish a solid track for them, said Ms. Booth.

Lower-cost digital and on-demand printing now enable Authorlink Press to publish books once considered economically too risky. The company will aggressively market the titles, establish sales records and then seek to turn them over to larger publishers.

The imprint will use the latest technology to publish digitally-downloadable books and trade paperbacks, printed on demand. Titles will be distributed through multiple on and off-line sales channels, including Ingram, which serves major booksellers such as Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Authorlink has also established an alliance with Peanut Press, to help supply electronic books for 2 million Palm Pilot and IBM WorkPad owners. Authorlink marketing ties also include alliances with the book review site, Bookbrowse.com (280, 000 page views annually), larger publishing houses, and other distribution and marketing resources.

Authorlink Press emphasizes aggressive, targeted marketing and distribution for every title it buys-a vital element often missing from tight production and promotional budgets at traditional publishers. The company's own loyal audience of 170,000 book lovers provides one the ready audiences of book buyers.

Not only do our readers support fellow writers by buying and reading their work. They provide vital marketing feedback. At Authorlink the end consumer will tell us which books they like and why—not marketing reps, nor retail booksellers with special agendas, but the readers themselves, said Ms. Booth.

Admittedly, digital publishing furrows new ground for Authorlink Our imprint is a test of its own-measuring whether consumers will buy truly good titles through Internet sites, hand-held devices and on-demand, with books printed at the time of their order (one- off). Ms. Booth explained.

In 1999 Authorlink Press initially will release 12 fiction and non-fiction titles, both in digital and trade paperback (on demand), with 12 to 24 titles to follow next year. They will be promoted to targeted, vertical markets, and to horizontal mass audiences via the Internet and traditional channels.

The imprints digital books will be available on the Authorlink.com site and through Peanut Press

( http://www.peanutepress.com/) late this summer. Most titles-and all of the initial 12—will also be available in the Ingram title base and may be ordered through all Ingram ordering systems, accessible to Barnes & Noble, Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon.com and, other major booksellers and libraries.

Both first-time and seasoned authors will be included in the list. Categories include suspense/thrillers, mainstream commercial fiction, science fiction/fantasy, romance, and narrative and commercial nonfiction. No anthologies or short stores are considered, and length ranges from 70,000-80,000 words. The new house is not a subsidy or vanity publisher, and will pay standard publishing industry royalties.

Unsolicited manuscripts are NOT accepted at this time and will be automatically recycled. Prospective authors should, instead, consider submitting their work for possible listing in the site's Author Showcase section.

Authorlink will continue to showcase listings of ready-to-publish manuscripts, and to market them worldwide to editors and agents, as it successfully has done for thee years. Authorlink has been rated among the top 25% of most useful sites on the web by Microsoft's One Click Away E- zine.

Web site: http://www.authorlink.com/arch4_files/authorlink.htm

Authorlink Named

 

Among Writer's Digest

Top 101 Sites For Writers

Writers Digest magazine has selected Authorlink as one of The 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. The 101 were culled from the Digest staffs lists of favorites, as well as from nominations made by about 1,500 visitors to writersdigest.com.

The 101 Best is the cover story of the May 1999 issue of Writers Digest. The list is also published in its entirety on the Writer's Digest website, at http://www.writersdigest.com/101sites.

The list of recommended websites is just one of several recent additions to writersdigest.com.

Authorlink holds other distinguished industry awards, and including its ranking by Microsoft's One Click Away E- zine among the top 25% of most useful sites on the web.

Four Authorlink Writers

 

Sign With WriterBeck

Agency in Two Weeks

5/1/99—Four Authorlink writers will have signed with a single literary agent within the past two-weeks. Beck Roberts, owner of the Writerbeck Agency, has contracted Mackey Murdock and Andrea Giacomuzzi—both listed with Authorlink and found through the site. Two more writers were polishing their manuscripts, but were expected to sign with Ms.Roberts within days.

Beck Roberts represents 70% fiction and 30% nonfiction, and handles most categories except for erotica and cartoons. She has 30 years of experience as a published writer in both fiction and nonfiction and 20 years in related marketing fields. Ms. Roberts has been an agent for a little more than a year, and has already signed seven writers, including the new Authorlink people.

 

Her agency is based in South Carolina, where she moved with her husband and two children to have a simpler lifestyle than in Atlanta.

"Being a relatively new agent, I am more eager than some to work with the authors and their manuscripts, sending them out with strong cover letters to publishers. I am tireless in my efforts and truly get excited about seeing good works in print," she said.

The agency has no sales at present but, as Ms. Roberts said, "Good things take time and I am confident in the authors' work and my ability to promote it successfully."

Editor's Note, 5/11/99: This agent has retired due to a severe illness and will not be accepting other clients.

Update: Authorlink Writer

 

Sells WOLF'S TALE

To TOR Books

Agent Describes Publishing Recipe

By Sam Hughes

The Dickens Group Literary Agency

3/99—David Holland and his upcoming first novel MURCHESTON: THE WOLFS TALE (TOR Books) is a lesson to all who serve as functionaries in today's literary marketplace. Success may well depend on an old recipe: a good writer, a persistent agent who is willing to nurture true talent, and an editor who takes his or her job to heart and who will fight for a book. In the case of David Holland, whose work has appeared on Authorlink the factors that traditionally made the publishing industry great came together after seven years of productive author/agent interaction.

The heroes of this story are Hollland, one of the finest writers our agency has seen, agent Bob Solinger, who recognized brilliant writing and spent seven years pounding on doors to sell Hollands work, and Karla Zounek, the TOR editor who fell under the spell of Hollands writing and worked one-on-one with him to produce a fine literary horror story with a distinctive Victorian setting and tone.

For agents and editors struggling against adverse forces in the current marketplace, it is important to recognize the Holland phenomenon. Services such as Authorlink — a sterling example of what Internet marketing can and should be are invaluable to everyone, especially to new writers. And the ultimate lesson for writers, agents and editors alike: eventually, good writing sells.

Writer's Seven Year

 

Effort Pays Off,

Authorlink Plays Part

Louisville, KY/1/1/99—David Holland, a writer featured on the Authorlink site, since August, 1997, has sold his novel, THE WOLF'S TALE, with The Dickens Group as his agency. David has tried for seven years to become published, and at last found an agency that believed in his work and found the right publisher. More details of his success will be published here soon.

Psychologist Tom Harbin

Becomes 25th Authorlink

Writer to Sell Work

2/15/99—Forensic Psychologist Tom Harbin has sold his nonfiction manuscript, STANCE OF ANGER: RECOGNIZING AND CHANGING THE PATTERNS OF MENS ANGER, to established publisher, John Muir Publications. Tom is the 25th Authorlink writer to sign a contract with a publisher Since sales tracking began in early 1997.

The title will be released in the spring of 2000, according to acquisitions editor Cassandra Conyers, who requested the manuscript directly from Authorlink in May, 1998. Tom had been listed on the site for eight or nine months before receiving the request.

Generously sharing the sales figures with other Authorlink writers, Tom said he was paid a $1,000 advance upon signing a contract, another $1500 upon delivery of the revised manuscript, and the final $1000 will be paid when the book is released. Authorlink assumes a royalty arrangement is also included in the contract.

Tom began writing STANCE about seven years ago, for use with angry men in his clinical practice. The book sort of grew over the next couple of years and I guess I have been actively trying to sell it for about three years.

At first, I naively sent it to editors who had done similar work. Then, I engaged a New York agent who had promoted books for a friend of mine. Honestly, I was about to put the manuscript away and forget about it or start the self-publishing journey. Then I became aware of Authorlink while absently surfing the net for agents.

Tom said having his first work published feels daunting. Muir wants him to increase the book length by about 67% during revision, and he's not a full-time author. He hopes he can get it done on time, especially since there are substantial penalties for being late.

While not officially working on any new titles, he has started writing some short stories about the goings on in his rural North Carolina county, and he's been keeping copious notes for a possible book about his role as a forensic psychologist.

When asked what he would advise first-time writers, he said I would not presume to offer anyone advice. I think that lucked out so far.

And how important was Authorlink to his begin published? My book would still be sitting on a dusty disk somewhere, without Authorlink, he concluded.

John Muir Publications, established in 1969, will release 68 titles in 1999, and 75 in 2000. Main interests are in travel and alternative health.

In little more than two years, 215- plus writers have reported signing with agents as a direct result of Authorlink, and more than 960 requests from editors and agents have been processed.

Writer Cindy Appel

Lands Columnist Job

as Result of Authorlink

2/15/99—Cindy Appel, recently named Cyber Columnist of the Quarter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, attributes her job as a Star Telegram Online Columnist directly to Authorlink and the 1998 Authorlink Electrify Your Writing seminar.

I found out how to become a cyber-columnist from the talk given at the Authorlink workshop last May by Star Telegram Online Marketing Director Bonnie Bradshaw. I became a weekly columnist by July of last year, said Cindy.

Her column, titled, Every Day IS Mothers Day can be found at www.star-telegram.com/homes/cappel/columns/momsday.htm. Cindy takes a semi-humorous look at the world through the eyes of being a full-time mom and struggling writer. She has even developed a loyal following of sorts, too, and takes suggestions from readers on future column topics.

I just thought that others who read Authorlink might like to know how helpful it can be to their writing careers, said Cindy.

 

Agent McHugh Signs

12 Authorlink Writers,

Sells to Key Publishers

12/1/98—Twelve Authorlink writers have signed contracts within the past couple of years with Literary Agent Elisabet Mchugh, all as a direct result of the Authorlink service. And McHugh has sold many of their works to major publishers.

One of these clients, Roland Jansen, whose first book Profits From Natural Resources was just published by John Wiley, is now working on a second investment book. Linda Swink, Eric Winkler, David Whale and Sam Sackett also sold their books through Ms. McHugh.

In recent months, this agent has added a number of other Authorlink writers, including: Steven Levi, David Dial, S.Alan Hepps, Terry Milton, Jim Norton, Rebecca Spalten, and Lewis Tracy. A thirteenth writer is about to be signed with her.

"Authorlink is providing a great service for agents and editors," says Ms. McHugh, who works exclusively through the Internet and has clients in eight countries. "I'm impressed not only by the quality of the manuscripts that you have listed, but also the prompt service rendered by your staff when I request a manuscript. And I check out the new listings on your website on a regular basis."

Authorlink Writer

 

Sells Nonfiction Title

to Lone Wolf Enterprises

12/1/98—Dale C. Maley, author of Road Map to Retirement: How to Quickly and Easily Develop a Financial Plan for Retirement, has sold his work to Roger Wolf’s Lone Wolf Enterprises, Ltd. ( http://www.lonewolfent.net/) as a direct result of Authorlink

The book will be released both in hardcover and online in the first quarter of 1999. Lone Wolf has more than 60 titles in print.

Maley will receive 15% of gross for printed book and 15% of gross for electronic book sales.

Maley discovered Authorlink when he picked up a paper flier at the Harriet Austin Writer's Conference in Athens, Georgia last July, then followed up by visiting the site at http://www.authorlink.com/arch4_files/authorlink.htm. (Note: The second annual Authorlink New Author Awards Banquet will be held as part of the 1999 Harriet Austin Writer’s Conference in Athens, July 23-25, 1999).

Dale, who has been writing for about two years, said it took him only 15 months to find a publisher through Authorlink He first found an agent through Authorlink who tried, but failed to sell the title to a large publisher.

How does it feel to have his first work published? “Very exciting, it has been a long, arduous, and perilous journey from writing those first few words of the manuscript until getting it published, “ said Dale.

He advises new writers to “Make sure your book is either the best among all the competition or among the first few books published in a new subject area. Be diligent, patient, and believe in your yourself and your work.

Authorlink Helps

Writer Secure

International Agent

12/1/98—J.D. Wetterling, author of SON OF THUNDER, has sold his first work to domestic publisher, Rivilo Books, Felix C. Lowe, publisher. The title was schedule for release in November, 1998. While J.D. located a publisher on his own, it was Authorlink that helped him find his agent. The Stefanidis Agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, discovered J.D.s listing on the Authorlink site and requested a review of the manuscript. The writer agreed to let Stefanidis handle the foreign rights.

Wetterling , who has been writing for nine years, had tried to locate an editor and agent for the last eight years. He found Authorlink while surfing the net. He found the publisher networking through friends.

How does it feel to have his first work published? “Wonderful!” he exclaimed. Wetterling, whose day job is as a Stockbroker with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, has two more novels in progress. He hopes to write all day, every day, for the rest of his days. Books and the Internet helped him more than anything else to improve his craft.

He advised new writers to “never give up.”

Authorlink Writers

 

Now Able to Track

Their Own Page Hits

12/1/98— Authorlink writers are now able to track the number of hits to their individual pages each month. We're now adding individual counters to every page, so writers can determine the level of interest in their listed manuscripts. The counter, which resets at the first of each month, does not show who visited the page, but it gives the writer an idea of how interested editors, agents and general readers are in his or her topic and title.

The counter is now being added to every new writer's page. Writers with existing listings can request an ID and password for the service by emailing: dbooth@authorlink.com

JLA Agency Signs

 

Four Authorlink Writers

In 60 Days, Praises Site

11/15/98—Jay Lace, owner of JLA Literary, reports that he has signed contracts to represent four Authorlink writers during the past 60 days.

They include: Michael Sedge, Author of the novel, The Oracle, and a nonfiction work, Fettuccini or the Frustrated Soul; Margaret Brennecke, author of the novel, Seeking Refuge; Miles Twaddell, author of the novel, Victory Day, and Charles Carron, author of the non-fiction work, The Suing Game.

JLA, a new agency actively looking to build a small roster of clients, found all four writers listed on Authorlink

"We are looking for original works with commercial appeal," said Mr. Lace. "We have discovered that using Authorlink helps us separate the chaff from the wheat, and saves us hundreds of hours that would otherwise be wasted on unsuitable manuscripts."

The agency adheres to the AAR's guidelines, although it is not yet a registered member.

Wiley Releases

 

Authorlink Writer's

First Book in November

11/1/98—Roland Jansen, who found an agent and publisher through Authorlink, has received the first copy of his new book, Profits in Natural Resources, from publisher John Wiley & Sons. The new release shipped to major bookstore chains in early November.

"It all started with Authorlink, " Jansen said in a message to Authorlink this week. "The Internet works."

Agent Signs

 

Three Authorlink

Writers Within Months

AUSTIN, TX/10/98—Brian G. Clark, Esq., owner of BGC Literary Management, has signed contracts to represent three Authorlink writers within less than two months.

BGC is an aggressive and highly professional new agency headquartered in Austin, TX.

Clark said he has signed Eric Scherer, author of THE OLYMPUS PROJECT; Ekaterine (Katy) Terlinden, who wrote THE DIVIDED CHILD, and Pete Murphy, author of SALAMANDERS. Ms. Terlinden was Best of Show (suspense/mystery/thriller) winner in the first annual Authorlink New Author Awards competition. (See the second annual Authorlink competition guidelines at http://www.authorlink.com/contest_99.html).

"The advent of literary agents came as publishing houses cut editorial staff, allowing agents to step in as the front line arbiters of taste and commercial viability," said Clark. "Authorlink has become the new additional front line for the busy agent, a source for trusted pre-screened material to pursue at their convenience."

Authorlink Finalists

 

Sign Publishing Contract

With Neighborhood Press

8/29/98—Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss, finalists in both the Romance and SF/Fantasy/Horror categories in the 1998 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, have signed a publishing contract with Neighborhood Press for their historical romance novel, SWEETER THAN WINE. SWEETER THAN WINE is scheduled to be released in May, 1999, under the pseudonym of Michaela August.

In this novel WWI widow Alice Roye must fight to save her Sonoma winery from the threat of Prohibition. She falls in love with her new vintner, a European refugee, not knowing that he served as an enemy soldier during the war.

"We believe that entering our work in contests such as the one sponsored by Authorlink really opened some doors for us, " said Karin Welss. "SWEETER THAN WINE is definitely a local history novel, highlighting a little-known aspect of Prohibition," explains Welss when asked about how she and Gibbons chose the subject for their novel . "A lot of hard-working American winemakers and grape-growers lost their livelihoods when beer and wine were outlawed along with hard liquor, and California's wine industry languished for the next fifty years."

Gibbons adds, "It was a very emotional time, so soon after World War I and the deadly influenza epidemic. Although the concept of Prohibition was well-intentioned, its effect was devastating even before gangsters and bathtub gin became the popular symbols of its failure. Grape-growers didn't know, right up to harvest in 1919, whether or not they could legally pick the best crop they'd ever seen. I found the research fascinating."

How did they make the sale? After finishing the manuscript, Gibbons and Welss spent a year sending out query letters and partials. They also entered several writing contests, including the Authorlink contest. "The romance writing community is incredibly supportive of new writers," Welss says, and Gibbons agrees: "We got a lot of help and encouragement from the published authors who judged two of the contests." A major obstacle to overcome in selling SWEETER THAN WINE was its WWI-era setting. "It's always difficult for new authors to break in," remarks Gibbons, "and even more difficult when editors are convinced that no one wants to read historicals set in the early 20th century." Their finalist status helped generate leads for possible publishers, as did their membership on several writing-related Internet listservs.

Welss remembers: "Someone on RWALINK (the Romance Writers of America members-only listserv) mentioned that Neighborhood Press was a fairly new publishing house open to romance submissions, and they spoke very highly of the Senior Editor, Rhea Griffiths. We queried Rhea via email, got a favorable response, and the rest is history." Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss are working on separate solo projects at the moment, although they have several more co-authored novels in the planning stages, including a sequel to SWEETER THAN WINE.

Gibbons is currently writing a sequel to In a Mirror, Darkly, set amid the turmoil of Berkeley in the 60's. Welss has another historical romance in progress, a tale of love and blackmail set in Restoration England.

About Neighborhood Press: Rhea Griffiths founded Neighborhood Press in 1995 with nothing but a desktop computer, an America Online account and the belief that "if she built it, they would come…" Now a rapidly growing small press, Neighborhood Press plans to publish twelve novels in 1999 as well as six issues of The Lovers Knot, a new magazine aimed at readers and writers of romance. Additional information about Marian Gibbons and Karin Welss, writing together as Michaela August, is available at the HREF="http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Square/3524/"Michaela August Web Page.

Another Writer Wins

 

Publishing Contract

Via Authorlink

EquiLibrium Press Signs Mitchell

 

NEW YORK, NY & CULVER CITY, CA/ 8/98—Joyce Slayton Mitchell, author of more than 32 nonfiction books published by major houses such as Bantam, Dell, Simon & Schuster, and others, has sold another nonfiction work as a direct result of Authorlink

Ms. Mitchell's newest manuscript, Pregnant in New Zealand: Mother and Daughter Letters from Afar, will be published in May, 1999 by EquiLibrium Press, Inc. of Culver City, California.

EquiLibrium Press Publisher Susan Goland requested the manuscript several months ago after seeing Mitchell's listing on Authorlink This will be EquiLibrium's first title as a new publisher, specializing in all aspects of health and wellness for women.

Pregnant in New Zealand is the story of a courageous and adventuresome young woman who finds an exotic life in the Pacific. This collection of New Zealand-to-Vermont letters is written in the first hours of pregnancy, leads to a dramatic 45-hour labor, and reveals the tensions of midwifery, and differences in generations, race and hemisphere.

Ms. Mitchell, who lives in New York, has successfully listed several works with Authorlink since late 1997. The newest book had been listed on the site for about 45 days or less, when Publisher Goland spotted it. The entire process, from listing to sale, took place within about three months.

Authorlink Winner

 

Signs Six-Figure

Deal at Harper Collins

7/98—June London, mainstream winner of the 1998 Authorlink New Author Awards Competition, has signed a six-figure contract with Harper Collins for her novel, Bingo Queens and a second work-in-progress, tentatively titled Stray Bullets.

The first title will be released in April, 1999, and the second manuscript will be completed in August, 1999. Both will be released under Harper Collins’ Cliff Street imprint.

Ms. London, whose real name is June Park, lives with her husband in a small Oklahoma town, similar to the setting for Bingo Queens, her first novel.

She met her agent, Robert Tabian of Robert Tabian Literary Agency , four years ago at an Oklahoma writers' conference. He showed considerable interest in her story at the time, though only a few chapters had been completed.

June sent an earlier novel out to 20 agents, all of whom rejected her. In 1988, early in her career, she took lessons from well-known writing coach, Jack Bickam at the University of Oklahoma in 1988. “He was my mentor, one on one,” June said. She began winning various contests and published a few shorts stories. She also began teaching creative writing at local colleges. “The more I taught, the more I learned,” June told Authorlink.

When she finished Bingo Queens in February last year, she suddenly remembered the meeting with Tabian. A few weeks earlier, she had entered the Authorlink contest. On April 13, 1998 Authorlink notified her that she had won first place in the mainstream nonfiction category. About two weeks later, Tabian notified her that Harper Collins wanted to buy the work.

“While we weren’t responsible for making the direct connection with HarperCollins, “said Authorlink Editor Doris Booth. “we sure know how to spot the winners.”

Tabian is a former editor at Putnam and was with International Creative Management before opening his own agency. Among Tabin’s clients is 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Olan Butler.

How does it feel to have her first two novels sold? “I don’t know,” says June. I suppose reality has yet to sink in.”

Asked when she first became interested in writing, Ms. Park, a native of London, England, said that as a child during World War II, she read books while sequestered in bomb shelters to calm her fears and remove her from reality.

For the past ten years she has devoted herself exclusively to her writing career.

Authorlink Author

 

Tim McGuire Tops

Ingram’s Hot List

DALLAS/FT. WORTH, TX/ 6/30/98—Tim McGuire’s newly-released Western, Danger Ridge (DORCHESTER/LEISURE BOOKS) has been listed by Ingram Book Company among the top ten most requested western fiction titles in the mass market/paperback category for several consecutive weeks in June. The excellent showing was posted even before the title was scheduled to reach bookstores by the end of that month.

Tim McGuire is among writers whose ready-to-publish and newly-released works are listed on Authorlink Danger Ridge is his first novel. Another western, titled, “Nobility,” , is due for release by LEISURE next year. Ingram is the world’s largest trade book distributor.

Authorlink Writer

 

Pax Riddle Sells

Book to Berkley

6/20/98—Authorlink writer, Pax Riddle, has sold his first novel “Lost River” to Berkley Publishing Group for the mid four figures. Pax joined the Authorlink site in early 1997. Some months later he signed with a top New York agent, whom he found through the Authorlink private agency directory. Berkley Editor Kim Waltemeyer bought the manuscript in June, 1998.

Lost River is the story of a young Modoc woman married to a white man, who struggles to balance her Indian heritage and her family in the face of looming war between her people and the US Army. The book will be released in Summer, 1999.

Pax Riddle writes full time, and lives with his wife and teenage daughter in Connecticut. He is working on a second novel, The Education of Ruby Loonfoot, and recently sold a nonfiction article to Wild West magazine.

Pax advises new writers to join a good work-oriented critique group, and consider their comments closely, while maintaining your style and integrity. “If you wish to sell your work, versus merely write it for artistic, self satisfaction, find out about the marketplace. See where you can find a niche,” he says.

New Author Finds

 

Agent on Internet,

Sells Six-figure Deal

7/98—First-time novelist William Kowalski of Erie PA. has sold his manuscript, Eddie’s Bastard, to Harper Collins. After receiving offers from several houses, agent Anne Hawkins of John Hawkins & Associates Inc., New York accepted a two book deal totalling in the mid six figures. Marjorie Braman, Senior Vice President for Harper Collins Adult Trade Books made the successful offer. Irv Schwartz of The Renaissance Agency, Los Angeles, CA, will handle film and television rights.

Kowalski first contacted Hawkins with an unsolicited E-mail query. He found her E-mail address via a search of AOL user profiles for literary agents.

In the fictional autobiography, William Kowalski explores the importance of family and the place of the individual in the continuum of history and time.

Living alone in a decaying mansion, Grandpa Mann is the last surviving member of a once-great family. Or so he believes until the day he stumbles drunkenly out the back door and discovers a baby in a picnic basket. A note taped to the handle identifies the occupant as “EDDIE’S BASTARD,” the child of his only

son recently killed in Viet Nam. What follows is the bittersweet story of the old man raising his grandson as the last, proud scion of the Mann family and steeping him in all of its rich and bizarre heritage.

Kowalski braids the story of the boy’s journey to young manhood together with family anecdotes and homespun philosophical excerpts from great-great grandfather Mann’s Civil War diary. The result is a story mixing warm humor with nostalgia and the inevitable sadness common to most American family histories.

Michigan Writer

 

Sells First Book

Via Authorlink

 

7/98—David Whale has found an agent and sold his book, HOW SCHOOLS REALLY WORK: AN ACTION GUIDE FOR PARENTS, through Authorlink Before having his work accepted for a listing on Authorlink he had written an agent himself, only to be turned down.

"It seemed like to me there should be a better way to reach potential editors and agents. Authorlink turned out to be the answer," David said.

He found Authorlink through a search engine while surfing the web. "I liked the way it was laid out and the content," he said. " I figured it was worth a try, and the results and support were outstanding all the way."

Whale said his agent has been great to work with. "We do all of our communicating via email. She is based in Idaho and I am in Michigan. We've never met face to face but I feel I know her and we have a very good relationship."

David waited a number of months before his agent connected with him through Authrolink! But persistence paid off. About nine months after his listing on Authorlink Agent Elisabet McHugh had made a sale for David. That's less than half the time it usually takes to sell a manuscript.

The hardcover book will be released in September, 1998 by Avisson. While David has published some scholarly papers and continues to do research and writing on the same topic as his book, this is his first full-length published work.

Sam Sackett's

'Career Karate'

Finds Publisher

6/98—Sam Sackett expected it would take a long time to find an agent, even with the help of Authorlink His listing first appeared on the site in April, 97, and about six or even months later he signed with agent, Elisabet McHugh, after receiving requests from three different representatives, and subsequently a publishing house.

"Placing the book with a publisher took longer than I thought, "said Sackett. "I think any author feels his work is so good that it will sell immediately, and I am no exception. Reality was, as it usually is, disillusioning." That process took about four more months.

"Was I skeptical of Authorlink at first? Sure. Anybody who has lived long in this economy has run across enough scams to make him skeptical of anything that sounds like a good deal. It's a by-product of the free enterprise system that crooks are free to function until they're caught.

"I found Authorlink very professional and timely. I was particularly impressed with their efforts to make sure that the agents they list operate ethically, " Sam said. " I even passed along a couple of names of agents who approached me about whom I was leery, and Authorlink acted appropriately."

How did Sam Sackett begin his writing career?

"Miss Grassle, my kindergarten teacher, assigned all of us to write a book in imitation of the little reader which was our text. I became hooked on writing and have been writing ever since."

Right now Sam has obligations that prevent him from the kind of sustained writing effort that he would like to make, so he's working along at translations of a couple of Flemish novels because he can do them a page at a time in between other chores. When he can free up his time more fully, he plans to finish a book on how to get a job, TWELVE STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT CAREER, which his present agent is also interested in representing.

Another agent whom he found through the Authorlink listings, has three of Sam's novels: ADOLF HITLER IN OZ, AN AMERICAN PRODIGAL, and SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE.

Sam's book, CAREER KARATE: WINNING STRATEGIES FOR MANAGERS, will be released by The Graduate Group sometime this spring.

"I think Authorlink is a great opportunity for writers. Before I discovered Authorlink, I had used the lists of agents in the Literary Market Place, only to be told by them — at least by those of them that answered at all — that they were not accepting work from new writers. The agents listed by Authorlink are all agents actively seeking new talent. For that reason Authorlink saves writers an enormous amount of time and effort in bringing them together with people who actually are interested in considering their work. So I am really very thankful to Authorlink and will be happy to sing its praises wherever and whenever I have the occasion."

Eric Winkler Sells

First Work

Within Five Months

6/98—Eric Winkler signed with a literary agent and sold his first manuscript, Partnership Marketing, to Greenwood Publishing, all within only five months. How did he do that? Through Authorlink

"At first, I made the mistake that first-time authors make of trying to pitch my manuscript directly to publishing houses. While searching the Internet for publishers, I ran across Authorlink" Eric explained. "Rather than try and learn the book publishing industry overnight, I thought I'd "borrow some experience" from Authorlink and I couldn't be more pleased with the results."

Authorlink asked Eric if he were skeptical of the service at first, and why?

"I have to admit I was skeptical at first. There are so many mine fields on the Internet that I worry about paying for any service offered on the 'net. I was impressed by the list of authors on the site and by the current publishing industry news. It seemed like a gamble worth taking and I'm very pleased with the connections Authorlink made for me."

Eric had searched for several months and had a number of dead-end conversations with publishers. He made the mistake of thinking he didn't need an agent. "Looking back, it was a little like thinking I could do my own dental work with a few lessons," he commented.

Eric said he was surprised how fast Authorlink produced results for him. It took less than a month for him to sign with agent, Elisabet McHugh through Authorlink He agreed to partner with her in October. By December, 97 he had received his first serious offer from a publisher. Then, in February, 98, only five months after Authorlink connected him with an agent, he sold his first book.

Asked if he had any advice for other first-time authors, Eric advised: "Don't be afraid to admit what you don't know. Do you need Authorlink? Yes. You can't possibly expect to learn the publishing industry overnight, so let Authorlink lend you their contacts and their expertise.

"I don't know about other writers, but I asked myself over and over whether or not I needed an agent. I did. My agent helped me focus my work and helped crystallize the vision for my project. Unless you are fortunate enough to be a publisher writing about the publishing industry, you need an agent to help you navigate this complicated business."

Eric Winkler said he had "nothing but praise" for Authorlink "This service sets realistic expectations and then exceeds them. I consider myself fortunate to have found Authorlink and even more fortunate that my agent found me through Authorlink This is a service I'd recommend to any first time author."

Roland Jansen

 

Finds Publisher

In Six Months

5/98—Roland Jansen has just sold his first book to John Wiley & Sons as a direct result of having secured agent Elisabet McHugh through Authorlink

Unnatural Profits from Natural Resources: How to Make Big Profits, Globally, From Oil, Gas, Grains and Metals will be released by John Wiley & Sons in August, 1998.

Dutch-born Jansen, director of fund management for the oldest bank in Liechtenstein, wrote the book in German in September 1996 and originally titled it, The Coming Squeeze in Natural Resources. A friend who review it told him his German was "hopeless" and suggested he write it in English. He did. In January, 1997 he began surfing the Internet to find information on publishers and came across Authorlink

"I thought Authorlink was a great idea for an aspiring writer living in a remote area and with no contacts in the publishing world. My book was accepted for listing on the service and after only two months, in March, 1997, Authorlink Editor Doris Booth informed me that literary agent Elisabet McHugh was interested in reading the full manuscript. After receiving valuable background information from Doris about the agent, I signed with Ms. McHugh on April 3."

In the following six months, Ms. McHugh encouraged Jansen to refocus the book and he completed the new version in August, 1997. Only a month later John Wiley & Sons made the offer to publish the book.

His advice to new writers: "Listen to the feedback you get from publishers who don't want to buy. Your work must be unique and you must be able to tell a publisher why it is so special. Finally, don't let anyone take away your dream of being published."

 

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