Elizabeth Maguire: Basic Books Hungry for Great Storytellers

April 15, 2003 12:00 am By

In December 2002, Elizabeth (Liz) Maguire was promoted from editorial director to vice president and publisher of Basic Books/Basic Civitas Books and Counterpoint, all part of the Perseus Books Group. She joined the company approximately three years ago after having served as editorial director of Free Press (Simon &Schuster).

Successful Author Bonnie Hearn Hill Proves Persistence Pays

March 15, 2003 12:00 am By

Author Bonnie Hearn Hill has heard voices for years. She just doesn’t pay attention to them. That’s no good, the voices say . What makes you think you can write? You should be spending more time cleaning your house! Honey, do you know how many people are out there trying to write a book? In fact, ignoring those voices finally won her a three-book publishing contract with Mira (a division of Harlequin) before she had even written the second and third manuscripts. They were her first big deals for fiction. But that’s not all. Since the initial book, Intern, was accepted, she has landed a second three-book contract with the same publisher—six titles so far.


July 1, 2002 12:00 am By

Late last year, the President signed into law the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. Under the new law—which adds 20 years to most copyright terms—no new works will enter the public domain until 2019. Enacted to ensure adequate protection for U.S. works abroad, the new act restricts access to works published after 1922. As this article points out, passage of the act has changed the rules for using public domain materials—a rich source of quality, inexpensive content for many smaller publishers. Unfortunately, those who rely on such materials will be adversely affected by these new rules.

An Exclusive Authorlink Interview with David Ebershoff

March 1, 2002 7:47 pm By

In addition to his publishing role at Random House, David Ebershoff is the author of The Danish Girl and The Rose City. The Danish Girl won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Lambda Literary Award. His latest work, Pasadena, a novel, will be released by Random House in the summer of 2002. David is a visiting lecturer in fiction writing at Princeton, and lives in New York City.

An Exclusive Authorlink Interview With Martha Levin

March 1, 2002 7:40 pm By

Martha Levin joined Simon & Schuster last April to expand the Free Press’s serious nonfiction lines to include literary fiction and other works. As publisher, she is responsible for every aspect of the publishing process: what the Free Press buys, publishes, how the house promotes, publicizes, how the books look, and what books get reprinted.

Arthur Klebonoff’s The Agent: Personalities, Politics and Publishing

March 1, 2002 12:00 am By

ARTHUR KLEBANOFF is the owner and president of the fifty-year-old Scott Meredith Literary Agency. As co-founder of Morton L. Janklow Associates, Inc. and partner in the law firm Janklow, Traum & Klebanoff, he worked over a ten year period on more than thirty seven-figure book deals, most involving commercial fiction. Klebanoff previously led the publishing division of International Management Group. He is also the CEO of RosettaBooks, the leading independent electronic publisher focused on quality backlist books. The author resides in New York City

eBook Experts Look to Bright New Era for Digital Publishing

February 15, 2002 12:00 am By

The death of digital books has been greatly exaggerated! In related news, a distinguished panel of top representatives from the eBook divisions of Microsoft, Adobe, Palm, Digital Media and MobiPocket were scheduled to discuss emerging eBook technologies at the Seybold Seminars in New York on February 21.