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July 16 – July 23, 2009 Edition

Pocket Joins Permuted Press to Publish Zombie Fiction

NEW YORK, NY/AUTHORLINK NEWS/07/16/09–Anthony Ziccardi, Vice President and Deputy Publisher of Pocket Books, announced last week a new co-publishing venture with Permuted Press, best known for horror, dark fantasy and science fiction novels . The seven-book deal was brokered by Marc Gerald at the Agency Group. The books will be Zombie focused, with the first release DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON by J.L. Bourne, slated for October 2009.

"I am excited to be the pioneer author for the Pocket Books and Permuted Press joint publishing venture.," said Bourne. " Horror fans are in for an absolute thrill and can expect to enjoy bold, fresh and riveting fiction as a result of this project. The journey with Permuted Press has been a great success and I know that success will be further enhanced as we shift gears into a new and exciting relationship with Pocket Books. Keep your doors locked!"

Jacob Kier, Publisher, Permuted Press, said "I couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with Pocket Books to bring some of Permuted’s most exciting and thought-provoking tales of the end of the world to a larger audience."

Permuted Press began its publishing program in 2004 and quickly became notedin the horror fiction genre. Bourne’s DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON is Permuted’s biggest seller, with sales of approximately 25,000 copies. Other titles entering the co-publishing venture have sold between 10-20,000 copies. Permuted has achieved unprecedented success for a small company operating from a remote corner of Missouri and, until now, has utilized only a print on demand (POD) centered publishing model.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Permuted Press and expand their very successful brand." said Anthony Ziccardi. "We feel the horror genre and zombies in particular, will be a growing category at retail. Even Hollywood seems to be focused on zombie tales and we feel that we are well positioned to capitalize on this trend."

Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com