Wunderkind PR Clients
A selection of authors with whom we have worked throughout our careers include:
*Wunderkind PR author whose title we have worked on or are currently working on
ERNEST CLINE-Spring/Summer 2012
Congratulations, Ernie, on your debut novel READY PLAYER ONE (A Crown hc; 8/15/11) hitting The New York Times bestseller list! The trade paperback of READY PLAYER ONE will go on-sale June 5, 2012.
Ready Player One was named one of the best novels of the 2010s according to Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing. At once wildly original and dripping with irresistible '80s nostalgia, Ready Player One is a jaw-droppingly cinematic debut that is part thriller, part love story, and part high-stakes quest through a virtual world. Film rights were snapped up by Warner Bros. in a heated auction.
Ernest Cline has worked as a short-order cook, fish gutter, plasma donor, elitist video store clerk, and tech support drone. His primary occupation, however, has always been geeking out, and he eventually threw aside those other promising career paths to express his love of pop culture fulltime as a spoken word artist and screenwriter. His 2009 film Fanboys, much to his surprise, became a cult phenomenon. These days Ernie lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, their daughter, and a large collection of classic video games. Ernie was recently crowned “King of the Nerds” by Oxford Student.
NEAL STEPHENSON AND GREG BEAR-Spring/Summer 2012
This May, from the minds of Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear comes The Mongoliad Trilogy, the first installment in the Foreworld Saga, a collaborative series unlike any other that will enthrall fans of fantasy, martial arts, and historical fiction.
The Foreworld medieval adventure saga was actually born out of swordfighting. Stephenson and the other authors are avid practitioners of Western martial arts and they are part of an enthusiastic study group in Seattle. io9.com reports that Stephenson realized that the descriptions of swordfighting in his novels would have been much better with contributions from people with fighting expertise. Thus the idea for a saga about the complex, bloody history of Western martial arts was born, featuring Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo.
The first novel to be released in the saga, THE MONGOLIAD: BOOK ONE, (A 47North original tpb; May pub; on-sale 4/24/12) is an epic-within-an-epic, taking place in 13th century. In it, a small band of warriors and mystics raise their swords to save Europe from a bloodthirsty Mongol invasion. Inspired by their leader, an elder of an order of warrior monks, they embark on a perilous journey and uncover the history of hidden knowledge and conflict among powerful secret societies that had been shaping world events for millennia.
LINEA AND CINDA JOHNSON-Spring/Summer 2012
Linea Johnson is a recent graduate from Seattle University, with a major in English and Creative Writing. Linea recently worked as an intern at the World Health Organization in the Mental Health department and is currently a Research Study Assistant at the University of Washington. She is a national speaker and writer, advocating for understanding and support for people with mental illness and the elimination of stigma.
Cinda Johnson, Ed.D., is a professor and director of the special education graduate program at Seattle University. She is also the principal investigator and director of the Center for Change in Transition Services. She is a national leader in the area of transition from high school to post-high school settings for young people with disabilities. She has written articles and book chapters in the area of secondary special education and transition services including youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and mental illnesses.
In PERFECT CHAOS: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her (A St. Martins Press hc; 5/8/12) their dual memoir about their head-on battle with mental illness, Linea and Cinda Johnson break through the barriers and stigma of what it means to be bipolar, but more importantly, what it takes to survive it. As this mother, daughter and close-knit family take down wall upon wall and face their greatest fears over and over again, we witness the human struggle against a debilitating illness and the ultimate hope and love it takes to beat it.
JANE ROPER-Spring/Summer 2012
Jane Roper is the author of Eden Lake, a novel. DOUBLE TIME: How I Survived---and Mostly Thrived---Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins (A St. Martins Press hc; 5/8/12) is her upcoming memoir of parenting twins and dealing with clinical depression. She also writes a blog, “Baby Squared” about her adventures in parenting. Jane received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and her BA from Williams College. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters.
KRISTIN HANNAH-Winter 2012
Congratulations, Kristin, for debuting at #1 on The New York Times best sellers list!
Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the blockbusters Night Road, Firefly Lane, True Colors and Winter Garden. Wunderkind PR worked with Kristin for her last novel, NIGHT ROAD (A St. Martins Press hc; 3/22/12), which raises profound questions about motherhood, identity, love and forgiveness.
Kristin Hannah’s latest novel, HOME FRONT, tells the story of Michael and Jolene, a married couple working and raising their children. An unexpected deployment sends Jolene deep into harm’s way and leaves defense attorney Michael at home, struggling to care for their children. The months Jolene is away take their toll on her family and changes her marriage in surprising ways. When an unexpected tragedy hits, each family member must face their worst fears and accept that change is inevitable, life isn’t always cheerful and love is not indispensable. HOME FRONT debuted at #1 on The New York Times’ best seller list.
Born in Southern California and raised in Western Washington (where most of her novels are set), Kristin spent her early career working in advertising and as an attorney in Seattle. Kristin now divides her time between Bainbridge Island, Washington and Kauai, Hawaii, when not travelling with her husband. You can find out more about Kristin Hannah at www.kristinhannah.com.
MARJORIE M. LIU-Winter 2012
Marjorie is the author of two ongoing New York Times bestselling series: the Dirk & Steele paranormal romance novels and the Hunter Kiss urban fantasy series.
Marjorie is also celebrated for her comic book writing and is a popular panelist at conventions and other comic book and literary events. X-23 Volume 2 (Marvel; February 2012) is now available: X-23 thought she had walked away from her past, but as memories begin to spin out of control, an old mentor and maybe a new enemy come back into her life: Wolverine...and the vampire, Jubilee. Marjorie has co-written the bestselling Dark Wolverine series for Marvel, and wrote the beloved X-23 series for several years. She authored Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, NYX: No Way Home, and X-Men: Dark Mirror, and is the new ongoing writer for Astonishing X-Men.
Recently, Liu introduced the latest novel in her Hunter Kiss series, THE MORTAL BONE (An Ace mm; December 2011) and the latest in her Dirk & Steele series, WITHIN THE FLAMES (An Avon mm; December 2011)And in late 2012 a new paranormal romance series launches from Avon beginning with the first book, A FURIOUS DARKNESS.
Marjorie is an attorney and divides her time between the American Midwest and Beijing, China. Recent international coverage of Marjorie’s work includes features in the Beijing Global Times, China Daily, and Paris’s Comic Box.
JAMES RENNER-Winter 2012
James Renner is an investigative reporter, film producer, and author. He is also a former writer for the alternative weekly newspaper Cleveland Scene and editor of the alternative newspaper, The Independent. He lives in Akron, Ohio.
Renner's first novel, THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE (A Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux hc; 3/6/12) is getting great buzz. Jonathan Carroll calls The Man From Primrose Lane “a haunting, wickedly clever book. Part Dennis Lehane, part Murakami with a twist of HP Lovecraft mixed in gives it a taste like no other. Renner starts off his fiction career with a bang.” And Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, saying: “Punctuated by moments of desperate tenderness, this unusually demanding and grim tale provokes troubling reflections on guilt and innocence, good and evil, revenge and redemption.”
PERIHAN MAGDEN-Winter 2012
Born in Istanbul, Perihan Magden has written novels, poetry, and a column in Turkey’s national daily newspaper, Radikal. She is the author of two novels currently available in English, Messenger Boy Murders and 2 Girls, as well as Escape and The Companion. 2 Girls was made into film by director Kutlug Ataman and premiered at the 2005 London Film Festival. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, and Dutch. She is an honorary member of British PEN and winner of the Grand Award for Freedom of Speech by the Turkish Publishers Association.
Inspired by a newspaper clipping, ALI AND RAMAZAN (An Amazon Crossing tpb; 4/3/12) follows the story of two young boys who end up in the same Istanbul orphanage. The orphanage is run by Master, a sadistic and miserable man, who neglects all of the children, with the exception of Ramazan, his unfortunate favorite. Ramazan is the charismatic clown at the home who dreams of being rescued by his famous parents. He takes naïve, sweet, and quietly intelligent Ali under his wing to form a strong bond. Despite their fortuitous beginnings and appalling circumstances they find comfort and love within each other.
Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature says of the author: “[Perihan Magden has] demonic wit and formal elegance...a flair for the grotesque with a humane sensibility to evoke a world all her own."
DANIEL WALLACE-Winter 2012
Daniel Wallace has authored many Star Wars books as well as comic book encyclopedias. This winter he introduced BOOK OF SITH: SECRETS FROM THE DARK SIDE (A 47North special holocron edition; 2/10/12), that tied in with the theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode 1-The Phantom Menace in 3D. BOOK OF SITH is a collector's item, set within a special Holocron case. The book contains secrets of the Sith, with handwritten notes scribbled in the margins and special extras such as a Sith crystal, Sith talisman, scrap of burial shroud, diagram of Palpatine's master plan, and an Empire propaganda poster.
Wunderkind PR also worked with Dan on THE JEDI PATH: A MANUAL FOR STUDENTS OF THE FORCE, which first released in September 2010 as a collector’s item featuring a fully illustrated book within a mechanical vault. THE JEDI PATH is now available again in book form. THE JEDI PATH is an ancient training manual, passed down through generations of Jedi Masters, offering new insight to the history of the Jedi Order and the mastery of Jedi skills.
STEPHEN LEATHER-Winter 2012
Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He now is bringing his heart-palpitating thrillers to the USA, beginning with NIGHTFALL (A 47North tpb; 3/20/12). Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years for newspapers such as The Times, The Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and for the Inland Revenue.
Leather began writing full time in 1992 and his bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for the television shows “London's Burning,” “The Knock,” and the BBC's “Murder in Mind” series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were also filmed for TV. His ebooks have spent more than six months on the UK Kindle Top 100 and for several months he had four titles in the UK Kindle Top 10.
AIMEE PHAN-Winter 2012
Aimee Phan grew up in Orange County, California, and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Aimee received her MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Oregonian among others.
In her debut novel, a young woman journeys back to Vietnam to uncover family secrets. THE REEDUCATION OF CHERRY TRUONG (A St. Martins Press hc; 3/13/12) tells the sweeping stories of the Truong and Vos families, their escape from Vietnam during the war, the forces that separated them, and the ties that bind them over three continents. Aimee Phan’s debut novel introduces readers to a fiercely defiant family who still yearn for reconciliation and redemption in each other’s hearts.
SYRIE JAMES-Winter 2012
Syrie James is an author and a screenwriter. After a successful career in Hollywood, Syrie decided to follow her passion and write a novel. Her first work of historical fiction, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, has received critical acclaim and became a bestseller. She has also written the historical fiction The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë and the supernatural Dracula, My Love, reimagining the classic tale from Mina Harker’s point of view. In her novel NOCTURNE (with which Wunderkind PR also had the pleasure of working) Syrie ventured into the world of forbidden romance, trapping her two characters in the midst of a massive snowstorm in a book which is already receiving high praise.
Syrie’s latest novel, FORBIDDEN (A HarperTeen tpb. Feb pub; on-sale 1/24/12) was co-written with her son, RYAN M. JAMES, and was the duo’s first foray into YA Paranormal Romance. Aside from being Syrie’s firstborn, Ryan M James has co-written two screenplays, directed an independent feature, and created the machinima webseries A Clone Apart. By day he works as an editor for the video game industry in Santa Monica, most recently on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Game of the Year 2009) and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Under cover of night, he conjures stories for print, screen, and web as a member of the Writers Guild of America. He and his wife live in Los Angeles about a stone’s throw away from Syrie.
HALLGRIMUR HELGASON-Winter 2012
Hallgrimur Helgason was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1959. He started out as an artist, showing his work in several galleries of both New York and Paris, where he lived in the late eighties and early nineties. He made his debut as a novelist in 1990 and gained international attention with his third novel, 101 Reykjavik (“Imagine if Henry Miller had written Tropic of Cancer on crack instead of wine.”-Tim Sandlin), which was made into a film starring Victoria Abril. In 2001 Helgason received the Icelandic Literary Prize for The Author of Iceland. He has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, with 101 Reykjavik in 1999, and Stormland in 2007. A film based on the latter was released in early 2011. THE HITMAN’S GUIDE TO HOUSECLEANING (An AmazonCrossing tpb; 1/24/12) is his only novel written in English. It was published in Iceland in 2008, in the author’s own translation, and became a bestseller in Germany in 2010. A father of three, Hallgrimur divides his time between Reykjavik and Hrísey Island.
Toxic is a hit man with 66 kills under his belt. Now on the run from the FBI, this clever “sinner” must pose as a renowned televangelist and convince the “saints” who host him that he is exactly like they are. And while by any standards Toxic is a much different breed than the pure white preachers who give him room and board it starts to appear that they are more similar than either side might want to admit. In THE HITMAN’S GUIDE TO HOUSECLEANING Helgason cunningly blurs the line between criminals and holy men, nationalism and personal identity, apathy and passion.
CASTLE FREEMAN-Winter 2012
Castle Freeman, Jr. is the author of four novels (including the acclaimed Go With Me), a collection of essays, a major history of 250 years in a Vermont township, two story collections, and several score uncollected stories, essays, and other work set in rural northern New England. His writings have been published in periodicals including many literary magazines, The Old Farmer's Almanac, Yankee Magazine, Vermont Life Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Newfane, Vermont with his wife, Alice.
Castle is publishing ROUND MOUNTAIN (previously only available as an ebook) with Concord Free Press In the backwoods towns of ROUND MOUNTAIN, time circles like a winding road. Friends disappear and show up again, older if not wiser. Small incidents—a night of drinking, a robbery, a strange visitor from Canada—loom larger as the decades pass. And over time, the true colors of every man, woman, and child become known to all. Nothing escapes the clear eye of Castle Freeman, Jr., a meticulous master storyteller who knows his territory. Lean and razor-sharp, these dozen stories pack more in Round Mountain than a novel ten times as long. Featuring an introduction by writer Pinckney Benedict.
KYLE MILLS-Fall 2011
Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including his award-winning The Second Horseman. Growing up in Oregon as a Bureau Kid, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount of information about the FBI, which he incorporates into his novels. He and his wife live in Wyoming and enjoy rock climbing.
Dr. Richard Draman is trying desperately to discover a cure for a disease that causes children to age at a wildly accelerated rate—a rare genetic condition that is killing his own daughter. When the husband of a colleague quietly gives him a copy of the classified work she was doing before her mysterious suicide, Draman finally sees a glimmer of hope. The conclusions are stunning, with the potential to not only turn the field of biology on its head, but reshape the world. Soon, though, he finds himself on the run, relentlessly pursued by a seemingly omnipotent group of men who will do whatever it takes to silence him. THE IMMORTALISTS (A Thomas & Mercer tpb; 12/6/11) invites readers to ask themselves the same terrifying question Draman must ask himself as the plot unfolds: What would you do to save the life of your child?
J.W. RINZLER-Fall 2011
J.W. Rinzler is the executive editor at Lucasfilm Ltd. He is the author of The New York Times best seller THE MAKING OF STAR WARS, as well as the London Times best seller THE COMPLETE MAKING OF INDIANA JONES.
This fall he returned with another in depth look into the world of Star Wars with the incredibly collector's book STAR WARS: THE BLUEPRINTS (A becker&mayer! special edition; 11/15/11). In this huge, $500 tome filled with real blueprints for spaceships, set pieces, and more from all 6 Star Wars films, Rinzler reveals the incredibly story behind each blueprint, tracing the groundbreaking path from drawing to concept design to production models to film.
Paul Goat Allen from B&N.com bookclubs says: “I've seen this book and all I can say is: "Wow."” Check out AOL You’ve Got’s special interview with Rinzler.
ANDREI GELASIMOV-Fall 2011
Andrei Gelasimov studied foreign languages at the Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. His story “A Tender Age,” which he published on the Internet, won critical acclaim as Best Debut in Russia and went on to garner the Apollon-Grigorev, as well as the Booker Student prize, and was nominated for the Belkin prizes as well. His novel The Gods of the Steppe, forthcoming from AmazonCrossing, won the 2009 Russian National Bestseller literary award.
Masterfully translated from its original Russian by award-winning translator Marian Schwartz, THIRST (An AmazonCrossing tpb; 11/22/11) tells the story of 20-year-old Chechen war veteran, Kostya. Kostya’s face has been maimed to the point that it looks like a piece of meat, his wounds inflicted just before he escaped from a flaming tank. Now, he spends weeks on end locked inside his apartment, his sole companion the vodka bottles spilling from the refrigerator and stacked in towers on his counters, the bathroom floor, and his clothes hamper. But soon Kostya’s comfortable, if dysfunctional, cocoon is torn open for good when he receives a visit from his army buddies who are mobilized to find their missing comrade, Seryoga. This new adventure results in Kostya reconnecting with his own estranged family, where he is forced to come to terms with a loss that has shaped him perhaps even more profoundly than losing his features.
CHRISTOPHER HERZ-Fall 2011
From selling his books on the streets of New York City, to having his first novel, The Last Block in Harlem, published and read across the globe, Christopher Herz has not taken the traditional literary route. His latest novel, PHARMACOLOGY, (An AmazonEncore tpb; 12/6/11) captures the voice of the internet generation with style, heart, and soul with vibrant characters and razor-sharp dialogue.
Set in San Francisco in 1993, Pharmacology follows Sarah Striker as she is recruited by an advertising agency to be the face of a new drug for the young, hip, counterculture fringe. But Sarah begins to question the side effects of the products she's pushing, and publishes an underground 'zine to expose the secrets behind the pharmaceutical industry's aims…until she realizes that she herself is perilously close to becoming a victim of this new corporate world. A kinetic, hyper-stylized jolt of pure energy akin to Chuck Palahniuk's, Herz delivers a strong follow up to his debut novel.
REBECCA GABLE-Fall 2011
Based on the wildly popular board game of the same name designed by Klaus Teuber, Rebecca Gable’s latest, THE SETTLERS OF CATAN (An AmazonCrossing tpb; 11/15/11) is a fascinating, action-packed adventure full of surprises and intense character conflict.
The year is 850. In the seas of northern Europe, the small coastal village of Elasund falls prey to marauding neighbors. After their food stores are pillaged, women and children stolen, and livestock destroyed, the villagers are left to barely survive the harsh winter—and contemplate a drastic solution to their recurring hardships: leaving the only land they have ever known.
Wired.com’s Geek Dad says: "[Klaus] sought out the services of not just any hack writer, but one of the better writers in German Historical fiction. Rebecca Gable didn’t disappoint. Her characters are both heroic and realistically flawed. ... Her writing style is quick and action filled.”
TIM ANDERSON-Fall 2011
Tim Anderson, a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn't speak a lick of Japanese, decided to spontaneously move to Japan to escape a rut. What followed was the experience of a lifetime, which he has chronicled in 16 howlingly funny true stories of culture clash. in his debut book, TUNE IN TOKYO (An AmazonEncore tpb; 11/29/11).
Tim Anderson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has worked as a waiter, a data-entry clerk, a photocopier repairman, a freelance writer, a music editor, a middle-school teacher, and a depressed employee of the state of North Carolina. Currently, he plies his trade as an editor and lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend, his cat, and his viola. He has lived abroad several times, including stints in Asia, Europe, and South America.
D.M. ANNECHINO-Fall 2011
D.M. Annechino spent two years researching serial killers before penning his gripping and memorable debut novel, They Never Die Quietly. In his latest novel, RESUSCITATION (A Thomas & Mercer tpb; 10/11/11), Annechino wanted to explore the dark side of a successful cardiothoracic surgeon’s desire to make medical history . . . even at the expense of those he should most want to help.
He was interested in what could drive a doctor to violate his Hippocratic oath to abstain from doing harm, and find perverse pleasure in doing so. The result is a fast-paced thriller that pits a cunning killer against a single-minded cop. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer.
AUDUR AVA OLAFSDOTTIR-Fall 2011
Audur Ava Olafsdottir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is a lecturer in the history of art at the University of Iceland, a director of the University of Iceland Art Collection, and has curated art exhibitions in Iceland and abroad. She is the author of three novels, a book of poetry, and a play. Olafsdottir is available upon request for interviews and is the first of ten Icelandic novelists to be published by AmazonCrossing in celebration of her country’s role as the guest of honor at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.
THE GREENHOUSE (An AmazonCrossing tpb; 10/11/11) translated by Brian Fitzgibbon, is the story of Lobbi, a rose gardening enthusiast, conceives “the child,” as he refers to his infant daughter throughout the novel, on one isolated night. But no matter how detached Lobbi feels himself to be from the child and the mother, both relationships start budding into something he can’t quite wrap his mind around -- much like the roses in his garden. In this elegant novel, Lobbi discovers the varied roles and joys of being a man: fatherhood, cooking, and the love of nurturing a family, all the while retaining his identity as a son, a brother, a lover, and…a gardener.
ROBERT KROESE-Fall 2011
When Robert Kroese was appointed to be a deacon in his church, the juxtaposition between that role and his writings on MattressPolice.com, his humorous blog centered on absurdist wit, prompted him to create the character of Mercury-an acerbic, anti-establishment angel who is well-meaning but not particularly well-behaved. This renegade angel was the title character in Rob's first novel, MERCURY FALLS in 2010. Now, Mercury returns to try and stop a crazed billionaire from destroying the universe in the sequel, MERCURY RISES (An AmazonEncore tpb; 10/18/11).
Kroese lives in Ripon, California, with his wife and two children. Oh, and it's pronounced "KROO-zee."
LUCIUS SHEPARD-Fall 2011
Lucius Shepard is the author of dozens of novels, short-story collections, and other works crossing an impressive range of genres, from fantasy to horror to mainstream thrillers. Popular in Europe, Shepard received the prestigious Gran Prix de L’Imaginaire in France, as well as Hugo and Nebula Awards.
A HANDBOOK OF AMERICAN PRAYER, Lucius Shepard’s first novel with the Concord Free Press, comes at a time when prayer is in the air—when prayer breakfasts are accepted as viable political events. In his fascinating, hilarious, and disturbing novel, award-winning author Shepard examines the power of prayer in a way no minister ever expected. Wardlin Stuart, ex-bartender and murderer, stumbles across a way of praying that actually works. Calling it prayerstyle, Stuart becomes a cult hero with millions of followers. But he can’t bring himself to take advantage of his newfound fame and riches—or escape them. Then the mysterious Lord of Loneliness creeps in with plans of his own. Resonating with the best of Nathanael West, Herman Melville, and David Foster Wallace, A Handbook of American Prayer is a profound, moving novel lit by the sputtering spotlight of fame.
ALYSON NOEL-Fall 2011
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of eight stand-alone Young Adult novels in addition to the Immortals series, including the sixth and final book EVERLASTING, released 6/7. She also has penned the middle-grade Immortals spin-off series, including RADIANCE, released August 2010, and SHIMMER, released 3/15. In the next year she plans on releasing two more titles to her middle-grade series, including DREAMLAND, set to release 9/13. News of her highly anticipated new YA Series, SOUL SEEKERS, set to debut in Summer of 2012, was picked up by the Wall Street Journal.
With over 5 million copies in print, her books have been published in 36 countries, have hit the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NCIBA, and Walmart bestsellers lists, and won many awards such as: the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick.
Alyson is published by St. Martins Griffin and Square Fish.
MIKE LUPICA-Fall 2011
Mike Lupica writes for sports fans of all ages and stripes. His column for New York Daily News is syndicated nationally, he can be seen weekly on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, and heard daily on ESPN Radio’s “The Mike Lupica Show.”
Lupica explores the life lessons learned through sports in THE UNDERDOGS (A Philomel Books/Penguin Group hc; 9/20/11) the importance of good sportsmanship, the strength of father/son bonds and the vast economic disparity present in team sports. His vibrant characters - over-zealous and busy parents, aged athletes with dashed dreams, and innocent children caught in between - come alive on the page to share a universal experience: sport doesn’t only entertain, it inspires.
JON PLASSE-Fall 2011
Jon Plasse uses his camera as a means of emotional expression. The composition and textures of the image, the degree of visual detail, the subjects portrayed are all employed to achieve this objective. As a result, his photographs focus on remembering special times, places or experiences. Plasse is a lifetime Yankee fan, a photographer and attorney. His previous photography books include The Light Remains (2009) and Passing Moments (2008).
The black and white images in THE STADIUM (A State University of New York Press hc; 9/11) capture a piece of history and offer a unique and loving view of this great, former palace of baseball. The photographs, taken between 2005 and 2008, are accompanied by the voices from inside the ballpark including an American League veteran umpire, a Yankee Stadium usher who first visited the park in 1943, a food hawker who began selling ice cream when he was just 14 years old, and a fan from the Bronx who bought a seat for a dollar and enjoyed walking on the field after the game.
Publishers and Companies
AmazonCrossing: An Amazon Imprint
With translations of foreign language books from around the world, AmazonCrossing makes award-winning and bestselling books accessible to many readers for the first time. The goal is “to respond to what ... customers around the world … enjoy and help bring those books to an English-speaking audience,” according to Jeff Belle, Vice President of Books and head of the imprint.www.amazoncrossing.com
AmazonEncore: An Amazon Imprint
AmazonEncore is a publishing imprint of Amazon.com which uses information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors with more potential than their sales may indicate. Amazon then works with the authors to introduce or re-introduce their books to readers through marketing support and distribution into multiple channels and formats, such as the Amazon.com Books Store, Amazon Kindle Store, and national and independent bookstores via third-party wholesalers.
becker&mayer! is one of the foremost book producers in the United States and a member of the American Book Producers Association. Their staff of 70 is composed of editors, designers, photo researchers, product developers, and production specialists—all of whom work in-house to create unique books of the highest quality.
Their adult titles span a wide array of nonfiction topics and are published under their clients' names, including, among others, Chronicle Books, HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Many of these books are created in association with licenses such as Lucasfilm, Pixar, MLB, and NASCAR. becker&mayer! also enjoys a long history of working in partnership with high-profile individuals, including Bob Dylan, Stan Lee, and David McCullough, and with estates representing legendary figures such as Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Audrey Hepburn.
In children's books, they are a leader in creating and manufacturing titles in the "book-plus" category and in creating unique formats that stand out at retail. With extensive experience working in plastics, electronics, and other materials, the company has created many successful series over the years for a number of publishing partners. The Juvenile Book Group also has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Disney, creating high-profile, best-selling books for their "High School Musical," "Hannah Montana," and "Camp Rock" franchises.
Recognized throughout the industry as the place for innovative, high-quality, illustrated books, becker&mayer! can handle every aspect of book production—from initial book concept work through to delivery of bound books. With extensive creative and manufacturing contacts worldwide, becker&mayer! can be contracted for any variety of book producing services. beckermayer.com/
CONCORD FREE PRESS/ CONCORD ePRESS
Founded in 2008 by novelist Stona Fitch, the Concord Free Press is a non-profit foundation dedicated to pushing the boundaries of publishing. The Press publishes novels and gives them away for free, asking that readers make a voluntary donation to a local charity or individual in need. Its first five books have already generated more than $228,000 in donations to diverse causes and individuals in need throughout the world. This author-led, all-volunteer effort has attracted thousands of supporters from around the world. Its Advisory Board includes Megan Abbott, Russell Banks, Gregory Maguire, Stephen McCauley, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Perrotta, Francine Prose, and others.
In 2011, the CFP founded the Concord ePress, its ebook division, which sells ebooks to support the Concord Free Press. Proceeds from the sale of Concord ePress books are split evenly between the author and the all-volunteer Concord Free Press, which uses the funds to support its mission of linking reading and generosity.
Concord Free Press
Dutton: A Penguin Group imprint
A century and a half after Dutton sold its first book, the publishing house has maintained its ability to get great books into the hands of many readers. Approximately one in every four books published by Dutton hits the New York Times bestseller list. With an eye toward a focused list of titles, Dutton currently publishes 40 hardcovers a year, roughly half fiction and half non-fiction. Dutton is currently home to many #1 New York Times bestselling authors, most notably Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Eckhart Tolle, and Al Franken. Dutton also publishes the New York Times bestselling authors Tami Hoag, Linda Fairstein, Eric Jerome Dickey, Kelley Armstrong, Raymond Khoury, John Lescroart, John Hodgman, and Daniel Levitin..
Epic Ink: A becker&mayer! imprint
Epic Ink is a new company from becker&mayer!—preeminent producer of innovative illustrated books for publishers worldwide. They have extensive experience collaborating on book projects with a wide range of major entertainment companies, high-profile estates, and personalities from the world of rock and roll.
Epic Ink is located in Bellevue, Washington, and, along with Chronicle Books and SPIN Media, is a member of The McEvoy Group.
Feiwel & Friends: A Macmillan imprint
Feiwel and Friends is a publisher of innovative children's fiction and nonfiction literature, including hardcover, paperback series, and individual titles. The list is eclectic and combines quality and commercial appeal for readers ages 0-16. The imprint is dedicated to "book by book" publishing, bringing the work of distinctive and outstanding authors, illustrators, and ideas to the marketplace. Feiwel and Friends is defined and guided by our principle: Our books are friends for life.
Feiwel & Friends
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.'s Professional/Trade (P/T) business serves professionals and consumers alike, producing books, subscription content, and information services, in all media, in targeted categories. Their portfolio of global brands includes For Dummies, Frommer's, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, CliffsNotes, Webster's New World, J.K. Lasser, Jossey-Bass, Pfeiffer, and Sybex. Subject areas include business, technology, architecture, professional culinary, psychology, education, travel, health, religion, consumer reference, pets, and general interest.
PassionFruit Games is blazing a new trail in the gaming industry by transforming romance novels into interactive entertainment. They focus on creating romance casual games and pride themselves for being one of the first companies to make games written by, designed by, and created for intelligent, savvy, romance-seeking women. Their fellowship has created games together since 2006, the latest one receiving Yahoo’s prestigious “Game of the Year 2009” award for hidden object-style games. In April 2010 they will release Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box, a hidden-object style game loaded with compelling puzzles and minigames, beautiful voice-acted cinematics, and romance; it is available for pre-order now at passionfruitgames.com.
Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is also a global leader in children's publishing, through its Young Readers Group, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to Laurie Halse Anderson, Frank Beddor, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also proud of perennial favorites such as The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.
St. Martin’s Press: A Macmillan imprint
Founded in 1952 by Macmillan in London, St. Martin's Press was for many years primarily a distributor of Macmillan books. However, particularly during the last 30 years, St. Martin’s grew rapidly as a publisher in its own right, finally becoming one of the seven largest publishers in America. Some of SMP’s most successful authors include: James Herriot, Rosamunde Pilcher, Dan Brown, Thomas Harris, Stephen Coonts, and Janet Evanovich. From their home in the Flatiron Building in New York, St. Martin’s publishes books under five imprints: St. Martin’s Press, Griffin, Minotaur, Thomas Dunne Books, and Truman Talley Books.
In December of 1986, SMP acquired Tor (the leading publisher of Sci-Fi/Fantasy) which is now its own separate company. For the past 15 years in a row, Tor has won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Publisher. They also publish children’s books for ages 10-12 under the StarScape imprint and books for children 12 and above under the Tor Teen imprint.
St. Martin's Press
Thomas & Mercer: An Amazon imprint
Thomas & Mercer named for streets that flank the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, focuses on mysteries and thrillers, an exceptionally popular genre among Amazon customers.
Thomas & Mercer
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to SF and fantasy literature. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperback, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and for the last twenty-two years in a row the company has been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.
Vanguard Press: A Perseus Book Group imprint
Vanguard Press, a member of The Perseus Books Group, has a publishing model that is unique in the industry. It is a creative and extremely close collaboration between author and publisher that focuses on innovative ways to communicate with booksellers and readers. Vanguard’s mission is to have a selective publishing list, and to look at every book as an event. They craft substantial, focused, and energetic marketing campaigns that will reach the widest possible audience. To learn more about the Perseus Books Group, visit:www.perseusbooksgroup.com.
Rose Communications is a strategic public relations firm that helps clients uncover and share their stories with their target audiences. The agency gives clients a voice by engaging trusted industry influencers and enlisting their support in educating the marketplace. Rose Communications’ team of seasoned professionals works in concert with all facets of the marketing communications discipline to ensure our clients’ brands are manifest in their public relations initiatives.
Goldberg McDuffie Communications, Inc.
Goldberg McDuffie Communications, Inc. is a specialized public relations firm that designs and executes strategic campaigns for publishers and authors. The company was founded by Lynn Goldberg in 1981. Camille McDuffie joined the firm in 1987 and the name of the company was changed in 1997.
The firm handles a broad range of projects including literary fiction, quality non-fiction, business books, commercial best sellers, lifestyle books and reference books. In addition to working on individual titles, the agency launches new imprints and publicizes awards, special events and industry news.
Media Master Publicity
Media Masters Publicity was established over eleven years ago. They have worked with an impressive list of publishers, authors and titles - including many New York Times bestsellers, National Book award nominees and Caldecott medalists. Their strong reputation is built on their commitment to excellence and their passion for books.