Investigators End Harper Lee Probe

Alabama investigators looked into whether the recent deal to publish Harper Lees “To Kill A Mockingbird” sequel involved financial fraud, but they have closed the inquiry, a state official said Thursday.Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph Borg said his agency sent an investigator to speak with Lee at the request of the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Borg said the department, which handles complaints of elder abuse, asked his investigators to look into the situation because of their expertise in financial matters.

“We closed the file. Lets just say that she was able to answer questions we asked to our satisfaction from our point of view,” Borg said.The surprise news that the 88-year-old author would publish a second book prompted speculation over whether she is capable of giving consent to the publication.

via Agency Ends Probe Into Publication of Harper Lees New Novel – ABC News.

CNN Publishes O’Reilly Tape

CNN has published a recording of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly from the 1970s that indicates he was not present outside the Florida house where an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald committed suicide.In the taped telephone conversation conducted in March 1977 between O’Reilly, then a correspondent with Dallas television station WFAA-TV, and Gaeton Fonzi, an investigator on the House Select Committee on Assassinations, O’Reilly can be heard telling Fonzi he’s planning to travel to Florida to investigate the suicide of George de Mohrenschildt, an associate of Oswald who had killed himself that day. In the conversation, provided to CNN by Fonzi’s widow, Fonzi tells O’Reilly about the suicide. O’Reilly in turn replies hell travel to Florida the next day.

“I’m coming down there tomorrow,” O’Reilly tells Fonzi. “Im coming to Florida. … Now, OK, I’m gonna try to get a night flight out of here, if I can.”

via CNN publishes OReilly tape – POLITICO.com.

Ex-Times Editor Jill Abramson Shopping New Book | New York Post

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is shopping a book on the future of the news business, Media Ink has learned.

Publishers expect a spirited bidding war to erupt in an auction that kicks off on Wednesday.

via Ex-Times editor Jill Abramson shopping a new book | New York Post.

O’Reilly Lied about Suicide Of JFK Assassination Figure, Former Colleagues Say | Blog | Media Matters for America

Bill O’Reilly has repeatedly claimed he personally “heard” a shotgun blast that killed a figure in the investigation into President John F. Kennedys assassination while reporting for a Dallas television station in 1977. O’Reilly’s claim is implausible and contradicted by his former newsroom colleagues who denied the tale in interviews with Media Matters. A police report, contemporaneous reporting, and a congressional investigator who was probing Kennedys death further undermine O’Reilly’s story.

via OReilly Lied About Suicide Of JFK Assassination Figure, Former Colleagues Say | Blog | Media Matters for America.

The Key Differences Between Middle Grade vs Young AdultWritersDigest.com | WritersDigest.com

What’s the difference in writing between a Middle Grade (MG) book and a Young Adult (YA)? Author/Literary Agent  Marie Lamba explains.

MG At A Glance: Age of readers: 8–12.Length: Generally 30,000–50,000 words (although fantasy can run longer to allow for more complex world-building). Content restrictions: No profanity, graphic violence, or sexuality (romance, if any, is limited to a crush or a first kiss). Age of protagonist: Typically age 10 for a younger MG novel, and up to age 13 for older, more complex books. Mind-set: Focus on friends, family and the character’s immediate world and relationship to it; characters react to what happens to them, with minimal self-reflection. Voice: Often third person.

Ya At A Glance: Age of readers: 13–18. Length: Generally 50,000–75,000 words (although there’s also a length allowance for fantasy). Content restrictions: Profanity, graphic violence, romance, and sexuality (except for eroticism) are all allowable (though not required). Age of protagonist: Ages 14–15 for a younger YA with cleaner content aimed at the middle-school crowd; for older and more edgy YA, characters can be up to 18 (but not in college). Mind-set: YA heroes discover how they fit in the world beyond their friends and family; they spend more time reflecting on what happens and analyzing the meaning of things. Voice: Often first person.

via The Key Differences Between Middle Grade vs Young AdultWritersDigest.com | WritersDigest.com.

Anna Rafferty joins Pottermore | The Bookseller

Harry Potter fan site Pottermore has appointed Anna Rafferty as director of product, creative and content.

In her new job, reporting to c.e.o. Susan L Jurevics, Rafferty will “head up a dedicated team to ensure that Pottermore’s product, content, creative and technology continue to develop and innovate to reflect the changing audience and retail landscape”, said Pottermore.

“I am delighted to welcome such a digital talent to the Pottermore team as we continue to welcome established and new audiences to J K Rowling’s wizarding world,” said Jurevics.

Prior to joining Pottermore Rafferty ran her own consultancy. Between 2003 and 2014 she ran Penguin Books Digital where she was responsible for digital content, products and audience development.

via Anna Rafferty joins Pottermore | The Bookseller.

Four brave white men decide future of publishing — Tech News and Analysis

  • On this cold night in January we finally figured out whether Amazon is a good thing or not!I I can’t believe you weren’t there, at the Kaufman Center on West 67th Street in New York City, where, following a cash bar reception, Intelligence Squared U.S. brought together four men of similar age (~55?) to decide whether “Amazon is the reader’s friend.” They were: Author Joe Konrath, Vox editor Matt Yglesias, novelist and former Authors Guild president Scott Turow and former New Republic editor Franklin Foer. Two of them were on one side, and two of them were on the other.

via Four brave white men decide future of publishing — Tech News and Analysis.

A Self-Publishing Platform for Kids | GalleyCat

Lulu Jr., the children’s division of the self-publishing platform Lulu.com, has teamed up with educational software firm FableVision Learning for a new venture called My Awesome Publishing Company!, a self-publishing platform for kids.

The online book publishing platform teaches kids how to create a book from idea to print edition. The tool guides young writers through writing, production, marketing and distribution until they ultimately publish their own book.

The company is pushing it to both educators as a way to engage kids in the classroom. The tool works on both mobile devices and desktops, so kids can start a project on say a classroom computer and then work on it on their iPad at home, for instance.

via A Self-Publishing Platform for Kids | GalleyCat.

Big Changes at Penguin Publishing Group

Big Changes at Penguin Publishing GroupMadeline McIntosh, who was named president of the Penguin Publishing Group last September, put her own stamp on the division last week, shifting the responsibilities of a number of high-ranking editors and publishers, eliminating the positions of two other top executives, and closing the Hudson Street Press and Gotham Books imprints.The most significant shift came at Viking, where longtime president Clare Ferraro was replaced by a new team led by Brian Tart, who had been president and publisher of Dutton, Gotham, and Avery. Tart was named Viking president and publisher, and McIntosh brought in Andrea Schulz as Viking v-p and editor-in-chief. Schulz was previously editor-in-chief at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kate Stark, head of marketing at Riverhead and Putnam, joined Viking as associate publisher and director of marketing and will retain her Riverhead duties, while relinquishing her Putnam responsibilities.

via Big Changes at Penguin Publishing Group.

USATODAY

Is The Girl on the Train on the fast track to becoming the next Gone Girl? Is Paula Hawkins 2015’s answer to literature’s best-selling bad girl, Gillian Flynn?Sure, “Girl” is in both titles. Yep, there are slick young suburban psychos in rotten marriages in this twisty debut thriller from the U.K. But Hawkins’ dark vision also owes a notable debt to that 20th-century master of the macabre, fellow Brit Alfred Hitchcock.

via USATODAY.