Harlequin Publishing Company Sold to HarperCollins for $455M
TORONTO — Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, is selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million to global media company News Corp. and it will be run as a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
Torstar (TSX:TS.B) says the sale will strengthen its financial position and a portion of the net proceeds will be used for debt reduction.
Harlequin, known for its romance books, has been part of Torstar for 39 years.
Children’s Literature Needed – Only “Diverse” Need Apply
The term “diverse” isn’t defined and is certainly a word open to interpretation – and manipulation – but authors writing about kids not considered the mainstream might find a warmer reception in the near future. Ethnicity, physical, and mental challenges should all apply. NQ
‘We Need Diverse Books’ Calls for More Representative Writing for Children
A campaign to address the continuing lack of diversity in children’s literature has been kicked off by a group of authors who are hoping to “raise [their] voices into a roar that can’t be ignored”.
The social media campaign, from authors including Ellen Oh , Aisha Saeed and Chelsea Pitcher , is being launched with a “public call for action” over the next three days.
Author Control Launched – Good for Authors!
Agencies and authors no longer need to relay on sporadic reports from publishers. Ask members of RWA, MWA and Thriller Writers. (March 2014) NQ
Press Release: Vook Releases Free Daily Sales Tracking for Any Author, Any Book, and All Major Retailers
(Excerpted) “Crisp graphics and an user-friendly interface make Vook’s new sales tool shine!”-New York Times bestselling author CJ Lyons
“Vook has made it easy and fun for me to see my up-to-the-minute book sales on its revolutionary Dashboard. By bringing today’s new-new technology to publishing, Vook has forever changed how authors will be tracking their sales and earnings.”
-#1 New York Times bestselling author Bruce Henderson, author of new ebooks Trace Evidence and Ring of Deceit
“Author Control makes performance tracking simple by pulling sales data from all my retail platforms for display on one easy-to-use dashboard. And I love getting results in dollars and cents. ”
-Elizabeth S. Craig (@elizabethscraig)
Vook’s Author Control offers a secure system for tracking the performance of books in the retailer accounts. Vook follows industry best practices to protect data. Vook will offer the Author Control service free for tracking up to ten books. Authors or content holders who want to track more books can contact Vook to discuss their needs. To try out Author Control, go to http://vook.com and sign up for free sales tracking today.
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