Agency News

24 March, 2020

Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times–from Publishers Marketplace

Reference: Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times

With bookstores closing temporarily all over the country, people are looking for ways to support their local indies.

Buy Books and Audiobooks from Independent Booksellers
We have built an open spreadsheet of stores that have closed to visitors, but are still processing orders through their websites and/or phone orders: publun.ch/storesMany are delivering locally while they can and/or offering special shipping offers. (You can report information on your store through the form at http://publun.ch/storeReports.)

Below, find more resources for helping booksellers.

Bookshop.org sells a full catalog of books — fulfilled by Ingram Content Group — and at 10 percent of all sales through the site are shared among independent booksellers who use the platform. But for maximum benefit, you want to use a store’s own Bookshop “shop”, which looks like this: https://bookshop.org/shop/papercuts. In those cases, the store is currently getting 30 percent of the purchase price. Bookshop just added a store locator, so you browse all of their participants and pick a store to buy from and support! (Bookshop has waived their share temporarily, so the bookstore gets pure profit on the transaction.)

Libro.fm is a digital audiobook subscription service that provides publishers’ audio titles on the same basis (and the same prices) as Audible and others — but their independent bookseller affiliates share in the proceeds. During the current crisis, use the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW when you enroll and you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99) — plus the entire payment goes to your local bookstore. Any one month gift membership also provides the full payment to the bookstore.

Note that most stores will also sell you gift cards, and many offer store subscriptions, memberships, pre-orders of forthcoming books, signed editions, and other specials that supply the store with cash flow.

Donate to Booksellers Who Have Been Laid Off, and the Nonprofit That Supports Them

Book Industry Charitable Foundation
After garnering donations of over $44,000 during one matching gift challenge, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has secured pledges for another $41,000 in matching funds for a new round of gifts. BINC helps booksellers with medical expenses and personal household expenses during times of crisis.

Booksellers applying for COVID-19 aid can use this expedited emergency form.

McNally Jackson Bookseller Support Fund
Contribute directly to this funding pool that is shared among the almost 80 laid off employees of McNally Jackson.

Powell’s Books Union Relief Fund
After substantial layoffs at Powell’s Books, ILWU Local 5, the union representing employees of the bookstore, has launched a relief fund directly benefiting union members.

Posman Books Staff GoFundMe
Posman Books “was forced to suspend operations” and their “stores in New York City and Atlanta have closed and the entire staff has been laid off.” They have a GoFundMe page to support staff.

Society of Authors
This UK organization has received combined gifts of £235,000 for their Authors’ Contingency Fund to support authors through the crisis. They expect to make grants of “up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.”

 


13 March, 2020

THE GIFT OF PRESENCE: A Mindfulness Guide for Women, Caroline Welch

A practical, user-friendly guide for women seeking focus and calm in the midst of life’s storms.

Overwhelmed by the demands of family, work, and multiple responsibilities, many women find themselves feeling scattered, and distracted. In this eye-opening book, co-founder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute, Caroline Welch takes readers on a mindfulness journey to help them de-stress and cultivate inner peace. According to Welch, you do not need countless hours sitting in silence to be more present in your life–the key is to practice mindfulness wherever you are and whenever you can.

The Gift of Presence (Tarcher Perigee, March 20202)  guides readers in developing four innate capacities we all possess that will allow us to become more resilient and centered in our lives–even when life is throwing all that it has at us:

Presence: the ability to remain firmly in the present moment; to be fully aware of what’s happening as it’s happening.

Purpose: the personal meaning that gets us going and gives direction to our lives.

Pivoting: an openness to change that allows you to switch direction if that is what is needed.

Pacing: the awareness that it is impossible to do everything we want or need to do all at once; the ability to take life one step at a time.

This life-changing book reveals that you already hold in your hands the keys to a more harmonious life–you simply need to look within.

“A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness.”
—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder and CEO of Thrive Global

“This is an important, eye-opening book. . . . Caroline Welch offers pragmatic mindfulness exercises to discover one’s purpose in life, to summon the courage to change direction if necessary, to set priorities, and to let go of what simply can’t get done in order to cultivate inner peace and harmony.”
—SHARON SALZBERG, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
 
“In this inspiring guide, Caroline Welch synthesizes wisdom from across cultures and walks of life,
drawing from her own remarkable, yet relatable life and the experiences of dozens of women.”
—ELISSA EPEL, PhD, professor at the University of California San Francisco, and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Telomere Effect
 
“It’s so easy to forget what matters and race through our decades. Caroline Welch’s wise and clear
book shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life. This fresh and entirely accessible
guide will help you reconnect to your true purpose, call forth your inner resourcefulness, and
awaken the fullness of your heart.”
—TARA BRACH, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

About the Author


27 February, 2020

Lively audio auction for Theresa Payton’s MANIPULATED

So excited about the brilliant result from our first major audio auction working with the awesome Tara Gelsomino at One Track Literary Agency. Congratulations, Theresa Payton and Ted Claypoole. MANIPULATED releases in print in early April.

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So pleased to share this exciting audio deal for some extremely timely election-related titles brokered with Brilliance for our partners at Joelle Delbourgo Associates! Theresa will also be narrating both books for them. Look for Manipulated in April and Protecting Your Internet Identity soon after.


17 January, 2020

Audio Agent to Work with JDA

Welcoming Tara Gelsomino to our team! Tara is an independent agent who will be working specifically on expanding our audio presence when we have those rights to sell. She brings a wealth of experience in the audio world as well as enthusiasm, so we’re delighted to have her as one of our “associates.”

Tara Gelsomino is the founder and CEO of One Track Literary Agency, which she launched in 2018. A twenty-plus year veteran of the publishing industry, Tara was formerly the Executive Editor of Simon & Schuster’s digital imprint, Crimson Romance, and also worked for BBC Audiobooks America/AudioGO and Romantic Times Magazine. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and rescue dog, Yoda. For more info, please visit www.onetrackliterary.com


27 October, 2019

MINDFULNESS FOR LIFE, Willem Kuyken

A leading researcher makes the argument that mindfulness can be invaluable throughout life and help us to meet the challenges at every stage.  (Guilford, World Rights, Fall 2020)


29 July, 2019

MAKE YOUR CASE

Star of the Emmy-nominated CBS show HOT BENCH, Judge Tanya Acker  offers ten comprehensive lessons to demystify courtroom proceedings, laying out all the professional insider information one needs to survive in civil court. (Diversion Books, Summer 2020, North American Rights)


12 February, 2019

HIGH TOGETHER: Cannabis for Couples, John Selby Th.D.

A guide for how to use cannabis safely as couples to promote intimacy and connection. Selby is a psychologist and couples counselor whose books have sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. (Inner Traditions, Spring 2020, World Rights)


31 January, 2019

Ben H. Winters’ GOLDEN STATE published simultaneously in US and UK

Here are the covers side by side.  It’s always fascinating to see the differences. I love both the US cover (left) from Mulholland, division of Little Brown, and the UK cover from our friends across the Atlantic at Penguin Random House (right).

 


6 July, 2018

HUSBANDS AND OTHER SHARP OBJECTS awarded Earphones Award, AudioFile Magazine!

Exciting news! Husbands and Other Sharp Objects has been awarded an Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine.

HUSBANDS AND OTHER SHARP OBJECTS
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Read by Pamela Almand • Unabridged • JULY 2018
Brilliance Audio • Trade Ed.

Listeners are swept away by romantic discovery and melodrama in this outstanding performance by Pamela Almand. Like most of her friends, Marcy wants a new start. She begins to date a man named Jon while planning to divorce her husband, Harvey. When her daughter announces that she’s getting married, Marcy is roped into planning her daughter’s wedding at the same time that her new boyfriend is pressing for a commitment and her husband changes his mind and begs Marcy to come back. Almand’s portrayal of Marcy, an exhausted mother who must keep the wedding planning from spiraling out of control, is absolutely spot-on. G.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine


21 May, 2018

THE WEALTH CREATORS’ PLAYBOOK, John Christianson

A guide to maximizing your return on life and money for wealth creators who have either created their wealth or inherited it, as well as those who aspire to do so.  (Praeger, March 2019, World exclusive of translation rights in Japan, Korea, Mainland China & Taiwan)