Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, ‘The Killing Club’ and ‘Charm!,’ Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV’s popular daytime soap, ‘General Hospital,’ to coincide with the show’s 48th anniversary.
Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on
Ms. Miller’s stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli’s imagination.
Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an eBook, as well as an enhanced eBook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.
Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, ‘Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page.’
Disney Book Group announced today that it will publish a photographic picture book about the miracle of Einstein—the smallest horse ever born—and his search for a perfect friend. The agreement for North American rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Cheryl Pientka of Grinberg Literary. The book is scheduled for publication in April 2011, just in time to celebrate Einstein’s first birthday.
A Friend for Einstein: The Smallest Stallion, written by Einstein’s owners, Charles Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner, celebrates the unique size and personality of the mini miniature horse. Cantrell also contributed all of the photographs that appear in the book.
“Readers big and small will fall in love with Einstein,” said Lurie. “We’re excited to have this opportunity to share his heartwarming story with the world.”
At just six pounds, Einstein was born weighing less than a cat and standing as tall as a cereal box. Thousands of people made pilgrimage to a small town in New Hampshire to pay homage to the little colt in the days immediately following his birth. Since then Einstein has become known and loved the world over, with more than million hits on YouTube, articles in national and international papers, and numerous appearances on national television. Charles and Rachel will donate a portion of the proceeds for the book to the ASPCA’s Equine Fund.
Rachel Wagner, M.D., M.Ed. is a family practice physician with a master’s degree in special education. An avid horsewoman, Dr. Wagner started riding at age five, when she met a woman named Judy Smith. Judy is the person who first introduced Dr. Wagner to miniature horses and ultimately bred the pair of horses that produced Einstein, the mini horse.
Charles Cantrell is a freelance writer and photographer who has traveled the globe capturing the beauty and mystique of nature. Mr. Cantrell maintains a wild animal sanctuary on his 105-acre estate in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Hyperion and ABC Family announced today that The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens (Hyperion; $12.99) is now available as an enhanced eBook on the iBookstore, which is included in the free iBooks app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (www.itunes.com/apps/ibooks). The first based on a television series on the iBookstore, this eBook is enhanced with video footage from Season One of ABC Family’s top-rated hit television series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” integrating complementary text and video to provide a cohesive story.
The video is viewable in a player box embedded inside the pages of The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens, interspersed throughout the eBook and seamlessly coordinates visual scenes from “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” with the corresponding passages in the diary recounted by Ashley Juergens, the younger sister on the television show. The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens enhanced eBook contains new revelations that will entertain and enlighten even the most avid fans who watch the show, and Ashley’s journal provides a surprising and satisfying side to the story, as well as a great summer read.
Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion said, “With the power of our Disney/ABC Television properties, we are able to create an innovative and seamless combined book and video experience for consumers. Video brings extraordinary dimension to the words on each page. This is a tremendous opportunity to take our most valuable assets at our company and build a product that truly offers a new way to read.”
Naz Haider, Vice President Business, Management at ABC Family added, “We are thrilled to launch this enhanced eBook on the iBookstore and offer the fans of ‘Secret Life’ an innovative new way to enjoy their favorite moments from the series while reading the book. ABC Family is always looking for new ways to reach our Millennial audience, and the relationship with Hyperion proved to be the perfect way to give ‘Secret Life’ fans the ultimate experience on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.”
The enhanced eBook is available for $12.99 on the iBookstore and features:
- Ten two-minute long video selections from Season One of ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”
- The full text of the book The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens in ePub format
- Video that reflects, and provides another perspective on the experiences Ashley writes about from her own particular point of view in her journal
The Secret Diary of Ashley Juergens (Hyperion / June 15, 2010) is “written by” Ashley, who isn’t afraid to call Amy out on her mistakes—or speak her mind on anything else. Sharp and funny, with a rebellious streak and a killer dry wit, Ashley is often the first to smell trouble in the Juergens household.
Disney Book Group will publish a middle-grade baseball series written by National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and co-authored by Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd. The series will feature characters from a Babe Ruth League team named the “Orioles”. The agreement for world rights was negotiated by Stephanie Owens Lurie, Editorial Director, Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and Ian Kleinert, of Objective Entertainment.
The first book in the series—Hothead—will be published in Winter 2011 under the Disney-Hyperion imprint. It centers on all-star third baseman Connor Sullivan, who has a big problem: his temper. The story was inspired by Cal’s own struggle with frustration as a young player. Additional books will follow every year.
“Working with Kevin and the team from Disney has been a pleasure,” said Ripken. “Connor is a character that I was able to help develop with Kevin based on my experiences as a kid who struggled with his emotions. I hope that the kids reading it find it to be fun and take away a few lessons from it.”
“Cal Ripken Jr. is a living legend, of course, and in his work with kids he has demonstrated a commitment to being a positive influence,” says Lurie. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share Cal’s love of baseball and his can-do outlook with young readers.”
Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001), a rare occurrence in Major League Baseball today. Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing in 2,632 straight games over 17 seasons, shattering New York Yankee Lou Gehrig’s previous record of 2,130 games. He was also a 19-time all-star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops that professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007, when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he received the most votes in the history of the Hall of Fame. Since his retirement Ripken has worked as President and CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc. to nurture the love of baseball in young children on a grassroots level. In August of 2007 Ripken was named American Public Diplomacy Envoy and has since been traveling the world to bring baseball to people everywhere. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.
Kevin Cowherd has been a writer for the Baltimore Sun since 1987, is nationally syndicated by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post news service, and is the author of Last Call at the 7-Eleven, a book of selected writings published by Bancroft Press. In 1990 he was honored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for excellence in feature writing. He currently writes a sports column and blog for the Baltimore Sun. As a sportswriter he is curious about athletes’ private thoughts and emotions. He is also a humorist, and an experienced Little League coach. He lives with his wife and three children near Baltimore.
Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, and Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour magazine, today announced a publishing partnership. This collaboration begins with three books to be published in 2011 and 2012. This deal marks a strategic partnership that draws on each company’s promotional and marketing strengths to reach and cater to women readers. Both Hyperion and Glamour will support the books with multi-tiered publicity and marketing campaigns. Glamour, which has a readership of 12.2 million, was just selected Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The website Glamour.com has an online monthly readership of three million unique visitors and is the #1 women’s magazine website in the country. Hyperion is known for its innovative digital outreach, exemplary publicity campaigns, and strategic ability to build upon platforms and leverage partnerships.
“I’ve long admired Glamour and the vitality Cindi Leive brings to the magazine and vibrant website,” said Archer. “And I’m delighted that Hyperion will work with her and the dynamic Glamour team to create wonderful book projects, building on two of Glamour‘s most successful and long established columns.”
“I’m excited to be launching Glamour‘s first multi-book partnership, and even more excited to be doing it with Ellen Archer and her smart, fast-moving Hyperion team,” says Leive. “We see real potential in our partnership — and with the range of these three books, which cover food, love, relationships, self-esteem, and so many of the other building blocks of young women’s lives.”
The first book, Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Recipes to Get Everything You Want Out of Life by Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, and the Glamour team will be published in hardcover on Valentine’s Day, 2011. Engagement Chicken earned its title after a young Glamour editor was proposed to by her boyfriend the week after she used the magazine’s recipe for a simple roast chicken and wrote about it in Glamour. Since then the magazine’s editors have heard from many readers who have become engaged soon after trying the recipe. Hyperion Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard acquired World English rights via auction, negotiating with David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects.
The second book, Jake’s Laws, will be published in May 2011. For more than 50 years, Glamour‘s Jake columnist has served as dating consigliere for millions of American women, explaining why single men act the way they do and how to use that knowledge to female advantage.
The third title, a gift book called 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30, is scheduled for publication in Spring 2012. Originally penned by a Glamour columnist and published in the magazine 13 years ago, it found a second life when women began to forward it to one another all over the web. It became a viral sensation, mis-attributed to everyone from Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton — but there’s only one original, and it stands the test of time.
Hyperion and Glamour plan to promote the books with targeted campaigns, utilizing both traditional and new media and marketing methods including national media, regional tours, strategic partnerships, advertising, contests, videos, social networking, and other digital initiatives.
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan will make a rare public appearance at Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle in New York City on April 27 to promote her children’s book The Sandwich Swap.
In the story, based on part of the Queen’s own personal experiences, Lily and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who would have ever thought that ordinary peanut butter or plain old hummus could come between them? Lily and Salma don’t quite understand each other’s tastes, but does that mean they can’t be friends? They understand far better than a lot of grown-ups that these things hardly matter and that friendship is the most important thing of all.
A wristband is required to sit within the specially designated storytime area at the store which takes place at 3:30 pm. The store will begin issuing the wristbands on a first-come-first-served basis when it opens at 9 am on April 27. A wristband is not required to access the signing line.
Forbes has released its annual Fictional 15 and despite last year’s #1, US Sam, dropping clear off the list, Mr. McDuck was unable to re-claim his position in the top spot. Instead, McDuck, with an estimated worth of $33.5B was bested by Twilight‘s Carslile Cullen. Better duck next year.
McDuck wasn’t the only member of the Disney family to make the list, however. Extended family member and wildly eccentric billionaire Tony Stark of Stark Industries took #4 with an estimated $8.8 billion while child spy Artemis Fowl hung on at #11 with an estimated 1.9B.
Care to see how they measured up with other famed faked royalty? You can see the complete list on Forbes.com.
HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle, star of the hit ABC series “Castle” (Mondays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), has been a successful cross-platform collaboration between ABC and Hyperion. Published at the end of September 2009, HEAT WAVE has spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, currently holding the #32 position for Sunday, January 17, 2010. Hyperion has gone back to press eight times and now has over 170,000 copies in print. With this great success, a second book from Richard Castle will be published at the end of September 2010.
HEAT WAVE is Hyperion’s #2 bestselling ebook for 2009, surpassed only by “The Last Lecture.” It is also Hyperion’s #5 Kindle bestseller for the year. The free chapters of HEAT WAVE offered on ABC.com have been downloaded almost 100,000 times since the first chapter posted in August 2009. HEAT WAVE will be released as a mass market paperback edition in August 2010.
UNTITLED CASTLE BOOK 2 by Richard Castle — In the sequel to HEAT WAVE, Castle’s new thrilling mystery continues the story of NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. In what’s sure to be another smash sensation by this blockbuster author, readers will once again follow Nikki Heat and hotshot reporter Jameson Rook as they trade barbs and innuendos, all while on the trail of a murderer!
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tomorrow’s broadcast of ABC’s Good Morning America will mark the official debut of a new ‘e-imprint’ initiative by Disney publisher Hyperion called Kernl (reasons behind name/spelling not revealed). Looking like your standard run-of-the-mill web-based video player, the Kernl is offered in a tabbed format and offers more in-depth text and other forms of information to supplement the originating content.
If you’re not confused about why this is news, please let me know, because I sure don’t get it.
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So says the New York Observer which also highlights the author’s writing career. Article here.