The life of a book packaging writer is not always an easy one. Take the case of LJ Smith, who wrote for Alloy Entertainment, a fiction creation company that created young-adult series for the sake of getting tie-in TV shows and movies made. Alloy has had a string of successes in that regard: Gossip Girls, [...]

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ProQuest affiliate Bowker® is expanding resources available to authors and small publishers on its website by teaming with Smith Publicity, widely recognized as one of the industry’s top book publicity agencies. Now, will include a link to Smith’s website where authors and publishers can take the first steps in exploring public relations programs that can effectively support their publishing efforts. The cooperation with Smith is part of Bowker’s larger program to help MyIdentifiers users succeed by connecting them to trusted providers of a range of essential services.

Kobo will offer services including book editing and design to authors, although it is currently unclear whether the e-reader company will publish print books, or just e-books. It is also unclear whether it will be a self-publishing initative or a full-service programme, such as Amazon's.

With no holiday-season movie equivalent of the “Chronicles of Narnia” versus “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” slugfest of 2005—and about six months away from the next film in the “Chronicles” series and nearly a year away from the scheduled release of the next “Potter” adaptation—it almost seemed as though 2007’s year-end book-to-movie offerings were designed to boost the fortunes of lesser-known titles rather than break box-office records. With the exception of “The Kite Runner,” director Marc Forster’s ambitious take on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-seller, and “P.S. I Love You,” a romantic drama adapted from the 2004 novel by Cecelia Ahern, high-profile

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