William Morrow

Eugene G. Schwartz is editor at large for ForeWord Reviews, an industry observer and an occasional columnist for Book Business magazine. In an earlier career, he was in the printing business and held production management positions at Random House, Prentice-Hall/Goodyear and CRM Books/Psychology Today. A former PMA (IBPA) board member, he has headed his own publishing consultancy, Consortium House. He is also Co-Founder of Worthy Shorts Inc., a development stage online private press and publication service for professionals as well as an online back office publication service for publishers and associations. He is on the Publishing Business Conference and Expo Advisory Board.

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced plans to publish Jenna Miscavige Hill’s headline-making memoir about her life inside the Church of Scientology. The book, entitled Beyond Belief: My Secret Life inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, will be published on February 1, 2013. In her memoir, Jenna--the niece of the church’s leader, David Miscavige--tells the dramatic and bizarre true story of growing up in Scientology and how she ultimately was able to break away from the church

Over the past year or so, I have been attending timely and informative book publishing lunch hour Meetup meetings—first come, first serve by advance sign-up —sponsored by Susan Danziger's Publishing Point. They are held in donated upper- floor meeting rooms in the high-rise midtown Manhattan headquarters of major houses such as Random House, Hachette, News Corporation, McGraw Hill—and this past March 23, by CBS, parent of Simon & Schuster, in Studio 19.

HarperCollins has been a recognized leader in digital publishing; last year, it was named Book Business' Publishing Innovator of the Year for its leadership in digital innovation. So it's not too suprising that the publishing giant, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., announced Monday that it has appointed a new editorial director of its digital publishing sector, a first for a publishing house, according to a story in Crain's New York Business.

HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, one of the five largest book publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corp., is strategically focused on a digital evolution that will shape the company’s goals and mission in the future. The foundation of this evolution can be traced back 10 years to when Jane Friedman was hired as the company’s president and CEO. According to Friedman, in the past 10 years HarperCollins has increased profits by more than 1,000 percent and its total revenue went from $600 million to $1.3 billion in 2006. The company publishes an average of 4,300 titles globally per year, with 3,100 employees

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