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Publishers Weekly, Jun 09, 2014

After a decade in Boston, the Strothman Agency will be moving its headquarters to New York on July 1. Founder Wendy Strothman said that with the concentration of publishers in New York, the agency's clients will "benefit from [its] increased visibility there." Strothman's colleague, Lauren MacLeod, will continue to operate out of Nashville, Tenn.

Strothman served as publisher for both Boston-based Beacon Press and the trade and reference books division of Houghton Mifflin.

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  Nearly every Sunday morning in the summer, we go into town to the Maine Coast Book Shop to pick up the newspapers, perhaps have a cup of coffee, and always browse.  And nearly every Sunday, we come home with a book or two that we never would have found on line.  We have iPads, and yes, I’ve even bought and read a book or two on mine.  But you simply can’t browse for books on line, and readers everywhere will lose the serendipity of finding something they didn’t know they were seeking if we lose our bookstores.   This week’s find:  The Hercules Cup by Bettany Hughes.  I loved her book on Helen of Troy, so couldn’t resist this one.  50 pages in and I’m glad I bought it!  So, next time you pass a bookstore, stop in, and you’ll find something magical.  Guaranteed.

--Wendy Strothman

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Book is a revolutionary product: Bio Optical Organiced Knowledge device...  Find out about its amazing advantages! (English subtitles)

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This isn't one of ours, but this book trailer for IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith is not to be missed.

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Dear Foreign Publishers and Agents,

Though The Strothman Agency, LLC won’t be attending Frankfurt this year, we would be happy to email you a copy of our rights guides. Please email info(At)strothmanagency(dot)com and specify whether you would like to see the guides for the Children’s or Adult titles, or both. We look forward to seeing you in London.


The Strothman Agency

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The Medium Is the Medium

"Recently, book publishers got some good news. Researchers gave 852 disadvantaged students 12 books (of their own choosing) to take home at the end of the school year. They did this for three successive years.

Then the researchers, led by Richard Allington of the University of Tennessee, looked at those students’ test scores. They found that the students who brought the books home had significantly higher reading scores than other students. These students were less affected by the “summer slide” — the decline that especially afflicts lower-income students during the vacation months. In fact, just having those 12...

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From Publisher's Marketplace: Make eBooks Cheap, Or Grandpa Will Steal Them

It's tempting to dismiss today's NYT piece on ebook readers preference to pay less money for titles for the unsubstantial work that it is. But since it runs in the Times, some people will automatically take it seriously, despite the anecdotal reporting and absence of any data. (Not that none exists--but there's no mention here of recently-presented findings on price sensitivity from the BISG and Verso surveys, or Kobo's presentation that they sell almost as many ebooks at prices greater than $9.99 than they do at $9.99 itself, or the informal accounts of agents who have seen pricing data presented to them by Amazon. Or gosh, even the actual survey news of the week, in a "proprietary survey" from Goldman Sachs...
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In the recent issue of The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik writes: “In American writing, there are three perfect books, which seem to speak to every reader and condition: “Huckleberry Finn,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “The Catcher in the Rye.” All three very good books, but what about the women?  We think Gopnik’s pantheon leaves out some equally wonderful American novels written by women. If we...

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The Brookline Booksmith included a link to this video from HarperCollins Children's Books today in their newsletter and I couldn't help but pass it along.

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books, fun, Off topic

Geoffrey Nunberg has a very interesting article in today's The Chronicle Review on how Google Book Search's metadata errors effect scholars.

Google's Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars

Start with publication dates. To take Google's word for it, 1899 was a literary annus mirabilis, which saw the publication of Raymond Chandler's Killer in the Rain, The Portable Dorothy Parker, André Malraux's La Condition Humaine, Stephen King's Christine, The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Raymond Williams's Culture and Society 1780-1950, and Robert Shelton's biography of Bob Dylan,...

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This has been going around and we just had to share it. The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, North Carolina has put out a great short video about why you should shop at your local bookstore instead of ordering from Amazon.

You can view the video by clicking here.

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Today's Boston Globe discussed the familial response to Danzy Senna's new memoir WHERE DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT? and quotes Wendy on the range of responses family memoirs can envoke.

"... Certainly the genre of memoir writing induces both wounds and healing. "It runs the gamut," says literary agent Wendy Strothman, "from embracing the book to suing people. It depends on the family and what's being revealed."...  "

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Follow the Reader has a really interesting post up today about knowing the [book buying] customer--it has lots of really interesting statistics about who is buying books and where.

I was most  surprised to read that even though they have grown up online, "younger readers are big supporters of bricks and-mortar retail, while older buyers tend to buy online."

The post can be found here:

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The New York Observer has a great recap of Debbie Stier's digital publishing lunch. From HarperCollins Wants to Be Your Friend:

"... The central insight driving much of the outreach that publishers have undertaken online is that, if used with finesse and attention, social media platforms like Twitter can be used deliberately to generate that invaluable, heretofore elusive phenomenon known as word of mouth. To that end, Ms. Stier and her counterparts in digital marketing departments at other publishing houses have sought to integrate themselves and their authors into various online communities of readers, and to interact—meaningfully!—with the individuals who participate in them. While they make no attempt to conceal their affiliations, the publicists and marketing people who man their companies’ accounts on Facebook and Twitter aim to be seen not as corporate promoters, but as friends taking part in a conversation...

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