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Tom Clancy Writes Again!

Filed under: Penguin Group USA,Tom Clancy — gator1965 @ 3:48 pm

I’ve enjoyed Tom Clancy’s novels and his Jack Ryan CIA character for more years than I care to relate…He has been on sort of a hiatus from his regular novels but is returning this year with his new novel Dead or Alive due this December.

Matthew Flamm, writing for Crain’s New York Business dot com, reports on Mr Clancy’s anticipated return:

Penguin Group will publish the blockbuster author’s first hardcover novel in seven years in December.

Christmas has come early for Penguin Group (USA). Tom Clancy, the publisher’s longtime blockbuster author, will soon be putting out his first hardcover novel in seven years.

Dead or Alive will hit book stores December 7 with a first printing of 1.8 million copies, Penguin announced Wednesday. The novel, about present day terrorism, brings together the author’s best known characters, including CIA veteran Jack Ryan.

Mr. Clancy has collaborated on the book with Grant Blackwood, a Navy veteran and author of a series of military thrillers.

The author of 13 No. 1 New York Times best sellers, including The Hunt for Red October and The Teeth of the Tiger, Mr. Clancy was once a mainstay of Penguin’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons imprint. In recent years he has been producing branded lines of paperback originals, like Tom Clancy’s Net Force series, which are written by other writers.

He has also been developing videogames. Penguin is hoping that Mr. Clancy’s book reading audience will expand to include young gamers.

“There are a lot of kids who only know him from the video games,” said Putnam President Ivan Held. “They’ll come to this and find it ripped from the headlines.”


New Science Project for Penguin Book Publisher

Penguin Publishing Group is GROWING again! I posted two posts recently (3/7 & 3/1 ) detailing penguin profits and their new iPad content…Now they are expanding with a science book division/imprint.

This from Matthew Flamm of Crain’s New York Business:

Penguin Group USA is making another bet on niche publishing.

At a time when most houses are looking to cut back on titles, the publisher is launching a new imprint dedicated to science books for the general reader, the company announced Wednesday.

Penguin already has some half dozen small imprints, including the recently launched Pamela Dorman Books, in addition to core divisions like Viking and Putnam’s.

Called Current, the new imprint will be headed by Adrian Zackheim, who already runs Sentinel, for conservative books, and Portfolio, for business books. The same editorial, marketing and publicity staff will work on all three imprints.

“We’ve found that niche publishing has been very successful for Portfolio since 2001, and Sentinel since 2003,” Mr. Zackheim said, in a statement. “This is a logical next category to expand into.”

Current’s first title, The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution, will be out in July. The imprint will eventually publish five to eight books a year “in every subcategory, from genetics to quantum physics to neuroscience,” Mr. Zackheim said.

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