We just signed with Dr. Chris Donaghue is a licensed clinical therapist, nationally certified sex therapist and doctor of clinical sexology and human sexuality. His first book, tentatively titled The New Sex, turns conventional thinking on sexuality on its head.
Dr. Donaghue received his Doctoral degree in Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, his Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and completed Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Donaghue trained in couples and sex therapy at Florida’s Post Graduate Sex Therapy …
I had the great pleasure of meeting the awesome Bob Zmuda. If you don’t recall, Zmuda was Andy Kaufmann’s best friend (and was played by Paul Giamatti in the film Man on the Moon).
It will soon be thirty years since Kaufman’s death, and the facts of his life and death have yet to be revealed. Zmuda, along with Lynne Margulies, Kaufman’s girlfriend, they are writing Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally. Zmuda promises some amazing revelations.
Here is the incomparable Zmuda:
I’m delighted to announce that we just signed a deal with Karrine Steffans, three-time NYT bestselling author, to the BenBella roster. I had the pleasure of meeting Karrine for a face-to-face contract signing. Here she is right after signing the contract with the pen (gifted to her by Bill Maher) that she uses for special occasions:
Here I am with Karrine:
More to come on the various projects we are working on together.
Last year, BenBella had the honor of publishing Claudia Christian’s memoir, Babylon Confidential, detailing her battle with alcoholism and her discovery of the treatment that saved her life: The Sinclair Method, created by Dr. David Sinclair.
Now, with her new documentary, One Little Pill, Claudia hopes to raise awareness of The Sinclair Method, which advocates a medicinal approach to treating alcoholism. The documentary will feature Dr. Sinclair explaining his extensive research into alcoholism and treatment, as well as testimonials …
I’ve always thought it unfair that the big name books, celebrity books in particular, get paid advances that are so high that even the publisher doesn’t expect them to earn out. In effect, books that surprise the publisher by selling well subsidize the books that everyone assumes will sell well.
But Mike Shatzkin points out that it’s even worse than that:
Because books that publishers and agents know will be big in advance tend to have advances calculated to be too …
“The Market for Lemons” is a classic economics paper by George Akerlof (I rarely get to use my graduate training in economics, so please forgive me). It deals with information asymmetry, the fact that sellers of used cars know more about the car’s defects than buyers. It concludes that owners of used good used cars will tend to avoid the used car market, because used cars are discounted by the knowledge than many of them will be lemons.
Let’s face it. Publishing is not a high margin business. In earlier posts, I mentioned that on profit-sharing deals, authors can make 50-100% more than traditional royalties. How is that possible?
These royalties don’t come at the cost of our margins (very nice, thank you) or our staff (we generally peg our salaries against New York standards, even though most of our team are in Dallas), or our marketing (our authors tell me that we compare quite favorably against their experience …