“The Path Redefined” author to be featured on upcoming Oxygen show

Congratulations to BenBella author Lauren Maillian, who will mentor contestants on Oxygen’s upcoming Time To Quit Your Day Job:

Aspiring millennials will have the unique opportunity to pitch themselves and their innovative ideas to Randi Zuckerberg, Ido Leffler, Sarah Prevette and Lauren Maillian, who will also serve as mentors to the young professionals. These hopefuls will have to win the confidence of these four investors and prove they have what it takes to turn their concept into a viable business.

We look …

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Jessie Borkan is in the house!

At our fall sales conference last week, Deputy Publisher Adrienne Lang (left) and I had the pleasure of meeting with Jessie Borkan (right), our new Manager of Client Services at Perseus Distribution. We’re delighted to be working with you, Jessie! (And that’s Mark Suchomel, President of Client Services, in the upper left—it was great to see you, Mark!)

My Favorite Real Housewife of NJ!


I was thrilled to join Jacqueline and Chris Laurita, authors of the upcoming BenBella title Defy Expectations, for dinner last week.

Their memoir gives a frank and personal account of raising a child with autism while living in the spotlight.

It was great to see you, Chris and Jaqueline!

New author Tonya Craft visits BenBella!

The BenBella staff was delighed to meet Tonya Craft today, author of the upcoming memoir Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and the Strength to Forgive, which will hit shelves in September.

Pictured here is Jessika, Natalie, Brittney, Vy, Alicia, Tonya, me, Jennifer, and Sarah.

Thank you for making the trip, Tonya! We’re thrilled to be working with you on Accused.

Do You Want Your Book to Earn Out ?

Michael Shatzkin reveals an interesting statistic here – large publishers estimate that they spend between 36 to 42% of their revenues on royalties (including both advances and royalties). This shows that publishers, as a percentage of revenue, pay a lot more to authors that don’t earn out than those that do.

How much more? Since standard royalties are 10 to 15% of cover price on hardcovers, 7.5% on paperbacks, and 25% of net revenues on ebooks, I’d estimate that standard …

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Fun with Authors

Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of heading out to Mill Valley to visit with the amazing authors two upcoming books. Beyond Mars and Venus, a revisiting of John Gray’s iconic Mars/Venus paradigm, will be written by John Gray, Warren Farrell, and Marc Gafni. The Boy Crisis, an examination of the challenges facing boys in our modern society, will be written by John Gray and Warren Farrell.

Here is our selfie, taken in Warren’s amazing Mill Valley home:


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T. Colin Campbell visits BenBella!

BenBella was excited to welcome Colin Campbell, coauthor of The China Study and Whole, who visited our office today! He was greeted by some familiar faces and a lot of new ones.

Pictured here is Lindsay, Cameron, Monica, Sarah, Aida, Me, Colin, Vy, Jessika, Jordynn, and Alicia.

Billionaire philanthropist shares her model for ethical business

2015 is off to a great start at BenBella, and one of our many exciting upcoming books is The Doing Good Model by Shari Arison.

Ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world, Shari is an American-Israeli businesswoman, philanthropist, and owner of the Arison Group—an international company that stays true to Shari’s vision of “valuing people and planet alongside profit.”

In her previous bestseller, Activate Your Goodness, Shari explored the ways doing good can enrich our lives …

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Happy Holidays from BenBella!

Happy Holidays from everyone here at BenBella! As we reflect on the past year, we’d like to thank everyone who played a part in helping make our 2014 titles a success.

We look forward to a fantastic 2015!

BenBella is Growing Up

I’ve begun reviewing end-of-year numbers (which look quite nice, thanks!) and realized that our authors this year have earned around three and a half million dollars this year. Not too shabby!