Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
Holtzbrinck Publishing Group is a privately-held Stuttgart-based company which owns publishing companies worldwide. The company has published a wide variety of books including The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and classics by Agatha Christie, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway and John Updike. Other well-known publications of the company include the scientific journal Nature and Scientific American, it is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies. In 2015, it merged most of its Macmillan Science and Education unit with Springer Science+Business Media, creating the company Springer Nature. Holtzbrinck owns 53% of the combined company. Established by Georg von Holtzbrinck in 1948, the group first began as a German book club. In the 1960s, it purchased Droemer, Rowohlt and S. Fischer Verlag, two German publishing companies. In 1985, it acquired the retail book division of Holt and Winston, naming it the Henry Holt Book Company. One year the company acquired Scientific American magazine for $52.6 million.
In 1994, it purchased a majority interest in Farrar, Straus & Giroux from retiring Roger W. Straus, Jr. A year it purchased a 70% majority interest in The Macmillan Group, the remaining shares in 1999. In March 2006, Holtzbrinck forced Tor Books, owned by Holtzbrinck, to stop making its books available as e-books via Baen Ebooks because of concerns regarding the lack of digital rights management; the policy was changed and Tor titles became available as DRM-free e-books in 2012. The Tor UK label in Britain does the same; the company received a good deal of attention when it bought the leading German social networking platform StudiVZ in January 2007. Holtzbrinck has total annual sales of 2.1 billion euros. It had 2005 earnings before taxes of 142 million euros, a total of 14,000 employees. Chairman of the group is Stefan von Holtzbrinck. John Sargent is CEO of the company that unites the US-based businesses of the group. In Germany: S. Fischer Verlag O. W. Barth Wolfgang Krüger Argon Verlag Scherz Verlag Fretz & Wasmuth Rowohlt Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur Die Zeit In the United States: Using the Macmillan name: Farrar and Giroux Faber & Faber Henry Holt and Company Holt Paperbacks Metropolitan Books Times Books Owl Books Palgrave Macmillan Picador Roaring Brook Press Neal Porter Books First Second Books St. Martin's Press Tom Doherty Associates Tor Books Forge Books Bedford and Worth Publishing Group W.
H. Freeman Bedford-St. Martin's Worth Publishers Macmillan Learning Hayden-McNeil Nature Publishing Group Scientific AmericanUsing the Audio Renaissance name in Southfield, Michigan: Renaissance MediaIn the United Kingdom: Macmillan Publishers Palgrave Macmillan Pan Macmillan Macmillan Pan Books Picador Macmillan Children's Books Campbell Books Priddy Books Boxtree Sidgwick & Jackson Macmillan Education Springer Nature Digital Science The Big Five English-language book publishers: Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Hachette Springer Nature Books in Germany Official website Mary H. Munroe. "Holtzbrinck Timeline". The Academic Publishing Industry: A Story of Merger and Acquisition. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014 – via Northern Illinois University
Sherrilyn Kenyon is a bestselling US writer. Under her own name, she writes paranormal romance, she is best known for her Dark Hunter series. Under the pseudonym Kinley MacGregor she wrote historicals with paranormal elements. Kenyon's novels have an "international following" with over 70 million copies in print in over 100 countries. Under both names, her books have appeared at the top of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today lists, they are frequent bestsellers in Germany and the United Kingdom. Sherrilyn Kenyon was born in Georgia. On January 7, 2019, Kenyon filed a lawsuit against her husband and his assistants, claiming they had poisoned her over a number of years in order to sabotage her health to his financial gain. After her husband filed for divorce in March 2018, the suit alleges that tests concluded her levels of lithium, barium and other metals were at a dangerous level of toxicity, indicating that they had “systematically poisoned her since 2015", her husband‘s statement about the lawsuit called her “a brilliant fiction writer who has made it apparent that she cannot discern between fiction and reality”.
Novels and short stories may be listed because many of her series share the same fictional universe. Each sub-set of the series is marked by the type of creatures. Dark-Hunters, Night Pleasures, Night Embrace, Dance with the Devil, Kiss of the Night, Sword of Darkness, *as Kinley MacGregor Knight of Darkness, *as Kinley MacGregor Night Play, Seize the Night, Sins of the Night, Unleash the Night, Dark Side of the Moon Fear The Darkness Dream-Hunter Devil May Cry Upon the Midnight Clear Dream Chaser Acheron One Silent Night Dream Warrior Bad Moon Rising No Mercy Retribution The Guardian Time Untime Styxx Son of No One Dragonbane Dragonmark Dragonsworn Stygian Dragonswan Dark Hunter Universe #1.5 Available in the anthology Tapestry, published by Jove. Ma
Publishing is the dissemination of literature, music, or information. It is the activity of making information available to the general public. In some cases, authors may be their own publishers, meaning originators and developers of content provide media to deliver and display the content for the same; the word "publisher" can refer to the individual who leads a publishing company or an imprint or to a person who owns/heads a magazine. Traditionally, the term refers to the distribution of printed works such as newspapers. With the advent of digital information systems and the Internet, the scope of publishing has expanded to include electronic resources such as the electronic versions of books and periodicals, as well as micropublishing, blogs, video game publishers, the like. Publishing includes the following stages of development: acquisition, copy editing, printing and distribution. Publication is important as a legal concept: As the process of giving formal notice to the world of a significant intention, for example, to marry or enter bankruptcy As the essential precondition of being able to claim defamation.
Self-publishing: The author has to meet the total expense to get the book published. The author should retain full rights known as vanity publishing. Publishing became possible with the invention of writing, became more practical upon the introduction of printing. Prior to printing, distributed works were copied manually, by scribes. Due to printing, publishing progressed hand-in-hand with the development of books; the Chinese inventor Bi Sheng made movable type of earthenware circa 1045, but there are no known surviving examples of his printing. Around 1450, in what is regarded as an independent invention, Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type in Europe, along with innovations in casting the type based on a matrix and hand mould; this invention made books less expensive to produce, more available. Early printed books, single sheets and images which were created before 1501 in Europe are known as incunables or incunabula. "A man born in 1453, the year of the fall of Constantinople, could look back from his fiftieth year on a lifetime in which about eight million books had been printed, more than all the scribes of Europe had produced since Constantine founded his city in A.
D. 330."Eventually, printing enabled other forms of publishing besides books. The history of modern newspaper publishing started in Germany in 1609, with publishing of magazines following in 1663. Publishing has been handled by publishers, with the history of self-publishing progressing until the advent of computers brought us electronic publishing, made evermore ubiquitous from the moment the world went online with the Internet; the establishment of the World Wide Web in 1989 soon propelled the website into a dominant medium of publishing, as websites are created by anyone with Internet access. The history of wikis started shortly thereafter, followed by the history of blogging. Commercial publishing progressed, as printed forms developed into online forms of publishing, distributing online books, online newspapers, online magazines. Since its start, the World Wide Web has been facilitating the technological convergence of commercial and self-published content, as well as the convergence of publishing and producing into online production through the development of multimedia content.
Book and magazine publishers spend a lot of commissioning copy. At a small press, it is possible to survive by relying on commissioned material, but as activity increases, the need for works may outstrip the publisher's established circle of writers. For works written independently of the publisher, writers first submit a query letter or proposal directly to a literary agent or to a publisher. Submissions sent directly to a publisher are referred to as unsolicited submissions, the majority come from unpublished authors. If the publisher accepts unsolicited manuscripts the manuscript is placed in the slush pile, which publisher's readers sift through to identify manuscripts of sufficient quality or revenue potential to be referred to acquisitions editors for review; the acquisitions editors send their choices to the editorial staff. The time and number of people involved in the process are dependent on the size of the publishing company, with larger companies having more degrees of assessment between unsolicited submission and publication.
Unsolicited submissions have a low rate of acceptance, with some sources estimating that publishers choose about three out of every ten thousand unsolicited manuscripts they receive. Many book publishers around the world maintain a strict "no unsolicited submissions" policy and will only accept submissions via a literary agent; this policy shifts the burden of assessing and developing writers out of the publisher and onto the literary agents. At these publishers, unsolicited manuscripts are thrown out, or sometimes returned, if the author has provided pre-paid postage. Established authors may be represented by a literary agent to market their work to publishers and n
Stephen J. Cannell
Stephen Joseph Cannell was an American television producer, writer and occasional actor, the founder of Cannell Entertainment and the Cannell Studios. After starting his career as a television script writer, Cannell created or co-created several dozen successful TV series from the 1970s to the 1990s with his creative partner Frank Lupo. Cannell's creations included The Rockford Files, The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, The Commish, he wrote novels, notably the Shane Scully mystery series. Cannell was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Pasadena, he was the son of Joseph Knapp Cannell. Joseph owned the successful interior decorating company Cannell and Chaffin. Cannell struggled with dyslexia in school, but did graduate from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in journalism. At UO, he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. After college, Cannell spent four years working with the family business before selling his first script to the Universal series It Takes a Thief in 1968.
He was hired by the television production branch of Universal Studios and was soon freelance writing for such other crime shows as Ironside and Columbo. Not long afterward, he received a telephone call from friend Herman Saunders, the producer on the series Adam-12, they needed a script right away and Saunders asked if Stephen would be interested in writing it. He delivered what they wanted in one day, his first full-time gig, was soon hired as story editor of Jack Webb's police series Adam-12 in its fourth season. Cannell created or co-created nearly 40 television series crime dramas, including The Rockford Files, Black Sheep Squadron, City of Angels, under his own banner, The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, The Commish. In the process, he had by his own count, scripted more than 450 episodes, produced or executive produced over 1,500 episodes, he described his early financial arrangements in a 2002 interview, saying that at Universal, I signed a deal as a head writer to make $600 a week.
I was the cheapest writer on the lot. It was the lowest deal, but I'd been working for my dad for $7000 a year. I was at Universal for I never renegotiated my deal but once, it was late in my arrangement with Universal. There was one thing in my deal that my agent had managed to get in there—I had good fees for my pilots; the reason they did. So they'd give me $70,000 to write a two-hour pilot and a $100,000 production bonus if it got made. I became the hottest pilot writer at Universal. I was writing three pilots a season. I was making $400,000 a year in pilot fees. In 1979, Cannell formed his own company, Stephen J. Cannell Productions. For the first few years, Cannell's office was located on the lot at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, though his earlier work at Universal was still distributed by MCA-Universal. Cannell's first series under his new banner was Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, was soon followed by The Greatest American Hero, The Quest, The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick and Hunter. Cannell offices relocated to larger facilities on Hollywood Blvd in 1983.
Cannell acted including a recurring role as main antagonist "Dutch" Dixon on his series Renegade. He took a turn in an episode of Silk Stalkings, in which the script called for one character to tell him, "You look just like that writer on TV," to which Cannell's character responds, "I get that all the time." He served as the host of the 1991–92 series Scene of the Crime a mystery anthology series with a repertory cast, 1995–1996 syndicated documentary series U. S. Customs Classified, focusing on the work of the U. S Customs Service. Cannell appeared as himself again in season two. Along with James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, he was one of Castle's poker buddies. In season three, following Cannell's death, an empty seat at the poker table is described as Cannell's, remains empty for a full year in tribute to him. In 1987, with a favorable exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollars being a win/win for US producers, Cannell decided to shoot his new series Stingray in Toronto.
So many producers were shooting in Toronto that no crews were available to man any additional productions. Cannell shot seven episodes of Stingray in Calgary with the remainder being shot in Vancouver, his first series shot there was 21 Jump Street, the highest-rated show of the new Fox network's first season. With more and more series being shot in Vancouver, Cannell said, "We were fighting with everybody for locations and stage space", his solution was to build a new, state-of-the-art facility, "The North Shore Studios" on 13 acres with one hundred thousand feet of office space and seven sound stages. The series 21 Jump Street was soon followed by Wiseguy, The Commish, Hawkeye, The Hat Squad, J. J. Starbuck, Street Justice, Unsub, a number of television films were shot in Vancouver by Cannell's production company. In May 1988, Cannell was a panelist in the John Davidson edition of The Hollywood Squares. On July 31, 1995, New World Communications acquired his Cannell Entertainment production company.
Cannell founded the Cannell Studios. One of the first shows produced by the newly established Cannell Studios was the short-lived but critically acclaimed corporate drama Profit. Starting in 1995, Cannell turned his attention to writing novels, his fi
Thriller is a broad genre of literature and television, having numerous overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, surprise and anxiety. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Thrillers keep the audience on the "edge of their seats" as the plot builds towards a climax; the cover-up of important information is a common element. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists, cliffhangers are used extensively. A thriller is a villain-driven plot, whereby he or she presents obstacles that the protagonist must overcome. Homer's Odyssey is one of the oldest stories in the Western world and is regarded as an early prototype of the genre. Writer Vladimir Nabokov, in his lectures at Cornell University, said: "In an Anglo-Saxon thriller, the villain is punished, the strong silent man wins the weak babbling girl, but there is no governmental law in Western countries to ban a story that does not comply with a fond tradition, so that we always hope that the wicked but romantic fellow will escape scot-free and the good but dull chap will be snubbed by the moody heroine."Thrillers may be defined by the primary mood that they elicit: suspenseful excitement.
In short, if it "thrills", it is a thriller. As the introduction to a major anthology argues:... Thrillers provide such a rich literary feast. There are all kinds; the legal thriller, spy thriller, action-adventure thriller, medical thriller, police thriller, romantic thriller, historical thriller, political thriller, religious thriller, high-tech thriller, military thriller. The list goes on and on, with new variations being invented. In fact, this openness to expansion is one of the genre's most enduring characteristics, but what gives the variety of thrillers a common ground is the intensity of emotions they create those of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness, all designed to generate that all-important thrill. By definition, if a thriller doesn't thrill, it's not doing its job. Suspense is a crucial characteristic of the thriller genre, it gives the viewer a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension and tension. These develop from unpredictable and rousing events during the narrative, which makes the viewer or reader think about the outcome of certain actions.
Suspense builds. The suspense in a story keeps the person hooked to reading or watching more until the climax is reached. In terms of narrative expectations, it may be contrasted with surprise; the objective is to deliver a story with sustained tension, a constant sense of impending doom. As described by film director Alfred Hitchcock, an audience experiences suspense when they expect something bad to happen and have a superior perspective on events in the drama's hierarchy of knowledge, yet they are powerless to intervene to prevent it from happening. Suspense in thrillers is intertwined with hope and anxiety, which are treated as two emotions aroused in anticipation of the conclusion - the hope that things will turn out all right for the appropriate characters in the story, the fear that they may not; the second type of suspense is the "...anticipation wherein we either know or else are certain about what is going to happen but are still aroused in anticipation of its actual occurrence."According to Greek philosopher Aristotle in his book Poetics, suspense is an important building block of literature, this is an important convention in the thriller genre.
Thriller music has been shown to create a distrust and ominous uncertainty between the viewer of a film and the character on screen at the time when the music is playing. Common methods and themes in crime and action thrillers are ransoms, heists, kidnappings. Common in mystery thrillers are the whodunit technique. Common elements in dramatic and psychological thrillers include plot twists, psychology and mind games. Common elements of science-fiction thrillers are killing robots, machines or aliens, mad scientists and experiments. Common in horror thrillers are serial killers, stalking and horror-of-personality. Elements such as fringe theories, false accusations and paranoia are common in paranoid thrillers. Threats to entire countries, espionage, conspiracies and electronic surveillance are common in spy thrillers. Characters may include criminals, assassins, innocent victims, menaced women, psychotic individuals, spree killers, agents, terrorists and escaped cons, private eyes, people involved in twisted relationships, world-weary men and women, psycho-fiends, more.
The themes include terrorism, political conspiracy, pursuit, or romantic triangles leading to murder. Plots of thrillers involve characters which come into conflict with each other or with outside forces; the protagonist of these films is set against a problem. No matter what subgenre a thriller film falls into, it will emphasize the danger that the protagonist faces; the protagonists are ordinary citizens unaccustomed to danger, although in crime and action thrillers, they may be "hard men" accustomed to danger such as police officers and detectives. While protagonists of thrillers have traditionally been men, women lead characters are common. In psychological thrillers, the protagonists are reliant on their mental resources, whether it be by battling wits with the antagonist or by battling for equilibrium in the cha
Joseph Finder is an American thriller writer. His books include Company Man, The Fixer, Killer Instinct and Power Play, his novel High Crimes was made into the film of the same name starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. His novel Paranoia was adapted into a 2013 film starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. Joseph Finder was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1958, spent much of his early childhood in Afghanistan and the Philippines before his family returned to the United States and lived in Bellingham and outside Albany, New York. Finder majored in Russian studies at Yale University, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, he was a bass singer in the Yale Whiffenpoofs. He received a master's degree from the Harvard Russian Research Center and taught on the Harvard faculty, he states that "He was recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency but decided he preferred writing fiction." Finder published Red Carpet: The Connection Between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen, about Dr. Armand Hammer's ties to Soviet intelligence.
Finder's first novel, The Moscow Club, imagined a KGB coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. His second novel, Extraordinary Powers was about the discovery of a Soviet mole in the highest ranks of the CIA. Paranoia was a New York Times bestseller in both paperback, as was Company Man. Killer Instinct, published in May 2006, won the International Thriller Writers Award for best novel in 2007. Power Play, published in 2007, was nominated for a Gumshoe Award. Vanished, the first novel to feature Finder's series character Nick Heller, was nominated for the 2010 International Thriller Writers Award for best novel. Buried Secrets, the second Nick Heller novel, received the 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel, tying with The Cut by George Pelecanos. Suspicion was the first book to be published under Finder's new contract with Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House. Guilty Minds, the third novel to feature Finder's series character, Nick Heller, will be published in summer 2016.
Finder is a founding member of the International Thriller Writers Association, served as Financial Advisor to International PEN-New England. He is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, he writes on espionage and international affairs for publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post. According to his website, he lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Michelle and their daughter Emma. Vanished, ISBN 0-312-37908-0, 2009, paperback 2010 Buried Secrets, ISBN 978-0-312-37914-8, Summer 2011 "Plan B", 2011 "Good and Valuable Consideration", in Faceoff ISBN 978-1-476-76207-4, September 2014 Guilty Minds, ISBN 978-0-525-95462-0, July 2016 The Moscow Club, ISBN 0-330-31350-9 paperback 1991 Extraordinary Powers, ISBN 0-7528-2651-4 paperback 1994 The Zero Hour, ISBN 0-7528-2650-6 paperback 1996 High Crimes, ISBN 0-380-72880-X paperback 1998 Paranoia, ISBN 0-312-94091-2 paperback 2004 Company Man, ISBN 0-312-93942-6 paperback 2005 Killer Instinct, ISBN 0-312-34747-2 2006 Power Play, ISBN 0-312-34748-0 2007 Suspicion, ISBN 0-525-95460-0 May 27, 2014 The Fixer, ISBN 9780525954613 June 9, 2015 The Switch, ISBN 9781101985786 June 13, 2017 Judgement, ISBN 9781101985823 January 29, 2019 Red Carpet: The Connection Between the Kremlin and America's Most Powerful Businessmen, 1983 Official website