Author Solutions is the parent company of the self publishing companies/imprints AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Trafford Publishing, Xlibris and Booktango. Author Solutions maintains partnerships with traditional book publishers Simon & Schuster, Thomas Nelson, Hay House, Guideposts. Author Solutions is headquartered in Indiana. Founded in 2007, Author Solutions reports publishing 190,000 titles written by 150,000 authors. In 2012, Pearson acquired Author Solutions from Bertram Capital Management for $116 million, it offers a suite of "book-to-screen" services intended to provide authors with Hollywood access. Self-publishing has experienced rapid growth since 2006, with annual title output increasing 287 percent according to R. R. Bowker, the agency that issues ISBNs in the United States. In April 2008, Author Solutions Marketing Director Keith Ogorek said that 1 out of every 17 books published in the United States is from AuthorHouse. In 2009, Author Solutions, acquired two other top competitors – Xlibris in January and Canadian self-publisher Trafford Publishing in April.
That year the company partnered with leading Christian publisher Thomas Nelson to launch a first-of-its-kind self-publishing partnership, WestBow Press. Expansion to other segments of authors continued in June 2010 when Author Solutions launched its first Spanish-language imprint – Palibrio. Palibrio was offered only to the U. S. Spanish-speaking market, but was made available to authors in Spain. On May 3, 2013, Penguin announced that on July 1 Andrew Phillips would be assuming the position of Author Solutions CEO, replacing longtime CEO Kevin Weiss, leaving to take another position. On July 1, 2013, Author Solutions' parent company Penguin Group completed a merger with Random House to form Penguin Random House. In 2013 Forbes magazine and Publishers Weekly reported that Author Solutions and its associated companies were being sued as part of a potential class action suit alleging deceptive practices. Damages of 5 million dollars were sought. Publishers Weekly reports. In July, 2015, the court denied class action certification to the suit, in August 2015 the lawsuit was "discontinued without prejudice" after a settlement was reached between the parties.
A second case was dismissed in September. On December 31, 2015 Author Solutions, LLC was sold to Najafi Companies after on-going talks. Author Solutions is criticized by author advocacy groups for predatory marketing practices, excessive fees, high-pressure sales, poor customer service; these criticisms led to Author Solutions' inclusion in the Science FIction and Fantasy Writers of America's Thumbs Down Publisher List, multiple Watchdog Advisories from the Alliance of Independent Authors, alerts from Writer Beware. Archway Publishing Author Learning Center AuthorHouse AuthorHouse UK AuthorHive Balboa Press Balboa Press UK Booktango GABAL Global Editions iUniverse LifeRich Publishing megustaescribir Palibrio Partridge Publishing Partridge Africa Partridge India Partridge Singapore Trafford Publishing WestBow Press Wordclay Xlibris Author Solutions - official site
Beginner Books is the Random House imprint for young children ages 3–9, co-founded by Phyllis Cerf with Ted Geisel, more known as Dr. Seuss, his wife Helen Palmer Geisel, their first book was Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. Cerf compiled a list of 379 words as the basic vocabulary for young readers, along with another twenty harder "emergency" words. No more than 200 words were taken from that list to write The Cat in the Hat. Subsequent books in the series were modeled on the same requirement. Beginner Books had only four titles in their catalog in 1958. Two years they were earning a million dollars a year and Random House was the largest publisher of children's books in America; when Theodor Seuss Geisel illustrated his own stories he wrote as Dr. Seuss; when others created the illustrations, he used either the pseudonym Theo Rosetta Stone. Other authors of early Beginner Books were Robert M. Lopshire, Bennett Cerf, Al Perkins, Helen Palmer Geisel who wrote as Helen Palmer, Philip Dey Eastman and Jan Berenstain, Benjamin Elkin and Marion Holland.
Early Beginner Books employed many famous illustrators including the aforementioned Theodor Geisel, P. D. Eastman and Jan Berenstain, Robert Lopshire. Roy McKie was an illustrator; the Cat in the Hat Dictionary /The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary - NOTE: In 2007, this book was additionally written and illustrated by Peter Eastman. The Cat in the Hat Songbook - NOTE: This book was re-released in 1993 as a normal Dr. Seuss book; the Little Black Pony Races My Book about Me - NOTE: This book was re-released as a By ME, Myself book in the 21st century. I Can Draw It Myself - NOTE: This book was re-released in other editions and added new pages in 2017 edition as a By ME, Myself book in May 2017; some of Us Walk, Some Fly, Some Swim The Bears' Almanac - NOTE: This book was reprinted as Bear Facts Library. The Cat's Quizzer - NOTE: This book was reprinted in 1993 as B-75. Beginning Readers' Yearbook 1994 Pigs of a Feather The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books Put Me in the Zoo/A Fly Went By/Are You My Mother?/Go, Dog.
Go!/The Best Nest/It's Not Easy Being a Bunny The Big Red Book of Beginner Books I Want To Be Somebody New!/Sam and the Firefly/Stop That Ball!/Robert the Rose Horse/The Digging-est Dog/The Very Bad Bunny The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books The Big Honey Hunt/The Bears' Picnic/The Bear Scouts/The Bear Detectives/The Missing Dinosaur Bone/The Bike Lesson The Big Green Book of Beginner Books Great Day for Up/Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog?/I Wish That I Had Duck Feet/Wacky Wednesday/Maybe You Should Fly a Jet!/I Am Not Going to Get Up Today! The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Beginner Books The Bike Lesson/The Bears' Picnic/The Bears' Vacation/Bears in the Night/The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree/The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone My Big Book of Beginner Books about Me The Foot Book/The Eye Book/The Ear Book/The Nose Book/The Tooth Book/The Knee Book The Big Purple Book of Beginner Books A Fish Out of Water/Snow/I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words/Flap Your Wings/Big Dog...
Little Dog/Fred and Ted Go Camping The Big Book of Thomas the Tank Engine Beginner Books Stop Train Stop/A Crack in the Track/Go Train Go/Blue Train Green Train/Trains and Troublesome Trucks/Fast Train Slow Train The Big Orange Book of Beginner Books Ten Apples Up On Top!/In a People House/Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!/The Shape of Me and Other Stuff/Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!/Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him! The Big Aqua Book of Beginner Books The Cat in the Hat Comes Back/There's a Wocket in My Pocket!/New Tricks I Can Do/Hand Hand Fingers Thumb/Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!/Oh Say Can You Say? Grolier Book Club Beginner Book Series Scholastic Book Club Beginner Book Series Early Moments Book Club Beginner Book Series The following books are for younger children and are technically part of the series; the "BE" designation stands for Early. I Can Write! Dr. Seuss's Book of Animals Dr. Seuss's Book of Colors The Big Book of Berenstain Bears Stories Inside, Upside Down/Bears on Wheels/The Berenstain Bears on the Moon/Old Hat, New Hat/He Bear, She Bear/The Bear Scouts/The Bear Detectives: The Case of the Missing Pumpkin Grolier Bright and Early Book series Scholastic Bright and Early Book series Early Moments Bright and Early Book series Most, if not all, of these books are abridged versions of Beginner Books or Bright
Alternative media are media that differ from established or dominant types of media in terms of their content, production, or distribution. Alternative media take many forms including print, video and street art; some examples include the counter-culture zines of the 1960s, ethnic and indigenous media such as the First People's television network in Canada, more online open publishing journalism sites such as Indymedia. While mainstream mass media, on the whole, "represent government and corporate interests", alternative media tend to be "non-commercial projects that advocate the interests of those excluded from the mainstream", for example, the poor and ethnic minorities, labor groups, LGBT identities; these media disseminate marginalized viewpoints, such as those heard in the progressive news program Democracy Now!, create communities of identity, as seen for example in the It Gets Better Project, created on YouTube in response to a rise in gay teen suicides at the time it was created. Alternative media challenge the dominant beliefs and values of a culture and have been described as "counter-hegemonic" by adherents of Antonio Gramsci's theory of cultural hegemony.
However, since the definition of alternative media as counter to the mainstream is limiting, some approaches to the study of alternative media address the question of how and where these media are created, as well as the dynamic relationship between the media and the participants that create and use them. There are various definitions of "alternative media." John Downing, for example, defines "radical alternative media" as media "that express an alternative vision to hegemonic policies and perspectives". In his assessment of a variety of definitions for the term, Chris Atton notes the importance of alternative media production originating from small-scale, counter-hegemonic groups and individuals. Christian Fuchs argues that alternative media must have four distinct properties; the first being that the audience of these media must be involved in the creation of what is put out in alternative media. The second is; the third is that it should create a perspective different from that of the state and major corporations.
The fourth property is that alternative media must "establish different types of relationships with the market and/or the state." Approaches to the academic study of alternative media attempt to understand the ways in which these media are significant, each emphasizing a different aspect of media, including the role of the public sphere, social movements, the participation by communities that create the media. One way of understanding alternative media is to consider their role in the process of democratic communication. Philosopher Jürgen Habermas proposed that a healthy democratic community requires a space where rational debate can take place between engaged citizens, it is essential that the dialogue in this public sphere occurs outside the control of any authority so that citizens can exchange ideas as equals. This translates to the need for a free press. In Habermas's idea of the public sphere, participation is open to everyone, all participants are considered equal, any issue can be raised for debate.
However, this view fails to note the inherent exclusion of women and minorities from the debate in the public sphere. In light of this social inequality, philosopher Nancy Fraser argues for the importance of multiple independent public spheres, in which members of subordinated groups can first deliberate their issues and concerns among themselves and assert those issues into the larger public sphere; the alternative media associated with these counter-public spheres are critical in developing the needs and identity of the group and in challenging the larger dominant public sphere. A feminist counter-public sphere is, for example, responsible for circulating the view that women's issues such as domestic abuse and reproductive rights are deserving of debate in the larger public sphere. Social movements are a type of collective action, they involve large, sometimes informal, groups or organizations which focus on specific political or social issues and instigate, resist or undo the social change.
Social movement media is how social movements use media, oftentimes, due to the nature of social movements, that media tends to be an alternative. Communication is vital to the success of social movements. Research shows that social movements experience significant difficulties communicating through mainstream media because the mainstream media systematically distort, stigmatize, or ignore social movement viewpoints, they may deny social movements' access or representation at critical moments in their development, employ message frames that undermine or weaken public perceptions of a movement's legitimacy or implicitly encourage movement actors who seek coverage to cater to the questionable values of mainstream reportage on social activism, including a heightened interest in violence and slogans. This problematic coverage of social movements is referred to as the protest paradigm: the idea that mass media marginalizes protest groups through their depictions of the protesters, and, by doing so, subsequently support the status quo.
As a result, social movements turn to alternative media forms and practices in order to more achieve their goals. An example of how the mainstream media problematically covers social movements is the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street in September 2011; the Occupy movement protests against social and economic inequality around the world, its primary goal being to make the econo
Mary Jo Buttafuoco
Mary Jo Buttafuoco is an American author and motivational speaker. In 1992 she was shot in the face by Amy Fisher. On May 19, 1992, Buttafuoco was shot in the face by Amy Fisher, who at the time was having an affair with Buttafuoco's husband Joey. Fisher had come to the Buttafuocos' house to confront Buttafuoco about Joey, with whom she had been having an affair since July 1991 after Fisher brought her vehicle to Buttafuoco's auto body shop in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York; when Buttafuoco answered the door, Fisher—posing as her own sister Ann Marie—offered, as proof of the affair, a T-shirt that Joey had given her with the logo of his auto body shop on it. This confrontation escalated, she turned to go into the house and call Joey when Fisher shot her in the face with a.25 caliber semiautomatic pistol. Once Buttafuoco regained consciousness, she identified Fisher as her assailant from the t-shirt Fisher had shown her before the shooting. Buttafuoco was left deafened in one ear and her face paralyzed.
Fisher was sentenced to five to fifteen years in prison. She served eight years and was granted parole in May 1999. Joey Buttafuoco served four months in jail. Buttafuoco and her husband moved to Southern California, she stayed defensively loyal to her husband for several years. She defended him when he was arrested in 1995 for sexual solicitation in Los Angeles. During this time, Buttafuoco blamed others, such as Fisher, instead of her husband, she filed divorce papers in Ventura County Superior Court on February 3, 2003. In 2006, Buttafuoco underwent a facial reanimation procedure with facial plastic surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, involving static facial suspension, face lift, eye lift procedures; these surgeries gave her back her ability to smile. Next was surgery to widen the ear canal, which prevented future infections, she underwent physical therapy to strengthen her facial muscles, which she explained in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Buttafuoco is still paralyzed on one side of her deaf in one ear.
Buttafuoco has two children. In 2012, Buttafuoco married Stu Tendler in Las Vegas. Tendler died in 2018 from cancer. Sixteen years after the incident, Buttafuoco wrote a book telling her story, Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know, she was inspired to write the book. Not knowing what the word meant, she looked it up and had a realization leading to her going public with her story; the title of the book comes from a saying her mother used with her, "when are you going to get it through your thick skull?" The memoir describes her whole life, not just focusing on her shooting. She describes how she felt manipulated to stay with a person, a sociopath. Booklist called the book "strangely compelling," and said that "Readers will want to know – why did she stay with him?"Buttafuoco has used her story to raise awareness of facial paralysis. Mary Jo Buttafuoco on IMDb Mary Jo Buttafuoco's memoir Mary Jo Buttafuoco's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show
Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is an American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House and Penguin Group. As of 2013, Penguin Random House employed about 10,000 people globally and published 15,000 titles annually under its 250 divisions and imprints; these titles include nonfiction for adults and children in both print and digital. Penguin Random House comprises Penguin and Random House in the U. S. U. K. Canada, New Zealand and India. Penguin Random House was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of a £2.4 billion merger between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin Group. Bertelsmann and Pearson, the parent companies, owning 53% and 47%, respectively; the creation of the company has been referred to as the publishing industry's response to the increasing dominance of Amazon.com in the book market. Markus Dohle was named CEO of the new company which had more than 10,000 employees around the world with 250 imprints and publishing houses and a publishing list of over 15,000 new titles a year.
PRH relaunched Book Country, Penguin's online unit, in July 2013. In September 2014, Random House Studio signed a first look production deal with Universal Pictures, under which Random House would be the producer of films based on Penguin Random House books; the Universal subsidiary Focus Features will collaborate with Random House Films. Having spearheaded the creation process of Puffin Rock animation, Richard Haines is heading PRH Children's TV development strategy with the assistance of licensing, TV development executive Emily Campan. Haines would report to Francesca Dow. In November 2015, Pearson announced that it will be rebranding and focusing on its education division, it was predicted. Pearson CEO John Fallon estimated that the company would wait until at least 2017. In July 2017, Pearson agreed to sell a 22% stake in the business to Bertelsmann, thereby retaining a 25% holding. In June 2014 Penguin Random House unveiled a new logo designed by Michael Beirut of Pentagram; the logo is a simple serif font with the words Penguin Random House bookended by orange.
For the 250 or so imprints this design would display their traditional logo image to the left of the Penguin Random House words. The logo was introduced in an animated video showcasing various imprints. DK was founded in London in 1974 and is a reference publisher focusing on non-fiction for adults and children. Alpha, publishes Complete Idiot's Guides Prima Games, publishes video game strategy guides Rough Guides, publishes travel guidesAs of 2015 DK has official publishing relationships with Angry Birds, Lego and Star Wars. Crown Publishing was founded in 1933 as the Outlet Book Company, a remainder house, is now a publisher of fiction and narrative non-fiction. Amphoto Books, publishes photography books Broadway Books, founded in 1996 as part of Bantam Doubleday Dell and is now the paperback imprint of Crown Clarkson Potter, produces cookbooks, illustrated gift books, journals Crown Archetype, hardcover publisher of pop-culture titles Crown Business, publishes business-related content Crown Forum, publishes political discourse Harmony Books, publishes self-help titles Hogarth Press, partnership between Crown in the U.
S. and Windus in the U. K. Convergent, Image Catholic Books, Waterbrook & Multnomah publish Christian non-fiction and fiction titles Pam Krauss Books, founded in 1915 and publishes culinary and lifestyle related titles Rodale Books Ten Speed Press, joined Crown in 2009 as a West Coast publisher of nonfiction and gift titles Tim Duggan Books, founded in 2014 Watson-Guptill, publishes illustrated art books as part of Ten Speed Press Alfred A. Knopf, publisher of hardcover fiction and nonfiction, founded in 1915 by Alfred A. Knopf, Blanche KnopfTitles under Alfred A. Knopf have won 58 Pulitzers as well as Nobel and National Book Awards. Doubleday, publisher of commercial and serious nonfiction founded in 1897 Pantheon, founded in 1942 by Kurt Wolff Schocken, publisher of Judaica, became a part of Random House in 1945 Vintage Books, trade paperback publisher founded by Alfred A. Knopf in 1954 Anchor Books, publisher of history, women's studies and fiction Vintage Español, Spanish-language publisher in the United States, founded in 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf Black Lizard known as Vintage Crime, publisher of crime fiction, acquired by Random House in 1990 Nan A. Talese, literary imprint formed in 1990 to house authors published by editor Nan A. Talese Everyman's Library, a series of reprinted classic literature published in hardback Avery, publisher of nonfiction and lifestyle books founded in 1974 Berkley Publishing Group/New American Library, contain several imprints including Jove, Ace, Roc and Caliber DAW, publisher of science fiction and fantasy Dutton, small boutique fiction and non-fiction publisher of about 40 books per year Putnam, publisher founded in 1838 Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, established in 2010 as a boutique publisher of VP Pamela Dorman Penguin, established in the 1930s as a publisher of mass market paperbacks.
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G. P. Putnam's Sons
G. P. Putnam's Sons is an American book publisher based in New York. Since 1996, it has been an imprint of the Penguin Group; the company began as Wiley & Putnam with the 1838 partnership between George Palmer Putnam and John Wiley, whose father had founded his own company in 1807. In 1841, Putnam went to London where he set up a branch office, the first American company to do so. In 1848, he returned to New York, where he dissolved the partnership with John Wiley and established G. Putnam Broadway, publishing a variety of works including quality illustrated books. Wiley began John Wiley, still an independent publisher to the present day. In 1853, G. P. Putnam & Co. started Putnam’s Magazine with Charles Frederick Briggs as its editor. On George Palmer Putnam’s death in 1872, his sons George H. John and Irving inherited the business and the firm's name was changed to G. P. Putnam's Sons. Son George H. Putnam became president of a position he held for the next fifty-two years. In 1874, the company established its own book printing and manufacturing office, set up by John Putnam and operating out of newly leased premises at 182 Fifth Avenue.
This printing side of the business became a separate division called the Knickerbocker Press, was relocated in 1889 to the Knickerbocker Press Building, built for the press in New Rochelle, New York. On the death of George H. Putnam in 1930, the various Putnam heirs voted to merge the firm with Minton, Balch & Co. who became the majority stockholders. George Palmer Putnam's grandson, George P. Putnam, left the firm at that time. Melville Minton, the partner and sales manager of Minton Balch & Co. became acting president and majority stockholder of the firm until his death in 1956. In 1936, Putnam acquired the publisher Coward-McCann, ran it as an imprint into the 1980s. Upon Melville Minton's death, his son Walter J. Minton took control of the company. In 1965, G. P. Putnam's Sons acquired a mass market paperback publishing house. MCA bought Putnam Publishing Group and Berkley Publishing Group in 1975. Phyllis E. Grann, running Pocket Books for Simon & Schuster was brought on board in 1976 as editor-in-chief.
Grann worked with MCA executive Stanley Newman on a financial model to make Putnam profitable. This model emphasized publishing key authors annually and took Putnam from $10 million in revenue to over $100 million by 1983. While keeping the list at 75 titles a year, Putnam focused on winners like Tom Clancy whose book Red Storm Rising sold nearly a million copies in 1986. Putnam along with other publishers in the 1980s moved to a heavy discount hardcover model to keep up with demand and sales through bookstore chains and price clubs. Phyllis Grann was promoted to CEO of Putnam in 1987 becoming the first woman to be CEO of a major publishing house. By 1993, the publisher was making $200 million in revenue. In 1982, Putnam acquired Grosset & Dunlap from Filmways. In 1982, Putnam acquired the book publishing division of Playboy Enterprises, which included Seaview Books. In the 1990s ownership of Putnam changed a number of times. MCA was bought by Matsushita Electric in 1990; the Seagram Company acquired 80% of MCA from Matsushita and shortly thereafter Seagram changed the name of the company to Universal Studios, Inc.
The new owners had no interest in publishing, but Phyllis Grann stepped in and was able to broker the deal for Putnam to be merged with Penguin Group in 1996, a division of British publishing conglomerate, Pearson PLC Putnam and the Penguin Group formed Penguin Putnam Inc. In 2001, Grann abruptly left after speculation over tensions with Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino. In 2013, Penguin merged with Bertelsmann's Random House. Books in the United States About Putnam at Penguin Group