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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Carol Fitzgerald Reflects on Jon Stewart's Legacy and Influence on Non-Fiction Books

Book world turns a page on late night
by Patrick Ryan

This week, late night starts a new chapter in more ways than one.

Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show Thursday after a 16-year run, making way for 31-year-old comedian Trevor Noah to take his seat behind the news desk next month. But with the changing of the guard, could the satiric chat show's literary leanings be on the way out?

Since his start in 1999, Stewart has championed non-fiction books, inviting authors onto the show for engaging, thoughtful discourse about topics political, economic and social. In many cases, writers have experienced significant sales boosts after Daily Show appearances.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Carol Fitzgerald Weighs In on Harper Lee and Marketing 'Go Set a Watchman'

‘Go Set a Watchman’: Marketing the Book Without Harper Lee
By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

For many highly anticipated new books, publishers trot out the authors for appearances on the talk show circuit or “60 Minutes.”  TV interviews are particularly important in book publishing, where marketing executives view word-of-mouth and social media campaigns as often more effective than traditional advertising.

But Harper Lee, 89, isn’t doing any of that in support of her upcoming novel “Go Set a Watchman,” which publishes July 14 (read the first chapter here). The author, famously press shy, has no plans to grant media interviews, said Tina Andreadis, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Publishers....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Carol Fitzgerald Comments on 'Go Set a Watchman' Pre-Publication Buzz

HarperCollins Has a Lot Riding on Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’
By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on July 14, more than 90 stores nationwide will begin selling Harper Lee’s new novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” to fans who couldn’t wait until the morning. The early store openings, together with hundreds of thousands of promotional items given to retailers in recent months including posters and bookmarks, are part of the big marketing push publisher HarperCollins is counting on to keep “Watchman” on the national best-seller lists through the holiday season.

Sparking store interest has been the easy part. Fans of Ms. Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” are clamoring for her first new book in 55 years. Intrigue around how it came to HarperCollins has added to the buzz. A lawyer for Ms. Lee said she discovered the decades-old manuscript for “Watchman” in 2014, igniting concerns about Ms. Lee’s desire to have it published and her well-being. An Alabama state investigation concluded Ms. Lee was not a victim of elder abuse.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Carol Fitzgerald Comments on 'Girl on the Train' Success

Girl on the Train' sells 1 million copies
by Jocelyn McClurg

Publisher Riverhead is tooting its horn over the latest hot news for the runaway hit The Girl on the Train, and why not?

Paula Hawkins' debut psychological thriller passed the 1 million-copies-sold mark this week, with impressive speed. It's a phenomenal number for a novel by a previously unknown author.

The sales numbers are "very impressive," says Carol Fitzgerald, president of the online Book Report Network. "In a sluggish market during a tough winter it's a clear runaway winner."

Train, this year's Gone Girl, is No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list for the third straight week. (The full list will publish on Thursday.) It was a hit from the get-go, landing at No. 2 on Jan. 22. Train first hit No. 1 on Feb. 12, then slid back to No. 2 for one week as Fifty Shades of Grey briefly reigned.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Carol Fitzgerald Weighs in on the 20th Anniversary of USA Today’s Bestseller List

What 20 years of best sellers say about what we read
by Bob Minzesheimer and Anthony DeBarros

Blame or credit the digital age, says Carol Fitzgerald, founder of the Book Report Network of websites. "There is more and more targeted self-help information readily available online. With keystrokes people are pulling together the information that they typically would seek out in books," she says.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Carol Fitzgerald shares thoughts on Tom Clancy’s passing

Appreciation: Tom Clancy mastered the techno-thriller
by Bob Minzesheimer

"He interjected completely plausible --- but chilling --- scenarios into everyday settings," says Carol Fitzgerald, president of the Book Report Network, websites about books and authors. "Readers would always end up thinking, 'What if?'"

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Carol Fitzgerald on Scribd’s new subscription service

Scribd Book Service Adds HarperCollins Titles
by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

"If somebody wants the new Stephen King or John Grisham, and they can't get it, they'll go somewhere else," said Carol Fitzgerald, president of the Book Report Inc., a closely held company that operates a network of websites connecting books and readers. "Also, can't people do this through their local library and get whatever they want?"

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