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Our Book Jacket of the Week is Chris Bailey’s Hyperfocus – out August 28th from Viking and available now for pre-order! Our focus has never been more scarce or at risk, so we love the jacket’s bold color scheme that says, “pay attention to this book.” We’re thrilled with how the lettering is slightly out of focus around the edges, but crystal clear in the center – much like the way Chris describes our attention. While the cover may be worthy of judging, it’s what’s inside that counts. Check out what others have to say on Hyperfocus:

Hyperfocus does a remarkable job of unpacking the realities, obstacles, and best practices of managing the subtle but ever-present world of our conscious attention. All of us can get better at how, when and on what we focus, this is an extraordinary, eye-opening, and research-based report of what affects us in this regard, and how to take advantage of this information to achieve greater satisfaction in our lives. Bravo, Chris.” – David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

Becoming more productive isn’t about time management; it’s about attention management. I’d tell you more about that, but I lost my train of thought. Luckily this attention-grabbing book is here to help. Chris Bailey offers actionable, data-driven insights for sharpening your focus – and finding the right moments to blur it.” – Adam Grant, author of Originals and Give and Take; coauthor of Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

“The best productivity plans call for strategy, not just hacks or tactics – and Hyperfocus gives you strategy in spades. When you read this book, get ready to do your most important work!” – Chris Guillebeau author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and The Happiness of Pursuit

“I read Hyperfocus on my phone…but this book was so engaging I stopped checking email entirely! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to do more of what matters in a distracted world.” – Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and 168 Hours

“Let me guess. You’re like me. You don’t have time to read this book. Or any book! Who has time for books anymore? Well, that’s perfect. Because it means you have the disease. And right now you’re holding the cure.” – Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation

Chris Bailey ran a year-long productivity project where he conducted intensive research, as well as dozens of productivity experiments on himself, to discover how to become as productive as possible. He documents these experiments and more on his popular blog, A Life of Productivity. To date, Chris has written hundreds of articles on the subject, and has garnered coverage in media as divers as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York magazine, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fast Company, and Lifehacker. The author of The Productivity Project (Crown; 2016), translated into 11 languages, and Hyperfocus (Viking; August 28, 2018), launching in seven languages, Chris lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter and purchase a copy of Hyperfocus, available wherever books are sold: Penguin Random House,  Barnes & Noble, Amazon!

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For many authors, speaking can be a key avenue to selling books as well as a lucrative side hustle. But a common misconception is that having a lecture agent is the only way to obtain paid speaking opportunities. We routinely receive queries from authors seeking lecture representation, but who might not yet be at the stage where a lecture agent is required. For those authors who love public speaking, believe they have a unique and insightful talk to offer, and wish to learn how to better navigate the speaking world, we hope these insights we’ve learned in the trenches will help.
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You’ve been back and forth with your agent for months creating the perfect book proposal—making sure every argument you’ve made is unassailable, that every indent, line break, and page break is perfectly positioned, and that every t is crossed and i dotted. Your interactions are so frequent that when your phone alerts you to a new voicemail or email, it’s more likely to be your agent than anyone else.

Or perhaps you haven’t been working with an agent, but you’ve been toiling away on a novel, and after months (or years) of developing it, you’ve decided to try your chances with publishers directly. You’ve sent your baby out into the world.

The waiting is HARD. For some, the hardest stage. Below are some useful activities that will help you, and/or your agent, as you await the verdict.

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Our Book Jacket of The Week is Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project – out this week in paperback from Crown Business! We love the catchy but soothing color scheme, as well as the clear prints that speak with utmost confidence. Most importantly, we think it matches perfectly to the author’s penchant for clarity. However, while we’re vouching for the cover, we think you should dive into what’s inside for an even more rewarding and educational experience! Check out what others have to say on THE PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT, and be sure to follow the author @ALOProductivity.

“Chris Bailey has tackled the daunting task of personally experimenting with any and every technique you can imagine that could positively affect your productivity. His dedication to the project and his intelligent conclusions, combined with his candor and articulateness, make this a fun, interesting, and useful read!” — David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

“Here’s a book that promises, in the title, to pay for itself. And, the truth is, it will, in just a few days. And you’ll even enjoy the journey.” — Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

“Chris Bailey might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.” — TED Blog

“So often we get stuck just doing what we have always done, even if it’s not really working. This book helps you cut through all the productivity advice out there to find and test what really works for you.” — Shawn Achor, positive psychology researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage

“Chris doesn’t just want you to be more productive. He wants you to live a better life. This book is a two-hour ticket to not only becoming more productive, but becoming genuinely happier.” — Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation

“Chris has written the ultimate guidebook for setting your life on fire. Read it, and you’ll not only get more done, you’ll feel better about it too.” — Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It

Chris Bailey wrote over 216,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog, ayearofproductivity.com, during a year long productivity project where he conducted intensive research, as well as dozens of productivity experiments on himself to discover how to become as productive as possible. To date, he has written hundreds of articles on the subject, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, New York magazine, TED, Fast Company, Real Simple and Lifehacker.

Follow Chris on Twitter and purchase a copy of The Productivity Project here, here, or here!

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Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson released her new book, Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Thin, Happy, and Free, which was a New York Times bestseller and #1 New Release on Amazon and continues to take the health and dieting world by storm. We were overjoyed to see Susan at her book launch event at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, attended by almost 800 people, where Susan rocked the stage to a long standing ovation. Rooted in cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and biology, Bright Line Eating explains why people who are desperate to lose weight fail again and again: it’s because the brain blocks weight loss. By working with four “Bright Lines”—clear, unambiguous, boundaries—Susan  shows us how to heal our brains and shift it into a mode where it is ready to shed pounds, release cravings, and stop sabotaging our weight loss goals. We at Lucinda Literary are grateful to be a part of the Bright Line Eating movement, a paradigm shift in nutrition and psychology alike that is changing the way we approach weight loss, helping tens of thousands of people across the globe be and stay happy, thin, and free. Featured in photo with Patty Gift, Susan’s editor at Hay House.

Peter Heller, bestselling author of the gorgeous, post-apocalyptic bestseller, THE DOG STARS spoke at Greenlight Bookstore with Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) in Brooklyn as part of his book tour for Celine, already named an Indie and Denver Post bestseller, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense — the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. We had the pleasure of witnessing Peter’s riveting discussion of his distinct craft of poetry and prose, how he begins a novel based on “the music of the first line” and how Celine was a means to spend more time with his mother who had recently passed away. In his latest Amazon article, “How I Went From Journalist To Fiction Writer” Peter details the wild path he trod to literary stardom, from his early beginnings as a pizza delivery boy and his first day in journalism when a man died in his arms. We’ll be reading Celine with Lucinda Literary’s Book Club at WeWork next month. (Email connor@lucindaliterary if you’re interested in joining!)

Along with Peter Heller, we are thrilled to have Ann Shoket join our speakers bureau in conjunction with her incredible new book THE BIG LIFE — a guide for millennial women who are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world. As the editor-in-chief of Seventeen and a co-founding editor of CosmoGIRL, Ann has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation for millennial women. Ann’s popular Badass Babes dinners with millennial women (and men) recently attracted the attention of Good Morning America and the New York Times, and is inspiring a generation of women who are determined to carve their own path, on their own terms. We are supremely excited to carry the millennial conversation with Ann and help young women tap into their ambition, honor their dreams, and create their own version of The Big Life. Find Ann on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

urlWe are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Speakers Bureau! Adding to our multi-pronged literary and marketing approach, our Speakers Bureau features distinct voices in literature who inspire audiences and facilitate progressive thought and conversation. Unlike traditional bureaus, our objective is to focus only on the work of authors and connect them with venues nationwide and globally. 

Our roster features leaders in productivity and leadership Chris Bailey and Rajeev Peshawaria, New York Times and internationally bestselling authors Nicola Kraus, Sam Wasson, and Douglas Kennedy, Olympian Ginny Gilder, award-winning neuroscientist Susan Peirce Thompson, and more. At Lucinda Literary, we take immense pride in connecting our authors to the broadest audiences possible, and are excited to explore the vast, uncharted territory we see in matching authors to venues.

We are currently seeking to expand our Speakers Bureau through the referrals of colleagues in publishing. We are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time.

If you are interested in booking one of our speakers, visit: http://www.lucindaliterary.com/request-a-speaking-appearance/.

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Our Book Jacket of The Week is Richard Cohen’s How To Write Like Tolstoy out this week from PenguinRandomHouse. We love the final cover art, which showcases an orange sketch of Leo Tolstoy sporting blue spectacles. We love the colors, we love the font, but most of all, we love the content inside! Apparently, we’re not the only ones.

“This book is a wry, critical friend to both writer and reader. It is filled with cogent examples and provoking statements. You will agree or quarrel with each page, and be a sharper writer and reader by the end.” – Hillary Mantel

“An elegant, chatty how-to book on writing well, using the lessons of many of the world’s best writers…” – Publishers Weekly

“Lush and instructive . . . [Cohen] is a generous tour guide through his literary world.” – Kirkus Reviews

These 12 essays are like 12 perfect university lectures on the craft of writing fiction... interesting, charming, and engaging.” – Library Journal.

Get a sneak peek beyond this lovely, colorful cover on LitHub. You can purchase How To Write Like Tolstoy here.

Richard Cohen is the former publishing director of Hutchinson and Hodder & Stoughton. Works that he has edited have gone on to win the Pulitzer, Booker, and Whitbread/Costa prizes, and more than twenty have been #1 bestsellers. The author of By the Sword, an award-winning history of swordplay, and Chasing the Sun, a wide-ranging narrative account of the star that gives us life, he was for two years program director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and for seven years a visiting professor in creative writing at the University of Kingston-upon-Thames.

Visit Richard’s website here or follow him on Twitter @aboutrichard or Facebook @RichardCohenAuthor.

imagesWe coupled up with superstar booker Ashley Bernardi, principal of Nardi Media, to talk about her work with authors and some lessons she’s gleaned from what really sells books to how authors can approach media themselves. (Though, we’ll be honest, it’s a heck of a lot easier with Ashley in your corner.) Here’s what she had to say.

1) What are the challenges authors face in getting booked on radio/television?

One of the main challenges that authors face is making the pitch relevant to the news cycle. We can overcome this challenge by using recent data, statistics, and research on the subject that was written about about to make the pitch buzzier and more relevant to the news cycle. Producers and reporters are fact-driven, so if we can present them with facts that tie in news of the day/week/month, and use the author and book as a jumping off point for a conversation about it — we usually see traction. I always try to use numbers, data, demographics, and more, to tie in a pitch. Sometimes the pitch is not just about the book itself – but where the author grew up, where he/she is based, and more. There is so much we can work with and that’s the best part about the process!

2) What can authors do to make themselves more attractive media candidates, and get a producer’s interest or attention? What are the most important “ingredients” to include in one’s pitch?

The approach to pitching radio and television varies, as well as the particular show you are pitching. Know who you are pitching and what the show has covered recently. Remember that a producer/reporter will do research on you, so it’s your job to do research on their show. What has been covered recently? Any pieces or segments that you liked or stood out to you? Is there a connection to your book or subject matter?

Another important factor is the pitch itself. You can and should specify and tailor a press advisory based off what a show covers. I usually never work with one generic press advisory. If you give a broad blanket advisory to every single national radio and television show, you won’t see results. But if you can tailor press advisories to specifically what a show covers (health, finance, etc), you’ll see results.

The most important ingredients to a broadcast pitch: Pre-existing video of the author(s) in an interview setting, street credibility (ie prior media placements in print, online, TV, radio), a pitch tailored specifically to what the show covers or has been covering, and making it newsworthy using recent statistics and data.

3) What kind of interviews are most effective? Does it always need to be a national media hit to cause an impact?
Obviously a national television or radio hit creates a big buzz and a wide range of exposure, but don’t discount the local radio stations, especially NPR affiliates. People who listen to NPR read books. I’ve had book authors do local interviews with NPR affiliates around the country, and they’ll see their book sales and Amazon ratings increase just from one radio interview alone.
There is also a huge added bonus to television and radio in today’s media world: online exposure. Nearly every television and radio segment now gets published online – which is a whole new audience reached!

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December might entice those on the East Coast to kick into hibernation mode but we’ve been having an unusually warm winter season. Why not head out to hang with some of your favorite authors while giving back at the same time? Here’s a mini guide to some upcoming literary holiday parties in the city:

Wednesday, December 9th at 8pm
Riverhead Books Holiday Party 2015
The Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th St, Brooklyn

Join Riverhead Books family & friends in supporting Libraries Without Borders, providing books and Idea Boxes to Syrian Refugees. $15 gets you unlimited beer + baked goods by Riverhead authors + raffle prizes + Photo Booth with Booker Prize winner, Marlon James.

Wednesday, December 16th at 6:30pm
PEN “Freedom To Write” MINGLE
Solas (Upstairs at 232 East 9th Street)
FREE (but rsvp required by 12/14 at membership@pen.org)

If you aren’t a member of PEN American Center, I’d suggest taking a look at all the wonderful things they do for the literary world at home and abroad. From assisting imprisoned writers to celebrating some of the best works in literature with their numerous awards, the PEN crowd is a welcoming and caring bunch.
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By Melissa X. Golebiowski

This book cover for bestselling authors Nicola Kraus & Emma McLauglin’s (authors of The Nanny Diaries) latest release, out today, How To Be A Grown Up, shows us what it’s like to walk in two shoes at once. The novel’s heroine, Rory McGovern, finds herself juggling both single parenthood and a full time career after her actor husband decides to walk and leave her solo.

Rory, newly in her forties, finds herself working for two twentysomethings at a luxury lifestyle site for kids, JeuneBug. (Of course, no one at the company but Rory has any children of their own.) Rory has her feet in two different worlds; will she fall flat on her face or come up with a successful game plan?

The cover shoes are reflective of two completely different styles but come with an interesting backstory.

The Chuck behind the Converse brand was Chuck Taylor, a high school basketball player who fell in love with Converse All Stars and became an extremely successful traveling salesmen of the shoe by specially selling them to high school and college basketball teams. With a successful athletic branding behind the shoe, Converse also became the official training shoe for the military during WWII.

Keeping with the theme of battle, high heels were actually a part of the 16th Century Persian soldier’s uniform. When riding horseback, the heels dug comfortably into the stirrups and enabled the warriors to stand up & shoot as they rode in to fight. The high heel was originally created for this purpose and gained popularity in many horse riding cultures. Women picked up the high heel habit in the 1600’s when they started adopting male fashion. Fast forward to the present and it’s a staple of female fashion today.

We have a feeling that with this kind of footwear in tow, Rory will come up a solid strategy to conquer the odds.

Read the New York Times Book Review
Say hi to Emma and Nicola.