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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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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.