Johnny Depp is starting his own literary imprint – a list of books called Infinitum Nihil (meaning nothing is forever) – part of HarperCollins, which will publish titles that reflect his tastes and interests. Some of the books acquired for Infinitum Nihil are The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by Douglas Brinkley (planned for release in 2015), and House of Earth, a recently discovered novel by folk singer Woody Guthrie (scheduled for release in January). Should be an interesting collaboration. You can read about it in today’s ArtsBeat section of the New York Times.
A feature article on Amy Einhorn probes what it takes to be a good editor and publisher. How many of us would have backed The Help, a runaway bestseller, had we known it was rejected 60 times?!
“I need to be able to convince you in thirty seconds of speaking to make you want to read the book,” she said. She said she received around 1,000 submissions in her first year at the imprint, and does not spend much time on manuscripts that do not draw her in from the first page.
This NY Observer piece also delves into her hands-on business practices, aside from her “good taste.” It’s not enough to identify a good work, she also promotes it in various ways within the industry.