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Taxes and the Book Author

IRS 1040 FORM

Sure, we could highlight the London Book Fair, or the announcement of the Pulitzer Prize this month... But instead this cruelest month we'll focus on one of life's inevitables. Get out the royalty statements and... Happy calculating!

Book Publishing Spotlight10

I Got Schooled...

Wednesday April 16, 2014

cover of book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose... in American Revolutionary spy history by the first two episodes of TURN on AMC, Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson's compelling, historically-based drama.

Of course, I want to know what happens in the next episode (18th century waterboarding and honey pots? Bayonets and ambushes? Father-son dynamics and thwarted romance?). And I also want to learn more about Culper Ring -- the Long Island boyhood friends who become spies for the George Washington (especially fun because so much of the history took place in my tri-state "backyards" of Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey).

Luckily, "learning more" is handily available via the book on which the show is based Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose (now complete with its TV tie-in book jacket). So with the show as a dramatic, must-see entry point, I'll be digging in further... and while I'm at it, maybe dipping into Donna Thorland's fictional Philadelphia-based Revolutionary spy saga, The Turncoat (highly recommended to me by the Penguin/NAL national account manager).

Bonus fun publishing fact: Robert Rogers, the acclaimed-then-disgraced tracker-soldier and mercenary leader of the Queen's Rangers (in TURN played by the actor Angus MacFadyen) was also an author. Published in England in 1765, Rogers' A Concise Account of North America is in print today.

Image: Bantam Books

Congratulations to the Pulitzer Prize Winners

Wednesday April 16, 2014

TomsRiver.jpgThe 2014 Pulitzer Prize recipients were announced this week. Among the Letters (aka book) winners were Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books), which took home the award for General Nonfiction; and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown) which won the Fiction prize.

See the list of 2014 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters. Or read more about the history and criteria for the prestigious Pulitzer Prizes.

Image: Bantam Books

Tweet for National Library Week

Wednesday April 16, 2014
A Manhattan branch of the NYPLLove libraries? Did a library change your life?
If so, join honorary chairperson Judy Blume and the ALA and celebrate the 2014 National Library Week (April 13 - 19) by tweeting it out with the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14
And read more about libraries:

Bookish inclinations - being a librarian.

The American Library Association (ALA) - serving libraries and librarians.

The New York Public Library (NYPL)- iconic repository of knowledge.

The Morgan Library and Museum - literary treasures from ancient to modern times.

Image: NYPL branch by Valerie Peterson

Launching Bourbon...

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Dane Huckelbridge - BourbonIs Bourbon truly "A wonderfully entertaining look at American history as seen through the lens of Kentucky's famous brown water"?* Or just a clever ploy to enable the author, Dane Huckelbridge,** to take his bar bills as tax deductions?

We may never know for sure. But Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit launched this week with a lively book party. Tonight Huckelbridge -- "The sage of sour mash"*** -- kicks off his book tour with a bourbon history and tasting event at the 92nd St Y in Manhattan.

Read more about the 92Y Bourbon history & tasting event.

Or, to review your own potential for liquor deductions, read tax tips for authors.

novelist Jim Fuerst

*Bill Samuels, Jr. president emeritus of Maker's Mark Distillery

**Is that even his real name?

***John Baxter, author of The Perfect Meal

Images: Author Dane Huckelbridge with bourbon and Bourbon; book-party-goer/novelist Jim "Ron Barrelitos" Fuerst.

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