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Media Release: EMMY®-WINNING DAYTIME DRAMA THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND PUBLISHER PAN MACMILLAN STRIKE BOOK DEAL

Posted December 11, 2013 by Mark

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The world’s most watched daytime drama makes the leap from the small screen to the page

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In an announcement sure to excite fans of the Forresters, Logans, and Spencers the world over, Pan Macmillan and its digital-first imprint Momentum will release a series of novellas based on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

According to the most recent statistics and Guinness World Records®, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is the world’s most popular daytime TV soap opera. Since its first episode in 1987, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has won 52 Daytime Emmy® Awards and has established a daily viewership of 35 million globally.

The novellas, to be published simultaneously in print via Pan Macmillan and digitally via Momentum, will recount new love stories created through collaboration between established romance authors and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell. The first two titles, Forbidden Affair by Amy Andrews and Collision Course by Shannon Curtis, will be released in February 2014. The second two titles will follow in April.

“Love stories that have yet to be seen on television can now fully ignite between the covers of these novels,” said Bell. “This partnership with Pan Macmillan and Momentum expands the choices our fans have to be entertained by the signature characters of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.”

“Getting the opportunity to work with such a successful international brand as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and bring new stories to a global audience in print and digital is a hugely exciting experience for us all,” said Joel Naoum from Momentum and Claire Craig from Pan Macmillan.

The deal comes as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL approaches its 7000th episode and 27th year on air.

About THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL:

In 2011, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received its third consecutive Emmy® award for “Outstanding Daytime Drama Series”.  In 2010, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was named the Most Popular Daytime Soap Currently on TV by Guinness World Records® and in 2013 received

its eighth consecutive Golden Nymph Award at the International TV Audience Awards in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which will celebrate its 27th anniversary on March 23, 2014, is produced by Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., and is broadcast worldwide in over 100 countries.

Press Contacts:

David Gregg

Vice President International Publicity The Bold and the Beautiful dgregg@boldandbeautiful.tv

+1.323.575.3566

Eve Jackson

Publicist Pan Macmillan Australia eve.jackson@macmillan.com.au

+61 2 9285 9115

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Kylie Scott – Stage Dive

Posted October 29, 2013 by Mark

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Media Release: Global win for Macmillan Trade Group

London, New York, Sydney: The Macmillan Trade Group announced today, 28 October, that it has secured World English Language print and eBook rights to the bestselling Stage Dive New Adult series by Australian novelist, Kylie Scott.

It will be the first joint global publication from the new Macmillan Trade Group, who plan to publish simultaneously in print and eBook format worldwide all using the same updated cover.

Discovered by Momentum, a digital-only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia, Lick, the first book in the series, was published on 1 July 2013 by Momentum. Within days it had found a readership around the world, racing onto eBook and the USA Today bestseller lists in the US and garnering thousands of passionate reader reviews on Amazon and GoodReads.

Amy Tannenbaum at the Jane Rotrosen Agency in New York then brokered the deal for World English rights to editor Rose Hilliard at St Martin’s Press, in a joint offer with Pan Macmillan and Pan Macmillan Australia. Jane Rotrosen Agency retains translation rights.

A four-book series, each novel is centered on a rock star hero in the fictional band Stage Dive.

The Macmillan Group will update the eBook cover of Lick, which they plan to publish in print in May 2014. The second book, Play, will be published in eBook in April 2014 and in print in August 2014, with the third and fourth in the series to follow in the months after.

Kylie Scott lives in Queensland, Australia and is married with two children. She is also the author of a dystopian romance series, also published by Momentum.

Scott said, ‘I’m thrilled that the Stage Dive series will be published worldwide by Macmillan. I’ve always dreamed of seeing my books on bookstore shelves, so it’s exciting for that dream to be coming true.’

Joel Naoum at Momentum said, ‘Seeing Kylie Scott emerge on the world stage, and to have her embraced in a truly global way by Macmillan, has been a major highlight for Momentum. It’s hugely exciting to be involved – whether as an author or publisher – in a group like Macmillan that is at the forefront of creating successful new publishing models.’

For press enquiries please contact: e.bravo@macmillan.co.uk (UK), Jessica Preeg: jessica.preeg@stmartins.com (US) or Tracey Cheetham: tracey.cheetham@macmillan.com.au (Australia)

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Marketing Intern

Posted October 14, 2013 by Mark

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Are you a Sydney-based Marketing/PR student looking for some workplace experience? Then we want to speak to you.

Who we are

Momentum is a digital-first imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia, publishing quality ebooks to a global market.

Who we’re looking for

Momentum is currently looking for an unpaid marketing intern to help out one day a week for a six week period at our office in Sydney’s CBD. We’re seeking a motivated and creative marketing/PR student or graduate with a passion for books, writing, technology and social media. An interest in genre books (romance, crime, science fiction, fantasy, etc) would be an advantage but not a requirement.

Intern duties

You would be required to help our marketing team with various tasks including writing and scheduling blog posts, sending books to reviewers, helping out with social media campaigns across various platforms, in addition to some light administrative duties.

What you get

Experience in the marketing and publicity side of the publishing industry. Working with our small team you’ll have the opportunity to get first hand knowledge of the digital publishing process, from commissioning novels to marketing the finished product. This is also an invaluable opportunity to gain experience and make contacts in a future-focussed section of a highly competitive industry.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

If you are interested then please send a resume plus a cover letter expressing why you’d like the position to info@momentumbooks.com.au.

 

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Momentum Moonlight is here!

Posted September 6, 2013 by Mark

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Media Release

Momentum, the digital-first imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia, is announcing the launch of Momentum Moonlight, a romance community and publishing imprint, aimed at publishing new romance, erotica and new adult titles in addition to building a community of romance readers.

Momentum publisher, Joel Naoum, said, “Genre is a major part of digital publishing, and Moonlight reflects Momentum’s dedication to the romance genre in particular. The romance reading community are voracious, passionate and increasingly form their communities online. We want to make sure we are in the same space as our readers.”

Momentum will publish two romance titles per month in 2014 under the Moonlight imprint, from a range of new and established authors. A new website and blog have been launched to complement Momentum’s already strong online presence and can be found at www.momentummoonlight.com. Website visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute their opinions and posts to the blog.

Among the romance authors that Momentum has already published are Kylie Scott, Caitlyn Nicholas, Jane Tara, Erica Hayes, Rhian Cahill, Lexxi Couper, Tracey O’Hara and SE Gilchrist, with several authors forthcoming in 2013, including Amy Andrews and Mae Archer.

“Many romance readers and writers have a fantastic sense of community about them. We’re all passionate about emotionally satisfying, well written stories. It’s not just about recommending the next great read, but also about encouraging and helping each other succeed in getting that story down on the page and published,” said Kylie Scott, author of USA Today and Amazon Top 20 bestseller, Lick, published by Momentum in July 2013.

“The success of authors like Kylie Scott reflects the way that romance readers and writers come together to support each other and celebrate each other’s successes. We hope the Moonlight community will help enhance these relationships for our readers and authors,” said Naoum.

www.momentummoonlight.com

www.facebook.com/momentummoonlight

Twitter: @moonlightmoment

For any further information about Moonlight, Momentum, or any of our authors, please contact Mark Harding, Digital Marketing Executive – Momentum: mark.harding@momentumbooks.com.au

 

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Momentum Drops DRM!

Posted May 29, 2012 by Momentum Books

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MEDIA RELEASE:

MOMENTUM BOOKS, Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-only imprint, today announced that by early August all its titles would be released without DRM. DRM – digital rights management – is the software used on digital content to prevent casual copying by users.

‘The problem,’ said Joel Naoum, Momentum’s publisher, ‘is that DRM restricts users from legitimate copying – such as between different e-reading devices. We feel strongly that Momentum’s goal is to make books as accessible as possible. Dropping these restrictions is in line with that goal.’

The move by Momentum follows recent announcements by sister company Tor in the United States and the United Kingdom. Momentum is the first imprint of a major Australian publisher to drop DRM.

Momentum’s director, Tom Gilliatt, comments, ‘Momentum was set up to innovate and experiment. The decision to drop DRM is absolutely in keeping with this role, and shows once again Macmillan’s global commitment to be at the forefront of digital change and development.’

John Birmingham, who will be publishing a series of novellas with Momentum in late 2012 said, ‘Every book I’ve ever published in electronic format has been pirated. Every single one. And they all had DRM. It didn’t protect me from piracy and it won’t protect publishing in general. The best protection is to make your work as easily accessible as possible, everywhere, all at once, at the same, reasonable price. Is it possible? Nobody really knows, but we’re gonna give it a hell of a shake to find out.’

Nathan Farrugia, whose bestselling novel The Chimera Vector was released by Momentum in May, said, ‘One of the main reasons I signed with Momentum was their willingness to ditch DRM – something that very few other publishers would do. But I think if pirates are better at distributing your ebooks than you are, then you’re doing it wrong. The best way for publishers to fight piracy is with convenience. I’m excited to see Momentum HULK SMASH DRM.’

About Momentum

Launched in February, Momentum is the digital-only imprint of Pan Macmillan Australia. Momentum have now published over forty titles, including Mark Brandon ‘Chopper’ Read’s series of memoirs, Greig Beck’s fantasy horror Valkeryn and Lindy Chamberlain’s autobiography, The Dingo’s Got My Baby. All published titles are available globally and at highly accessible prices.

If you have any further questions about this change, please contact Joel Naoum on 02 8021 0705 or on info@momentumbooks.com.au.

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