The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

  • #26 on the New York Times Best Seller List
    and featured on The Colbert Report, Martha Stewart,, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose Tomorrow, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR stations coast to coast. Also selected for Borders Original Voices and Book Sense. Follow me on Twitter! Fan me on Facebook.

  • Twelve

    Cary Goldstein, New Publisher of Twelve

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

    Grand Central Publishing today abruptly announced that Cary Goldstein, publicist extraordinaire and deputy publisher, is going to take over as publisher of Twelve, effective immediately (their website changed quickly enough). This is covered by The New York Times, the Associated Press, Publishers Weekly. Cary recently signed a two-book deal with Christopher Hitchens, who was diagnosed […]

    Susan Lehman Named New Publisher of Twelve

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

    My imprint at Hachette, Twelve, just named its new publisher: Susan Lehman from the NYU Brennan Cnter. Julie Bosman did a cover piece in The New York Times on the announcement. Here is the note from Jamie Raab, VP at Hachette. I am delighted to announce that Susan Lehman will be joining us as Publisher/Editor […]

    Jon Karp Leaves Twelve to Head Simon and Schuster

    Friday, June 4th, 2010

    My editor Jonathan Karp is leaving Twelve to head Simon and Schuster — which is startling for everyone because Karp is, in many eyes, synonymous Twelve. I remember when my book was being sold, I asked my agent, Well what if he leaves Twelve? (knowing that editors often leave books when they leave houses). But back […]

    New Paperback Covers. Choose one.

    Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

    Twelve is going to reissue my paperback with a new cover with my photo by Nina Subin. Which one is better?

    NPR: Twelve, Betting on a Dozen Books (now with transcript)

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    NPR has an 8-minute piece on Twelve’s first year in publishing, focusing on Jonathan Karp’s serial monogamy for twelve books a year. Little tidbits. Out of every every 10 hardcover books, 7 fail financially, 2 break even, one becomes a hit. It’s a hit driven business. It’s like corporate legalized gambling. Anyway, Twelve has a different […]

    Read the The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008

      This is a plug, but a relevant one. Yesterday I went to a reading/presentation by Eric Weiner, the NPR resporter and author of Geography of Bliss, at the Rubin Museum in New York City. The Geography of Bliss is one of my favorite books of the last year. I was lucky to read an […]