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July 8, 2013

Barnes & Noble Announces Senior Leadership Changes

New York, NY (July 08, 2013)—The Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today announced that William Lynch has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and director of the Company effective immediately.  The Company also announced the following organizational changes:  Michael P. Huseby has been appointed  Chief Executive Officer of NOOK Media LLC and President of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Max J. Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble College will continue to lead the digital education strategy and report to Mr. Huseby, as will the Executive Management team of NOOK Media. Mr. Huseby and Mitchell Klipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Barnes & Noble Retail Group, will report directly to Leonard Riggio, Executive Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc.

The Company also announced that Allen Lindstrom, Vice President and the Company’s Corporate Controller, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc.  He will report to Mr. Huseby.  Kanuj Malhotra, Vice President of Corporate Development, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of NOOK Media LLC.

“We thank William Lynch for helping transform Barnes & Noble into a leading digital content provider and for leading in the development of our award-winning line of NOOK® products including NOOK Simple Touch™, NOOK Simple Touch Glowlight™, and NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+ ,” said Leonard Riggio, Chairman.  “As the bookselling industry continues to undergo significant transformation, we believe that Michael, Mitchell and Max are the right executives to lead us into the future.”  Mr. Riggio added that the Company is in the process of reviewing its current strategic plan and will provide an update when appropriate.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as CEO of this terrific Company over the last three years,” said William Lynch.  “There is a great executive team and Board in place at Barnes & Noble, and I look forward to the many innovations the Company will be bringing to its millions of physical and digital media customers in the future.”

Mr. Huseby joined Barnes & Noble as Chief Financial Officer in March 2012, and has led the Company’s financial organization since that time.  Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, he had a distinguished career in the media communications industry having most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading telecommunications and media company.  Mr. Huseby also served in leadership positions at Charter Communications, Inc., the fourth largest cable operator in the U.S, as well as AT&T Broadband, a provider of cable television services.

Mr. Lindstrom joined Barnes & Noble in November 2007 as Vice President, Corporate Controller.  Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Mr. Lindstrom was Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Travel, Inc.

Mr. Malhotra joined NOOK Media in May 2012 and in his role as Vice President of Corporate Development has been responsible for developing strategic priorities for growth and profitability.  He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Affinion International.

August 30, 2012

2012 Writing Contest Deadline Today for the Creative Writing Institute

Deadline reminder – August 31

Reminder – A contest that is truly for beginner’s only! If you have been fortunate enough to sell a short story or a book – congratulations – but you don’t qualify for this contest. If, on the other hand, you have only self-published, you do qualify. *This is an honor system.* This is a small contest and your chances of winning are good. Join the fun! * Find information at


2012 Fiction Writing Contest – Dvercity Magazine – now open!

$100 cash prize!

August 27, 2012

Creative Writing Institute’s Fourth Annual Beginner’s Short Story Contest

A contest that is truly for beginner’s only! If you have been fortunate enough to sell a short story or a book – congratulations – but you don’t qualify for this contest. If, on the other hand, you have only self-published, you do qualify. *This is an honor system.* This is a small contest and your chances of winning are good. Join the fun! *Accepting entries until August 31, 2012.* Find information at

August 25, 2012

How to Self Publish

The first question you should ask yourself when deciding to put your book in print is whether or not you wish to self publish or pursue a traditional publisher. There are pros and cons to both options, so you should carefully consider your goals and what results you hope to produce.

With the advent of ebooks, self publishing is an affordable option for authors because the Internet can even the playing field as far as “prestige.” With a good marketing campaign, etc. you can promote your book as well, or even better than traditional publishers. Unlike traditional publishing where you get an “advance” payment against future royalties, with self publishing you have to put up the money yourself.

Things to consider when self-publishing:

  • Capital – how much will it cost you to publish?
  • Editing
  • Printing – print on demand (POD) vs. short run printers
  • Publicity and Marketing
  • Book Distributing
August 25, 2012

2012 Fiction Writing Contest, $100 Prize

Quarterly 2012 writing contest now open – fiction

15,000 words or less (includes flash fiction, short-shorts, short stories, novel excerpts that can stand alone as short stories). We do not accept overtly sexual, vulgar, gothic, or horror fiction. We are open to diverse perspectives. In addition, we encourage juvenile fiction and encourage multicultural, women’s, and Christian fiction.

$100 cash prize, publication in our online magazine, and free editing/editorial review services for contest winners. So, if you’re working on the next great American novel or a collection of short stories or nonfiction that you would like a professional critique on before you send your manuscript to a literary agent or publisher, Dvercity, Inc. is a good partnership for you (no hidden strings attached).

July 31, 2012

First Time Writer Tips

It is important to nurture your career as a professional author. How is your writing life? Are you increasing your knowledge about the writing and publishing world? Do you network and workshop with other writers who can offer support and advice? Do you crave feedback on your writing?

May 31, 2012

Tips: How Does the Book Publishing Industry Work?

Trying to become a published author is a daunting task for every writer at some point in their lives. So many writers aim for publication; however, the amount of publishing opportunities can be limited depending on the writer’s options and current book buying trends. The time between writing your first book and selling your first book can be a long and arduous task. [1] [2]

Just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you will be rewarded with publication. Writers who wish to be published have to be diligent and search for publishing opportunities just like it’s a job.


[1] Bykofsky and Sander,pg. xv.

[2] Page, Susan, pg. 3.

[3] Bykofsky and Sander,pg. xv.

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