The author and agents say they are only advancing part of the puzzle

By Matthew Perlman (August 11, 2022, 10:27 p.m. EDT) — A nonfiction writer and several agents told a DC federal judge Thursday that there was more to negotiating a book deal than landing the most possible big advance, while throwing cold water on the government’s fears over the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

The publishers called journalist Charles Duhigg as a witness in the merger lawsuit to talk about his experience in the industry and his thoughts on the potential deal. Duhigg’s books were published by a publishing house now owned by Penguin Random House.

The US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in November to stop Penguin Random…

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