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Jane Fonda plans her memoirs

Plus, Vintage to blitz market Dave Eggers’ paperback and dotcom millionaires pen how not to books

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COMING HOME Is Jane Fonda planning a return to the spotlight? The Oscar winning actress will be honored by New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center in May — and she just agreed to write her memoirs for Random House, according to industry sources. The publisher declined to comment.

A REVISED WORK Adding ”15,000 more words” isn’t all Dave Eggers is doing to make the Vintage edition of his ”Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” stand out from the best selling hardcover. According to sources, the trade paperback publisher will feature three back cover designs with photos of Toph, the author’s younger brother and the heartbreaking center of the memoir.

”We’re going to be very creative with the book, but we’re not going to say anything until the book is out in February,” says Russell Perreault, director of publicity for Vintage. Eggers recently used several covers for an issue of McSweeney’s, the literary magazine he publishes, but Vintage — which paid more than $1 million for the paperback rights — may be looking at the bottom line. ”The idea is to get the hardcore fan to buy all of them,” says one insider.

IT TAKES IVILLAGE Two dotcom veterans plan to write about their up and down Internet years. Stephan Paternot, 26 year old cofounder of the portal theglobe.com, which now trades at less than a dollar a share but once scored a record one day IPO percentage gain, will pen ”A Very Public Offering” for John Wiley & Sons. ”It’s a first person account by somebody who lived through the roller coaster,” says Joan O’Neil, publisher of Wiley’s finance line, which will publish next fall. And Candice Carpenter, cofounder of iVillage, a women’s Internet network, is shopping ”Chapters: Mastering Change in Life and Work.” It will combine her story with tips for ”planning your life as a series of chapters,” says her agent, Al Lowman.

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