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Writers Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge

Dan Santat, a children’s books author and illustrator, has completed the #IceBucketChallenge.

The video embedded above features Santat performing the activity in support of the ALS Association. Before dousing himself with the ice water, Santat requested two colleagues, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jennifer L. Holm, and Sesame Street star Elmo follow in his footsteps.

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Publishing Jobs: Macmillan, Crown Publishing, Countryman Press

This week, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is hiring a production editor, as well as a senior production editor. Meanwhile, Crown Publishing Group is seeking a marketing manager, and Countryman Press needs an editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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  • Production Editor Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (New York, NY)
  • Senior Production Editor Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (New York, NY)
  • Marketing Manager Crown Publishing Group (New York, NY)
  • Editor Countryman Press (New York, NY)
  • Project Manager Greenleaf Book Group (Austin, TX)

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‘LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology’ Self-Published Bestsellers List

lol LOL Romantic Comedy Anthology Collection leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

New Management Could Threaten World’s Largest Sci-Fi Library

eaton_logoScience fiction author Nalo Hopkinson has raised concerns that new management at the Eaton Science Fiction Collection – the world’s largest public science fiction and fantasy library in the world housed at the University of California Riverside- could threaten the institution.

Hopkinson, who teaches at the university, wrote a blog post this week claiming that  new management at the library has plans to drastically reduce the collection size. Check it out:

Since spring of this year, their accomplishments have included driving out staff members and pushing changes to collection policies that would reduce the Eaton’s holdings, its value to researchers and as a repository of our community’s history, and its standing as a world-class archive. Meetings with the staff of the Eaton have been productive, collegial gatherings. Meetings to negotiate with the new library administration, not so much. It’s putting the faculty of the research cluster in the alarming position of having to protect the very collection we’re charged with fostering. We’re dealing with the new library admins’ efforts to split up the collection and change priorities for what to collect (eg, e-text over print) without consulting scholars in the field, and with what we’d characterize as harassment of staff, who’ve demonstrated extreme competence over the years. (Via Sciencefiction.com)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka On Finding Inspiration in a School Cafeteria

Where do you find inspiration? For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, his imagination was sparked during a nostalgic trip back to his old school cafeteria and a chance meeting with his lunch lady Jeannie.

In a talk delivered at TED@NYC, Krosoczka shared the story of how he conceived the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and launched School Lunch Hero Day. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.

Last year, Krosoczka gave a heartwarming talk at TEDx Hampshire College about how writing and art saved his life in grade school. According to the TED blog, Krosoczka prepared this particular talk in less than 4 hours.

Haruki Murakami, Lois Lowry, & Tom Angleberger Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

MurakamiWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 10, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami: “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel—a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan—from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.” (August 2014)

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‘Biology’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

dragonfly-reflectionBiology by Joseph S. Levine & Kenneth R. Miller has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 6.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 8/18/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman continues to lead the list.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

Barnes & Noble Teams With Samsung on New Galaxy Tab Nook

LP_Galaxy_SpecOffer_DMBarnes & Noble has still not given up hope on digital reading devices. More than a year after a failed collaboration between Microsoft and Nook, the company’s Nook Media division has partnered with Samsung to create a new co-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook.

The new 7-inch Android tablet brings Samsung’s technology together with Nook’s content and is “optimized for reading.” Readers can purchase and read eBooks from the Nook store on the device and access Nook videos, apps and the Nook newsstand. The Wi-Fi-enabled device weighs 9.74 ounces and is .35 inches thick. It also features a 1.3-megapixel front and 3-megapixel rear-facing cameras to take pictures and to host video chats.

The device is now available in Barnes & Noble stores and online for $179. The purchase also includes $200 worth of content including the eBooks: FreakonomicsThe Wanderer and I Am Number Four, as well as the TV shows: HBO’s Veep, NBC Universal’sHannibal and BBC America’s Orphan Black.

 

 

 

The Best American Comics Series 2014 Issue Drops in October

image002The 2014 edition of The Best American Comics comes out this October, a collection of the best comics and webcomics of the year.

The collection features pieces from Allie Brosh, Raina Telgemeier, Nina Bujevac, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Jamie Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Adrian Tomine and Chris Ware, among others.

Comics expert Scott McCloud edited the volume. The book goes on sale on October 7th. You can read more at this link.

 

 

 

Maureen Johnson Posts Part 1 of a ‘Shades of London’ Prequel on Wattpad

Maureen JohnsonYoung adult writer Maureen Johnson has penned a short story, a prequel to the Shades of London series, called “The Boy in the Smoke.”

Readers will be able to access it for free on the social storytelling website, Wattpad. So far, a section of it has been posted online. Three more parts will be unleashed throughout the rest of the month.

Here’s more from the press release: “‘The Boy in The Smoke’ takes place before The Name of The Star, the first of the Shades of London series, and details the events that led to Stephen Dene developing the ‘sight’ that brought him to his unusual occupation as de facto leader of the Shades, London’s secret ghost-fighting police. A section of the short story will release every Monday for a month, beginning on August, 18th, till the story is published in its entirety.”

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