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Gone Part Two Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

gonepart2Gone – Part Two by Deborah Bladon 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

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Memoir WritingStarting January 7, work with a published memoir writer to tell and sell the story of your life! In this course, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create your story around a marketable premise, hone your narrative voice, write a memoir with a solid structure, and sell your memoir before you've even finished writing it. Register now!

Curves Photography Book Featured On Kickstarter

Victoria Janashvili hopes to raise $37,500 on Kickstarter for Curves. This photography book features models with a variety of different body types.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of hiring an editor, bringing in a designer, studio expenses, printing, and shipping. We’ve embedded a video about the project above; learn more from the Kickstarter page:

“In today’s society the suicidal rate is the highest in recorded history and it’s mostly appearance based. This means that by spreading an image of a realistic and beautiful body that women of all ages can relate to and find beautifully portrayed we can save some lives. This is an important book. For the fashion industry. For media. For women.”

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Novels Everyone Should Read: INFOGRAPHIC

Knowledge Is BeautifulWhat fiction books do you typically like to recommend? Designer David McCandless created an infographic called “Novels Everyone Should Read” for his new book, Knowledge is Beautiful.

Some of the titles featured in this image include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. (via The Huffington Post)
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Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens Adaptation Now on BBC Radio 4

goodomensThe six episode radio adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens is now live on BBC Radio 4.

Peter Serafinowicz and Mark Heap star in the dramatization. Dirk Maggs created the adaptation and sound design. Heather Larmour produced the piece.

Here is more about the story from Radio 4:

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse – War, Famine, Pollution and Death – have been summoned from the corners of the earth and are assembling.

Warner Bros. Unveils New Trailer For In the Heart of the Sea

Warner Bros. has unveiled a new trailer for In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard took the helm on this film adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s National Book Award-winning nonfiction title.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of actors Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase, Cillian Murphy as Matthew Joy, and Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville. Deadline reports that this movie features the “true survival story of the whaling ship Essex that inspired Melville to write Moby Dick.”

Take a ‘Shelfie’ to Get a Free eBook Version of Any Print Book You Own

1_shelfie.minWant an eBook version of a book that you own in print? Check out bitlit, a new app that will help connect you with an eBook if you can prove that you own the print edition.

With the app, you take a “shelfie” of your book shelf. The app will use that photo to see if any of the books on your shelf are eligible for a free download. Here is more from bitlit about how to claim the title:

Now that you know which books are available, take a photo of the cover of your book and sign your name on the copyright page in ALL CAPS.

The Fault in Our Stars Named Most Popular Book Within The Twittersphere

tfioscoverBookVibe has examined 80 million Twitter posts from the past 12 months. Quartz reports that the data shows that the most popular book on the Twittersphere is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Green’s hit young adult novel was mentioned in 1.2 million tweets. The books that made it onto the top 10 list are a mix of recently published hit titles and classic icons of literature; several of them have inspired highly successful film adaptations.

According to the article, “recent research suggests that film adaptations of books have the ability to influence people to read, so while critics may bemoan the latest adaptation of a book for the silver screen, the halo effect does increase the book’s readership which, at the end of it all, is exactly what the author wants.” Below, we’ve featured the full top 10 list—what do you think?

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Brian Floca Shares Writing Advice

BrianFlocaBioPicEarlier this month, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books creator Brian Floca spoke at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his presentation, he talked about the creative processes behind Locomotive, Ballet For Martha, and The Racecar Alphabet.

Floca (pictured, via) also shared several pieces of writing advice. We’ve collected three of Floca’s tips below—what do you think?

(1) Take the step of “writing what you know” a little further and “write what you want to know.”

(2) “Writing is all about re-writing.”

(3) “Research helps to guide the writing. Writing helps to guide the research.”

Unbroken Continues to Lead the iBooks Bestsellers List

unbrokenUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand leads Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. for the third week in a row.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending December 22, 2014. Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl is No. 2 this week and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr holds the No. 3 position.

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

Publishing Jobs: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oxford University Press, Quarto Publishing

This week, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is hiring a senior designer, while  needs a digital team manager. Quarto Publishing Group is seeking an acquiring editor, and  is on the hunt for a children’s book acquiring editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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