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Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits & Literary Productivity: INFOGRAPHIC

Brain PickingsHow much sleep would you forgo for the sake of productivity? Brain Pickings blogger Maria Popova and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton partnered together to design the “Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits & Literary Productivity” visualization.

The image features thirty-seven writers including Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage author Haruku Murakami, Revival author Stephen King, and Mrs. Dalloway author Virginia Woolf. Follow this link to view the full piece.

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President George Washington Stars in Comic Book

dark horse logoDark Horse Comics will be publishing a “historical fiction genre smash-up” three-issue miniseries starring President George Washington.

The first installment of The Forge series will be released on April 29, 2015. The creative team behind this project includes Donn D. Berdahl, Andy Briggs, and Victor Gischler.

Here’s more from the press release: “Before he fathered a nation, young George Washington forged his legend in blood! Before he fought for his country, he killed for the king! Imbued with the mystical powers of America’s original inhabitants, George and his superpowered axe—along with his friends, a debauched, middle-aged Ben Franklin and a young, rebellious Paul Revere—must stop an evil colonial governor who wishes to rule an empire!”

What Do You Do When You Run Out of Bookshelves?

How many books did you receive as gifts this holiday season? Perhaps you might be running short on shelf space.

The Epic Reads team has posted a video (embedded above) about “Limited Book Space” on their YouTube channel. How do you tackle this problem?

The Cooper Hewitt Hosts The ‘Maira Kalman Selects’ Exhibit

Maira KalmanThe “Maira Kalman Selects” exhibit has opened at the Cooper Hewitt (the Smithsonian Design Museum). Kalman, an acclaimed author and illustrator, chose 40 objects for this display. She (pictured, via) sourced these items from the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection.

According to the Smithsonian website, Kalman’s objective with this project was “to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.” A closing date has been scheduled for June 14, 2015. Follow this link to hear Kalman’s TED talk.

Biographile to Run Series of Essays on Writing by Authors

logoBook news site Biographile will launch a new series in which authors share their insights on writing called Write Start.
Beginning on January 5th, the site will showcase original essays in which more than 40 authors of both fiction and nonfiction share their advice on the craft of writing.  Authors whose essays will be published on the site include: David Levithan; Amy Jo BurnsAndy Weir; Daniel Pyne; and Una LaMarche. Check it out:
Visit Biographile in January to learn which authors write using a standing treadmill desk, keep notebooks filled with fragments of overheard conversations, and have a writing playlist with 1,351 songs. Write Start also shares practical advice from authors on how to overcome writer’s block, capture difficult memories, develop characters, and more.

John Cleese & Thomas Pynchon Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

CleeseWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending December 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #15 in Hardcover Nonfiction) So, Anyway… by John Cleese: “Cleese was just days away from graduating Cambridge and setting off on a law career when he was visited by two BBC executives, who offered him a job writing comedy for radio. That fateful moment—and a near-simultaneous offer to take his university humor revue to London’s famed West End—propelled him down a different path, cutting his teeth writing for stars like David Frost and Peter Sellers, and eventually joining the five other Pythons to pioneer a new kind of comedy that prized invention, silliness, and absurdity.” (November 2014)

(Debuted at #14 in Paperback Fiction) Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon: “It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that ‘love’ is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble.” (June 2012)

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

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.