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Gale Launches the ‘My Library Story’ Online Community

1935747_307090845071_1759048_nGale, a division of Cengage Learning, has launched the “My Library Story” community project. With this new website, the organization invites library advocates to share stories about what public libraries mean to them.

From now until February 28, 2015, every story submission will prompt Gale to donate $1.00 to a library advertising fund. Follow this link to watch a promotional video about this project.

Senior V.P. Frank Menchaca had this statement in the press release: ”If we’re going to change the headlines about libraries today, we need to tell a stronger story around what it is that libraries do and how they change lives for the better. Through the Career Online High School program, which brings accredited education to public libraries and our newly launched My Library Story community, Gale is providing the tools and the platform for libraries to demonstrate their value.”

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The Financial Realities of Hybrid Publishing

Hybrid-Publishing-ArticleWriters today have more choices than ever when it comes to getting their work in the hands of millions. They can self-publish an eBook, hold out for a traditional publishing deal or do a combination of both, otherwise known as hybrid publishing.

Hybrid publishing uses aspects of traditional publishing (someone is doing the marketing for you), but you’ll still need to see this as running your own business. In our latest Journalism Advice column, we got the inside scoop on the financial realities of hybrid publishing:

The truth is, hybrid authors will need to put aside marketing and production funds to produce a high-quality book. That is not to say you can’t enjoy a high cash flow as a hybrid author, but you need to determine if you are willing to take a bit of a financial gamble. “I hesitate to say it’s a model that leads to success because success varies from author to author,” says Brooke Warner, co-founder of hybrid publisher SheWritesPress.com. “For us the parallel measure would be that a book ‘earns out’ its expenses, meaning that it breaks even. Many more than 10 percent of our authors are breaking even, so for me, this is an exciting place to be.”

To learn more about hybrid publishing, including how to broaden your reach with digital platforms, read: What You Need to Know About Hybrid Publishing.

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Emma Thompson & Barbara Shoup Get Booked

barnes-noble-logo11Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Actress Emma Thompson will discuss her new book, The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit, at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca). Meet her on Thursday, October 2nd starting at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Lorde Unveils New Song From ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1 Soundtrack

Lorde has unleashed the lead single from the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. The video embedded above contains the full track, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

According to Lorde’s Tumblr post, this piece is the Grammy Award winner’s attempt at getting inside Katniss Everdeen’s head. Do you think she succeeds?

Lionsgate has created several promotional videos for this movie including two “Panem Addresses” from the evil President Snow and the recently unveiled trailer. The next installment of The Hunger Games film series will be released on November 21, 2014. (via The Wall Street Journal)

Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay

Stephen KingAuthor Stephen King predicts that the physical book will “be here for a long, long time.”

In an interview with The Huffington Post, the famed horror novelist talks about why he doesn’t think books will meet the same end as “compact discs or even phonograph records.” One reason he gave is that books have been around for more than 300 years and there is a “deeply implanted desire” within society for them. Follow this link to watch the entire interview.

King has been working on a number of projects as of late. He wrote the script for a film adaptation of his short story, A Good Marriage, and soon he will go on a book tour in promotion of his new novel, Revival. What do you think? (Photo Credit: Shane Leonard)

Mary Louise-Parker Inks Deal with Scribner

Mary Louise-ParkerActress Mary Louise-Parker (pictured, via) has landed a deal for an autobiographical nonfiction book. According to the press release, this title will contain a series of letters addressed to the significant men who have touched Louise-Parker’s life.

Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will publish Dear Mr. You in Fall 2015. Editor-in-chief Colin Harrison negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Eric Simonoff.

TODAY Show Book Club to Read ‘Positive’ by Paige Rawl

PositiveThe TODAY Show has unveiled its next Book Club pickPositive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl.

This selection marks the first time this book club will focus on a nonfiction title. Participants are encouraged to share messages and pictures on social media with the hashtag #PositiveProject.

According to the press release, “NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager will join Rawl for a Q&A session about her memoir at The Atlantic and MAC AIDS Fund’s Town Hall on Activism on Friday, November 14. The Town Hall on Activism convenes leaders around the country for a discussion on social justice and philanthropy to inspire positive action.”

Nathan Lane Teams Up With Life Partner For Picture Book Series

Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane (pictured, via) and his life partner Devlin Elliott will team up as writers for a picture book series. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the first installment, Naughty Mabel, in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup. Mabel is the queen of the Hamptons and has a penchant for getting her perfectly pedicured paws into trouble.”

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (representing Lane and Elliott) and Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary (representing Krall). Chanda will edit the manuscripts. Animator Dan Krall has been brought on to create the illustrations.

19 Indie Publishing Houses Sign with the Independent Publishers Group

ipg19 independent publishing houses have signed on with the Independent Publishers Group (IPG). According to the press release. these companies publish a wide range of genres from children’s books to short fiction to academic titles.

As of September 01, 2014, IPG has already begun to serve as a distributor for Reading Rainbow, Inc. The distribution for the other publishers will start in October 2014 and continue throughout January 2015.

James Patterson: Best Friend to Indie Bookshops

jamesPattersonIn the UK and Ireland, 73 indie booksellers are feeling the luck o’ the Irish and the great good will of mega-bestselling author James Patterson.

Taking a page from his 2013 announcement to give a cool $1 mil to independent bookstores around the U.S. to help keep print reading and indies alive, Patterson has extended his sharing of the green across the pond, pledging to donate £250,000 (approximately $406,000) to bookshops in the UK.

In his first round of grants, more than £130,000 (approximately $211,120) was given to 73 bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Eligible were any bookshops with a dedicated children’s book section, and 183 applied. Grants ranged from £250 ($406) to £5,000 ($8,120).

Speaking to The Bookseller, Patterson said:

“I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants and impressed and enthused by the caliber of the applications. It’s been a very difficult decision process and I have worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference. I’m excited to follow their progress and see the proposed ideas in action.” Read more

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