Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from the Divergent movie adaptation.
Josh Cooley, a story supervisor at Pixar, has a book of illustrations available from Chronicle Books called Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile (Lil’ Inappropriate Books) that puts classic R-rated movie scenes into the children’s book format.
The book includes 39 illustrations inspired by scenes from films including: Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, Fargo,Basic Instinct, Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, Apocalypse Now, and The Shining. The book is playfully drawn, but warning, this book is not for kids!
“I was just thinking of the humor of making those movies that aren’t for kids look like they are appropriate for kids — which they totally aren’t!” Cooley told The Daily Californian. “It’s basically for us — it’s for the ones that grew up liking these movies and liking children’s books and seeing what that would look like together.”
Bookseller at Skylight Books in Los Angeles Emily Pullen created a very cool Tumblr page back in 2008, and it is alive and well.
Corpus Libris is dedicated to photos of people holding book covers in front of their faces aligned proportionally. The photos are pretty amazing, as images from book covers are split with images of real people. To submit a photo, here are the instructions: “Just take a book and hold it in front of your body.”
Writers today are faced with more publishing options than ever before. You could go the traditional route and try for a book deal at a large publishing house. Or you could go the opposite route and self-publish your work, either in print or in the form of an eBook.
If you’re thinking about self-publishing an eBook, there are a few key questions you should ask yourself before diving in. Are you an entrepreneur? Do you crave total control over your work? Can you hire a professional team? Is making money critical? Do you have the time and energy to take on a project like this? Finally, what are your true goals? And this may be the most important question of all:
David Gaugran, indie author and blogger, says, “Writers get so obsessed with finding an agent that representation becomes the goal. They forget that’s just the first hurdle.” After that, your book gets passed to editors, marketing teams, sales teams and booksellers — and there’s a good chance your book may fail at any of those crossroads. If you need an agent and a traditional publishing house, rather than readers (and yourself) to verify your awesomeness, are you writing for the right reasons? Gaugran urges writers to consider, “why don’t you pick yourself, instead of waiting to be picked?”
For more tips, including how to have an effective marketing strategy, read: Do Self-Published eBooks Help or Hurt Your Career?
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Author Anne Rice has a new book coming out in October that will revive the popular character from Interview with a Vampire Lestat.
It was such a relief and such a pleasure, at last, to be able to speak about the up and coming novel, which I finished some time ago. And I want to thank all of you who made this a thrilling experience for me. Thank you for your generous and enthusiastic posts, both here, and on The Dinner Party Show FB page. Thanks for letting me know you haven’t forgotten by beloved Brat Prince. — Sharing my experiences with you on this page is an extraordinary joy. We now have over 995,000 people tuning in here and will soon reach one million. I am so grateful. It’s such fun. It’s more than fun. Good night and blessings to all. #PrinceLestat.
Emmy nominated actress Mindy Kaling has plans to write a second book.
She revealed the news on a panel at SXSW, where she was interviewed by Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. According to reports, she advised the audience to hold any applause until they read the book.
The Office star’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me (And Other Concerns), was a New York Times bestselling memoir from Random House about the actress’ childhood and early career in Hollywood. She did not reveal the theme of the next book.
Good news for Goodreads fans that have old Kindle devices. The social reading community is now available as an app on first generation Kindle Paperwhite devices. The app is available along the top navigation bar under the icon ‘g.’
Goodreads first launched on the new Kindle Paperwhite back in November and the company always planned to become available on older models based on customer interest. The app is available to customers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Here is more about Goodreads blog: “Kindle will be made available in a free and automatic over-the-air upgrade to the first generation Kindle Paperwhite in the coming weeks. How will you know when you have it? You’ll see the Goodreads “g” on the top right-hand side of the menu bar.”
Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.
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Authors Therese Walsh and Barbara O’Neal will appear for a signing event at BookCourt. See them on Monday, March 10th starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)
Cookie Monster plays Jean Bon-Bon; he and his friends sing hilarious versions of “Look Down,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” and “One Day More.” We’ve embedded the short film above–what do you think?
eBook subscription company Scribd has tabulated the most popular book by state throughout the 50 states in the US.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman is the top choice among readers in Illinois; The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman reigned in New York; Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie was the top choice among readers in Texas; and The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod led the list for Vermont. The list takes into account, not just book sales or downloads, but the actual reading habits of its 80 million monthly readers.
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