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Dianna Dilworth

Dianna Dilworth is Editor of Mediabistro's digital publishing blog AppNewser and a contributor to GalleyCat. As a freelance writer, she has been covering technology, design and digital marketing for the last decade for publications including: The Architectural Record, The Believer, Businessweek, California Home & Design, DMNews, Dwell and PRWeek. She is also the author of the upcoming book, Mellodrama: The Mellotron Book, from Bazillion Points, a book that will change the way you hear the flutes at the beginning of The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever."

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Have You Read Every Book on Lisa Simpson’s Reading List?

275px-Lisa2Lisa Simpson is pretty well read for an 8 year-old cartoon character.

According to the Lisa Simpson Book Club on Goodreads, the animated character has read 63 books including: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis; The Bonfire of the Vanities
by Tom Wolfe and Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.

BuzzFeed has taken this data to create a quiz to help you see how many books on Lisa’s list you have read yourself.

eReaders Are Bad For Sleep

books and ereader_webDo you read eBooks before bed? It could be having a negative effect on your sleep, according to a new study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers looked at the sleep quality of people who had read on a light-emitting eReaders before bed and compared the results with the quality of sleep achieved by people who read print books. The report revealed that using devices before bedtime delays the circadian clock and suppresses the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin in the body.

Check it out:

Participants reading an LE-eBook took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock, and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book. These results demonstrate that evening exposure to an LE-eBook phase-delays the circadian clock, acutely suppresses melatonin, and has important implications for understanding the impact of such technologies on sleep, performance, health, and safety.

13 Year-Old Invents Braille Printer Out of Lego

Thirteen year-old Shubham Banerjee has built a braille printer out of a robotic Lego kit to help blind readers print out texts to read.

The project has gotten a lot of attention and even earned investment from Intel. PBS News Hour tells the story in the above video.

(Via PBS).

Blaire Briody Wins 2014 Richard J. Margolis Award

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 12.12.20 PMWriter Blaire Briody has won the 2014 Richard J. Margolis Award, an honor bestowed on a promising nonfiction writer “whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and concern with social justice.”

As a freelance journalist, Briody has written for The New York Times, Popular Science and Fast Company.Her first book The New Wild West will tell the story of how a quiet town in North Dakota was transformed by an oil boom. The book is due out from Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press in 2016.

“I enjoy exploring broader social issues through the stories of individuals and immersing myself in their environment,” Briody stated. “With The New Wild West, I hope to give a voice to the people living in North Dakota’s oil boom region and provide the reader with a deep understanding of what fracking, oil and our relationship to the land means for all of us. The Richard J. Margolis Award will be paramount in helping me complete my book, and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to receive such a prestigious honor.”

Hugh Howey’s Publishing Predictions For 2015

img-hughIndie author Hugh Howey is no stranger to the evolution of publishing. With his bestselling sci-fi series, he proved that self-publishing is a viable way to make a living as an author and that it can even lead to film partnerships with 20th Century Fox and print deals with Simon & Schuster.

Howey shared his book publishing predictions for 2015 with GalleyCat, revealing that he thinks that 2015 will be a quiet year compared to 2014.

“I predict eBook penetration will continue to grow,” said Howey. “Publishers seem to have embraced what digital does for their bottom line.”

The indie author thinks that the fate of Barnes & Noble will shake out this year and at the same time he expects that Apple and Google will win market share from Amazon.

“I’d like to think 2015 will be the year that major publishers budge on their digital royalty rates, but I’m not holding my breath,” he concluded.