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Jason Boog

Jason Boog is the editor of GalleyCat and managing editor of AppNewser. His writing has appeared at The Believer, NPR Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Peace Corps Writers. Click here to email. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Willie Nelson Inks Book Deal

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Willie Nelson has landed a book deal to tell the “unvarnished, complete, and tremendous story” of his life.

Nelson has published a number of books over the course of his prolific career, but the publisher promised “none will be as personal or as wide in scope as this.”

Little, Brown and Company will publish the book in the summer of 2015. David Vigliano of Vigliano Associates negotiated the deal with executive editor John Parsley.

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Tough Report on Job Placement & Salary Information for Librarians

library304The Library Journal has released a report about placements and salaries for library and information science graduates in 2013.

The report highlights two major problems facing librarians around the country: it is difficult to find a job and the salaries can barely pay for the cost of a librarian’s education.

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Random House Acquires Figment

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Random House Children’s Books has acquired Figment, an social network for teen readers and writers with more 300,000 members.

The site was founded by former CEO Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear. Lewis now serves as the publishing director of Crown/Broadway/Hogarth at Random House. Here’s more from the release:

The Figment community has become an online hub for teens passionate about creating, discovering, and sharing stories, with the majority of users between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Among the site’s many features are book recommendations and spotlights from across publishers and over 20,000 different discussion groups and forums. The users of Figment have produced nearly three-quarters of a million stories, a library that is added to every day, and have shown incredible enthusiasm for connection and interaction with a range of books and authors.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer Released

The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released, combining cast members from different films about the comic book heroes.

We’ve embedded the trailer above. The movie comes out May 23rd, 2014. Will you be there? Check it out:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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15-Year-Old Lands Film Deal for Memoir

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15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen landed a book deal and a movie deal in the same year.

Back in June, the young author inked a book deal for a YA memoir called Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek. 

The book will chronicle the teenager’s efforts to follow a 1950s self-help book called Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide, “applying the quaint-yet-timeless instructions to her contemporary life and exploring what it truly means to be popular.”

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Ernest Hemingway’s Advice To a Young Writer: ‘You have to catch hell’

hemingwayIn October 1925, a young writer named Ernest Hemingway wrote a letter to a younger Canadian author named Morley Callaghan.

Callaghan was frustrated with his writing life and wrote to his friend: “Have a lot of time and could go a good deal of writing if I knew how I stood.”

Hemingway’s response is included in volume two of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, out this month. We’ve quoted his response below, great advice for writers of any age…

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How Writers Can Pitch Online Outlets

Author and technology consultant Scott Steinberg shared some important advice for writers in this encore edition of the  Morning Media Menu podcast (embedded below).

Steinberg shared tips for pitching online outlets about your book. We caught up with Steinberg while he promoted The Modern Parent’s Guide to Video Games.

To promote his work, he shared columns and essays on a number of sites–reaching out to new readers at major outlets like CNN.comAll Things D and ESPN.com.

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Buying eBooks Through Your Local Indie Bookstore

If you have a Kobo eReading device or a Kobo eReading app for your device, you can buy eBooks through your favorite independent bookstore.

Periodically, we like to remind our readers that they can buy digital books and support their local indie book-shop at the same time.

Below, we’ve collected steps on how to buy eBooks from an indie bookstore.

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What Are The Most Overlooked Books of 2013?

cassettetapeWhat book do you think was most overlooked by critics and readers this year?

Share your nomination in the comments section. We will use these comments to build an ongoing collection of the most overlooked books of 2013–just like our list from 2012.

Freelance Editor Rates To Guide Your Work

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The Editorial Freelancer Association published an invaluable set of Freelance Editor Rates–great intelligence for editors, writers, and publishers trying to negotiate the rapidly evolving writing market.

Above, we’ve embedded an screenshot from the association’s handy editorial rate chart–what do you think about these figures? Explore our free Freelance Editors Directory if you are looking for support. Here’s more from the Editorial Freelancer Association:

Common editorial rates —regardless of whether a project is flat rate or hourly— tend to fall within the ranges indicated below. These should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page, however, is a firm 250 words.

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