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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.

Dilbert Creator Responds To One-Star Review on Amazon


Dilbert creator Scott Adams responded to a negative review of his memoir on Amazon with a sarcastic post.

One Amazon reviewer wrote about Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life with this comment: ”it’s pretty sad his first non-Dilbert book is just a rip off of a much better book, Aaron Goldfarb‘s How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide.” Check out Adams’ response:

I didn’t know Aaron Goldfarb wrote my memoir before I did. I’m totally embarrassed. I plan to read that guy’s book so I can learn more about my life, especially the college years that are a bit foggy. And once I am finished, apparently I never have to see another book in this genre. And for the record, I totally believe you read my entire book within a few hours of its release, and not just the title.

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How To Approach Other Writers About Blurbs

Author and Rock Plaza Central musician Chris Eaton wrote about scores of people online and offline who share his name in Chris Eaton, a Biography. Over at The Believerhe interviewed another writer with the same name and a small Internet footprint.

How many people share your name online? In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, Eaton shared advice for making a genuine appeal to a writer, artist or musician when searching for blurbs.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. We’ve collected a few excerpts from the interview…

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Fiction MFA Application Advice from Elizabeth McCracken

McCracken3Are you applying to a creative writing MFA program this year?

Graduate school applications will always be difficult, and the competition is fierce for these programs. Author Elizabeth McCracken has served on MFA juries, reading a sea of applications and helping decide who gets into a creative writing program.

She shared a huge collection of tips for aspiring writers on her Twitter page, and we collected her invaluable thoughts in a Storify post. Check it out…

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Nominate Your NaNoWriMo Novel for a Free Book Cover

30daysNational Novel Writing Month will start in November, and you can now nominate your project (or your favorite NaNoWriMo project) to receive a free book cover.

The writing marathon has opened its 30 Covers, 30 Days nomination thread, matching 30 writers with 30 cover designers.

The designers “will create a work of art based on a NaNo-novel synopsis,” revealing one new cover every day in November–just like the Mar’s Run cover embedded above.

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OR Books Combines Bookstore & Restaurant


OR Books has combined the bookstore and restaurant into a single establishment, creating a temporary pop-up bookshop at Alexandra in the West Village.

New York City readers can visit the restaurant from now until October 25th. Readers elsewhere can follow the #restORant hashtag on Twitter.

The temporary menu offers OR Books-themed specials paired with select books from the OR Books list. Every guest gets a free eBook with the meal.

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Top 10 Banned Books Picked by Mensa Members

mensaAmerican Mensa created a list of the top 10 banned books, polling its highly intelligent members. To join American Mensa, you must score in among the top two percent of on “an accepted standardized intelligence test.”

We’ve collected the complete list below–how many have you read? The members consulted a list of banned books created by Uprise Books Project founder Justin Stanley. Here’s more about the selection process:

Mensa members were asked to rank them in order of importance. Big Brother, a teenage girl and a compassionate lawyer made the list. Comments about the overall winner included references about the author himself (“Orwell’s insight into the malleability of human thought and behavior is a timeless incentive to personal awareness of the consequences of action and inaction”) to it’s impact on society (“1984 is one of those books that has become a cultural cornerstone”).

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Will the 1-Pound iPad Air Be Better for Reading Books?

apple-logo-248x300Apple introduced the 1-pound iPad Air this afternoon, a thinner and faster version of the company’s bestselling tablet.

The old iPad 2 weighed 1.44 pounds. Do you think the weight change will make a difference for reading books on iPads? AppNewser has all the details:

It has an A7 chip inside the same chip in the iPhone 5S. It is 72x faster than the first generation. The new device supports 1080p HD video and an 5MP iSight camera. A 16GB model costs $399 and ships in November.

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Jonathan Franzen’s Career Advice for Fiction Writers: ‘Make yourself an expert at some arcane thing’


Scratch Magazine has opened online, running  a long interview with Jonathan Franzen in its first issue.

Franzen spoke frankly about his early career as a writer and explained how the publishing world has changed since his first book deal. Editors Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin founded the brand new literary journal, a quarterly focused on “the intersection of writing and money.”

I had to get a job, and I found one in the seismology lab at Harvard through one of my good college friends who was a student there. It was one of those great research positions, which I continue to recommend to all fiction writers: make yourself an expert at some arcane thing, because then you become very hard to fire.

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Winners of the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Awards


Ten writers have been chosen to receive the $50,000 for the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Awards. Since 1985, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Writing  Foundation has given over $6 million to 290 writers who have shown ”exceptional talent and promise in early career.”

We’ve included all the 2013 winners below. Here’s more from the release:

The 2013 winners consist of one playwright, two poets, one non-fiction writer, four fiction writers, and two writers of both fiction and non-fiction … The evening’s keynote address was given by Tony Kushner, one of the most accomplished playwrights of our time. He received a Whiting Award in 1990 and came to national prominence soon thereafter with his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which won a Pulitzer Prize.

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IDW Publishing Opens Television Division


Comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing has launched IDW Entertainment, a division of the company that will develop television work inspired by the company’s collection of more than 300 original properties.

Television executive David Ozer will serve as publisher of the new division, working alongside publisher Ted Adams. Here’s more from the release:

A key focus for the division is the financing, development and production of television series with the goal of securing straight-to-series commitments from networks. Ozer’s background includes executive level roles at Sonar Entertainment, Starz Media/IDT Entertainment and DIC Entertainment …. Circle of Confusion, Executive Producer of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, will oversee packaging and creative development of the division and will executive produce the company’s projects. Rick Jacobs will continue to run point on these efforts.