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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.

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Brian Floca Shares Writing Advice

BrianFlocaBioPicEarlier this month, Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books creator Brian Floca spoke at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his presentation, he talked about the creative processes behind Locomotive, Ballet For Martha, and The Racecar Alphabet.

Floca (pictured, via) also shared several pieces of writing advice. We’ve collected three of Floca’s tips below—what do you think?

(1) Take the step of “writing what you know” a little further and “write what you want to know.”

(2) “Writing is all about re-writing.”

(3) “Research helps to guide the writing. Writing helps to guide the research.”

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.

PEN American Center Posts Letter Advocating For Free Speech to Sony Pictures CEO

PENThe hackers behind The Interview incident have elicited both anger and fear throughout the country. The PEN American Center has sent a letter addressed to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton, to protest against this act of censorship. The organization has posted the full piece on its website.

Besides various PEN executives and trustees, several high profile writers have also signed this note. Some of the participants include PEN president emeritus Salman Rushdie, novelist Neil Gaiman, children’s books illustrator Jules Feiffer, poet John Ashbery, and playwright Tony Kushner. Here’s an excerpt:

“PEN is appalled at the intrusive, criminal and profoundly menacing reprisals and threats that Sony Pictures has endured as a result of producing and planning to distribute The Interview. PEN has long stood with writers and creators who have suffered assaults aimed to suppress the dissemination of their ideas. We believe firmly that violence is never justified as a reaction to speech, no matter how offensive that speech may be to some.”

Jane Austen-Inspired Recommendations: INFOGRAPHIC

janeaustenThe Austin Public Library has created an infographic called “Jane Austen with a Twist.”

This flowchart, which honors Austen’s 239th birthday, features 23 recommendations for books inspired by the stories of Jane Austen.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. (via BookRiot.com) Read more

Emma Straub Shares Advice For How to Fictionalize Real People

Emma StraubAuthor Emma Straub wrote an essay for Rookie on “How to Write About Real People.” Straub discusses her personal experiences with fictionalizing people she has known in her real life. Straub confesses to drawing inspiration from her brother and one of his past romantic relationships to create two characters in her latest novel, The Vacationers.

Straub (pictured, via) feels that all writers have the right to do this, but they should be aware that they can really hurt a person’s feelings by choosing to exercise this right. She also cautions that if a person recognizes themselves in a story that you write, you cannot compel them to feel at peace with your choice. Here’s an excerpt from Straub’s piece: Read more

Nick Cave’s Personal Dictionary

nickcave24234223Author and musician Nick Cave has a way with words.

So it comes as no surprise that the Bad Seeds frontman and author of the novels And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro has a history of creating his own personal dictionary.

Dangerous Minds has the scoop: “As a younger man Cave kept a journal in which he jotted down new words he wanted to remember and arranged them in alphabetical order. It’s definitely a good tip for writers starting out, you’re always learning, there’s always something to learn. Take notes endlessly and don’t waver!”

Authors Share Their Favorite Audiobooks of the Year on Audible

AudibleLooking for recommendations for some good audiobooks to listen to during your holiday travels?

Audible.com has had some bestselling authors pick out their favorite audiobooks of the year, which is probably a good place to start.

Author Anthony Doerr recommends Karen Joy Fowler’s audiobook We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves; Lisa Genova recommends You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero; and Lev Grossman recommends Ian Fleming’s Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Check it out:

The best audiobook I listened to this year was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming. It’s not new — in fact its 50 years old — but you might be surprised at how fresh the original Bond novels still feel….Simon Vance does a consistently nuanced, world-weary take on Bond-James-Bond and is absurdly comfortable with just about every possible European accent. Plus he does Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series too, and the occasional similarities in the voices suggests the tantalizing possibility of a trans-historical Bond-Maturin team-up.” –Lev Grossman

Blank on Blank Creates the ‘Tom Robbins on Jitterbugs’ Video

The Blank on Blank organization has created an animated video starring Even Cowgirls Get the Blues author Tom Robbins. The video embedded above features outtakes from a previously unheard interview conducted with Tod Mesirow that took place in 1994. In the past, the producers behind this YouTube channel made pieces about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings memoirist Maya Angelou, Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak, and Infinite Jest novelist David Foster Wallace.

George R.R. Martin Wants to Showcase The Interview at His Movie Theater

George R.R. Martin PhotoThe hackers behind the Interview incident have elicited both anger and fear from American moviegoers. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin (pictured, via) has publicly expressed great fury towards Sony for pulling the film from theaters.

Here’s an excerpt from Martin’s blog post: “I haven’t seen The Interview. I have no idea how good or bad a film it is…That’s not the point, though. Whether it’s the next Citizen Kane or the next Plan 9 From Outer Space, it astonishes me that a major Hollywood film could be killed before release by threats from a foreign power and anonymous hackers.”

Should The Interview ever become available, Martin has offered to showcase it at his own independent theater. Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema which is based in Santa Fe, NM. What do you think? (via comicbook.com)

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