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Rapture Reading: What’s the Last Book You Want To Read Before You Die?

What’s the last book you want to read before you die? This GalleyCat editor wants to cozy up with a copy of The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler.

Religious leader Harold Camping has decided that The Rapture will happen tomorrow–inspiring ten music critics to choose Last Song They Want to Hear Before They Die. Below, a few GalleyCat readers chipped in last book suggestions.

Here’s more from Camping’s site (cached, because the link has crashed): “The End off the World prediction for May 21st is spreading all over the internet, but it is not what you think it is.  The May 21st End of the World prediction only applies to those who will be saved on Judgment Day 2011 in the Rapture.  Those who aren’t saved in the May 21 Rapture will suffer a different fate, and an End of the World date 5 months after May 21st.”

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How To Look for a Publishing Job at BEA

Last night we received an email with a simple request: “Dear GalleyCat, tell me how to find a job at BEA 2011.”

The anonymous letter writer continued: “I’ve been looking for a lit blog that does advice columns and have come up short, so I am emailing you. I’ll be attending BEA 2011 for work. I love my job, I love editing, I love my boss, but I work in non-New York and would like to transition into trade … preferably in New York. I’m trying to figure out how I can best use my time at BEA 2011 to make connections and get my name out.”

Below, we’ve listed ten different workshops and tricks to help all the publishing professionals looking for new opportunities at BookExpo America. Add your tips in the comments section.

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LinkedIn Groups for Publishing Professionals

LinkedIn joined the New York Stock Exchange today with the initial stock price of $45 per share. As of this writing, the price had rocketed beyond $100, exceeding many expectations.

As the social network grows, there are thousands of publishing professionals you should meet inside the community. We’ve compiled a list of 45 LinkedIn groups for authors, publishers, and readers–a handy introduction to the world of LinkedIn. We’ve also collected a list of eBook groups on the network.

If you want to join these groups, follow LinkedIn’s Finding and Joining a Group directions.

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Collecting Devastatingly Sad Books

What is the saddest book you have ever read?

Flavorpill just collected 10 Devastatingly Sad Books, a list with some great and unexpected titles.

Add your thoughts at the #saddestbooks hashtag (started by Emily Wolchko earlier this year). This GalleyCat editor would like to add  Robert Newton Peck‘s A Day No Pigs Would Die to the list.

5 Free Formatting Guides on How To Publish Your eBook

As self published authors enter the eBook market, formatting has become more important than ever.

Indie authors don’t have the same support as a major publisher, so we’ve assembled a list linking to formatting guides for all the major eBookstores.

Follow the links below to access these free style guides…

1. Smashwords Style Guide (provides guidance for “major ebook retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo and Diesel”)

2. Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF link)

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Top Pirated eBooks at The Pirate Bay

Today the file-sharers at The Pirate Bay attacked a European Union proposal that could set up a digital firewall blocking off file-sharing sites around Europe.

The Pirate Bay posted this message on the site: “the Battle of Internets is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of an Uncensored civilization! Upon it depends our own free life, and the long continuity of our sites and our trackers. The whole fury and might of the enemy will very soon be turned on us … if we fail, then the whole world, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science.”

We continue to track the most popular single title eBooks (using the site’s “Top 100″ list for eBooks) on the file sharing site. As you can see by the list below (titles, but no links!), the most popular books aren’t the titles you might expect…

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10 Lists of Book Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Have you picked out your Mother’s Day gift yet?

Instead of building our own list of Mother’s Day gift books ideas, we’ve compiled a meta-list of the Top 10 Lists of Literary Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day. Below, we’ve provided links to all the book lists.

We’ve probably missed a couple great lists, so add your favorite links in the comments section. (Photo via)

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10 Nontraditional Ways To Promote Your Book

Having troubles connecting with readers? Learn from the experience of other writers.

In an enlightening thread on the Amazon discussion boards this week, a number of authors shared experiences they had while self-promoting their books. We’ve collected ten tips below–linking to the individual author’s explanation of the promotional tool.

1. Setting readers’ “preferred price” of  $2.99
2. Paid advertising on GoodReads
3. Making a Craigslist ad

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10 Most Popular Professions for Romance Novel Heroes

In the upcoming book A Billion Wicked Thoughts, neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam studied thousands of romance novels looking for clues about social expectations.

After analyzing 15,000 Harlequin books, they came up with the most popular professions for heroes in romance novels. The complete list follows below–what do you think?

Follow this link to read an excerpt from the book. They also write about these topics in a Psychology Today blog by the same name.

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7 Survival Secrets for Independent Bookstores

At the Los Angeles Festival of Books, some of the best booksellers on the West Coast shared strategies that helped them survive during these challenging times for local bookstores. Below, we’ve collected seven tips from these innovative booksellers.

The panelists included: Vroman’s Bookstore president Allison Hill, Powell’s Books president Emily Powell and owner Michael Powell, and City Lights chief book buyer Paul Yamazaki.

1. Sell personalized children’s books. Hill said children’s books sold well at her store, and customizable children’s books were very popular as gifts.

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