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How The Avett Brothers Kindled the Career of a Self-Published Author

Inspired by the bluegrass and folk-infused rock of The Avett Brothers, self-published author Colleen Hoover channeled their music straight into her romantic novel, Slammed.

Hoover (pictured, via) contacted Ramseur Records and received permission to use Avett Brothers’ lyrics in her book. In January, she posted about a two-day free promotion for her eBook on the official Avett Brothers fan site.

The promotion paid off as fans of the band grabbed the book and shared enthusiastic reviews on Amazon. The book currently has 197 reviews on Amazon (with an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars) and  2,477 ratings on Goodreads (with an average of 4.49 out of 5 stars).

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Script Coming as UK eBook

UK readers can buy a digital copy of the screenplay for Moonrise Kingdom, the upcoming Wes Anderson movie. The script was written by Anderson and Roman Coppola.

To help American readers prepare for the film, we’ve made a Spotify playlist of music from the soundtrack. It is filled with inspiring music to keep you writing all day. Click here to listen to the playlist (made with a help from The Playlist and Margot Stephenson).

The Bookseller has more: “[It] will include the complete text of the screenplay, a 2,000-word interview with Anderson, and 30 colour images from the film. It will be priced £4.99 and will be available across all devices.”

Letter Writing Mix on Spotify

The act of letter writing has inspired countless songs.

For your letter writing inspiration, we’ve created a special Spotify mix with an hour of inspiring music–plenty of time to write some letters this weekend. Follow this link to listen to the whole Spotify playlist.

Writers around the world are taking the Month of Letters Challenge this month. To keep the letter-writers in the audience motivated in February, we are posting letter writing resources, tools and inspiration.

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John Jeremiah Sullivan & the Blues

In John Jeremiah Sullivan‘s new essay collection, Pulphead, the journalist gives readers a deep introduction into the esoteric world of blues musicians and blues music collectors.

While reading “Unknown Bards” in the book, this GalleyCat editor built a Spotify playlist with eight hours of blues music by forgotten musicians that Sullivan celebrated in his book. If you want to read the original essay, you can find it at Harper’s Magazine.

Follow this link to listen to the list on Spotify. Once you have an account, check out our Haruki Murakami Spotify playlist, our Patti Smith Spotify playlist, our Geoff Dyer Spotify playlist and our new James Ellroy Spotify playlist.

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Best Writing Music of 2011

What’s your favorite writing music from 2011?

Share the songs or albums that inspired you in the comments section and we will add it to our growing Spotify playlist (also posted below)–it currently contains six hours of instrumental, Amazon’s best classical music of 2011, rock, folk, electronica and more for your listening pleasure.

If you want more inspiration, check out Largehearted Boy’s annual list of Year-End Music Lists. Every year this GalleyCat editor makes an annual collection of his favorite writing music from the year. We’ve posted the list below along with music from GalleyCat readers around the country. Follow this link to listen to the playlist.

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Ben Ehrenreich & Ether on Spotify

Over at Largehearted Boy, novelist Ben Ehrenreich created a free playlist for his novel, Ether. The list of artists that kept him inspired ranged from Gang of Four to Lucinda Williams to John Cale.

Follow this link to join the free service. We also recommend you check our “How to Control Your Facebook Apps” post to make sure you are happy with your privacy settings on Spotify. We’ve already built “12 Spotify Playlists for Writers.”

Here’s an excerpt from the essay (about “Sinnerman” by the great Nina Simone): “More running, more wandering. Everyone’s running in this book, even when they’re sitting still. Not just in this book perhaps. Running to or running from? No rock to hide you and when the river’s not bleeding it’s boiling. Same goes for the sea. Keep running, sinnerman. I’ll meet you there.”

Listen to Spotify: NaNoWriMo Tip #14

Many National Novel Writing Month writers depend on music to keep working during the literary marathon.

To help keep you motivated, we’ve rounded up five great NaNoWriMo playlists we discovered on Spotify. Just follow the links below to access hours and hours of free writing music.

1. Kimberly Golden Malmgren’s List
2. Kaella’s List
3. Kendall Laszakovits’ List
4. Amanda E Ringqvist’s List
5. Andréa Solin’s List

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Knopf & Doubleday Join Spotify

Both Knopf and Doubleday and have joined Spotify, building hand-picked music lists for their authors. The site includes a number of playlists, including mixes from Colson Whitehead, Erin Morgenstern, and Jennifer Egan.

Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service. We also recommend you check our “How to Control Your Facebook Apps” post to make sure you are happy with your privacy settings. We’ve already built “12 Spotify Playlists for Writers.”

Here’s more about Whitehead’s playlist for Zone One: “The undead take Manhattan in this literary and literal feast from award-winning author Colson Whitehead. The author selected these 10 songs to set the scene for his postmodern meditation on exterminating zombies in Manhattan.” (Via K.B. Abele)

How to Control Your Facebook Apps

Last week Facebook unveiled partnerships with different apps like Netflix, Spotify and other services. Along with these changes, Spotify suddenly started revealing your musical tastes in automated Facebook updates.

We love sharing writing music playlists on this blog, but it is very annoying to bombard your friends with live access to your listening habits. If you want to stop showing your friends what music you you listen to or movies you have rented, you need to disable a number of automatic features your privacy and app settings.

Instead of shutting down your Facebook page, just follow our steps below for cleaning up your Facebook settings and bring your apps back under control.

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12 Spotify Playlists for Writers

The streaming music service Spotify allows readers to create and share playlists drawn from millions of songs online. Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service.

Once you have an account, we’ve rounded up twelve Spotify playlists for writers–hours and hours of writing music for you to enjoy. We love making music mixes, so we will create more playlists for writers.

If you have playlist suggestions, add them in the comments section for future posts.

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