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Ylvis Lands Deal for ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ Picture Book

fox coverYouTube sensation Ylvis has signed a picture book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Norwegian comedic duo has written a story based on their hit song, “The Fox.” Follow this link to view the music video.

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing president Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with the Creative Artists Agency. Senior editor Christian Trimmer will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for December 10, 2013.

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Novel-T Turns Kurt Vonnegut Self-Portrait into a T-Shirt

Are you a fan of Kurt Vonnegut? Novel-T, a literary-themed clothing company, has licensed his self-portrait for a summertime t-shirt and tote bag.

The company has pledged to donate $1 from each shirt sale to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Throughout his lifetime, Vonnegut was a supporter of this nonprofit organization.

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Literary Tattoo Guessing Game at BuzzFeed

Ever thought about getting a literary tattoo?

BuzzFeed has created a video called, “Can You Guess These Amazing Literary Tattoos?

The idea is simple: see a tattoo alongside the literary quote that inspire it. We’ve embedded the video above…

 

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Have Young Adult Books Uplifted the Popularity of Short Fiction?

In recent years, young adult books have driven a surge in sales for publishers. Besides increasing the revenue streams of these companies, it also seems to have uplifted the popularity of short fiction. The YA authors who have contributed to this trend tend to set their short fiction pieces within the universe of a popular book series.

For instance, Beth Revis recently concluded the Across the Universe trilogy and celebrated by inviting her fans to download a free novella called “As They Slip Away.” Ally Carter incorporated characters from two teen series, Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls, for “Double-Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Novella.”

As we previously reported, HarperCollins established HarperTeen Impulse as a digital imprint dedicated to solely publishing short fiction. But, even before this venture came along, Divergent series author Veronica Roth penned a short story called “Free Four” and Delirium trilogy author Lauren Oliver wrote a piece called “Hana.” What do you think?

Does Techspeak Harm Our Writing Skills?

In a survey, 64 percent of teens confessed that they used “techspeak” from texting or online communication in writing assignments at school.

Will text messaging and social networking harm our writing skills? Social Times has more in a detailed infographic:

A recent study suggests that the more kids text, the less they learn about proper grammar. Widespread use of social media sites and text messaging tools has given rise to a hybrid language called “techspeak” that’s riddled with acronyms and abbreviations instead of words and numbers instead of letters. This, we knew. But because students between the ages of 13 and 17 send twice as many messages as people in any other age group, “techspeak” is more likely to creep into their school assignments and give others the wrong impression about their communication skills.

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Children’s Books Trends for 2013

Scholastic Book Clubs editorial director David Allender recently shared ten trends that he thinks will dominate children’s books in 2013. Watch the video embedded above for more details, but here are the ten trends, from the release:

1. Bullying is THE Timely Topic in Kids’ Books

2. ’13 Will be a Lucky Number for Science Fiction Fans

3. Intriguing Nonfiction

4. Novels-in-Cartoons

5. Kid Lit on the Screen

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Encyclopedia Print Sales Versus Wikipedia User Growth

Venture capitalist and analyst Mary Meeker has released her annual Internet Trends report, earning 125,000 slideshow views in a single day.

Among her 80 slides about the evolution of online behavior, Meeker mapped Encyclopedia Britannica hard copy sales figures against Wikipedia’s online user growth. We’ve embedded that particular slide above–what do you think this means for print publishing?

After 244 years in print, Encyclopaedia Britannica decided to stop publishing its 32-volume print edition back in May.

Narrative Urge Mystery Writer Unmasked

For the past two years, random people in Atlanta received envelopes with handwritten notes, strange codes, story excerpts, and ten-dollar bills.

This literary art project has been curated by a mystery writer called “Narrative Urge.” Now, Narrative Urge has come forward and unmasked himself.

SPOILER ALERT: If you prefer to remain blissfully ignorant of the writer behind these messages, stop reading this post now…

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30 Clients Using Computer-Generated Stories Instead of Writers

Forbes has joined a group of 30 clients using Narrative Science software to write computer-generated stories.

Here’s more about the program, used in one corner of Forbes‘ website: “Narrative Science has developed a technology solution that creates rich narrative content from data. Narratives are seamlessly created from structured data sources and can be fully customized to fit a customer’s voice, style and tone. Stories are created in multiple formats, including long form stories, headlines, Tweets and industry reports with graphical visualizations.”

The New York Times revealed last year that trade publisher Hanley Wood and sports journalism site The Big Ten Network also use the tool. In all, 30 clients use the software–but Narrative Science did not disclose the complete client list.

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LinkedIn Counts Nearly 336,000 Bloggers

There are 335,924 people on LinkedIn who list “blogging” as one of their skills. That figure rose 27 percent over the last year.

At the same time 1.5 million users listed “writing” as a skill while 824,000 added “editing” and 408,000 included “publishing.” What do you think about these new figures?

LinkedIn emailed users this morning, encouraging them to add skills to their profile on the work-related social network–giving a picture of the sheer number of writers on the network. If you want to meet some of those writers, check out our LinkedIn Groups for Publishing Professionals.

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