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Joël Dicker Signs Deal with Penguin Books

image003Swiss author Joël Dicker has signed a deal with Penguin Books. The publisher plans to produce a trade paperback edition of Dicker’s international bestselling novel, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.

The book has been recognized with with multiple awards in France. Executive editor John Siciliano won the acquisition rights in an auction.

According to the press release, a release date has been scheduled for Summer 2014. The story focuses on “the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old New Hampshire girl and, thirty years later, a young American writer’s determination to clear his mentor’s name—and find the inspiration for his next bestseller.” What do you think?

Go from Manuscript to Published eBook in Three Weeks

Self-Publishing Intensive

In Mediabistro’s Self-Publishing Intensive, kicking off December 5th, aspiring authors will be able to transform their manuscript into a published eBook over the course of the three-week class.

Each week will feature live webcasts led by industry experts including Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, and New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne, among others. Webcast topics include setting up your author platform, pitching and budgeting, and reviewing your manuscript. View all webcast speakers here.

Through the online class portal, students will have the opportunity to participate in discussion forums, ask questions, post comments, and interact with other students. In addition to the weekly live sessions, Self-Publishing Intensive registrants can get individual feedback from class leaders, review archived sessions, and work on small group assignments to help sharpen newly-acquired skills. View the full agenda here.

Become a published eBook author – Register Now!

Writer Shares Advice for Coping with Layoffs

As a special Labor Day weekend feature, we are re-releasing our post about coping with layoffs.

Unfortunately, as the publishing industry evolves in the 21st Century, layoffs have become an all-too-common experience. Sometimes, it can be helpful to see how other writers coped with this devastating situation.

Journalist and author Matthew Newton published Death of a Good Job recently, a short memoir of losing his job as an editor during the Great Recession.

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Brand.com Reviews New Stats On Social Media And Older Americans

According to SEO experts at brand.com, reviews of new statistics indicate that younger generations are no longer the only avid social media users.

From websites to mobile applications, technology has taught America’s youngest and brightest how to stay connected while on the go. Although these social media platforms have seen extreme success with youth users, they often struggled to resonate with older audiences. It seems that older audiences may have figured out a way to catch up as they make more and more efforts to use social media. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of adults use social media in the United States. The figures represent a 5 percent increase since 2005 when Pew first began to study social media use. Read more

Publishing Jobs: Random House, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, John Wiley & Sons

This week, Random House is hiring a senior designer for Knopf’s advertising and digital department, while Ellora’s Cave Publishing still needs a managing editor. John Wiley & Sons is seeking a photo editor, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for a temporary editorial assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Random House To Publish Novel Retellings of Shakespeare Plays

Random House’s Hogarth fiction imprint will publish prose versions of William Shakespeare‘s plays, commissioning bestselling novelists to write The Hogarth Shakespeare.

The project will open with Anne Tyler rewriting  The Taming of the Shrew and Jeanette Winterson retelling The Winter’s Tale. The program will open in 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the great author’s passing. Winterson had this comment in the release:

All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover versions.

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Robin Desser Takes 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

Alfred A. Knopf editorial director Robin Desser has won the 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

The Center for Fiction will present the award at its Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 11, 2013. Desser joined Knopf in 1988. She worked on debut novels by scores of great writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, David Guterson and Nam Le. Here’s more from the release:

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States. It honors Maxwell E. Perkins, of Scribner, one of the most important and admired editors in American literary history. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway are three of the many writers he supported over his long career.

(Photo via Michael Lionstar)

Abbi Glines Rockets To Top of Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Abbi Glines has topped our Self Published Bestsellers List once again, releasing the conclusion of her Fallen Too Far series on June 8th.

Outside of our indie chart, the book currently holds the overall No. 1 spot at Apple iBookstore, the overall No. 1 spot at the Nook Books store and the overall No. 3 spot at Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

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eBook Raises Funds for Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) founder Masha Hamilton has found a way to support her organization and her new novel. For every digital book copy of What Changes Everything sold, Unbridled Books will donate $1 to her nonprofit.

Founded in 2009, the AWWP “works to nurture and support the voices of Afghan women, who traditionally have not had any outlet for sharing their powerful, often heart-breaking stories and their compelling voices.” Hamilton’s novel shares stories set both in Afghanistan and Brooklyn, bridging our worlds. Here’s more about the book:

After Todd Barbery, director of a humanitarian organization working with refugees, is assaulted and kidnapped on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan nothing remains the same. How could it? … What Changes Everything also tells another story: the true story of Mohammad Najibullah, the last president of Afghanistan during the Communist era, whose fall from power was made final by the arrival of the Taliban. The letters in this novel from Najibullah to his three daughters are imagined, but the author had the privilege of lengthy exchanges with one of them, who shared recollections of her father—and a poem her mother had written about him.

What to Write About When There’s Nothing to Say: 3 Tips for Generating Content

To stay relevant and top of mind to your customers and prospects, you must have a solid content marketing program in place. But what do you write about when there’s nothing to write about? Or when you feel like everything has been said?

Remember that great content is all around you, even in the most ordinary places.

Let’s take a look at the easiest (and yet most overlooked) places to find writing inspiration.

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