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Would You Spend the Rest of Your Life on Mars?

The Mars One project hopes to send a team of astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars. We think they should hire at least one writer for this epic trip.

AppNewser has all the details on how to apply for the Mars One project:

Have you dreamed of living on another planet? The Mars One team will select four astronauts to make a one-way trip to Mars after a grueling and public training period … If successful, the venture will use resources from around the world and convert the entire process into a media event across all major social networks.

Blogger Vows to Read 131 Baby-Sitters Club Books This Year

Melanie Leeson, the blogger behind “Beauty & the Armageddon,” has made a Baby-Sitters Club-themed New Year’s resolution.

She hopes to read the 131 titles in the original Baby-Sitters Club book series.

Here’s more from her blog post: “If time permits I will also read the Mysteries, Super Special, Super Mysteries, and any of the the other supplemental books. My plan is to stick with the books pertaining to the main members of the club and only shoot for the spin-off series if I’m incredibly crazy.”

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Free eBooks for Your New iPad, Kindle or Nook

Readers around the globe have unwrapped new tablets and eReaders this holiday season. Below, we’ve included a long, long, long list of free and legal eBooks you can download right now for any device.

Explore our Project Gutenberg lists and click “read this eBook online” to sample the book without downloading anything.

If you have an iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch, you can download the ePub edition. If you have a Kindle or a Kindle Fire, you need to download the Kindle edition. If you have a Nook, Sony eReader or a Kobo, you should download the ePub edition.

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Wattpad Counts 10 Million Uploads

Digital publishing community Wattpad now counts ten million uploads.

Members of the community upload one million new pieces on a monthly basis. Back in August 2011, the site reached one million site users. Several Wattpad writers, including book blogger Brittany Geragotelis and UK novelist Beth Reekles, have landed book deals with traditional publishing houses.

In an email announcement, product marketing manager Amy Martin shared the company’s next goal: “Given current growth rates we’re only looking at another three years until we reach 129 million uploads. That’s our next target because according to engineers working on the Google Books project it’s the total number of unique books that have been published worldwide since the advent of printing.”

Why One Publisher Used Medium to Share Book Excerpts

Are you looking for a way to share book excerpts with your readers outside of the retail websites?

When Wieden+Kennedy decided to launch the Sharp Stuff imprint, they decided to use the new social network Medium to share excerpts from their first title, American Dreamers. We caught up with director of content and communications Jake Dockter to find out why.

He explained: “Medium allows us to post content, interact with readers and seamlessly integrate into our twitter and social media. We post an excerpt from our newest book, American Dreamers, every day. Medium users can then read and vote on the content. The highest rated pieces rises to the top, allowing us to track which content users like the most. Publishers no longer need to guess what people like but can interact with content in a new way.”

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Topsy Tools for Writers & Publishing Professionals

At our Social Curation Summit in Los Angeles today, First Page Sage founder Evan Bailyn explained how search results and your social media outreach can work together.

Bailyn urged all media professionals to experiment with Topsy, a social web analytics tool that can help you track how people are sharing your stories online.

Below, we’ve collected five ways writers and publishing professionals can use this tool, going beyond a simple Google search and exploring the social web.

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How Writers Can Use Small Demons

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Valla Vakili, CEO of Small Demons. His company is building an online literary database that collects and catalogs thousands of references to music, movies, people and objects mentioned inside of books.

Press play below to listen to the interview on SoundCloud. Vakili explained how writers and readers can build book collections using the new Storyboard feature, bringing together books on digital shelves. He offered this advice for writers:

One of the things that I always want to know as a reader (and I think other readers feel the same way) is we love to know the inspiration behind things. Collections is one way of doing that, of saying “here are all the places that influenced this book.” There are authors who frequently say when they are coming up with characters, they associate them with some kind of music. Basically, being able to give a peek into the creative process and how it relates back to the influences behind a character, storyline, or series. We think collections can be a really great way to do that, as well as show off the things that interest them within the world of books.

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McSweeney’s To Host Radio Drama on KCRW

McSweeney’s will host a radio drama on Los Angeles’ KCRW during two broadcasts on November 24 and 25 at 5 p.m. PT. You can listen to the broadcast live at this online link.

The drama will feature a huge list of musicians and writers, including Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips, Will Sheff from Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger from Fiery Furnaces, author Jack Hitt and Edward Droste from Grizzly Bear. Check it out:

A long time ago, McSweeney’s commissioned Richard Parks to make a one-hour radio show starring Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips. Richard disappeared for months and came back with something from another time—a continuous-play radio drama in the style of Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds, but mixed with contemporary music from bands like Bill Callahan and Okkervil River, with the musicians appearing in it as themselves. We listened to it, and didn’t know what to make of it, but the music was great, and there was all kinds of crazy sound design—car crashes and helicopters and murmuring tumors (yes, murmuring tumors). We’ve been playing it since then from time to time, and people seem to like it—so we thought we’d finally make it available to listeners.

 

Tim Ferriss Teams Up with File-Sharing Site

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss will promote his new book on BitTorrent next week, part of a strategy to push against booksellers who refuse to sell books published by Amazon.

In the press release, they included this provocative line: “it’s poised to be the most banned book in US history.” AppNewser has more:

Ferriss will publish The 4-Hour Chef next week through Amazon Publishing and he will use the file-sharing site BitTorrent to promote the book. Through the partnership, BitTorrent members exclusive access to excerpts, unpublished writing and multimedia materials related to the book. In 2010, Ferriss hit the Amazon bestseller list with The 4-Hour Body, a book traditionally published through Crown Archetype. A number of bookstores have said they will not stock his new book since it is published by Amazon.

 

Margaret Atwood Serializes a Novel on Wattpad

The Year of the Flood novelist Margaret Atwood and The Liars’ Gospel author Naomi Alderman have teamed up serialize a novel on Wattpad.

Atwood announced via Twitter that the fourth chapter of The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home has been released.

The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home stars 15-year-old Okie and her grandmother Clio; each chapter is told from the perspective of one of these two main characters. The Telegraph reported that the writing duo will write 13 installments for this zombie story.

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