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Archives: April 2010

Reimagine the Future of Book Reportage

curleybook.jpgWhy read about the future of book coverage when you can talk about it in real life? Tomorrow, we’ll join some of publishing’s brightest minds in a panel discussion–trying to figure out how to improve our literary reporting at GalleyCat Reviews.

On Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Melville House Bookstore this GalleyCat editor will join a panel of journalists and reviewers to discuss “the future of book reportage.” The panel includes: Laura Miller (Salon.com), Michael Miller (Time Out New York), Craig Morgan Teicher (eBookNewser), and Sara Nelson (O, the Oprah magazine). Stop by if you can make it and share your thoughts about the future.

Here’s more from the site: “With both the book industry and the journalism industry in historic tumult, whither literary journalism? Where will people read about books and authors and publishers in the future? Will reviews remain important? Will blogs play a more or less important role? Will reportage of industry trends and business developments improve or worsen? What kind of journalism will impact how people hear about books, and where they buy them?”

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Laura Bush Memoir Leaked: Literary Twitter-Sphere Responds

9781439155202.jpgToday the NY Times broke a Scribner embargo and published excerpts from Laura Bush‘s new memoir, Spoken from the Heart. You can read the article here.

We were more interested in the literary Twitter-sphere’s response to the leak. Washington Post Book World fiction editor Ron Charles tweeted: “‘Embargo’ is just what we call unspoken agreement between publishers & NYT to let the Times have exclusive coverage for few days.”

Publishers Weekly tweeted: “2 calls in past hour looking for Laura Bush memoir but only if we can sell it NOW. Every reporter in NYC is frantic it seems!”

Finally, Yahoo! News media writer Michael Calderone linked to an article about Laura’s husband’s memoir, writing: “What do ex-Bush staffers hope to see in Bush’s book, and can it help his legacy?”

GQ Urges Publishers to Stop Tumblr-to-Book Deals

gqlogo23.jpgIn an essay this morning, a GQ journalist issued “A Call For the End of Tumblr Book Deals“–a mini-manifesto that cited two different GalleyCat interviews with Tumblr authors.

Here’s an excerpt: “Next time you’re in Barnes and Noble, see for yourself. There is no sadder display table in these stores than the lonely, cordoned-off Seen On The Internet endcap. Limp, flipped-through copies of months old paperbacks, punctuated by the stench of a middling advance buried between the pages. People who are not on Tumblr–which is well, almost everyone–have no idea what these flimsy things are.”

What do you think? Should publishers stop chasing Tumblr book deals? Or is this just the tip of the blog-to-book deal iceberg? Share your thoughts in the comments for a future post.

Penny Sansevieri Tells Writers: How to Hit the New York Times List


If you ask any aspiring writer what their greatest dream is (besides being on Oprah), many would say they dream of hitting the New York Times list. But how do you do it? Is it possible for an author to hit list without the full support of their publisher? How many copies do you need to sell exactly to hit the list? And where does Twitter, Facebook and YouTube fall into the scheme of things? For these answers, and more we asked, Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Expert, an online book marketing firm whose efforts have resulted in numerous New York Times bestsellers.

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Ang Lee May Adapt Yann Martel’s Life of Pi in 3-D

life-of-pi.jpgAn adaptation of Yann Martel‘s bestselling Life of Pi seems to be back on track as producers hope to launch the project with Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Hulk) directing a 3-D adaptation.

According to Thompson on Hollywood, the producers are projecting a $70 million for “a 3-D magical fantasy adventure crammed with visual effects.” The screenplay was written by David Magee–who wrote another sort of adaptation with Finding Neverland.

Here’s more from Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler, from the article: “It has a gigantic visual effects component … You can’t put a live tiger in a boat with a child. It has elements of Castaway, when the kid is alone in the boat. You don’t need language to convey what’s on the screen. We need to make the movie for the whole world.”

Stephen Colbert Sells New Book to Grand Central

9780446582186_154X233.jpgAs real life conservative figures cash in with book deals, a comedian who plays a conservative has landed another book deal. Television host Stephen Colbert has sold an unnamed follow-up to I Am America (And So Can You!) to Grand Central, according to Publishers Marketplace.

It is scheduled for a 2012 release, just in time for another historic election. According to the subscription-only publishing site, the deal was negotiated by Dan Strone from Trident Media Group and James Dixon from Dixon Talent. Colbert’s first book spent weeks on top of the NY Times bestseller list. The book may give the comedian a chance to fulfill another goal as well. While promoting I Am America, Colbert gathered more than 14,700 petitioning to get his book on Oprah’s Book Club.

Here’s an excerpt: “[Y]our book club has a troubling record. So far, you’ve given your implicit endorsement to liars, hermaphrodites, the apocalypse, and, in honoring Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fidel Castro. All of which are actively plotting to destroy America. Isn’t it about time you chose a book that cared about this nation?”

Bad Writing Makes for Good Documentary

In 2007, poet and documentary filmmaker Vernon Lott dug out some poetry he wrote as a young man, and embarked on an epic journey to ponder the meaning of Bad Writing–eventually shooting a feature-length documentary on the topic. The trailer is embedded above.

The writer took out a loan and opened credit cards in his quest to make this documentary about writing and perseverance. During his journey, Lott conducted interviews with writers that included David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, and Claire Davis.

Here’s more from the press materials: “Bad Writing follows Vernon as he travels around the country and talks to over twenty figures in the literary world. They read Vernon’s poems, share insight about their own early writing attempts, and offer refreshing perspectives on the practice of creating art.”

Candace Bushnell Gets Enhanced Edition: Sex and the City on Your iPhone

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Enhanced eBooks are coming to a chick lit book near you. Today eBookNewser reported that the newest Sex and the City tome by Candace Bushnell has a brand new enhanced edition prequel to the Sex in the City Series.

Here’s more from the post: “[It's] prequel to the books that spawned the craze: The Carrie Diaries, which comes out today as a book, eBook, and enhanced eBook app [iTunes link]. The app, created by Enhanced Editions for HarperCollins, features an audiobook that reads aloud while showing you the text (like a kids’ eBook!), video content, and “night mode,” which isn’t anything sexy, just white text on a black background. It’s $14.99 from iTunes. The Kindle edition costs good old $9.99.”

For enhanced eBook information, check out our exclusive interview with Enhanced Editions co-founder Peter Collingridge (pictured, via) and Canongate digital editor Dan Franklin–talking about what digital reading will be like in a post-iPad world.

Melville House Launches Book Trailer Awards Ceremony

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In an effort to celebrate the world’s best and worst book trailers, Melville House has launched the first annual Moby Awards–a genuine red carpet ceremony held at The Griffin in Manhattan on Thursday, May 20, 2010.

They are now accepting nominations for a variety of categories: Best Big Budget Book Trailer; Best Low Budget Book Trailer; Best Cameo in a Book Trailer, Best Author Appearance in a Book Trailer and Least Likely to Actually Sell the Book.

The awards will be judged by a panel of publishing folk, including this GalleyCat editor, Slate.com‘s Troy Patterson, the LA TimesCarolyn Kellogg, OR Books’ Colin Robinson, and Melville House Publishing’s Megan Halpern.

Email here to RSVP. More details about the event follow after the jump.

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Stephenie Meyer Adaptation in Pre-Production; Casting Apparently Open for The Host

thehost.jpgAccording to an online actor audition site, casting has opened for the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer‘s novel, The Host–filming is scheduled for 2011. Hoping to catapult a few GalleyCat readers into literary movie stardom, we wanted to share the link.

Acting Auditions has posted a casting call notice from the production company behind the adaptation of The Host. The post also includes information about how to mail your headshots and resume to the casting directors in Los Angeles.

Which character will audition for? Even though he is a bit young for the part, GalleyCat editor will shoot for a spot as Uncle Jeb. Here’s more about the cast, from the site: “Melanie ‘Mel’ Stryder: Female, early 20′s. Attractive, tall and athletic, naturally tan skin, long dark brown hair, and hazel eyes. Wanderer/Wanda: Female V/O. Invading soul that inhabits Melanie Stryder’s body. Jamie Stryder: Male, 14-16. shaggy black curly hair, chocolate brown eyes. Melanie’s younger brother. Uncle Jeb: Male, mid 40′s. Wild beard, eyes the colour of faded blue jeans. Melanie’s fiesty eccentric uncle.”

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