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Archives: July 2010

How to Change Your Writing Style But Keep Your Agent

td23.jpgEarlier this year, novelist Tony D’Souza finished a novel that completely broke out of the style of his first two novels, Whiteman and The Konkans.

When he turned the manuscript in to his agent, Liz Darhansoff, they seriously discussed publishing the novel under a pseudonym to avoid confusing his readership base. What would you do?

In the short essay that follows, D’Souza (pictured) explained what happened over the course of the submission process, as he was forced to ask himself a hard question: “What does one do if one and one’s agent disagree?’”

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YouTube Encourages 15 Minute Book Trailers

youtubelog.jpgToday YouTube announced that the upload limit for users has been increased to 15 minutes. Undoubtedly, authors around the country are already plotting 15 minute book trailers.

Not that we would advise authors to create 15 minute book trailers–this GalleyCat editor is a firm believer in the short and sweet school of book trailer-making. Nevertheless, how would you make a 15 minute book trailer? YouTube is actually hosting a contest for 15 minute videos, so you can enter your creation.

Here’s more about the contest: “We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your ’15 minutes of fame.’ Imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate? What will be the enduring stamp you’ve left on us all? Tag your video with ‘yt15minutes,’ upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and we’ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight.”

Anne Rice: ‘I Quit Christianity’

annerice.jpgIn a dramatic series of Facebook posts, novelist Anne Rice declared that she is no longer a Christian.

Check it out: “I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of … Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”

Rice wrote Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession, a memoir about her own conversion to Christianity–making the post a bit more surprising. UPDATE: Our readers respond to Rice’s post.

In another post, Rice also admitted, “I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity.” So far, her posts have drawn nearly 2,000 comments and well over 3,000 “likes.” (Via Gawker)

Annie Oakley, Fish & Rainbows Get Booked

fishwater.jpgThanks to the magic of Facebook, our calendar is now packed with literary events around the country–find readings and signings near you in our regular Booked feature.

Author Michele Carlo is inviting the whole world to join her at two release parties for her book, Fish Out of Agua. The first will be in Brooklyn on August 10th (Tuesday) from 7pm to 10pm at the Powerhouse Arena. The second will be in Manhattan on August 25th (Wednesday) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Tenement Museum.

The Annie Oakley Festival at Sailwinds Park located in Cambridge, MD will be having a book signing on August 7th (Saturday) featuring authors Judy Reveal, Diane Marquette, Hal Wilson, Jody Panzenhagen and Terry White.

David Jedeikin will be signing copies of his travel memoir, Wander the Rainbow, at Books Inc. located in the Castro District of San Fransisco, CA on August 12th (Thursday) starting at 7:30pm.

Urban fantasy author Harry Connolly is having a book signing event for his second novel, Game of Cages, at Magnolia’s Bookstore in Seattle, WA on September 4th (Saturday) at 1pm.

To get your events posted, visit our Facebook Your Next Literary Event page for more information.

Best YA Books for Adults

flashlightworthy.pngEver since Harry Potter, adults have been dipping into the YA bookshelf.

Counting on our readers’ collective knowledge of books, GalleyCat Reviews regularly features curated book lists from Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations. The site includes the crossover list, 7 Beach Reads You Can Grab Off Your T(w)een’s Bookshelf.

Over the last year, Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has created more than 385 lists–giving reading advice on everything from book club books to beach reads. Working with this carefully curated publication, we will share our favorite lists with GalleyCat readers.

Check out the complete list below, and add your favorite YA books for adults in the comments section.

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FDR’s Newly Acquired Letters Include Notes from His Mistress

FDR.jpg The United States’ 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had the extraordinary tasks of seeing our nation through the Great Depression and much of World War II. Wouldn’t that make for an interesting memoir?

Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero offers this quote: “Roosevelt did not keep a diary, did not sit for extensive interviews with historians, and did not live to write his memoirs.” With that said, New York State’s recent acquisition of 5000 pages of the former President’s letters is sure to be a feast for writers interested in this leader’s life. Included in this collection are notes from FDR’s mistress, Lucy Page Mercer Rutherford.

A former aide to FDR, Jonathan Daniels, wrote of this relationship in his 1966 memoir, The Time Between the Wars. Archivists are hoping to make this collection publicly available by November 2010 and later, online by January 2011.

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Joshua Jackson Celebrates Dawson’s Creek Fan Fiction

In the Funny or Die video embedded above, actor Joshua Jackson staged a mini-festival outside Comic-Con to celebrate fan fiction writers who love his Dawson’s Creek character, Pacey Witter.

During his satirical San Diego Comic-Con skit, Jackson read from actual fan fiction stories about his character. There are more than 1,000 fan fiction stories about Dawson’s Creek on FanFiction.net, and most of them focus on his character, Pacey.

Here’s more about the project from MTV: “For any fans that doubted the authenticity of this gathering, the actor revealed that the Pacey-Con fan fiction was the real deal, written by real ‘Dawson’s’ fans. Unfortunately, Comic-Con security wasn’t necessarily convinced: Jackson was thrown out of the San Diego event.”

Hemingway’s Doppelgängers Celebrate

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Ernest Hemingway lives on. Since 1981, Florida has been home to the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest held at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West. That tradition continues with the crowning of the 29th “Papa.” This group of jolly men lovingly welcomed Charles Bicht as the 2010 winning Hemingway Look-Alike. In the photo above, you can see the 2009 winner, David Douglas planting a congratulatory kiss on Bicht’s cheek.

The winner’s statement includes this quote: “For eleven years I stood on Green Street outside Sloppy Joe’s waiting for the winner’s name to be called. Each year, with a little disappointment for myself but a great excitement for the winner, I would gather my loyal family and friends who were always there to support me and we would find a good restaurant to have a final meal for the year in Key West. This year was a little different. I felt more relaxed and comfortable. I knew if it was meant to be, my time would come. I always enjoyed the competition but as the years rolled by I was enjoying the camaraderie more and more.”

The 1954 Nobel Prize Laureate still has many devoted fans who call For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea as their favorite books. The Hemingway Look-Alike contest is arguably one of the most creative ways to showcase Hemingway enthusiasm. Besides the feel good fun of this contest, it was actually formed to serve a charitable purpose. The contest funds the Hemingway Look-Alike Scholarship program which is awarded to students who attend Florida Keys Community College.

Amazon to Release $139 Wi-Fi Edition of Kindle eReader

kindle13923.jpgLast night, with typical Amazon timing, Amazon unveiled a $139 edition of the Kindle eReader. The “Kindle Wi-Fi” will be smaller, cheaper, and have higher resolution.

UPDATED: eBookNewser has more Amazon news today–the bookseller has launched a Kindle Store in the UK, but UK publishers won’t get to set their own prices. In addition, the president of the American Booksellers Association has criticized Amazon’s deal with the Wylie Agency: “Diminishing the availability of titles and narrowing the options for readers can only harm our society in the long run.”

Finally, we live-blogged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘ appearance on Charlie Rose last night–follow this link to read our coverage to learn more about the new Kindle (pictured above).

Punk Rock Publishing

punkrock.jpgWhat can the publishing industry learn from a bunch of DIY ‘zine makers and punk rock fans from the 1980s? A lot.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was rock journalist and publisher Ian Christe–talking about his indie press, Bazillion Points. Christe explained how his press assembled Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-’83, a collection of writing from Michigan-based punk fans. He also shared advice for aspiring rock writers.

He explained his fascination with zine culture: “There’s something about the documentation of 1981 and 1982–what the look was. What these people were doing with scissors and tape and Xerox machines. Sometimes writing a record review and cutting and pasting each strip individually over a dark photograph of Elvis Presley–it completely decimates anything that can be done with Adobe Creative Suite. Everything we see now is so cool and stylized and slick. This was an elementary school teacher who was sneaking in at night to use the Xerox machine at school with sheaf of dirty papers in his pocket.”

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