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Archives: October 2010

George W. Bush Memoir Leaked to Drudge Report

bushbook.jpgYesterday Drudge Report revealed a few passages from George W. Bush’s upcoming memoir, Decision Points. The memoir hits shelves on November 9. It will cost $35, and the publisher will issue 1,000 clothbound and signed copies at $350 each.

According to the report, the former President avoids discussing President Barack Obama in his memoir. The post also mentions Bush’s thoughts about Pope John Paul II and the former President’s “order to shoot down planes on September 11.”

Here’s more from the Drudge Report post: “‘It was a simple question, ‘Can you remember the last day you didn’t have a drink?’ So begins President George W. Bush in the opening chapter ["Quitting"] from the most anticipated book of the season, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal. With DECISION POINTS, set for release November 9, Bush pulls back the curtain with a strikingly personal work that takes very few shots at his critics.” (Via Gawker)

Scholastic Promotes Daisy Kline to VP of Marketing & Brand Management

scholasticlogo082310.jpgDaisy Kline has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management at Scholastic Media.

The press release states: “Kline is responsible for directing the marketing, PR and strategy for Scholastic Media’s portfolio of brands and products, reporting to Leslye Schaefer, Scholastic Media’s SVP Marketing & Consumer Products. In her new role, she will continue developing strategies to maximize brand revenue and ensure coordinated exposure across a wide array of product categories and strategic partners.”

Kline joined Scholastic in 2007. She has since worked on Clifford The Big Red Dog, Goosebumps, The Magic School Bus, and other popular series. Prior to this, Kline held marketing positions at the children’s divisions of Random House and HarperCollins.

Dave Eggers Sketches the World Series

Author Dave Eggers has been sketching and writing about the World Series this year for San Francisco’s Bay Citizen .

Egger’s home team, the San Francisco Giants, are seeking their first World Series win since 1954. They have won the first two games of the series against the Texas Rangers. Above, we’ve embedded one of Egger’s sketches. Follow this link to see the rest.

Here’s more from the Bay Citizen: “We invited San Francisco author and artist Dave Eggers, founder of McSweeney’s literary journal and the nonprofit writing center 826 Valencia, to the first game of the World Series. He spent the afternoon and evening with a sketchbook at AT&T Park; here is some of what he saw.”

Hauntings & Rogue Agents: Coming Attractions

Have a happy and safe Halloween this weekend–enjoy this selection of spooky titles from our New Books section.

Haunting Miss Trentwood by Belinda Kroll: “Imagine Mary buries her father after nursing him the last year of his life. Imagine that on the day of the funeral, Mary sees her father crawl from his grave. Imagine Mary’s reaction when she realizes she is the only one who can see him…” (October 29th)

Passions of the Dead by L.J. Sellers: “A working-class family is brutally attacked in their home and only one survives. Detective Jackson is assigned to investigate and soon uncovers a blackmail scheme. But the forensic evidence is confusing, and the girl who survives has no memory of the horrific event.” (November 21st)

Amortals by Matt Forbeck: “In the near future, scientists solve the problem of mortality by learning how to backup and restore a persons memories into a vat-bred clone. When Secret Service agent Ronan ‘Methusaleh’ Dooley is brutally murdered, he’s brought back from the dead one more time to hunt his killer, but this time those who wanted him dead are much closer to home.” (December 28th)

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Jane Austen Needed a Good Editor

In 1818, Jane Austen‘s brother Henry Thomas Austen praised his sister, writing: “Everything came finished from her pen.” Since then, Austen has been well known for her highly-polished prose. However, new evidence has surfaced disputing Henry’s claim.

In an interview with NPR, Oxford University professor Kathryn Sutherland explained how she analyzed more than 1,000 handwritten Austen pages and found that they are littered with misspellings and grammar errors. Sutherland quoted Austen’s editor, William Gifford about a draft of Emma:  “It is very carelessly copied. Though the handwriting is excellently plain and there are many short omissions which must be inserted, I will readily correct the proof for you.”

Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility have been re-written by 21st Century editors, adding zombies and sea monsters into the classic stories. In August, Emma received the same treatment from Wayne Josephson with Emma and the Vampires.

Ten Writers Receive $50,000 at 2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards

Last night The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation gave ten writers $50,000 each for the  2010 Whiting Writers’ Awards–celebrating “exceptional talent and promise in early career.” The complete list (and bios) of the authors follows below.

During the ceremony at the Morgan Library & Museum Foundation president Dr. Robert L. Belknap told the winners not to worry about finding blockbuster audiences. “Perhaps they will become incredibly important to a readership that hasn’t even been born yet,” he explained.

Keynote speaker Peter Matthiessen reassured the nominees with tales of his own successes and failures. The great writer shared a rejection note with the recepients: “Dear Peter, James Fenimore Cooper wrote this book 150 years ago, but he wrote it better.” Matthiessen (pictured)  laughed as he recited the note from memory: “Right then, I could have used a Whiting.” Stay tuned for video coverage from the ceremony over the next few days.

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Dorchester Publishing De-Listed by Mystery Writers of America

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In a unanimous vote, the National Board of Mystery Writers of America decided to remove Dorchester Publishing from its influential Approved Publishers list–making any Dorchester titles published after October 6, 2010 ineligible for the Edgar Awards.

eReads has a quote from the official memo from Richard Curtis: “[T]he publisher must not wrongfully withhold or delay royalty payments to authors. We have been hearing an unusually high number of reports from our members of unpaid advances and withheld royalties on their Dorchester books … The board made it clear to Dorchester that it is welcome to re-apply once these problems have been cleared up.”

The recently de-listed Harlequin, but reinstated them when the publisher “agreed to abide by all of our existing criteria for inclusion.”

The Hobbit Will Be Filmed in New Zealand

9780061917738.jpgOn Monday, thousands of New Zealand citizens demonstrated to keep The Hobbit film shoot in their country, declaring  “New Zealand is Middle Earth.” Now they can rejoice because The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand.

The New York Times reports that Prime Minister John Key negotiated with several Hollywood executives to secure the location. The government agreed to provide special financing and introduce new labor legislation. They will provide $15 million for the two films’ production budget and an additional $10 million for marketing.

The article explained the labor complexities: “The legislation is expected to require workers to designate their status as an employee or a freelance worker when beginning a project, then stick with it, according to one person who was briefed on the talks but spoke anonymously because the agreement was not complete.”

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eBook Summit Book Pitch Party Finalists

ebooksummit23.jpgWe combed through a massive stack of book proposals this week, carefully selecting a varied and inspiring mix of finalists to feature at our Book Pitch Party on November 3rd. These writers will each deliver a short book pitch to a crowd of supportive readers, writers, and publishing professionals–three writers will win a free ticket to Mediabistro’s eBook Summit.

Our first-ever Book Pitch Party will be held on November 3, 2010 in New York City at Underbar (W New York – Union Square). We will  showcase the work of 10 talented writers, share practical book proposal advice for all writers, and help aspiring writers network with publishing professionals (including our distinguished judges).

Follow this link to RSVP for the party. 21st Century writers use book proposal materials every day: as an elevator pitch, as eBook copy, as digital catalog description, and as online outreach. No matter what you write, you can learn something at the party–our list of finalists features everything from novels to memoirs to travel books to family handbooks.

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John Eldredge Scores Multi-Book Deal with FaithWords

Christian lecturer John Eldredge has signed a multi-book deal contract with FaithWords, Hachette’s Christian book imprint.

The first book, Loving Jesus, is set for publication in September 2011. Here’s more from the release: “In this new major work, Eldredge describes Jesus as the most misrepresented figure in world history. This book will explore the compelling personality of Christ, together with how individuals can experience his intimate presence today.”

Eldredge earned his Masters degree in biblical counseling from Colorado Christian University. His first book, The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God was released in 1997.

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