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Archives: November 2010

Request a Free Book Cover: NaNoWriMo Tip #28

A student designer named Fena Lee is taking requests to create book covers for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants. One of her covers is pictured, follow this link to see her entire portfolio. Be sure to read the eight different items Lee requires to design a cover.

Here’s more from the site: “hello. i’m taking requests for book covers currently, entirely FREE, as mentioned above, so if you want one, just [CLICK HERE]note that i can only do simple covers, however, since i don’t have the time nor the resources to make some fancy shmancy thing with school and all.  and that i might not follow your specifications 60% of the time – i’ll try my very best, but please try to understand if what i come up with isn’t what you wanted. i’m really sorry for that. REALLY … also, it would be nice if you could drop a critique on my work – i definitely require areas of improvement. THANK YOU.”

This is our twenty-eighth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

Marilyn Monroe Bookshelf & Pitching GalleyCat

We are proud to present the October 2010 Print(out) Edition of GalleyCat Reviews for your weekend reading pleasure–a monthly collection of our best book review content. Embedded below, our October edition contains all sorts of goodies–from Marilyn Monroe‘s bookshelf to the best of the best book lists to a short primer on how to pitch your book to GalleyCat.

Now you can read all of our reviews, essays, round-ups, recommendations, links, and Twitter directories in a single printable document. Thanks to the magic of Scribd.com, you to take GalleyCat Reviews on the road. The whole document is embedded below and you can read it all at this link.

With this special monthly edition, you can read GCR, print GCR, or download GCR to your favorite reading device. If you want more print-able goodness, check out our these other links:

GalleyCat Reviews February 2010 Print(out) Edition
GalleyCat Reviews March 2010 Print(out) Edition
GalleyCat Reviews April 2010 Print(out) Edition
GalleyCat Reviews May 2010 Print(out) Edition
GalleyCat Reviews June 2010 Print(out) Edition
GalleyCat Reviews July 2010 Print(out) Edition
Galley Cat Reviews August 2010 Print(out) Edition

Best Book Reviewers on Twitter Directory

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World of Warcraft Procrastinator Support: NaNoWriMo Tip #27

As we near the end of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), all the World of Warcraft players in the audience should find some literary friends inside the online fantasy role-playing game. One player has formed the Nanowrimo Procrastinator Guild inside World of Warcraft, giving novelists and players a space to unwind after writing all day.

Here’s more from the organizer: “The Nanowrimo Procrastinator Guild is on the Misha realm. You must be a member of nanowrimo.org to join. The purpose of the guild is to provide a place where you can chill out among other writers when you are procrastinating, blocked, or even finished your daily quota, and then to be compassionately kicked in the patoosh to get you back in there and write that novel! So drop in here and say hi and let us know your toon’s name, and then log in and hopefully there will be someone there who can check your nano-name and let you in to the guild … if you see me on Twitter “@eccentricOrbits” let me know and I’ll log in and /ginvite you.”

This is our twenty-seventh NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

Literary Thanksgiving Dinner

As households around the country prepare Thanksgiving menus, we’ve started a  #literarythanksgiving hashtag on Twitter to collect book-related dishes.

Post your ideas in the comments or on Twitter. Here are some ideas to get you started:

James & the Giant Peach Cobbler: Roald Dahl‘s protagonist couldn’t legally have a cocktail, but hopefully you can. This peach-flavored whiskey concoction would be perfect for the pre-dinner palette.

Cloudy with a Chance of Turkey Meatballs: You could never have too much turkey on Thanksgiving. If it were up to author Judi Barrett, these Italian-style turkey meatballs would rain down from the sky.

Life of Pumpkin Pi: Dessert is a must and surely Yann Martel would give his approval for this seasonal pastry treat.

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Browse BibliOdyssey for Inspiration: NaNoWriMo Tip #26

At this point in the National Novel Writing experience, you are probably running out of ideas and images.

Have no fear–the BibliOdyssey blog contains enough book art and strange pictures to inspire an entire library of wonderful books. Start scrolling for inspiration like these spooky and gorgeous plates from ‘Molluscs and Shells.’ NaNoWriMo writer Mistress Ophiucha recommended the resource.

This is our twenty-sixth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

Browse BibliOdyssey for Inspiration: NaNoWriMo Tip #26

NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Relax with a Literary Drink

If you are working on your National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) manuscript on Thanksgiving, you must be a little stressed out about the time limit. Relax and enjoy a literary drink today–pick from this list of 20 writers’ favorite drinks.

Here’s Raymond Chandler‘s tasty gimlet recipe from The Long Goodbye: “We sat in the corner bar at Victor’s and drank gimlets. ‘They don’t know how to make them here,’ he said. ‘What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar and bitters. A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.’

This is our twenty-fifth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

ABC Members Approve ABA Merger

Members of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) voted in favor of a merger with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in October.

Representatives from 128 stores voted, and 105 favored the merger. The ABC was formed in 1984 as an ABA spin-off focused on children’s issues. The ABA began in November 1900 and recently celebrated its 110th anniversary.

ABC executive director Kristen McLean had this statement: “I’m very proud of the stores of the ABC. This vote was much larger than the issue of who will administer ABC’s programming. We are in a time of unprecedented industry evolution, and I believe the independent booksellers of the ABC are sending a message that they can also evolve to meet the demands of the changing industry positively.”

Thanksgiving Publishing Deals

ebooksummit23.jpgWe’ve uncovered three special deals that expire this week–great publishing gifts for the literary folks in your life.

First of all, the early bird rates expire tonight (November 24) for Mediabistro’s eBook Summit on December 15–a $75 savings for the one-day conference. Check out the student and group rates as well.

Next, F + W Media has a shopping deal: “For two days only, Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26, friends and family of F+W Media can shop online at any of our web stores listed below and enjoy free shipping & handling on everything in store! NO EXCLUSIONS!”

Finally, Publishers Marketplace has a free trial offer: “For a limited time only, we’re offering a free trial period: join Publishers Marketplace now and you will not be billed until Saturday, November 27, 2010. If you actively cancel your account before November 27, you won’t be charged.”

How to Pitch a Chronicle Books Editor for Charity

On Wednesday, December 8th, San Francisco authors can pitch a Chronicle Books editor, receive in-person feedback, and raise money for charity at the same time.

The Pitch for Charity event lasts from 3:00–5:00 p.m., and participants should contribute a suggested donation of $10 for Habitat for Humanity. If you need to polish your book proposal, check our Best Literary Agents on Twitter directory for inspiration and advice.

Here’s more about the event: “You arrive at 3:00 p.m. with your materials. A Chronicle employee will check you in and sign you up for a ten-minute time slot. When it’s your turn, be ready to give your pitch in five minutes or less. The editor will use the remaining five minutes to ask you questions about your project and give you constructive feedback.”

James Patterson Responds to Critics

No other author has had as many New York Times bestsellers at one time as James Patterson. People magazine called him the “king of the bestsellers list.” He has outsold writers like Stephen King, John Grisham and Dan Brown.

Yet Patterson has not gone without criticisms. His stable of co-writers, his non-literary style of writing and his dominance of every genre have all been fair game. In this GalleyCat contributor’s interview with Patterson, he responded to those critics. He also discussed the secret to his success and his advice for aspiring authors.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “My success revolves around the fact that I am fairly analytical, logical, have a pretty good IQ but I’ve got street smarts too. You know, a lot of people who have nice IQ’s are just dumb as a brick when it comes to thinking about how other people think and what they might like and how to act in public and things like that. I think I have, you know, gifts involved of those areas. I mean, if I am writing a story that kids are supposed to not want to put down, if I don’t feel it, then I don’t think kids will feel it. If I don’t think that the pages are moving in the story and the characters aren’t involving, then I’m going to assume that the people reading it won’t.”

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