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Archives: December 2010

Top Stories of 2010

Happy New Year! We’ll be off for the rest of the holiday weekend, but here is our annual roundup of publishing stories.

In addition to our free literary sampler of the best books of 2010, we’ve collected the ten most popular stories on GalleyCat from each month. Looking back at these headlines, we can see the hopes, fears, and distractions that obsessed the publishing industry in 2010. Here are links to 12 months of publishing headlines.

1. Hipsters’ Hate & GalleyCat Reviews: Top Stories of January 2010
2. Macmillan vs. Amazon: Top Stories from February 2010
3. Reading Rainbow & Book Editors: Top Stories of March 2010
4. YA Authors Combat Bullying & Book Publicists Unite: Top Stories of April 2010
5. Tyra Banks Book Deal & Lost Finale Theories: Top Stories of May 2010
6. Stephenie Meyer Burnout & Librarians on Twitter: Top Stories of June 2010
7. Anne Rice Quit Christianity & Old Spice Guy Loved Libraries: Top 10 Stories of July 2010
8. Seth Godin Quit & Haruki Murakami Adapted: Top 10 Stories of August 2010
9. Jimi Hendrix & Authors on Facebook: Top Stories of September 2010
10. Mad Men Memoir & Out-of-Print Madonna: Top Stories for October 2010
11. J.K. Rowling’s Promise & the Best Literary Agents on Twitter: Top Stories of November 2010
12. Best Books & Publishing Predictions: Top Stories for December 2010

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Pet Parade Concludes with GalleyCats & Dogs

Welcome to the final installment of our annual pet parade, a holiday display of literary pets around the globe. GalleyCat readers have sent in pictures all week–the largest response we’ve ever received to the pet parade. Look for more pet pictures all week.

Hal Leonard Performing Arts publicity and marketing manager Diane Levinson sent that photo of Boomer the GalleyCat: “When Diane works at home (which she does a couple of days a week), Boomer loves to sit on the bench cushion right next to the computer where he can keep an eye on what she’s up to and occasionally ask for a belly rub. In this pic, taken a few weeks ago, he’s hanging out next to some current books Diane is working on—The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, December 8: 1980, and Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas–plus the all-important synonym finder.”

Follow this link to see more pet parade photos. More cute pictures follow below–click to enlarge the individual photos. If we neglected to post your photo, send us a reminder email and we’ll post it next week.

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Lit Resolutions from Gretchen Rubin, Grace Lin, Michele Carlo & Bob Eckstein

Today is the last day we’ll be sharing the 2011 literary resolutions from writers. It’s still not too late for you to contribute to the Twitter hashtag. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see some of theirs and your goals come to fruition in the new year. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter. Happy Holidays!

Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin: “My literary new year’s resolution is to write a young-adult novel in a month, using the writing structure suggested by Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem. I’ve done this before, to write a novel for adults, but this time I’d like to write a YA novel.”

Picture book author and illustrator Grace Lin: “My literary resolution is the same as it is every year–I haven’t been able to achieve it yet, but maybe 2011 will be the year! My literary resolution is to write something that I am so proud and confident of that the reviews or criticism of it wouldn’t matter. To make a book that is personally ‘review-proof’; to believe what I have done is good and not be affected by anyone’s opinions (good or bad). That and to stop eating while I write, especially high-sugar sweets. That’s a horrible habit I need to break.”

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Best Books & Publishing Predictions: Top Stories for December 2010

Publishing predictions, bestseller advice, and our best books of 2010 mixtapes topped our charts in December.

Instead of doing our traditional year-in-review post, we’ve decided to collect the ten most popular stories on GalleyCat each month–sharing the stories that mattered most to our readers. Looking back at these headlines, we can see the hopes, fears, and distractions that obsessed the publishing industry in 2010. Follow this link to see the rest of the year unfold.

1. Predictions for 2011 from Smashwords Founder
2. How Timothy Ferriss Hit the Amazon Bestseller List
3. Kindle Books Can Now Be Loaned
4. Best Books of 2010: A Free Literary Sampler
5. Writers Rally To Support Novelist Charles Bock & His Family
6. Amazon Gives Authors Free Access to Nielsen BookScan’s Sales Data
7. Water for Elephants Official Trailer Released
8. Barack Obama & Sarah Palin Star in Archie Comics
9. Broadcastr Debuts at the eBook Summit
10. Writers Included on List of ’10 Careers With High Rates of Depression’

J.K. Rowling’s Promise & the Best Literary Agents on Twitter: Top Stories of November 2010

twitterlogo2323.jpgJ.K. Rowling‘s promise, a reverse dictionary, and the Best Literary Agents on Twitter list were among our top publishing headlines in November.

Instead of doing our traditional year-in-review post, we’ve decided to collect the ten most popular stories on GalleyCat each month–sharing the stories that mattered most to our readers. Looking back at these headlines, we can see the hopes, fears, and distractions that obsessed the publishing industry in 2010. Follow this link to see the rest of the year unfold.

1. Use the Reverse Dictionary: NaNoWriMo Tip #18
2. Best Literary Agents on Twitter
3. Self-Published ‘Pedophile’s Guide’ Sparks Amazon Boycott
4. Shakespeare Tops Stephenie Meyer in Facebook Popularity
5. Inside James Frey’s Fiction Factory
6. J.K. Rowling Won’t Write More Harry Potter Books to ‘Reward’ Daniel Radcliffe
7. Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan to Star in ‘The Great Gatsby’ Adaptation
8. National Book Award Winners for 2010
9. eReader Comparison Gift Guide
10. Best Novels of 2010: A Literary Mixtape

Kindle Books Can Now Be Loaned

Amazon has launched its program for lending Kindle eBooks, allowing digital readers to share books for a short period of time. The program opened by featuring Suzanne CollinsMockingjay (click on the image to enlarge).  UPDATE: Visit our unofficial Kindle Lending Discussion Board to meet other readers looking to share eBooks.

Here’s more about the program: “If someone has loaned you a Kindle book, you will receive an e-mail notification allowing you to download the book to your Kindle device or free Kindle reading application. After accepting the loan, you’ll have 14 days to enjoy the book until the download ends. To download a Kindle book loan: ‘Open the e-mail message you received about your book loan and click the Get your loaned book now button.’”

Follow this link to find out how to lend an eBook. Nevertheless, publishers make the final decision about customers’ ability to lend a book. eBookNewser has more details about how to find out if you can loan your books. (Via Jane L)

Literary Resolutions From Twitter

twitterlogo2323.jpgWe’ve received a strong response to the literary resolutions hashtag on Twitter. Below you can see five contributions from our readers. Follow the #litresolution hashtag to read more.

We wish you the best of luck in seeing your 2011 dreams (literary or otherwise) come true.

Sarah Weinman: “Easy #litresolution for 2011: write more fiction! Also, stop chasing the freelance hamster wheel so much.”

Joe AKA dOgBOi: ”#litresolution (This is my longshot resolution) To relearn to read Spanish and read Borges in his original Spanish.”

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GalleyPup Types In Our Pet Parade

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual pet parade, a holiday display of literary pets around the globe. GalleyCat readers have sent in pictures all week–the largest response we’ve ever received to the pet parade. Look for more pet pictures all week.

Editor Vicki Gundrum sent the excellent picture embedded above, here’s more: “Diva is my first reader on everything I write. She has an especially good ear for dialog but can get carried away and insert small rodent McGuffins as plot twists. These I dispatch. Here I’ve caught her messing with the original manuscript. She really needs to start writing her own books.”

Follow this link to see more pet parade photos. More cute pictures follow below–click to enlarge the individual photos.

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Katniss Everdeen Role Still Unfilled in The Hunger Games Adaptation

book 1 collins.JPGDirector Gary Ross said there are no lead contenders for the main role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games movie.

Ross explained the process in an Entertainment Weekly interview: “I’ve talked to Suzanne extensively and I feel like I understand the character really, really well … I feel like I know who that girl needs to be.”

Producer Nina Jacobson confirmed the news in Digital Spy. However, she also revealed that auditions for acting jobs in the film will take place in early 2011.

Mad Men Memoir & Out-of-Print Madonna: Top Stories for October 2010

A Mad Men memoir (pictured, click to enlarge) and Madonna’s out-of-print book topped our list of publishing headlines in October.

Instead of doing our traditional year-in-review post, we’ve decided to collect the ten most popular stories on GalleyCat each month–sharing the stories that mattered most to our readers. Looking back at these headlines, we can see the hopes, fears, and distractions that obsessed the publishing industry in 2010. Follow this link to see the rest of the year unfold.

1. How to Type in Your Own Handwriting on Your Computer
2. Mad Men’s Roger Sterling to Publish Memoir
3. How to Write One Page Per Day
4. Madonna Tops 100 Most Sought After Out-of-Print Books List
5. Why You Shouldn’t Click ‘Free Public Wifi’ Network While Writing Remotely
6. Literary Halloween Costume Ideas
7. National Book Award Finalists Announced for 2010
8. Kurt Vonnegut, e.e. cummings & Shel Silverstein Are Most Popular Literary Tattoo Inspirations
9. Amazon to Introduce Lending for Kindle
10. James Patterson Is Second Novelist to Sell a Million Kindle eBooks

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