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Archives: December 2010

Feline Muse Stars 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.

Writer and publishing consultant Ellen Daly sent that book-loving kitty pic: “Here’s our cat (very originally named “kitty”) … She’s a rescue cat who showed up on our doorstep about 9 years ago and has been our muse ever since. She loves books, as you can see from the other pic.”

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

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Lit Resolutions from Heather Brewer, Teddy Wayne, Helen Simonson, & Thelma Adams

Today we have a new set of 2011 literary resolutions from writers. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod vampire series writer Heather Brewer: “1. FINALLY read Mockingjay (I am SO far behind the times!). 2. Tackle something totally different for me – like a first person, female perspective (that, or happy fluffy rainbow bunnies). 3. Continue taking over the world with my Minion Horde (and yes, this does count as literary…kinda).”

Kapitoil novelist and writing professor Teddy Wayne (back in sarcasm): “My literary New Year’s resolution is to learn to read. (I’m currently dictating this to my assistant).”

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Anne Rice Quit Christianity & Old Spice Guy Loved Libraries: Top 10 Stories of July 2010

The Old Spice Guy shared his love of libraries during a video campaign (embedded above) that went viral this year, joining Anne Rice and the Best Publisher Pages on Facebook directory in our top ten stories of July 2010.

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. Amazon to Release $139 Wi-Fi Edition of Kindle eReader
2. Molly Ringle Writes the Worst Sentence of 2010
3. “I Write Like” Program Compares Your Writing to Famous Authors
4. Levi Johnston’s Sister Continues to Blog about Sarah Palin’s Family
5. Best Publisher Pages on Facebook
6. Drunk Hulk Unmasked
7. Anne Rice: ‘I Quit Christianity’
8. Tin House to Require Bookstore Receipt for Unsolicited Manuscripts
9. Old Spice Guy Celebrates Libraries
10. Library Card Art on Etsy

BookCourt Bookseller Lands Debut Novel Deal

BookCourt bookseller and blogger Adam Wilson has sold his debut novel to Harper Perennial. Flatscreen is “a coming-of-age story about a young man trying to become a new person in a world where nothing is new,” and publication is set for 2012.

Wilson serves as pop culture blogger for Black Book and deputy editor of The Faster Times. Erin Hosier of the Dunow, Carlson and Lerner literary agency negotiated the deal for world English rights with editor Michael Signorelli.

Signorelli had this statement in the release: “We became aware of Adam through his blogging and his stellar bookselling at Book Court. Acquiring Adam’s novel is like a last-minute present to myself. This and last week have been so quiet, hardly anyone’s around to tell me ‘no.’”

Apple Pie, Shakespeare & Canadians Get Booked

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han: Book CoverOur literary calendar is packed with literary events to look forward to in 2011. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page.

Start your new year at Barnes & Noble with Jenny Han reading and signing from her new book, Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream on Sunday, January 2nd starting at 3 p.m. (Richmond, VA)

Discover the world of William Shakespeare at the New York Public Library. Head to the south court classrooms in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Friday, January 14th starting at 2:15 p.m. (New York, NY)

92YTribeca presents “The Upper North Side Canadian Author Series” featuring Canadian authors David Bezmozgis and Rivka Galchen. They will be on hand for a special evening of reading on Wednesday, January 26th starting at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Witch Hunts, Hiroshima & Osiris: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our New Books section. Want to include your book? Just read our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post. Don’t forget to include your title’s exact release date and a link.

The Broomwhistle Chronicles: Witch Hunt of the Dwills by Eric D. Smith: “Welcome to the Dwillands. A place where a curious little people have become quite powerful. They are doing business and even war in far off lands. This is not to the liking of conservative Dwill Pindby B. Broomwhistle. He prefers to administer the Broomwhistle Detective Academy for Near and Distant Relations from the quiet of his small town.” (September 2010)

Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto: “In June 2001, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto went to Hiroshima in search of a deeper understanding of her war-torn heritage. She planned to spend six months there, interviewing the few remaining survivors of the atomic bomb. It is her first solo life adventure, immediately exhilarating for her, but her research starts off badly. Interviews with the hibakusha feel rehearsed, and the survivors reveal little beyond published accounts. Then the attacks on September 11 change everything.” (September 2010)

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GalleyPug Leads the Literary 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.

Author Charles Blackstone sent in that picture of Haruki Murakami (the pug) enjoying Saul Bellow’s letters.

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

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Predictions for 2011 from Smashwords Founder

If 2010 was the year eBooks went mainstream, 2011 will be the year indie eBook authors go mainstream.

According to Smashwords founder Mark Coker, indie eBook authors are becoming more professional and sophisticated, and they’re starting to climb the best-seller charts without the assistance of a publisher. 2011 will be the first year traditional publishers feel the need to compete against the indie ebook alternative. Here are Coker’s predictions for the new year:

1.Ebook sales rise, unit consumption surprises – Ebooks sales will approach 20% of trade book revenues on a monthly basis by the end of 2011 in the US, yet the bigger surprise is that ebooks will account for one third or more of unit consumption. Why? Ebooks cost less and early ebook adopters read more.

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Stephenie Meyer Burnout & Librarians on Twitter: Top Publishing Stories of June 2010

twitterlogo2323.jpgIn June 2010, Stephenie Meyer grew weary of vampires and we created a directory of the Best Library People on Twitter.

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. Stephenie Meyer: ‘I’m Really Burned Out on Vampires’
2. Grumpy Literary Agent Publishes Bad Query Excerpts
3. Best Library People on Twitter
4. Fox Chicago News Attacks Libraries
5. New Yorker Releases “20 Under 40″ List of Writers
6. Amazon.com Crash Drives Publishing World Batty
7. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winners Announced
8. Publishing Community Unites to Help Editor After House Fire
9. HarperCollins Buys Debut Novel and its Follow-up for a Reported Seven Figures
10. Jose Saramago Has Died

Resolutions from Around the Literary World

Today we have a new set of 2011 literary resolutions from writers. Share your resolutions in the comments section or on Twitter.

Stunt nonfiction writer A.J. Jacobs: “My literary new year’s resolution is to read some a novel or two this year. I’ve spent the last few months reading health and medical books for my new project, and I think reading something fictional sounds a strange and exciting prospect.”

Mr. Peanut author Adam Ross: “I had a busy 2010, true, but I only read 16 books. I’m betting, though, that if I’d visited Facebook only once a day (I’m a confessed Scrabble addict), as well as Twitter, nytimes.com, cnn.com, and espn.com, I’d have doubled that figure. We live in an acutely distracted age that constantly pummels our best sense of reality (I won’t even get started here on my BlackBerry). So in 2011, I’m going to budget my computer time more rigorously. There’s too much to read before I die.”

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