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Archives: March 2011

Best Book Editors on Twitter

twitterlogo2323.jpgBook editors have had a rough time in recent years–layoffs, uncertain roles, and crazy workloads. To celebrate National Novel Editing Month and help aspiring writers connect with editors, we’ve updated our directory of the Best Book Editors on Twitter (collected below).

This list is not comprehensive, yet. Add your favorite editor (or yourself) to our growing list–because the digital future needs editors and we need to stay connected.

If you are looking for more people to follow, check out our Best Literary Agents on Twitter directory, our Best Book Editors on Twitter list, our Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter Feeds directory, our Best eBook News on Twitter list, our Best Library People on Twitter directory, and our Women in Publishing Twitter List.

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Gorgeous Ladies Of Comedy & RT Booklovers’ Convention Get Booked

Here’s some literary events to cure your Wednesday blues. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page.

The 92Y Tribeca will celebrate the launch of, a website written by and for all Gorgeous Ladies Of Comedy on Thursday, March 31st starting at 6pm. Authors Kristen Schaal and Kambri Crews will be in attendance. (New York, NY)

The RT Booklovers’ Convention will happen from Friday, April 8th until Sunday, April 10th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Attendees will enjoy two huge book fairs and Teen Day. (Los Angeles, CA)

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Dana Perino Appointed Editorial Director of Crown Forum

Former White House press secretary Dana Perino (pictured) has been appointed editorial director of Crown Forum, the conservative books imprint at the Crown Publishing Group.

Perino served during George W. Bush‘s presidency. She also worked as communications strategist for Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, and former First Lady Laura Bush‘s book, Spoken From the Heart. She went on to become a contributor for Fox News.

Here’s more from the press release: “Ms. Perino will recommend, initiate, and submit exclusively to Crown Forum six to eight nonfiction book projects each year, to be written by conservative political or media personalities. Ms. Perino will also play an active role in devising and implementing the promotional campaigns for select Crown Forum publications. Ms. Perino will collaborate closely with Tina Constable, Senior Vice President, Crown Forum, and Sean Desmond, who has been promoted to Executive Editor, Crown Forum.”

Google Unveils +1 Button for Search Results

Today Google unveiled a +1 button that allows readers to show their support for a Google search result–an extra boost for online content, from author sites to book pages.

Writers already need to worry about Facebook likes, Twitter retweets, StumbleUpon I like it buttons, Diggs, MySpace links, and way too many other social networking gadgets. Do you have room in your life for one more?

Here’s more: “The +1 button is a shorthand for ‘this is pretty cool’ or ‘you should check this out.’ Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1′s can help friends, contacts and others find the best stuff when they search.”

Publishers Raise Funds for Japan Relief

The publishing industry has continued to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Melville House launched its “Banana for Japan” campaign, donating the proceeds from Banana Yoshimoto‘s forthcoming novel, The Lake. Last week, the indie publisher had bestowed all the profits from sales made through its website ($5,000) to relief agencies tending to victims.

F+W Media commenced a 24-hour charity campaign today. The company has pledged 50% of profits earned from the sale of products and services to the American Red Cross. Interested parties should shop at one of the company’s 23 internet stores. O’Reilly mounted a sale and donated all revenues to earthquake relief.

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Twitter Murder Mystery Tonight

twitterlogo2323.jpgA Ball State Pop Culture and Communication class will host a Twitter murder mystery tonight, unraveling a crime story across ten Twitter feeds for fictional characters.

Below, we’ve collected the complete list of feeds involved in the mystery. The social media storytelling experiment will begin tonight at 7 p.m. EST, lasting about three hours.

Here’s more about the project: “Seven characters are going to a mansion for a dinner party when—what do you know—a murder takes place. Along with the host of the party, his surly butler, and the determined detective the crime will (probably) be solved … There are two ways to watch all of the comedic action. Keep track of the hashtag #popclue. All of the tweets will have that tag. Or you can follow all 10 characters which you can find at these links [below]” (Via Sarah Weinman)

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Random House to Publish New Dr. Seuss Story Compilation

Random House Children’s Books will publish seven Dr. Seuss stories into a hardcover compilation. Seuss published these stories in magazines during the early 1950′s, but this will be the first time they appear in a book.

The collection will feature the following tales: “The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga,” “Gustav the Goldfish,” “Tadd and Todd,” “Steak for Supper,” “The Bippolo Seed,” “The Strange Shirt Spot,” and “The Great Henry McBride.”

Publisher’s Weekly reports: ”Random enhanced the color palette of each story, and an introduction by Seuss scholar and collector Charles D. Cohen explains the significance of these seven stories, not only as lost treasures, but as transitional stories in Dr. Seuss’s career that marked the beginnings of his new philosophy about writing for children.”

Handcrafted Nine Inch Nails Tribute Book on Etsy

Journalist Daphne Carr just published Pretty Hate Machine with Continuum’s 33 1/3 series–a 190-page study of Nine Inch Nail’s debut album from 1989.

To promote the book, she is selling a handcrafted edition (pictured) of the book on Etsy. If you (like this GalleyCat editor) have fond memories of singing “I just want something / I just want something I can never have!” at the top of your lungs in high school, you might want to check out the $25 special edition of the book on Etsy.

Here’s more about the special edition: “[It] features a black cloth hand-bound cover stamped in silver foil, slate-grey interior papers, and hand-numbered title page with dedication to the purchaser or recipient of the gift. The package includes three limited-edition die cut ‘n’ bookmarks and will be wrapped in your choice of brown, silver, black paper … This project was created by the professional bookbinder and letterpress operator Davin Kuntze, of Woodside Press, in consultation with book’s author, Daphne Carr. It is their collaborative work to celebrate the spirit of the band itself, which has continually sought to engage, challenge, and usurp the commodity form with brilliantly crafted albums, singles, and boxed sets.” (Via Ami Greko)

Tom Colicchio Crafts Game of Thrones Food Truck

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio created a Game of Thrones food truck to promote HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The menu includes rabbit, squab cooked in sweet wine, and a head cheese dish. Colicchio told Jacket Copy he did his homework for the menu: “These are things that are right out of the book. Every night we’ll have lemon cakes out on the truck … If I really could do it, I would have whole goats roasting on a spit.”

The video embedded above features Colicchio preparing some of the Game of Thrones menu items. Bibliophiles and foodies can find the truck in New York City from March 28th to April 1st and in Los Angeles from April 4th to April 8th. HBO will air the series starting April 17th.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, A Lesson in Secrets & Live Wire Debut on Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the hardcover books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending March 27, 2011–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3) The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith: “As the countdown to Mma Makutsi’s wedding begins, all is not as it should be at the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. While investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post, Mma Ramotswe, always on the side of the weak against the strong, has reason to reflect on Rule No.3 of The Principles of Private Detection: never lie to the client.” (March 2011)

(Debuted at #4) A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear: “Maisie Dobbs’ first assignment for the British Secret Service takes her undercover to Cambridge as a professor—and leads to the investigation of a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party … Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities “not in the interests of His Majesty’s government.”

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