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Archives: April 2011

Shakespeare & Company’s Bookstore Cat Monty Has Died

Shakespeare & Company’s bookstore cat Monty has died (pictured, via). The New York City bookstore mourned the cat in a short post today.

Here’s more from the bookseller’s tribute: “Scourge of dogs, invader of laps, lover of whatever you’re trying to eat.  His was the long, happy life of a badass bookstore cat.”

Two months ago, Monty starred in the debut post of the bookseller’s Tumblr. Patrons Safa Samiezade’-Yazd and Kara Zavada have already posted memories of Monty–did you ever meet this real life GalleyCat? (via Shelf Awareness)

75% of Our Readers Prefer Portrait Mode for eBooks

According to last week’s eBook orientation poll, a whopping 75 percent of our readers prefer reading in eBooks in portrait view mode (pictured). We will keep the poll open to see how reading habits evolve.

In comparison, only seventeen percent of our readers read in landscape double-sided view and a bare eight percent prefer reading in plain old landscape mode.

What have we learned? eBook makers should make sure the portrait version of their book is clean, fast, and readable. This GalleyCat editor has also learned that he should encourage his tablet eReading friends to try the landscape double-sided view–the most underrated of all reading styles.

Cupcakes & Voices Get Booked

Here are some literary events to jump start your week. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page.

Roisin Meaney will celebrate the release of her new novel on Thursday, April 28th. Party with free cupcakes at Solas starting at 6:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Kathryn Harrison will have a conversation with New York Magazine’s Emily Nussbaum and feminist Anne Roiphe. Hear them on Wednesday, May 4th at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe starting at 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Bernie Madoff’s Daughter-in-Law Hunts for Book Deal

Stephanie Morgan, daughter-in-law to fraudulent investor Bernie Madoff (pictured, via), hopes to land a book deal.

Folio Literary Management agent Steve Troha represents the widow of Mark Madoff. New York Magazine has spoken with some members of the Madoff family, and they worry what she might write.

Here’s more from the article: “Publishers say she would tell the emotional story of a strong-minded woman overcoming tragedy and moving ahead with life. She has told editors from imprints at Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins that she has a couple of letters from Bernie.”

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer Released

To promote the July 15th release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, Warner Brothers has released a long trailer. Above, we’ve embedded the video.

What do you think? The Twitter reaction seemed overwhelmingly positive this evening.

You still can’t read Harry Potter on your eReader, but now you can rent previous movies about the popular on Facebook. Follow this link to rent.

F+W Media Acquires Tyrus Books

F+W Media has acquired Tyrus Books, the company’s first move into the crime book space. Tyrus founder Benjamin LeRoy will serve as publisher of a brand new imprint, F+W Crime.

The imprint will publish its first books in June, and up to 200 eBook-only titles are scheduled for the year. They will also publish “select” print releases this fall.

LeRoy had this comment, in the release: “I am thrilled with the opportunity to head up F+W Crime, as it provides an opportunity to continue the growth of Tyrus Books and to invest my efforts into the development of Prologue Books, an ebook initiative I strongly believe in and have been conceptualizing for some time, “

Macmillan Launches Crime Fiction Community Site

Macmillan has created a new online community for crime fiction and nonfiction readers,

Here’s more from the press release: “At launch there will be excerpts, original fiction and articles by authors Joseph Finder, Steve Hamilton, Rosemary Harris, Charles Ardai, Luis Alberto Urrea and more… is ‘publisher neutral,’ meaning that it will include author participation from all publishers and other content creators, and is not exclusive to Macmillan authors.”

Crime writers from any publisher can submit original short stories and pre-release excerpts to senior manager Liz Edelstein. This site will also have a Facebook page and Twitter page.

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Penguin Launches Book Country Writing Community

Penguin Group (USA) has launched a new writing community dedicated to genre fiction called Book Country. Readers can review books, post their own writing, and meet other readers at the new site.

Right now the site offers articles from publishing professionals and discussion boards. Later this year, the company plans to offer self publishing services.

Here’s more from the website description: “Our free community is a creative and supportive space where fiction writers and readers can give and receive constructive criticism, discover new and entertaining books, discuss and share tips and experiences, and learn about the publishing industry. Book Country aims to be useful, egalitarian, and merit-based while fostering an atmosphere of encouragement and creativity.”

Ward Six Litblog Shuts Down

Writers Rhian Ellis and J. Robert Lennon (pictured) have decided to close their literary review site, Ward Six. They founded the site four years ago, creating a “daily digest of book reviews, literary analysis, personal observations, anecdotes, and opinions.”

Here’s more from their final post: “John is writing more book reviews for print publications; this work is supposed to be free of any possible conflicts of interest.  Carrying on dialogues with other writers here makes such impartiality hard to achieve.  He will also, in the coming months, take over directorship of Cornell’s creative writing program, and is increasingly conscious of the possibility that readers will interpret his remarks on Ward Six as representative, somehow, of the institution he works for. But the main thing, aside from time, is that internet writing is stressful.  We don’t blame writers, in the end, for their passionate advocacy of their own work online; the publishing industry is forcing them to do so.”

On Twitter, Lennon added: “in any event, I am certain to tweet more!”

Write Your Script Backwards: Script Frenzy Tip # 26

Stuck in the middle of your script? Try writing your story backwards!

Writing blogger Candace Kearns Read explained the technique: “To write an ending that delivers a great emotional payoff, it helps to ‘back engineer’ from the climax, reworking everything that comes before it so as to manipulate an element of surprise and ensure that the ending is both inevitable and unexpected … the writer can ensure that everything that leads up to the climax sets up the climax, relates to the climax, or otherwise is somehow justified by the existence of the climax.”

To help all the aspiring screenwriters, comic book writers, and playwrights participating in the Script Frenzy writing marathon, we will feature a new script writing tool or tip every day this month. Read all the advice at this link.