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Archives: May 2011

How To Share Books with Troops Overseas

warriorlib23.jpgAs you celebrate Memorial Day today, remember all our  soldiers stationed overseas. We’ve collected seven different ways you can share books with our troops.

1. E-Books for Troops will help you share your used Kindle with our troops overseas.

2. Operation Warrior Library connects writers with military personnel.

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Poet Will ‘Da Real One’ Bell Murdered in Miami

Poet Will ‘Da Real One’ Bell was murdered in Miami this weekend. A gunman killed the poet outside his business, Literary Café and Poetry Lounge.

The 47-year-old poet had appeared on Def Poetry Jam and performed around the country. Above, we’ve embedded a video of Bell reading his poem, “So I Run” (contains some mature language near the end of the video).

Miami artist Addonis Parker had this tribute: “What made him different is the element that he came out of, and what he made of his misfortunes. He turned his unfortunate events into gold … The stuff he said, everybody was electrified every time he opened his mouth because you could relate to it.” (Via Ed Champion)

30 Scriptwriting Tips in One Post

In April, 19,197 writers from all around the world scribbled 358,214 pages of scripts in the annual Script Frenzy writing marathon. In all, 2,204 writers completed the challenge and wrote 100 pages of scripted material.

To help all the aspiring screenwriters, comic book writers, and playwrights participating in the audience, we offered daily scriptwriting tips. Below, we’ve linked to 30 days’ worth of scriptwriting intelligence that works all year round…

1. Make an Outline First
2. Plotbot Streamlines Scriptwriting
3. Use a Screenwriting Glossary
4. Find the Scripwriters in Your Neighborhood
5. Watch a Great Screenplay

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Oprah Winfrey Farewell, Tim Powers Pirates & BEA Jobs: Top Publishing Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from BEA 2011 adventures to Harry Potter trailers (embedded above).

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1. Oprah Winfrey Closes Her TV Book Club
2. How To Look for a Publishing Job at BEA
3. Amazon Lists Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America
4. Tim Powers on His Book That Inspired ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides’
5. BEA 2011 Cheat Sheet
6. Stephen Hawking vs. Colton Burpo: Is Heaven For Real?
7. New Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 Trailer
8. Survey: ‘One in Every Three People Who Download eBooks on Their Digital Readers Do So Illegally’
9. Rapture Reading: What’s the Last Book You Want To Read Before You Die?
10. How To Make a Super 8 Book Trailer

Why Publishing Needs Summer Fridays

Many publishing companies allow employees to leave early on Fridays during the summer months–do you get Summer Fridays?

It is a semi-controversial practice. Some feel publishers should be working straight through the week during this time of revolutionary change, while others think it is a nice reward for employees.

What do you think? This GalleyCat editor thinks it is a good idea. Here are six reasons why.

1. You can save your employees’ lives! Some scientists now think that “people who spend most of their days sitting are more likely to be fat, have a heart attack or even die.”

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Lambda Literary Award Winners Revealed

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

More than four hundred people attended the ceremony at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City. Some of the celebrity guests included former governor Jim McGreevey, beauty queen Claire Buffie, and photographer Amos Mac.

Here’s more from the release: “Among the winners were Eileen Myles’s Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) which took the top honor in Lesbian Fiction and Adam Haslett’s Union Atlantic in Gay Fiction.  There were two ties as well, an unusual occurrence for the Awards, in the Lesbian Memoir category as well as in LGBT Studies.” Follow the jump to see the full list of winners.

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How To Post Your Novel on Book Country

At BEA 2011, we caught up with Book Country community manager Colleen Lindsay, collecting tips for writers who want to join the genre writing community.

If you want to explore other writing communities, check out eBookNewser’s Digital Writer Spotlight feature.

First, read and review three pieces of fiction on Book Country before posting your own work. It is required that all readers follow this rule to maintain “a community built around reciprocity.”

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Melissa de la Cruz on Writing for Adults

Melissa de la Cruz began her career with the YA vampire series, Blue Bloods, but she will soon release her first adult title, Witches of East End. At BEA, she joined a panel of YA authors who have also finished their first adult projects.

De la Cruz explained: “I was really excited to write an adult book, so I was like, ‘Woo! I can write about sex.’ So I wrote all the sex scenes first. And then I had to figure out how to make it work in the story. I kind of went backwards that way. I think I struggled with it a little bit more because I thought, ‘Oh, it’s an adult book.’ I thought I had to put on some other brain. As I was writing it, I was like, ‘Oh no, this is just like Blue Bloods. This is just what I do.’”

De la Cruz wrote Witches of East End with her YA fans in mind, considering that many of them will soon be adults. She promised a few favorite characters will reappear in her adult title.

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Niko Pfund Named President of Oxford University Press

Niko Pfund has made the jump from acting president to president of Oxford University Press (OUP USA).

Here’s more from the release: “As President, Pfund will manage day-to-day operations for OUP USA, while working within OUP’s new Global Academic Publishing framework, which includes global functions in Sales and Marketing (headed by Al Lewis and Colleen Scollans); Digital/Reference (Casper Grathwohl); Strategy Management, Content Operations, and IT (Catherine Pearce); and Business Development (Dave Bowers).”

Pfund received his education at Amherst College. He joined New York University Press in 1990 and ascended to the positions of director of the press and editor-in-chief. At OUP, he started off as an editorial assistant in law and social science.

E.E. Cummings Poem Discovered

Biographer James Dempsey wrote a long essay for The Awl this week, recounting how he discovered an E.E. Cummings poem buried in a publisher’s papers.

Check it out: “One day last year, while working on a biography of the publisher Scofield Thayer, I opened a folder of papers related to his magazine The Dial. The folder contained undated letters from the poet E.E. Cummings to Thayer, early versions of a couple Cummings’ poems and one poem by Cummings I couldn’t remember ever seeing before. It was called “(tonite” and, until I came across it, it was unknown. Evidence suggests that the poem was sent sometime around 1916, when Cummings was embarking on his career as a poet and artist.”

The poem describes a nighttime snowfall and includes a use of the N-word–a point the biographer contextualizes in the essay. Follow this link to read more poems by Cummings (pictured, via).

 

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