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Archives: June 2011

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: Crown, Scholastic, Oxford University Press

Crown is staffing up, and now it’s looking for an editor to join the Broadway paperbacks team. Here, you’ll oversee the publication of reprint titles, as well as acquire, evaluate, develop and edit manuscripts and proposals. Expert negotiators and those who can handle author relations are most wanted. If this sounds like your dream gig, apply here. If you’re in the market for another kind of publishing job, check out the new openings below and on mediabistro.com.

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The Oxford Comma Is Not Dead

Yesterday morning this GalleyCat editor discovered that the University of Oxford Public Affairs Directorate’s Writing and Style Guide urged its writers to avoid using the Oxford comma. Amused by this tidbit of information, we dashed off a light and unduly frivolous  summer post about the topic.

Within hours, thousands and thousands of readers had launched a passionate debate about the future of the Oxford comma. At the same time, the University of Oxford Press (OUP) reminded us that the press “is a commercially and editorially autonomous organization” from the University of Oxford Public Affairs Directorate. In fact, the OUP permits the thoughtful use of the Oxford comma.

We were proud to host this impromptu conversation about the craft of writing and we were inspired by the overwhelming response to this post. However, we also felt it was appropriate to write a follow up post stressing these clarifications.

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Beauty Tips for the Dead & The Snow Queen’s Shadow: 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.

Beauty Tips for the Dead by Gerald Medenwald: “Creativity, intelligence, ambition, determination and a bottomless cauldron of uncensored ideas – David and Jonathan have it all. They’re marketing geniuses. But when David kidnaps the senator’s son, Ansi, who carries a bible, wears a white sheet and looks a lot like Jesus, even Jonathan begins to accept that perhaps, just possibly, they may have stepped over a line.” (May 2011)

Black Widow and the Sandman by L.L. Reaper: “Roman ‘The Sandman’ Tate is the most sought after mercenary in the world. When he is ordered to protect scientist Jeanette ‘Black Widow’ Mason, he finds she is much more than scientific equations. The two join forces to create an antidote and stop those responsible for the mysterious illness before more children die and Cuba follows through on its promise to retaliate.” (June 2011)

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J.K. Rowling Follows Her Agent & Leaves Christopher Little Literary Agency

UK literary agent Neil Blair will be leaving the Christopher Little Literary Agency, taking client J.K. Rowling with him. The Bookseller reports that Blair will be setting up his own firm, The Blair Partnership.

Here’s more from the article: “Blair’s current base is at strategic digital agency TH_NK’s offices in east London. TH_NK and Blair worked together to develop the Pottermore site, through which Rowling’s Harry Potter books will be sold exclusively as e-books, though it is not yet known if TH_NK will be involved in Blair’s new company.”

According to scotsman.com, freelance readers  convinced agency founder Christopher Little to sign the author in 1996.

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Amazon Ends Affiliate Program in California After Sales Tax Law

Last night California governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that will enforce sales tax for online retailers, prompting Amazon to end its affiliate program in the state.

The Los Angeles Times has more about the law: “The online sales tax law, AB 28 1x, would seek to force online retailers who have no physical presence in California, such as Amazon.com, to collect the same levies as bricks-and-mortar stores. Lawmakers calculated it would net the state $200 million. Retailers from Wal-Mart to mom-and-pop bookstores had pressed for the tax law rewrite.”

Amazon has already modified its operating agreement for affiliates linking to Amazon products on their sites: “if at any time following your enrollment in the Program you become a resident of California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, or Connecticut, you will become ineligible to participate in the Program.” Over at BoingBoing, you can read a complete copy of Amazon’s letter to affiliates that called the new tax bill “unconstitutional and counterproductive.”

NYPL Spared Major Budget Cuts

The New York Public Library has been spared by massive city budget cuts.

According to the NYPL’s blog, the New York City budget for fiscal year 2012 restored $36.7 million of the proposed $40 million cut for the New York Public Library, after protests from New Yorkers.

Angela Montefinise, the library’s public relations director, released this statement: “Thanks to a sizable restoration from the City, all of our 90 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island will remain open, which means the people of New York will still have access to the critically important free services we offer that are being used now more than ever–computers and Internet, books, programs, classes, job search resources, and more. This budget also preserves a minimum of five-day service in our system, and allows us to avoid layoffs.” (Via Gothamist)

Kindle App Unchanged Despite New Apple Rules

New Apple App Store rules took affect today, possibly leading the way to a showdown between eBook retailers and Apple.

MacRumors quoted the new Apple App Store rule:  “Apps can read or play approved content (specifically magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video) that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app, as long as there is no button or external link in the app to purchase the approved content. Apple will not receive any portion of the revenues for approved content that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app.”

As you can see by the screenshot from Amazon’s iPhone app this afternoon, the Kindle app still links to Amazon’s eBookstore–possibly breaking the “external link in the app to purchase” rule. Both companies have kept quiet about the potential showdown. What do you think will happen?

 

T Bone Burnett & Danny Elfman to Create Music for ‘The Hunger Games’

Oscar-winner T Bone Burnett and Grammy-winner Danny Elfman will create the music for The Hunger Games film adaptation. According to the release, this project is “an unprecedented film music collaboration.”

The two composers will work together on the film score. Additionally, Burnett will serve as the executive music producer for both the score and the soundtrack. Many Hunger Games fans have reacted happily to the announcement on Facebook.

Lionsgate’s head of film music Tracy McKnight explained: “The Hunger Games is such a special property – it has worldwide mass appeal, but it’s also sophisticated, cerebral, soulful, and rebellious. We needed a composer who can translate these qualities musically, and we have not one but two incredible artists in an absolutely thrilling first time ever collaboration.”

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Nikki Haley Lands Book Deal

Just days after signing a controversial bill cracking down on illegal immigration, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has inked a book deal with Penguin Group’s Sentinel imprint.

Entitled Can’t Is Not An Option: My Story, her memoir will be published in January. The book will share “her vision for the country and the Republican Party.” Williams & Connolly attorney Robert B. Barnett negotiated the deal with publisher Adrian Zackheim.

Zackheim had this comment: “Governor Haley has already had a fascinating journey. She’s part of an all-American success story — a hardworking immigrant family that overcame great obstacles and proved that the American dream is still possible for anyone. And she is clearly a rising star in national politics.”

How To Correct Twitter’s Grammar

Blogger Thomas Steiner designed a Google Chrome extension to fix one of the most viewed and easily overlooked grammar mistakes on the Internet–Twitter’s “Who To Follow” feature.

When installed in your Google Chrome browser, Steiner’s free extension converts Twitter’s grammatically incorrect ‘Who to follow’ into ‘Whom to follow’ whenever you visit the social network site.

As most regular readers know, this GalleyCat editor constantly struggles to improve his grammar. It is somewhat reassuring to watch a major social network struggle with the same rules…

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