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Archives: November 2011

Should Literary Authors Self Publish?

The Millions just published an essay by Edan Lepucki called “Reasons Not To Self Publish in 2011-2012,” collecting eight unexpected reasons why literary writers should give traditional publishing another chance.

What do you think? One of the best reasons reminded literary authors to consider working with the growing number of independent publishers in the literary market.

Check it out: “The conversation about self-publishing too often ignores the role of independent publishing houses in this shifting reading landscape. Whether it be larger independents like Algonquin and Graywolf, or small gems like Featherproof and Two Dollar Radio, or university presses like Lookout Books, the imprint at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, which recently published Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision (nominated for this year’s National Book Award), independent presses offer diversity to readers, and provide yet another professional option for authors.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

Open Road Is Promoting eBook Gift Giving

Amazon has already reported record sales for Kindles on Black Friday and the holiday season is just beginning. With device makers pushing Cyber Monday sales and deals into the season, eReaders are bound to be popular gifts this holiday season.

But what about giving eBooks? While print books make for great holiday gifts, the gift of an eBook is a little bit more confusing. But not to worry, Kindle and Kobo for digital book gift giving of specific titles on a specific date. And iBooks, Nook and Sony all have gift card options.

eBookNewser has more: “To help shoppers figure it out how to do this, digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media made the above video. It demonstrates how you can gift eBooks using these various different retailers. Open Road is running a 60% off sale on its digital books to help support the campaign.”

LiveWriters Collects Literary Web Videos

Readers looking for literary-centric web videos can turn to LiveWriters.com. The site showcases videos spotlighting on authors and books of every genre.

Browsers can find everything from book trailers to recorded interviews. The site’s most recent videos features Chuck Palahniuk reading from Knock, Knock, Paul Zak discussing the origins of morality and Jeffrey Eugenides talking about his latest title The Marriage Plot.

Here’s more from the site description: “LiveWriters is home to video and audio by and about writers of all types and kinds, as well as news, stories, original writing – in short anything that matters to writers, writing and the future of our shared culture. And we believe in a good healthy dose of fun too. Participate, play, share, enjoy.”

‘Legend’ Author Marie Lu on Social Networking & Writing YA Fiction

Marie Lu‘s debut novel, Legend, hits the shelves tomorrow. We caught up with Lu (pictured, via) to learn more about how authors can utilize social networking tools, the writing process for the book and her views on being an Asian-American author. The highlights follow below…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: My agent, Kristin Nelson, first took me on for a novel that we ultimately didn’t sell. While we waited for feedback on that one, I began writing Legend. After two intense rounds of edits with Kristin, we submitted Legend to publishers in the summer of 2010, and I recall shrieking in my apartment when Kristin told me it was going to auction with six interested publishers. Legend sold to Penguin a couple of weeks later!

Q: You drew inspiration for Legend from watching a musical production of Les Miserables. During the writing process, did you consult with Victor Hugo‘s Les Miserables?
A: It’s odd–Les Miserables triggered the first flash of inspiration for Legend (a criminal versus a detective-like character), but after that, I never referred to it again. I think the story just started going in a completely different direction. I did consult Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow a few times for inspiration on how to write from the point of view of a child prodigy.

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Iraq War Veteran Kevin Powers Inks Deal with Little, Brown and Company

Veteran soldier Kevin Powers has inked a deal with Little, Brown and Company for his Iraq war novel The Yellow Birds.

Powers, who has served in the Iraq war, is currently working towards an MFA as a Michener Fellow in Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin. Powers’ manuscript was acquired by publisher Michael Pietsch.

Pietsch had this statement in the release: “Ever since reading Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time I have been gripped by novelists’ accounts of the experience of war.  And as soon as I began reading The Yellow Birds I knew I was in the presence of a masterful rendering of the particular horrors of this particular war. From the first word of this novel to the last, Kevin Powers’s portrayal of young soldiers trying to stay alive—and of the effect of the war on their families at home—is profound, unsettling, and sadly beautiful.”

Amazon Has Best Black Friday For Kindle Sales

Amazon reported today that Black Friday was the best ever for Kindle sales. According to the online retailer, the company sold 4x more Kindles this past Friday than on the same day last year.

While none of the Kindles were discounted for the holiday weekend, Amazon introduced four new Kindles in September and began shipping them this month. This includes the $79 Kindle, the $99 Kindle Touch, the $149 Kindle Touch 3G and the $199 Kindle Fire tablet device. According to the press release, the Kindle Fire is currently the bestselling item on Amazon.com.

The devices also sold well at retail partner stores Best Buy and Target over the holiday shopping weekend. Nik Nayar, vice president merchandising at Target, stated: “This was a great Black Friday for Target and for Kindle Fire, which was the bestselling tablet in our stores on Black Friday.”

Today, Amazon is running a Cyber Monday discount on the Kindle DX 3G device. eBookNewser has more: “It is on sale today for $259, $120 off its usual price of $379.”

The Roeblings, Blue Nights & The Phantom Tollbooth 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. Please announce your event one week prior to its date.

To celebration the publication of his new book, The Roebling Legacy, historian Clifford W. Zink joins Kriss Roebling to discuss the Roebling family’s rich history. See them on Tuesday, November 29th at the powerHouse Arena starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Eight performances of “All Your Paths in a Single Pocket,” inspired by poet Anna Kamienska kicks off this week. Take in a show on Wednesday, November 30th at the Poetry Foundation starting 7:30 p.m. (Chicago, IL)

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Pippa Middleton Land a $620K+ Book Deal

Pippa Middleton, younger sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, has reportedly signed a £400,000 ($620,360.00) book deal with Penguin UK imprint, Michael Joseph.

According to The Telegraph, Middleton will be writing a nonfiction tome on how to host the perfect party. The not-yet-titled book will contain party ideas, stories and recipes. Middleton’s resume includes a past job in events management at Table Talk, a London-based party planning company. She currently works as an editor for an online party magazine called Party Times.

Here’s more from the article: “Ms Middleton will wait for the launch of her first book until after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next summer so that she is not seen to be cashing in on her royal connections. She is keen for the book to be released next year but is determined that she is not seen to be making money from her closeness to the royal family. Therefore the book is likely to be launched late next autumn, after the summer celebrations around the Queen’s Jubilee but in time for the Christmas market.”

Kickstarter Project to Teach Kids Not to Litter

Artist Jennifer Nutter hopes to secure $3,500 to print 1,000 copies of the new edition of her children’s book Rigsby. This award-winning picture book advocates environmental consciousness by teaching readers the harmful effects of littering. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the project.

Here’s more about the project: “The new edition is expanded with additional illustrations, durable covers, and is more earth friendly. Rigsby is a rhyming story with vivid watercolor illustrations showing how the animals team up to overcome litter. Children LOVE the story. Over 10,000 kids have heard or read the book. Many produced Rigsby plays, earned the Rigsby Scout Patch, or made cards and posters to email Rigsby.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

NaNoWriMo Tip# 27: Adopt an Idea

Have you run out of ideas for your National Novel Writing Month project? Why not adopt an orphan plot, setting, character or idea from another writer?

At the NaNoWriMo Adoption Society, you can Adopt a Romantic line, Adopt a Running GagAdopt a Closing line and many more helpful items.

This is our twenty-seventh NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

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