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Archives: December 2011

The Muppets Take Stieg Larsson & Borders Frustration: Top Stories of September 2011

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

In September, frustrated Borders employees and a steampunk documentary dominated our headlines.

1. Borders Employees Vent Frustration
2. The Muppets Take Stieg Larsson
3. What Is Steampunk?
4. 20 Companies Use Computer-Generated Stories to Save Money on Writers
5. Adult Paperback Revenues Down Nearly 64% in June

Amazon Sold a Million Kindles A Week In December

Amazon announced today that 2011 was the best selling year ever for the Kindle. While they didn’t say exactly how many Kindles they sold, the company revealed that throughout December, they sold more than 1 million Kindle devices per week.

Kindle eBook sales were up too. According to the Amazon press release: “Gifting of Kindle books was up 175 percent between this Black Friday and Christmas Day compared to the same period in 2010.” As in the past, Christmas Day was biggest day for Kindle book downloads.

This news extended to Amazon’s international sites as well. eBookNewser has more: “And Amazon’s good news extends to their other sites, as well. The Kindle is also the best-selling product on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es and Amazon.it this holiday season.”

L.A. Banks Has Died: Major Stories of August 2011

In August 2011, novelist L.A. Banks (pictured) died after a battle with late stage adrenal cancer.

We are collecting the major stories of each 2011 in our annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. L.A. Banks Has Died
2. Haruki Murakami Yanked from School District Reading List
3. How Much Do Book Editors Earn?
4. NaNoWriMo Author Lands 6-Figure Deal After 30 Rejections
5. Authors Who Visit Book Clubs

Abe Books Made $220K from 10 Rare Books

eBook sales may be cutting in on paperback sales, but digital hasn’t given way for print’s demise. In fact, rare books had a great year.

Book dealer AbeBooks brought in $220,330 from the sales of 10 books alone. The bookseller sold Karl Marx’s Das Kapital in November  for $51,739. A signed first edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird fetched $25,000.

The retailer explained more on its blog: “Our third largest sale was a complete set of all 10 issues of Aspen Magazine, a multimedia publication that ran from 1965 to 1971.  Many leading figures in contemporary art, both British and North American, were contributors to Aspen including Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Timothy Leary and Susan Sontag.”

Real Life Galley Cat in Our Pet Parade

GalleyCat readers around the globe have joined our annual Pet Parade, sending photos of their literary pets.

Author Joanne Levy shared a picture of her real life Galley Cat: “Recently, I got a copy of Caroline Starr Rose’s MAY B., which my cat Chester did not want to give up.  I forced the issue and was finally able to read the book, but not before it received a lot of kitty love (well deserved – the book is awesome!).”

More photos follow below–we will collect all the entries at this link.

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The Marx Brothers & The Fallback Plan Get Booked

Here are some literary events to look forward to in the new year. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post at least one week before the event.

On New Year’s Day, authors Bill Marx and Robert S. Bader will sign books, followed by a double feature of classic Marx Brothers movies. Join him on Sunday, January 1st at the Aero Theater lobby starting 4 p.m. (Santa Monica, CA)

Anna David, Beth Griffenhagen, and Rachel Kramer Bussel will host “All the Single Ladies.” Check it out on Thursday, January 5th at Word Bookstore starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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Spotify Playlists & Google+ Advice: Top Stories of July 2011

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

In July 2011, we featured the worst sentence of 2011 and introduced writers to Google+. Read the top headlines below…

1. Sue Fondrie Has Written the Worst Sentence of 2011
2. What You Should Know About Google+
3. Norway Killer Targeted Writers & Lit Professors in Manifesto
4. Spotify Playlists for Writers: Haruki Murakami
5. The Oxford Comma Is Not Dead

 

Ron Paul Book Brings Christmas Tears

Have you ever gotten a book for Christmas that you didn’t want? Did it make you cry? Then you are not alone.

The above video shows a woman named Emily getting upset after receiving Ron Paul‘s book Liberty Defined as a Christmas gift. She says in the video, “He just called Israel an apartheid state. I’m not reading this.”

Despite her family telling her to relax and open another present, she breaks down in tears. (Via Gawker).

Is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a Superhero?

Would you consider Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo) a superhero?

At New York Comic Con this year, a panel of veteran comic book writers and editors debated this topic; the panelists included Tom DeFalco (Marvel), Danny Fingeroth (Marvel), Paul Levitz (DC) , and Denny O’Neil (DC, Marvel). Psychologist Robin Rosenberg, editor of  The Psychology of Superheroes and The Psychology of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, acted as the moderator.

The panelists all agreed that the definition of a superhero is difficult to pin down. However, they discussed two particular qualities that many superheroes possess: a heroic role heroic and abilities that go beyond what humans are realistically capable of.

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Oxford Comma Debates & Freelance Editorial Rates: Top Stories of June 2011

In June 2011, we posted new guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association about how much an editor should charge. Explore the chart embedded above–one of the five top stories of the month.

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. Oxford Comma Dropped by a University of Oxford Style Guide
2. Samuel L. Jackson Narrates Go the F*** to Sleep
3. Best Book Publicists on Twitter
4. Twitter Profile Mistakes Writers Should Avoid
5. How Much Should an Editor Charge?

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