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Archives: May 2012

Lev Grossman, Maryann McFadden & Walter Mosley Get Booked

Here are some literary events to look forward to this 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.

Author Lev Grossman will celebrate the paperback release of his bestselling novel, The Magician’s King. See him on Tuesday, May 29th at WORD Bookstore starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Writer Walter Mosley will talk about his two speculative fiction titles, The Gift of Fire and On the Head of a Pin, at the powerHouse Arena. Hear him on Wednesday, May 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

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Saddam Hussein’s Daughter Hopes to Publish His Handwritten Memoir

Saddam Hussein‘s eldest daughter, Raghad Saddam Hussein, hopes to publish her late father’s memoir.

According to her attorney, the former Iraqi dictator wrote the book by hand. As an author, Hussein published several poems and four novels including Zabibah and the King, The Fortified Castle, Men and the City and Begone, Demons.

Here’s more from Al Arabiya: “It is noteworthy that lawyer Khalil al-Delimi, head of Saddam Hussein’s defense team, released in October 2009 a 480-page book under the title Saddam Hussein from the American Cell: What Really Happened. The book, written in Arabic, was based on dozens of interviews Delimi conducted with the late president while he was detained by the American occupation prior to his trial and execution. The book also includes poems and letters written by Saddam Hussein. ‘”

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Michelle Obama Releases Gardening Book

First Lady Michelle Obama published her book about gardening with Crown today. In American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, Obama recounts how she first got into gardening.

Obama’s gardening efforts have been part of her agenda to encourage healthy eating and fight childhood obesity. The book is timed perfectly for summer gardening season, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s an election year

The Associated Press has more: “The $30 book… traces how a city kid from the South Side of Chicago who became a working mother and then a political spouse found herself fretting on that first planting day, March 20, 2009, about whether an L-shaped stretch of soil would prove fertile ground for a national conversation ‘about the food we eat, the lives we lead, and how all of that affects our children.’”.

Robert Coover to Publish Sequel to ‘The Origin of the Brunists’

After more than 45 years, Robert Coover will publish as sequel to his debut novel,  The Origin of the Brunists. Dzanc Books will publish The Brunist Day of Wrath in September 2013.

Coover won the The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966 for his first novel. In addition, Dzanc will publish digital editions of ten Coover books and release a new Coover short story collection in 2014. Agent Georges Borchardt negotiated the deal with executive director Dan Wickett.

Here’s more from the release: “The Dzanc rEprint Series will be publishing ten of Coover’s backlist titles to eBook form beginning in August 2012 and running on up through August 2013. Titles include the aforementioned award-winning The Origin of the Brunists; Pricksongs & Descants; The Public Burning; Spanking the Maid; Gerald’s Party; A Night at the Movies, or You Must Remember  This; Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears; Pinocchio in Venice; John’s Wife; and Ghost Town.”

Amazon’s CreateSpace Updates Royalty Payment Terms

Amazon’s CreateSpace self-publishing platform has updated its royalty payment terms for members that are paid through checks. According to the new terms, authors that use the service will have to earn a minimum of $100/£100/€100 to have a check cut.

CreateSpace explained in an email: “In June, the check minimum payment amount will increase to $100/£100/€100 (previously $28). If you continue with royalty payments made by check and sent to the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, or the Netherlands, then a check handling fee of $8/£8/€8 will apply per payment.  These new payment terms will be effective for payments made in June 2012, for royalties previously earned.”

CreateSpace seems to be pushing its direct deposit payment service, because they will make bank transfers for royalties as low as $10/£10/€10. What do you think?

Skip Prichard Leaving Ingram Content Group

Ingram Content Group CEO Skip Prichard will leave the company on June 8. He will be replaced by Ingram chairman John R. Ingram.

Prichard (pictured) had this comment: “When John hired me five years ago, he shared his vision and I signed on to make that vision a reality.  I signed up to accomplish certain goals, and those goals have all been met one by one. With solid positions in all of our markets yielding terrific results, I feel I have accomplished what I set out to do. I now will do some consulting and then look for a new role that will consume me as much as this one has. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time at Ingram.”

You can follow the outgoing CEO on his Twitter feed. Ingram is a Nashville-based company that works with 21,000 publishers, distributing books and digital content to “35,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in over 200 countries.”

Neil Gaiman Graduation Speech & 50 Shades Sales Bump: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including how to sell your self-published book in bookstores, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s bankruptcy filing and Neil Gaiman’s inspiring commencement address (embedded above).

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1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files for Bankruptcy
2. Hogwarts Library Box Set Coming from J.K. Rowling
3. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
4. Neil Gaiman Shares ‘Secret Freelancer Knowledge’
5. 50 Shades of Grey Sales Bump: INFOGRAPHIC
6. How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores
7. Researcher Suggests Ratings System for YA Books
8. Don’t Let the Writing Life Kill You
9. Self-Published Nutritionist Inks 7-Figure Book Deal
10. Jennifer Egan to Publish Sci-Fi Story on Twitter

The Top 5 LuLu.com Sellers Have Earned $1.3 Million

To celebrate ten years of self-publishing business, Lulu.com has produced an infographic exploring some sales statistics over the last ten years.

We’ve embedded the whole infographic below–all publishers should be aware of the growing business of self-publishing. Check it out: “$36+ million earned by Lulu.com authors, $1.3 million of which was earned by the top 5 sellers.”

Bob Young, CEO of Lulu.com had this statement: “There has often been a stigma placed on self-publishing that says the self-published author doesn’t make any money – that he or she won’t be successful. In our ten-year history, Lulu has paid out over $36 million dollars to our authors proving that this stigma is outdated. It is now easier than ever to sell works in all sorts of formats, in all sorts of markets, on all sorts of devices, in some cases instantly. Publishing is changing. The concept of a book is changing.”

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Do Spoilers Matter?

Literary critic Stanley Fish stirred up the publishing world this week, dismissing the need for spoiler alerts when writing about fiction or film. He used a specific example: “If The Hunger Games is so shallow that it can be spoiled by a plot revelation, the alert doesn’t save much. If The Hunger Games is a serious accomplishment, no plot revelation can spoil it.”

Over Mulholland Books, great writers like Lawrence Block and Joe R. Lansdale have responded to his essay today–we’ve collected some of their commentary below. Follow this link to read more essays from Megan Abbott, Nick Santora, Mischa Hiller and Marcia Clark as they are released.

Lansdale wrote: This is the silliest defense for spoiling stories for those of us who don’t want them spoiled that I have ever heard. I have spoiled, accidently, a film and I was almost lynched. They were right. If it’s done to me, I feel the same … There may be those who read the last page of a book, or like the previews for films to be so precise it lets them know how it’s going to turn out, but surprise has a great place, and most of us prefer it, and if we prefer not to have things spoiled for us, a spoiler alert is a nice warning to us who would prefer not to know.  Bad journalist. Bad, dog.”

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Sylvia Day Gets Trade Paperback Run of 500,000 Copies

Sylvia Day recently landed a book deal with Berkley Books for her self-published erotica novel, Bared to You. The publisher has launched a revised eBook edition and printed 500,000 copies of the novel for the June 15 trade paperback release.

So far, Vintage has sold over ten million copies of E. L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey, creating a booming new audience for erotica. Yesterday, Goodreads charted the spread of Fifty Shades among readers around the country, noting that Day’s novel had seen a significant spike on the social network for readers.

Here’s more from the publisher: “Shortly after its April 3rd release, Bared to You jumped into the list of top 40 bestselling eBooks at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The author is currently selling about 1,000 copies of Bared to You—every day! Bared to You is now a national bestseller, landing on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.”

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