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Archives: June 2012

Pixar Story Artist Sells Out Self-Published Kid’s Book

Pixar story artist Josh Cooley has sold his entire 1,000 copy print-run of a satirical kid’s book called Movies R Fun.

The $35 self-published book showed kiddie versions of R-rated moments from film history, parodying the look and feel of the Little Golden Books series (see back cover image below). Cooley is still selling prints from the book online. We’ve posted one of our favorite images from the book above–a spooky image from the adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Shining.

Check it out: Thanks to a fan posting some of my images to reddit, I have completely sold out of books. If you were able to obtain a Movies R Fun book before the end, CONGRATULATIONS! You are a winner. You have a book that’s one in a thousand! (because I made 1000 of them). Feel free to taunt/tease your fellow non-book-owning frienemies relentlessly so that they know how awesome you are for supporting self-published books. And if you did not order a book in time, well, what can I say? Shame. Shame on you. Why are you filled with so much hate towards the written word? Time to rethink your life.

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Nora Ephron Has Died

Author, director and screenwriter Nora Ephron has passed away. She was 71 years old. She created such memorable films as When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia.

Ephron had written a number of books, including Crazy Salad, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman and I Remember Nothing: And other Reflections. In the video embedded above, she talked about her writing on The View.  Here’s more from The New York Times:

Ms. Ephron’s collection I Remember Nothing concludes with two lists, one of things she says she won’t miss and one of things she will. Among the “won’t miss” items are dry skin, Clarence Thomas, the sound of the vacuum cleaner, and panels on “Women in Film.” The other list, of the things she will miss, begins with “my kids” and “Nick” and ends this way: “Taking a bath. Coming over the bridge to Manhattan. Pie.”

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Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, Springer Science + Business Media

This week, HarperCollins is hiring a publicity manager, as well as a senior designer. Meanwhile, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group needs a marketing manager, and Springer Science + Business Media is seeking a book editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Your Book Club Could Be on TV

Would your book club make a good television show? The Book Club Show will be a book-themed show on public television, and they just published a casting call for book club members.

Follow this link to apply. If your club ends up getting picked, be sure to tell us all about it. The video embedded above explains more about the upcoming show.

Check it out: “We’re looking for book clubs, book club members, and everyone who loves books to join the interactive conversation on TV. If you love to read and talk about books, and if you and your book club think you would like to be on TV, please submit your audition application. We’re looking for a book club group of 5-8 people, and we strongly urge you to apply as an individual book club member or as a book club group (4-8 members.) In order to be considered, you must fill out our SURVEY. Book clubs responding to the CASTING CALL must have each member applying fill out the SURVEY.” (Via Sarah Weinman & Wilda Williams & Random House)

Extra Jobs For Writers

What extra jobs have you done to help pay the bills and support your writing?

To help you cover your rent while you are finishing your novel or struggling as a freelance journalist, Mediabistro put together a list of side jobs for journalists and writers.

One idea, be a business writing coach, like Candace Talmadge, owner of Copy-Clinic, a former journalist and publicist. has more: “‘I spent my years as a journalist mostly as a business reporter,’ she explained. ‘I have a lot of experience writing about business topics and doing PR for businesses, so it was a natural for me.’ Now she works with clients one on one through her members-only website, where she charges a low monthly fee for two to three hours of her time each month. She charges more for hourly coaching sessions and also works with businesses like accounting firms, teaching their employees writing, editing and research skills.”


Dave Eggers & David Maraniss Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 24, 2012–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Children’s Illustrated) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce with illustrations by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm: “Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day.” (June 2012)

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Fiction) A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers: “In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great.” (June 2012)

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Authors Guild Catalogs Amazon’s ‘Baldly Anticompetitive Practices’

Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken has sent the Department of Justice a lengthy attack on Amazon’s “baldly anticompetitive practices,” the Guild’s official response to the DOJ’s eBook price fixing lawsuit.

The Guild’s letter argued that Amazon’s “approach to destroying competition is sophisticated, data-driven, and endlessly creative.” It criticized the anticompetitive nature of Amazon’s buy button threats, its move into the on-demand publishing space, its public library lending policies, its Kindle Lending Library development and its “Balkanization of the Literary Marketplace.” Here’s an excerpt:

Even more troubling is the competitive impact statement’s failure to discuss how Amazon uses its command of the online book market and its deep pool of capital to undermine competition.  The statement doesn’t point out: that Amazon achieved its $9.99 price for e-books from November 2007 through April 2010 (and through today, for many publishers) by selling frontlist titles at a loss, a classic anti-competitive tactic; that Amazon managed to undermine its brick-and-mortar competitors while maintaining profitability by selling only a select set of e-books at its below-cost $9.99 price point, focusing its predation on digital editions of the frontlist hardcover books that attract customers to its brick-and-mortar competitors.

HarperCollins Facebook App Trades Book Excerpts for Likes

HarperCollins has introduced a new Facebook app to promote books called Like to Read. The app lets Facebook users who like a book see an excerpt from that book. Once the book passes a set number of likes, the publisher releases an additional excerpt from that book.

AppNewser has more: “The first book the publisher has promoted with the app is Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. Every time the likes hit 500, the publisher gives away another excerpt. So far, the book has likes garnered more than 7,000 likes.”

Publishers’ Weekly wrote about the publisher’s future plans for the app: “The publisher has broad plans for Like to Read, and will employ it across five HC imprints. Harper’s goal, [Mark] Ferguson said, ‘is to select books that we think are right for this particular strategy, namely fast-paced, addictive reads that are most likely to activate a fan in the short term and convert them to a buyer in the medium-to-long term.’”

Anne Enright & Robert K. Massie Named First Recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals

Anne Enright and Robert K. Massie have been named the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction by the The American Library Association (ALA). Each medalist will receive also $5,000 in prize money.

Enright, the author of The Forgotten Waltz, won in the fiction category. Massie, the author of Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, won in the nonfiction category.

The other four finalists include Russell Banks for Lost Memory of Skin (fiction), Karen Russell for Swamplandia! (fiction), James Gleick for The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (nonfiction) and Manning Marable for Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (nonfiction). These four writers will each receive $1,500 as well.

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Infographic Charts State Library Budget Cuts

The American Library Association has created a large infographic outlining the problems facing libraries this year, charting everything from budget cuts to eBook demand.

We’ve embedded the complete chart below–what do you think?

Here’s more about the infographic: “Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S. public libraries weather the storm of the Great Recession, supporting their role as a lifeline to the technology resources and training essential to full participation in the nation’s economy. However, a new report underscores the competing concerns that face America’s libraries: cumulative budget cuts which threaten access to libraries and services, increasing demand for technology training, and the chronic presence of the digital divide.”

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