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Archives: October 2012

Red Hen Press, The Oatmeal & Nelson DeMille 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 post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Red Hen Press will be hosting an evening with its authors! Check it out on Monday, October 29th starting 8 p.m. at The Gerding Theater (Portland, OR)

“The Oatmeal” (a.k.a. Matthew Inman) will be appearing at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside to talk about his new title, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. Hear him on on Tuesday, October 30th starting 7:30 p.m. (Portland, OR)

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Random House, Penguin & Halloween Costumes: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including a possible merger between two major publishing companies, Halloween costumes based on books (like this Where the Wild Things Are costume).

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1. What’s Inside Your Writing Survival Kit?

2. The Hobbit Mural Joins NYC Skyline

3. Stephen King Story Adapted as Free Web Comic

4. Andy Serkis to Direct & Act in Adaptation of Animal Farm by George Orwell

5. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook

6. 10 Ways to Syndicate Your Online Writing

7. Major Reorganization at Simon & Schuster

8. How To Cope with Facebook EdgeRank Changes

9. Halloween Costumes Based on Books

10. Random House & Penguin Consider Combining Forces

 

Sony Launches Virtual Book Club

The Sony Reader Store has launched the Sony Readers Book Club. The virtual group will select a book to feature every month and at the end of the month host an online chat with the author on the Sony Reader social media pages.

The club launches next month with Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorFlight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver will be the featured title for December and January. The Black Box by Michael Connelly will be featured in February and Molly Ringwald‘s When It Happens To You will be featured in March. Books featured in the club will be available at special discounted rates and Sony will give away extra features with these downloads. Read more

84 Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Bookstores

What’s your favorite bookstore? My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop comes out on November 13th, sharing recommendations from 84 writers.

Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, it features bookstores around the country, including The Strand (New York, NY), Powell`s (Portland, OR) and Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA). Publishing industry consultant Ronald Rice and “Booksellers Across America” edited the book.

Contributors ranged from John Grisham to Chuck Palahniuk to bookstore owner Ann Patchett. The book also contains illustrations by Leif Parsons, an introduction by Richard Russo and an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel.

You can find all these bookshops and more in our Best Indie Bookstores on Twitter list.

Penguin House Meme Spreads on Twitter

When news broke that Random House and Penguin could merge, readers, writers and publishing professionals filled Twitter with a burning question: Should this hypothetical publisher be called Random Penguin or Penguin House?

We collected the Random Penguin meme yesterday, exploring the #RandomPenguin hashtag that swept Twitter. Supporters of Penguin House have reminded us that we should not ignore the #PenguinHouse hashtag–including the Penguin House logo from Shelf Awareness (embedded above).

What name do you prefer? For your Friday afternoon reading pleasure, you can read our Storify collection of Random House images, tweets and posts below…

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Free Neil Gaiman Audiobook Short Story Raises Money For Charity

Audible has released a new audio short story from author Neil Gaiman called Click-Clack the Rattlebag and is running a charitable promotion to help promote the work.

To encourage downloads, through Halloween Audible will donate $1 per download from Audible.com to DonorsChoose.org up to $100,000, and 50p per download from Audible.co.uk to Booktrust. Both charities promote literacy.

The audio book is free and is read by Gaiman himself. Here is more about the story: ”

‘What kind of story would you like me to tell you?’ ‘Well,’ he said, thoughtfully, ‘I don’t think it should be too scary, because then when I go up to bed, I will just be thinking about monsters the whole time. But if it isn’t just a little bit scary, then I won’t be interested. And you make up scary stories, don’t you?’”

To help spread the word, Gaiman is encouraging readers to tweet the hashtag #ScareUs after downloading the story.

National Novel Writing Month Starts Next Week

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts next week, as writers around the world try to write 50,000 words in a single month. On the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with journalist and author Nora Zelevansky about how the writing marathon changed her career.

Zelevansky talked about how NaNoWriMo helped her focus on her debut novel, Semi-Charmed Life. She also shared advice for writers taking the writing challenge this November.

She explained: “It’s something that feels good every day, like an exercise routine. You work for whatever the allotted amount of time is for you and you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me, it’s not unlike morning pages (if you’ve ever done The Artist’s Way), a chance to clear your head and take yourself outside your everday life and immediate world, and immerse yourself in a fictional world. It’s super freeing.”

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Will Google Glass Require a New Breed of Writers?

Writers could have a new kind of work in a world where everyone wears a computer. In an inspiring essay, The Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal looked forward to a world where everyone is wearing Google Glass–a pair of glasses that work like a computer screen.

While wearing these glasses, we would receive a stream of information about the world around us, but Madrigal reminded us that it will take a new kind of writer to create content for these devices. Check it out:

To me, in the extremely attention-limited environment of augmented reality, you need a new kind of media. You probably need a new noun to describe the writing. Newspapers have stories. Blogs have posts. Facebook has updates. And AR apps have X. You need people who train and get better at and have the time to create perfect digital annotations in the physical world. Fascinatingly, such a scenario would require the kind of local knowledge newspaper reporters used to accumulate, and pair it with the unerring sense of raw interestingness that the best short-form magazine writers, bloggers, tweeters, and Finderyers cultivate.

Kama Sutra Restrictions from 1944

 

One Reddit user has posted the first page of a 1944 edition of the Kama Sutra, a sexy book that was quite restricted in the middle of the 20th Century.

You can read the “Conditions of Sale” notice in the image embedded above, but here’s a transcript: “The sale of this book is strictly restricted to the members of the medical and legal professions, and to students of psychology and sociology. This publication is sold for their personal use only, and in no case should be lent or given away to others for obvious reasons.”

Follow this link to download a free eBook copy of the Kama Sutra. All these restrictions have been lifted on the Kama Sutra, a book by Vatsyayana that contains poetry and advice on sexuality.

How To Use Craigslist as an Editing Tool

Self-published novelist Matthew Mather used Craigslist as his “secret weapon” for editing his novel.

Since he released his first science fiction novel in August, Mather has counted over 40,000 downloads of The Complete Atopia Chronicles. This week, he shared his free SHAKESPEARE system for self-published authors, including his Craigslist tip.

Check it out: “If your work is not edited well, you will get killed in the reviews and by word of mouth. Go on Craigslist and find some recently-graduated (and unemployed) English lit majors to edit your book on the cheap. A ‘real’ editor can be extremely expensive; while the quality may not be perfect, hiring unemployed English-lit majors can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. There is no excuse to not get an external editor of some kind, and not getting one will kill your chances of success.”

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