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Archives: November 2012

Simon & Schuster Self-Publishing & New Adult Fiction: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including the definition of New Adult fiction, the best writing music of the year and a new Game of Thrones trailer (embedded above).

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1. 50 Free Books To Be Thankful For

2. Simon & Schuster Opens Self-Publishing Service

3. Best Writing Music of 2012

4. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey

5. Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer Released

6. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook

7. Bookstore Installs Random Book Dispenser

9. Writer Tops Childhood Dream Job List

10. What Is New Adult Fiction?

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5 Ways to Find an Agent for Your Book

Every week we receive emails from aspiring writers looking for guidance about publishing a book on the traditional publishing route. We always offer the same advice: find the best literary agent for your manuscript.

Every aspiring writer needs to make a list of literary agents they would like to pitch. If you are looking for an agent, there are five simple steps that everybody should follow (whether you are a small town writer or a business leader with a great story or a GalleyCat editor).

We’ve collected five foolproof methods for finding the best agent to pitch with your book–any suggestions to add?

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E L James Is Publishers Weekly’s Person of the Year

Today E L James became the first author ever named Publishers Weekly‘s Person of the Year, an annual award given to publishing leaders “shaping and, sometimes, transforming, the publishing industry.”

As part of the award, James will get a cover story and interview in the magazine. She joins a list of winners that includes David Shanks, Larry Kirshbaum, Jeff Bezos and Len Riggio.

Co-editorial director Jim Milliot explained the choice: “From boosting sales of print books through bookstores to putting a spotlight on a genre that had received little publicity, E.L. James’ impact on various parts of the book business cannot be overstated … She is well deserving of our Person of the Year award.”

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85,000 BitTorrent Users Visited Tim Ferriss’ Amazon Page in 7 Days

While a number of bookstores will not stock his Amazon Publishing title, author Tim Ferriss decided to use BitTorrent to promote The 4-Hour Chef this month

AppNewser has some new statistics about the publishing experiment.

For the last seven days, BitTorrent members had exclusive access to excerpts, unpublished writing and multimedia materials related to the book. Today, BitTorrent revealed some impressive statistics: “The Tim Ferriss 4-Hour Chef Bundle has now been downloaded 211,000 times. From BitTorrent, 85,000 visitors clicked to check out the book in the Amazon store, a huge number for the category.

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Catfish Director Makes Book Trailer for Stephanie LaCava Book

To promote her new memoir, author and journalist Stephanie LaCava worked with filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to make her book trailer.

Joost directed the indie hit Catfish, and turned “An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris trailer into a candle-lit mix of animation, video and spooky narration.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

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Steampunk Window Blind Design Contest

Do you love the genre of steampunk? Your steampunk design could be featured in a  roller window blind in the UK. Direct Blinds seeks design submissions from readers around the world for an image to be printed on a window blind.

Follow this link to submit, entries must be received by December 3rd.  Science fiction authors Ian Macleod and James P. Blaylock will judge the contest. The winner will get a £250 cash prize and their design will be featured in a window blind.

Here’s more about the contest: “Do you dream of the days when airships ruled the skies, gentlemen duelled with steam-assisted rayguns, and a waxed moustache was considered the very apex of fashion? Then Direct Blinds wants to hear from you. Steampunk is the theme – so whether it’s a smoggy cityscape, a clockwork contraption, a dirigible battle or something altogether more fanciful, we want to see what you can do … Entries will be judged by acclaimed science fiction authors , who will select 20 of the best to be displayed in an online gallery. It’s then opened up to a public vote to decide the overall winner.”

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How Writers Can Use Small Demons

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Valla Vakili, CEO of Small Demons. His company is building an online literary database that collects and catalogs thousands of references to music, movies, people and objects mentioned inside of books.

Press play below to listen to the interview on SoundCloud. Vakili explained how writers and readers can build book collections using the new Storyboard feature, bringing together books on digital shelves. He offered this advice for writers:

One of the things that I always want to know as a reader (and I think other readers feel the same way) is we love to know the inspiration behind things. Collections is one way of doing that, of saying “here are all the places that influenced this book.” There are authors who frequently say when they are coming up with characters, they associate them with some kind of music. Basically, being able to give a peek into the creative process and how it relates back to the influences behind a character, storyline, or series. We think collections can be a really great way to do that, as well as show off the things that interest them within the world of books.

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History of Peanut Butter & Burned Bridges: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our New Books section. Want to include your book? Just read our Facebook Your New or Upcoming Book post. Don’t forget to include your title’s exact release date and a link.

Burned Bridges by Marguerite Ashton: “Newly sober and dating the man of her dreams, Traci Collins is ready to enjoy the good life, until her new best friend, Olivia Durning, confides a dreadful secret far worse than Traci could imagine. ” (October 2012)

Another Man’s Treasure by S.W. Hubbard: ”On a snowy Christmas Eve, a beautiful young mother goes out to buy a few last minute gifts and never returns…thirty years later, her daughter picks up her trail.” (October 2012)

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Don’t Forget To Edit: NaNoWriMo Tip #30

Congratulations to all the National Novel Writing Month writers in the GalleyCat audience for surviving another year with the writing marathon. Romance writers can even consider submitting your NaNoWriMo novel to Avon Impulse. But don’t forget–you still need to edit!

In 90 days, you should take the National Novel Editing Month challenge and clean up your masterpiece. Follow this link to explore our growing collection of editing tools as well.

Here’s more about NaNoEdMO: “Have you written a 50,000 word novel but haven’t edited it yet? Then you’ve come to the right place! It is here that people from all over the world gather together to spend 50 hours in March editing their novels. This is not as easy as it might sound but the forums are available to get advice and ask all the important questions you may have. Advice from real published authors will also be here to help you and a certificate of completion awaits each winner at the end of the month.”

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NaNoWriMo Tip # 29: Plot Bank for Writers

As National Novel Writing Month writers near the end of the marathon, many have spent all of their best ideas in the manuscript.

Everybody should visit Hatch’s Plot Bank to fill your literary checkbook. This collection of thousands of ideas for writers could help you jump-start a scene or wrap up your NaNoWriMo novel. Check it out:

This site is designed to help novel, short story, movie, television, play, and video game writers develop new plot ideas. Over 2000 scenarios ranging from the normal to the bizarre are provided as a spark for the imagination. Some plots are sitcom cliches (that might deserve a new twist) while others are unusual happenings gleaned from the world of news and a few odd minds. Other story ideas are subtle suggestions that could be taken several ways – according to your mood or whim at the moment. Some others are everyday situations given an interesting wrinkle. Take a look for yourself.

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