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Archives: January 2013

How To Self-Publish Your Audiobook Through Audible

Self-published authors can create their own audiobooks with the help of a growing community at Audiobook Creation Exchange.

AppNewser has more details about the service:

Writers using Audible.com’s Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX), an online audiobook rights marketplace and production platform, created ten times as many audiobooks in 2012 as they did in 2011, the year the platform launched. The tool helps writers, publishers and literary agents to create and publish audio versions of their books. Authors can record their own readings using the platform, or they can work with actors and voice over professionals, who also have profiles in the market place. It is used by a variety of types of writers. Self-published authors and authors who have publishers but manage the audio rights themselves use the site. In addition, agents and publishers can use the tool to produce work.

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Publishing Jobs: Diversion Books, Dover Publications, A Book Apart

This week, Diversion Books is hiring a publicist, while Dover Publications needs an acquisitions editor. A Book Apart is seeking a managing director, and Cambridge University Press is on the hunt for a production editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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ABC Studios Orders Pilot for Series Based on Debut Novel

ABC Studios has ordered a pilot for a TV show based on Jason Mott‘s debut novel, The Returned. The book will be published by  Harlequin MIRA in September.

Aaron Zelman, who worked on The Killing and Damages on AMC, will both write and produce the project, teaming up with Brad Pitt‘s Plan B production company.

Here’s more from the release: “Mott, a published poet and Pushcart Prize nominee, marks his literary fiction debut with The Returned. The novel is a powerful and haunting exploration of a world where nothing—not even death—is certain, and a moving tale of a family caught up in a worldwide event in which loved ones return from the dead exactly as they last were in life. It depicts a community on the brink of collapse, a family forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.”

Tor UK Now Accepts Direct Submissions from Writers

Tor UK has decided to accept direct submissions from writers, including writers outside the UK and authors who have previously self-published their work.

The straightforward author guidelines are now online. The publisher will only respond to submissions that interest the editors. They ask writers to assume that the editors have passed after twelve weeks without a response. Check it out:

For direct submissions we only consider complete and unpublished science fiction, fantasy and horror novels, written in English of between 95,000 – 150,000 words … We don’t publish non-fiction, poetry, short stories or novellas. If your work falls into any of these categories we regret we are unable to help. Only emailed submissions can be considered (please see below for the email address). The email must include the novel’s title in the Subject line. The body of the email should contain a short synopsis and biographical note (including details of any previously published work), and the entire novel should be attached to the email as a single standard word-processing file, preferably Microsoft Word. (Link via)

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Julie Kagawa Lands 7-Figure Deal with Harlequin Teen

Young adult novelist Julie Kagawa (pictured, via) has signed a seven-figure multibook deal with Harlequin Teen.

Executive editor Natashya Wilson negotiated the deal with senior literary agent Laurie McLean of the Larsen Pomada Literary Agency. Wilson, who will edit the book, secured world rights.

Kagawa has also written the Iron Fey series and the the Blood of Eden series. According to the release, the series “will feature mythical creatures in a contemporary setting.” The first book is expected to come out in 2015. (via Agent Savant)

eBooks Now Multi-Billion Dollar Category for Amazon

Amazon reported today that net sales increased 22 percent to $21.27 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. The release also noted that eBooks are now a “multi-billion dollar category” for the company.

CEO Jeff Bezos had this comment: “After 5 years, eBooks is a multi-billion dollar category for us and growing fast – up approximately 70% last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a book seller, up just 5%. We’re excited and very grateful to our customers for their response to Kindle and our ever expanding ecosystem and selection.”

According to CNBC, Wall Street analysts had predicted $22.26 billion in revenue for the quarter. At the same time, Amazon’s net income was down 45 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, falling to $0.21 per diluted share from $0.38 from the same period last year.

Kids Prefer Print Books Before Bed

When it comes to sharing books and reading before bed, kids prefer print to digital, a new report from Scholastic suggests.

Do you think publishers should make it easier to share digital books? Social Times has more:

In the fourth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report, researchers asked children ages 6-17 and their parents about their reading habits for both electronic and printed books. From the study: Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling. Print books are seen by kids as better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime.

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Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles

Want to talk about books or make some literary friends in Los Angeles?

You should join us for our Mediabistro Party in Los Angeles at Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Follow this link to RSVP. The party will be hosted by Write On Online‘s Debra Eckerling and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. It is a great way to meet new friends, network with media professionals or tell this GalleyCat editor about your favorite book.

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick Annotated on Kickstarter

Chris Routledge hopes to raise £7,100 (approximately $11,100) on Kickstarter to publish a beautiful annotated edition of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick.

We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think? Routledge wants to publish hard copies of this book in time for a marathon reading event at the UK’s Merseyside Maritime Museum. The event is scheduled to take place from May 4-6, 2013.

Here’s more about the project: “I am working with Margaret Guroff, the editor of the excellent Power Moby-Dick edition to bring her brilliant web resource to print, including not only its extensive annotations, but also historic illustrations of whales and whaling. The book will be produced in paperback and a beautiful limited-edition hardback, both featuring a cover design you see previewed here, created by Robyn Ng. These books will make a great gift.”

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J.D. Salinger Book & Documentary Coming

Simon & Schuster will publish The Private War of J.D. Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno in September, an oral biography of the great author that is guarded by “elaborate security.”

Salerno directed a documentary about the author that will air on American Masters in January 2014. The publisher negotiated the deal with Salerno and senior editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler will edit. Both publisher Jonathan Karp and Ferrari-Adler had sought to acquire the book for a few years.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “The project has been the subject of much speculation since a 2010 Newsweek story, ‘Salinger Like You’ve Never Seen Him,‘ about the work-in-progress. Entertainment Weekly reported on the elaborate security surrounding the project … Salerno has been interviewing colleagues and intimates of Salinger since 2004. Since then, he and co-author David Shields have been shaping the interviews into an oral biography, which will be accompanied by never-before-seen photos of Salinger.”

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