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Archives: February 2013

Hillary Clinton Book Deal Speculation

What kind of book deal will Hillary Clinton get for her next memoir? Clinton inked an $8 million deal in 2000, and speculation has flowed ever since the former Secretary of State mentioned she would write another book.

Over at BuzzFeed Politics, Ruby Cramer quizzed a number of publishing reporters and professionals (including this GalleyCat editor) about Clinton’s hypothetical book deal.  Here’s an excerpt:

Estimates for Clinton’s advance — the amount of money an author is paid before the book goes on the shelves — ranged from $5 million to $14 million. Her husband got $15 million for his 2004 autobiography, My Life, but as the publishing industry adapts to the digital age, seven- and eight-figure advances are hard to come by …  Ryan Harbage, of the Fischer-Harbage Agency, said $14 million would be “a safe bet” if Clinton decides to “hold nothing back.”

Free Samples of the 2012 NBCC Finalists

To prepare for the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) annual awards ceremony on February 28, read the work of all the nominees nominees for their annual awards.

Below, we’ve created a list linking to free samples of every critically acclaimed book on the list.

If you want more books, we made similar literary mixtapes linking to free samples of the most overlooked books of the year, the ALA Youth Media Award winners, the 2012 Man Booker Longlist, the Best Horror Novels of the Year, the LA Times Book Prize nominees, and the Nebula Award nominees.

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Innovative Library Design Will Create ‘Community Living Room’

Stewart Hollenstein architects Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein won a contract to create a $40 million library and plaza in Sydney–building a garden, music practice and even water games into the library experience.

The video embedded above outlines the whole project, turning the layered library building into a “community living room.” What do you think? Here’s more from The Sydney Morning Herald:

The below-ground vision will include garden storytelling, rolling hills and a sunken garden for reading and relaxing. It features an amphitheatre, water play area and music rooms where residents can practise on their instruments without disturbing neighbours. The space will host impromptu concerts, as well as movies and festivals. (Link via)

Michele Martin Returns to Simon & Schuster

Michele Martin has been named VP and associate publisher for Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books Group.

Martin worked at the publisher from 1994 until 1999, serving as associate publisher at the Simon & Schuster imprint. Publisher Louise Burke explained the move in a memo:

Michele most recently founded and ran MDM Management, which will now be assumed by CSG Literary Partners.  Michele has also held positions as Executive Vice President at Avalon, at Langenscheidt and Doubleday, where she created and oversaw the Main Street Books imprint. Michele’s wide-ranging experience in sales, marketing and general management of a variety of imprints, and in publishing both fiction and nonfiction will serve the Gallery, Pocket and Threshold imprints well. In this position she will work closely with Gallery Books Publisher, Jennifer Bergstrom, Publicity Director, Jennifer Robinson and our newly-appointed Marketing Director, Liz Psaltis.

What Does It Take to Sell Your First Book?

Figment will host a live chat with three YA authors, finding out how they managed to land a book deal for their first books.

Scheduled for February 28th at 7:00 p.m. EST, the chat will focus on the following question: “What does it take to sell your first book to the biggest book publisher in the world?”

Knopf Books for Young Readers editor Erin Clarke and three young-adult novelists will participate in this event. The trio of writers include Timekeeper author Alexandra Monir, Seraphina author Rachel Hartman and The Tragedy Paper author Elizabeth Laban. All three authors published their first book with Random House Children’s Books.

Publishing Jobs: Penguin, Greenleaf Book Group, Gotham Ghostwriters

This week, Penguin is hiring a senior digital production associate, as well as a quality assurance analyst. Greenleaf Book Group needs a marketing copywriter, and Gotham Ghostwriters is on the hunt for a director of business development. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Submit Your Book to Mediabistro Book Club in April

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors. You can share your work at our free Mediabistro Book Club April 2, 2013 in New York City.

If you are an author or publicist looking to participate, you can follow this link to apply. The deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). If you are a reader, mark your calendar–the next installment of our free book club will feature four authors from different genres, tons of book giveaways and plenty of practical conversation. The location will be announced soon.

Check it out: “Mediabistro is proud to announce the Mediabistro book club, where authors can highlight their latest work for Mediabistro party attendees. At the event, four authors will mingle and share drinks with Mediabistro’s influential audience and read a five minute selection from their work.”

Do Not Install Amazon Kindle App Update Version 3.6.1 on Your iPhone or iPad

If you use the Amazon Kindle app on your Apple device, you should not install the 3.6.1 update for the app.

UPDATE: Amazon has released a 3.6.2 update and removed the warning about the previous edition. The new release includes “Fix for Registration Issue” and “Various Bug Fixes and Security Fixes”

AppNewser has more details:

Do you like reading eBooks on your iPhone or iPad using Amazon’s Kindle app? Then here’s a tip, don’t download the latest update 3.6.1. This advice is coming straight from Amazon. The company posted this note on the app’s listing in iTunes: “There is a known issue with this update. If you are an existing Kindle for iOS user, we recommend you do not install this update at this time.”

John Hodgman Gives Twitter Vine Lessons

While hanging out at work, author and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman introduced his co-worker Travon Free to Twitter’s Vine video sharing service.

The two writers produced a series of funny videos, showing how a little bit of editing goes a long way. We also got a quick tour of the Daily Show offices.

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

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Wins Seven Razzie Awards

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has “won” seven Golden Raspberry Awards (a.k.a. the Razzies). The film “emerged victorious” in the following categories:

Worst Picture – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Actress – Kristen Stewart for Snow White & the Huntsman and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Supporting Actor – Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Ensemble – the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Director – Bill Condon for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Prequel, Ripoff, or Sequel – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Couple – Mackenzie Foy & Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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