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Archives: February 2013

Barnes & Noble Founder Hopes to Buy Retail Business

Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio hopes to “purchase all of the assets of the retail business of Barnes & Noble” as the bookseller struggles in a difficult bookselling environment.

The company offered a brief statement, but will not provide more commentary until a committee has evaluated the proposition or a deal is struck. Here’s more from the official company release:

The process of evaluating a proposal and negotiation of any transaction will be overseen by a Strategic Committee of three independent directors: David G. Golden, David A. Wilson and Patricia L. Higgins, who is Chair of the Strategic Committee. The Strategic Committee has selected Evercore Partners to serve as its financial advisor and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to serve as its legal advisor. There can be no assurance that the review of Mr. Riggio’s proposal or the consideration of any transaction will result in a sale of the retail business or in any other transaction. There is no timetable for the Strategic Committee’s review.

Game of Thrones Season 3 New Trailer Unveiled

HBO has released a new trailer to promote season three of Game of Thrones–what do you think? As of this writing, the video has received more than 142,900 “likes” on Facebook.

The first episode, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, will premiere on March 31st. A Song of Ice & Fire book series author George R.R. Martin penned the script for the seventh episode of the third season. 

The show’s official YouTube channel contains several other videos about the forthcoming new episodes including interviews with the writers and actors. As we previously noted, more than a dozen new actors have been added to the cast.

Comic Book Story on Twitter Vine

Digital agency Code ComputerLove created a moving web comic using Twitter’s Vine video sharing service.

Click the image above to see the comic in action–what do you think? AppNewser has all the details:

The group has remastered the art of comics into a series Vine digital shorts reminiscent of A-Ha’s famous 80’s music video “Take on Me.” Code ComputerLove’s digital comic is titled “The Last Drop” and comprises of 8 Vines set to play like a serial, animated comic. Each Vine is only 6 seconds long and the Vines start automatically in succession. There’s no sound for now, but future versions could benefit from some sounds or maybe some classic action music.

Sandi Lynn Rises on Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Sandi Lynn has climbed our Self-Published Bestsellers List, rising within the Barnes & Noble and Amazon marketplaces.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in four major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you are an author, check out our new online course–finish your book with the help of bestselling independent authors.

 

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Isabel Wilkerson on the 15 Years It Took to Write The Warmth of Other Suns

It’s a pretty big accomplishment for a first-time author to land on the New York Times bestsellers list, but Isabel Wilkerson definitely deserves it. The Pulitzer-prize winning journalist spent 15 years researching and conducted over 1,200 interviews for The Warmth of Other Suns, an account of the men and women who lived through the Great Migration, when 6 million African-Americans moved to the North.

One of the biggest challenges the author says she faced was time. ” I tried to find the oldest members of this migration and capture a range of experiences,” she explained in the latest Mediabistro feature.

“One of the men I chose, the one from Florida, was keenly aware that he was speaking to unborn generations of people. He took it very seriously. At one point he said, ‘If you don’t hurry up and finish this book, I’m gonna be proofreading from heaven.’ And he was right. He didn’t live to see the book.”

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Anti-Bullying Poem Goes Viral

What mean comment from childhood do you remember to this day?

Canadian poet and author Shane Koyczan wrote a poem about bullying called “To This Day,” and it has been adapted into an animated video that has earned nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube. If you love his work, you can sign up to get a free poem from Koyczan every month.

Here’s more from the poet: “My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point.” 

 

STARZ Options Lisa Renee Jones Series

STARZ has optioned The Inside Out trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones for television.

Shari Smiley from Resolution negotiated the deal and Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) will produce. Jones has topped our Self-Published Bestsellers List with her work, but landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for her trilogy last year. Here’s more about the book:

IThe journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can’t resist peeking at the entries in the journal . . . and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca’s affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets. Obsessed with discovering Rebecca’s destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman’s life; she immerses herself in the high-stakes art gallery world Rebecca inhabited—and is magnetically drawn to two men.

Authors Guild Connects Readers & Writers with Virtual Tool

The Author’s Guild has created Booktalk Nation to help authors without book tour budgets and readers without a way to see their favorite author in real life.

Would you use this service to connect with readers or writers? AppNewser has more about the program:

Booktalk Nation lets authors create digital events where the readers can dial in to hear an author read from their book, or watch videos online. Callers or web viewers can ask questions, as they would at a real life reading, using the platform. Readers can even order personalized copies of the book signed to them by the author online and have these books shipped to their homes. Independent bookstores can host these events and fill these orders.

Karla Darcy, Amy Friedman & Marlene Dotterer: Coming Attractions

Here are some handpicked titles from our Coming Attractions page. Want to include your book? Just read our Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers post for all the details.

The American Bride by Karla Darcy: “Cara continually falls under the scrutiny of Julian who despite his married state can’t take his eyes off the woman he doesn’t know is his bride.  She infuriates him and yet he finds his life and the lives of his wards are totally involved with this American upstart.” (November 2012)

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Bestselling Children’s Books by Self Published Authors in February

Children’s writer Lilly Mossiano found self-published success on Smashwords with My New Daddy, a book to help kids cope with a loved one’s gender reassignment surgery. Find more independently published children’s books in our monthly list below…

Our weekly self-published bestsellers list is often dominated by the popular genres of romance and erotica. In an effort to help GalleyCat readers find other kinds of independent authors, we will offer regular genre-focused bestseller lists for other kinds of indie writers–we’ve highlighted three top children’s books from three different marketplaces.

If you are an author, check out our new online course–finish your book with the help of bestselling independent authors.

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