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Archives: March 2013

Publishing Jobs: Fodor’s, Macmillan, Zonderkidz

This week, Random House is hiring a travel editor for Fodor’s, while Macmillan needs a designer. Zonderkidz is seeking an editorial director, and Little, Brown & Company is on the hunt for a senior publicist. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Create a Family Arms for Game of Thrones

You can prepare for the Game of Thrones season three season premiere this weekend by creating your own family arms, making a family crest to fly inside the cutthroat world of George R. R. Martin‘s fantasy universe.

Follow this link to make your family arms. As you can see by the GalleyCat family arms, you can choose your icon, motto, colors and borders to create your own.  So far more than 8.5 million people have connected with Game of Thrones online around the world.

You can watch the season three trailer online now. (link via)

Lost Wax Micro Fiction Collective Gets Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. 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.

The Lost Wax Micro Fiction Collective will host an introductory meeting on Thursday, March 28th starting at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles. Check it out: “Meetings will follow a format of share and critique and then inspiration discussion based on a particular theme that will inform the next meeting’s work.” (Los Angeles, CA)

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Etgar Keret Sentence Animated

Electric Literature has released a new “Single Sentence Animation,” bringing the first sentence of a Etgar Keret‘s “Todd” to life.

In the video embedded above, Tatia Rosenthal animated the short story and Christopher Bowen made the music. Here is an excerpt from the story:

Todd is the kind of person you want beside you in a burning house or on a sinking ship. The kind of guy you know won’t jump into a lifeboat and leave you behind. But at the moment, we’re not in a burning house or on a sinking ship, we’re just drinking organic, soymilk lattés in a funky, natural café in Williamsburg. And that makes me a little sad. Because if there were something burning or sinking in the area, I could remind myself why I like him, but when Todd starts hammering away at me to write him a story, he’s hard to stomach.

Video Game Maker Raising Funds for Interactive Book

Video game maker Joe Booth has raised more than $11,700 on Kickstarter for their iOS book app. The funds will be used the cover the costs to commission an illustrator and finish developing the interactive book. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Vidya Books leverages the best elements of Choose Your Own Adventure storytelling, classic adventure games, traditional novels, and modern action games to create something fresh and magical…You interact with the words as they appear — your interaction directs the main character.  You swipe the screen, touch words, and manipulate the device — and that moves the story forward!”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

Use of Mood Words Declining in our Writing

Researchers have discovered “a clear decrease in the overall use of mood words” in our writing. They also noticed a rising use of fear words in the last thirty years (mood words chart embedded above).

In “The Expression of Emotions in 20th Century Books” at PLOS ONE researchers Alberto Acerbi, Vasileios Lampos, Philip Garnett and R. Alexander Bentley studied the use of mood words in six different categories: Anger, Disgust, Fear, Joy, Sadness and Surprise. They explored digitized books in Google’s Ngram database to conduct the research. Here’s more:

Our second finding is a clear decrease in the overall use of mood words through time. We performed checks to confirm that the overall decrease in mood word frequency in the data is not merely a reflection of, for example, greater numbers of technically-oriented or scientific books through time. Although the Ngram database does not give an explicit breakdown of book subject categories, we analyzed the same mood word lists on Google’s 1-grams English Fiction data set, which contains only works of fiction and literary criticism. In support of a real decrease in literary emotion, we found a similar decrease in the overall use of mood words.

(Via NYT and WWLA)

Make Your Own Literary Journal with Flipboard

The reading app Flipboard has a new feature that lets readers create personalized magazines out of the content they enjoy reading. Simply download the free app and save stories in a personalized magazine within Flipboard.

In the time it took to write this post, we created a GalleyCat magazine in Flipboard–look us up if you have the app! You could make your own literary journal, for instance, mixing short stories from your favorite online outlets along with publishing news.  AppNewser has all the details:

News aggregation app Flipboard has updated its iOS app to Version 2 and the update allows readers to curate and share their own personalized magazines. Users can now use the app to “collect and save content into your own magazines,” explains the iTunes update, using a new bookmarklet icon to add items from a browser. These personalized Flipboard magazines can be public or private. If you want to make it public, other people can like, comment and subscribe to your magazines and you’ll get an update when they do. You can also share your creations via email, Facebook, Twitter, and G+.

Free Samples of the 2013 Orion Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2013 Orion Book Award have been revealed. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the finalists for your reading pleasure.

The prize honors both nonfiction and fiction, producing a unique mix of authors. Here’s more about the prize:

Each spring, just before Earth Day, an important book is presented with the Orion Book Award in recognition of its success in addressing the human relationship with the natural world in a fresh, thought-provoking, and engaging manner … This year’s selection committee includes National Book Award winner and celebrated essayist Ursula K. Le Guin; best-selling author of The Devil’s Highway and The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Luis Alberto Urrea; renowned book critic and founder of BookSlut.com, Jessa Crispin; author and Orion contributing editor Erik Reece; and Orion’s associate editor, Hannah Fries.

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Malala Yousafzai To Publish Her Memoir

Pakistani writer Malala Yousafzai will publish her memoir with Little, Brown. I Am Malala will come out this fall. Here’s more about the book:

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, a fifteen-year-old Pakistani girl was shot in the face at point-blank range because she had the temerity to stand up to the Taliban. That girl, Malala Yousafzai, survived the brutal attack, and the shocking story made headlines around the world … She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to be singled out in that way … In her memoir she will finally tell, in her own words, what happened on that day and the moving and inspiring story of her determination not be intimidated by extremists. It will also be about the family who gave Malala her remarkable courage.

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Scott Walker Lands Book Deal

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has inked a book deal with Penguin Group’s Sentinel imprint. President George W. Bush‘s former chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen will co-write.

The publisher acquired world rights to Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge and publication is tentatively scheduled for “late 2013.” Writers’ Representatives agent Glen Hartley negotiated the deal with publisher Adrian Zackheim. The book will cover Walker’s controversial battle with Wisconsin unions.

Governor Walker became the focus of a nationwide controversy in 2011 when he proposed a series of budget reforms that eliminated Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit through limiting the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, which was costing taxpayers billions in pension and health care costs across all levels of government. Liberals all over America swiftly denounced Governor Walker, with nearly 100,000 protesters overtaking the state Capitol. Despite relentless attacks, Governor Walker stood his ground — and with the help of supporters from across Wisconsin and the country he passed his reforms, took his case to the voters of Wisconsin, and became the first governor in American history to survive a recall election — and thus be elected not once, but twice, to his first term in office.

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