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Archives: March 2013

Quentin Tarantino Movies as Paperback Books

What if Quentin Tarantino‘s screenplays were published as vintage paperbacks?

Artist Sharm Murugiah created book covers for these movies, evoking the director’s work in a few simple lines of a paperback cover. Above, we’ve embedded his $12.48 art print that showcases all the the covers at once (along with a varient print for Django Unchained). Check it out:

Fine art print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using an advanced digital dry ink method to ensure vibrant image quality. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.

Black Balloon Publishing Launches the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

Black Balloon Publishing has launched the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money and also a book deal with the publisher.

The name of the prize honors Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, a famous British military leader. The organizers “believe in relentless creativity and perseverance against all odds. Are you the literary Horatio Nelson we’re looking for?”

This contest is open to fiction writers who have penned completed English-language manuscripts (either a novel or a short story collection). Those who wish to participate have to submit their entry after April 1st.

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Jasinda Wilder Tops Self-Published Bestsellers List

Novelist Jasinda Wilder dominated our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week, taking multiple spots in three different 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, B&N, Apple iBookstore and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

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‘The Wolverine’ Tweaser Released Online

Comic book hero Wolverine got a six-second teaser trailer on Twitter’s Vine, a “tweaser” that pushes the limits of how movie trailer brevity. Director James Mangold joked on Twitter: “I think teasers are going to keep getting shorter and shorter and shorter until they become one sheets.”

We’ve embedded the Vine above. What do you think–can a six-second movie trailer actually be satisfying? If you want more, MTV News has a 20-second trailer for the comic book adaptation. Mashable has more about the movie:

The flick stars Hugh Jackman and comes out July 26. Among the action-packed scenes in the Vine are glimpses of Viper and Silver Samurai, and a short clip of Jean Grey, hinting at the possible return of Famke Janssen‘s character (presumably in flashbacks).

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Charlie Winton Steps Down as Counterpoint Publisher

Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press CEO and publisher Charlie Winton has decided to step down as publisher. He will continue to serve as CEO and acquire books as executive editor-at-large.

The company has picked Rolph Blythe to serve as publisher, he will start in the new position on May 1st. Blythe has worked as a Hungry Mind Bookstore bookseller, editor at The Hungry Mind Review, and as a marketing manager at Counterpoint Press and Basic Books. Winton had this statement in the release:

Counterpoint/Soft Skull is coming off our best year ever in 2012 with net revenues increasing over 30 percent. We’ve built a fantastic team, and the group of authors we are working with continue to evolve in a very positive direction. The company is well positioned for me to make this transition away from day to day operations … My continuing roles will allow me to remain actively engaged and at the same time provide the company with an energetic new player. Rolph brings a robust blend of experience to the company.

Jeff VanderMeer Novels Optioned by Paramount Pictures & Scott Rudin Productions

Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions have optioned Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and the other novels in his Southern Reach trilogy. Farrar Straus and Giroux will publish the first book in 2014.

The sale occurred “within hours” after Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency negotiated the book deal (on behalf of Sally Harding at The Cooke Agency) with Sean McDonald at FSG. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

It tells the story of a biologist who, in seeking answers to her husband’s tragic disappearance, volunteers for an expedition into an area sealed off as an environmental disaster zone, only to find a pristine wilderness –  but in Area X the rules of nature seem to work a little differently.

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Finalists Revealed for the 25th Annual Publishing Triangle Awards

The finalists of the 25th annual Publishing Triangle Awards have been revealed.

These awards celebrate the association’s mission “to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.” The winners will be announced on April 25th. The awards ceremony will take place at New School University in New York City.

Historian John D’Emilio has been named the winner of this year’s Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor also comes with $3,000 prize money. National Endowment for the Arts director of literature Ira Silverberg is the receipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. For the full list of finalists, follow the jump below.

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Kids Star in Book Trailer for Dating Handbook

Relationship expert and Ready for Love reality TV star Matthew Hussey staged the book trailer for his new dating book for adults in the most unlikely place: a playground full of kids.

Hussey will release Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve in April, but his book trailer is out already. In it, kids discuss relationship problems and dating worries that plague adults. Check it out:

Many of Matthew’s male clients pressed him for advice on how to apply his winning strategies not to just get the job, but how to get the girl. As his reputation grew, Hussey was approached by more and more women, eager to hear what he had learned about the male perspective on love and romance. From landing a first date to establishing emotional intimacy, playful flirtation to red-hot bedroom tips, Matthew’s insightfulness, irreverence, and warmth makes Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve a one-of-a-kind relationship guide and the handbook for every woman who wants to get the guy she’s been waiting for.

Ally Condie Lands Deal for Two New Novels

Matched trilogy author Ally Condie has inked a deal to publish two new novels with Dutton Children’s Books. The Penguin Young Readers Group imprint will release the first book in fall 2014.

Writers House agent Jodi Reamer  negotiated the deal for North American rights with publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel. Strauss-Gabel will  also edit the books. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

[The book] tells the story of Rio, who has waited her whole life for the opportunity to leave her safe, underwater city of Atlantia for life on the surface. But when her twin sister, Bay, shocks everyone and chooses Above first (only one family member may go), Rio is left with increasingly dangerous questions about the complex political and religious system constructed to govern the fragile divide between land and sea.

Melville House Opens Publishing Company in London

Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House will open a British publishing company in London called Melville House UK.

Founders Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians announced the news, hiring 4th Estate marketing executive Zeljka Marosevic as director of marketing. The company will begin with the publisher’s U.S. books, but should be acquiring new books by the end of the year. Here’s more from Johnson:

Our classics line, The Art of the Novella, has always done well in Britain, but sales of our other U.S. titles have grown explosively there over the last few years, some of the best writing we’ve published lately has been by British writers, such as Lars Iyer and Lee Rourke; we’re winning British book awards, I hear more and more from British booksellers and media about our books … And so rather than simply expand our US company’s operations here, we wanted to form a distinctly British company that would respond more particularly to that kind of welcome. It’s not a branch, nor an office. It’s a distinct, British company.

 

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