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Archives: April 2013

Authors Who Visit Book Clubs

Would you travel to visit a book club and talk about your book? Fill out our free and simple form and we will add you to our directory of writers who will travel, host Skype visits or accept telephone chats with book clubs.

Want to spice up your book club? Explore our Authors Who Visit Book Clubs directory and invite a nearby author to visit your group. You can also download the directory as an Excel spreadsheet to explore (and sort!) the genres, websites and contact information for more than 1,500 writers around the world.

As bookstore options dwindle and publicity budgets shrink, authors have to work for every fan through readings, Skype and book clubs–we hope this list can help them connect. (Image by Lasse C)

Chart the Time You Spend Checking Email, Twitter & Facebook

How often do you check your email, Twitter or Facebook while writing every day? You might be wasting more time than you think.

In a thought-provoking web comic (embedded above), xkcd charts the time spent performing brief tasks many times over the course of a single day. For example, if you check Twitter for 30 seconds 50 times a day, you will spend a total of FOUR WEEKS on Twitter over the next five years.

Is it worth it? These are tough decisions that all writers must face in a world filled with digital distractions.

Jane Wesman Public Relations Seeks Social-Savvy Publicity Manager

Jane Wesman Public Relations is hiring! The New York-based company is looking for a new publicity manager to join its team.

In this role, you’ll be responsible for multiple publicity campaigns. You’ll develop message points; create press kits; identify key media outlets; and obtain media placements. A social-media-savvy candidate is most wanted, as the company wants someone to implement Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn campaigns, in addition to traditional television, radio and print campaigns. Read more

Happy Birthday To ‘The Most Shoplifted Author in Britain’

Terry Pratchett fans celebrated the fantasy novelist’s birthday yesterday. According to Tor.com, the beloved author of Discworld is also “the most shoplifted author in Britain.”

If you want to celebrate, check out the finalists for the first ever Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Award. The winning novelists gets a £20,000 prize as an advance on a publishing contract. Here’s more about the contest:

These six books will be discussed by the judging panel which includes Sir Terry Pratchett, Rob Wilkins, Editorial Director Simon Taylor, Publicist Lynsey Dalladay and Alex Veasey from The Forbidden Planet. A winner will be announced on the 31st May. Thank you to everyone who took part and sent in your novels, the standard was remarkably high and we had over 500 entries. Apologies for keeping you on tenterhooks, the sixth spot was hotly contested as the standard was so high.

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Jewel Reads ‘Poem Song’

National Poetry Month concludes tomorrow.

To close the celebration, we’ve uncovered a video of Grammy-nominated singer Jewel reading ”Poem Song.”

This love poem can be found in Jewel’s collectionA Night Without Armor. HarperCollins released this book in May 1998.

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Joe Hill: ‘Execution is more important than the ideas’

Do you have a good idea that you dream of turning into a novel? In a long and practical interview at AV Club, novelist Joe Hill reminded aspiring writers that the idea is only the beginning.

You should read the entire interview, it includes thoughts about his new horror-fantasy novel NOS4A2, Hill’s comic book work, his literary relationship to his father, Stephen King.

I think the execution is more important than the ideas. An idea is just an adhesive that you use to stick a reader to a character. But the adhesive doesn’t last for very long. And then if the reader hangs in, they’re only hanging in because they care about that character. It’s almost like—the best and worst bubblegum is Juicy Fruit. Because it tastes so good when you first chew into it, but the flavor goes out of it after about 30 seconds, and then you’re just chewing this nasty lump of concrete. And a good concept can be a little bit more interesting than a stick of Juicy Fruit, it can have a little bit more flavor to it. But I do think all the nutrients are in characters. The satisfying meal is who these people are.

Lauren Graham, Karen Kang, & Bill Carter Get 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 Moth will be hosting a StorySLAM event focusing on the topic of “Mystery.” Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 30th at Martyrs starting 6:00 p.m. (Chicago, IL)

Author Karen Kang will headline an event for her book, Branding Pays: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand. Check it out on Wednesday, May 1st at Books, Inc. starting 6:30 p.m. (Mountain View, CA)

Actress Lauren Graham and writer Anna Quindlen will be talking about the new novel, Someday, Somday, Maybe. Hear them on Thursday, May 2nd at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) starting 7:00 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Library Raising Funds for Hulk Statue & 3D Printer

The Northlake Public Library in Illinois hopes to raise funds on IndieGoGo to erect a 9 foot tall statue of the Hulk. They also hope to add a variety of digital tools to the library, including a 3D printer.

We’ve embedded the introduction video above–what do you think? The library needs to raise $30,000 to meet their goals. Here’s more from the Indiegogo campaign:

Just as Dr. Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, we want our library community members to make their own personal transformations through books, programs, and awesome new equipment. This larger-than-life literary character will become a giant green beacon of light to highlight our graphic novel collection, our creation station…not to mention the library’s sense of humor and whimsy. The project will show off the fun side of the library and get the community talking. The HULK will force patrons to look at the library in a whole new way … We also want to promote digital literacy and provide patrons with a spot where they can create their own comics, art, movies and experiment with digital design and photo editing. We want to provide patrons with a glimpse into the future with cutting edge technology like 3D printers.

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You Can Read The New York Times on Google Glass

Would you read the news every morning on a pair of Google glasses? The New York Times has released a Google Glass app, bringing news reading to the eyewear-based computer.

It’s hard to imagine reading in this radically different format, but it could be the future. AppNewser has more about the app:

The app lets users read the news on their glasses while walking around town, scrolling through stories by tilting their head up and down. And users can, “tap to have article summaries read aloud,” boasts the app’s description. The media giant first demoed the app back in March at SXSW. To get access to the app, you have to allow The Times access to your name, photo, gender, birthdate, country, language, timezone, your Google Glass timeline, the ability to view your location and receive notifications when your location changes. And they request permission to do all of this when you are not using the app.

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