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Archives: May 2013

Books Help Kids Beat the Summer Slide

If kids don’t read over the summer, they can lose much of the learning they gained during the school year. We can help kids fight this “summer slide.”

At the Getting Kids Reading – More, Faster, Better panel discussion at BookExpo America today, Ruckus Media Group CEO Rick Richter shared some powerful data from First Book. The chart (embedded above) showed how reading over the summer can save a kid from the “summer slide.” Follow this link to help First Book fight summer slide:

when school’s out, kids from low-income families have a real problem on their hands. Unlike their more affluent peers, most of them don’t spend summer break at the library or reading books in the backseat on family trips. In fact, many of them won’t open a book until school starts up again. Those three months off take a disastrous toll. Experts call the effect “summer slide” and it erases months of hard-earned progress in school, lost ground that kids in need can’t afford. Books are the answer. Studies show that kids from low-income families who have access to books over the summer not only beat the summer slide, but make even greater gains than kids from wealthy and middle-class families.

Jim Cramer Lands Deal for ‘Get Rich’ Book

Mad Money host and author Jim Cramer will publish a new book with Penguin’s Blue Rider Press division.

Jim Cramer’s Get Rich. Carefully. will come out January 2014, detailing a “a high yield/low risk investing strategy for a recovering economy.” William Morris Endeavor Entertainment agent Suzanne Gluck negotiated the deal with publisher David Rosenthal. Cramer had this comment in the release:

If you want to get rich, this stock market’s giving you a fighting chance. But you can’t just throw money at it and expect to profit … I’ve written this book to help you build wealth over time, in a sensible, informed way, relying on my 33 years of successful investing and advising everyone from the neophyte to the pro.

The Future of Smartphone Reading

How will we read books in 20 years? A new infographic charts the birth of the smartphone, traveling from 1946 patent all the way to the cloudy future of digital reading.

AppNewser has all the details:

Waypharer.com created an infographic called, “The Past, Present, and Future of Smartphones,” which explores the history of smartphones. According to the graphic, AT&T established the first wireless mobile network in 1946 and the first smartphone design was patented by Thomas Paraskevakos in 1974.

Anthony E. Zuiker To Publish Mystery Series Alongside Reality TV Show

CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker will publish a series of novels based on the upcoming reality TV show, Whodunnit? 

The book series will begin on June 18 with Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor, one week before the TV show launches on ABC. According to the release, the book will tell the story of ten people who “must outwit a killer who is among them” at an isolated mansion.  Here’s more from the release:

WHODUNNIT? is an interactive television series that puts amateur sleuths’ investigative skills to the test in a mystery reality competition.  Players will use a variety of crime scene investigation techniques to meticulously uncover evidence in a series of puzzling murders and to ultimately reveal who among them is the killer.  Some players will form alliances in the competition, while others will choose to go it alone in their quest for the grand prize of $250,000.  The contestants will be guests on a glamorous estate called Rue Manor with a steward, Butler Giles (Gildart Jackson) and each week must solve a new crime in order to advance in the game.  Failure to solve the crime will lead to a player’s demise until only three players are left.  In the final episode, one player will unmask the killer and take home the $250,000 prize.

Publishing Jobs: ABRAMS, W.W. Norton & Company, Templeton Press

This week, ABRAMS is hiring a production assistant, while W.W. Norton & Company needs a designer. Templeton Press is seeking a social media manager, and Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group is on the hunt for an associate editor/editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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A.J. Jacob Writes Advice Column with 100,000 Facebook Friends

Drop Dead Healthy author A.J. Jacobs has added a new duty to his position as Esquire‘s editor-at-large: advice columnist.

Jacobs will solicit advice from his more than 100,000 Facebook friends for a new column called “My Huddled Masses.”

For the debut piece, Jacobs and his collaborators answered the following question: “How do you deal with perpetually late people who say that’s just how they are?”

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Apply for Writer-in-Residence Program at Thurber House

You can apply for the second annual John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence program at the Thurber House from now through July 1, 2013.

The four-week program includes a $4,000 stipend, “community outreach opportunities” and a stay in the two-bedroom apartment where writer and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber once lived. Here’s more about the fall 2013 program:

Applications are now being accepted, and the genre for applicants is fiction. Residents will be chosen by July 15, 2013 and the residency will take place in September and October 2013. The application guidelines are as follows: Candidates must have had a book published by a traditional publisher within the last three years or have a current piece of their work under contract … Follow this link to learn more details and download the application.

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Don Share Named Editor of Poetry Magazine

Poetry senior editor Don Share will serve as the 12th editor of the 101 year old magazine following “an extensive national search.”

Starting July 1, 2013, he will replace the current editor, Christian Wiman. Here’s more from the release:

Currently senior editor of the magazine, Share, 56, brings 25 years of experience in poetry and publishing, including editorial posts at the Partisan Review, Harvard Review, and Literary Imagination: The Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He served as the curator of poetry at Harvard University for seven years until 2007, when he joined Poetry magazine. During Share’s six-year tenure at Poetry working with Wiman, both the magazine and the magazine’s podcast have received National Magazine Awards.

Samuel L. Jackson Could Read Your Writing Out Loud

If you share a 300-word monologue on Reddit, you could win a chance to have the great actor and audiobook narrator Samuel L. Jackson read your work.

Jackson posted about the online event yesterday, so you only have until the end of the day (Thursday night PST) to write your passage. The whole writing contest will help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Check it out:

It’s simple, write 300 words and the most upvoted post I’ll read out loud in monologue form. I’m doing this for one of my favorite non-profits, Alzheimer’s Society, as my family have been unfortunate enough to have been affected by the disease. As a BONUS, I’m offering you all the chance to be flown to the UK for lunch with ME in return for just a tiny donation to this amazing cause. I’ll also sign a beloved Kangol hat and mail it to anyone that donates $200 or more! Check it out at Prizeo.

Top Self-Published Kid’s Books for May 2013

Looking for independently published children’s books? Every month, we sample books from this growing corner of the publishing industry.

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 independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

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