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Archives: June 2013

How To Buy & Sell Fan Fiction on Amazon

You can now buy and sell fan fiction in Amazon’s newly opened Kindle Worlds Store.

If you want to write and sell fan fiction, the online bookseller has just opened its Kindle Worlds Self-Service Submission platform as well.

You can choose from 12 properties, ranging from Gossip Girl to Vampire Diaries to the Silo Saga to X-O Manowar.

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Free Scrivener Templates To Structure Your Novel

Do you use Scrivener writing software to write your books?

Writer Justin Swapp has collected a series of free Scrivener templates on his blog, helping short story writers and novelists plan their work more effectively. A few of the templates even follow popular methods for plotting a novel (like the hero’s journey or the snowflake method), useful storytelling techniques for any writer.

To use these templates, you need to buy the Scrivener software. The links below will download zipped versions of the templates you can use with the program…

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Jim Gaffigan Lands Deal for Second Book

Author and comedian Jim Gaffigan has inked a deal to publish another essay collection.  

Once again, Crown Publishing Group’s Crown Archetype imprint will publish his collection. They currently have more than 115,000 hardcover copies of his first collection, Dad Is Fat, in print.

Executive editor Suzanne O’Neill negotiated the deal with Creative Artists Agency. Brillstein Entertainment Partners agent Alex Murray represents the author.

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Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill Talks About Why He Wrote His First Book

Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for The Nation and a New York Times bestselling author.

Scahill told 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang what lead to his first book about Blackwater and how an investigation in to a night raid by US Joint Special Operations Command became the driving force behind his new film “Dirty Wars.”

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Publishing Jobs: Goodreads, BookBub, Words Without Borders

This week, Goodreads is hiring an account manager for online sales, and BookBub needs a publisher consultant. Meanwhile, Words Without Borders is seeking an executive editor, and Ellora’s Cave Publishing is on the hunt for a managing editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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A Mashup Book from 1762

We used to think that the mash-up literary trend began in 2009 with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it really started in 1762 with A Burlesque Translation of Homer.

You can download a free copy of the book at Open Library. Published under a pseudonym, author Thomas Bridges‘ took the classic epic and reframed it as a racy burlesque poem with comic illustrations. Public Domain Review has more about the book:

Homer’s Iliad set to bawdy verse by Thomas Bridges (c.1710-c.1775), originally published in 1762 under the pseudonym Caustic Barebones. The work achieved some popularity, and was reprinted several times, the last in 1797.

Video Game Writing Advice from an Industry Veteran

Ever wish you could write for the video game industry?

A veteran video game writer shared some advice and experience with an aspiring writer on Reddit. We’ve collected some useful bits below, but you should read the complete post.  Here’s an excerpt about finding jobs:

All my jobs have been through contacts I’ve picked up as I’ve worked – a sound designer moves on to a different studio, and calls when he finds himself wading through bad dialogue, or a producer I’ve worked with refers me to a colleague. I’ve never once gotten a cold call, or made one.

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Robin Desser Takes 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

Alfred A. Knopf editorial director Robin Desser has won the 2013 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

The Center for Fiction will present the award at its Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on December 11, 2013. Desser joined Knopf in 1988. She worked on debut novels by scores of great writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Rita Dove, David Guterson and Nam Le. Here’s more from the release:

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award recognizes an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured, and championed writers of fiction in the United States. It honors Maxwell E. Perkins, of Scribner, one of the most important and admired editors in American literary history. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, and Ernest Hemingway are three of the many writers he supported over his long career.

(Photo via Michael Lionstar)

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Revisited on Kickstarter

The late children’s book author Maurice Sendak vowed never to write a sequel for Where the Wild Things Are, but Geoffrey O. Todd and Rich Berner are raising money for an illustrated poem inspired by the classic book.

They hope to raise £25,000 on Kickstarter to print hard copies of Back to the WildClick here to listen to the poem in its entirety. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think? Here’s more about the project:

How does Back to the Wild connect with Where The Wild Things Are? Sophie is Max’s daughter and she too is excited to hear about the strange Wild Things, but time has elapsed. Max in our world, is now probably in his 30s and the Wild Things have been ‘marooned’ for almost 30 years … We have also been very careful not to impinge on Mr Sendak’s copyright and have taken the necessary legal advice around this whole project. We fully acknowledge his wondrous creation and hope that our work takes the story forward in a respectful, engaging and creative way.

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Random House Helps You Make Your Own Cookbook

While exploring Random House’s relaunched TasteBook community online, you can create your own cookbook.

AppNewser has all the details:

The publisher acquired the company last year and has since redesigned it. The redesign includes a new website features a personalized homepage where you can share recipes with your friends, along with a “Recipe of the Day” and “TasteBook Recommendations.” But probably the best feature of the site is that you can make your own custom cookbooks mixing in your favorite family recipes along with meals your friends like to cook or just good recipes that you find on the site.

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