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Archives: July 2013

Disney & Harvey Weinstein To Adapt ‘Artemis Fowl’

Producer Harvey Weinstein will develop film adaptation of Artemis Fowl with Walt Disney Studios. Here’s more from the release:

The live-action feature will be based on the first and second installments in Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series by author Eoin Colfer. The screenplay is being written by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project.

There are over 21 million copies of the eight-book fantasy series in print, telling the story of a 12 year old millionaire and “criminal mastermind” who gets in trouble with fairies. He quickly discovers that “these aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories  – they’re dangerous.”

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90,000+ Readers Sign Petition for ‘Report Abuse’ Button on Twitter

After Caroline Criado-Perez helped get novelist Jane Austen‘s face on the £10 note in the UK, she was swamped with abusive comments on Twitter.

Since then, more than 90,000 people have signed an online petition urging Twitter to add a “report abuse” button on everyone’s Twitter profile. Here’s more from the petition:

For over three days, Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to keep women on banknotes, has been targeted repeatedly with rape threats on Twitter … But abuse on Twitter is common; sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored. We need Twitter to recognise that it’s current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse; a feature that should be available on each user’s page.

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Share Books with Prisoners Through Word Books

Inspired by Piper Kerman‘s prison memoir, Orange is the New BlackWord Books has created a way for readers to share books with prisoners.

You can donate to Books Through Bars directly from the Word Books website. Check it out:

Books Through Bars sends quality reading material to prisoners and encourages creative dialogue on the criminal justice system, thereby educating those living inside and outside of prison walls. Based on their books wanted guidelines, we’ve created a list of books you can purchase through us to donate. Just choose “Pick up in store,” and write BOOKS THROUGH BARS in the comments.

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Publishing Jobs: HarperCollins, Cambridge University Press, Tor Books

This week, HarperCollins is hiring a senior production editor, while Cambridge University Press needs three senior editors. Tor Books is seeking a senior publicist, and Thomas Nelson, Inc. is on the hunt for an associate publisher. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Leighton Gage Has Died

Crime fiction writer Leighton Gage has passed away. He was 71 years old.

Over the course of Gage’s career, he wrote a seven-book series starring a Brazilian law enforcement officer named Chief Inspector Mario Silva. Soho Press senior editor Juliet Grames offered this tribute:

Leighton was a backbone of the crime fiction community as well as the Soho Crime family. A tireless author advocate with a powerful social media presence (he founded the blog Murder Is Everywhere, which is devoted to international crime fiction), Leighton was a mentor and friend to many authors at various stages in their careers.

(via The Miami Herald)

Writers Respond to Overstock & Amazon Price War

Amazon and Overstock engaged in some print book price warfare this week, lowering prices in a race to the bottom of the literary marketplace.

On Twitter, readers and writers debated the price war. We’ve created a Storify post below rounding up some of our favorite responses.

You can survey the battlefield for yourself on Overstock: John Green‘s The Fault in Our Stars hardcover selling for $5.31, Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead hardcover for $8.18 or Dan Brown‘s Inferno for $9.43.

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JD Nixon Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List

After a special Apple promotion, Smashwords thriller novelist JD Nixon grabbed three spots on our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

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.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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Smashwords Adds Preorder Feature

Digital distributor Smashwords has launched a new preorder tool, helping self-published authors offer fans preorder options at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

The new tool will also allow self-published writers to release a book in these three marketplaces on the same day instead of waiting for the book to hit each eBookstore. The company tested the new service with Kirsty Moseley’sFree Falling and followed by Abbi Glines’ Forever Too Far.  Check it out:

Today we launched a public beta of our new preorder feature, available immediately to over 70,000 Smashwords authors and publishers around the world … During the preorder period, customers place advance orders.  These advance orders accumulate in the days and weeks prior to the official onsale date and then credit all at once on the date of release, which causes the title to spike in the retailer’s bestseller lists.

Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker Read on ‘The Butler’ Audiobook

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Emmy Award-winning talk show host Oprah Winfrey and Lincoln actor David Oyelowo will lend their voices to the audiobook edition of  The Butler: A Witness to History.

Atria Books’ 37 INK imprint will publish the print edition of Wil Haygood’s nonfiction book; a biography that profiles an African-American butler named Eugene Allen who was employed at the White House for 34 years.

The three actors will all star in adaptation of the novel, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels.

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Aprilynne Pike & Chris Everheart Get Booked

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

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.

Young adult novelist Aprilynne Pike will appear for a reading event at Changing Hands Boosktore. Meet her on Monday, July 29th starting at 7:00 p.m. (Tempe, AZ)

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