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Archives: October 2013

Tools for Video Game Writers

Do you want to explore the world of video game writing?

Developer Kent Hudson will soon publish his independent video game, The Novelist (trailer embedded above). We caught up with Hudson, getting some advice for aspiring video game writers:

If someone was looking to experiment with games, there is a free tool called Twine. It basically is a story tree. It is presented as a web page, so you can create little HTML stories. You can give the player as many choices as you want: Do you open the letter? Do you walk out the door? You can create however many branches you want. They pick one, and go to a new branch. When you are using the tool, it is actually visually mapped out. It’s really easy, simple and cheap to use.

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What Would You Write To Your 13 Year Old Self?

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Artist and author Allie Brosh wrote letters to younger versions of herself in her new book, including a letter to herself when she was at the bewildering age of thirteen years old.

What would you write in a letter to your younger self? Bosh published Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened this month.

In May, Brosh returned to her popular site for the first time since 2011 with an illustrated essay about depression. She also created a separate book site for her upcoming collection.

 

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Frederick Douglass Graphic Novel on Kickstarter

Artist Audran Guerard and writer Daniel Roy hope to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter for their comics project, The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of supplies, live models, editing fees, printing, and distribution. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel will be a graphic adaptation of Frederick Douglass’s life based on his two autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and My Bondage, My Freedom. The graphic novel will be composed of three 50-page volumes and will feature gorgeous watercolor art.”

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Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book?

recordplayerHave you ever quoted song lyrics in your book? Music can set the mood, evoke a certain setting or channel a particular emotion.

However, writers need to be aware of copyright issues surrounding music in books. We caught up with Copyright Clearance Center‘s author and creator relations director Christopher Kenneally, discovering the key questions authors should ask before including a song. Kenneally explained:

Consider not quoting the song. Lyrics, like all creative expression, are copyrighted. Copyright gives the author or creator the exclusive right to republication of the work. Any writer who wishes to quote lyrics, or for that matter, passages from another’s book, must obtain permission first. It’s probably worth asking how necessary or vital such quotation is to any particular creative work.

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Penelope Ward Joins Self-Published Bestsellers List

penolopeAuthor Penelope Ward took the top spot on our Self-Published Bestsellers List with Jake Undone.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 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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Jeff Kinney is Developing a ‘Wimpy Kid’ Animated Holiday Special

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Author Jeff Kinney has a holiday-themed Wimpy Kid animation project in the pipeline. In an interview with School Library Journal, he revealed that the storyline will be loosely based on book six, Cabin Fever.

Kinney elaborated: “it departs and it follows its own beat, I guess you could say. It will have new material.” He hopes to have it finished and ready for release sometime in 2014.

Besides developing this animated film, Kinney will also be busy with a book tour promoting the eight installment of the The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Amulet Books will publish Hard Luck on November 5th.

Win Lunch with J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

sAspiring writers and cryptographers can win a chance to have lunch with filmmaker J.J. Abrams and author Doug Dorst.

The pair collaborated on an intricate interactive book for Mulholland Books called S.. To promote the new release, the publisher has sponsored a contest testing readers with “a series of puzzles.” Read the complete contest rules at this link. Check it out:

In S., two readers work together to unearth the truth behind the mysterious author of Ship of Theseus. Along the way, they must sift through evidence and decipher a series of puzzles. If you follow their efforts in J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s new novel, you’ll be able to figure out what the following message means … Submit your decryption and explanation in the entry form below, and you could join J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst for lunch in New York City.

Publishing Jobs: Random House, RedNova Learning, Quayside Publishing

This week, Random House is hiring a content management specialist for Fodor’s, while RedNova Learning needs a publishing manager. Quayside Publishing is seeking a managing editor, and Taylor & Francis Group is on the hunt for an editorial assistant. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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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.

Stacy Creamer To Leave Touchstone

touchstoneStacy Creamer, the publisher of Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint, will leave the company on November 15th.

In a memo to staff, Scribner Publishing Group president Susan Moldow said she will work as Touchstone publisher “until further notice.” Here’s an excerpt from the memo:

Under Stacy, Touchstone has enjoyed ongoing success with Philippa Gregory, whose star as a first-class purveyor of historical fiction shines brighter than ever; relentlessly pushed Kathleen Grissom’s THE KITCHEN HOUSE, the proverbial little-book-that-could that has gone from an initial print run of 12,000 copies to more than 700,000 copies in combined print/electronic circulation; and extended Bethenny Frankel’s SKINNYGIRL franchise in new directions, including fiction. 

Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers

Want to share your book with GalleyCat readers? We’ve upgraded our New Books page on Facebook where all our readers can share their new and upcoming work.

We receive an overwhelming amount of information about new books at GalleyCat, but we can only write about a tiny fraction of these new titles. Using this Facebook page, we will assemble a weekly list of upcoming fiction and nonfiction releases, helping us alert our readers to new books and cope with the overwhelming flow of publicity materials.

Submit your book to our free database of new books. Authors, publicists, editors, and readers can all make use of this new section. Our former “New Books” page has been removed, so feel free to reenter your book if it was previously part of our “New Books” section. As always, you can also post literary events on our Facebook wall. (image via  katerha)

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