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Archives: May 2014

‘Abducted’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

abductedAbducted by T.R. Ragan leads Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

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.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

Publishers Weekly to Integrate Self-Published Reviews in Book Reviews Section

pwlogoPublishers Weekly doesn’t care if a book is published by a transitional publisher or is self-published. Both types of books will now be fully integrated into their magazine publisher’s regular review pages both in print and online.

The magazine reviews about 9,000 books a year. Self-published titles will now be considered among other submissions. PW is pushing into the self-published market with the launch of a new website dedicated to self-publishing called BookLife. The site will go live on May 29, 2014 and will focus on three main subject areas: book creation which includes editing and cover design; publishing which is all about the physical manufacturing of a book; and book marketing, which will include information on distribution, publicity and sales.

Publishers Weekly leads the way in integrating self-published and traditional book reviews, and this change reflects the growing acceptance within the book publishing industry of self-published books,” stated George Slowik, Jr., CEO and owner of PWxyz LLC, the parent company of Publishers Weekly. “Booksellers and librarians want to know which self-published books to carry, and publishers and agents want informed, critical reviews in order to solicit authors for publishing deals.”

Perseus Books Now Available Through Scribd’s eBook Subscription Service

scribdappeBook subscription service Scribd has announced a new partnership with Perseus Books.

The partnership brings thousands of Perseus titles to the Scribd collection. This means that titles including: Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger, Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy will now be available through the eBook subscription service.

Scribd members can access the entire collection of Scribd eBooks for a subscription fee of $8.99 a month.

Joe Hanson Creates ‘The Science of Game of Thrones’ Video

Have you ever pondered about the complexities in the world that George R.R. Martin created in the Song of Ice & Fire series? Joe Hanson, the founder and curator of the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” YouTube channel, has decided to try and provide some clarity with a video called “The Science of Game of Thrones.”

In the video embedded above, Hanson tackles two questions: “Why are the seasons so crazy?” and “What are the secrets behind Valyrian steel?” He also talks about The Wall, wildfire, milk of the poppy, and dire wolves. Fair warning, viewers may encounter spoilers so proceed with caution. (via The Huffington Post)

Reading Rainbow Team Raises $1.4M on Kickstarter For a Digital Library

LeVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow team have raised more than $1.4 million on Kickstarter in one day. With these funds, Burton and his colleagues plan to “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.”

The collaborators plan to use the first million to establish a Reading Rainbow digital library and to allow 1,500+ classrooms to access this library free of charge. The surplus will go towards “stretch goals” that have not-yet-been revealed. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Below, we’ve embedded a video featuring a Media Beat interview with Burton. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Reading Rainbow’s digital collection already contains hundreds of books and video field trips… but with your help, we’ll be able to make the Reading Rainbow library available on more of the devices modern kids use to consume content. When we meet our initial goal of $1,000,000, we will launch a new version of Reading Rainbow on the single most-used digital platform: the web.”

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Publishing Jobs: Random House, Hachette, American Diabetes Association

This week, Random House is hiring a senior editor of Potter Style, as well as a digital workflow design associate. Hachette Book Group is seeking designer/senior designer, and the American Diabetes Association is on the hunt for a publicity and book marketing manager. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Remembering Maya Angelou Through Her Writing

Maya AngelouFamed writer Maya Angelou has passed away. She was 86-years-old.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Throughout her writing, Ms. Angelou explored the concepts of personal identity and resilience through the multifaceted lens of race, sex, family, community and the collective past. As a whole, her work offered a clear-eyed examination of the ways in which the socially marginalizing forces of racism and sexism played out at the level of the individual.”

In addition to writing, Angelou proved to be an accomplished Renaissance woman who worked as an activist, entertainer, streetcar conductor, magazine editor, college professor, and lecturer. To commemorate Angelou’s life in letters, we have put together a literary mix tape. Below we’ve included links to free excerpts of Angelou’s books and poems. (Photo Credit: Dwight Carter)
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Target to Sell eBooks

librifyBig box retailer Target has teamed up with eBook subscription startup Librify to offer eBooks for sale, as well as a platform to have online discussions about books.

The program will be curated by Target employees who will select a book of the month to promote to readers. The goal is to get readers to use Target’s website as a destination for their online book clubs.

USA Today has the news: “The service will be targeted at women, especially young professionals and moms of the coveted Millennial generation. Target is vague on the details at this point, saying more will be revealed this summer. But Stone Herman says there will be promotions and discounts for Target shoppers who arrive at librify.com through Target’s website, and in-store displays will promote the partnership.”

Best-Selling Author Nicole Williams on Marketing Yourself

Nicole-Williams-blogNicole Williams, resident career expert at LinkedIn, is not only the founder of her own media company, WORKS by Nicole Williams, but also the author of three best-selling books, including Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You’re Worth. Her latest title, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules Into Career Success, has even been optioned for a film by Academy-Award-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.

It’s safe to say Williams knows a thing or two about marketing herself as a brand. Here, she talks about finding a connection with the vice president at Penguin and getting your name out there in a terrible economy:

Ten, 15 years ago, when I was getting my book published, the vice president of Penguin was sitting in on my meeting. And for some reason, I had done [an] Internet search and knew that this guy came from Toronto, Canada, which is where I was born, and it was that affinity that [enabled] me to [get a] record-breaking advance. Use every method possible to prepare yourself and then to market yourself so that you’re someone that gets noticed. There are opportunities out there. And sometimes in a bad economy there’s actually more opportunity than [less]. It’s just a matter of [going] after it more strategically.

For more from Williams, including how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, read: So What Do You Do, Nicole Williams, Author, Entrepreneur and Career Expert at LinkedIn?

Hachette Responds to Amazon’s Comments

Hachette-Book-Group-LARGE11-300x89 (1)Hachette has responded to Amazon’s comments in a Kindle Forum, in which the retailer revealed the reasons for its dispute with the publisher.

Hachette is pleased that Amazon admitted their actions have affected the lives of authors. Here is more from Hachette’s statement on the issue:

Authors, with whom we at Hachette have been partners for nearly two centuries, engage in a complex and difficult mission to communicate with readers.  In addition to royalties, they are concerned with audience, career, culture, education, art, entertainment, and connection.  By preventing its customers from connecting with these authors’ books, Amazon indicates that it considers books to be like any other consumer good.  They are not.

We will spare no effort to resume normal business relations with Amazon—which has been a great partner for years—but under terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author’s unique role in creating books, and the publisher’s role in editing, marketing, and distributing them, at the same time that it recognizes Amazon’s importance as a retailer and innovator.

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