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Hugh Howey Lands Simon & Schuster Book Deal

Formerly self-published science fiction novelist Hugh Howey has inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster to publish Wool in March 2013.

Nelson Literary Agency agent Kristin Nelson negotiated the deal with senior editor Karyn Marcus. Since he self-published the book in July 2011, Howey has sold 300,000 eBook copies of his novella series, landed a book deal in the UK and saw his book optioned for film.  Here’s more from the release:

Wool is the thrilling story of a post-apocalyptic world in which a community lives in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. Inside, men and women live within a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them from the toxic outside world. But a new sheriff is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how deeply her world is broken. The silo’s inhabitants are about to face what their history has only hinted about and never dared to whisper: Uprising.

At the Media App Summit last week, this GalleyCat editor included Howey among five case studies from successful writers who have topped our Self-Published Bestsellers List. Follow this link to see the complete slideshow.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.