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Ursula K. Le Guin Shares Writing Advice at The National Book Awards

ursula_leguinLegendary author Ursula K. Le Guin is receiving the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards ceremony tonight in New York.

GalleyCat caught up with the author at the show and asked for her advice for writers. “Write,” she said. “Put it away and then write some more.”

When we asked her about getting published, Le Guin admitted that these days publishing can be tough. “Write and hope,” she responded.

Le Guin also gave advice for how to work with editors. She says that you should listen to the editor but also to your own instincts. ”You’ve got to decide who is right, and you get to,” she stressed.

Publishing Jobs: Amazon, Macmillan, Random House

This week, Amazon is hiring a senior account executive, an associate publisher and a senior marketing manager. Meanwhile, Macmillan is seeking a senior publicist, and Random House is on the hunt for a product manager for Fodors.com. 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.

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Practice Positive Psychology

How well one maintains a positive outlook could make or break a NaNoWriMo project. Shawn Achor, a positive psychology expert, gave a TED talk called “The Happy Secret to Better Work.”

In the video embedded above, Achor recommends setting aside at least 20 minutes every day for the following five activities: identifying three reasons for gratitude, exercise, meditation, writing in a journal, and performing acts of kindness. What methods do you use to cultivate happiness?

This is our thirteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

‘The Story Project: West Coast’ Featured On Kickstarter

Cameron Murray hopes to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for “The Story Project: West Coast.” Murray hopes to create a book inspired by the ongoing “Story Project.”

The money will be used to cover the costs of traveling and collecting the content from different contributors. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The Story Project: West Coast will feature stories of success, defeat, the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This book will take the West Coast from a place or destination and turn it into a chronicle of those who inhabit it. This book will show you the downtrodden, beaten and broken and reveal to you how they became victors in their own way.”

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Scribner Launches a New Online Magazine

ScribnerScribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has launched a new digital publication called Scribner Magazine.

Here’s more from the press release: “Inspired by the publisher’s celebrated sister publication Scribner’s Magazine (1887-1939), but reimagined for the 21st century reader, Scribner Magazine will feature original writing and interactive media, along with written and audio book excerpts, photo galleries, author-curated music playlists, bookseller reviews, and articles that offer a glimpse inside the world of publishing. Scribner Magazine also integrates Scribner’s popular Twitter feed, and the site highlights current Scribner book news and author events, so consumers can stay informed about their favorite writers.”

The first issue features a diverse range of content such as rare photographs from the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Editionan audio recording of the “Something That Needs Nothing” short story written and read by Miranda July, and pieces from several high profile contributors. Novelist Anthony Doerr wrote an essay about the writing process for All The Light We Cannot See, actor James Franco reveals how he became a writer in an essay, and Betsy Burton, a bookseller from The King’s English Bookshop, penned a review of Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín.

Disney Unleashes Trailer For ‘Cinderella’ Movie

Disney has unleashed a new trailer the live-action Cinderella film adaptation. Thus far, it has drawn more than 50,000 ‘likes” on Facebook.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, Cate Blanchett as the Evil Stepmother, and Lily James in the titular role. This movie is scheduled to hit theaters on March 13, 2015. (via BuzzFeed)

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: INFOGRAPHIC

The Write LifeHave you created a book that you want to share with the world? In this modern age, many writers (even the established ones) debate about whether they should pursue traditional publishing ventures or explore options with self-publishing.

The Write Life team has created an infographic called “Should You Self-Publish or Go Traditional?” We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further.
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‘Epic Rap Battles of History’ Video Stars Romeo & Juliet

The latest episode posted on the “Epic Rap Battles of History” YouTube channel stars two famous couples: Bonnie & Clyde versus Romeo & Juliet. In your opinion, which team won?

The video embedded above features an ending that pays tribute to the one in William Shakespeare’s tragic play. Which literary characters would you recommend to appear in future rap battles?

Erin Stein Moves to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

macmillanchildrens130Erin Stein will move from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG).

Stein will serve as publisher for a yet-to-be-named new imprint. She reports directly to MCPG president and publisher Jon Yaged.

In the past, Stein has worked on several licensed property projects that feature My Little Pony, Despicable Me, and The Muppets. With this new position, she will manage brand publishing ventures and oversee acquisitions for both commercial fiction and picture book manuscripts.

The National Book Awards is Tonight

nationalbookawardTonight is the National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. GalleyCat will be covering the event live on our GalleyCat Twitter feed and on this blog. You can also watch a live webcast of the event at this link.

At the ceremony last year, this GalleyCat editor interviewed author E.L. Doctorow, as well as authors Gene Luen YangWendy Lower and Tom McNeal, and they all shared their advice for writers.

Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists. Read more

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