Have 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 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 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.
Tonight 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.
Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the National Book Awards finalists. Read more
Warner Bros. Studio plans to lead visitors on a special holiday-edition of the Harry Potter movie set tour. “Hogwarts in the Snow” will run from November 14, 2014 to February 01, 2015.
Here’s more from The Mirror: “Special effects experts that worked on the films have transformed the tour into a snow-sprinkled taster of how the festive scenes in the family flicks were achieved. The showpiece of the tour is a spectacular scale model of Hogwarts Castle, built for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But if you’re tempted to let a snowflake fall on your tongue, you should think twice, because it’s made from salt.”
Eight giant trees will be set up and adorned with 200 gold stars. The dining tables will feature colors from each of the four Hogwarts houses and sumptuous banquets. Follow this link to watch a time lapse video. Are you planning to visit London this winter?
Running Press has formed a global partnership with HBO. According to the press release, the two companies plan to develop three Game of Thrones products.
The first project, a mini-book entitled Game of Thrones: In Memoriam, will feature “a photo and fact-filled memorial to some of the most memorable characters who have died during the course of the first four seasons. The book includes quotes and brief character profiles and is fully illustrated with series photography throughout.”
The two other projects will both be mini-kits; one will be called Game of Thrones: Stark Direwolf and the other has named Game of Thrones: Hand of the King Wax Seal. This publishing program is scheduled to launch in April 2015.
We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending November 16, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Revival by Stephen King: “In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.” (November 2014)
When a tight deadline looms, succinct writing may be the best way to reach one’s goal. NaNoWriMo participants must keep this in mind as they continue to work on their projects.
The animated video above features a TED-Ed lesson called “The Power of Simple Words.” Educator Terin Izil offers this bit of sage wisdom: “when it comes to words, bigger isn’t always better.”
This is our twelfth 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.
Have you seen the movie Interstellar? Director Christopher Nolan (pictured, via) wrote a comic to reveal a back story for two characters: Dr. Mann (played by Oscar winner Matt Damon) and his robot SKIPP.
Wired posted “Absolute Zero” in its entirety on the magazine’s website. The 7 page comic will also appear in the print edition; Nolan is serving as the guest editor for this issue which focuses on themes of time, space, and multiple dimensions. Animator Sean Gordon Murphy created the artwork for this project.
Here’s more about the comic book: “Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)
Jonathan Franzen (pictured, via) has been working a new novel entitled Purity.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book in September 2015. Philip Weinstein will share an analysis of Purity in his forthcoming biography, Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “The story centers on a young woman named Purity Tyler, or Pip, who doesn’t know who her father is and sets out to uncover his identity. The narrative stretches from contemporary America to South America to East Germany before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and hinges on the mystery of Pip’s family history and her relationship with a charismatic hacker and whistleblower.”