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South Asian Fiction, Picture Books, & Thriller Novels Get Booked

Killer Nashville LogoHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Three writers will appear for a night to discuss new South Asian fiction. Join in on Thursday, August 21st at Politics & Prose Bookstore starting 7 p.m. (Washington, D.C.)

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Daniel Hannan Has Won the Paolucci Book Award

UKBritish politician and journalist Daniel Hannan has won the  2014 Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award for his book Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. The award honors “the best work of conservative scholarship published in the previous year.”

Hannan was selected from a shortlist of five writers who were also nominated for the award including: Mary Eberstadt (How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization); Samuel GreggBecoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European FutureArthur Herman (The Cave and the Light: Plato versus Aristotle) and Yuval Levin (The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left).

Hannan will receive a $5,000 cash prize. He will also deliver a public lecture on the book and do a book signing on Wednesday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m. at The University and Whist Club in Wilmington, DE.

 

Test an EPUB File With FlightDeck

flightdeckFormatting a Word file into an EPUB file that works well across the different eBook stores can be a challenge. Firebrand Technologies has a new tool designed to help authors and publishers overcome any formatting issues. The service is called FlightDeck and it allows users to run quality checks in EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 files.

The tool allows you to see whether or not your EPUB files will be accepted by eBook retailers and distributors including: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo and NetGalley. The tool was built with insights from these partners and includes some of the same validation checks that their own in-house systems use when determining whether or not to accept a file.

FlightDeck has been in open beta for the past couple of months but is now widely available. The service offers one-off pricing and bulk pricing. You can test one book for $35.00 and 500 books for $5000, with varying price points in between.

J.K. Rowling Pens 500-Word Piece on Minor ‘Harry Potter’ Character Celestina Warbeck

harry potter logoJ.K. Rowling has written a 500-word piece about Celestina Warbeck, a character nicknamed the “singing sorceress” in the Harry Potter books. Rowling has called Celestina “one of my favorite ‘off-stage’ characters in the whole series.”

Fans will find this new content on pottermore.com. In addition to the essay, Pottermore visitors will also have access to one of Celestina’s tracks, “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart.” This project marks the first time a song has been posted on the website.

Here’s more from the press release: “Celestina is referenced in three of the Harry Potter books.  The first mention is in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) when Harry hears her name on the Wizarding Wireless Network (wizard radio) while visiting the Weasley home.  She’s referenced again in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) when she appears on a wizarding radio Christmas broadcast and once more in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7).”

German Authors Unite Against Amazon

amazon304German-language writers have joined their English-language counterparts and organized a protest against Amazon.

More than 1,000 authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have come together to challenge Amazon for hurting authors in its negotiations with the Bonnier Group. In a letter addressed to readers and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, writers have accused Amazon of not carrying popular books as a result of dispute. In addition, they claim that Amazon has manipulated recommendation lists at the expense of their books.

“We authors are of the opinion that no book seller hinder or even customers should discourage the purchase of books selling books,” reads the letter (translated in Google). “Amazon has no right,  to take ‘into jail,’ a group of authors, which is not involved in the conflict. On top of that a book seller should not inform its own clients incorrectly or hinder their purchases by artificially extended delivery times.” (Via The New York Times).

Sample the Best Science Fiction of 2014

hugoawardThe 2014 Hugo Award winners have been revealed. Below, we’ve linked to free samples of the winning books for your reading pleasure.

The winners were introduced at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention.

A total of 3,587 ballots were cast this year. Read more

Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti Says Only Writers & Readers Are Necessary

amazon304Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president at Amazon & head of Kindle, thinks that the publishing industry is experiencing a major shift.

The Guardian published quote from Grandinetti over the weekend, in which the Amazon exec said: ”The only really necessary people in the publishing process now are the writer and reader. Everyone who stands between those two has both risk and opportunity.”

Last week, more than 900 authors ran a letter to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos as a full page ad in The New York Times yesterday. The letter, which included signatures from bestselling authors Stephen KingMalcolm Gladwell and Suzanne Collins, asked Bezos to end the company’s dispute with Hachette. Amazon responded with an email to readers, calling readers to email the president of Hachette and demand lower eBook prices.

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED.

Cleary Wolters Inks Memoir Deal with HarperOne

OITNB coverCleary Wolters has landed a deal with HarperOne for her memoir, entitled Out of Orange. Wolters inspired the character Alex Vause on the Netflix original TV series, Orange is the New Black.

According to The Associated Press, “Wolters’ book would tell of her time in prison and her ‘complicated’ relationship with Piper Kerman, Wolters’ former friend and lover.” The publisher has scheduled a release date for May 2015.

Kiera Cass Announces Three New ‘Selection’ Projects

Kiera Cass YA AuthorWhen we last chatted with Kiera Cass, she did not breathe one word on the details of her future projects. Cass (pictured, via) recently announced that she has an additional novella and two full-length fiction books, all of which are set in The Selection universe, in-the-works. Follow this link to hear Cass’ video announcement.

Both of Cass’ forthcoming novellas, The Queen and The Favorite, will initially be published as eBooks. HarperTeen will then release a paperback print book in early 2015 with both of these stories and extra content. According to Cass’ blog post, book one, entitled The Heir, will come out in summer 2015. A new character will serve as the narrator for this novel as well as the follow-up.

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Global Second Languages: INFOGRAPHIC

graphicForeign rights and translations into other languages offer book authors and publishers a way to find new readers and in turn, sell more books.

While it is important to think about the first language in a foreign country, you may also want to consider that people in other countries might be willing to read your book in a language that is not their mother tongue. After all, many foreign nationals speak and read more than one language.

Movehub has created an infographic highlighting the second most common language for many countries around the world. This image can help you figure out if you need a translation at all. After all, it might be a lot of work to translate your book into Swedish, and many Swedes can read in English. We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump. Read more

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