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Celebrity Memoirs Are Losing Steam

e3c5ab0ba6905343649b90e53f53ad08_400x400Celebrity memoirs are past their prime, according to Charlie Redmayne, the CEO of HarperCollins UK. After a slump in sales in books written by famous people, the publisher admits that they are acquiring less of these titles.

The Daily Mail has more:  ”He claims their profits are now ‘hit and miss’ – and says even those expected to do well, written by some of the country’s biggest names, are failing to match expectations. ‘A lot of books were bought last year for large amounts of money which just didn’t do the numbers at all.”

The  Guardian explored the stats and pointed out that according to Nielsen BookScan, sales of autobiographies and memoirs are down about 4 percent this year over last year.

 

Jane Austen-Inspired Recommendations: INFOGRAPHIC

janeaustenThe Austin Public Library has created an infographic called “Jane Austen with a Twist.”

This flowchart, which honors Austen’s 239th birthday, features 23 recommendations for books inspired by the stories of Jane Austen.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. (via BookRiot.com) Read more

Emma Straub Shares Advice For How to Fictionalize Real People

Emma StraubAuthor Emma Straub wrote an essay for Rookie on “How to Write About Real People.” Straub discusses her personal experiences with fictionalizing people she has known in her real life. Straub confesses to drawing inspiration from her brother and one of his past romantic relationships to create two characters in her latest novel, The Vacationers.

Straub (pictured, via) feels that all writers have the right to do this, but they should be aware that they can really hurt a person’s feelings by choosing to exercise this right. She also cautions that if a person recognizes themselves in a story that you write, you cannot compel them to feel at peace with your choice. Here’s an excerpt from Straub’s piece: Read more

Dan Ruffino to Join Simon & Schuster Australia

Simon & Schuster Image LogoDan Ruffino has been hired as the managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia. Ruffino will report to Ian Chapman, the chief executive of Simon & Schuster UK and International.

Ruffino has devoted more than 25 years to a career in publishing. Some of the authors he has worked with in the past include Jackie Collins, Ian Thorpe, Ken Follett, Marian Keyes, and Judy Blume.

Ruffino gave this statement in the press release: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead Simon & Schuster’s dynamic team in Australia and New Zealand. I am passionate about connecting writers with readers and look forward to working closely with my colleagues internationally and with local booksellers, authors and agents to continue to accelerate the growth of the business in Australia.”

BBC Films Unveils First Trailer For Bill

BBC Films has unveiled the first trailer for Bill. According to The Telegraph, the story for this film examines “the Bard’s ‘lost years,’ when the playwright rose from obscurity in Stratford-upon-Avon to fame as a writer in London.”

The video embedded above features actor Mathew Baynton in the titular role of a young William “Bill” Shakespeare. Digital Spy reports that this comedy adventure movie “will open in UK cinemas on March 27, 2015.”

How to Craft a Mockingjay-Themed Gold Plate

Do you need a last minute holiday gift idea? The Homemade Game Guru YouTube channel offers a “Dollar Store Hack” solution for Hunger Games fans: a “Mockingjay Katniss Gold Collector Plate” craft. If you want to make this project, watch the video tutorial embedded above. What do you think?

Nick Cave’s Personal Dictionary

nickcave24234223Author and musician Nick Cave has a way with words.

So it comes as no surprise that the Bad Seeds frontman and author of the novels And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro has a history of creating his own personal dictionary.

Dangerous Minds has the scoop: “As a younger man Cave kept a journal in which he jotted down new words he wanted to remember and arranged them in alphabetical order. It’s definitely a good tip for writers starting out, you’re always learning, there’s always something to learn. Take notes endlessly and don’t waver!”

Authors Share Their Favorite Audiobooks of the Year on Audible

AudibleLooking for recommendations for some good audiobooks to listen to during your holiday travels?

Audible.com has had some bestselling authors pick out their favorite audiobooks of the year, which is probably a good place to start.

Author Anthony Doerr recommends Karen Joy Fowler’s audiobook We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves; Lisa Genova recommends You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero; and Lev Grossman recommends Ian Fleming’s Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Check it out:

The best audiobook I listened to this year was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming. It’s not new — in fact its 50 years old — but you might be surprised at how fresh the original Bond novels still feel….Simon Vance does a consistently nuanced, world-weary take on Bond-James-Bond and is absurdly comfortable with just about every possible European accent. Plus he does Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series too, and the occasional similarities in the voices suggests the tantalizing possibility of a trans-historical Bond-Maturin team-up.” –Lev Grossman

Macmillan Has Made a Deal With Amazon

macmillanMacmillan has reached a multiyear distribution agreement with Amazon to distribute its print and eBooks, beginning on January 5, 2015.

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, revealed the news in a blog post earlier this week. “All our other retailers will also be on the agency model, leaving Apple as the only retailer who is allowed unlimited discounting. Irony prospers in the digital age,” he wrote. “This odd aberration in the market will cause us to occasionally change the digital list price of your books in what may seem to be random fashion. I ask for your forbearance. We will be attempting to create even pricing as best we can.”

Under the new terms, authors will continue to earn the same net percentage of the proceeds they always have from eBooks, based on the sale price of their book.

Macmillan will also begin testing a new eBook subscription in the coming weeks. “Several companies offer ‘pay per read’ plans that offer favorable economic terms,” wrote Sargent. “We plan to try subscription with backlist books, and mostly with titles that are not well represented at bricks and mortar retail stores. Our job has always been to provide you with the broadest possible distribution, and given the current financial and strategic incentives being offered, we believe the time is right to try this test.”

Nashville Stars Lennon & Maisy Sign Picture Book Deal With HarperCollins

bio_photoLennon & Maisy, the 15 and 11 year-old sisters that star on the  ABC drama series Nashville have signed a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers.

The  Canadian born performers are working on a picture book called In the Waves. 

The Associated Press has more: “Based on their song of the same name, “In the Waves” tells of boogie boards and homemade lemonade and a few unexpected adventures. The illustrations will be by Steve Bjorkman. The book is scheduled to come out April 28.”

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