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Twitter Account to Tweet ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Its Entirety

EOAbUp_4_400x400Twitter user @ihatejoemarshal has set out to tweet F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel The Great Gatsby in its entirety, 140 characters at a time.

The Twitter account will post a tweet every day for five years. The first tweet went up yesterday.

 

‘Impulse’ Leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List

impulseImpulse: Companion to the Pulse Series by Deborah Bladon leads the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups. Read more

A Curious Case in Texas: When Promoting a Book Becomes a Campaign Finance No No

81H-LUSdMnLWendy Davis is running for office. She also has a book out. We’ve seen this all before. No big deal, right?

No big deal except for the fact that this is Texas and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s memoir includes an abortion.

The last time Davis spoke personally about abortion (specifically, the ending of an ectopic pregnancy during an epic 13-hour filibuster over a new state abortion law) she was launched into the national spotlight.

Now, in Forgetting to be Afraid, Davis reveals that she terminated another pregnancy in which the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality.

Supporters are applauding the revelation. “Having that kind of personal story around what is a divisive issue will help,” said a 35-year-old campaign volunteer to The Associated Press.

Republicans thinks so as well, and are taking steps to curb the promotion of the book: Read more

Trailer Unveiled For ‘Walt Before Mickey’

A new trailer has been unveiled for the Walt Before Mickey movie.

This film adaptation shares the same title as Timothy S. Susanin’s 2011 nonfiction book which features a forward written by Diane Disney Miller. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Thomas Ian Nicholas as a young Walt Disney and Jon Heder as his brother Roy Disney.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era ‘missing decade’ during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez.”

First Second Books to Publish a Pénélope Bagieu Graphic Novel in English

ExquisiteFirst Second Books will publish an English-language edition of Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu. A release date has been scheduled for May 05, 2015.

While Bagieu is unknown in America, she has become a well-regarded artist and blogger in her native France. In fact, Cadavre Exquis (as it is called in French) was released back in 2010. The story follows a young woman named Zoe who gets caught up with a famous author that faked his own death.

In an interview with The Mary Sue, Bagieu gave her own description for this graphic novel: “It’s about two worlds that were never meant to meet: The Parisian literary scene, and the hard-working twenty-something who’s never entered a bookstore. They’re two worlds that I’m sort of made of, and that I have a lot of tenderness for. What happens when these two planets collide, let alone fall in love? I really liked the idea.”

‘Cat’ Anthology Featured On Kickstarter

Coffee House Press intends to publish an anthology entitled Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong. The inspiration for this project came from the well-attended 2012 Internet Cat Video Festival.

Some of the funds will be used to compensate the contributing writers and to give a donation to the Humane Society. The book features essays with various answers to the question, “Why can’t we stop watching cat videos?” A publication date is set for September 2015. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“We left the festival that night thinking about cats, and for the last two years Coffee House Press has been collaborating with the Walker Art Center to put together a project that might capture that fascination and say something interesting—not just about cat videos, but also about how we decide what is good or bad art, or art at all; about how taste develops, how that can change, and why we love or hate something. It’s about people and the internet and why there are so many more cat videos than dog ones.”

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‘Personal’ Leads iBooks Bestsellers List

personalchildPersonal by Lee Child has joined Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 1.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 9/8/14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Mean Streak by Sandra Brown continue to hold top positions on this list this week.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hires Rick Wolff to Lead New Business Book Line

2bf32fcHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has hired book editor Rick Wolff to launch a line of business books. In his new role as Senior Executive Editor, Wolff will develop and edit about 10-15 titles a year. He starts in HMH’s New York office on September 15th.

Wolff comes to HMH from Hachette Book Group where he has spent 23 years publishing business books. In his tenure, Wolff has served as the Editor-in-chief/publisher of Warner Business Books and Grand Central’s Business Plus imprint. He has been instrumental in editing and publishing many bestsellers including Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort.  His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself,” stated Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

Simon & Schuster Releases the First TED Book in Print

Terrorist's SonSimon & Schuster has released the first TED Book in print.

Zak Ebrahim and Jeff Giles were brought together to tell chronicle Ebrahim’s journey on becoming an advocate of peace. Together, they wrote The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice. The collaborators accomplished this daunting task in less than two months.

Here’s more from the TED blog: “Zak stood in front of 1200 attendees in Vancouver, with 700 more people watching live at TEDActive in Whistler, and more online…Sitting in the crowd was Michelle Quint, the editor of TED Books. ‘I was blown away by his talk,’ she says. ‘It was clear he had a powerful story to tell, an urgent idea to spread. I approached him right after to discuss a potential book.’” Follow this link to check out Ebrahim’s talk at the TED 2014 conference.

Sticky Note Portraits Book on Kickstarter

postitnotesChristopher Locke hopes to raise $6,000 on Kickstarter to fund a book of portraits drawn on sticky notes.

Locke, a school teacher and artist, keeps himself focused in meetings by making drawings on Post-It notes. With the new school year, he is looking for a project and a way to teach his students about commitment to a long-term endeavors. For the Sticky Note Portraits project, Locke will draw portraits of donors who give $20 or more and publish them all into a collection. His goal is to draw hundreds of people. Read more

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