InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Playboy Snags First Serial Rights to Vladmir Nabokov Novel

31zJaLxIJEL._SS500_.jpgIn a literary victory for the magazine we all read for the short stories, Playboy will publish 5,000-words of “The Original of Laura” by Vladmir Nabokov in December, one week before the novel hits bookstores.

The NY Observer reports on the fascinating bidding process as the magazine’s literary editor Amy Grace Loyd pursued agent Andrew Wylie for the rights to the story. Knopf will publish the unfinished novel in the United States, and Penguin UK will handle the UK edition.

Here’s more from the article: “‘I’m happy to tell you we’ve never paid this much for a book excerpt before, ever,’ Ms. Loyd said, adding: ‘There are parts of it that are much more cohesive than others. But I found it fascinating in that way.’”

Mediabistro Course

Women's Magazine Writing

Women's Magazine WritingPitch and publish in women's magazines with the health director of Family Circle! Starting September 30, Lynya Floyd will teach you how to wow editors with stories they want and need for their publications. You'll learn how to workshop pitch letters to endure editors will read them, master the voice and tone of women's magazines, find sources, and connect with other writers in the industry. Register now!