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Amazon To Allow Writers To Sell Fan Fiction

Amazon Publishing has reached out to fan fiction writers with Kindle Worlds, a platform allowing authors to write fan fiction based on someone else’s work and share royalties with the rights holders.

Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division will work with Amazon on the program, letting fans write about Cecily von Ziegesar‘s Gossip GirlSara Shepard‘s Pretty Little Liars and L.J. Smith‘s Vampire Diaries. Fan fiction writers can publish their own work about these stories in the Kindle Store. The program launches in June. Here’ more about the payment structure:

Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the rights holders of the Worlds and the author. The standard author’s royalty rate (for works of at least 10,000 words) will be 35% of net revenue. As with all titles from Amazon Publishing, Kindle Worlds will base net revenue off of sales price—rather than the lower, industry standard of wholesale price—and royalties will be paid monthly.

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Behind the Scenes at the Sweet Valley High Series

As many Sweet Valley High series fans know, the hit YA books (and multiple spin-off series) were primarily written by ghostwriters. The Hairpin interviewed one of those writers, Marijuanamerica author Ryan Nerz.

During the interview, Nerz named several successful teen writers who had also worked on the series. This group includes Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar (editor), Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author Ann Brashares (editor) and Soho Teen editorial director Daniel Ehrenhaft (ghostwriter).

When asked if he had ever met Sweet Valley author Francine Pascal in person, he answered: “No, Francine Pascal was always like the voice of God from afar. She would occasionally chime in on little things saying, ‘No, Elizabeth would never do this.’ ‘This tone doesn’t really work for me.’ ‘This is too risqué.’ Blah blah blah. She would kind of consult from afar. I never met her.”

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Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports of “attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.” The list was part of the ALA’s 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report.

Here’s more eBook news from the report: “The rapid growth of ebooks has stimulated increasing demand for them in libraries, but libraries only have limited access to ebooks because of restrictions placed on their use by publishers. Macmillan Publishing, Simon and Schuster and Hachette Book Group refused to sell ebooks to libraries. HarperCollins imposed an arbitrary 26 loans per ebook license, and Penguin refused to let libraries lend its new titles altogether. When Random House raised ebook prices, the ALA urged it to reconsider.”

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The Long Tail & The Art of War Adapted as Comic Books

Beginning in April, Round Table Companies will offer comic book adaptations of best-selling nonfiction books.

Here’s more from the press release: “In partnership with Smarter Comics, Round Table Companies will release six comic books on April 16, 2011 in bookstores throughout the U.S. and Indigo bookstores in Canada, as well as in Hudson News stores on May 1, 2011. Additionally, readers can download a digital version of the books for free, online or on the SmarterComics Android applications from April 1 to July 1, 2011.”

The titles up for adaptation include The Long Tail by Chris AndersonOverachievement by Dr. John EliotHow to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins, Mi Barrio by Robert Renteria, Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life by Larry Winget, and The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

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New York Comic Con Random News Round-Up

New York Comic Con took place over the course of a 3-day weekend and was jam-packed with events, panels, and screenings. This GalleyCat correspondent perked her ears for bits of news throughout the convention:

1.  R&B artist Ne-Yo received the support of comic book legend Stan Lee for a comic he created and wrote entitled Libra Scale.

2. As we noted, The Archie series’ first gay character, Kevin Keller will have his own stand alone 4-book series. His debut appearance in Veronica issue #202 demanded for a re-printing and it was only released on September 1st 2010.

3. Melissa de la CruzBlue Bloods will be adapted into graphic novel format and published by Disney’s Hyperion. Editor Christian Trimmer jokingly said, “Blue Bloods is ‘Gossip Girl‘ meets ‘Twilight.’”

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Drinking on the Job Poll- Recap

drinking poll.jpgAmazingly almost 200 of you responded to our poll about drinking at work functions and calling in sick with a hangover with 50% of responders admitting to most of the above which includes being drunk at a work function and showing up to work hungover. Surprisingly, 9% of those polled never drink and 0% didn’t admit to hooking up at a work event. I guess that might be covered in “most of the above.”

Speaking of drinking, today in the NY Post, they had a great piece by Justin Rocket Silverman on how modern lit can’t hold its liquor, citing the Bartending Guide to Great American Writers by Edward Hemmingway.

No author writing today made the book’s list of 43, simply because contemporary scribes don’t drink enough to measure up.

Silverman did manage to catch up with a few local writers and what they’re drinking these days including Gossip Girl Cecily von Ziegesar who really likes her Ginger Provincial. You can read about the other writers, their drink of choice and thoughts on drinking and writing here.

Also for those of you who wrote in to advise me on the proper use of drink, drank, and drunk… what do you honestly expect from a blog post on drinking written after attending a publishing happy hour?