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Harper Signs New Dave Cullen Book

davecullenHarper Executive editor Tim Duggan has acquired the North American rights to a new book by Dave Cullen. The book sold at auction by Betsy Lerner at Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency.

Cullen’s new book is called Soldiers First and it tells the story of two closeted gay men living life at war under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. According to the author’s website, the book is based on reporting that he did for a two-part Salon magazine story in 2000. “A decade later, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is still in place,” writes Cullen. “Three of the gay captains I profiled are still on active duty. They are now Lt. Colonels. I have been following their struggles for thirteen years.”

Cullen is best known for his the New York Times bestselling author of Columbine, the winner of the Edgar Award and Barnes and Noble Discover Prize.

 

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Authors Say Yes & No to Amazon’s Free Nielsen BookScan Figures

This morning, Amazon revealed they have sold “millions” of Kindles in the last 73 days. That may be the most concrete sales figure the company has ever offered about the popular eReader.

Last week, Amazon gave Author Central writers free access to Nielsen BookScan’s weekly geographic sales figures for their print books. The move touched off another debate about transparency and sales figures. Below, we’ve collected thoughts from two authors on the topic.

Here’s why author Dave Cullen did check his sales figures: “Publishing is in the dark ages on market data. (And in involving their own artists.) Books are the only major pop culture market that doesn’t report real data to the public (popular bestseller lists are kinda-true, but offer no numbers whatsoever), and the only one where no organization captures close to 100% of sales.”

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2010 Edgar Award Winners Announced

eap.jpgThe Mystery Writers of America announced the Edgar Award winners last night. The annual prize is named after Edgar Allan Poe, awarded to the best authors in the mystery genre since 1945. Here are some of the big winners…

Best Novel: The Last Child by John Hart
Best First Novel: In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
Best Paperback Original: Body Blows by Marc Strange
Best Fact Crime: Columbine by Dave Cullen
Best Critical/Biographical: The Lineup: The World’s Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler
Best Short Story: “Amapola”–Phoenix Noir by Luis Alberto Urrea

GalleyCat missed the ceremony, but special thanks to Sarah Weinman for tweeting the festivities.

The Oprah Diss-Effect?

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Yesterday Oprah Winfrey canceled an already taped episode about the tenth anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, twittering that the episode “focused too much on killers.”

Over at Portfolio, various publishing experts weighed in on what the canceled show would mean for Dave Cullen–the author scheduled to talk about his book, “Columbine.” It’s an interesting look at Winfrey’s bookselling powers during the recession.

Check it out: “One publishing-industry expert who didn’t wish to be quoted estimated that the publisher would most likely have ordered another 50,000 or so copies in expectation of ‘The Oprah Effect.’ But another, Bookreporter.com president Carol Fitzgerald, questioned whether the order would have been increased that much. ‘I don’t know if anybody prints extra for anything these days,’ she said. ‘The business is so fluky right now.’”