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Writing Contest Seeks Science Fiction Novellas & Novelettes

Rosetta Books will host The Galaxy Project writing contest for science fiction novellas or novelettes. Entries must be received before September 2nd.

The digital publisher is running this contest to launch The Galaxy Project, a collection eBook reprints from the classic science fiction magazine Galaxy.

Here’s more from the release: “The winning writer will be guaranteed e-book publication as part of The Galaxy Project collection, a set of the top novellas that appeared originally in Galaxy, and will also receive a $1,000 advance against royalties of 50% of net receipts to 2,500 copies and 60% of net receipts thereafter for world English digital rights. The contest is open now and the submission deadline is Friday, September 2, 2011.”

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Book Tour as a Facebook Event

sklootbook.jpgThe Philadelphia Inquirer points out today how social media platforms are changing the game for writers who traditionally wouldn’t get much publisher support when they’re on the road.

An excerpt: “Yet, in an era when major publishers are cutting expenses, even established authors can find themselves in [this] situation: fending for themselves in a crowded media marketplace. It’s a path that takes them to the Web, community bookstores, and local literary festivals.”

The article makes an interesting case study out of Rebecca Skloot, the science writer who used Facebook and Twitter to draw big crowds on her book tour. Skloot’s book, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks is now number nine on the Times’ Best Seller list, largely thanks to her thriving web presence.

Leave it to Kitty Kelley to get the outlier treatment. From the article: “Random House publicist David Drake, who is coordinating Kelley’s appearances, says only a few A-list authors still enjoy the classic perk–a book tour. ‘Kitty is doing an old-fashioned tour: Full media and event appearances in 10 cities over three months,’ he says.” Only the best for Kitty.

Random House in Wall Street Bull Suit

randombull.jpgAn artist has sued Random House Inc. for using a picture of the famous Wall Street bull on the cover of the new book, “A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers.”

The book
–written by Lawrence G. McDonald–uses a photo of the raging bull statue that adorns a busy Manhattan strip near Wall Street. According to the Wall Street Journal, artist Arturo Di Modica claims the cover picture was unauthorized. The article also recounts the strange story of how the 17,000-pound statue ended up there in the first place.

Here’s a comment from the publisher: “‘Random House has not yet been served and we do not comment on pending litigation,’ said David Drake, a Random House spokesman.” (Via MobyLives)