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Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Ask yourself if this sentence, paragraph, or chapter truly furthers the narrative. If not, chuck it.’

Elizabeth GilbertAuthor Elizabeth Gilbert achieved great success with her memoir Eat Pray Love. Since the publication of that book, she has delivered two popular TED talks and written a second memoir entitled Committed and a novel called The Signature of All Things. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How did you land your first book deal?
A: I spent about six years sending my short stories out to magazines, and collecting rejections. Then one day Esquire bought one of my stories out of the slush pile and published it. It was through this publication that I found my agent (or, rather, that my agent found me). She then negotiated a book deal on my behalf.

I had a collection of short stories written and ready to go, but I had to promise the publisher that I would deliver a novel, in order to seal the deal. Having never before written a novel, this was rather frightening. But you have to deliver the goods, once you sign that contract, or else they get fussy and want their money back — which is a good motivation to get your work done…

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TED Talks Speakers Recommend Summer Reads

TEDTalksLooking for something good to read this summer?

TED Talks speakers Elizabeth Gilbert, Melinda Gates, Bill Gates, Rashida Jones, Clay ShirkyUzoamaka Maduka, Amanda PalmerStanley McChrystal and Blood Orange have put together their lists of recommended reads.

Check it out: “Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.”

Andrew Solomon Wins the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize

Andrew SolomonAndrew Solomon has won the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize and £30,000 in prize money for his nonfiction work, Far from the Tree. The award organizers strive to honor both fiction and nonfiction books that focus on medicine and health.

Solomon worked on writing this book for ten years. In the past, he discussed his research in a popular TED talk called “Love, No Matter What.”

Sir Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, revealed in a statement that the judges unanimously selected Solomon’s book as the winner from a pool of six titles. The five other books that made it onto the short list includes The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertWounded by Emily MayhewCreation by Adam Rutherford, Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks, and Inconvenient People by Sarah Wise. (Photo CreditAnnie Leibovitz)

How Does a Writer Move On After Great Success?

How do you follow-up great success or great failure?

For Elizabeth Gilbert, she needs to “go home” which means going back to writing. In a presentation delivered at the TED 2014 conference, Gilbert shares the thoughts and fears that came to her after experiencing phenomenal success with Eat, Pray, Love.

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. Back in 2009, Gilbert gave a TED talk called “Your Elusive Creative Genius.” It has drawn more than 8 million views. The TED team included it in a video playlist called “The Creative Spark.”

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Free Samples of the Wellcome Book Prize Nominees

welcomebookprizeWellcome Book Prize 2014 has announced the shortlist for the prize. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Wellcome Collection on April 29th.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Emily Mayhew, Adam Rutherford, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon and Sarah Wise are all up for the award.

We’ve linked to free samples of the Wellcome Book Prize below for you to explore. Read more

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Launches Book Club

wolfhallThe Wall Street Journal has introduced a book club that is led by authors. Every month a guest host picks a book by another author and then acts as a guide for readers on Twitter. Book club participants can ask questions through the social network using the hashtag #WSJbookclub.

For the first month, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is the host and the book is Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. In February, Gilbert will lead an online discussion about the work. “It’s one of the greatest stories in history. Henry VIII. There’s hardly a better tale of intrigue,” Gilbert told The Wall Street Journal, about her choice. “It’s sex and politics and power and madness and violence. It’s “Game of Thrones.” It’s got everything that you could possibly want.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 650 people have already signed up.  Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn will serve as author hosts in coming months. Follow this link to sign up.

 

Help Choose a Book Cover for Elizabeth Gilbert

Penguin Group (USA)’s Viking imprint will publish Elizabeth Gilbert‘s new novel, The Signature of All Things, on October 1st.

Before the release date hits, the book needs “a face.” To resolve this matter, Gilbert and her publisher invite the public to vote for their preferred cover design. Visit Gilbert’s Facebook page to pick one of three choices. Please note that a deadline has been set for March 24th.

Here’s more from Gilbert’s announcement: “We are turning to you for this decision because, frankly, we were unable to agree amongst ourselves. (Anyone who has ever worked in publishing knows what I’m talking about here: Disputes over book covers can get REALLY INTENSE.) I got so tired of debating over ‘what the reader wants’ that I decided instead to just try asking you guys directly.” The image embedded above features all three covers–which one would you choose?

Thomas Pynchon, Elizabeth Gilbert & Charlaine Harris to Publish Novels This Year

Today Penguin USA released its year-end report, counting a $156 million operating profit for the year.

The publisher also gave readers a peek at Thomas Pynchon‘s upcoming novel, Bleeding Edge. Publication is set for September 17th. Here’s more from Penguin Press: “it is 2001 in Silicon Alley, New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11.”

In addition, Elizabeth Gilbert will also publish a novel in October, “infusing her inimitable voice into a story of love, adventure, and discovery.” In May, Charlaine Harris will end her Sookie Stackhouse series with Dead Ever After. (Via Sarah Weinman)

Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish

Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011.

The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below).

According to Digital Book World sources, the publishers have invested “about $16 million” in the new venture. Bookish also counted the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers and Perseus Books Group.

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Powell’s Books to Sell 7,000 Books from Private Library of Anne Rice

annerice.jpgEver wanted to own a piece of vampire novelist Anne Rice? Powell’s Books will be selling 7,000 titles from Anne Rice’s private library.

Depending on the success of this venture, Powell’s may expand to in-store offerings as well. Right now, the site has posted more than 1000 titles, including Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, and Homer‘s Odyssey.

Here’s more from the site: “Included in the collection are editions signed or annotated by Ms. Rice, and many have her library markings on the spines. The collection showcases her love of literature and writing and reveals a true intellectual curiosity — classic philosophy, the Brontes, biblical archaeology, and Louisiana history are just a few of the subject areas represented.”

Editor’s Note: This post was changed to correctly state that 1000, not 9 titles are currently available for sale on the site.

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