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Freelance Writer Tips & Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including John Grisham‘s $6 million mistake, freelance writer tips from a New York Times magazine editor and a 50-year-old Ernest Hemingway book trailer (embedded above).

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2. Amanda Hocking: ‘A lot of authors tend to over market’
3. Controversial Vogue Essay Sparks Book Deal
4. John Grisham & His $6 Million Mistake
5. Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer
6. When Should Writers Work for Free?
7. Musicians Inspired by Harry Crews
8. NYT Magazine Editor Shares Tips for Freelance Writers
9. Rachel Maddow, Carl Hiaasen & Jacqueline Winspear Debut on the Indie Bestseller List
10. CONTEST: Write the Worst Sentence in 25 Words

Ernest Hemingway Book Trailer

Fifty years before the book trailer even existed, the great Ernest Hemingway experimented by recording a rambling and possibly intoxicated introduction to Across the River and into the Trees.

Miracle Jones posted the video at the new literary videos section at Reddit, suggesting that “all writers should do this with their books.” What do you think? Open Culture has more about the recording:

The reading is called “In Harry’s Bar in Venice,” and it was recorded with a pocket recorder sometime in the late 1950s. You can access the recording (thanks to HarperAudio) in multiple formats here: .au format, .gsm format, .ra format. Or you can buy it as part of a larger collection called Ernest Hemingway Reads Ernest Hemingway.

Iraq War Veteran Kevin Powers Inks Deal with Little, Brown and Company

Veteran soldier Kevin Powers has inked a deal with Little, Brown and Company for his Iraq war novel The Yellow Birds.

Powers, who has served in the Iraq war, is currently working towards an MFA as a Michener Fellow in Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin. Powers’ manuscript was acquired by publisher Michael Pietsch.

Pietsch had this statement in the release: “Ever since reading Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time I have been gripped by novelists’ accounts of the experience of war.  And as soon as I began reading The Yellow Birds I knew I was in the presence of a masterful rendering of the particular horrors of this particular war. From the first word of this novel to the last, Kevin Powers’s portrayal of young soldiers trying to stay alive—and of the effect of the war on their families at home—is profound, unsettling, and sadly beautiful.”

Ernest Hemingway Photo Wins Paris Review Photoshop Contest

Jack Around has won the beach towel Photoshop contest at The Paris Review. The image embedded on the side showcases “Ernest Hemingway,” the winning photograph.

The winner edited six photos for the contest. The pictures feature highly prolific writers such as George Orwell, Sir Salman Rushdie and Vladimir Nabokov.

Here’s more from the announcement: “The entries were truly staggering in their creativity and execution … Like I said, this wasn’t easy—but we were not going to argue with a man pointing a gun at us.”

Hint Fiction Contest Seeks One Minute Films

The new Hint Fiction Film contest will give aspiring filmmakers a chance to work with stories written by Ernest Hemingway, Edith Piaf or Eric Hsu.

On August 15, contestants will be assigned a short story from the book, Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. They must create a one-minute film based on the assigned story.

Follow this link for more details. The winner will receive “a cash and/or prize package TBD with a minimum value of $500.” If you want to participate, submit an entry form along with a $25 fee.

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Zach Galifianakis Dressed Up Like Ernest Hemingway’s Doppelgänger

An  LA Times portrait of comedic actor Zach Galifianakis bears a striking resemblance to a famous Yousuf Karsh photograph of Ernest Hemingway.

Follow this link to see the photo. When asked about the resemblance, Galifianakis replied: “To Mariel Hemingway, maybe. Not the other one.” In the tweet posted above, writer Edward Champion already predicts Galifianakis could play Hemingway in a movie.

He has plenty of competition. Last summer, Charles Bicht was crowned as the “29th Papa” in the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. This annual event pits bearded men in a competition celebrating the Nobel Prize winner.

Seven Authors Who Wrote While Nude

Writers have always had interesting stories beyond the ones they put down to paper. Here’s the naked truth: Neatorama has outed seven well-known authors as nudist writers.

The authors are Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, James Whitcomb Riley, Edmond Rostand, Benjamin Franklin, and Agatha Christie.

Hemingway’s cousin, Edward actually opened Britain’s oldest nudist colony during the 1930s and called it Metherell Towers. So far, there are no accountings of Ernest having visited the colony. Most of the authors don’t give an explanation for the unclothed state, but French novelist Hugo had a legitimate methodical purpose behind his nudeness.

Neatorama reports: “When Victor Hugo, the famous author of great tomes such as Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, ran into a writer’s block, he concocted a unique scheme to force himself to write: he had his servant take all of his clothes away for the day and leave his own nude self with only pen and paper, so he’d have nothing to do but sit down and write.”

Books in a Cigarette Pack

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Joseph Conrad, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, and other smoking hot authors are coming to a cigarette pack near you. But these literary lights won’t need a Surgeon General’s warning.

As the rest of the world debates price points for digital books, Tank Books is wrapping print editions of classic stories in some innovative packaging–a cigarette pack that fits easily inside your pocket or purse. The site made this GalleyCat editor remember his younger days as a literary smoker, and we heartily endorse this healthier alternative.

Here’s more from the site: “The flip-top cigarette pack is one of the most successful pieces of packaging design in history. TankBooks pay homage to this iconic form by employing it in the service of great literature. We have launched a series of books designed to mimic cigarette packs–the same size, packaged in flip-top cartons with silver foil wrapping and sealed in cellophane. The titles are by authors of great stature–classic stories presented in classic packaging; objects desirable for both their literary merit and their unique design. The complete set comes in a stunning tin–perfect as a really original gift.” (Via AgencySpy)

Writing Contest: One Object, Six Words

balllighter2.jpgHow many words do you need to tell a story about an inanimate object? Smith magazine has teamed up with Significant Objects for an interesting contest–asking writers to compose a six-word story about that photograph.

Here are the details:”Can you create Significance for this Object in just six words? The winning response will be published on the Significant Objects site, and more to the point, on its eBay store. Proceeds from that auction go to the author of the winning submission.”

Ernest Hemingway created the first six-word story about an inanimate object as well, famously writing a tragedy with two simple sentences: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” The Smith magazine contest ends on Friday, November 6, at 8 pm EST–submit your entry today…

Ernest Hemingway’s “Suicidal” U-Boat War

9781416597865.jpgDuring World War II, novelist Ernest Hemingway took a very hands-on approach while performing his patriotic duties–risking his life and literary legacy on the open waters around Cuba.

According to a story in The Daily Beast, Hemingway took his Cuba U-boat patrols very seriously: “If he spotted a U-boat, not only would he call for backup, he wanted to attack the sub himself. So he took some hand grenades and Thompson machine guns with him on his boat. Of course, trying to attack one of the subs was suicidal. If he had tried–if he’d gotten alongside the sub–U-boat captains would have sunk him.”

The article was written by Terry Mort, author of the new book, “The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-Boats.” It was part of The Daily Beast‘s new feature, “Just the Fact,” interviewing authors about an unexpected fact in their historical books–a useful introduction to any new title.

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