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Kindle MatchBook Helps Digitize Your Print Library at a Discount

If you buy a hard copy of select books from Amazon, the bookseller will let you buy the eBook edition for a steep discount in its new Kindle MatchBook.

What do you think about this new program? AppNewser has all the details:

Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased select print books will be able to buy the Kindle edition for cheap. Most cost somewhere between free and $2.99 … The feature works for books purchased all the way back to 1995, the year Amazon opened for business. Publishers must enroll these titles in the program. The program launches next month. It will include the bestsellers: I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, among others.

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Author Attempts to Write 24 Three-Day Novels in a Year

DJ Britt (pictured) will embark on a literary quest to write 24 three-day novels in the next year.  Britt hopes to write 24,000 pages by the end of the year–what he calls “the ultimate act of literary insanity.”

According to his rules, each novel must be started and completed within a 72-hour period. If he hasn’t completed a novel by the end of 72 hours, the manuscript is disqualified from being included in the final 24 novels.

Literary marathons are popular this year. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) began yesterday–challenging participants to finish a 50,000 word novel in a month. In October, 36 novelists wrote a live novel together as a charity event.

The Novel: Live! Writing Marathon Raises $10,000 for Charity

nllogo.JPGWhat happens when 36 authors collaboratively write a novel in six days?

The Novel: Live co-founder Garth Stein explained the writing marathon’s fundraising success this week: “We set a goal of 60,000 words in six days … and were thrilled when we ended up with 72,000 words. But more importantly, we raised over $10,000 in donations for literacy.”

Besides the sales from the novel (due for release in spring 2011), funds were raised at an online auction. One New York woman paid $450 to include a specific character name in the novel, for example. These funds will help programs like Writers in the Schools, 826 Seattle, and the Richard Hugo House. People all over the world watched the writers work live through online video. Overall, the viewers spent more than 165,000 minutes on the site’s chat room.

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Garth Stein on Helping Write a Complete Novel in Six Days

We caught up with  Garth Stein (pictured), one of the 36 authors participating in the Novel: Live! writing marathon, a benefit for a literary nonprofit.

The finalized version will be published by Open Road Integrated Media in the spring. We caught up with Garth to ask him about the experience of helping 36 authors write a novel in six days.

Q: How would you describe your experience during the 2-hour block you were writing for this live novel?
A: Intense, fun, focused.

Q: Was it difficult to pick up where someone else left off?
A: No, we had a plan. The plot was sketched out. I knew what I had to accomplish and then it was just a matter of writing it.

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Three Promotions at HarperCollins

hclogod.gifIn a flurry of good news, HarperCollins promoted three employees this week. As we reported, the company promoted Michael McKenzie to senior publicity director at Ecco earlier this week.

Next, Esi Sogah was elevated to associate editor at the Morrow/Avon imprint. Here’s more from the release: “In addition to acquiring her own titles, Esi’s interest in digital publishing and website development has made her a valued asset in our future growth. She is also one of our most enthusiastic and asked-for public speakers at conferences.”

Finally, Nicole Reardon was promoted to associate director of marketing at Harper. Here’s more from the release: “Since joining Harper last year, Nicole has become an indispensible member of the team … Prior to joining us, she led several bestselling paperback campaigns including Garth Stein‘s Art of Racing in the Rain, and John Grogan‘s Marley and Me.”

Soho Press Co-Founder Laura Hruska Has Died

sohop23.jpgSoho Press co-founder and EIC Laura Hruska passed away this weekend at 74-years-old.

Hruska helped found the press in 1986, and it has now grown into a publisher that releases between 60 and 80 titles every year. During her long career, she supported Edwidge Danticat, Susan Richards, Garth Stein, and Jacqueline Winspear.

Hruska also wrote three novels during her life: “A Change of Heart,” “Legal Relations,” and “Multiple Choice.” Publishers Weekly has more information about the editor’s memorial service. In December Soho Press named her daughter, Bronwen Hruska, publisher of Soho Press.

Talk to the Animals for Publishing Succcess

Cats and dogs and elephants and lions and tigers…okay, the last two haven’t figured into bestselling novels or non-fiction yet, but maybe that’s just a matter of time, if one continues the trend line pinpointed in Dwight Garner‘s piece in the New York Times’ Week in Review section, which he claims he wouldn’t have written if he’d not found out about Sara Gruen‘s $5 million deal for THE APE HOUSE in last week’s article by Motoko Rich (even though it’s been common knowledge for, I dunno, months?)

Anyway, Garner wants to know why the American reading public is so animal-crazy. “Americans have become existentially lonely,” said Jon Katz, author of DOG DAYS. “We’re disconnected from nature and from the animal parts of ourselves. We’re living in cities and we’re generally frustrated by our work and dissatisfied with politics, technology and religion, all of which have mostly failed to uplift us as promised. So we’ve been turning to animals for companionship and love and emotional support.” Of course, some of those offerings – coughcoughJONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULLcoughcough – might not be the best examples of what Katz is talking about, but as Garth Stein‘s book deal illustrates, animals are still very, very hot in publishing.