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Gossip Girl Author on Working With Book Packagers

Before her meteoric rise to the top with Gossip GirlCecily von Ziegesar worked as an editor for Alloy, a book packaging company, and knows too well what authors experience getting their titles onto shelves.  So what are her thoughts on allegations that the company takes advantage of its writers?

“You know what you’re getting into when you work with that packager,” von Ziegesar said in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview. “I think if you honestly looked at a lot of the series where the writers have worked with packagers, they just wouldn’t have happened otherwise, because it takes that many people to get something in that quantity out that quickly — to a certain quality, too, because it’s a big endeavor. And they’re able to make it all happen well and fast.”

For von Ziegesar’s tips on conquering writer’s block and to find out how she got Gossip Girl on TV, read the full interview.

 

 

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Jonathan Karp Cameo on ‘Gossip Girl’ TV Show

Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp made a guest appearance on the season four finale of Gossip Girl last night.

Karp (pictured, via) negotiated over a manuscript deal with one of the main characters. Posters featuring Chris Cleave‘s Little Bee and Incendiary decorated his office.

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The Long Tail & The Art of War Adapted as Comic Books

Beginning in April, Round Table Companies will offer comic book adaptations of best-selling nonfiction books.

Here’s more from the press release: “In partnership with Smarter Comics, Round Table Companies will release six comic books on April 16, 2011 in bookstores throughout the U.S. and Indigo bookstores in Canada, as well as in Hudson News stores on May 1, 2011. Additionally, readers can download a digital version of the books for free, online or on the SmarterComics Android applications from April 1 to July 1, 2011.”

The titles up for adaptation include The Long Tail by Chris AndersonOverachievement by Dr. John EliotHow to Master the Art of Selling by Tom Hopkins, Mi Barrio by Robert Renteria, Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life by Larry Winget, and The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

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New York Comic Con Random News Round-Up

New York Comic Con took place over the course of a 3-day weekend and was jam-packed with events, panels, and screenings. This GalleyCat correspondent perked her ears for bits of news throughout the convention:

1.  R&B artist Ne-Yo received the support of comic book legend Stan Lee for a comic he created and wrote entitled Libra Scale.

2. As we noted, The Archie series’ first gay character, Kevin Keller will have his own stand alone 4-book series. His debut appearance in Veronica issue #202 demanded for a re-printing and it was only released on September 1st 2010.

3. Melissa de la CruzBlue Bloods will be adapted into graphic novel format and published by Disney’s Hyperion. Editor Christian Trimmer jokingly said, “Blue Bloods is ‘Gossip Girl‘ meets ‘Twilight.’”

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Gossip Girl Producer Lands Book Deal for YA Trilogy

randomhousekids.JPGTaking a break from his role as executive producer on television’s Gossip Girl, writer John Stephens has sold his middle-grade fantasy trilogy to Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. The trilogy “charts the tale of three siblings, Kate, Michael, and Emma; the ancient prophecy to which they are the key; and the magical world of danger and adventure through which they must journey.”

Entitled The Books of Beginning, the series begins with the publication of The Emerald Atlas in spring 2011. Agent Simon Lipskar of Writers House sold the book to executive editor Michelle Frey. Stephens served as a writer-producer on Gilmore Girls and The O.C. before working on Gossip Girl.

Lipskar had this statement: “The passion and excitement for this book is pouring forth from every corner of the globe … I haven’t experienced such an immediate and overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to a novel in a very, very long time.”