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James Patterson Recommends His Favorite Kids Books of the Year

jamespaAuthor James Patterson has shared his recommended reading list for kids with The Washington Post.

The bestselling author’s choices include titles: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris GrabensteinThe House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4) by Rick Riordan and The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors.

Patterson explains why he picked each book. Check it out:

Mr. Lemoncello’s library is definitely the coolest one in the world, and this is a story kids everywhere will love. The library has holograms and hover ladders — it’s even got an Imax theater! It has drawn comparisons to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” but Chris Grabenstein’s story really celebrates the magic of libraries and books. It will even teach you how to understand the Dewey decimal system and impress all your friends. You’ll want to plan a family trip to the local library when you reach the last page. Grabenstein has created something truly special, and I swear I’m not biased despite our previous collaborations on “I Funny” and “Treasure Hunters.”

Hachette Book Group U.S. Sales Up 11% in Q3

hachetteLagardère Publishing’s net sales reached about $563 million in the third quarter, up 6.6 percent from last year. The Hachette Book Group’s US sales specifically were up 11 percent year-over-year.
The publisher had 191 print and 73 eBooks on the New York Times bestseller list so far this year, with 45 No. 1 bestsellers to date, up 45 percent over the same period last year. According to the company, sales have been driven by major third quarter releases including: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka  J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis; David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; as well as Break Out! by Joel Osteen.
eBook sales were up during the quarter as well. Here is more from the press release:

In the US, ebooks represented 27% of HBG’s adult trade sales, up from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. At Hachette UK, digital sales rose to 30% of the company’s adult trade sales from 20% in the third quarter of 2012. For Lagardère Publishing, digital represented 9.4% of total net sales, compared to 6.4% in the third quarter of 2012.

Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ Turns 30

97803743845932013 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Witches by Roald Dahl.

Over the years, the book has frequently appeared on the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books. In a 2012 interview with The Telegraph, illustrator Quentin Blake confessed that the book shocked him and he found it “pretty frightening.”

Earlier this year, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published a 30th anniversary edition of the book that includes an introduction by James Patterson, photos, and reproductions of the original manuscript pages.

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James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Bestselling novelist James Patterson will give away one million dollars to indie bookstores around the country. According to the author, he will only have two conditions for giving out the money: “is it a viable bookstore?” and “do they have a children’s section?”

You can share the name of your favorite bookstore and get more information at this link. Patterson talked about the program on CBS This Morning. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:

We’re making this transition to e-books and that’s fine and good and terrific and wonderful, but we’re not doing it in an organized, sane, civilized way. So what’s happening right now is a lot of bookstores are disappearing, a lot of libraries are disappearing or they’re not being funded, school libraries aren’t being funded as well. This is not a good thing. It used to be you could find books everywhere. You go to Sweden, Sweden has 8 million people, a book will sell a million copies there.

Tim O’ Brien, James Patterson, & Vanessa Hidary Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The next installment of the Franklin Park Reading Series will feature five writers. Check it out on Monday, April 8th at the Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden starting 8:00 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Award-winning author Tim O’ Brien will deliver a lecture and sign copies of his hit book, The Things They Carried. See him on Tuesday, April 9th at the Coral Gables Congregational Church starting 7:30 p.m. (Miami, FL)

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Figment Launches James Patterson Insipired Writing Contest

The online writing community Figment has partnered with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to host The Kiss writing contest

Participants have the opportunity to win $500 in prize money and a 16GB iPad mini that contains eBooks by James Patterson. The winning story will be posted onto Patterson’s young-adult website; the victorious writer will also receive a personal message from Patterson on Facebook.

To enter, writers must write a short short story (500 words or less) “about a relationship that no one approves of” and submit it before the February 26th deadline.

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Promotions at Little, Brown & Company

A number of publishing professionals at Hachette’s Little, Brown & Company imprint were promoted this week.

Within the marketing/publicity department, four staff members have received promotions. Heather Fain has been named vice president, associate publisher and marketing director. Nicole Dewey has will now serve as vice president and executive director of publicity.

Sabrina Callahan‘s new title is now director of publicity for James PattersonTheresa Giacopasi has moved up to online publicity manager.

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World Book Night Titles Revealed for 2013

On April 23, 2013, 25,000 readers will give away a half million books in the United States to celebrate World Book Night. Below, we’ve listed the 30 books they will give away next year.

If you want to give away books to celebrate the event, follow this link to apply to be a book giver. You must apply before January 23, 2013. Novelists Ann Patchett and James Patterson will serve as the honorary chairpeople of the event and the authors have waived royalties for the books. Here’s more about the event:

volunteer book lovers [will] help promote reading by going into their communities and personally handing out specially printed copies to light or non-readers and to those without the means or access to printed books … The 30 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2013, chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians, were also announced. Thousands of copies of each World Book Night title will be printed as special, not-for-resale paperbacks.

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Sylvia Day Sells 100,000 Trade Paperbacks in a Week

Formerly self-published romance novelist Sylvia Day has sold 100,000 trade paperback copies of Reflected in You in a single week. The eBook was released in October and has already sold 450,000 copies.

According to Amazon’s new Author Rank feature, Day (pictured, via) is currently the fifth most popular writer on Amazon–alongside publishing giants like James PattersonJohn GrishamNora Roberts, and Suzanne Collins.

Interestingly enough, romance novelist Jessica Sorensen is currently the sixth most popular author at Amazon.  She is the only self-published author to make the top ten most popular authors list, and her new book rocketed to the top of our Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.

James Patterson Leads World’s Top-Earning Authors List

Forbes has just released its annual list of the World’s Top-Earning Authors. We’ve listed the top five writers below, along with their income–follow this link to see the whole list.

In his feature about the list, journalist Jeff Bercovici singled out Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling as rising stars on the list.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

At the height of “Fifty Shades” mania, the erotic novels were estimated to be generating as much as $1.3 million per week for their author, E.L. James. And that’s not counting the $5 million she received from Universal Pictures and Focus Films for the theatrical rights. Add it all up and James is assured of a place near the top of next year’s top authors list. (Perhaps “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer deserves a cut of that? James’s books originated as works of “Twilight” fan fiction.)

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