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Janet Evanovich & Kathryn Stockett Sell One Million Kindle eBooks

Authors Janet Evanovich and Kathryn Stockett have each sold more than a million Kindle books, joining what Amazon has termed the “Kindle Million Club.”

The authors join the likes of Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Michael Connelly and John Locke, who have also passed the million mark in sales of their eBooks in the Kindle Store. According to the release, Stockett is the first debut novelist to reach this milestone.

Evanovich’s latest novel Smokin’ Seventeen has spent more than 100 days on the Kindle Best Seller list. Stockett’s novel, The Help, has been No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and was just adapted into a film.

Tom Cruise Could Play Jack Reacher

Deadline New York broke the news that Tom Cruise is currently considering the role of thriller hero Jack Reacher in an adaptation of a novel from Lee Child‘s bestselling Reacher series.

Do you think Cruise could handle this hardboiled role? Christopher McQuarrie will direct the film,  One Shot. Follow this link to read an excerpt from the novel.

Here’s more from the article: “I’m told that the author himself is excited about Cruise playing the role, that Cruise personifies the qualities Reacher displays in the books. As for Reacher’s hulking physical size, Child wasn’t locked into an oversized actor (one reason the film took so long to get off the ground), and it was more about establishing an intimidating presence.”

Michael Connelly is the Seventh Writer to Sell 1 Million Kindle eBooks

Amazon made the announcement that mystery writer Michael Connelly has sold more than one million Kindle eBooks. This makes him the seventh writer to be inducted into the “Kindle Million Club.”

Connelly (pictured, via) recently published the twenty third book in the Mickey Haller series, The Fifth Witness. He had this statement in the press release: “As a storyteller it brings me particular fulfillment to know so many readers are receiving my work through the Kindle. Added to that, my name is now on a list of an amazing group of writers. I am very proud of this moment.”

Last week, Hunger Games novelist Suzanne Collins became the first children’s author and the sixth member of the “Kindle Million Club.” The first inductee was Millennium trilogy author Stieg Larsson followed by James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, and Lee Child.

Suzanne Collins Becomes First Children’s Author To Sell 1 Million Kindle eBooks

Novelists Lee Child and Suzanne Collins joined the “Kindle Million Club” today, the fifth and sixth authors to sell more than one million eBooks through Amazon.

According to Amazon’s announcement, Collins became the first children’s author to achieve this digital feat. Other members of the club include Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris.

Thriller novelist Child added this comment: ““I started writing at the same time Amazon first went live, back in 1995, and it has been a thrill to move forward together through the years and through the generations of new technology … I’m really delighted to have hit this current milestone, and I look forward to many more together.”

Do Blurbs Matter?

Do blurbs matter when you buy a book?

Over at The Awl, six authors shared vastly different opinions about blurbs. They also offered some practical advice about getting blurbs for your own work–add your thoughts and advice in the comments.

Mystery novelist Stefanie Pintoff (pictured, via) defended blurbs: “I believe they can be very helpful to debut novels, for which of course there are no reviews in place. The best blurbs come from an author writing within the same genre, since they will take advantage of a shared audience. For example, for a thriller debut, a blurb from Michael Connelly or Lee Child is an instant attention-getter and lends an air of credibility to the book. Authors can be very busy, so connections matter (sharing an agent or editor for example).”

Novelist Kate Christensen shared her blurb memories: “Two close friends blurbed my first novel. I am forever in their debt, and I found the whole process a bit humiliating. No strangers were willing to blurb me on the strength of the book itself, and my editor asked many people, far and wide … My later books were beautifully blurbed by a several generous fellow writers I barely knew—people I now adore and feel indebted to, although I still barely know them.”

‘The Silence of the Lambs’ Leads NPR List of Top 100 Thrillers

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Counting more than 100,000 votes, NPR Books has assembled a list of Killer Thrillers, readers’ picks for the top 100 thrillers of all time.

Surprisingly, recent bestsellers like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown were topped by a serial killer classic. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris took first place on the thriller list.

Here’s more from the site: “Who is the NPR audience’s favorite thriller writer? It’s the King, of course — Stephen King, who landed six titles in the top 100. Lee Child comes next, with four winning books. And, at three titles each, Michael Crichton, Dennis Lehane and Stieg Larsson tie for third.”

How to Find an Agent for Your Animal Writing

searchrescue.jpgOver the last few years, library cats and journalists’ dogs have inspired a number of bestselling books. If you’re thinking about writing about your pet, keep reading–we interviewed an expert about the whole process.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was canine handler and author Susannah Charleson–talking about how she landed a book deal for her new book, Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog. Charleson explained how she turned her passion into a timely book about her Golden Retriever search and rescue partner, Puzzle (pictured, with the author).

Press play below to listen to the whole interview.

Charleson explained: “Animal writing is tremendously popular. Of course standout books have done extremely well commercially. There’s a huge readership that’s interested in our connection with animals. It’s a field ripe for searching and exploring, if you can pardon the metaphor.”

After the jump, Charleson told us how she found her agent, Jim Hornfischer.

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Bantam Dell Publisher Nita Taublib Steps Down

bdlogo.jpgAs news broke of an imprint merger at Random House today, the conglomerate publisher announced that Bantam Dell publisher Nita Taublib will be leaving the company. She will serve as a consultant until June, helping set up the newly formed Ballantine Bantam Dell unit.

For almost 30 years, Taublib has worked with an amazing list of authors, including: Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child, and George R. R. Martin. In 1999, the NY Times interviewed the then-deputy publisher about her work with novelist Iris Johansen.

Here’s more from the memo about Taublib’s departure: “Nita has an enviable combination of editorial wisdom–that innate sense of what readers want to read–with great management skills and a talent for nurturing her authors and her staff. When Bantam Dell became part of the Random House Publishing Group fifteen months ago, Nita was invaluable in bringing the groups together. She has graciously agreed to continue with us through June as a consultant to assist us during this transition.”

View the complete memo about Taublib’s departure after the jump.

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Read Like a NY Times Columnist

16293_kristof_nicholas_d.gifEver wish you could peek into the bookshelf of a New York Times columnist? This week The Daily Beast fulfilled your desires with special feature looking at Nicholas Kristof‘s favorite books (pictured, via Sara Barrett).

The columnist is currently promoting his own book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” so the list is especially timely. His list includes everything from a Lee Child thriller to a Chinese memoir to a book about world poverty.

Here are the columnist’s thoughts about “Commencement” by J. Courtney Sullivan: “A terrific debut novel following a group of young friends at Smith College in the years before and after graduation. It’s a literary page-turner that was just published a few months ago, and it’s a beautiful exploration of friendship and feminism.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafon Novel Debuts on Top of Indie Bestseller List

1403 copy.jpgDuring its debut week on the list, “The Angel’s Game” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon topped the Indie Bestseller List in the hardcover fiction category.

After polling hundreds of independent booksellers around the country, IndieBound released the Indie Bestseller List for the sales week ended Sunday, June 21, 2009. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell topped the nonfiction hardcover list. Here are the top five fiction hardcover books on the list. Nonfiction hardcover list follows after the jump…

1. ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Doubleday
2. ‘Shanghai Girls’ by Lisa See, Random House
3. ‘The Scarecrow’ by Michael Connelly, Little Brown
4. ‘The Help’ Kathryn Stockett, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
5. ‘Gone Tomorrow’ by Lee Child, Delacorte

UPDATE: A previous version of this post mistakenly identified ‘The Angel’s Game’ as a debut novel.

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