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Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Was The Bestselling Book of 2013: USA Today

inferno304Dan Brown‘s Inferno was the bestselling book of 2013, according to USA Today‘s Bestsellers list which tracked book sales in the US from Dec. 31, 2012-Dec. 29, 2013.

Divergent by Veronica Roth was No. 2 on the list. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney reached No. 3 on the list. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks was No. 4 and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was the No. 5 bestselling book of the year.

Here is more from USA Today:

Of the best sellers tracked by USA TODAY each week, 80% were fiction. That’s the highest since the list was begun in 1993, breaking 2011′s record of 78%. The top non-fiction book of 2013 at No. 9 was Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Their 2012 book, Killing Kennedy, continued to sell last year, finishing at No. 61.

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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.

Erica Jong & Nicholas Sparks Get Booked

a56eb87967b18ed1a759e0262ae847daHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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 Savannah Book Festival’s “An Evening with Nicholas Sparks” event will take place at the Savannah’s Trustees Theater. See him on Tuesday, October 8th at the Savannah’s Trustees Theater starting 6 p.m. (Savannah, GA)

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Brooklyn Book Festival, McSweeney’s & Nicholas Sparks Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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.

Harlan Coben and Nicholas Sparks will come together for a conversation on Sparks’ latest novel, The Longest Ride. Hear them on Thursday, September 19th at Barnes & Noble Union Square starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Magician Reproduces Nicholas Sparks Scene on the Street

In a surreal street stunt, magician Jarek 1:20 recently convinced a number of women to reproduce the romantic rain scene from Nicholas SparksThe Notebook (and the famous film adaptation).

Jarek released a video (embedded above) about the stunt on his howtoDisturbReality YouTube channel. Here’s more about his social media magic:

His knowledge of social dynamics and fascination for self-improvement and entertainment has earned his spot amongst the top five magicians in social media. Jarek started producing videos for YouTube, teaching sleight of hand and the art of astonishment, at the age of 18 … [he now performs] magic and hypnosis at parties with friends, corporate events, holiday parties, and giving motivational speeches to junior high and high school students about the importance to Rise Above second-class behavior and pursue your ambitions, no matter how ridiculous they may seem.

Stephen King Leads List of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Authors

The Hollywood Reporter has picked the top 25 Most Powerful Authors in Hollywood.

The top five writers on the list are all literary band names. Stephen KingElmore LeonardNicholas SparksEL James and Suzanne Collins hold the top five spots, respectively. However, the magazine also listed a number of “Authors To Look Out For,” a list filled with up-and-coming authors. We’ve rounded up those top six writers below…

Here’s more about the list: “THR selected those living authors who have been most successful in shepherding their books from page to screen, balancing success in publishing (total output, sales, best-sellers) and in Hollywood (completed adaptations, projects in development, screenwriting and producing credits) while accounting for cultural influence. More power to them.”

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Novelist Nicholas Sparks Gets Into TV

Bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks is developing projects for television, including a show based on his novel, A Bend in the Road.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story: “Sparks, 46, has put shows into development at three cable networks through Nicholas Sparks Productions, the shingle he started in April with his longtime literary agent Theresa Park. (UTA’s Elise Henderson joined in July as head of TV.)” Read more

Nicholas Sparks Beat Box Office Predictions After Social Media Campaign

Novelist Nicholas Sparks reached out to his Twitter and Facebook community to promote the release of The Lucky One film earlier this year. Following the campaign, the adaptation of one of his novel defied box office predictions.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sparks talked about his recent experiments in social media strategy, including tweets from actors in his film, a Foursquare push and a Google+ Hangout (video embedded above). Here’s more about the campaign:

The result: social media conversation about Mr. Sparks spiked by more than 300%, and tracking surrounding opening weekend for “The Lucky One” started to climb, according to Eric Kuhn, an agent at United Talent Agency who was hired last year as a specialist in social media. (The movie ultimately opened to a $23 million weekend, more than 50% better than predicted.)

Dan Mallory Heads to William Morrow

Dan Mallory will serve as the new executive editor at HarperCollins’ William Morrow imprint, leaving his post as editorial director at Little, Brown UK/Hachette’s Sphere. He will start the new position on October 8th.

Here’s more from the release: Dan has worked with many bestselling and renowned authors including Patricia Cornwell, Val McDermid, Louise Penny, Nicholas Sparks, and Mitch Albom, and launched The Crime Vault, a digital first crime/thriller imprint, and Trapdoor, a dedicated crime-in-translation imprint with Grand Central.

Mallory will acquire and edit books at William Morrow, but he will also launch a crime and thriller digital first line for the publisher.

Zac Efron Stars in ‘The Lucky One’ Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released a trailer for the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks‘ 2008 novel, The Lucky One. We’ve embedded the trailer in the video above–what do you think?

The movie will hit theaters in April 2012. Scott Hicks directed and High School Musical actor Zac Efron plays the lead role.

Here’s more from Indiewire: “[Efron] stars as a Iraq war veteran whose life is saved when he randomly stumbles across a picture of a woman in the desert sand, just before a bomb goes off. The kicker is that she’s like, totally hot. So he does what any sane and rational person does, he tracks her down, but instead of telling her his story, he takes a job on her farm/ranch/whatever, becomes involved in her life, makes sweet gauzy love to her and then winds up looking like a total douche when she finds out his secret before he tells her.” (via Shelf Awareness)

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