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Chris Baty, Founder of NaNoWriMo: “Anyone Can Write A Book”

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Chris Baty started a writing movement by accident. At the time, he figured it was just another one of his bad ideas and convinced five of his friends to join him in writing a book. Today, there are more than 226,000 participants signed up for NaNoWriMo, hoping to crank out a novel before the month’s end. Here, he discusses the catalyst for his success, what he’d like his legacy to be and why he believes anyone can be a writer:

The NaNoWriMo concept kind of suggests that anyone can write a book. Do you think this is true?
Oh my god, yeah. And I think everybody can write dozens of novels. You look back to the time when we were kids, and if you gave me a stick that I could make into a toy, I was basically good for seven hours. We were all so imaginative at a young age, just sort of running amuck in our imaginations and pretending. All of that is still in us. When we hit puberty, we start to do this thing where we ask, “Am I good at this?” We’re looking around and we’re seeing other people who are better than us at these things. That’s when we start to shut down those parts of ourselves.

For more on NaNoWriMo and Baty’s tips for novel-writing success, read: Hey, How’d You Start A Fiction-Writing Revolution, Chris Baty, Founder Of NaNoWriMo?

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Hard Case Crime Uncovers Lost Donald E. Westlake Novel

Today Hard Case Crime announced they will publish a lost novel by Donald E. Westlake. You can read a free sample at this link.

Hard Case will release the novel in 2012, the second hardcover title ever on the publisher’s list. Westlake passed away in 2009. Over his long career, he won the  Edgar Allan Poe Award three times.

Here’s more about the novel, from the release: “[Westlake]  decided not to publish the novel when, after completing it, he saw Martin Scorcese’s 1983 film The King of Comedy, whose premise also involves the kidnapping of a television comedian … [it] takes its title from the closing line of the tragic opera Pagliacci, and though the novel is about a comedian it is not itself a comedy. Rather, it is a high-tension suspense story focusing on the FBI’s efforts to capture the terrorists, the victim’s struggle to stay alive, and the kidnappers’ conflicts as their plans begin to go awry.”

George R. R. Martin Profiled in New Yorker

This week the New Yorker published a profile of fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin–exploring his relationship with his online fans (and detractors).

Here’s an excerpt from the online abstract: “An entire community of apostates—a shadow fandom—is now devoted to taunting Martin, his associates, and readers who insist that he has been hard at work on the series and has the right to take as much time as he needs. The online attacks on Martin suggest that some readers have a new idea about what an author owes them. They see themselves as customers, not devotees, and they expect prompt, consistent service.”

On April 17th, HBO will unveil a televised adaptation of Martin’s Game of Thrones (with some violent content). Above, we’ve embedded a sneak preview of the first 15 minutes of the series. What do you think?

Ice-T & His Wife Land Book Deals for Debut Novels

Law & Order star and hip-hop legend Ice-T will publish Kings of Vice (written with Mal Radcliff) with Tom Doherty Associates’ Forge Books imprint in September.

This fall, the imprint will also publish Angel by Nicole ‘Coco‘ Marrow–an actress and Ice-T’s wife. Ice-T (pictured, via) has more than 83,100  followers on Twitter and is also working on a memoir.

Here’s more about Ice-T’s upcoming book: “Marcus ‘Crush’ Casey is an ex-gang leader in a New York City on the edge of social and economic collapse. He walks out of Attica Penitentiary after serving 20 years behind bars with the realization that he must be part of the solution – but first he must take back his gang from the backstabbing lieutenant who handed him over to the Feds.”

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Radio Free Albemuth by Philip K. Dick Adapted

Above, we’ve embedded a trailer for an upcoming adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s strange novel, Radio Free Albemuth. The cast includes pop star Alanis Morissette and Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham.

What do you think about the trailer? Writer, director and producer John Alan Simon helms the indie project. The film already has a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Here’s more from Quiet Earth: “Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, Radio Free Albemuth follows the awakening of record store owner, Nicholas Brady, through visions communicated from a satellite of unknown origins (though probably VALIS). Under guidance from his visions, Nick rises up against the world’s fascist government masquerading as the United States of America.” (Via io9)

2010 Nebula Award Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association have announced the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards. The winners will be named at the Nebula Awards Banquet on May 21st in Washington D.C.

These awards recognize the following categories: short story, novelette, novella, and novel. In addition, three special awards honor filmmakers, young-adult writers, and outstanding contributors to the field.

Last year’s winners included Tor Books publisher Tom Doherty, novelist Paolo Bacigalupi, and short story writer Kij Johnson. Follow the jump to see this year’s nominees in a few of the top categories.

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