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Warren Ellis To Launch FSG Digital Original Program

Farrar, Straus and Giroux will launch a new “Digital Original” line with a 99-cent Dead Pig Collector eBook by Warren Ellis. In June, Mulholland Books cancelled publication of the same book.

The comes out July 30th, followed by a digital original from Robin Sloan this fall.  Next year, FSG will also traditionally publish Ellis’ first nonfiction book, Spirit Tracks. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

Dead Pig Collector introduces readers to Mister Sun, a very proficient businessman whose trade is the murder and spotless removal of human beings. Like any businessman, he knows each transaction is only as good as his client—and today’s client, in Los Angeles, has turned out to be so dangerously stupid that Mister Sun’s work and life are now in jeopardy.

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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

Help 15 Authors Finish a Short Story on Goodreads

Ever wish you could help your favorite novelist finish writing a story?

Over at Goodreads, a team of authors played a game of exquisite corpse and wrote part of a short story together. Participating authors included Charles Yu, Robin Sloan, Anne Lamott and Ally Condie. Now you can help them finish the story:

What’s the best way to celebrate May’s National Short Story Month? With a brand-new short story, of course! We’ve enlisted 15 brave and brilliant authors, starting with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, for a bout of Exquisite Corpse—the classic parlor game popularized by the Surrealists, wherein each participant continues a story based only on the previous person’s lines. All of the writers are seeing the full story for the first time with this post, but our Internet experiment isn’t over. Last up was the legendary Margaret Atwood, and now it’s your turn. Keep the game going in the comments section!

Free Samples of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

The finalists for the 33rd annual Los Angeles Times Book Prize have been revealed, and we’ve collected free samples of all their books below–some of the best books released in 2012. Here’s more about the awards:

“The winners of the L.A. Times book prizes will be announced at an awards ceremony April 19, the evening before the L.A. Times Festival of Books, April 20-21. Held on USC’s campus in Bovard Auditorium, the awards are open to the public; tickets will be made available in late March.”

 

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Novel Rises to Top of Fundraising Website

4038104499_d5314bbd0f.jpgIt was an amazingly busy day for publishing news today, so we rounded up a slew of links for your mid-afternoon reading pleasure.

Novelist Robin Sloan has managed to raise more than $12,600 from over 500 backers for his novel–becoming the second most popular project on the fundraising website, Kickstarter.

Last night some of the city’s biggest literary stars competed in a spelling bee to support PEN America.

Over at the Poetry Foundation, poet Eileen Myles interviewed fellow poet CA Conrad with an provocative first sentence: “Sex is problematic.”

Utne Reader named digital publishing advocate Richard Nash one of the “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Macmillan released a book trailer based on an infamous murder.

Google Adwords as Novel Writing Tool

sloanro-the-sloanyo2.small.jpgThousands of writers use Google for every step of the writing process, from building novel research to picking the best literary agent. Now, one writer has used Google to name a character in his new novel.

In a literary experiment, author Robin Sloan (pictured) built a Google Adwords campaign, exploring what people are looking for when they click on search terms related to his novel, including “mystery, detective story, sherlock holmes, noir,” and others. Then, by spending a little bit of money, Sloan actually tested out a number of different names for the protagonist of his novel–finding out which name drew the most hits from Google users. In another fascinating experiment, Sloan used the fundraising site Kickstarter to finance his book.

Here’s more about the ingenious experiment: “[I came] up with a whole set of names, basically wide variations on a theme. One was my original pick, but I liked all of them. Then, I created an ad for each one, all with the same body text but each with a different name swapped in for the headline. Allocated a small budget ($40, to be exact) and kicked off the campaign. And wow there are a lot of people searching for stuff on Google. Over the span of 24 hours, my ads made about 100,000 impressions.” (Via Fimoculous)