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Changes Afoot at GalleyCat

twitter_galleycat_picture_bigger.jpgAs you may or may not have heard, this GalleyCat editor will now be working full-time at mediabistro.com. He will continue editing this site along with senior editor Ron Hogan and correspondent Jeff Rivera–working to build a stronger site and jump start some new projects.

Here’s more about the job from the LA Times: “Mediabistro is known for offering classes to journalists and wannabe journos, and now it will create a similar smattering of classes for publishing professionals and authors. Two things Jason Boog mentioned to Jacket Copy are helping people learn how to get books formatted for the Kindle and a class on iPhone apps. And odds are that something marketing-ish — say, using Facebook, Twitter or the social networking platform of the future — will be available too.”

We are grateful for your support over these last few years, and look forward to working with you in the future. With this new position, we can follow more leads, increase publishing curriculum and partnerships, and help shape the eBook Summit next month. Email us at jason [at] mediabistro [dot] com or write us on Twitter–send your tips, suggests, requests, and hopes for future GalleyCat projects.

Everybody Needs a Vacation

IMG_2509.JPG“The water was that clear turquoise color you get with a white sand bottom. I had never seen such a place. I wanted to take off all my clothes and never wear them again,” wrote Hunter S. Thompson about a particularly beautiful stretch of Puerto Rico, reminding us that everyone, from publishing folks to crazed journalists, needs a vacation.

Starting this afternoon, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog is leaving for a week-long vacation. He will return relaxed and refreshed on Monday, October 26, along with more unexpected publishing news, tech-savvy author interviews, Darwinian writing advice, and good old fashioned Apple Tablet speculation.

If you have any breaking news in the next week, you can still email GalleyCat your tips. Our senior editor Ron Hogan will hold down the GalleyCat fort next week, both on the site and on Twitter.

Tweets, They Are A-Changin’

sharepage.jpgLike Bob Dylan cutting a Christmas album, we’ve made a few changes here at GalleyCat central. The mediabistro.com tech crew has simplified the page design and added a host of social bookmarking buttons to make it easier to join the GalleyCat conversation.

Just click the red “Share” button at the bottom of the post to circulate a story the social network of choice, including: Digg, Facebook, Google Reader, Delicious, StumbleUpon, or MySpace. If you feel more inclined to tweet about the story, just click the green “Tweet” button. Along with the extra tools, bylines are now clearly delineated so you can send fan mail and angry letters straight to the correct GalleyCat editor.

Finally, senior editor Ron Hogan and editor Jason Boog have teamed up to curate the brand-new GalleyCat Twitter feed, bringing the publishing blog into the Twitter-sphere. Stop by and say hello, and pass along any comments about the design.

Jane Friedman Raises $3 Million for Publishing Start-Up

jfriedman23.jpgAfter studying a SEC filing for former HarperCollins publisher Jane Friedman‘s digital book publishing venture, paidContent reports that the industry veteran has raised $3 million in start-up funds for the project.

Friedman founded OpenRoad Integrated Media, joined by film producer Jeff Sharp and former HarperCollins executive Chris Lederer in her new venture. While the company’s plan is still under wraps, Friedman spoke about publishing with Larry Kirshbaum in a candid web video interview with Samantha Ettus. Also, GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan co-wrote a long profile of the publisher.

Here’s more from the article: “OpenRoad Integrated Media, a still-stealth NYC-based eBooks marketing and publishing startup, has raised $3 million in funding, in a round led by Bay Area Holdings, a fund affiliated with Kohlberg Ventures, according to a new SEC filing.” (Via Ryan Chapman)

Pick Publishing Panels for the SXSW Festival

sxsw23.jpgScores of publishing types are vying for a coveted spot at the SXSW Festival next year, proposing more than twenty panel discussions about the future of publishing. Online readers can vote on their favorite panels, helping determine the line-up at the festival next March.

Last year’s publishing panel sparked fireworks among literary bloggers. Over at BookSquare, Kassia Krozser has created an excellent list of all the voting options for 2010. Here’s a sampling of the entries, but be sure to vote on the complete list. Simply follow the individual links to vote.

-Beyond Publishing: When Every Book is Connected to Everyone: Stephanie Troeth, Book Oven (Hugh McGuire, Peter Brantley, Andrew Savikas, Kassia Krozser)
-A Brave New Future for Book Publishing : Kevin Smokler, CEO BookTour.com
-Romancing the e-Book: Publishing’s e-Volutionary Revolution: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency (includes GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan)
-The Novel in 2050: Richard Nash, Red Lemonade
-Book Publishing – The New Ecosystem: Maya Bisineer, Memetales
-Authors, Publishers and Social Media: Hug it Out: Tim O’Shaughnessy, LivingSocial
-Why Keep Blogging? Real Answers for Smart Tweeple: Emily Gordon, Emdashes.com founder, includes GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan.

Book Party “Rituals of the North American W.A.S.P.”

9780446197977_154X233.jpgNext week mediabistro.com will host the launch party for Lauren Lipton‘s new novel, ‘Mating Rituals Of The North American W.A.S.P.’

The party will be held on Wednesday, July 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Metro 53 in New York City. The first 50 people will receive a free copy of the book. There will be drink specials and a $4 specialty drink for the occasion: the Cape Codder. Earlier this year GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan interviewed Lipton about her work.

Here’s more about the book: “After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can’t remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man’s hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring.”

Rogue Digital Conference!

rogue.jpgThis year’s Romance Writers of America annual conference will not focus on digital publishing, as GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan summarized in an essay last month.

A number of writers, publishers, and readers have organized a rogue digital conference on July 16 at 8 a.m. in the same hotel. Entitled “Think Fresh, Think Digital,” the line-up includes Sarah Wendell of SmartBitchesTrashyBooks, (who was quite recently profiled), Jane Litte from Dear Author, Angela James, executive editor of Samhain Publishing, and the authors Maya Banks and Lauren Dane.

Here’s more from the post: “While we have some great sponsors including: Books on Board, Red Sage Publishing, Samhain Publishing, Quartet Press, and Smart Bitches, this is a streamlined event and we would ask you to bring your own tea, coffee, hashbrowns or donuts. That’s right, it’s BYOTCH-D.”

Al Franken Backlash

When the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that author and comedian Al Franken had won his U.S. Senate seat yesterday, the Internet simmered with a mix of jubilant, angry, and relieved posts.

On the Morning Media Menu, ABC News’ senior political reporter Rick Klein analyzed both sides of the debate. One GalleyCat reader had these thoughts: “We are living in a US nightmare. Too many crazy Dems in political office … and now a crude comedian. Please, someone make a time machine and take me back to the Dark Ages, when times were better.”

Even GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan tweeted his opinion: “Dear Republicans: A party that holds Fred Dalton Thompson in high esteem can just shut the hell up about Al Franken, thank you very much.”

Literary Internet Reacts to Alice Hoffman’s Tweet

As GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan explained so well this morning, novelist Alice Hoffman made waves in the Twitter-stream yesterday when she published critic Roberta Silman‘s telephone number and email address on Twitter–urging her fans to respond to a review in The Boston Globe.

The Twitter page with the post in question has disappeared but Hoffman still uses this Twitter page. The post generated a long stream of responses about the heightened interaction between authors, critics, and readers in the 21st Century.

This morning, three MediaBistro editors (no strangers to reader criticism themselves) debated this Twitter-versy during the Morning Media Menu. In addition, Afterward, Edward Champion, Literary Saloon, and Gawker analyzed the tweet read ’round the literary world.

Twitter Boot Camp Discount

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Next week @DunkinDonuts and @WholeFoods will join @FlashlightWorthyBooks for an all-day workshop about the mysterious, rapidly-expanding world of Twitter–and now, GalleyCat readers can get a $100 discount on the workshop.

O’Reilly Media will give readers $100 off the admission price for Twitter Bootcamp on Monday, June 15, 2009. Just enter the discount code: “GALLEY” at checkout. GalleyCat will be there, reporting on the bits of 140-character wisdom.

As GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan reported last month: “Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein will be presenting their wisdom to a live audience in Manhattan, at “Twitter Boot Camp.” (Disclosure: mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby is one of the scheduled presenters, and we’re looking forward to covering the event for GalleyCat.) ‘We’re thinking about this as a training day,’ Milstein told us, full of ‘useful, actionable information’ that should be of interest to corporate marketers, celebrities, authors, and any other public figures and institutions who want to stand out from the millions of other tweeters in the system.”

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