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Write One Letter & Get Five Letters Back from The Rumpus

When was the last time you wrote a letter? If you write one letter, you will get five letters back in a new program from The Rumpus.

The Rumpus successfully tested the Letters To Each Other program earlier this year, so the literary site has opened up the letter-writing experience to all readers. This GalleyCat editor already mailed his letter. Here are all the details, from The Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott‘s email newsletter:

You send in a letter, single page (double sided OK) and include a regular size #10 self addressed stamped envelope. We’ll make copies of all the letters and send five letters back to you in the stamped envelope you provided. Please include at least $2 to cover the cost of copying, pizza for envelope stuffers, etc. Easy peezy. Send one letter, get five letters back. Send your letter to: Karen Duffin, 3288 21st Street #202, San Francisco, CA 94110. Letters must be postmarked no later than June 15. If you don’t live in the United States please make a donation using Paypal for at least $3. Print out the receipt for your donation and include it with your letter and self addressed envelope. International letter writers don’t need to include a stamp on their return envelope.

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Dave Eggers Unveils His New Novel

Dave Eggers will publish a new novel with McSweeney’s at the end of the month.

A Hologram For The King tells the story of an aging businessman’s “last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure” and sell digital technology in Saudi Arabia. Over at The Rumpus, Eggers talked with author Stephen Elliott about his upcoming novel.

Eggers explained how he discovered the idea: “My brother-in-law had just been to Saudi Arabia with his company, and he told me about these cities that King Abdullah is trying to construct from scratch, these centers of education and manufacturing and other catalysts for a post-oil economy. I was fascinated by the idea of American businesspeople coming to these nascent cities in the desert, trying to get in on the ground floor. That was the start of it at least, and it gelled with some ideas I was having about this aging businessman who’s painted himself into a corner.”

The Rumpus Will Mail You a Letter

As literary journals around the world search for new ways to support themselves, The Rumpus has found an unexpected new strategy–readers can subscribe to receive a weekly letter (via postal service) from the literary website.

Check it out: “The Rumpus is finally starting a print subscription. We’d like to say this was the plan all along, but we’ve actually never had a plan. It’s called Letters In The Mail. Almost every week you’ll receive a letter, in the mail. Letter writers will include Stephen Elliott, Janet Fitch, Nick Flynn, Margaret Cho, Cheryl Strayed, Wendy MacNaughton, and Emily Gould. Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative friends, before this whole internet/email thing.”

What writers do you want to receive letters from?

Fastest, Easiest & Cheapest Way to Make a Book Video

Last week indie rock singer and author Alina Simone shared her secret for creating the “fastest, easiest and cheapest” book trailer on the Morning Media Menu podcast.

Simone also  talked about her new memoir, You Must Go and Win and shared book promotion tips for writers. Her homemade video (embedded above) featured Eugene Mirman and Stephen Elliott brainstorming promotional ideas.

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McSweeney’s To Publish Novel about Donald Rumsfeld

When former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld publishes his memoir on February 8th, McSweeney’s will publish a “high-wire allegory” entitled Donald on the same day. Written by Stephen Elliott and Eric Martin, the novel will be a paperback original.

Here’s more from the release (click to enlarge the cover image): “As America’s infamous former Secretary of Defense lies poised to unleash his wistful recollections and rewriting of the war on terror, authors Eric Martin and Stephen Elliott humbly submit their take on the historical record: Donald. What would happen if Donald Rumsfeld, former defense secretary and architect of the war on terror, was abducted at night from his Maryland home, held without charges in his own prison system, denied a trial, and kept in a place where no one could find him, beyond the reach of the law?”

OR Books pulled a similar move in 2009, releasing an essay collection entitled Going Rouge: Sarah Palin: An American Nightmare on the same day Palin’s Going Rogue memoir was published.

Portable Book Club: Stephen Elliott Builds The Adderall Diaries App

Author Stephen Elliott has created an iPhone and iPad app for his memoir, The Adderall Diaries. The app includes  a discussion board where readers can share thoughts, like a portable book club.

“I don’t like the way current ebooks are packaged,” explained Elliott.  “I wanted to offer readers a better experience.” Drawing on the success of his socially networked literary site, The Rumpus, he worked with Electric Literature to build an interactive discussion board.

Elliott explained the difference: “The app is different from the kindle or iBook version, both just released. Like the kindle and the iBook it includes the entire book with a proprietary reader, but The Adderall Diaries app also includes a discussion board to talk about the book with other readers, extras like sixty pages of book tour diaries and a video interview, along with a feed to keep you up to date with news and events.”

Booked: Digital Book Party Tonight

ebooksummit02.gifNovember is high event season in the publishing world. To keep you posted about upcoming events, we’ve launched a new Booked feature–building a literary event calendar for GalleyCat readers.

First, we must mention the GalleyCat-sponsored eBook summit party tonight (Nov. 16) at NYC’s Bubble Lounge. Join GalleyCat writers and readers for a drink and a chance to win a free ticket to the eBook Summit. The party runs from 6:30 until 8:30, moving this virtual conversation about publishing into the real world. Click here to RSVP for a spot.

On Nov. 17, Stephen Elliott will host Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Ames, Rick Moody, Vanessa Hidary and the kid-core band, Care Bears on Fire for a literary night sponsored by The Rumpus and Tin House literary event at the Highline in Manhattan.

On Nov. 19, join Lily Burana, Isobella Jade, and Rachel Kramer Bussel for the fourth anniversary party for the In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series.

On Nov. 19, author Greil Marcus will visit Columbia University to perform his his book, “Lipstick Traces”–incorporating visual material, props and monologue in the 20th anniversary celebration performance.

To include your literary event in future postings, email GalleyCat.

If You Love Your Book…

If you love your book, set it free. Frustrated by the old advance copy review system, author Stephen Elliott broke one of the old rules of book publicity–giving advance copies of his book to anyone who asked.

Elliott mailed a copy of his new book, “The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder,” to one interested reader, and let that reader mail the advance copy to the next reader. As he explains in this exclusive video interview, this informal “lending library” had some unexpected community-building results.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “It used to be only the media elite would get advance copies of books. But now, I think anybody that wants to read the book, you should give them an advance copy. It used to be you would send out five galley copies to media professionals and maybe one of them would read it. With my lending library, I would send out one copy and five people would read it. So it’s a lot more efficient.”

Book Covers Uncovered

9780670021147L.jpgThe NY Observer initiated a literary blog conversation over the future of book jackets this week, highlighting fall books that lack these customary covers, like “Bicycle Diaries” by David Byrne.

Today on the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven discussed the future of the book jacket in the age of digital books. What do you think–can the glossy slipcover last in the 21st Century?

Here’s more, from the article: “[E]ven though they’re hardcovers, their cover art is not printed on dust jackets but instead stamped directly onto the boards that hug their pages. The result is a handsome, eye-catching look that reflects a heightened awareness on the part of publishers that books these days cannot be counted on to simply sell themselves.”

Lit Mags Unite for NYC Extravaganza

elliott.jpgAs BookExpo America consumes New York City this weekend, three literary journals–The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, and Smith Mag–teamed up for an epic literary event at Highline Ballroom on May 30th. The line-up includes: comedians Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman, Nada Surf musician Matthew Caws; authors Anthony Swofford, Jessica Anthony, James Hannaham, and Amy Tan.

To find out more about the event, GalleyCat caught up with Stephen Elliott, the founder of the online literary site, The Rumpus. “Sometimes, especially in recent times, I’ll be hanging out with a bunch of writers or publishing people, and they’re so sad. For writers that not unusual. As a group we’re generally dissatisfied and the failing bookstores and magazines is just one more peg to hang that coat on. That has nothing to do with the state of the economy or how many books we’ve sold. It’s just part of our makeup and it’s probably one of the things that drives many of us to write,” Elliott explained.

“We think we’ll publish a book and it will make us happy. We’ve always thought that and it’s never been true … From the beginning The Rumpus has been a boost for everyone that cares about good books. One of our mottos is ‘Three celebrations for every complaint … We wanted to have a really positive event, do something fun, cheer everybody up if they’re feeling down, and celebrate celebrating if they’re not.”

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