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Tess Gerritsen Raising $25,000 in War Against Alzheimer’s

Novelist Tess Gerritsen has declared war on Alzheimer’s, trying to raise $25,000 for The Scripps Research Institute.

The disease took her father’s life, so Gerritsen has a powerful stake in the future of this research. Readers can donate for a chance to star in an upcoming novel by the thriller novelist. Check it out:

I’m declaring war on Alzheimer’s. This war can be won, and our fiercest warriors are scientists. They’re tantalizingly close to understanding the mechanisms of this disease, and how it can be prevented … Join me in the battle — and win a chance at a unique prize: to name a character in a Rizzoli & Isles novel! Won’t it be fun to see yourself (or someone you love) chatting with Jane and Maura on the page? You might be a hero, or you might be a villain — you never know!

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Tess Gerritsen Lands Book Deal for Two New Rizzoli & Isles Thrillers

Thriller novelist Tess Gerritsen has inked a book deal with Ballantine Bantam Dell to publish two more Rizzoli & Isles books. The deal also included an e-original story called “John Doe.”

The books follow the adventures of homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and forensics pathologist Dr. Maura Isles, the inspiration for the TV series Rizzoli & Isles–just renewed by TNT for its fourth season.

Jane Rotrosen Agency agent Meg Ruley negotiated the deal with publisher Libby McGuire and editorial director Linda Marrow.

26 Thriller Writers Collaborate on Serial Novel for Charity

The new serial novel No Rest for the Dead features writing contributions by 25 thriller writers, including Sandra Brown, Jeffrey Deaver, R.L. StineGayle Lynds and Alexander McCall Smith. Novelist David Baldacci wrote the introduction to the charity novel.

Strand magazine managing editor Andrew Gulli and Lamia Gulli edited four-year project. Proceeds from the Simon & Schuster novel will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, honoring the memory of Andrew’s mother.

Here’s more about the serial novel: “When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found in an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death.”

Peek Inside the Philadelphia Inquirer Fiction Reviews Bookshelf

bookshelf.jpgSpace, resources, and freelance budgets are shrinking at traditional book review outlets. But one thing hasn’t decreased: the number of incoming galleys.

In a sobering essay entitled “Why the hell won’t they review my book,” author Tess Gerritsen included that snapshot from the galley bookshelves at Philadelphia Inquirer. This GalleyCat editor has a big stack on his desk, but the Inquirer‘s July galleys pile dwarfs our stack.

Check it out: “You are looking at the July fiction reviews bookshelf of the Philadelphia Inquirer. These are the galleys that the Inquirer is considering for reviews during the month of July. Mind you, this is only the fiction section; the nonfiction section has a cabinet with just as many galleys waiting for review. This is only for the month of July, and these are the survivors after a severe winnowing down of all the galleys the newspaper received for this month.”

What do you think? How can writers ever find readers in this overwhelming environment? Yesterday, the CEO of BookTour.com had some suggestions.

Bestselling Author Tess Gerritsen Investigates Book Pirates

tessg23.pngWith a nod to GalleyCat’s unofficial Piracy Week, bestselling novelist Tess Gerritsen did some investigative reporting about how many copies of her books are currently being pirated. Gerritsen (pictured, via) wrote a long post about her pirated work.

Here is her report: “[I] checked out how many Tess Gerritsen books were available for free downloading. I found over ninety files available, in a variety of languages, including the entire Jane Rizzoli series. The site tells you how many times the files have been downloaded, and at least 4,000 copies in English have been downloaded. That’s 4,000 book sales I never made. And that’s just the English titles, on just one site. Were I to track down every site on the web that offers free downloads of my books, I’m guessing the number would be many times that number. Thousands and thousands of book sales that never happened because readers got the stories for free.”

What do you think? Include your thoughts in the comments section for a future post. Earlier this week, we posted four perspectives on book piracy, as authors, publishers, and researchers weighed in on the global marketplace for pirated books.

ITW Prepares for a Serial Thrill

In May 2006, the International Thriller Writers organization was gearing up to launch its first anthology, THRILLER; its first fan conference, ThrillerFest, and a whole host of related activities. The infrastructure was in place for what would prove to be a successful anthology and conference, but as always, a big question loomed: what to do next?

The same question was on the minds of the folks at Audible, the Newark-based audio book publisher. Sales of titles were growing and a partnership with iTunes continued to help land them new listeners. But what of something wholly original, built entirely from the ground up that would grab people’s attention in a major way? They couldn’t do it alone, though; a partner would have to be brought on board.

It would take a few months of coordination and logistical hurdles, but in the end, ITW and Audible found common ground in the form of what’s currently titled the Serial Thriller. Set to launch “sometime this fall,” according to Audible Director of Content Steve Feldberg, the project, edited by Jim Fusilli, is a book-length format written in series by some of the genre’s top names and emerging talents. Jeffery Deaver will author the opening and closing chapters; others announced as adding intervening 14-odd chapters include Lee Child, Lisa Scottoline, David Hewson and Joseph Finder. Once all the chapters are written (something that Fusilli says should happen by the beginning of July) Audible will recruit a single narrator to record the entire serial novel, which Feldberg adds is tentatively scheduled to be released`2 chapters at a time over the course of eight weeks.

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Dutton To Publish Meg Gardiner in the US

It worked for Ron McLarty, and now the Stephen King Anointment Test (TM) works once more for Meg Gardiner. After teasing her readers earlier this week with the news of an American deal, she supplied more information yesterday afternoon: Ben Sevier at Dutton pre-empted the rights to all five of her novels, plus two new titles from Britt Carlson at Gelfman Schneider (acting on behalf of Jonny Pegg at Curtis Brown.) The backlist will be published as mass market paperback originals by NAL, while the next titles – the sixth Evan Delaney series installment plus THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB, a standalone thriller set in San Francisco – will debut here in hardcover, with the standalone going first in summer 2008. No terms are known, but seeing as this is a seven-book deal, the amount of money has to be fairly substantive, though the per-book ratio may break down to more manageable numbers. Comments from Carlson and Sevier are still pending, and will be added once they come in.

On the face of it, this looks like a smart acquisition on all sides. Starting Gardiner in mass market means (as I explained last month) that her audience can build quickly and demand will grow until a suitable splash is made with the first hardcover release. For Dutton, Gardiner will enable them to tap into the audience that reads other New York Times bestselling female thriller writers like Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and Alison Brennan while adding a necessary counterpart to a predominantly male thriller list (including Harlan Coben, Jonathon King, Juan Gomez-Jurado and Stephen White.) It’s also Sevier’s first thriller acquisition and his second major deal since moving to Dutton earlier this year. So while a lot is riding on Gardiner to live up to the expectations set by King’s blurb and Abebooks’ inability to keep her UK editions in stock, the likelihood is that this risk will pay off in spades.

UPDATE: Dutton has released an announcement about Gardiner’s six-figure deal, which was finalized last Friday evening. Sevier will edit Gardiner’s new novels for hardcover publication, which Dutton will release in the summer of 2008. “For such a talented thriller writer to have gone unpublished in her own country for so long is difficult to imagine, and I look forward to helping Meg find the American audience she so clearly deserves,” says Sevier in the announcement. “THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB is everything I look for in a suspense novel-fast-moving, inventive, with an engaging heroine in Jo Beckett and a plot that twists and turns toward an explosive finale set against the backdrop of an earthquake-addled San Francisco.” As for the backlist, Dutton spokeswoman Beth Parker said by email this morning that they had not been scheduled for publication by NAL as yet.