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ReShonda Tate Billingsley Reveals the Not-So-Glamorous Side of Book Tours

In the short video blog embedded above, author ReShonda Tate Billingsley recorded the tough side of a book tour in a video entitled “The Not-so Glamorous Life Of A Touring Author.”

What do you think–is a book tour worth the time, money and effort?

Billingsley just appeared at Books-A-Million in Jackson, Mississippi to sign copies of her twenty-third book Say Amen, Again. Altogether, she has ten more book tour events over the next two weeks.

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Harry Potter Contest on YouTube

Wave your wands and practice your patronus charms! MYX TV is hosting a video contest, asking hardcore Harry Potter fans to tape themselves reenacting their favorite scenes from the Harry Potter film series. We’ve embedded the promotional video above–it contains more details about the contest.

The prize package includes two tickets to the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, two tickets to a Harry Potter movie marathon, two tickets to “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” in New York and several pieces of official Harry Potter merchandise.

To enter, simply shoot your video and then upload it onto YouTube and add the “HARRYPOTTERMYX” tag to the video.The contestant who earns the most “likes” by the July 10th deadline will be declared the winner. What’s your favorite Harry Potter scene?

Lewis Carroll Reads ‘Jabberwocky’

In honor of National Poetry Month, we dug up an animated video of children’s author Lewis Carroll reading his poem, “Jabberwocky.”

The poem originated in Carroll’s novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

The poetryreincarnations channel on YouTube features videos where great poets are “reincarnated” through animation to read some of the most celebrated poetry of all time. Check it out and you’ll find clips with Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson.

How to Turn Your Photos Into a Graphic Novel

Ever wish your life was more like a comic book? With Photoshop, you can turn your photo album into a graphic novel.

Using the YouTube tutorial embedded above, you can use Photoshop to turn your digital photos into black and white images that look like comic book sketches.

What type of stories would you tell with your graphic novel?

Macmillan Surprised at Viral Campaign Success

Publishing News reports that Macmillan has achieved what has to be one of the most far-reaching viral campaigns for a book, with a film clip to promote Richard Wiseman‘s book QUIRKOLOGY. Footage of the psychologist conducting a trick observational experiment has now been seen by over 800,000 people on YouTube over the last few weeks. The clip is one strand of a campaign that has taken in national television and newspaper coverage and reached Waterstone’s Piccadilly this week with a three-day psychological experiment taking place in a specially created installation.

How much of Macmillan’s marketing activity translates into sales remains to be seen, but Quirkology’s website has received more than 56,000 unique users according to Macmillan, while the paperback edition will be tied in with a 20-part television series scheduled for BBC2 in September. The hardback was published earlier this month.

So What Happens to Bloomsbury Post-Potter?

That certainly is the question on the publishing world’s mind with only 107 days to go until the final Harry Potter novel lands on bookshelves around the world – leaving Bloomsbury to pick up the pieces and move onto the next project (and make up for what is expected to be a serious profit shortfall along the lines of the 15 million pound drop seen in 2006.) The Independent reports that new media may be the publisher’s answer, as its chairman, Nigel Newton was seeking funding from a third party to help it launch a literary alternative to the likes of online communities such as YouTube and Bebo. “[N]o one has yet done the same for books, especially in a way which will benefit all the main players in the book business”.

Newton also spoke of further expansion into America and Germany, where different pricing trends are offsetting some of the margin pressures on the cut-throat British high street. “We will make more of our geographic presence so we can publish the same big books in the three largest book markets in the world,” said Newton.