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Archives: September 2013

Jim Carrey, David Weisner & Jerry Pinkney Get Booked

rolandHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Heidi Boghosian will headline a conversation event about her new book, Spying on Democracy, at the Hillside Club. Join in on Tuesday, October 1st starting 8 p.m. (Berkeley, CA)

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Mediabistro Course

Novel Writing: Editing Your Draft

Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now! 

How To Submit To Macmillan’s Swoon Reads

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Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has opened Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced romance imprint where readers help pick what gets published.

Follow this link to submit your work.  They accept both teen romance and new adult novels, but the work must be “original, completed novels that are not, and have never been under contract with another publisher.” The publisher shared a few author submission tips:

Teen novels ideally feature protagonists between the ages of 14 and 19. We also accept New Adult novels which feature protagonists ages 19-23. Novels can be set anytime, anywhere – and can be realistic, supernatural, dystopic, historical, comedy, inspirational, suspense or a mash-up of any sort. Stories can be happily ever after…or just happily for now. Girl/boy, girl/girl, boy/boy – just wow us with the intense romance of your story.

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Philip Roth Receives Commander of the Legion of Honor Award

Screen Shot 2013-09-28 at 3.23.52 PMFrench Foreign minister Laurent Fabius presented author Philip Roth with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor, at a formal ceremony at the French Embassy in New York on Friday.

During the ceremony Fabius praised Roth for his contribution to literature and outlined his long relationship with France, including having had his first short story published in The Paris Review.

Fabius praised Roth for his “art of storytelling, your irony and self-depreciation, which is not typically French,” he said. “You have enjoyed immense success in France.”

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Robert Barnard Has Died

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UK crime novelist Robert Barnard has passed away. He was 76-years-old.

Throughout the course of his career, Barnard (pictured, via) wrote 40 books and earned eight Edgar Award nominations. He enjoyed a following both in his native Great Britain and the United States. Here’s more from the New York Times:

Mr. Barnard called his work ‘entertainment’ and ‘deliberately old-fashioned.’ His murders, set mainly in small villages drolly christened with names like ‘Hexton-on-Weir’ and ‘Twytching,’ were plotted with an ingenuity and precision that made him popular among aficionados of what is known in publishing as the English cozy — mysteries with a picturesque setting, colorful locals and minimal violence. Reviewers said that many of his books crossed into the comedy-of-manners genre.

Free Public Domain Audiobook Site Gets Update

librevoxLibriVox, the free public domain audiobooks website, has received a “major facelift” thanks to donations and a grant. You can now browse free audiobooks by AuthorTitleGenre/Subject and Language.

The site now counts 7,000 projects, recorded by dedicated volunteers around the world. Follow this link to visit the new and improved site:

In 2005, Hugh McGuire asked: “Can the net harness a bunch of volunteers to help bring books in the public domain to life through podcasting?” The LibriVox site has recently undergone a major facelift, making it far easier to browse and find great public domain audiobooks. In addition, the underlying software that helps thousands of volunteers contribute to LibriVox has been completely rebuilt. This rebuild project was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and donations from the public.

Buy a Mediabistro Course & Get a Free Webcast

You only have a few more hours to buy any Mediabistro class and get a free webcast. The offer expires tonight (September 30) at 11:59pm ET

To take advantage of the offer, use promo code “WEBCAST” at checkout when you place your online order. Below, we’ve included a list of webcasts you can take for free. Our readers might want to Romance Novel Writing. Check it out:

In this class, you’ll read sample chapters from successful romance novels and learn the elements of historical, contemporary, paranormal, and erotic romance to find your perfect niche in the current marketplace. You’ll complete a working draft of your romance novel, all while receiving expert, personal feedback from one of the genre’s stars … Susan Squires is the author of seventeen novels and four novellas including Body Electric and One With the Shadows, which Publisher’s Weekly named one of the ten most influential mass market books of 2003 and a best book of 2007, respectively.

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Once Upon a Road Trip & Shenanigans: Coming Attractions

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Here are some handpicked titles from our Coming Attractions page. Want to include your book? Just read our Share Your New Book with GalleyCat Readers post for all the details.

The Path to the Sun by Kimberli Bindschatel: “You do not question The Way. Every Toran knows this, even Kiran, a lowly orphan. But at age sixteen, no matter how hard he tries, he’s still tormented by doubt. With only an ancient scroll to guide them, he and six other teens embark on a quest into the Land Unknown.” (February 2013)

Shenanigans by T.B. Bond: ‘Meet Edward Richards. She’s your typical girl (if you overlook the fact that she has a man’s name and is a succubus), but when she meets Jackson Loren everything changes. Jackson is hot, fun, and stubborn. He always has an argument for why he should get his way and Edward is having trouble disagreeing. When their first date goes horribly wrong both of them are forever changed.” (May 2013)

Once Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. Blount: “Eighteen-year-old Angeli doesn’t “fit in.” She’s never been on a single date, and she lives vicariously through an online world of storytelling. With the pressures of choosing a practical future path bearing down, she needs a drastic change. Too old to run away from home, she opts instead to embark on a solo 2-month road trip. But her freedom is tempered by loneliness — and anxiety tests her resolve as she comes face-to-face with her quirky internet friends.” (July 2013)

‘Breaking Bad’ Mapped as Dan Harmon Story Circle

As Breaking Bad concluded its epic television run, one fan mapped out the epic TV series as a Dan Harmon story circle.

Community creator Harmon writes using a story circle, making sure that every script meets his eight steps of a satisfying story. As you can see by the chart embedded above (filled with spoilers), Breaking Bad contained all eight elements and can help aspiring storytellers master the elegant structure. Here’s more from Wired about Harmon’s method:

So he watched a lot of Die Hard, boiled down a lot of Joseph Campbell, and came up with the circle, an algorithm that distills a narrative into eight steps … Harmon calls his circles embryos—they contain all the elements needed for a satisfying story—and he uses them to map out nearly every turn on Community, from throwaway gags to entire seasons. If a plot doesn’t follow these steps, the embryo is invalid, and he starts over. To this day, Harmon still studies each film and TV show he watches, searching for his algorithm underneath, checking to see if the theory is airtight.

Library of Congress Would Close Website During Government Shutdown

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The Library of Congress could shutter its website and close its buildings next week.

As a budget showdown in Congress nears, federal government agencies are preparing for a possible shutdown next week. Check it out:

In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Tuesday, October 1, all Library of Congress buildings will close to the public and researchers. All public events will be cancelled and web sites will be inaccessible.

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Moleskine & Evernote Team Up for Special Sketchbook

evernote304Notebook maker Moleskine has extended its partnership with Evernote, building a new Moleskine Sketchbook that makes it easier to digitize doodles and notes with sketches.

You can tag handwritten pages with Evernote stickers and take a picture of the notebook page to upload to the online storage and sorting service. Check it out:

With cloud-enabled sketching the creative process is not restricted by the boundaries that lie between analog and digital … The Evernote Sketchbook makes it easier for visual note-takers who use techniques such as sketchnoting to record important information and moments on paper. Its pages are subtly marked with a dot grid that optimizes image quality when scanning to Evernote; automatically correcting contrast and cropping the edges of the page in preparation for sharing with others.

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