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Archives: October 2013

Thank You for Five Wonderful Years

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After five years, I am leaving Mediabistro and GalleyCat.

I am moving on to the True Pictures film company, where I will lead the story investigation department and build an online community.  You can keep track of my writing projects or connect on my personal page.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with this lovely group of readers and writers. Every single day I woke up and discovered something new. No writer can ask for anything more than that.

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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! 

Free Scary Books for Halloween

Looking for some scary books to prepare for Halloween? Below, we’ve collected 25 free scary books you can download right now.

In 2010, novelist Neil Gaiman created the “All Hallow’s Read,” literary holiday, a night to give someone you love a scary book. The writer explained the new tradition in the video embedded above–here’s more from the official site:

Obviously, we support bookshops and authors, but more than that, this is about making a holiday tradition of book-giving. So feel free to give second-hand books or books from your own shelves. And feel just as free to buy a beautiful new book from a small independent bookseller, or from online or… look, there’s no wrong way to buy a book. You can even gift it to their Kindle … If you do not know what scary book to give someone, talk to a bookseller or a librarian. They like to help. Librarians will not mind even if you admit that you are not planning to take out a book, but instead you are going to buy one and give it to someone.

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Self Published Author Jennifer Lyon Among Top Paid iBooks

propositionJennifer Lyon was the only self-published author to make Apple’s list of top paid books in the iBooks this week.

The Proposition took the No. 14 spot. We’ve included the complete list of the top paid iBooks below.

You can discover more independent authors in our weekly Self Published Bestsellers list.

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DreamWorks Picks Up Film Rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin’s New Biography

bullyDreamWorks has snatched up the film rights to The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, & the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Simon & Schuster will release the 928-page tome on November 5th. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian has been working on this book for seven years.

Goodwin has devoted her research and writing career to studying American presidents; her subjects have included John F. KennedyLyndon B. Johnson, and Abraham Lincoln. Last year, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln movie enjoyed great success and made her a Hollywood name. To learn more, check out her TED talk.

New Publisher Dedicated to International Literature

restlessbooksInspired by a New York Times opinion piece, a international literature publisher Restless Books has opened its doors.

Last year, publisher Ilan Stavans and executive editor Joshua Ellison wrote an essay for  about how “we have turned travel into something ordinary.” The new publishing house will include books written by authors around the world, changing our views on travel.

What defines us is right there in our name: the restlessness of modern life, the impulse to go to new places, both physically and with our imagination. Our objective is to create a community of readers passionate about other cultures and other languages; who share an interest in how people tell stories. We are committed to bringing the best of international literature—fiction, journalism, memoirs, poetry, travel writing, photography, and graphic novels.

Amazon Green Lights Michael Connelly TV Pilot

Michael ConnellyAmazon Studios has ordered a two-hour long pilot for Bosch, a TV series based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch book series. The Wire writer Eric Overmyer will work on the project with Connelly.

Here’s more about the project, from the release:

Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver (ArgoThe Good Wife) and the pilot will also star Annie WerschingAmy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector.Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) is producing and Jim McKay will direct.

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Jane Austen Portrait to Be Auctioned Off at Sotheby’s

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A famous Jane Austen portrait will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s. The Guardian has posted up a photo of the portrait.

According to The Telegraph, this portrait is ”widely regarded as the most famous image of the author.” The auction will take place on December 10th.

Experts estimate that James Andrews’ watercolor painting will be able to draw as much as £150,000 to £200,000 in bids.  In the future, United Kingdom citizens will carry copies of this portrait in their wallets. Starting in 2017, the £10 note will feature Austen’s face.

World’s Creepiest Reading of Goodnight Moon

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Graywolf Press has released a recording of Benjamin Percy reading Goodnight Moon in his incredibly distinctive voice.

Percy manages to make the reading of Margaret Wise Brown‘s book both chilling and hilarious at the same time. Check it out:

Bedtime stories are supposed to settle the mind and calm the nerves. Benjamin Percy’s rendition of Goodnight Moon, however, will keep you up at night. If you’ve ever heard Percy, the author of Red Moon and The Wilding, read, you know that he has a voice like no other. His storybook reading is enough to give you nightmares. Happy Halloween from Graywolf Press! Don’t forget to check under the bed.

Neil Gaiman to Teach Fantasy Fiction Workshop at Bard College

18546_300226401015_131345_nStarting next spring, author Neil Gaiman will add “teacher” to his résumé.

The prolific novelist will serve as an arts professor on the Bard College faculty. According to The Wall Street Journal, Gaiman will lead an advanced writing workshop that focuses on “fantasy fiction, including its history and meaning today.”

Given Gaiman’s great popularity, it’s highly likely that the workshop will fill up quickly. For those who won’t be able to join in, we suggest you try Coursera’s “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World” class.

(Photo Credit: Erin Yaeger)

Journalist Reflects on Future of New Orleans Times-Picayune

hellAuthor and journalist Rebecca Theim wrote about the future of a famous newspaper in Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The book is out this month, and we caught up with the journalist to find out more about the book and how Mediabistro’s courses helped her write the story.

Her answers follow below…

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