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S.E. Hinton’s ‘The Outsiders’ Released in eBook Format

Penguin Young Readers Group will release S.E. Hinton‘s The Outsiders as an eBook for the first time.

Hinton (pictured, via) published The Outsiders in 1967 while completing her first year in college. This digital version celebrates the 45th anniversary of the controversial young adult book’s release.

Here’s more from the release: “Today, with more than fourteen million copies in print, and translated into more than 30 languages, the book is the best-selling young adult novel of all time. The book was also made into a film in 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring such future stars as Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe.”

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Jeff Kinney Wins Author of the Year Award at 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards

Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City. This marked the second year in a row that a middle grade author has emerged victorious in this category.

Follow this link to check out videos from last night’s gala. We’ve posted the full list of winners below.

Kids cast their votes for the awards, breaking last year’s record with more than 900,000 submissions. The Children’s Book Council hosted the event to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

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Cassandra Clare & Holly Black Ink Deal for 5-Book Series

Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare and The Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black have landed a book deal for a five-book middle grade fantasy series.

Scholastic will publish the first book, The Iron Trial, in 2014. Editorial director David Levithan negotiated the deal with literary agents Russell Galen (for Clare) and Barry Goldblatt (for Black).

Here’s more from the release: “In this exciting new series, twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine.”

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Why You Should Make a Deadline (Even If You Don’t Have a Deadline)

Do you make writing deadlines for yourself?

The Song Remains the Same author Allison Winn Scotch urged writers to set a personal deadline, even if their editors don’t give them one. She encouraged readers to break a large project into smaller components, setting a specific timeline to complete each individual task.

Here’s an excerpt from her blog post: “With the screenplays I’m working on, I actually give deadlines to my producers…they are happy to get what I turn in whenever I turn it in, but I can’t work that way. So, for example, I’ll say: I intend to get you 50 pages by X date, and then I work backwards from there. I calculate how many pages a day I’ll need to write to meet that deadline…and I write them. Often times, I write faster than I imagined but without that date looming over me, there’s no chance I would. I think this can be a really useful tool when you’re working on a spec manuscript.”

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Cassandra Clare Inks Deal for YA Fantasy Series

Cassandra Clare has landed a deal for a new young adult series called The Dark Artifices. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will release the first book in 2015.

Editorial director Karen Wojtyla negotiated the deal with Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. This will be her third Shadowhunters series, the same world featured in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Here’s more from the release: “Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, the series follows Emma Carstairs, the fiercest warrior and most skilled young Shadowhunter since Jace Wayland, and Emma’s sworn partner in arms, Julian Blackthorn. Despite Emma’s complicated feelings for Julian, the two must band together to investigate a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.”

INFOGRAPHIC: Most Quoted Books of 2011

Bookstore owner and novelist Ann Patchett wrote the most quoted passage on Goodreads last year in State of Wonder: “Never be so focused on what you’re looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find.”

During the same period, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare was the most quoted book on Goodreads. Nearly 130,000 quotes were added to the social network last year–we’ve included a Goodreads infographic linking to all the most popular quotes of 2011.

If you want to share book quotes on Facebook, you can also follow this link to enable Goodreads on your Facebook Timeline. The new app connects with your Goodreads account, making the books and quotes you read a permanent part of your Facebook memories.

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Figment Launches Email Writing Prompts

Figment, the writing community for young adult readers, has launched a digital muse called “Figment Daily Themes.” This free email service provides “carefully crafted writing prompts” five times a week to encourage users to write everyday.

Here’s more from the announcement: “Whether you’re getting back into the practice of writing or already a dedicated daily scribe, these prompts will push you to work on the range of your craft, focusing on character, setting, dialogue, personal essay, verse, and more. (And we’ll feature occasional prompts from some of our favorite professional authors like Lev Grossman, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Dana Goodyear!)”

Figment Daily Themes will run from January 2nd until March 30th. To sign up, enter your contact information in the box at the bottom of the blog announcement.

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Jamie Campbell Bower & Lily Collins Cast in Mortal Instruments

Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins will play the lead roles in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare‘s urban fantasy novel, Mortal Instruments.

Clare defended both these casting decisions in an interview with Hollywood Crush.

Clare explained: “[Bower] auditioned with Lily, and he and Lily had incredible chemistry that sort of blazed off the scene. I’m just sitting here watching this on my computer, and you know, he was not the only person they’ve ever sent me to look at. I’ve gotten lots of headshots and this and that, and I’m watching the audition and I literally started crying because that was my Jace and Clary on the screen.”

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Simon & Schuster Unveils Facebook App

Yesterday Simon & Schuster launched Book Battle, a Facebook app focused on literary duels.

As you can see by the screenshot embedded above, readers can simply vote on match-ups between Simon & Schuster books. If you want to explore more apps, check out our 20 Facebook Apps for Book Lovers list.

Here’s more about the Book Battle Facebook app:  “The inaugural match-ups for Book Battle will feature bestselling author Cassandra Clare’s wildly popular MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and INFERNAL DEVICES series. Fans will be asked to vote for their favorite of the two series, express preferences for key characters and which character they would most like to take to the prom.  Other match-ups at launch will feature the UGLIES series by Scott Westerfield and the NIGHT WORLD series by L.J. Smith.”

Amazon Launches The Back Story with Author Interviews & Guest Reviews

Amazon has launched The Back Story, a page promising “author interviews, essays, guest reviews, recipes, and much, much more.”

Amazon has uploaded five videos featuring author interviews with celebrity chef Tom Douglas, bestselling author Joshua Foer, teen fiction writer Holly Black, young-adult novelist Cassandra Clare, and Gossip Girl producer John Stephens. Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell revealed Carrie Bradshaw’s 1980s playlist in honor of her new title Summer and the City.

What do you think? Managing editor Mari Malcolm explained: ”We love these conversations so much that we wanted to share them with our customers. We hope that customers will take the opportunity to submit questions on our Amazon Books Facebook page or through our blog, Omnivoracious. They can also contact us at authorinterviews@amazon.com.”

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