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Fantasy Author Calendar Completed

calendarSoon it will be time to buy a new calendar for 2014. Earlier in the year, photographer Lauren Zurchin ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a fantasy author-themed calendar project called “Beyond Words: A Year of Daydreams.”

The calendar is now complete and features photos of fourteen authors dressed up as fantasy characters. Each calendar costs $20; the proceeds generated from the sale of these calendars will be donated to First Book and Worldbuilders.

The participating authors include Lauren Oliver as a trapped spiritGregory Maguire as a steampunk automaton, Cassandra Clare as Autumn, and Christopher Paolini as Death. Here’s more about Paolini’s photo shoot:
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Fantasy Fiction Writers to Pose for Charity Calendar

Photographer Lauren Zurchin (pictured, via) has lined up fourteen well-known fantasy fiction writers for a charity calendar.

At the moment, Zurchin is fundraising on Kickstarter to cover the cost of producing this calendar. Once the calendar has been assembled and marketed, the proceeds will be donated to First Book and Worldbuilders.

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Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalists Unveiled for 2012

The 2012 finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been revealed. Kids can vote from March 14th to May 3rd.

The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala on May 7th. Nominees have been divided into four groups classified by different school grades.

In the Author of the Year category, middle-grade fiction writers dominate. The nominees include Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renée Russell.

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10 Bestselling Books with More Than 80 One-Star Reviews

Do negative reviews stop people from reading your books? Over at her blog, novelist Shiloh Walker disputed that claim in a passionate essay.

Check it out: “That negative review isn’t going to kill your career. Will it stop a few people from buying your book? Possibly–because that book may not be right for them. And FYI, one of the rants lately was that negative reviews discouraged people from reading … readers aren’t discouraged by ‘bad’ reviews. And guess what–that negative review may be the very thing that entices another reader to buy your book.”

We were so inspired by her post that we checked negative reviews of ten authors at Amazon–follow the links below to the many one-star reviews received by bestselling authors. Twilight topped the list with 669 one-star reviews. Read this list before you complain about your next bad review.

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Amazon Books Editors Pick Top 10 Fall Releases

The Amazon books editors unveiled their top ten picks of the biggest releases coming out this fall.

Senior editor Chris Schluep had this statement: “This is one of the best seasons for literary novels to come along in several years … We’ve highlighted Murakami and Eugenides in our Amazon Editors’ Top 10, as well as three of the finest debuts–by Amy Waldman, Erin Morgenstern, and Chad Harbach–to come across our desks in a long time.”

We’ve listed all the books below–what books are you looking forward to this fall?

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Random House Reports 6.3 Percent Revenue Drop

head_tagline.pngIn a Bertelsmann report released today, the corporate owners of Random House reported that revenues at the publisher had dropped 6.3 percent to 1.7 billion euros (about $2.3 billion) during 2008.

While sales declined in the United States, the report noted that the balance sheet remained “stable” as these losses “were largely offset by higher book sales and increased market shares in key European markets.” The year’s bestselling book was the novel “Brisingr” by Christopher Paolini–which managed to sell four million copies in three months on sale in North America, Germany and the U.K.

Here’s more from the report: “Operating EBIT declined by 20.8 percent during the period under review, from 173 million [euros] to 137 million [euros], further reflecting developments in the economy, the marketplace and currency exchange rates, as well as higher author costs. The publishing group had 5,779 employees at the end of the year (December 31, 2007: 5,764).”