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Free Book Video Resources for Writers

You don’t need a Hollywood budget to make a book trailer. Novelist Richard Melo made a book trailer (embedded above) with public domain video clips.

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This is the first in a series of short films highlighting an aspect of a new novel published by Red Lemonade in June 2013. The book begins at an American nursing academy established in Haiti during the 1950s. The images are from public domain films (listed below), while the background songs are Laura Nyro’s ‘Sweet Blindness’ and Brigitte Fontaine’s “Il se passe des choses.” You can learn more about Happy Talk and the short film series at facebook.com/harborcoat

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

The End of the Book Review?

amyhertz23.jpgIn an open letter to readers in The Huffington Post book section, editor Amy Hertz (pictured) made a controversial statement: “Book reviews tend to be conversation enders, and when you’re living in the age of engagement, a time when people are looking for conversation starters, that stance gets you nowhere.”

That comment set off a flurry of debate around the Internet. While editing the HuffPo books section, Hertz has continued her job as an editor at Dutton. One GalleyCat commenter wrote: “Editors love books they think they can sell. Believe me, I know how this works–I’ve worked in publishing for over 20 years. Last thing I want to hear is some editor tooting her own horn yet again.”

One HuffPo reader responded: “I really hope this isn’t just an opportunity for pitch and spin for agents and authors. I think the public needs an objective assessment, a good filter, not necessarily a stuffy book review, but not more loud mouth marketing. You can’t trust someone trying to sell you something.” Finally, novelist and GalleyCat reader Richard Melo tweeted his short and sweet response: “I agree. A poor review can kill a book.”