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1. Publishing Jobs: Penguin Random House, Zest Books

This week, Penguin Random House is hiring a senior editor of Harmony, as well as a designer for its advertising and promotions department. Zest Books is seeking a marketing and publicity manager, and Trident Media Group is on the hunt for a digital coordinator. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great publishing jobs on the GalleyCat job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented GalleyCat pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

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2. Kickstarter Events For Writers

Crowdfunding is becoming a popular way for writers to raise money to make books. In fact, Kickstarter funded 2,064 publishing projects and 158 journalism endeavors in 2014.

To help guide writers learn more about how to use Kickstarter, the crowdfunding company is hosting a series of educational events at their headquarters in Brooklyn, NY next month.

Events include: Kickstarter for Journalists 101 on February 3rd; Talking Shop: How to Pay Your Writers on February 17th; and Talking Shop: Getting Started in Podcasting on February 24th. Follow this link for more details.

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3. New S&S Imprint for Bill Clegg’s Debut Novel

Literary superagent Bill Clegg labored over his debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family for seven years, unsure anyone would bid on or buy it.

As he told the New York Times, he’s secured mega-deals on behalf of other writers, but gauging reaction to his own novel was difficult.

\"It doesn’t make you any more confident — if anything, it makes you less confident. I represent great writers, and I couldn’t carry their glove on the field. When the bar is set that high, it’s daunting.\"

According to Alexandra Alter at the Times, four publishers bid on his book, and one–Gallery Books’ Jennifer Bergstrom–was so sold on it she offered a two-book deal. She also approached Carolyn Reidy, who is president and chief executive of Gallery’s parent company, Simon & Schuster, asking to create a new literary fiction imprint. Reidy agreed and Clegg’s will be the lead fall title for the imprint, Scout Press.

Bergstrom said, \"Because Bill’s book was the impetus for the imprint, it’s also the epitome of what we want to publish. It’s literary but very accessible, not precious, not fussy, not esoteric.\"

Clegg’s novel centers on a woman whose family was killed and home destroyed in an accidental explosion.

\"So much of my day job is occupying the ambitions of other people’s writing,\" Clegg told the Times. \"To just occupy my own feels almost brazenly selfish.\"

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4. Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died

9780060268657Children’s books illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham has died. She was 94 years old.

Graham became well-known for collaborating with Gene Zion, a writer and her husband, on the Harry the Dirty Dog picture book series. She went on to work on projects with other writers and author her own books. Altogether, she earned two Caldecott Honors for All Falling Down and The Storm Book.

Here’s more from School Library Journal: “Though Harry remains Graham’s most well-known collaboration, it was far from her only one. Her illustrations for legendary children’s book author Charlotte Zolotow’s The Storm Book (Harper, 1951), a gentle look at a child’s first thunderstorm, won her a Caldecott Honor. A versatile artist, she also provided the illustrations for renowned poet Jack Prelutsky’s humor collection Pack Rat’s Day (Macmillan, 1974), while in the 1980s, she collaborated with longtime friend and Little Bear author Else Holmelund Minarik on What If? (1987) and It’s Spring (1989, both Greenwillow).”

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5. Reality Star Jaime Primak Sullivan Inks Memoir Deal

SullivanReality star Jaime Primak Sullivan has landed a memoir deal with Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. Sullivan (pictured, via) has become well-known for starring in the Jersey Belle Bravo TV series and the “Cawfeetawk” digital series.

Author Eve Adamson will collaborate with Sullivan on this project. The publisher will release the book, entitled Saved by the Belles: The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl, in Fall 2015.

Sullivan gave this statement in the press release: “Growing up in Springsteen’s New Jersey, I thought I had life and love all figured out. It wasn’t until I fell in love with a Southern gentleman and moved my life to the Deep South that I learned the most important lesson of all: real women are a work in progress.”

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If you don’t care much for football but want to do a crash course before this weekend’s Superbowl party, Ninja Essays has an infographic for you.

The NFL Reads graphic outlines a number of influential books written about football, any of which could help increase your understanding of the game. Check it out:

You want to impress your friends with your insight and interest in the game? The first thing you need to do is understand the rules. No one likes people who interrupt the fun with silly questions. Once you learn the basics, you can research the history of different teams and impress everyone with random facts.

We’ve got the entire infographic for you after the jump.NFL-Reads-by-NinjaEssays


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7. Self-Published Bestsellers List

Maude by Donna Mabry continues to lead the Self-published Bestsellers List this week.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

If you are an independent author looking for support, check out our free directory of people looking for writers groups.

Amazon Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of January 28, 2015

1. Maude by Donna Mabry: “In 1906, I was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes.”

2. Stepbrother Untouchable by Colleen Masters: “Calling Nate Thornhill a rich, cocky, arrogant asshole would be an understatement. He also happens to be stunningly handsome, popular, intelligent, and captain of both the Crew and Lacrosse teams at UVA. I hate him for thinking he’s untouchable—not because he’s a narcissistic, privileged, borderline-misogynistic heartbreaker—but because he’s right.”

3. One Night Stand by J.S. Cooper: “It was only supposed to be one night! We met at a wedding. He was hot. And I’d been in a year’s drought.”

4. Departure by A.G. Riddle: “Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she’ll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash-lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she’s made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined.”

5. Stepbrother Billionaire by Colleen Masters: “I’ve hated him since middle school. The effortlessly popular, lacrosse superstar, beautiful, blue-eyed nightmare Emerson Sawyer. Funny thing is, he didn’t even know I existed until our senior year, when his mom started hooking up with my dad.”

6. 50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew by Derek Doepker: “I wrote “50 Fitness Tips You Wish You Knew” because I’ve seen so many people needlessly struggle to stay healthy and fit because they don’t understand a few simple insights.”

7. Dare (Brothers of Ink and Steel Book 1) by Allie Juliette Mousseau: “Josh North – a risk-it-all bad boy – sexy dirty talker – bad ass defender and UFC’s Light Heavyweight Champion— is about to meet his match. Sophie Garner is a single mom who’s been raising her daughter on her own, fighting for both of their lives ever since going into hiding to escape her abusive husband.”

8. Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras: “He was my older brother’s best friend. He was never supposed to be mine. I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.”

9. Fall by Cora Brent: “I was a lost girl, a child bride. Now, to most people I appear to be just an average college student. They would never guess my strange history. But secretly I’m still held down by my past. I cannot bring myself to trust men.”

10. A Shade of Vampire 9 by Bella Forrest: “Derek will rip Caleb’s heart out the moment he lays eyes on him for what he’s done. Rose is convinced that the vampire is innocent. But my daughter has been fooled. Nobody but Caleb could have stolen away our dear friend.” 

Smashwords Self-Published Bestsellers for the Week of January 28, 2014

1. Health Promotion Pathways: Applied Activities for the Collegiate Classroom By Jennifer J. Edwards, Ph.D.

2. Neuropsychopharmacology By Nicoladie Tam, Ph.D.

3. Research Methods: Functional Skills By James H Cauraugh

4. Strong Brains, Sharp Minds: The Definitive Guide to the MINDRAMP Method For Brain Health & Mental Development By Michael C. Patterson

5. Negotiating for Success: Essential Strategies and Skills By George J. Siedel

6. Digital Media Skills By Donna Eyestone

7. Economics for Smart Citizenship By Mikel Cohick

8. Nonprofit Animal Law By Russ Mead

9. The First Book of Michael By Syl Mortilla

10. Lady Master Pearl – My Teacher By Peter Mt. Shasta

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8. New Trailer Unleashed For The DUFF Film Adaptation

A new trailer has been unleashed for The Duff film. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Bella Thorne as Madison, Robbie Amell as Wesley, and Mae Whitman in the titular role.

Author Kody Keplinger made her authorial debut with this young adult novel back in September 2010. CBS Films has scheduled the movie release date for February 2015.

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9. John Adams Creates a Writing Board Game Illustration

first book board gameDid you make a New Year’s resolution to complete your first book this year?

Illustrator Jon Adams has created the “It’s Time to Write Your First Book Board Game.” Adams feels that playing this “game” can really test a person’s resolve.

According to BuzzFeed, hitting milestones like “getting an agent” and sacrificing “social interaction for weeks” can allow one to advice on the board. Just beware that discarding ten drafts and crying in public compels the writer to either lose a turn or take a few steps back. What do you think?

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10. Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy Gets Sequel

Swedish author Stieg Larsson may have passed away in 2004, but that hasn’t stopped his bestselling crime series from living on.

In fact, the Millennium crime trilogy is getting a new book this coming August. Author David Lagercrantz wrote the latest edition, That Which Does Not Kill.

The Guardian has more about the story:

The book will continue the story of the troubled but resourceful heroine Lisbeth Salander first made famous in Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But the author remained tight-lipped about the meaning of the title or what direction the action-packed political thriller – 500 pages long in Swedish – will take.

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11. Wiley Now Licensing For Dummies Brand

Wiley’s bestselling reference series For Dummies is licensing its branding as part of a new business services unit.

Essentially now companies can create their own digital products, from eBooks to white papers, with the For Dummies branding.

The idea is that companies can take advantage of the For Dummies brand to promote their own message. Coca-Cola and Google have already partnered with Wiley on similar initiatives and this new offering opens it up to any company.

In addition to eBooks and white papers, companies can use the branding on digital products including: videos, infographics and mobile apps.

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12. Oyster Forms Partnership With Pottermore

HP on OysterOyster has established a new agreement with Pottermore.

Subscribers now have access to all seven installments from the Harry Potter series and the three titles from the “Hogwarts Library”. In honor of this occasion, young adult author Lauren Oliver has penned an essay for The Oyster Review on the influence J.K. Rowling has had on her.

Here’s more from the Oyster blog: “Make sure your Oyster app is updated to version 1.9 and ¾ (you can get it on the App Store and Google Play), and then open a Harry Potter title to get the full effect. Once inside, rather than one of Oyster’s reader themes, choose one of the new ‘House Themes’—with designs inspired by Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff—or tap the Sorting Hat icon to have one selected at random. Then dive into a custom reading experience inspired by your favorite Hogwarts House.”

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13. iBooks Bestsellers List

The Maze Runner by James Dashner has joined the iBooks bestsellers list this week at No. 14.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending January 26, 2014. American Sniper (Enhanced Edition) by Chris Kyle leads the list and The Girl on the Train by Pauka Hawkins is No. 2.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump.

1. American Sniper (Enhanced Edition) by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice & Scott Mcewen – 9780062190963 – (William Morrow) 2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Group US) 3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – 9781612130293 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 4. American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice & Scott Mcewen – 9780062082374 – (William Morrow) 5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 9780307588388 – (Crown Publishing Group) 6. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James – 9781612130590 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – 9780679603757 – (Random House Publishing Group) 8. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – 9780307459923 – (Crown Publishing Group) 9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 9781476746609 – (Scribner) 10. Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle by E L James – 9780345803573 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 11. The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank – 9781939996237 – (DGS) 12. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 9780698138636 – (Penguin Group US) 13. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James – 9781612130613 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 14. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – 9780375893773 – (Random House Children’s Books) 15. Nailed – Complete Series by Lucia Jordan – No ISBN Available – (Vasko) 16. Still Alice by Lisa Genova – 9781439157039 – (Pocket Books) 17. Gray Mountain by John Grisham – 9780385539166 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 18. Wild by Cheryl Strayed – 9780307957658 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 19. The Escape by David Baldacci – 9781455521272 – (Grand Central Publishing) 20. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly – 9780316225922 – (Little, Brown and Company)

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14. Avon & Powell’s Curate Romantic Reading List

Powell’s Books has teamed up with Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, to create a book recommendation platform curated by romance authors.

The program is called \"Mutual Attractions,\" and includes four romance novel selections which will be promoted in Powell’s Books stores as well as on social media for two month periods. Each collection will be chosen by a bestselling romance author.

The first collection was put together by author Julia Quinn and goes live today. Her choices include: Something New by Tessa DareRecommended Read from Julie Anne LongNew Discovery by Loretta Chase; and Desert Island Keeper by Eva Ibbotson.

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15. Emma Watson to Star in a Live-Action Beauty & The Beast Film

Emma WatsonOn the heels of completing live-action versions for Cinderella and Maleficent, Disney has announced that it will create a live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast. Like the 1991 animated movie and the hit Broadway musical, the story for this project will be based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s beloved fairy tale “La Belle et la Bête.”

Actress Emma Watson announced on her Facebook page that she will play Belle; the post has drawn more than 1.1 million “likes.” Watson feels that her “six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting” and plans to prepare for this part with singing lessons.

BuzzFeed reports that no actor has been cast as The Beast. Who would you nominate for this role?

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16. Adrian Tomine Inks Deal With Drawn + Quarterly

Killing & DyingComics creator Adrian Tomine has signed a deal with Drawn + Quarterly. A release date for Killing and Dying: Stories has been scheduled for October 2015.

Editor Chris Oliveros negotiated the deal with Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency. Farrar, Straus & Giroux has signed on as the U.S. distributor and Raincoast Books will serve as the Canadian distributor.

Oliveros had this statement in the press release: “D+Q first published Adrian Tomine’s comics in 1995 and in the ensuing two decades it’s been a real privilege to see how he has continued to evolve as an artist, a writer, and overall as a cartoonist. Killing and Dying just might be my favorite book by Adrian. We’ve come to expect from him an eloquent visual sensibility and insightful, complex storytelling, but there’s something else going on here: these stories are darkly funny, and they’re tinged with a very particular acerbic wit that we haven’t seen all too often before this.”

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17. Teaser Trailer Unveiled For ‘The Fantastic Four’ Reboot

A new trailer has been released for The Fantastic Four movie. The video embedded above offers glimpses of Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch.

Yahoo! reports that Josh Trank served as the director and Simon Kinberg took on the dual-role of screenwriter-producer for this rebooted film adaptation. Follow this link to watch the teaser with commentary from both Trank and Kinberg—what do you think?

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18. ‘Of Marriageable Age’ Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you respond to difficult questions? Writer Priyam Redican recited a poem called “Of Marriageable Age” for the second installment of the APM Basement series.

The Airplane Poetry Movement YouTube channel posted a video (embedded above) featuring Redican’s performance and it has since drawn over 108,000 views. Follow this link to hear her perform another piece entitled “Marigolds.”

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19. The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People: INFOGRAPHIC

Haruki Murakami works on creative projects from 4am to noon. He spends the next hour exercising and the rest of the day on food/leisure until he goes to bed at 9pm.

Maya Angelou wakes up at 5am and writes from about 6:30-3 and the rest of the day eating and having leisure time except for a half hour of creative time at 7:30.

Podio.com has created an infographic outlining the daily routines of famous creative people. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump.

Want to develop a better work routine? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their days.
Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).

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20. Young Adult Authors & The ‘How I Learned’ Storytelling Series Get Booked

92YHere 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.

Three young adult authors, Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, and E. Lockhart, will appear together at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca). Meet them on Tuesday, January 27th starting at 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

The next session of the “How I Learned” storytelling session will take place at Union Hall. Join in on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)

Writer Marissa Meyer will celebrate the latest book from The Lunar Chronicles series, Fairest: Levana’s Story. Check it out on Thursday, January 29th at the 92Y starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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21. China Forces Authors to Abandon Pen Names Online

Chinese authors have a tradition of using pen names, particularly when writing about controversial subjects. The government wants to put an end to this practice for authors publishing online.

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, has released new guidelines requiring all authors that publish literature online to register their real names with the publishing platforms they use.

The New York Times has more:

Under the guidelines, creators of online content will still be allowed to publish under pen names. But unlike before, when some writers registered accounts under fake names, websites will know exactly who is publishing what.

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22. David Foster Wallace Movie Debuts at Sundance

The End of the Tour, a biopic about author David Foster Wallace, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this week in Park City.

James Ponsoldt’s film is based on David Lipsky’s piece Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself in Rolling Stone. The essay is based on five days Lipsky spent interviewing Wallace while he was on a book tour in Minneapolis in 1996. Lipsky never published his intended profile, but after Wallace’s death published a transcript of the encounter. The film stars Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg.

Follow this link to check out a video from the set of the film.

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23. 2015 Sami Rohr Prize Finalists Revealed

The Jewish Book Council has revealed the finalists for the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. The winner will take home a $100,000 prize.

The prize is given to contemporary writers that examine “Jewish life today and throughout the ages.” The prize alternates between fiction and non-fiction every year. This year, the prize is dedicated to fiction writing.

The finalists include: Panic in a Suitcase: A Novel by Yelena Akhtiorskaya; The UnAmericans: Stories by Molly Antopol; The Lion Seeker: A Novel by Kenneth Bonert; A Replacement Life: A Novel by Boris Fishman; and The Best Place on Earth: Stories by Ayelet Tsabari.


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24. Nick Bilton to Write Silk Road Book

Nick Bilton, author of the bestseller Hatching Twitter, has inked a deal with Portfolio, an imprint of the Penguin Group, to write a book about the deep web site Silk Road.

The AP has the scoop:

The book is currently untitled and no publication date has been set. Authorities have said Silk Road’s San Francisco operator generated more than $1 billion in illicit business from 2011 until the website was shut down in 2013.

Bilton tweeted the news, revealing that 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to a Silk Road film based on the book.

I have some news. I'm writing The Silk Road book, which has also been optioned as a movie by 20th Century Fox: http://t.co/LTLWfy7Jzg

— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 26, 2015

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25. Sara Megibow Moves to KT Literary LLC

Sara MegibowSara Megibow has joined the KT Literary LLC.

Megibow (pictured, via) has devoted more than a decade to a career in publishing. Prior to this move, she worked at the Nelson Literary Agency.

Megibow specializes in writers who create middle grade, young adult, new adult, LGBTQ, romance, erotica, science fiction and fantasy stories. Some of the authors she represents include authors Roni Loren, Jason Hough, Stefan Bachmann, and Tiffany Reisz.

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