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1. Warren Ellis & Jason Masters to Create a James Bond Comic Series

007 logo (GalleyCat)Last year, Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. announced a new partnership to create several new products centered on the legendary James Bond. The two companies recently announced that Warren Ellis has been hired as the writer and Jason Masters has been brought on as the artist for the James Bond 007 comic book series.

Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter: “The first six issue arc of the series will be titled ‘VARGR,’ and feature the return of a young Bond to London after a mission in Helsinki, only to inherit a mission left incomplete after the death of a fellow agent. James Bond 007 will launch in comic book stores and digitally in November.”

According to Comic Book Resources, some of the other Bond-related projects in the pipeline include adaptations based on Ian Fleming’s original books and a James Bond origin story. The origin story project will take readers to a time prior to the events of the Casino Royale novel. (via io9)

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2. Apple to Pay $450M in E-Book Case

Apple will pay consumers $450 million as part of its settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The ruling, which was filed last week, comes after a settlement between Apple and the DOJ last summer. Reuters has the scoop:

By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the conspiracy violated federal antitrust law, and that the judge acted properly two years ago in imposing an injunction to prevent a recurrence.

“While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values,” Apple said in a statement. “We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps.”

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3. French Comics Come to Digital English Language Market

Good news for comic book fans. French independent comic book publisher Delcourt Group has debuted an exclusive line of English language digital comics through comiXology, the Amazon owned digital comic book publisher.

This release is the first time that Delcourt has made its content available directly to the English language market. The new line launches with three titles this week including The Curse of the Wendigo from artist Charlie Adlard known for his work on The Walking Dead.

\"The French comic market is one of the most diverse in the world, and it’s fantastic to be a part of this game-changing deal with Delcourt,\" stated co-founder and CEO of comiXology David Steinberger. \"The English language audience is more diverse than ever and Delcourt’s compelling titles will speak to comiXology fans. It’s high time that French comics take their rightful place as a major comics category – today marks the beginning of the ‘French Invasion’ of comics in the English language market!\"

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4. Trailer Unveiled For Charlotte’s Web eBook

Earlier this year, HarperCollins Children’s Books announced that three E.B. White novels will be published as eBooks for the first time: Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. The company has created a book trailer for the digital edition of Charlotte’s Web.

The video embedded above features a young reader, a cute pig, and a special message crafted with spider web. Earlier this year, the team at BBC.com conducted a survey and found that Charlotte’s Web was voted the most popular children’s book of all time.

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5. Amazon to Run ‘Prime Day’ Sale

Amazon turns 20 next week and to celebrate, the online retail giant is running a Prime Day sale on July 15.

The promotion, which Amazon promises to offer “more deals than Black Friday” is available exclusively for Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria.

The effort, a push to support the company’s Prime business, will feature Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day and of course, free shipping. Amazon hasn’t revealed the products that will be featured as of yet, but according to the site the sale will feature deals on “electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more.”

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6. Ben Mezrich on Picking Stories to Focus On

How does a nonfiction author figure out what to write about? Recently, Ben Mezrich revealed his selection criteria during a talk he gave at Google. He feels most drawn to stories that feature ambition, intelligence, and people who “game the system” to be intriguing.

Mezrich also makes it a rule to “never start a book if I don’t think there can be a movie. Because I feel like if it can’t be a movie, it’s probably not going to be a good book.”

The video embedded above features his entire talk. In the past, Mezrich has written books on a diverse range of topics such as college students counting cards in Las Vegas, the founding fathers of Facebook, and a trio of moon rock thieves. Recently, he studied how a group of Russian oligarchs climbed up and came into power.

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7. Ben Mezrich On Picking Stories to Tell

How does a nonfiction author figure out what to write about? Recently, Ben Mezrich revealed his selection criteria during a talk he gave at Google. He feels most drawn to stories that feature ambition, intelligence, and people who “game the system” to be intriguing.

Mezrich also makes it a rule to “never start a book if I don’t think there can be a movie. Because I feel like if it can’t be a movie, it’s probably not going to be a good book.”

The video embedded above features his entire talk. In the past, Mezrich has written books on a diverse range of topics such as college students counting cards in Las Vegas, the founding fathers of Facebook, and a trio of moon rock thieves. Recently, he studied how a group of Russian oligarchs climbed up and came into power.

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8. Cover Revealed for New Emil Ostrovski Book

Away We Go Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Emil Ostrovski’s young adult novel, Away We Go. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to EpicReads.com, Tim Smith served as the designer for this project. This book will be published on February 02, 2016.

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9. Nora Cooper Poetry Video Goes Viral

How do you deal with difficult moments? Writer Nora Cooper has crafted a poem called I Won’t Write Your Obituary.

The video embedded above features Cooper’s performance at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. Thus far, this emotional piece has drawn more than 63,000 views on YouTube.

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10. Former Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to Collaborate On a Book

BloomsburyTom Daschle, the former Senator of South Dakota (democrat), and Trent Lott, the former Senator of Mississippi (republican), have joined forces. The two politicians plan to collaborate on a book entitled Crisis Point: Why We Must—and How We Can—Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America.

Anton Mueller, an executive editor at Bloomsbury, negotiated the terms of this deal. The publishing house has scheduled the release date for January 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “In their book, the senators argue that the health of our democracy is dependent not only on the free exchange of conflicting ideas, but on the imperative of compromise. Compromise is not, as many would have it today, an indication of weakness; rather, it requires superior leadership, vision, and courage. The senators also offer practical recommendations to address the many other factors that exacerbate partisanship.”

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11. Netflix Unveils Teaser for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

A teaser trailer has been unveiled for Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. This show was inspired by Lemony Snicket’s popular children’s book series.

The video embedded above features spiders, the shadow of the villainous Count Olaf, and a song by the Dresden Dolls called “Missed Me.” The first season will be made available in 2016. (via BuzzFeed)

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12. Theodore Weesner Has Died

Car Thief Cover (GalleyCat)Writer Theodore Weesner has died. He was 79 years old.

As an author, Weesner was best known for his debut novel The Car Thief. He followed-up this work with five other novels and one short story collection.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “He taught for years at the University of New Hampshire and later at Emerson College. His other books include Winning the City, a 1990 novel about a high school basketball player; a story collection, Children’s Hearts (1992); and a 2000 novel, Harbor Lights, about a lobster man facing death from cancer.”

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13. James Patterson to Give Away $1.75 Million to School Libraries

James Patterson 200 (GalleyCat)Back in March 2015, James Patterson (pictured, via) and the Scholastic Reading Club established a partnership to help school libraries. Initially, Patterson vowed to give away $1.25 million.

Since this announcement was made, over 28,000 applications were sent in vying for these funding grants. In consideration of all these requests, Patterson has decided to increase his donation amount to $1.75 million. So far, $500,000 has been handed out to 127 different schools.

Here’s more from the press release: “Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar with bonus points that allow teachers to buy materials, including books, for their classrooms…With the school library initiative, Patterson’s mandate was to make the application process as simple as possible for librarians. The online application poses a single question: ‘What would your school library do with $1,000 to $10,000?'”

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14. Nina George & Robert Kurson Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

The Little Paris BookShop (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 28, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #11 in Hardcover Fiction) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #13 in Hardcover Fiction) The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera: ” A strange sort of summation. Strange sort of epilogue. Strange sort of laughter, inspired by our time, which is comical because it has lost all sense of humor.” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #15 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson: “Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister.” (June 2015)

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15. Todd S. Purdum Inks Deal For a Rodgers & Hammerstein Biography

Henry-Holt-130Journalist Todd S. Purdum has landed a deal with Henry Holt. Purdum will write a biography profiling musical theater icons Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

The publisher has set the release date for Spring 2018. It was chosen to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the opening of their acclaimed Broadway show, Oklahoma!.

Purdum had this statement in the press release: “These are the songs and stories I grew up with, the original cast albums that my parents played till they were worn thin, and I could sing the scores in in my sleep. In watching the joy with which my own children have discovered Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the enormous worldwide commercial and critical success their work still enjoys, I became certain that the fascinating story of their collaboration was ripe for a fresh telling, not only to the Baby Boomers who love The Sound of Music, but to even younger generations who will appreciate the pioneering contributions this team made to one of America’s most important native arts.”

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16. Innovation Arts Creates a Graphic Novella For TED Global

ted logoCouldn’t make it to the TED Global conference? The Innovation Arts organization has create a graphic novella to recap the event.

According to the TED blog, the book is entitled Beyond the Edge. It features an infomural on the last page.

Every talk given at this conference was captured by a three-panel comic piece. Some of the subjects that were discussed include addiction, photography, and climate change. Follow this link to download a free digital copy.

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17. Small Press Expo Featured On Kickstarter

The organizers behind the St. Louis Small Press Expo have hope to raise $2,500.00 on Kickstarter. Over 60 vendors and small presses will participate in this event. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “The St. Louis Small Press Expo (SPEx) celebrates all these publishers (and more) by connecting them together, and to the public. It hosts a yearly – daring, sparkly, diverse, badass, free-entry – DIY bookfair. In 2014, the event featured 44 publishers and had over 400 guests.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

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18. Cover Unveild For Tim Federle’s First Young Adult Novel

Tim Federle Book (GalleyCat)

A cover has been unveiled for Tim Federle’s young adult novel, The Great American Whatever. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

Prior to this project, Federle published a picture book (entitled Tommy Can’t Stop!), two middle grade books (Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever), and two cocktail recipe books (Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist and Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist). Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for March 29, 2016.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Federle had a mature audience in mind when he began writing the book, originally titled Quinn, Victorious, five years ago, basing the plot on his personal experiences as seen through characters in their mid-20s. The success of the two Nate books, which are geared toward middle-grade readers, inspired him to trim 10 years off Quinn’s age and emphasize the character’s defining, post-adolescent moments instead – including brushes with self-doubt and an early sexual encounter. Still, he hopes the new book, which is shades darker than Nate but no less droll, will resonate with grown-ups as well as young adults.”

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19. Cover Revealed for New Sarah Ahiers Book

Assassin's Heart Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Sarah Ahiers’ Assassin’s Heart. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to EpicReads.com, Kate J. Engbring served as the designer for this project. HarperCollins Children’s Books has set the publication date for February 02, 2016.

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20. Former Scientologist Ronald Miscavige Sr. to Pen Tell-All Book

Former Scientologist Ronald Miscavige Sr., the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

The title is called, If He Dies, He Dies. Tony Ortega has more:

The title is a reference to a now infamous story that came out in theLos Angeles Times this April about the arrest of two private investigators in Wisconsin who told police they were being paid $10,000 a week by David Miscavige to surveil his father, and had been doing so for more than a year.

A release date for the book has yet to be revealed.

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21. Stephen King Shares a Digital Audiobook of Drunken Fireworks

Stephen King Drunken Fireworks (GalleyCat)Stephen King has shared a free digital audiobook which contains his short story, Drunken Fireworks. According to Entertainment Weekly, readers can access this work on King’s website.

The New York Times reports that Tim Sample served as the narrator for this project. This piece will be featured in the forthcoming collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

Each short story in this collection is accompanied by a passage of commentary from King on his writing process. Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has scheduled the release date for November 3.

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22. Staten Island Direwolves to Host George R.R. Martin Night

Stark Direwolf Game of Thrones (GalleyCat)The Staten Island Yankees will be hosting “George R.R. Martin Night” on August 8 in New York. During this event, the Staten Island Yankees will be called the “Staten Island Direwolves.”

According to MLB.com, Martin himself will be present and signing autographs. A wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary will also be a guest; this animal will make an appearance on the field.

The players will wear specially-made jerseys with fabric that features a brown fur and gray material design. One jersey will be auctioned off to raise funds for the wolf sanctuary. (via DNAinfo.com)

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23. Hannah Wood Wins The Ashmead Award

Hannah Wood, an Associate Editor at Harper, has won The Ashmead Award. The publishing prize honors book editor Lawrence Peel \"Larry\" Ashmead, who passed away in 2010.

Wood began her publishing career as an editorial intern at W.W. Norton, following by stints at two literary agencies, and worked as an editorial assistant at Doubleday.  In 2013 she joined Harper where she now works as an Assistant Editor with Claire Wachtel. As a reward for The Ashmead Award, Wood will attend the Yale Publishing Course:  Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing, July 19 – 24 in New Haven, CT.

“We had a superb field of candidates this year, but Hannah so impressed us with her dedication, skills and passion, her supportive interaction with authors, and her sharp wit and sense of humor, we knew that Larry would have loved working with her,” stated Brenda Segel, HarperCollins Sr. VP of Rights who spoke on behalf of the selection committee.

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24. Dark Horse Comics Offers Video Games-Themed Humble Bundle Deal

dark horse logoDark Horse Comics has formed a partnership with Humble Bundle. The two organizations have crafted a digital comics package tailored for video games fans.

Here’s more from the press release: “Customers can name their price for Fallout: New Vegas, Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon, EVE: True Stories, Tomb Raider: The Beginning, and The Art of Remember Me. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive The Guild Volume 1, Halo: Initiation, The Art of Bioshock Infinite, and Valve Presents Vol. 1: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories. Customers who pay above the average price by $5 or more will receive all of the above plus Mass Effect: Foundation Volume 1 and Dragon Age Volume 1: The Silent Grove.”

More titles will be added to the package on July 8. This Humble Bundle deal will be made available until July 15. Readers can choose between two recipients for their money; either the publishing house or the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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25. Wattpad Promotes ‘Summer of Storytelling’

Digital reading and writing community Wattpad has launched a series of campaigns to promote the ‘Summer of Storytelling.’

As part of the effort, the social reading platform which has more than 40 million monthly users, is featuring live broadcasts with authors live on Periscope. The site is revealing the  #WhereIWrite schedule weekly on Twitter. Featured writers include: Jennifer Armentrout, Anna Todd Erin Latimer, Emily Lindin and Bel Watson.

The site is also hosting the 6thAnnual Watty Awards this summer. Authors can enter by tagging a story that they have written in 2015 with #wattys2015. Submissions are open through August 31, 2015. Follow this link for more details.

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