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1. Publishing Secrets

Twenty-five facts about publishing that may be new to you.


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2. UK Students Take to John Greene & Jeff Kinney: Report

Jeff Kinney is the most popular writer among school kids in the UK this year, followed by Roald Dahl and Roderick Hunt.

According to the What Kids Are Reading report, which includes analysis of more than half a million kids, Julia Donaldson and Suzanne Collins remained popular this year. J.K. Rowling, while still quite popular among young readers, only had one book on the top list this year, down from previous years.

John Greene, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, David McKee and Michael Rosen joined the list for the first time this year, as JRR Tolkien dropped off.

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3. Helen MacDonald & Laurie R. King Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Dreaming Spies CoverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending February 22, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Fiction) The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt): “Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all night-time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem.” (February 2015)

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Nonfiction) H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald: “When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own.” (March 2015)

(Debuted at #10 in Hardcover Fiction) Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King: “Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. Haruki Sato agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that the young woman is not who she claims to be.” (February 2015)

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4. Elizabeth Gilbert to Narrate Big Magic Audiobook

Big Magic CoverElizabeth Gilbert will serve as the narrator for the audiobook edition of Big Magic.

Gilbert shared the news by uploading an audio clip onto her Facebook page. Throughout the past few months, Gilbert has been posting quotes from the book on her social media accounts.

As we previously reported, Gilbert’s internet conversations with her fans inspired her to write about creativity. Riverhead Books will publish this nonfiction title on September 22nd.

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5. Cover Revealed For The Day The Crayons Came Home

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BookPage.com has unveiled the cover for The Day The Crayons Came Home written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.

We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? Philomel Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, has set the publication date on August 18th.

Daywalt sat for an interview to discuss this sequel project. He explained that he was inspired to write stories about crayons because his own set “told me that if I didn’t bring their plight to the public eye, something terrible might happen to me.” He also revealed that he empathizes the most with the “Neon Red” crayon and the “Glow-in-the-Dark” crayon.

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6. The Audiobook is Live!!

I’m so excited to tell you that the audiobook of WISH YOU WEREN’T is live! I didn’t realize after approving the final version that it would take Audible nearly two weeks to listen to it to make sure the quality was up to par, but I’m glad they did. Because that ensures that anyone who […]

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7. Hitler’s Mein Kampf Will Return to German Bookstores

Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf has been banned from Germany for 70 years, but the book will make its return to German bookstores by early 2016.

The Washington Post has the scoop:

The prohibition on reissue for years was upheld by the state of Bavaria, which owns the German copyright and legally blocked attempts to duplicate it. But those rights expire in December, and the first new print run here since Hitler’s death is due out early next year.

The new edition is stirring debate and bringing out the critics who fear that the book will not just be used as a reference text for criticism, but will taken seriously. A German edition of the text is available in the United States from Amazon.

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8. How to Read More Than 3 Books a Month

Behavioral specialist Sam Thomas Davies reads more than 42 books a year. His trick? He relies on “the 10% rule.”

That is, he recommends that you “commit to reading your new book in its entirety” by reading 10 percent every day, he explains in a piece published on HighExistence.com. It also helps to own a Kindle, he says, because you have access to so many books and it is easy to read books on the go.

Davies points out that the longer the book, obviously the more pages you’ll have to read. Still he’s got a work around. Check it out:

If 10% is a lot because of the size of the book, split it in half and read 5% in the morning and 5% in the evening. This is easy if you commute to work via public transport. You’ll learn a lot of Kindle books aren’t even 100% long. Once you’ve excluded the acknowledgements, appendix, prefaces, recommendations and sources – in other words, the parts that aren’t as interesting – a book only ends up being between 70-80% in length.

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9. IDW Publishing to Open an Art Gallery

IDWThe team at IDW Publishing will be moving its headquarters. In addition to setting up the new office space, IDW plans to launch the San Diego Comic Art Gallery (SDCAG).

The gallery will feature artwork displays, working artists on the premises, and a retail shop. Harry L. Katz has come on board as the curator for the SDCAG.

CEO Ted Adams gave this statement in the press release: “We’ve been expanding rapidly, and simply have run out of room. At the same time, we’ve been looking for a space that more accurately reflects who we are as a company. When we started talking with the NTC, it became evident immediately that this would be a perfect fit. And with the gallery, we’re going to be able to show the community, and the world, just who IDW is.”

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10. Hachette Acquires Hollywood Agent Ari Gold’s Book

Hachette Books has acquired the rights to publish veteran Hollywood Ari Gold‘s book. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule, Gold will discuss his success as a Hollywood agent and dole out advice on success. “In his new book Gold will illuminate, for the first time, his unique, effective and, some would say, outrageous philosophies on running a successful business, client management, employee motivation, keeping a happy home life, and other keys to his many successes,” explains the release.

The book hits bookshelves May 12, 2015.

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11. How Do You Design With Text?: INFOGRAPHIC

1601178_299643943521774_1642548953_nHave you ever found yourself feeling perplexed when designing with text? The Visual Communication Guy has created an infographic with “Type-ology 101: The Basic for Using Text and Fonts.”

The image features guidelines on typography, fonts, and typefaces. We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think?

Type-ology 101: The Basic for Using Text and Fonts

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12. Author Michael Morpurgo “Awards” a Medal

Looking to bring a young reader to a nuanced and thoughtful tale of family, identity, and history? Michael Morpurgo, author of the international bestseller War Horse, has written \"an intricately layered story within a story,\" A Medal for Leroy, published first in Britain and now available in paperback in the U.S.

Michael, growing up biracial in 1940s London, remembers nothing of his father, Roy, an RAF pilot. And no one in the family will talk about him. Then, he receives a parcel after his Auntie Snowdrop has died, and discovers a hidden note that reveals the real story of his father, and intrigues him with his grandfather’s activities during World War I. Determined to find the truth among long-hidden family secrets, Michael learns that his grandfather, Leroy, made three excursions into a battle zone to rescue wounded men. His fellow soldiers insisted he deserved special commendation for his heroic efforts but his actions went unacknowledged because of racial barriers. Michael sets out to change that.

Writing in Newsday, Mary Quattlebaum notes that through his efforts, Michael \"begins to understand the forces that shaped him and his family.\"

Morpurgo’s inspiration for A Medal for Leroy was Lt. Walter Tull, the first black combat officer in the British army whose exceptional bravery during the war was never recognized. In his book, his protagonist Michael rights the family record. And Morpurgo includes a postscript about his discovery of Walter Tull’s tale, information on Tull’s life, and stories of other black soldiers whose bravery has been honored, finally.

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13. What Takes So Long?

What has to happen between the time your book is acquired and it appears on the shelf?


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14. Amber Rose Inks Deal With Gallery Books

Amber RoseAmber Rose has landed a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Gallery Books. The publisher will release Rose’s book, entitled How to Be a Bad Bitch, on October 27th.

With this project, the model (pictured, via) will share her advice and ideas on how to cultivate success. David LaChappelle will take charge of the photo shoot to create the cover image.

Here’s more from Billboard.com: “Rose was introduced to Gallery Books by her manager, Nick Cannon, whose company, Nick’s Ncredible Entertainment, is represented by ICM. Rose was represented by ICM and attorney Walter Mosley on the deal. Jeremie Ruby-Strauss acquired the work for Gallery Books from Doug Johnson.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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15. New Dr. Seuss Picture Book Manuscript Found

Random House Dr SeussA long-lost Dr. Seuss book has been discovered. Random House Children’s Books will release What Pet Should I Get? on July 28th.

According to USA Today, the story stars a brother and sister who are looking to bring in a new addition to their family. The same sibling duo appears in the Seuss classic, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, which came out in 1960. For that reason, the editorial executives estimate that the soon-to-be published picture book was written sometime between 1958 to 1962.

The New York Times reports that “the manuscript had been in a box that was discovered in the home of Dr. Seuss (otherwise known as Theodore Geisel) in the La Jolla section of San Diego, shortly after his death in 1991, and set aside. In 2013, Mr. Geisel’s widow, Audrey, and longtime secretary and friend, Claudia Prescott, went through the box and found the nearly complete manuscript, along with other unpublished work.” The same team plans to use other uncovered documents and materials for two more picture book projects.

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16. CursiveLogic Workbook: KICKSTARTER

Linda Shrewsbury has raised more than $28,000 for the CursiveLogic workbook.

It has been a trend as of late for educators to eliminate cursive handwriting from their school curiculums. Shrewsbury hopes to address this issue with this book. The money from this campaign will be used to cover the costs of development and printing. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Cursive handwriting is becoming a lost art. With the near universal use of word processing and ever-increasing pressures on classroom time, many schools have removed cursive from the curriculum. Why, they ask, should students learn to write in cursive in the age of tablets and iPhones? While electronic devices have added an element of convenience to the writing process, evidence is mounting that putting pen to paper has benefits that typing cannot replace.”

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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17. Kody Keplinger Has Written a Companion For The Duff

Lying Out LoudKody Keplinger has written a companion book to her 2010 novel, The Duff. Scholastic will release Lying Out Loud in April 2015.

The author set the story for this new book in Hamilton High School. That means it will feature appearances from the characters of all three of Keplinger’s past young adult titlesThe DuffShut Out, and A Midsummer’s Nightmare.

According to Keplinger’s blog post, Lying Out Loud stars “a girl named Sonny, who happens to be best friends with Amy Rush (Yep, Wesley’s little sister from The Duff, which means Bianca and Wesley will show up!) But when Sonny unintentionally catfishes a boy from her class, who thinks he’s been chatting with Amy online, things get complicated.”

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18. New English Translation of a Haruki Murakami Short Story Released

murakamiThe New Yorker has released an English version of Haruki Murakami’s short story, “Kino.” It can be found in Murakami’s collection, Men Without Women.

According to Open Culture, the author’s Japanese publisher released the book last year. Philip Gabriel served as the translator for the piece. Click here to read the English edition of another Murakami short fiction piece, “Yesterday.”

Here’s an excerpt from the short story: “When Kino quit his job, it wasn’t because he was dissatisfied with his work but because he discovered that his wife was having an affair with his best friend at the company. Kino spent more time out on the road than at home in Tokyo. He’d stuff a large gym bag full of shoe samples and make the rounds of sporting-goods stores all over Japan, also visiting local colleges and companies that sponsored track teams.” (via BookRiot)

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19. Elance Reports Rise in Erotica Writing

50 Shades of Grey has influenced the self-published writing crowd, as erotica titles populate the self-published bestsellers list every week. The erotica writing phenomenon is also on the rise among freelance writers.

Elance-Odesk.com, a site that connects writers with freelance jobs, has seen an increase in erotica writing projects online. In fact, the site saw a 39 percent increase in money spent hiring for erotica writing between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014.

In addition, the company reports that erotica writing has grown at double the rate of its general writing assignments. Interestingly, the site saw erotica writing spend peak in July 2014, the same month the 50 Shades movie trailer was released.

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20. Cover Revealed For Six of Crows

Six of Crows Book

The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has unveiled the cover for Leigh Bardugo’s forthcoming book, Six of Crows. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Thus far, this jacket design has received 374 “favorites” on Twitter. The book release date has been scheduled for October 6th.

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21. Songs for Celebrating Writing

A quick list of some favorite songs for writing celebrations, to brighten your day!

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22. Princeton Inherits $300M Worth of Rare Books

William H. Scheide, a graduate of Princeton University, passed away last year and left a very valuable rare book collection to his alma mater.

The collection includes about 2,500 books collectively worth about $300 million. Princeton’s Firestone Library has held the collection since 1959. The Scheide Library includes the first six printed editions of the Bible, including a 1455 Gutenberg Bible, as well as an original printing of the Declaration of Independence. There are a number of musical manuscripts in the collection as well including music sketchbooks from Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Wagner.

Follow this link for more details about the inheritance.

(Via NJ.com).

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23. Celebrating Our 16th on the 16th

We remain fascinated with Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, and as this year marks the 150th anniversary of his assassination, as well as the end of the Civil War, the number and diversity of titles focusing on Honest Abe are up.

Jill Lepore calls Mourning Lincoln (coming on 2/24) by Martha Hodes \"a close and deeply disturbing study of how it seemed, to Americans who disagreed with one another, that ‘Lincoln’s assassination stopped the world.’\" Hodes examines diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865 to capture the range of reactions to the president’s death. Writing in Newsday, Tom Beer says Hodes \"analyzes the unprecedented national outpouring of grief.\"

Lepore finds Richard Wightman Fox’s Lincoln’s Body \"an astonishingly interesting interpretation of the uses to which Lincoln has been put in the century and a half since (the assassination)… Fox is wonderfully shrewd and often dazzling.\" Much has been made of The Rail-Splitter’s physicality—his lankiness, height, walk; he died on a bed too small for his body—and Beer notes this book \"examines how we view the president’s ungainly physical presence in life and in death.\"

In President Lincoln Assassinated! (also pubbing on 2/24), Harold Holzer evokes the dramatic immediacy of Lincoln’s assassination, telling the story using more than 80 original documents—eyewitness reports, medical records, trial transcripts, newspaper articles, eulogies, letters—by more than 75 participants and observers. He includes a diary entry by John Wilkes Booth, and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot him. There are two emotional speeches by Frederick Douglass—one of them never before published.

Richard Brookhiser, in Founders’ Son, positions The Great Emancipator as \"a leader who applied the doctrines of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in accordance with the founders’ intentions in order to chart his way through a new national crisis,\" in the words of Drew Gilpin Faust. Faust goes on to remark that \"by the end of the Civil War, Lincoln not only differed from the founders; he also differed from his earlier self.\" The experience that remodeled the nation also remade the man.

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24. Cover Unveiled For Sound


The EpicReads team has unveiled the cover for Alexandra Duncan’s forthcoming book, Sound. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Duncan wrote this stand-alone companion for her 2014 young adult novel, Salvage. The release date has been scheduled for September 22nd.

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25. Fifty Shades of Grey vs. Twilight: INFOGRAPHIC

E_L_James_candid2E.L. James (pictured) has revealed in past interviews that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga served as the inspiration for the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. How do the two hit book series compare to one another?

The team at ClearFireTV.com has created an infographic listing the similarities of the star characters: Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, Anastasia Steele, and Christian Grey. We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think?

50 Shades of Twilight Infographic

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