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1. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Donate $15,000 to Water for South Sudan

Long Walk to Water Cover (GalleyCat)Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced that more than 1 million copies of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park have been sold. The publisher first released this book back in 2010.

The two-time Newbery Medal winner drew inspiration from the life story Salva Dut, one of the lost boys of Sudan, to write this novel. In honor of this momentous occasion, the publisher will donate $15,000 to Dut’s nonprofit organization, Water for South Sudan (WFSS).

Here’s more from the press release: “This source will provide fresh, accessible water to thousands of South Sudanese and allow hundreds of children (especially girls) to attend school regularly, rather than spending their days walking to and from the nearest well. HMH is also launching a matching gift campaign for employees in order to raise an additional $15,000 to furnish another well.” To learn more about Park’s book, watch her talk given at the TEDxBeaconStreet conference: “Can a Children’s Book Change the World?

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2. Ishmael Beah Lands Two-Book Deal

Ishmael Beah 200 (GalleyCat)Ishmael Beah has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Riverhead Books. He plans to write a novel and a memoir.

According to the press release, the novel, entitled The Lively Skeletons of Every Season, “presents the riveting story of five young people living as an ad hoc family in an abandoned airplane in an unnamed African country, attempting to understand its colonized past and to navigate its rapidly shifting future.” The memoir, Beah’s second, will chronicle his “transition to life in America” following his move from Sierra Leone.

Rebecca Saletan, a vice president and editorial director at the imprint, will edit both of Beah’s manuscripts. At this point in time, the publisher has not announced the release dates for either of these projects. (Photo Credit: John Madere)

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3. Cover Unveiled for Box Brown’s Tetris Graphic Novel

Tetris Graphic Novel (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Box Brown’s forthcoming graphic novel, Tetris: The Games People Play. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to Kotaku, this project will focus on Alexey Pajitnov’s beloved video game. First Second Books has scheduled the publication date for October 2016. (via Box Brown’s Blog)

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4. The Martian Audiobook Receives 100,000 Fan Ratings

themartianThe audiobook edition of The Martian has drawn 100,000 fan ratings on the Audible website. The company released this audiobook back in March 2013.

Here’s more from the press release: “In addition to the 100,000 people who positively ‘rated’ the audiobook, it also enjoys a superb 4.8 out of 5-star average, and has had a continuous presence at the top of Audible.com’s bestsellers list. The Martian’s achievements demonstrate the burgeoning global popularity of audiobooks and their ascent as a rival to other entertainment mediums like books, television, and film.”

Andy Weir’s popular science-fiction novel was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie starring Matt Damon. Click on these links to watch the first trailer, the second trailer, and the third trailer.

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5. Fox News Journalist Megyn Kelly Inks Deal With Harper

Megyn Kelly (GalleyCat)Megyn Kelly has signed a book deal with the Harper imprint. The Fox News journalist (pictured, via) has become well-known for questioning the temperament of Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, during a debate held in August 2015.

Lisa Sharkey, the senior vice president director of creative development, acquired the manuscript. Matt Harper, an executive editor, will edit this project.

According to the press release, this book will mark Kelly’s debut as an author. The release date has been set for Fall 2016.

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6. Lessons from the Gym

If you know me at all, you probably know I have this annoying little habit of getting out for exercise everyday. Either the gym, or outside for a hike or bike ride. I admit I love my exercise. But not for the reasons you might think. I mean, physical health is important and all, but honestly, would that be enough to motivate me? No way.
The truth is, I go to the gym for YOU. When I’m at the gym, I have all kinds of insights about the writing life, then I come back and share them on my blog and you might think these things just sort of come to me, but they wouldn’t if I hadn’t been at the gym.
Case in point. I’ve been thinking lately about the fact that there are parts of a writing career that writers don’t enjoy. It’s different for each person, and some of you might be very strange and actually enjoy all of it, but the parts writers typically don’t enjoy include:
→ Writing a synopsis
→ Writing a proposal
→ Writing a query
→ The entire query process
→ Blogging and social networking
→ Being patient for things to happen
→ Any aspect of marketing the book
To be successful in any business, sometimes we need to step outside the comfort zone. It isn’t enough to just write your book; there are other things that need to be done.
I was thinking about this while I was going through a similar thought process about my gym regimen. I needed to shake things up a bit, kick it up a notch. I decided to try some new exercise classes. So I went for it, and here’s what I learned:
→ Lesson 1: If you’re focused on how much you hate something, you’re not going to do it well.
Class: Zumba. Can I just tell you how much I detest Zumba? Possibly as much as some of you hate synopsis or query-writing. I’m not at the gym to shake my booty and swivel my hips, but I tried it anyway. From the first song, I was in torture. Hating every second. Doing the fancy footwork, shimmying my shoulders, all that stuff. I wanted to leave but I promised myself I’d stay at least 30 minutes. It felt like 30 hours.
And you know what? Since I was so focused on my intense dislike of all things Zumba, I was unwilling to try hard. I couldn’t give it my all. I couldn’t break a sweat, my heart rate didn’t even go up. I wasn’t getting a good workout because I wasn’t giving all I had.
For you: Ask yourself: is this something I must do? Or is there another way to accomplish my goal? If the activity is a must (i.e writing a query) then face the dislike head-on and figure out a way to get past it so that you can truly give it your all. If there’s another way to accomplish your goal, by all means, head that direction!
Which is what I did. Next up:
→ Lesson 2: Sometimes, the fact that you know something will help you is enough to motivate you.
Class: Interval Step. An advanced step class where the movement never stops for 55 minutes. I never took step classes because the complicated foot work scares me. At the beginning, it seemed pretty easy to follow. Gradually the steps became more complicated until it became laughable to try and keep up. I persisted and to my amazement, it got my heart rate up and I was really sweating. I was getting a good workout regardless of how goofy I looked, and that was incredibly motivating for me. Now step class is my go-to, and surprise! I love it.
For you: You may not enjoy social networking or writing a proposal, but perhaps if you focus on the end result, the task will become easier. Who knows, you might end up enjoying it.
→ Lesson 3: Sometimes results come slowly. Don’t quit too soon out of impatience.
Class: Bosu Core Training. This is a class of slow & steady movements that are difficult and awkward yet they don’t seem like they’re doing much good. I prefer a quicker pace in my exercise classes, and I prefer not to feel like a dork, so I didn’t really like this one.
Until the next day. Wow, muscles I hadn’t talked with in awhile were communicating loud and clear. I finally realized that slow and steady sometimes works, and that I should do this class once in awhile to shake up my routine.
For you: Don’t quit blogging and social networking because you’re not seeing immediate results. Don’t quit querying, don’t quit improving your craft. Give it time.

What parts of the writing career do you find less than enjoyable? How do you deal with them?

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7. Harvard Common Press Acquired by Quarto Publishing Group USA

Harvard Common Press (GalleyCat)Quarto Publishing Group USA has acquired the Harvard Common Press. HCP primarily publishes books on cooking and childcare.

Dan Rosenberg, the editorial director of HCP, will continue to hold this position. Bruce Shaw, the president and publisher of HCP, and Adam Salomone, the associate publisher of HCP, will both serve as advisors for Quarto.

CEO Ken Fund had this statement in the press release: “We’re excited to bring The Harvard Common Press into the Quarto family of publishers. Quarto is focused on acquiring niche imprints or businesses that align with our vision to publish books that inspire, educate, create or entertain. We continue to look for acquisitions in these categories and this has accelerated since the successful launch of QuartoKnows.com in 2015.”

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8. C. Spike Trotman to Create a Josephine Baker Graphic Novel

Josephine Baker (GalleyCat)C. Spike Trotman has signed a deal with First Second Books. He plans to create a biographical graphic novel profiling Josephine Baker.

Black Pearl will feature details on Baker’s rise to fame as an international entertainer, her love life, and her stance on politics. The publisher will release Black Pearl: The Graphic Life of Josephine Baker in 2018.

Trotman gave this statement about the project: “I’ve admired Josephine Baker since college, she’s symbolic of so much, to me. Triumph over adversity, for starters. Going your own way. And I’m eager to  have a chance to paint a down-to-earth picture of her, one with a lot of truth to it.”

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9. Cover Unveiled for New Matt Wallace Novel

Pride's Spell Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Matt Wallace’s forthcoming science fiction book, Pride’s Spell. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to a B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog post, this project will be the third installment of the Sin du Jour series. Tor Books has scheduled the publication date for June 21.

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10. Paul Morley to Write a David Bowie Biography

Rocker David Bowie (GalleyCat)Paul Morley has landed a deal with the Simon & Schuster imprint, Gallery Books. The music journalist plans to write a biography profiling the late David Bowie.

Bowie (pictured, via), a beloved actor and rock star, passed on earlier this year. Morley’s book, entitled The Age of Bowie, will be released in late 2016.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “In addition to chronicling the prime of the rock legend’s career, the biography will also detail the final year of his life, in which he kept his illness from public view while completing the album ‘Blackstar,’ which was released days before his death. Mr. Morley contributed his knowledge of Mr. Bowie to the 2013 exhibition ‘David Bowie Is…” at the Victoria & Albert Museum.” (via Flavorwire)

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11. Marissa Meyer Inks Two Book Deal

Marissa Meyer (GalleyCat)Marissa Meyer has landed a deal with the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She plans to write a young adult duology of graphic novels called Wires and Nerves.

Meyer (pictured, via) revealed in a blog post that she has had an aspiration to write a graphic novel since she was a teenager. The story takes place within the Lunar Chronicles universe; it will pick up after the events described in the fourth installment of the main series Winter.

The Washington Post reveals that Douglas Holgate will create the illustrations for this project. The first book will be released in January 2017.

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12. Johanna Basford Lands Deal for 2 New Adult Coloring Books

Johanna Basford (GalleyCat)Johanna Basford, a Scottish artist, has signed a deal with Penguin Random House to create two new coloring books for adults. Book one, entitled Magical Jungle, will be released in August 2016 and book two, entitled Johanna’s Christmas, will follow in October 2016.

The first project will blossoms, tropical plants, and monkeys. The second project will feature snowflakes, gingerbread houses, and wrapped gifts.

Basford (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “I’m so excited to be working on two new books this year with Penguin Random House. It’s the biggest honor to have my inky imagined worlds brought to life by colorists around the globe, a chance to collaborate with literally millions of people! I create books so they can make masterpieces.”

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13. Cover Unveiled for New Tahereh Mafi Book

Furthermore Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Tahereh Mafi’s forthcoming book, Furthermore. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

Dutton Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for May 3. This project marks Mafi’s debut as a middle grade author.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mafi explains that she had never intended to write a middle grade story. She reveals that “it was my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, who wisely pointed out that the heart of my story was middle grade through and through. It was only after I realized how much of this book was a love letter to my favorite middle-grade stories — Anne of Green Gables; Alice in Wonderland; The Secret Garden; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; everything by Roald Dahl — that I understood how very right she was.”

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14. Some Lessons Learnt From A Friend's Book Launch

Buy the book: Email tirelomakgaledisa@gmail.com A book launch is a delicate thing.  Once the book is ready, you book a venue, do a heavy load of marketing and promotion for the event, get some good reviews lined up, organise snacks and drinks and then you hope that people who are influential in the book world and some of the author's fans actually show up on the day. And when the work is by a

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15. Julie Barton Lands Deal With Penguin Books

Julie Barton (GalleyCat)Julie Barton has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Penguin Books.

Barton has written a memoir entitled Dog Medicine. Kathryn Court, president of the imprint, negotiated the deal with Marly Rusoff, a literary agent.

Think Piece Publishing released the original edition of this book back in Nov. 2015. Penguin Books has scheduled the publication date for Jul. 2016. (Photo Credit: Colleen Gallagher)

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16. Finding Comparable Books

compare apple to orangeWhen you’re trying to interest an agent or publisher in your book, you’re often asked to provide “comps” — other books that could be compared to yours, or books that might compete with yours. A good book proposal always has a “Competition” or “Comparable Books” section, and even if you’re self-publishing, it helps if you give readers a frame of reference in the form of similar books.
One of the most common questions I’m regularly asked is, “How do I figure out what books to include in my comps?” People get all hung up on it, especially with fiction. Do I look for books with the same premise or plot? Same time period? Same writing style? How do I know what to include?
I’m going to make it easy for you.
Ask yourself, “Who are my readers? What are they reading right now?” Those are your comparable books.
Keep this line in mind:

“People who enjoy the following books are likely to enjoy my book.”

You can use that line in a proposal, then follow it with the comparable books, and for each one, a brief explanation of why your book would appeal to those same readers. This approach frees you from trying to decipher what an agent is looking for, and instead, use those comps to identify your audience.
If you can’t readily identify six to ten books or authors whom your potential readers are already reading, then you need to stop what you’re doing and get a lot more educated about what’s already out in the marketplace, and who your potential audience is. If you can’t identify your audience, then how will you or a publisher sell your book to them?
Providing “comps” is all about helping your agent, your editors, your marketing team, and your readers to capture a vision for your book.
Too often, writers tell me, “I’ve looked and looked, and I can’t find anything quite like my book.” You and I both know that’s a cop-out. Think about your potential readers, and figure out what they are already reading. It’s that simple.
To read a little more about how to create a strong Competition section for your book proposal, click HERE.

Do you know what books your potential readers are already enjoying? How do you research this?


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17. New Details Revealed About Harry Potter Wizarding Schools

Author J.K. Rowling has revealed new details about several wizarding schools, in a new post on pottermore.com.

For instance, the name of the North American-based school is Ilvermorny and it is likely located somewhere in the North East. Actress Evanna Lynch revealed the new details by reading from Rowling’s latest piece on Pottermore.com at a Harry Potter event held over the weekend.

“I am assured by Pottermore that more will be revealed on Ilvermorny soon,” said Lynch at the event.

The name of the Brazilian wizarding school, Castelobruxo, is also revealed in the new post. This school is guarded by Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who come out at night. In addition, students at the Japanese wizarding school, Mahoutokoro, are given enchanted robes which grow as they age. And the African school, Uagadou, is carved out of the mountainside and is shrouded in a mist.

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18. Cover Unveiled for New Jessica Taylor Book

Wandering Wild Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Jessica Taylor’s forthcoming young adult novel, Wandering Wild.

According to the Publishing Crawl blog, this story belongs to the magical realism genre. For the author, magical realism can be defined as “a story that is not decidedly supernatural but can possibly encompass the supernatural.”

We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Sky Pony Press has scheduled the publication date for May 3.

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19. Kathy Griffin Lands 7-Figure Deal With Flatiron Books

Kathy Griffin (GalleyCat)Kathy Griffin has signed a seven-figure deal with Flatiron Books. The comedienne plans to write a book entitled Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Index A to Z.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Griffin (pictured, via) plans to share her thoughts on Hollywood celebrities and personal stories. The publisher has scheduled the release for Fall 2016.

Here’s more from The New York Daily News: “The funny lady released her autobiography, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin in 2009, which debuted at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. The 55-year-old is no stranger to dishing on stars with her racy work on My Life on the D-List.” (via Yahoo! TV)

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20. Susan Morrison to Write a Biography on Lorne Michaels

SNL LogoSusan Morrison, an editor at The New Yorker, has signed a deal with Random House. She plans to write a biography profiling the creator and producer of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels.

Vanity Fair reports that Morrison has obtained Michaels’ permission to work on this project. At this point in time, the publisher has not revealed the title of the book or the release date.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Ms. Morrison was hired by Mr. Michaels to work at his shorter-lived 1984 NBC sketch program The New Show, where she was an assistant to the writer-producer Jim Downey, and she has edited S.N.L.-affiliated authors like Jack Handey and Steve Martin at The New Yorker. She said in response to emailed questions that she has been thinking about Mr. Michaels’s work for several decades.”

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21. Candlewick Press to Donate 275,000 Books to First Book

candlewickCandlewick Press will donate more than 275,000 books to First Book. This will be the largest donation made in the company’s history.

This philanthropic endeavor will be part of Candlewick Press’s plan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of its United States office. The company will host a year-long celebration of events in honor of this momentous occasion.

Karen Lotz, the president of Candlewick Press, gave this statement in the press release: “As we approach a quarter century of aspiring to deliver on our mission of publishing the very best books for children, we understand that if children from families with access to well-funded home and local libraries are the only ones who know our books, we will have failed. We therefore are thrilled to partner with First Books’ exceptionally broad and visionary program, which reaches 220,000 classrooms and community programs, in making our beautiful books available to all children in America, regardless of their personal circumstances.”

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22. Three American Heroes Ink Deal With PublicAffairs

PublicAffairs 200 (GalleyCat)Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone has signed a book deal with the Perseus Books Group imprint, PublicAffairs. These three American men have become known as the heroes who saved a Thalys train full of people traveling to Paris back in August 2015.

USA Today reports that Jeffrey E. Stern will serve as the co-author on this project. The book, entitled The 15:17 to Paris, will be released in August 2016.

Here’s more from The Washington Post: “The highlight of the book will be the reenactment of the thwarted attack on Aug. 21, when Ayoub el-Khazzani, a suspected Islamist militant, began shooting. Stone, an Airman 1st Class, knocked down Khazzani and grabbed him around the neck even while the gunman was slicing him with a box cutter. Skarlatos, serving with the Oregon Army National Guard, and Sadler, then a senior at California State University at Sacramento, helped disarm and restrain Khazzani.” (via The Toronto Star)

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23. Announcing New Who's Making Waves in Publishing Monthly Column

The team here at Adventures in YA Publishing is excited to announce a new monthly column! Starting next month, we'll be highlighting an author and publisher in our Who's Making Waves in Publishing highlight. But we'll do this in a personal and in-depth way by hosting an interview or dialogue between one of the publisher's authors and their editor.

The interview will focus both on the editing process and the publisher's vision for their books. Our aim is to give writers insight into what happens in publishing from the inside.

So be sure to check back at the end of every month to see what exciting new ventures are happening within publishing!

 -- posted by Susan Sipal, @HP4Writers

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24. Cover Unveiled for New Matthew J. Kirby Novel

Taste For Monsters (GalleyCat)

Matthew J. Kirby has unveiled the cover for his forthcoming book, A Taste for Monsters. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

This project will be Kirby’s debut young adult novel. Lisa Sandell, an executive editor at Scholastic, acquired the manuscript.

According to Kirby’s blog post, the story features two historical figures: The Elephant Man and Jack the Ripper. The publisher has scheduled the release date for Sept. 27.

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25. PEN America Launches Kickstarter Project

PEN America hopes to raise $5,500 on Kickstarter for a literary translation series called Passages. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Passages intends to answer that question, issue by issue, by exploring the literary and narrative trends of some of the world’s least translated territories. Each issue will be co-edited by local editors with knowledge of the most current and relevant arts movements to publish exciting new fiction, poetry, essays, graphic narratives, and new literary forms being developed.”

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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