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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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8. An Intern’s Experience

blog picGoing into this summer, I did not have much of an idea of what I wanted to do with my life. As a rising senior English major at Washington & Lee University, I knew I had options, but having too many options gives me a headache, so I tended to push them all to the side and ignore the looming presence of adulthood. After a month of interning here at Arbordale Publishing, I am still at a loss as to what I want to do with my future, but now it’s not because I haven’t thought about it – it’s because I love everything I have been exposed to here!

I have always loved books. I could read my collection of Dr. Seuss books alone by the age of three, devoured the first Harry Potter book in kindergarten, and tried my hand at writing a few (now embarrassing) short stories throughout my elementary school years. Imagine my delight when I eventually discovered that there is a whole industry dedicated to reading, editing, and publishing new books! I started looking more deeply into the publishing industry during high school, and entered college knowing I wanted to be an English major. When I got the opportunity to intern at Arbordale Publishing this summer, I was excited to be one step closer to a job I have dreamed about for years.

Working with children’s books for the past month has been a fun summer activity, as well as a great introduction into the world of publishing. I have done everything from the typical reading submitted manuscripts and editing those that are accepted to the more creative designing activities in the books’ For Creative Minds sections and choosing photographs to go into a book currently in production. I have seen the schedule of a book’s journey from manuscript submission to eBook design to final printing, and learned of the hundreds of tiny steps that must happen in between to make for a successful story. More recently, I have witnessed all the work that goes into the publicity side of things, from getting stories reviewed to working with authors as they attend events to promote their book. Even with children’s books, the amount of work is no joke!

Thankfully, I have one more year to figure out what I’m going to be when I grow up. Do I want to go into editing or publicity? Should I write on the side? What am I going to enjoy the most? I am grateful to be here at Arbordale Publishing this summer, where I can explore so many different options and decide which aspect of publishing fits me best. Working with children’s books has been a wonderful way to learn the basics of story editing, fact checking, and appealing to specific markets without being overwhelmed by lengthy novels or heavy facts. Will I eventually wander into the world of books for adults? Probably, but this internship is the ideal jumping-off point for that journey. Now I just have to figure out where it’s going to take me.

–Cara Scott, Intern

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9. 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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10. 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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11. I feel like a proud parent

When I first left my day job and was scrambling a bit for money, I taught an 8-week mystery-writing class at my local bookstore, Annie Blooms Books.  I've also taught one-off classes here and there for a long time, more as a way to give back than to make money.

Sometimes i don't even make any money. For example, on July 18th I'm teaching a class on plotting as a fundraiser for Write Around Portland.  It costs $35 and all the money goes to the organization.

This year, I've also taught that class for Left Coast Crime and for Oregon Literary Arts.  A few years ago, I taught a class on how to start a series.

Well, one of the guys who was in that class, Curtis C. Chen, came up to me after my signing at Powells, and told me he had just made a two-book deal and had been going over the old notes from my series class to help him approach his series.

And then today, I saw that another one of my old students, Lisa Alber, had also made a deal:

And last year, Cindy Brown, a woman from one of my original classes who went on to be my friend, made a three-book deal.  The first book, MacDeath, is laugh-out-loud funny (a rare thing) and I'm in the middle of reading an advance copy of her second, The Sound of Murder, which is even funnier.

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12. Cover Unveiled for New Grace Jones Memoir

Grace Jones Memoir (GalleyCat)

A cover has been unveiled for the Grace Jones memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs. Paul Morley served as the co-writer for this project.

We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Gallery Books, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has scheduled the publication date for September 29th. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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13. Rick Moody Inks Deal With Henry Holt

Henry-Holt-130Writer Rick Moody has signed a deal to write a new memoir. Henry Holt, an imprint at Macmillan, will publish The Long Accomplishment in 2017.

With this book, Moody will offer month-by-month details on the first year of marriage shared between himself and his second wife Laurel Nakadate. Executive editor Barbara Jones negotiated the deal with literary agent Melanie Jackson.

Here’s more from the press release: “Moody’s most intimate book to date, The Long Accomplishment begins at the happy start of Moody’s second marriage and follows him and his new wife through a sudden, yearlong storm of troubles. Although Moody worries that his past bad behaviors have somehow brought these trials – including serious illness, abruptly aging and infirm parents, a child custody battle, the deaths of close friends, and a calamitous home invasion – upon the family he loves, with humor, wit, and heartrending insight, he discovers that love is a sturdy boat, indeed the only boat, that can carry us across.”

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14. Cover Revealed for New Rhiannon Thomas Book

Kingdom of Ashes (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Rhiannon Thomas’s young adult novel, Kingdom of Ashes. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

According to EpicReads.com, Jenna R. Stempel served as the designer for this project. This book, the sequel to A Wicked Thing, will be released on February 23, 2016.

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15. Dark Horse Comics to Publish Joe Golem: Occult Detective Series

Joe Golem Cover(GalleyCat)Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, and Christopher Golden, a prolific writer, will collaborate on writing a new comic mini-series called Joe Golem: Occult Detective. This character originates from the 2012 illustrated novel, Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

Here’s more from the press release: “The new series takes place prior to the events of the illustrated novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Set forty years after an earthquake leaves Lower Manhattan partly submerged under 30 feet of water, Joe Golem must hunt a horrifying creature that is pulling children into the depths of the city’s canals.”

The art team includes Patric Reynolds (interior art), Dave Stewart (colors), and Dave Palumbo (covers). Dark Horse Comics will publish a total of five installments for this project. The first issue will be released in November 2015.

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16. Matthew Santoro Inks Deal With Perigee

Matthew Santoro (GalleyCat)Matthew Santoro has landed a deal with Perigee, an imprint at Penguin Random House. This YouTube star’s channel boasts a following of 4 million subscribers.

Santoro (pictured, via) will write a book featuring unique and funny facts called Mind=Blown. The facts will cover a wide range of topics including history, science, and technology.

Collective Digital Studio and Marc Gerald, a literary agent at The Agency Group, negotiated the deal with Marian Lizzi, the editor in chief of Perigee. A publication date has been scheduled for August 2016.

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17. Actress Laura Prepon Inks Deal

6xTyfZik_200x200Actress Laura Prepon will collaborate with nutritionist Elizabeth Troy on a diet book entitled The Stash Plan. Prepon (pictured, via) is well-known for playing Donna Pinciotti on That 70’s Show and more recently, Alex Vause on Orange is the New Black.

This project promotes a 21-day weight loss plan that encourages readers to prepare “stashes” of nutritious foods and soups on a weekly basis. Touchstone, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has set the release date for March 2016.

Prepon gave this statement in the press release: “Throughout my life, I have tried many different diet plans, but none of them ever explained the underlying reasons for my weight issues and lack of energy. With The Stash Plan, Elizabeth and I provide the tools to take control of our bodies and health, as well as demystify the reasons why our bodies hold on to fat and don’t function the way we need them to. I’m passionate about sharing this revolutionary way of eating and healing with the world.”

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18. Sherman Alexie to Write His Debut Picture Book

Books Sherman AlexieNational Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie plans to write this debut picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Artist Yuyi Morales created the illustrations for this project.

Publisher Megan Tingley negotiated this deal with literary agents Nancy Stauffer and Charlotte Sheedy. Editor in chief Alvina Ling and associate editor Bethany Strout worked on editing the manuscript together. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will release this book on May 03, 2016.

Here’s more from the press release: “Thunder Boy Jr. tells the story of a little boy who is named after his dad. But Thunder Boy Jr. doesn’t want to share a name; he wants a name that is all his own, and he goes through many possibilities—Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth? Touch the Clouds? Old Toys Are Awesome? Just when all hope is lost, his dad helps him find the perfect name, one that celebrates the love between father and son.”

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19. New Book Features Unpublished Interviews With Jerry Garcia

Jerry On Jerry Cover (GalleyCat)Grateful Dead fans will be treated to a new book called Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews. This project features a collection of candid interviews with the leader of this beloved rock band, Jerry Garcia. The publication date has been set for November 2015.

Black Dog & Leventhal will publish the print edition and Hachette Audio will release the audiobook edition. Dennis McNally, the band’s former publicist and authorized biographer, edited this book. Trixie Garcia, Garcia’s daughter, wrote the foreword.

Here’s more from the press release: “The audiobook edition will allow fans the intimate experience of listening in on hours of candid conversations spanning decades and a variety of topics. These archival recordings perfectly capture Jerry’s warm presence, sly wit, and unforgettable laugh, and are further enhanced by the inclusion of a dozen original, previously unreleased live musical recordings courtesy of the Garcia family, making it a beautiful keepsake package and the ultimate addition to any true fan’s collection.”

What’s your favorite Grateful Dead song?

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20. Jeanine Pirro Inks Book Deal

Gallery Books Logo (GalleyCat)Jeanine Pirro has landed a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint. Pirro became well-known for appearing in The Jinx documentary. She plans to write a book entitled He Killed Them All: Robert Durst and My Quest for Justice.

Publisher Jennifer Bergstrom negotiated the deal with AGI Vigliano literary agent David Vigliano. Senior editor Mitchell Ivers will edit the manuscript. The release date has been set for November 3.

Here’s more from the press release: “Pirro is the former Westchester County (NY) district attorney who reopened the 1982 Kathleen Durst cold case in 2000 and has been on a crusade to convict Robert Durst ever since. In He Killed Them All, Pirro will take readers through the twists-and-turns of Robert Durst’s bizarre life and the trail of victims he left in his wake. She makes her case against Durst beyond a shadow of a doubt, combining her own research and exclusive interviews to reveal stunning, previously unknown information about the crimes he is accused of committing.”

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21. A Poisoned Apple on the Cover of The Shadow Queen

Shadow Queen (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for C.J. Redwine’s The Shadow Queen. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

Sarah N. Kaufman served as the designer; she incorporated a real carved apple for this project. Balzer + Bray, an imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, has set the publication date for February 23, 2016. (via EpicReads.com)

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22. Marvel to Publish 3 Adult Coloring Books

Marvel Adult Coloring (GalleyCat)With great superheroes, comes great coloring! Marvel plans to publish three coloring books for adults starring several iconic characters such as The Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man.

The line-up includes the Age of Ultron Coloring Book, the Civil War Coloring Book, and Little Marvel. Artist Skottie Young created the illustrations for the Little Marvel project.

According to the announcement, Age of Ultron will come out in October 2015. Civil War and Little Marvel will follow in 2016. (via The Daily Dot)

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23. Scientist John All Inks Book Deal

PublicAffairs 200 (GalleyCat)Scientist and explorer John All has landed a deal.

PublicAffairs, an imprint at the Perseus Books Group, will publish a nonfiction book entitled Mountains Melting Beneath Our Feet. According to the announcement, senior editor Ben Adams negotiated the deal with literary agent Bonnie Nadell.

All has carved out a career in extreme exploration; he goes on missions to study how different animals have adapted to the effects of climate change. For this project, he recounts his adventures exploring a glacial crevasse, surviving an attack from African elephants, and stepping on a highly venomous black mamba snake.

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24. E.L. James & Aziz Ansari Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

greyfrontWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 21, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Paperback Fiction) Grey by E.L. James: “Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg: “At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?” (June 2015)

(Debuted at #12 in Hardcover Fiction) The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer: “To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job.   A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,, he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents…and, sometimes, its most closely-held secrets. But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency.” (June 2015)

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25. Cover Revealed For New Brittany Cavallaro Book

Study in Charlotte (GalleyCat)

The cover has been unveiled for Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?

This story explores what a friendship between the progeny of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. Click here to download free eBook editions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works about the original detective duo.

According to EpicReads.com, Katie C. Fitch served as the designer for this project. Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, has set the release date for March 1st.

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