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Simona Ahrnstedt, a romance author from Sweden, has signed a deal with Kensington. The publisher will release the English edition of her popular contemporary romance trilogy.
Book one, entitled Only One Night, will be released in Summer 2016. Editorial director Alicia Condon negotiated the terms of the agreement with Nordin literary agent Anna Frankl.
Here’s more from the press release: “With the worldwide popularity of Swedish mysteries and thrillers, Kensington is proud to bring a new kind of commercial Swedish fiction to English readers. Simona Ahrnstedt, Sweden’s groundbreaking author, has pioneered the country’s new wave of romance featuring strong female characters and delicious male leads with undercurrents of feminism that will appeal to smart women everywhere. To date, over 70,000 copies have sold in Sweden.”
Melville House will give away the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture to several 2016 presidential race candidates.
Of the sixteen people who have announced their intentions to run in this forthcoming election, only four have spoken out against the act of torture: Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, and United States Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders. The team decided to send five copies of the book and a letter to the remaining twelve contenders who have not publicly denounced torture.
According to the press release, the letter reads: “Please accept the enclosed copies of The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture, compliments of Melville House. We hope you’ll read and share these copies with your staff and advisers, and that they will help you clarify your position on the legality, morality, and efficacy of torture.”
Carolyn Mackler has revealed the cover for her forthcoming book, Infinite in Between. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
This young adult novel stars five teenage characters named Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney and features a storyline reminiscent of John Hughes’ classic movie The Breakfast Club. HarperTeen has set the publication date for September 1st.
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It’s hard to believe that New York Times bestselling author Jane Green leveraged Kickstarter to fund her new cookbook, Good Taste. Although the campaign ends on July 14, devoted fans and celebrities like Martha Stewart and Jodi Picoult have supported her via social media and she easily surpassed her self-publishing goal of $45,000 within the first five days of her campaign. Drawing on stories from her life and the food that runs through them, the book combines recipes with photos and her witty storytelling.
We caught up with the versatile author to chat about venturing outside her comfort zone, leveraging new media to fund her project, and carving out time and space to write amidst her busy schedule.
GalleyCat: As a bestselling author, why did you decide to self-publish your cookbook?
Jane Green: I have been incredibly lucky with my novels but I had absolutely no idea if anyone would be interested in a cookbook. So I started to think about self-publishing.
I then realized that with Kickstarter, I [would] have to put this book together myself. So I did the test recipes and I found the photographer and an art director. I wanted my fingerprints on every page and they really are. Everything about this book has been chosen by me.
GalleyCat: It sounds like you really enjoyed this process. And as a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, was this a passion project? Were you thinking, “I love cooking so let me try this out?”
Green: Yes, 100 percent. I put recipes in a couple of my novels and they’ve always been well-received and this is a long-held dream of mine. I did sort of get into a conversation with my publisher a couple of times about how much I’d love it and they didn’t bite.
GalleyCat: How does it work exactly – will everyone who donated get a book?
Green: We funded in five days which I did not expect at all. That was kind of extraordinary but what it means is that we can now proceed with the printing. We’ll fulfill the books, we’ll be sending them out in October and so it’s the same as pre-ordering a novel in a bookstore. You can buy my book for $25 and you’ll get it in October.
This is a limited edition print run, it’ll be a collector’s edition. Because we’ve funded it, we’ll be able to publish all kinds of lovely things. I would love to do another cookbook, maybe a slightly different version. I may either do it myself or I may look for a publisher next time around.
GalleyCat: What are your thoughts on self-publishing? It sounds like you’re really enjoying this process and you’ve gone through the traditional route for so many years.
Green: It’s been a fascinating learning curve. What I’ve come to learn with self-publishing is that if you want to provide readers with something of equal quality, it requires the same amount of time and expense. I could have self-published and thrown something together and turned it up online but I didn’t want to do that; I wanted to create something that looked really beautiful and had lasting value.
GalleyCat: There can be a stigma with self-publishing. You’re an established author, you’re trying this route – has the stigma changed over the years and if so, how?
Green: I think that the stigma is very, very much in place and I think that the entire model of the publishing world has changed and doing what you’ve always done and expecting to get what you’ve always got no longer works.
GalleyCat: Let’s talk about social media because it seems like with the Kickstarter campaign and your Facebook and Twitter feeds, you’re really engaging with the reader. Has social media also changed the face of publishing?
Green: The whole thing now is about connection. Ten years ago, you wrote a book and you never expected to find out anything about the author. Now with social media, everyone wants that connection. I think our readers want to be invited into our lives and brought on the journey and be part of this whole process.
GalleyCat: Do you envision more e-books in the future or different ways of publishing houses getting involved beyond traditional books?
Green: My e-books sales have overtaken everything else, so I think all the marketing has become very much driven by the author now because of social media. The way that I run my Facebook and my Instagram [accounts], I can’t have somebody else doing that for me. It’s got to be my voice.
GalleyCat: What advice do you have for writers hoping to leap outside their comfort zone?
Green: When you stay stuck in the same groove, your creativity can dwindle. I definitely felt that I was on a bit of a treadmill and actually, stepping out of my comfort zone and using my creativity in a completely different way has just brought this incredible passion back into my life, which has spilled into every area. I’m energized in a way that I wasn’t before so if you’re a creative person, and we writers tend to be, the more cases we can express that creativity, the better. Actually, my next novel comes out on Tuesday, June 23 – Summer Secrets.
GalleyCat: How do you manage to carve out time to sit down and actually write when you’re so busy?
Green: Right now I’m busier than ever before and my whole writing routine has had to change because I have so many things going on. In the old days I’d write during the morning and I’d be done by lunchtime and be mom in the afternoon. I can’t do that now. Sometimes I can get away with a week here or there but now I have to go on these self-imposed writing retreats. Twice a year I’ll go off to a little inn in New Hampshire and I’ll just go and for five days I wouldn’t talk to anyone, I wouldn’t look at anyone, I’d just be in a room with my computer and I will write.
Mediabistro is running its first workshop to help writers craft the perfect pitch and query letter to send to agents and editors. In the Query Letter and First Pages Workshop, students will work with Kate McKean, a top literary agent and Vice President at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, to improve their writing and pitches.
The query letter and first pages of a novel are a writer’s best opportunities to make a good impression on an agent or editor. In this brand new, one-day workshop, students will learn how to draft a query letter and get real-time reader feedback on the first 1,000 words of their novels. Students will be given examples of both good and bad query letters so that they can become familiar with how to write a successful query for their own writing. The workshop will take place in New York City, on Saturday, June 20.
Mediabistro’s courses help students add skills to their resumes through portfolio-building courses led by media professionals. Class sizes are kept small to allow for individual feedback and interaction from industry thought leaders.
This workshop is designed for writers aiming to write and submit full-length novels of any genre. Are you ready to pitch your novel to agents? Register for the Query Letter and First Pages Workshop today before the course sells out!
The cover has been unveiled for the third and final installment of the Starbound series, Their Fractured Light. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
Authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner collaborated on this young adult trilogy together. Disney Hyperion has set the publication date for December 1st. (via The Hyperion Teens Tumblr Page)
Emma Donoghue has signed a deal with Scholastic to write her debut middle grade book. As a writer, Donoghue (pictured, via) has become well-known for her popular adult novel Room.
The team at the Arthur A. Levine Books imprint has scheduled the release of The Lotterys Plus One for February 2017. Levine, the editor for this manuscript, negotiated the deal with Kathleen Anderson of the Anderson Literary Agency.
Here’s more from the press release: “The Lotterys Plus One introduces Sumac Lottery, a girl with six siblings, two moms, two dads, and a tranquil cloud-painted room in the big Victorian house they all call Camelottery. When her racist, homophobic grandfather nearly burns his house down, he has to move in with the Lotterys, a volatile situation about which no one is happy, least of all Sumac, who has to give up her room. The Lotterys Plus One is a funny, sensitive exploration of family, the limits of tolerance, and the possibilities of love.”
Writer Neil Gaiman has unveiled the cover for the sixth and final issue of the Sandman: Overture series. Comics artist J. H. Williams III created this piece.
We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, has set the publication date for September 30th. (via Neil Gaiman’s Facebook page)
YouTube star PewDiePie (whose real name is Felix Kjellberg) has signed a deal with Penguin Random House. He has compiled a collection of inspirational words for a book entitled This Book Loves You. In addition to these motivational sayings, it will also feature illustrations.
The video embedded above features PewDiePie’s announcement about the project. This piece has drawn more than 2 million views on YouTube. The Razorbill imprint has scheduled the publication date for October 20th. (via ReadersRead.com)
The cover has been unveiled for Emily Martin’s forthcoming book, The Year We Fell Apart. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to the Publishing Crawl blog, this project marks Martin’s debut as a young adult author. The Simon Pulse imprint has set the publication date for Spring 2016.
Matched trilogy author Ally Condie has signed a deal to publish her debut middle grade novel. Dutton Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, will release Summerlost on April 05, 2016.
Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel negotiated the terms of the agreement with Writers House literary agent Jodi Reamer. A first printing of 100,000 copies has been ordered.
Condie gave this statement in the press release: “I wrote Summerlost about a girl named Cedar, who is dealing with the heartbreak of a family tragedy. Just when she needs it most, she finds herself surprised by the wonderful, magical feeling of falling into an unexpected friendship. During the pivotal summer in the novel, Cedar also explores long-held mysteries within her community and concerning those she loves.”
Victoria, Britain’s queen during the better part of the 19th century, wrote a children’s book when she was 10 years old.
That book, The Adventures of Alice Laselles, is now finally getting published. The book is about a 12-year-old girl away at boarding school. The Royal Collection released the title last week. Here is more about the book:
The young royal author tells the tale of Alice, a twelve-year-old girl who is sent away to boarding school after her father remarries. It reveals Princess Victoria’s natural flair for writing, and tendency towards the dramatic. When Alice learns she is to leave her home for Mrs Duncombe’s school, Victoria writes, ‘Oh do not send me away dear Pappa’, exclaimed Alice Laselles, as she threw her arms around her Pappa’s neck; ‘don’t send me away, O let me stay with you.’ And she sobbed bitterly. She introduces a host of characters living at the school, including a ‘poor little French orphan'; Ernestine Duval, and Barbara, the clever daughter of a rich London banker.
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Here's a report from the AFCC's first retreat for writers and illustrators on Bintan Island in Indonesia, which I attended as a mentor.
'I hope this retreat will help you to get to the truth within the lie,' Sarah Odedina told a roomful of writers and illustrators at a retreat in Indonesia last week. 'I think all good literature has message and meaning. But the
We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending June 07, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume: “In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling.” (June 2015)
(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Fiction) Finders Keepers by Stephen King: “The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising.” (June 2015)
(Debuted at #8 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Gumption by Nick Offerman: “To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure.” (May 2015)
Cult favorite sci-fi author Philip K. Dick is best known for his short stories and novels, but Dick also wrote a lesser-known children’s book.
Nick and the Glimmung, a novel about the quest of a small boy and his family who leave Earth to save his cat, has only been in print in limited runs over the years. The book is about to be reissued by Gollancz this September in the U.K. The Guardian has more:
Dick sent the manuscript to Doubleday in the late 1960s alongside his acclaimed time-slippage story for adults, Ubik, but his editor decided to decline. Nick and the Glimmung found a publisher in 1988, six years after its author’s death, but slid out of print around 1990. A limited run was produced by the US publisher Subterranean Press in 2008, but has since sold out. Gollancz are now due to release a UK edition in September 2015.
The cover for J.K. Rowling’s forthcoming adult novel, entitled Career of Evil, was unveiled on Twitter. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
This book, written under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym, will be the third installment of Cormoran Strike mystery series. MTV.com reports that Little, Brown and Company will release this book for United States readers on October 20th. (via Entertainment Weekly)
Designer Kim Caicedo hopes to raise $3,000 through crowdfunding to cover the cost of the first printing for The Little Book of Disorders. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.
Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “The discrimination and social stigmas attached to mental health can make it hard for People with mental conditions seek help and recover. I wanted to create this book to change that and to encourage people to start a conversation that matters.”
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.
Artist Wendy Piersall has inked a deal with Ulysses Press to create two new coloring books for adults.
Book one, entitled Coloring Dream Mandalas, will be released in Winter 2016. It contains 30 different designs.
Piersall will follow up this project with Coloring Ocean Mandalas. At this point in time, no publication date has been announced for this book.
Rock guitarist Lenny Kaye has landed a deal with the HarperCollins imprint, Ecco. He is best known for his work with the of the Patti Smith Group.
According to the press release, Kaye plans to write a book called Lightning Striking. He will detail the career path he has followed “across five decades and a dozen cities where rock and roll exploded onto a national stage.”
Publisher Daniel Halpern acquired the manuscript and secured both North American and translation rights. The Betsy Lerner, Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency represented Kaye on this deal.
Grey, E.L. James‘ upcoming book in the 50 Shades of Grey series, will only cover Christian’s point of view for the first book, the author revealed on Twitter.
After a fan asked James if the new book would cover Christian’s point of view in all three books, E.L. James said that Grey would only show the first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, through Christian’s viewpoint.
James did not say if she would be writing Grey’s point of view from other books in the series.
The cover for the final book in the late Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series has been revealed.
The Shepherd’s Crown, the fifth Discworld novel featuring young witch Tiffany Aching, will be published by Penguin Random House on September 10th.
Pratchett completed the book in the summer of 2014. The fantasy author died in March.
The cover has been unveiled for Sara Bareilles’ essay collection, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
Entertainment Weekly reports that the famed singer shares “the stories behind her most popular songs and writes about finding the balance between making art for herself.” Simon & Schuster will publish the book on October 6th.
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Several years ago I attended the SCBWI summer conference and one of the wonderful people I met was Rachel Marks. Super talented as both a writer and an artist, she had an incredible joy for life, due in part to being a cancer survivor. Rachel was rooming with Paige Britt and both of them had […]
The cover has been unveiled for The Hollow of the Hand. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
Writer PJ Harvey and photographer Seamus Murphy collaborated on this poetry collection. Bloomsbury Publishing has set the publication date for October 20th.
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The cover has been unveiled for Cecelia Ahern’s forthcoming book, Flawed. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to USA Today, this project marks the first time Ahern has written a novel for young adults. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has set the publication date for March 2016.