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26. Kindle Cover Disasters on Tumblr

Are you planning on self-publishing a book? It might help to find a designer to help you with the cover. You don’t want to end up on the Tumblr page Kindle Cover Disasters.

The site chronicles ridiculously bad book covers for self-published books. From a headshot of an older woman wearing a Hawaiian print shirt for a book called “Old Ladies Who Love Porn,” to a photo of a couple holding hands with the title “Senior Sex Parties 5″ with devilish horn font, the site is full of bad examples of book designs.

Follow this link to check it out.

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27. Publishing Philosophy: A staff Q&A

This March, Oxford University Press is celebrating Women in Philosophy as part of Women’s History Month. We asked three of our female staff members who work on our distinguished list of philosophy books and journals to describe what it’s like to work on philosophy titles. Eleanor Collins is a Senior Assistant Commission Editor in philosophy who works in the Oxford office. Lucy Randall is a Philosophy Editor who works from our New York office. Sara McNamara is an Associate Editor who assists to manage our philosophy journals from our New York offices.

The post Publishing Philosophy: A staff Q&A appeared first on OUPblog.

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28. Harper Lee’s Literary Agent Disputes Claims of Elder Abuse

HarperLeeAlabama state officials opened an investigation following complaints about Harper Lee possibly suffering from elder abuse. The New York Times reports that Lee’s literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, has issued a statement about this issue to denounce these claims.

Here’s an excerpt: “The fact that she is hard of hearing and suffers from some macular degeneration (entirely common for someone in their late 80s) has no bearing whatsoever on her quick wit or of speaking her mind on all manner of things. That she chose many years ago to lead a quiet life away from the world at large (the last time she spoke to the press was, I believe, in 1964) is her prerogative and should be respected. She was surprised when the manuscript, which she had presumed long lost, was found last August and she is both delighted and enthused that it will now be published.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nurnberg has been overseeing the negotiations for international rights to the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel. The Alabama Securities Commission recently announced that they have interviewed Lee; they found her to be both mentally sound and aware about the publication of Go Set a Watchman. This organization has cut off its involvement with this inquiry. (via The Associated Press)

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29. Harper Lee’s Literary Agent Rejects Claims of Elder Abuse

HarperLeeAlabama state officials opened an investigation following complaints about Harper Lee possibly suffering from elder abuse. The New York Times reports that Lee’s literary agent, Andrew Nurnberg, has issued a statement about this issue to denounce these claims.

Here’s an excerpt: “The fact that she is hard of hearing and suffers from some macular degeneration (entirely common for someone in their late 80s) has no bearing whatsoever on her quick wit or of speaking her mind on all manner of things. That she chose many years ago to lead a quiet life away from the world at large (the last time she spoke to the press was, I believe, in 1964) is her prerogative and should be respected. She was surprised when the manuscript, which she had presumed long lost, was found last August and she is both delighted and enthused that it will now be published.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nurnberg has been overseeing the negotiations for international rights to the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel. The Alabama Securities Commission recently announced that they have interviewed Lee; they found her to be both mentally sound and aware about the publication of Go Set a Watchman. This organization has cut off its involvement with this inquiry. (via The Associated Press)

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30. Insight Editions to Publish a Companion Book For the Kurt Cobain Documentary

Kurt Cobain of NirvanaInsight Editions will publish a companion book for the first authorized documentary about Kurt CobainKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will be released on April 7th. Rolling Stone reports that the book features extended transcripts from the interviews conducted for this film, animation stills, rare pictures, and other personal items.

Frances Bean Cobain, the only child of the Nirvana frontman (pictured, via) and rocker Courtney Love, served as an executive producer for this project. The premiere screening will take place at the Sundance Film Festival; HBO will air it on May 4th. Follow this link to watch the trailer.

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31. The Family Arcana Kickstarter Campaign Earns More Than $27K

Ninepin Press has raised more than $27,000 for The Family Arcana project. Author Jedediah Berry wrote this fiction story on a deck of cards. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Where Will the Money Go? Into a hole in the ground. Then we’ll dig it up and use it to cover the costs of printing and shipping the cards and other rewards, and to pay our illustrator.”

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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32. Hachette Revenues Down 4.9% in 2014

Hachette Book Group’s revenues were down 4.9 percent in 2014 as compared to 2013, the company revealed this week. HBG’s annual sales accounted for 24 percent of parent company Hachette Livre’s overall sales last year, a slight drop from 25 percent in 2013.

For a significant portion of the year, many of the company’s books were unavailable on Amazon while the two companies disputed terms for months.

“Hachette came through a challenging year having achieved many successes — including publishing hundreds of bestsellers, winning several major awards, and acquiring Black Dog & Leventhal at the close of 2014,” stated Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch. “We’ve had a superb start to the year, with a Caldecott Medal and a Grammy Award, and we’re looking forward to one of the strongest lineups that we’ve ever published coming in 2015.”

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33. Cover Revealed For New Edition of Paper Towns

Paper Towns MTI Cover

Penguin Young Readers Group has unveiled the cover for the movie tie-in edition of Paper Towns. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

John Green, the author and executive producer, had this statement in the press release: “I am so excited for readers to re-discover Paper Towns ahead of the movie release. I love the cover – it beautifully captures Q and Margo failing to look at (and understand) each other while adding a hint of intrigue.”

The publisher has ordered a first printing of 1.5 million copies for this book and set the release date for May 19th. The film adaptation will hit theaters on July 24th.

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34. Ellen Hopkins Lands Two-Book Deal

Ellen HopkinsWriter Ellen Hopkins (pictured, via) has landed a two-book deal with Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

According to the press release, “these two new titles will continue to deal with teens in crisis and will be written in Hopkins’s signature verse style.” Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the terms of the agreement with Laura Rennert of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

The first book, entitled Chameleon, will be released in Fall 2016. It features “a coming of age story that examines parental alienation and poses the question: when love is buried by lies, can it be unearthed again?”

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35. Happy 5th Anniversary, drydenbks – Interview with Emma D. Dryden

Emma D. Dryden is a children’s editorial & publishing consultant with drydenbks LLC, a company she established 5 years ago today, after 25 years as a publisher and editor with major publishing houses. I had the privilege of working with … Continue reading

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36. Penguin Random House Debuts Site to Help Parents Raise Readers

Penguin Random House has launched a new website for parents called Brightly.com. The site is dedicated to helping parents raise readers for life.

The site gives parents guidance and tips about how to nurture reading in children of all ages, sharing insights and tips. The site also includes popular books for different ages of young readers. Original author and illustrator content along with seasonal activities will also be featured on the site. The program also includes the launch of an email newsletter.

“As a lifelong book lover, I want to share my interest and passion with my family, especially with my son, but as a working mom, I’ve seen firsthand how our busy lifestyle can make this a challenge,\" explained the site’s co-founder Amanda Close, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Development at Penguin Random House, in a statement.

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37. Umberto Eco’s New Novel Will Be Published in English

Numero ZeroHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will publish an English translation of Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero. The publication date has been scheduled for November 3rd.

The book was released in Italy earlier this year. It has become a number one bestseller in the author’s native country.

General interest publisher Bruce Nichols had this statement in the press release: “Numero Zero is the feverish and delightfully readable tale of a ghostwriter in Milan whose work pulls him into an underworld of media politics and murderous conspiracies (involving the cadaver of Mussolini’s double, naturally.) This novel is vintage Eco–corrupt newspapers, clandestine plots, imaginary histories–and will appeal to his many readers and earn him legions of new ones.”

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38. Philomel to Publish New Eric Carle Picture Book

Children's Book Creator Eric CarlePhilomel, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, will publish Eric Carle’s new picture book, The Nonsense Show.

A release date has been scheduled for October 2015. The executives at the publishing house have ordered a first printing of 250,000 copies.

Carle (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “The Nonsense Show came to me over a long period of time and I had fun working on it. It is a playful word-and-picture game and an upside-down way of looking at life and the world. I like these topsy-turvy points of view. I appreciate the way Surrealist artists like Magritte showed us all in their paintings that you have to keep looking, keeping paying attention. And keep playing.”

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39. Harper Lee’s New Novel Will Be Published in Spanish

Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman will be published in Spanish.

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired the worldwide Spanish language rights Ve y pon un centinela in all formats. The Spanish edition will come out on July 14, 2015 in the U.S, the same day as the English language version. The Spanish-language edition will hit other markets later in July.

HarperCollins will also release a Spanish language edition of To Kill a Mockingbird (Matar a un ruiseñor).

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40. Cover Unveiled For New A.J. Jacobs Book

AJ Jacobs Book

Journalist and author AJ Jacobs revealed the cover for his forthcoming book, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

During the research process for this book, Jacobs has tracked down several famous “cousins” including former President George H. W. Bush, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and Harry Potter movie series actor Daniel Radcliffe. To learn more about this project, check out Jacobs’ TED talk.

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41. 83% of Kids Love Being Read Aloud To: Scholastic

Most parents of small children know the benefits of reading to kids, but older kids can also benefit from the activity.

In fact, 83 percent of kids ages 6 to 17  say they love being read aloud to, according to Scholastic’s \"Kids & Family Reading Report: 5th edition.\"

The report found that parents often stop reading to their kids as they get older and can read independently, yet 40 percent of kids ages 6 to 11, said they wish their parents kept reading aloud to them, mainly because of the special time together. Ninety-one percent of kids said they prefer books \"I picked out myself\" and 70 percent like books \"that make me laugh.\"

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42. Peter H. Reynolds Lands 3-Book Deal With Scholastic

scholasticlogo082310Peter H. Reynolds has signed a three-book deal with Scholastic.

Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Cartwheel and Orchard Books, negotiated the terms of the agreement with Holly McGhee, the founder of Pippin Properties. The first book, entitled Happy Dreamer, will be published in 2016.

Reynolds had this statement in the press release: “Happy Dreamer is inspired by my own creative journey. I want readers to say ‘Hey, that’s me!’ and realize that their daydreaming, their wild energy—and even their challenges—are all good. I want to encourage kids—and grownup kids—to be happy with who they are, and to be confident about what lies ahead.”

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43. Shay & Ivy: More Than Just a Princess Picture Book: Kickstarter

Sheena McFeely hopes to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter to create a book called Shay & Ivy: More Than Just a Princess. She is working with freelance illustrator Casie Trace and branding expert Manny Johnson on this children’s book.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of producing the book and developing an app version. The app edition will feature interactive videos done in both American Sign Language and English. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “At the end of day if a child wants to be a princess. that’s alright. If a child wants to be more than just a princess, that’s great too. As long you follow your heart, do not give in to society’s pressures in being someone else, and be truly the happiest of all. That’s the goal of this book – to spark girls and even boys’ imaginations to go beyond a kingdom or an aisle to define themselves.”

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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44. Publishing Secrets

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

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/06/16/mike-r-underwood-25-secrets-of-publishing-revealed-or-inside-the-bookish-shatterdome/

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45. Alex Morgan Lands Memoir Deal

Alex MorganOlympic gold medalist Alex Morgan has landed a memoir deal. Morgan (pictured, via) intends to write a book which will be suitable for a teen audience.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release Breakaway on June 2nd. Back in 2013 the company published Morgan’s middle-grade series, The Kicks.

Here’s more from the press release: “This inspirational memoir chronicles her path to success, including playing in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, and ranking as one of the national team’s top scorers. From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to her key role in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today.”

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46. Trends in Digital Publishing — Ebooks are Changing Publishing

Once, books were painstakingly copied by hand, then, in […]

The post Trends in Digital Publishing — Ebooks are Changing Publishing appeared first on aksomitis.com.

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47. Veronica Roth Inks Two-Book Deal

Veronica RothVeronica Roth has signed a two-book deal with the Katherine Tegen Books imprint at HarperCollins.

Publisher Katherine Tegen negotiated the deal with Newleaf Literary agent Joanna Volpe. The release date for book one has been scheduled for 2017; book two will follow in 2018.

Here’s more from the press release: “In the untitled first novel of a highly anticipated duology in the vein of Star Wars, Veronica Roth explores—with poise and poignancy—the story of a boy who forms an unlikely alliance with an enemy. Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge.”

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48. Cover Unveiled For Aziz Ansari Book

Modern Romance Cover

Aziz Ansari revealed the cover for his forthcoming book, Modern Romance: An Investigation. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Penguin Press will release the comedian’s nonfiction title on June 16th. Ansari became inspired to work on this project when he was drafting stand-up comedy jokes about dating.

In an interview with TIME.com, Ansari explains that this is “a sociology book that has my sense of humor, but it also has some academic heft to it. I wrote it with this sociologist, Eric Klinenberg, and he helped me design this huge research project that we did. We interviewed hundreds of people all across the world — we went to Tokyo and Paris and Wichita to really get a wide scope. We also interviewed all sorts of academics.”

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49. Grammar Help: INFOGRAPHIC

big starKeeping track of all the rules of grammar can be tough. To lend a hand, the team at Big Star Copywriting has developed an infographic called “10 Grammar Mistakes Every Writer Needs To Avoid.”

We’ve embedded the full infographic below for you to explore further—what do you think? Follow this link to check out other online sources for help with grammar.

10 Grammar Mistakes Every Writer Needs To Avoid

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50. Kim Gordon & Pam Munoz Ryan Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

Home CoverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending March 01, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon: “Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and ’90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from girl to woman in uncharted territory, music, art career, what partnership means—and what happens when that identity dissolves.” (February 2015)

(Debuted at #10 in Children’s Illustrated) Home by Carson Ellis: “Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio.” (February 2015)

(Debuted at #14 in Early & Middle Grade Readers) Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan: “Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny.” (February 2015)

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