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26. Kensington to Launch Two New Digital Imprints

Lyrical Logos (GalleyCat)Kensington Publishing Corp. will launch two new digital imprints under the Lyrical Press division. The company executives made this announcement at this year’s Romantic Times Book Convention.

The editorial team at Lyrical Shine will acquire contemporary romance manuscripts. The editorial team at Lyrical Underground will concentrate on thriller, mystery, and horror projects.

Alexandra Nicolajsen, the associate director of social media and digital sales, gave this statement in the press release: “When Kensington brought Lyrical into our community of imprints, we were excited to work with a new group of authors and expand our footprint in the digital publishing community. In a little over a year, we have acquired many compelling projects, and built new bestselling authors. The new Lyrical Shine and Underground imprints represent our commitment to diversifying the Lyrical list. Most importantly they create a program that will distinguish our authors and bring the most original stories to our readers.”

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27. Little Free Libraries Featured on Kickstarter

The organizers behind Little Free Libraries hope to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter.

The funds will go towards the increasing the number of Little Free Libraries. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Each Little Free Library acts as a ‘mini town square’ and book distribution center, where children and adults can meet, connect and pick up a good book. An individual or group of stewards regularly care for each Library and ensures that it is in good repair, friendly and regularly stocked with high-quality books.”

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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28. Laini Taylor Lands Three Book Deal

Laini Taylor (GalleyCat)Young adult author Laini Taylor has inked a three-book deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Taylor (pictured, via) has become well-known for the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

Editor-in-chief Alvina Ling negotiated the deal with Eyebait Management literary agent Jane Putch. For the first new book, Taylor will write a fantasy novel entitled The Muse of Nightmares. The publication date has been scheduled for Fall 2016.

In the press release, Taylor described the story as one where “there was a war between men and gods, and men won. The few surviving children of the gods have grown up in hiding, dreading the day they know must come: when humans find them, and end them. That day is at hand.”

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29. Cover Revealed For New Dani Klein Modisett Book

take my spouse book cover (GalleyCat)

The cover for Dani Klein Modisett’s forthcoming book has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image for Take My Spouse Please: How to Keep Your Marriage Happy, Healthy, and Thriving By Following the Rules of Comedy above—what do you think?

Klein interviewed several celebrities for this project including legendary comedian Jerry Stiller, Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton, and Orange is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner. Trumpeter has set the publication date for July 8th.

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30. Sarah Dessen and Kiera Cass Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

The Heir Cover (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 10, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Young Adult) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: “Sydney has always felt invisible. She’s grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #3 in Children’s Fiction Series) The Heir (The Selection series) by Kiera Cass: “Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.” (May 2015)

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson: “A GOD IN RUINS tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy–would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather-as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have. An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man’s path through extraordinary times, A GOD IN RUINS proves once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.” (May 2015)

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31. Assouline to Publish Tim Palen: Photographs From The Hunger Games

Photos From The Hunger Games (GalleyCat)Tim Palen, the chief marketing officer at Lionsgate and a photographer, has inked a book deal.

Vanity Fair reports that Assouline Publishing will release Tim Palen: Photographs From The Hunger Games on June 29th. It features 200 illustrations of several characters from the film franchise.

Krista Smith, the west coast editor at Vanity Fair, wrote the introduction. One of Palen’s pictures, which is called The Sister Portrait, was unveiled yesterday on The Hunger Games Facebook page.

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32. Covers Unveiled For Forthcoming Cassandra Clare Paperbacks

Clockwork Angel (GalleyCat)

The team at Simon & Schuster has ordered new covers for the paperback editions of two Cassandra Clare young adult series. These books will be published in September 2015.

The Tor.com blog unveiled all the designs for the Infernal Devices trilogy. Clare herself has shared the six Mortal Instruments covers on her Tumblr page. We’ve embedded the image for the Clockwork Angel jacket above—what do you think?

Illustrator Cliff Nielsen created the artwork for all nine jackets. For Nielsen, “reimagining these covers has been an exercise in trying to capture that emotion through iconography. It has been an attempt to personally connect with these beloved characters and their fictional lives, and share it as a visual parable to the throngs of Cassandra’s fans, past present and future.”

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33. Buzz Books Offers Most Buzzed-About Fall/Winter Titles in Free Excerpts

The free digital Publishers Lunch Buzz Books have proven themselves accurate predictors of bestseller and best-of-the-year titles, before they are published. This season Publishers Lunch has gathered substantial excerpts from 54 of the most buzzed-about books scheduled for publication this fall and winter in two exclusive, free new ebooks, BUZZ BOOKS 2015: Fall/Winter and BUZZ BOOKS 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter, offered in consumer and trade editions.

Book lovers get an early first look at new books from New York Times bestselling authors Mitch Albom, Geraldine Brooks, Alice Hoffman, and Adriana Trigiani, and popular and critically acclaimed writers Lauren Groff, Janice Y.K. Lee, Elizabeth McKenzie, and Belinda McKeon; columnist and television host Jason Gay’s first book, the \"whip-smart\" fiction debut of Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg; an unprecedented look at feminist and legal pioneer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik’s Notorious RBG; Dick Van Dyke’s memoir Keep Moving; Jesse Itzler on living with a Navy SEAL; and the first novels from essayist Sloane Crosley and award-winning short story writer Claire Vaye Watkins.

Following its highly successful introduction last year, Publishers Lunch again is presenting a stand-alone volume previewing exciting and outstanding material from publishing’s powerhouse sector, young adult and middle-grade novels, in BUZZ BOOKS 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter. This edition holds a taste of eagerly awaited books like new work from bestselling and award-winning leaders in the field including James Dashner (The Maze Runner series), Jennifer Donnelly (A Northern Light and Revolution), Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy), and Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall, Panic); authors best-known for their adult books (Eleanor Herman and Cammie McGovern); and a good number of exciting debuts (Tessa Elwood’s Inherit the Stars, Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s The Accident Season, and Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light, among others). Aaron Hartzler, author of the critically acclaimed YA memoir Rapture Practice, makes his fiction debut with What We Saw. In what appears to becoming a YA trend, four Buzz Books entries are highly graphic or archival-looking in form via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations and more. These include Hannah Moskowitz’s History of Glitter and Blood, a lyrical fantasy with an unusual graphic format.

Of the 24 adult books previewed and published to date in the 2015 Spring/Summer edition, 19 have made \"best of the month/year\" lists and five are New York Times bestsellers.

BUZZ BOOKS 2015: Fall/Winter and BUZZ BOOKS 2015: Young Adult Fall/Winter are available for free download now on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple’s iBookstore, the Google Play Books store, and Kobo.

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34. Cover Revealed for New Cixin Liu Book

Death's End Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover for the English edition of Death’s End has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

This science-fiction book, the third and final installment of The Three-Body Problem trilogy, was written by Chinese novelist Cixin Liu. Author Ken Liu served as the translator for this project.

According to the Tor.com blog, book two, entitled The Dark Forest, is slated to come out in August 2015. Death’s End will be released in January 2016.

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35. Tyler Oakley Lands Book Deal

YouTube star Tyler Oakley has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster. Oakley wrote a collection of personal essays called Binge.

The video embedded above features Oakley’s announcement about the project. The Gallery Books imprint has scheduled the publication date for October 20th.

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36. From Library Desk to Library Shelf: My 10-Year Path to Publication

We're delighted to have Augusta Scattergood kicking-off our new Author Spotlight Blog Series.

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37. Amazon Reveals Prize For Spanish-Language Authors

Amazon is looking for Spanish-language authors to use Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and to help encourage engagement, the company has kicked off its second annual Indie Literary Prize Contest for Spanish-language authors.

Indie writers can submit their own previously unpublished works to the KDP platform for consideration from July 1 to August 31. The winner will get $2500 and have their book published in print y La Esfera de los Libros. In addition, AmazonCrossing, Amazon’s imprint for world literature in translation, will translate the book into English and distribute it worldwide in digital, print and audio formats.

“Books will be reviewed based on several criteria, such as creativity, originality and quality of writing and five finalists will be chosen,” explains the press release.

Follow this link for more details.

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38. Archie Comics Launches Kickstarter Campaign

The executives behind Archie Comics have launched a campaign on Kickstarter. The team has set a fundraising goal of $350,000.

The money will go towards the development of three new series: Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and Life With Kevin. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Co-CEO Jon Goldwater gave this statement in the press release: “We’re not flush with corporate cash like Marvel or DC. But we’re also not afraid to take calculated risks. With this Kickstarter, fans have the chance to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and forward-thinking initiative. Fans can help build a New Riverdale, brick-by-brick. We’ve put together a stellar lineup of titles — featuring the best and the brightest creators working on our top characters.”


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39. Patricia Cornwell Inks Two-Book Deal

Patricia Cornwell (GalleyCat)Author Patricia Cornwell (pictured, via) has landed a two-book deal with HarperCollins.

Both titles continue the story of medical examiner Kay Scarpetta. The William Morrow imprint will publish the first book in Fall 2016 and the second book in Fall 2017.

Here’s more from the press release: “The deal was negotiated by David Highfill, vice president and executive editor at William Morrow and Esther Newberg of ICM Partners. In the UK Patricia Cornwell is published on the HarperFiction imprint.”

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40. Cover Revealed For New Issue of Archie vs. Predator

Archie vs. Predator #2 Cover

The main cover for issue #2 of the Archie vs. Predator mini-series has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

The publication date has been scheduled for May 20th. Writer Alex de Campi worked on the story.

Artist Dan Parent created this piece. Follow these links to see the variant covers designed by artists Robert Hack and Dustin Nguyen.

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41. The Weekend Writer: New Writers, Please Look Before You Publish

I began the Weekend Writer project a little over two years ago, because I was upset when a friend from high school was being pressured by a salesperson from some kind of pay-to-publish company. Last month in my local newspaper, I read about someone who had just published her first book. She had considered self-publishing, she said, but thought it was too expensive. Then she found a traditional publisher interested in her subject.

I had never heard of this publisher, but I'm not queen of the publishing world. I haven't heard of everybody. So I googled the name. Guess what? It was a pay-to-publish company. There's nothing wrong with that. Some self-published writers do use them. The issue here is that according to the interview this woman gave to the paper, she didn't know. She thought this company was a traditional publisher. A librarian friend who had seen the article said, "Isn't she going to get a bill at some point?"

What makes this story more disturbing is that when I googled the company name, the fourth site that came up was one at which writers who had paid the company to publish for them were reporting problems they'd had. We're talking a pay-to publish company with unhappy customers.

Don't Rush To Publish

You hear the expression "rush to publish" now in relation to self-publishing authors who want to get their book out right away. Speaking from experience, I can say that preparing a manuscript for publication can be nearly as much work as creating it in the first place. Writers need to learn nearly as much about publishing these days as they need to learn about writing. The difference between traditional vs. self-publishing seems as if it should be the very minimum writers should know. However, I've heard of other authors being asked questions by self-publishing authors that indicated that those particular self-publishers didn't have even a basic understanding of what traditional publishers do.

Wouldn't you know it, I have covered this issue here before: The Difference Between Traditional Publishing And Self-Publishing. If you are a new writer beginning to think about publishing, please read it.

But Let's Add To The Confusion

The line between traditional and self-publishing has become wobbly because some major traditional publishers have added self-publishing services, and many of them are all using the same company to provide those services. Check out Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story by David Gaughran at Let's Get Digital.

The bottom line here, folks, is that writers who plan/hope to publish need to educate themselves about publishing.

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42. Oliver Sacks & Sabaa Tahir Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

An Ember in the Ashes (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 03, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Young Adult) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: “Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Nonfiction) On the Move by Oliver Sacks: “With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weight lifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to America; his bond with his schizophrenic brother; and the writers and scientists—Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick—who influenced him.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #8 in Hardcover Fiction) Gathering Prey by John Sandford: “Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.” (April 2015)

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43. Cover Revealed for New Sara Varon Book

Sweather Weather Cover (GalleyCat)

The cover for Sara Varon’s forthcoming graphic novel, entitled Sweaterweather & Other Stories, has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Varon offers readers a glimpse into her creative process with this project. First Second will publish this book in February 2016. (via School Library Journal)

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44. Cover Revealed for Felicia Day’s Memoir

Felicia Day Memoir Cover Art

The cover for Felicia Day’s forthcoming memoir, entitled You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), has been unveiled. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

Day showcased the jacket design in a YouTube video. Touchstone, a Simon & Schuster imprint, will publish the book on August 11th.

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45. Toni Morrison and David Baldacci Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

God Help the ChildWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 26, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) God Help the Child by Toni Morrison: “At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #4 in Hardcover Fiction) Memory Man by David Baldacci: “Amos Decker’s life changed forever–twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect–he can never forget anything.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Missoula by Jon Krakauer: “Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, with a highly regarded state university, bucolic surroundings, a lively social scene, and an excellent football team the Grizzlies with a rabid fan base. The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical. ” (April 2015)

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46. Celebrating my Fourth Blog Anniversary…Then and Now…

May the Fourth be with You...
ALL SYSTEMS GO! (First posted May 4th, 2011)

May the ‘Fourth’ Be With You!

Sorry. I couldn’t resist. After all, it is Luke Skywalker Day.

First, let me introduce myself—my name is Sharon Ledwith and I write young adult fiction. My genres include: time travel mysteries (kind of like a mesh of fantasy with a splash of sci-fi meets Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys), as well as paranormal stories where teens deal with psychic powers like psychometry, telekinesis, animal communication—stuff like that.

My intention of this blog is to:

#1 Get you to know me as a writer, and post my experiences as an indie publisher of eBooks.

#2 Introduce and showcase my stories and characters.

In a nutshell—market myself and promote my work.

That’s it really. You see, writing is all about the reader. My goal is to influence and empower today’s youth—the next generation—through the stories I create. I believe everyone is here at this time with a mission and a purpose, and every child has something to add to our evolutionary advancement. Children truly are the keys to our future. It is my hope to unlock this portent.

Wow! To be honest, I was so afraid when I started blogging and putting myself out in cyber-space. Reading my first post over again, I realize that I’ve come a long way in my writing journey. Back in 2011, I didn’t have a publisher and was still querying agents and publishers. This blog and my Facebook account was the beginning of my online presence, and I really felt like a fish out of water. But I kept blogging and posting on Facebook. I learned to share interesting and helpful posts for other authors as a way of connection. I figured out what works for me and what doesn’t—still an ongoing process, I must admit! And I continue to work on my author brand and platform through blogging and networking with other authors, readers, publishers, and bloggers.

I’ve also gotten better with time. Go figure. My intention has changed a lot since that first blog post. I’m much more confident and tech savvy then I was. Now I’m a published author, and represented by a literary agency. I’ve also learned to adapt to my environment, and go with the flow through the ups and downs of the publishing industry. So what have I learned in the last four years? In grand Oprah-like fashion, I’d like to share with you what I know for sure:

·         I’ve realized that I do NOT want to be an indie publisher, but rather be part of a publishing company. I’m more of a team player and had to figure that out for myself. I like having the support of a publisher behind me. Plus I didn’t have to look for, and invest in an editor, cover artist, and book formatter.
·         I’d rather write blogs that uplift or help authors and readers.
·         I love showcasing middle grade and young adult authors and their books and/or series on my blog for readers to find.
·         I enjoy doing Goodreads Giveaways. I’ve connected with so many readers this way!
·         Book blog tours are exhausting. I’ve learned to delegate blog tours to the professionals whenever possible!
·         Trying to fit into other authors’ shoes is painful and unproductive. Stand in your truth.
·         I can only be one place at a time. Too many social media accounts = too many distractions and not enough writing time. I decided to stick with Facebook, get on Twitter, join Google+ and Goodreads, and occasionally share on LinkedIn. That’s it!
·         I blog every Monday. I used to do it twice a week, but couldn’t keep up. I’ve learned being consistent keeps you out there and creates an audience.
·         I’ve learned to develop a positive mental attitude. Trust me, a PMA will keep you afloat on the days you just want to throw in the towel.
·         I’ve learned from other authors. Success leaves clues. Follow the clues.
·         Finally, I’ve learned that writing is both a business and a passion. It requires wearing two different hats. You need to juggle these hats if you want to be a successful author.

Where the Magic Happens...
I still believe writing is all about the reader. And I still hope to influence, uplift, and empower through my books. My personal motto is: I write to make people’s lives better, create something of value to make them smile. May the fourth be with you, everyone! Cheers! 

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47. 13 Authors to Write Short Stories For a Summer Reading Program

Scholastic SRC15 authors (GalleyCat)Scholastic has enlisted 13 children’s books authors to help with the Summer Reading Challenge program.

The participants include R.L. Stine, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Varian Johnson, Jude Watson, Blue Balliet, Patrik Henry Bass, Roland Smith, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang. These writers will create original short stories; kids will be able to access these “rewards” by tracking the minutes they spend reading.

According to the press release, “each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence which is, ‘I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…'” The organizers behind this venture hope to break the record of 304,749,681 minutes (spent reading) that was set last summer.

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48. McSweeney’s Launches Kickstarter Campaign

The executives behind McSweeney’s hope to raise $150,000 on Kickstarter. The funds will go towards several projects in the pipeline: new issues for the company’s magazine and literary journal, the continuing operations of  a humor website and a culture podcost, and a great number of books. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Last fall, we announced that we’ll be moving toward nonprofit operation; that shift will be a big step toward sustaining our work for many years to come. But to keep our projects going and our lights on in the near term, your support in this moment is essential. By backing our upcoming undertakings, you’ll be keeping our corner of independent publishing alive through a pivotal period—and, of course, you’ll be getting some pretty amazing stuff from us and our exceedingly generous community of writers, artists, and friends.”

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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49. Cover Revealed for New Mindy Kaling Book

Mindy Kaling Cover (GalleyCat)

Actress Mindy Kaling has unveiled the cover for her forthcoming book, entitled Why Not Me?, on Twitter. The post has earned more than 6,800 “favorites.”

We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think? The publication date has been set for September 29th. (via People.com)

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50. Johanna Basford to Create Two New Coloring Books For Adults

Johanna Basford (GalleyCat)British artist Johanna Basford (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Penguin Random House to create two new coloring books for adults. Book one, entitled Lost Ocean: An Underwater Adventure & Coloring Book, will be released on October 27th.

Here’s more from the press release: “With LOST OCEAN, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses.”

Madeline McIntosh, the president of the Penguin Publishing Group, and Jake Lingwood, the deputy managing director and publisher at Ebury Publishing, negotiated the deal with literary agent Ed Victor. Meg Leder, the executive editor at the United States’ Penguin Books, and Elen Jones, an editor at the United Kingdom’s Virgin Books, will edit these projects.

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