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1. BookRiot & The Harry Potter Alliance Team Up to Host a BYOB Book Drive

World Book Night UK 2015Earlier this year, the organizers behind the United States version of World Book Night announced its shut down. To retain some presence of this beloved event in this country, BookRiot and Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) will host a BYOB Book Drive.

In this case, BYOB stands for “bring your own, outrageous, outstanding, overflowing books.” Four meet-ups will take place on April 23rd (the same night as this year’s United Kingdom edition of World Book Night) in Chicago, Richmond, Washington, and New York City.

Here’s more from the announcement: “While we can’t provide multiple copies of favorite books to givers, we figure that if you’re anything like us you’ve got mountains of beloved books at home that you’re more than willing to share with others. So set aside some to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help the HPA’s Accio Books campaign reach this year’s goal of 60,000 books collected. With our powers combined!”

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2. YouTube Sensation Jenn McAllister Inks Deal With Scholastic

JennxpennYouTube sensation Jenn McAllister (also known as JennXPenn) has landed a deal with Scholastic for a book called Really Professional Internet Person.

According to the press release, the 18-year-old internet star’s title will be “a personal and funny guide to creating successful online content and handling the pressures of internet fame.” It will contain pictures, screenshots, social media posts, and biographical stories.

Vice president and publisher Debra Dorfman negotiated the terms of the agreement. A release date has been set for September 2015. Click here to watch McAllister’s video announcement about this project.

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3. What if Dr. Seuss Wrote a Story Set in a Chipotle?

buzzfeedCould you ever picture The Cat in The Hat eating tacos? How about The Lorax chowing down on a burrito?

Two members of the BuzzFeed staff, writer Jean-Luc Bouchard and artist Andrea Hickey, collaborated on a story called “Dr. Seuss Goes To Chipotle.” This Theodor Seuss Geisel-inspired piece was created “with heaps of love and respect for Dr. Seuss, as well as full-bellied appreciation for Chipotle.”

Here’s an excerpt: “I asked for one meat. And then?  Why, for two! Ignoring the digestive impact I would rue. And that’s how I made-up a bowl of half-sneetch and a just-as-big ladle serving of beast.”

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4. Indiegogo Campaign Launched For a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Documentary

Producer Cody Meirick has launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo. He hopes to raise $28,000.00 to shoot a documentary about Alvin Schartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

The film will explore several topics including gothic folklore, censorship, and Schartz’s process for creating this classic children’s book. We’ve embedded a video above that features more details about this movie.

Here’s more about the project: “This upcoming documentary will explore the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In many American libraries of the ’80s and ’90s these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. Now the Scary Stories book series stands as the most challenged children’s book of the last 30 years and a testament to the power of something that is often taken for granted: a good scary story.” (via Nerdist.com)

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5. Harry Potter-Themed Parody of ‘Uptown Funk’ Song Goes Viral

Could you ever imagine Lord Voldemort as a pop star? A YouTuber who calls himself KFaceTV created a Harry Potter-themed parody of the song “Uptown Funk.”

The video embedded above features “Dark Lord Funk” performed by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and his band of Death Eaters; it has drawn more than 316,000 views. Click here to watch the original music video with the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ track.

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6. Video Features Economic Analysis of Game of Thrones

Is going after the Iron Throne actually worth it? The team at Business Insider has deemed the Seven Kingdoms to be “a terrible investment.”

The video embedded above features an economic analysis of Westeros and an explanation about the great debts this realm has accumulated. Perhaps if this report were relayed to Queen Regnant Cersei Lannister, she might lighten up a little bit—what do you think?

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7. Little City Books Launches Indiegogo Campaign

The owners of Little City Books have launched an indiegogo campaign. They hope to raise $22,000 through this crowdfunding venture to build a literary and cultural community space in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The video embedded above features the story of how a banker, a singer, and a literary agent came together as collaborators for this independent bookstore. Once this establishment has opened, the trio plans to host readings, parties, musical event, book club meetings, workshops, and author appearances.

Here’s more from the indiegogo page: “Indie bookstores are making a comeback. Print sales are up and stores are opening around the country. They operate on tiny margins, but after two years of research, we’re confident that we can run a great indie bookshop in Hoboken — with an enthusiastic landlord, frugal planning, and community support.”

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8. A Game of Thrones Art Book is Featured on Kickstarter

Art director Grace Fong and her team hope to raise $18,500 for an art book called Draw ‘Em With the Pointy End. More than 100 artists contributed pieces inspired by George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire books and the Game of Thrones HBO series. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “This is a non-profit project. The campaign pays for printing 500 books and compensates the artists at a flat rate – but every dollar past our goal will be used to print even more! These additional copies will go towards non-profit organizations that benefit wolves and wildlife.”

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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9. Mark Zuckerberg Announces 2nd Pick For Facebook Book Club

facebooklogoFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has made his second selection for the “A Year of Books” book club. Zuckerberg has chosen The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.

Zuckerberg’s announcement has attracted more than 43,000 “likes.” Participants have one month to complete this reading assignment.

Here’s an excerpt from Zuckerberg’s post: “It’s a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend. Recent events might make it seem like violence and terrorism are more common than ever, so it’s worth understanding that all violence — even terrorism — is actually decreasing over time. If we understand how we are achieving this, we can continue our path towards peace.” (via The Guardian)

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10. Ask a Pub Pro - Lisa Colozza Cocca on POV and Trends & Originality

Today is our first Ask a Pub Pro response post! This is the first of a monthly feature where writers can ask specific craft questions regarding their work in progress and get a response from a publishing professional.

Joining us today to answer your questions is Lisa Colozza Cocca, author of Providence, a YA novel from Merit Press/F&W Media plus almost a dozen nonfiction titles. We appreciate Lisa guiding us through our first post as she takes your questions and answers them with her warmth and insight. Plus, she's giving away a copy of her book! Check the Rafflecopter at the end!

Remember to get your questions in for next month's Ask a Pub Pro column. Just send an email to me, Susan Sipal, at AYAPLit AT gmail and put "Ask a Pub Pro Question" in your subject line. And thank you, Lisa!

Ask a Pub Pro - Lisa Colozza Cocca Responds to Questions on POV and Trends

 Question: POV in YA:


I've written my first three YA\MG novels in first person past and first person present tense. While I enjoy first person, I'd still like to switch to third person with multiple POVs. Does the average YA reader insist on first person? I'm sure there are third person YAs out there, but I can't recall the last time I've read one.

Thanks!

-- Ron Estrada, author of: Now I Knew You, contemporary YA with a touch of the supernatural -- What if you visited heaven and everything you thought important turned out to be meaningless? And that you've ignored all that truly is important.

Hi Ron,

Since you’ve been thinking about exploring new-to-you POVs, you’ve probably Googled the topic and found thousands of posts on the subject. Most advocate first person for YA, because of the intimacy it builds between the reader and the character telling the story. This is a good reason to use first person, but by no means are you limited to that point of view. I think the only thing YA readers insist upon is a story they can connect with.

One advantage of third person over first person is it gives readers a broader view. This can be especially important if you’re writing fantasy and building a new world. Are there things in your story you want your readers to see or know that your main character does not notice or know? Third person narration can fill in the gaps. Have you read Ann Brashere’s Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants? It’s been quite a while since I read it, but if I remember correctly it is written in third person with multiple viewpoints. There are plenty of teens who read the Harry Potter series too. That series is another example of third person point of view.

I do think though you have to start with the story. Let the story you want to tell determine the point of view. Don’t pick a point of view and then shape a story around it. Story always comes first.

Of course, knowing how that story wants to be told isn’t always easy, is it? Try writing the first 1-3 chapters in first person. Then go back and write the same chapters in first person alternating viewpoints. Make a third run through the same story points, but from third person alternating viewpoints. Finally, try it with third person omniscient. Read through all versions several times. With the omniscient version, note how many times you ask your reader to flip from one character’s head to another. Is there time for the reader to develop a sense of loyalty to any one character?

If you’re just looking to explore POV, you could do the above exercise with an existing YA written by someone else. Rewrite the first chapters from different points of view and compare them.

Good luck with your next novel and with discovering how your story wants to be told.

 -- Lisa



Question: Trends & Originality:


As I've been writing my story, so many of the plot points that I thought were fairly original have come to the public consciousness recently in other ways: controlling ones dreams (Inception), ley lines (The Librarians), Scotland (Outlander, and other books/shows set there). My question has to do with "riding the wave of popularity." I'm worried that by the time my WIP is polished and sent to an agent, the answer I'll get back is "it's too derivative, we need something fresher." What do you suggest?

-- Suzanne Lucero, her WIP: In Dreams Unbidden, a YA novel. When an American teen visits Scotland for the first time she starts catching glimpses of the future in her dreams, some harmless, some deadly.


Hi Suzanne,

I suggest you finish writing and polishing your story. What you’re experiencing is pretty common – that feeling of ‘that’s my idea!’ while reading another book or watching a show. I understand your concerns. If an agent or editor has already received fifty queries for books on Celtic trails will she even consider query 51? Maybe not, but maybe she will if it is a really well-written query. Maybe she will because even though you imagine she has received countless queries on the topic, in reality she hasn’t. There are so many ‘maybes.’

The point I’m trying to make is you can’t predict what an agent or editor will be looking for at some point in the future. I think that can be a good thing. It gives you the freedom to write the story inside of you. As writers, we have to let go of the things we have no control over – like shifting markets. We have to focus on what we do control. So push those little doubtful voices out of your head. Make your manuscript the best story you can write and then send it out into the world. Once you have, start writing your next great story. Take each hurdle as it comes and don’t give up until you’ve reached your goal.

 -- Lisa

About the Author:


Lisa works full-time as a freelance writer and editor of curriculum materials. She is also the author of a dozen books for the school and library market. Her personal goal at the moment is to have three days in a row where everything on her to-do list actually gets done. PROVIDENCE is her first trade novel.


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http://www.amazon.com/Providence-Lisa-Colozza-Cocca/dp/1440569274/About the Book:


Providence – Sometimes you have to run away from home to find it.


Teen runaway Becky is hiding out with a baby who isn’t hers. Although she found newborn Georgia in a duffle bag in a train car, Becky is as fiercely protective of her as if she were her own.


In the small town where she passes for a teen mom, she finally happy. Then, people start to ask questions, and Becky doesn’t know whether to stay and fight, or run toward an unknown future.


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11. The New York Times “Well” Blog Launches Monthly Book Club

spoiledThe New York Times has launched a new monthly book club on their health and wellness blog, “Well.”

Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives has been picked as the selection for March. Ron Lieber’s The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money was chosen as the title to be read in February. Lieber sat for an interview with the “Well” blog.

As a personal finance columnist, Lieber feels that money can be used as a teaching tool. He explains: “What is the opposite of spoiled? I came up with a list of values and character traits — curiosity, patience, thrift, modesty, generosity, perseverance, perspective. You can use money to teach every single one of those things. Rather than thinking that money subverts these values, what if we embraced conversations about money to teach our kids?”

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12. Most popular boys’ names 2025?

I read a lot of supernatural romance YA — for the Mag, for the Guide, and for fun — and I’ve been noticing how many dreamy guys in recent series are named either Jared or Cole. Bonus points for a Jared/Cole in a love triangle with the female protagonist, or if the protagonist and said Jared/Cole have a heartbreaking misunderstanding. For your consideration:

In Kami Garcia’s The Legion series, protagonist Kennedy must choose between Jared and his twin Lukas as they bust ghosts and come up against the demon Andras.

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Kami is torn between Jared Lynburn and his half-brother Ash — both of whom she’s been connected to telepathically — in Sarah Rees Brennan‘s Lynburn Legacy trilogy. Complicating their love lives further is the boys’ seriously dysfunctional, magic-using family.

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Nikki, protagonist of Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series, is in true-love-always with boyfriend Jack, but finds herself drawn to dangerous (read: life-sucking) immortal Cole after she thinks Jack has cheated on her.

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Ali, zombie-slaying protagonist of Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles, is on-again, off-again with fellow slayer (and soulmate) Cole.

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This one is cheating a little… Cole St. Clair, rockstar/werewolf, is one of several narrators (including his love interest, Isabel) in Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Cole gets his own story in spin-off Sinner.

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Interestingly enough, the data from this small sample indicates that Jareds tend to be love-of-your-life types, while Coles tend to be bad boys with hearts of gold. Occasionally Cole is both the love of your life and the bad boy with a heart of gold.

Any Coles or Jareds I missed? Thoughts on what (or who) might have inspired the trend?

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13. Oprah Winfrey Chooses Ruby For Book Club 2.0

RubyOprah Winfrey revealed her fourth Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, Ruby by Cynthia Bond. According to The Associated Press, Winfrey revealed that she fell in love with the novel after reading the first sentence.

Published by Hogarth (a Penguin Random House imprint), the story follows “a worldly, beautiful black woman, Ruby Bell, and her struggle not to be destroyed by her home community of Liberty Township.” Bond was influenced by the work she has done in the past with at-risk-youth and a traumatic event in her family’s history.

The paperback edition was released today. Winfrey has interviewed Bond and the full conversation will appear in the March 2015 issue of magazine. Click here to view a video that features Winfrey’s announcement.

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14. Melissa Rivers to Write a Collection of Joan River Stories

Book of JoanMelissa Rivers, a TV personality and daughter of the late Joan Rivers, has landed a deal with Crown Archetype.

People magazine reports that Melissa plans write a book entitled The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation. The publisher has scheduled a release date for May 5th.

Rivers posted a picture of the cover on her Facebook page. She also revealed that this project is “a collection of funny, poignant, and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about the woman who raised me.” (via TIME)

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15. How Does One Create Artful Book Sculptures?

What does it take to create a book sculpture? In a presentation delivered at TEDYouth 2014 (embedded above), artist Brian Dettmer talks about the creative process to transform old encyclopedias into modern art pieces.

To work on his projects, Dettmer keeps a supply of X-Acto knives, tweezers and surgical devices in his tool box. He makes it his mission to discover and develop new meanings for each book.

Here’s more from the TED blog: “Like a DJ, he remixes the knowledge found inside. Like an archeologist, he excavates the potential of their wisdom. He believes that the book will never die, but will and must adapt to hold its place in the new digital information age.”

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16. Filmmaker to Create a Dangerously Ever After Stop-Motion Film

Alba Garcia, a filmmaker and the director of Fantasiation studio, has launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo. She hopes to raise $42,000 to create a stop-motion animated film based on the title, Dangerously Ever After.

Penguin Young Readers Group released the picture book, written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Valeria Docampo, back in September 2012. We’ve embedded a video about the campaign above—what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “We need money to print all the 3-D faces for all the characters of the film, get a camera rig for amazing cinematic movement, a new set of lights to illuminate the HUGE garden and castle set, plus pay our 19 phenomenal artists from all over the world. If we surpass the goal we will use the money to hire more animators, and post-production artists and to apply to even more festivals.”

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17. Reading rainbow? Not quite

Yo, Marsala, I’m happy for you, I’ma let you finish — but Eggplant is the real Color of the Year. At least according to this entire shelf of purple-jacketed books.

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18. Audible Releases a Free Audiobook of Classic Love Poems

What are your favorite love poems?

The Hobbit actor Richard Armitage serves as the narrator for the Classic Love Poems audiobook. BuzzFeed reports that this 22-minute long compilation features 15 different pieces written by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more.

The SoundCloud clip embedded above features Armitage performing a recitation of “I Carry Your Heart” by e. e. cummings. Follow this link to download the unabridged audiobook for free.

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19. How Would Hermione Granger Have Fared as the Chosen One?

What if Hermione Granger had been named The Chosen One? BuzzFeed has created a video (embedded above) called “If Hermione Were The Main Character In Harry Potter”—it has drawn more than 680,000 views on YouTube.

Many of the characters within the Harry Potter universe enjoy a fiercely loving loyal fan base including the sharp-tongued matriarch Molly Weasley, the surprisingly brave Neville Longbottom, and the greatly misunderstood Severus Snape. Who’s your favorite character from J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series?

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20. ‘A Cast of Kings’ Podcast: KICKSTARTER

Cast of Kings PodcastDavid Chen and Joanna Robinson have raised more than $1,900 on Kickstarter for the “A Cast of Kings” podcast. With the money, they will be able to continue producing a podcast to re-cap the forthcoming new episodes of the Game of Thrones HBO series.

Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “It’s only because of your generosity and support in the past that we’ve grown this podcast to the point where people are interested in sponsoring us on a large-scale level. We are eternally grateful to you, our listeners, for getting us here and look forward to an awesome season of Game of Thrones discussion ahead!”

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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21. 29,000+ Harry Potter Fans Deem Severus Snape to be a Hero

Potions Master Severus Snape

BuzzFeed conducted a poll asking its readers to vote on this question: “Is Snape Actually A Hero?” More than 29,000 fans cast their votes as “yes.”

Arguably, the most enigmatic character in the Harry Potter universe is Professor Severus Snape. Many would actually describe him as an anti-hero.

What’s your opinion about the famed potions master? Click here to watch a fan-made video about the character’s life story.

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22. Rosie Revere, Engineer to Be Read in Space

Layout 1The Story Time from Space team (STFS) has selected Rosie Revere, Engineer for its next reading project.

This picture book was written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Abrams Books for Young Readers released it back in September 2013.

School Library Journal reports that it was chosen because the author gifted a copy to an astronaut named Alvin Drew. He then shared the book with educator Patricia Tribe. STFS will make a video with a recitation of this story available on its website in the fall of 2015.

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23. Hilary Knight Stars in HBO Documentary

Eloise series illustrator Hilary Knight will star in an HBO documentary called It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise.

Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, two filmmakers who are best known for their work on the Girls TV show, served as executive producers for this project. Dunham also makes appearances in the actual film.

The Huffington Post reports that this movie is “a portrait of Knight and his role in forming the origin story of a revered female protagonist.” The video embedded above features the full teaser trailer. A premiere date has been set for March 23rd.

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24. YouTubers Create the ‘Princess of Thrones’ Mash-Up Video

What happens when you cross the Game of Thrones HBO series with The Princess Bride film adaptation? Collaborators Shawn Kohne and Todd Spence have created a funny mash-up called “Princess of Thrones.”

The video embedded above has drawn more than 14,000 views on YouTube—what do you think? Click on these links to watch a Game of Thrones/House of Cards parody and a Game of Thrones meets Disney piece. (via BuzzFeed)

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25. VIDEOS: Book Trailer Unveiled For Kid President Guide

A book trailer for Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome has been posted on the SoulPancake YouTube channel. The video embedded above has drawn more than 20,000 views—what do you think?

YouTube star Kid President (real name Robby Novak) and his brother-in-law Brad Montague collaborated together on this project. HarperCollins has scheduled the publication date to take place on February 3rd.

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