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The cover has been unveiled for Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer. According to Riordan’s blog post, this book marks the launch of the Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard middle grade series.
We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? The team at Disney Hyperion has set the publication date for October 6.
On June 18th, Vintage, a Penguin Random House imprint, released Grey in trade paperback, eBook, and audiobook formats. Four days following its release, E.L. James’ fans have purchased more than 1 million copies of Grey.
TIME.com reports that the publisher will move forward with a third, fourth, and fifth printing of this erotic fiction book. Altogether, there will be more than 2.1 million copies of this novel in print.
This project features a retelling of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book from Christian Grey’s point-of-view. At this point in time, no announcement has been made as to whether or not James will write two more books with Christian Grey’s perspective for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. (via Deadline.com)
Journalist Alan Friedman has inked a deal to write a biography profiling the former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. Friedman (pictured, via) devoted more than 15 months to researching his subject; he acquired more than 100 hours of interview records.
Rizzoli will publish the Italian version in October 2015. Hachette Book Group USA will release the American edition in Fall 2015.
Here’s more from the press release: “Written with Berlusconi’s full cooperation, Berlusconi will offer an unvarnished look at the billionaire media mogul’s astonishing life…In the tradition of the Frost/Nixon interviews and with the same unfettered access of Walter Isaacson in his biography of Steve Jobs, Alan Friedman chronicles Silvio Berlusconi’s incredible rise to power from cruise ship crooner to real estate tycoon, from founding the first commercial television network in history to turning AC Milan into a world-class soccer club, and then
ultimately becoming the longest-serving Italian Prime Minister in history.”
What is the secret to a story with longevity? Author Neil Gaiman spoke about this subject during a seminar for The Long Now Foundation.
Gaiman argues that stories are alive. He feels that like all living beings, stories evolve over time; he also argues that human beings need stories which is why they tend to pass them down generation to generation.
Follow this link to listen to a SoundCloud clip that features Gaiman’s talk in its entirety. How old is your favorite story? (via brain pickings)
Rachel Renee Russell, the author behind the Dork Diaries series, has signed a deal to write a new middle grade series. Aladdin, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will release the first installment, entitled The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, in April 2016. Book two will follow in Spring 2017.
Publisher Mara Anastas negotiated the deal with Writers House literary agent Daniel Lazar. Associated editorial director Liesa Abrams will edit the manuscripts. Abrams has been working with Russell (pictured, via) since her first Dork Diaries book.
Here’s more from the press release: “The Misadventures of Max Crumbly introduces Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs at South Ridge Middle School. Homeschooled by his grandmother until he begs his family to send him to public middle school, Max begins to rethink that choice when Tommy Silver keeps stuffing him in his locker. For ages 8-12, this hilarious and heartfelt new series is illustrated with Max’s black-and-white comics as he attempts to escape the locker and tries his best to be the hero his school needs.”
“All men must draw!” Bantam, a Penguin Random House imprint, will publish an official Game of Thrones-themed coloring book for adults.
The New York Times reports that George R.R. Martin, the author behind the A Song of Ice and Fire series, will oversee the creation of this project. It will feature a total of 45 illustrations.
According to The Guardian, “no details have yet emerged about the scenes the artists will be covering, but given Martin’s penchant for killing off characters, and the amount of blood and gore with which the fantasy series is drenched, it seems fair to assume that a good quantity of red pens will be needed to complete the pictures.” The publication date has been scheduled for October 27th. (via The Daily Dot)
The Morning News started its tournament of books yesterday with a match between Louise Erdrich’s The Round House and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I thought the critic, Edan Lepucki, did a great job of assessing each book’s strengths and shortcomings and coming up with a winner. Today, the match between Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son and Maria’ Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette is judged by a more milquetoasted Elliot Holt, but I found a useful link in the commentary. I seem to have missed Jacob Silverman’s “Against Enthusiasm” when it appeared in Slate last August, but I hope every member of the kidlitosphere reads it.
Our sis School Library Journal begins its Battle of the Books on
Monday Tuesday and I’ll be over here critiquing the judges in brackets of two and allowing one to “move forward,” where, eventually (and if I’ve done the math right) one shall face the BoB’s Big Kahuna judge, Frank Cottrell Boyce. I’m not doing this to be mean–unless somebody drives me to it–but to test my frequent assertion that there’s too much diplomacy in children’s book discussion (again, see the Silverman essay linked above). I am also interested in exploring what kind of criticism these non-professionals will employ: will they argue from personal taste, moral significance, reader appeal, aesthetic value? Each or all of these can work; what matters most in this contest is that the judge is able to express a clear preference for one book over another and say why. The prize is two one-year subscriptions to the Horn Book Magazine, one to the winning judge and another to the library of his or her choice.I’ll be judge and jury (shades of SLJ’s Lillian Gerhardt: raise your hand if you’re old enough to remember her infamous Billy Budd Button and Huck Finn Pin!)
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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.”
The quandary: You want to support someone's new book and as much as you'd like to buy it, you can't. Perhaps you can't justify the cost of the new book right now. Perhaps your author friend is prolific and has multiple books coming out, and you can't afford to get them all. Perhaps you have so many author and illustrator friends that if you tried to buy all their books, you'd need to sell your car first. Or your house.
Here are some other ways you can show support for an author's book:
First, read the book. How do you read it without buying it? Borrow it from the library. For picture books, you could even read the book AT the bookstore.
Reserve a copy at the library. At least at some libraries, this helps show the library that at least one person is interested in that book. If popular enough, the library may order more copies.
Review/rate the book. Post a rating and/or review in sites like Goodreads, LibraryThing, Amazon, BN.com or your own blog. If you didn't like the book, don't lie. Nilofer Merchant suggests using a phrase like "this book is not for you if you are xxx" because even this kind of negative review may help others know the book IS for them. Take a few extra minutes to browse the other reviews of the book and then (if the feature's available) Like the reviews that you did like or found helpful.
When you read the book, read it where people can see it. Not sure about the rest of you, but I'm always surreptitiously checking out the covers of books that people read in public. This is where print books have the advantage of digital. Read the book on public transit, in the park, on the beach, at the airport, while waiting in line. You never know when people will decide to check out the book just because they saw you enjoying it.
Recommend the book to others through social media. Including the book cover (either scoop the cover image from the publisher/author/illustrator website or photograph the book cover in the library or bookstore) especially helps. Even just a short "Loved this book!" along with the cover will be appreciated. You can make it even more personal by adding a reason why you loved it. Take the time to tag the author or illustrator; tagging not only alerts the author/illustrator to the post but it also encourages people to click your tag link to find out more about the person.
Share and retweet the author's or illustrator's posts. Be judicious -- don't share/retweet everything, especially if you tend to share/retweet a lot on your feed. To authors and illustrators: make sure your post is PUBLIC if you want it shared. I can't tell you the number of times I've started to share someone's FB post but then discovered that it's a Friends-Only post; even if I shared it, the only people who see it would be our shared friends who already have it in their feed. If you're confused, read this FB support page about how to control who sees your posts.
Post a photo of the book in the wild. Especially around launch time, I find that social media sometimes gets inundated with images of just the book cover. Make your post more personal by taking a selfie of you holding the author's book, or another reader with the book -- photos with people in them always get more Like-love. Or take a photo in a fun setting, like adding a cup of tea beside a picture book about a tea party, for example. Or if you see the book in your local bookstore or library, take a photo and tag the author or illustrator. I can't speak for other author/illustrators, of course, but I always appreciate when someone does this.
If the author or illustrator is on YouTube, subscribe to their channel so you can more easily find out when they upload new trailers or videos.
Talk about the book. Don't underestimate the power of word-of-mouth. Recommend the book to friends, work colleagues, your local bookseller and librarian. When a friend of mine recommends a book they personally like and think I'd like, too, I pay MUCH more attention than when I see a generic "this new book just came out, you should get it!" post on social media.
Whether or not you can afford to buy my book(s), THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has supported me and my work! I really appreciate it.
Do you have other suggestions about how to support book authors and illustrators? Please post below.
How To Support An Author's New Book: 11 Ideas For You - by Chuck Sambuchino on Writer Unboxed
How To Support An Author - by Nilofer Merchant
5 Quick Ways To Support Your Favorite Author - by Dorothy Wiley
How To Support An Author Beyond Buying Their Book - by Erin in Pub Crawl
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.
Stacy Wakefield‘s debut novel, The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books), tells the tale of a young woman’s quest to join the anarchist squatting scene in New York City in 1995. Upon arrival, Sid discovers that the East Village is crowded and ends up in the uncharted territory of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The lively novel brings to life the misfits and eccentrics that inhabited the neighborhood decades before The Wyeth Hotel and Blue Bottle opened up.
GalleyCat caught up with Wakefield to discuss the new book. Wakefield talks about how she used documentary research to inspire a work of fiction; landing a publishing deal even though she couldn’t nab and agent; and the process of designing her own book cover.
R.L. Stine wants to encourage all children to “Power Up & Read!” In the video embedded above, Stine talks about his love of comic books and Ray Bradbury novels.
Stine signed up as one of thirteen authors to write an original short story for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge program. The organizers behind this venture hope to break the record of 304,749,681 minutes (spent reading) that was set last summer.
Author E.L. James will celebrate the launch of Grey in New York City on June 18th.
The author behind the immensely popular Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy will sign copies of her new book at the Fifth Avenue branch of Barnes & Noble.
According to the company website, “Ms. James will personalize one book per customer, first name only.”
Mike Curato, author and illustrator of the Little Elliot books, steps into TWT's Author Spotlight today.
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A special message from Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door
At first, it doesn’t look like Hannah and Emme are going to be friends. When Emme moves in next door to Hannah, there’s a big problem. Emme has moved right into the house that Hannah’s best friend just moved out of (and out of the country, too). And not only that, but the two fifth graders both have names that are spelled the same backward and forward, they have the same birthday, and they both hate pizza and love peanut butter. Hannah is not happy about this identity theft. But after a rocky start, Hannah and Emme realize that their friendship is meant to be, and they will stick together through bullying, fund-raising fiascoes, sick pets, and new babies.
I loved writing Best Friend Next Door. It made me think about my best friend growing up on Centennial Avenue. Her name was (and still is!) Stephie. She actually lived three doors down, but those two houses in between didn’t mean anything to us. We wore a path through the other backyards to each other’s homes. We swam in her pool in the summer and sledded down the roof of my sloped garage in the winter. (We got in trouble for this one.) We made a tin-can phone and tin-can stilts, and set up an obstacle course for my dog, Rascal, in my backyard. To honor Stephie’s and my friendship, I put Hannah’s and Emme’s houses on Centennial Avenue, though in a fictional town.
There is nothing like a best friend, and even better, a best friend you can visit at all hours, even in your pajamas.
Would you like to live next to your best friend? Do you know anyone who has a palindrome name?
– Carolyn Mackler, author of Best Friend Next Door
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is currently developing three new television series with HBO and Cinemax.
Martin revealed the news on his blog, though he didn’t go into too much detail. Check it out:
Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling’s new “Emberverse” anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week’s time, we’ll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor…
John Green has been pondering this question: What Does It Mean to Be Human? In the video embedded above, Green reveals that he has been trying to write a novel about “how we define personhood.” The video itself was submitted to Bill Gates’ “Big History Project” contest; the winner will receive $5,000 and a contract to make three more videos.
It has been more than three years since the release of The Fault in Our Stars book. Since that time, it seems that Green has mostly been focused on advocating for charity causes, creating video content on a number of YouTube channels, and working on film adaptations based on his books. Are you curious about Green’s work-in-progress fiction story?
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is hosting a pop-up exhibit in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Some of the items on display include the first page of T.S. Eliot’s famed poem “The Waste Land” (which includes annotations from Ezra Pound), a handwritten manuscript of John Keats’ piece “Sonnet to Sleep,” and a first edition copy of Walt Whitman’s beloved book Leaves of Grass. A closing date has been scheduled for June 25th.
Curator Isaac Gewirtz had this statement in the press release: “Philip Levine was a poet of the working man and woman, but he was also a poet filled with wonder at the mystery of existence. We are fortunate that the history of his astonishing creativity, which sprang from these sources, is found in his papers at the The New York Public Library.”
The Breman Museum has been hosting the “Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures” exhibit.
Here’s more from the press release: “The exhibition includes interactive locations where visitors dress up like wild things, slide into a bowl of chicken soup, and pick one of many of Sendak’s books to read on Rosie’s Stoop. Additionally there are videos that emphasize Sendak’s legacy and emphasize strategies for reading with children.”
Visitors will also enjoy a display of drawings, artifacts, and biographical information. Exhibition manager Tim Frilingos served as the curator for this exhibit. A closing date has been scheduled for July 5th.
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.”
2015 TED fellow and slam poet Lee Mokobe recited a poem about “what it feels like to be transgender” at the TEDWomen 2015 conference.
The piece features mentions of body image, social issues, and TV personality Caitlyn Jenner. The video embedded above features Mokobe’s full performance. Have you ever written an autobiographical poem?
To learn more, the writers behind the TED blog have created a playlist called “7 talks on the transgender experience.” Follow this link to watch more videos showcasing poetry on the TED stage. Which writers do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?
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.”
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Starz has given the greenlight for a TV adaptation based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods.
Here’s more from Variety.com: “Starz said series production would be contingent on casting of the lead role, Shadow Moon, in the saga about a war between traditional gods from mythology and contemporary, materialistic deities. Shadow Moon is an ex-con and bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, an older god in the guise of a conman.”
According to the press release, Gaiman has been brought on as an executive producer; the author has publicly declared that he feels “relieved and confident that my baby is in good hands.” He will be joined by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green who will serve as both executive producers and showrunners. Deadline.com reports that “Fuller recently was quoted as saying that two scripts have been completed along with illustrations demonstrating his and Green’s vision for the show.” (via ComicBookResources.com)