Just wanted to call out the recent article series on making the most of author appearances. From nailing your book's marketing message to what to wear when you're in front of the TV camera, there are dozens and hints and tips that an author can use to get their message out to engage readers and get more book sales.
How to prepare for a media interview - strategies and advice.
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- Donna Fasano's success with "love" as both a traditional and indie author.
- How Fifty Shades of Grey book sales came to sizzle as much as the erotic text.
- The paranormal success of Amanda Hocking's otherworldly romances.
- The RWA awards for both published and unpublished authors.
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Librarians will gather at their annual Midwinter ALA in Philadelphia starting this Friday, January 24 through Tuesday, January 28.
Highlights of the conference include New York Times best-selling authors David Baldacci and Matthew Quick (the Silver Linings Playbook author also did a video thanking librarians), and children's book illustrators Melissa Sweet and Kadir Nelson. The Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture on Saturday 1/25 will be given by human rights advocate and best-selling author Ishmael Beah, whose book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, has helped shine an international spotlight on critical issues related to children and war and has been published in over 30 languages.
Of course, what would a conference be without exhibits? There will be plenty -- and the much-anticipated annual ALA Youth Media Awards (which include the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott Medal) will be presented on Monday, January 27.
For more information, visit the 2014 ALA Midwinter conference website.
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On an average day at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York City you can belly up to an actual Gutenberg Bible, or check out cuniform tablets (the closest thing to text messaging in ancient Babylonia), or correspondence from the likes of George Washington, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Queen Elizabeth (that's Queen Elizabeth I, not the current one).
But if you want a peek into Man Booker Prize history or a comprehensive artifactually-illustrated overview of Edgar Allan Poe's career, time's running out.
The Bookermania exhibit draws from the Morgan's 4,000-piece Man Book Prize Collection to highlight 45 years of winners, the notable short-listers, and the most contentious controversies surrounding Britain's most prestigious literary award -- there's a lot of them, so that's saying something. Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize is open until January 5.
Edgar Allan Poe's work is perennially popular and he's credited with inventing the modern mystery novel (so much so that the Mystery Writers of America named their prestigious annual awards after Poe and his most famous poem, "The Raven"). The Morgan honors the writer with Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul which, after January 26 will be seen "Nevermore."
And, as it does every Christmas season, the Morgan is showcasing the original (and only) manuscript of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Penned in the author's own hand (and edited without the aid of a word processing program), the manuscript was acquired by Pierpont Morgan sometime between 1890 and 1900. The Christmas Carol manuscript is on view until January 12, at which time it will be put away until next year.
For museum hours and information on other current exhibits, visit www.themorgan.org.
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Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote the line that means something like "here's to old times." Well, at the end of the old year, here are the articles that have been trending on About Book Publishing:
Of course, there's lots more advice on the site for you to check out "next year" --
Farewell to 2013... with a glance at the past we look forward to the future.
Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours - and Happy Book Publishing in 2014!
Lucky for us, the NYPL posted a recording of the event -- click on the link below. Hint: if you want to skip the intro, Gaiman starts at about 10 minutes in; the Christmas Carol reading starts at about a minute and a half later, at about 00:11:30.
Check out the NYPL's holiday gift to us all: Neil Gaiman reading A Christmas Carol.
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December 16, 2013 marks 238 years since the birth of one of the most beloved novelists of all time: Jane Austen.
Austen's fans are legion and her plots and characters have launched dozens of adaptions and inspired hundreds of work -- for example Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan (which will be a selection of the 2014 World Book Night), and Undressing Mr. Darcy, a novel by Karen Doornebos that was released earlier this month.
Read more about the author and her fans at the Jane Austen Society of North America.
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"Everything in the digital age may feel new and may seem to operate under new rules, but the conversation about the relationship between art and commerce is age-old, and artists must be part of it. To that end we'd do well to speak with one voice... [because] while it's pretty to think that our odd way of life will endure, there's no guarantee. The writing life is ours to defend. Protecting it also happens to be the mission of the Authors Guild."
Read Richard Russo's full letter here...
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The food- and retail-focused long Thanksgiving weekend continues with tomorrow's Small Business Saturday which is of special note to booklovers this year.
Due to an independent bookseller initiative called Indies First (suggested by Seattle bookseller Janis Segress, inaugurated by author Sherman Alexie, and supported by the ABA), a number of authors will be visiting bookstores, helping out the booksellers, recommending favorites, and chatting with customers.
For example, Madison, CT's R. J. Julia Booksellers is tapping the handselling skills of best-selling novelist Wally Lamb; poet and novelist Beth Ann Fennelly will be one of "acting booksellers" at Square Books in Oxford, MS; and George Bishop and Carolyn Kolb will be working at Octavia Books in New Orleans. Alexie will join Laurie Frankel and others at Queen Anne Book Company, where the idea was hatched.
Writing for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' website, Roxane Gay poses eight questions. While she isn't explicit about her purpose, the queries seem constructed to help writers gain insight as to why they might not be further along in their writing careers than they'd like to be.
If your answer to her question "Are you willing to be critiqued and/or edited?" (#4) is "Yes," read this article about getting feedback on your novel. If your answer to #3 ("Is your writing ready to be submitted?") is "No," maybe you should consider hiring an editor to help you polish your work or a copyeditor to get rid of the typos (more about editorial services here).