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Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 29 June 2012

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RIASS stuff:

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A'giveaway of ten (yes, ten) book packs consisting of a copy of'Catch Up with the Sun'and a Book Seat!'(Aussies only, please. Last days to enter!)

Book Review: Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet by Kimberly Lang'(Rating: star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 29 June 2012star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 29 June 2012star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 29 June 2012blankstar Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 29 June 2012blankstar Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 29 June 2012)

Excerpt: Holding Mercy by Lori Armstrong (Love is Murder blog tour)

Other bookish stuff:

To Lure 'Twilight' Teenagers, Classic Books Get Bold Looks''We didn't want to go with a muted approach,' said Eileen Kreit, the president and publisher of Puffin. 'We had that Urban Outfitters customer in mind. We wanted to appeal to that teenager and give a fresh look to these stories that have been around a very long time.'

Brazilian prisoners given novel way to reduce their sentence:'Some of Brazils most notorious criminals offered 48 days off jail terms each year if they read 12 books

Pinterest Board: the Random House Editors favourite things

How to write a manuscript: 5 key tips

Handling Internet Conflict: First things first, know that if you sit down and write a rant and publish it 20 minutes later, you'will'regret it. 20 minutes isn't time enough to review your writing, much less your perspective. Take the time to fully form your ideas and express them well. That way, not only do you sound professional, but you also have less that you have to explain/clarify/apologise for later.

ALA12 ' White Canadian Broad Gets'Schooled'I'm going to post again about ALA and all the fun I had there, the people I met, the swag I scored, but I needed to get a few things off my chest. The USA is a strange and beautiful placeBooks [are] everywhere but in the hands of those who need them most. Librarians and teachers and writers of every color [are] valiantly swimming upstream in a river that seems to just get deeper and wilder.

Guardian: Europe needs a digital single market for its ebook industry:'Europe, including the UK, would have a growing economy today if we had a real digital single market. Just look at the ebooks market. Whileebooks'are booming around the world, Europe is shooting itself in the foot. Our fledgling ebooks market is fragmented along national lines and struggles to make up 1% of the total books market, though at least the UK gives us hope by reaching 15%.

Why YA sex scenes matter:'It took me years to to understand that the dissonance between my private sexual fantasies and what I actually like in real life was, in large part, attributable to the fact that the overwhelming majority of sex scenes I'd encountered in my formative tweens and early teens explicitly situated male dominance as sexy, or at least as the default form of sexual instigation: I hadn't realised I could fantasise without it.

Interesting discussion re the trend towards shorter books:''I'm curious about whether that area can be expanded by a lower price point, a smaller format,' said editor David Winter. 'I think that we need more readers out there. It's hard for people, particularly if we are not talking about genre books, to find time to read'and a really crisp 35,000, 40,000-word book can be immensely satisfying.

Behind the scenes of the Hachette video With new books come new feelings

Top 10 literary heroines from author Sara Sheridan

Call the library police! Woman arrested for overdue Twlight library book

Interview with Samuel R Delaney (audio)

Book Chick Citys'Vickie's Top 10 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Series

Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper is $1.34 on Amazon. This is one of my few 5 star books (see my review). Go and buy it now.

British comedy music duo writes song to encourage George RR Martin to write faster:

Upcoming events:

'Diversity and Independence in Australian Publishing'
November 8, 2012
The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas

Diversity and Independence in Australian Publishing is the inaugural conference of SPUNC'The Small Press Network, Australia's only advocacy body for small and independent publishers.'Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC)

One comment

  1. I hope they lure the teenages in to show them just how bad Twilight is :P