From Twilight Guy to Bestseller

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Editorial by Kaleb Nation On April 16, 2008, I started a website called TwilightGuy.com with a short introductory post and the tagline “A Guy Reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.” I went to bed. By the next morning, 3,000 people had already visited. So began my journey through the vast and remarkable world known as the blogosphere. When I originally started …

Saving the Earth 100 Book Reviews at a Time

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By Sharon Glassman Back in the Seal and Crofts 70s, my Sunday School class tucked quarters into cardboard trees to pay for real trees in the deserts of Israel. The simple, seemingly magical idea of Me = Tree captured my Ecology-T-shirt covered heart. So, when I got a request to become a fan of Eco-Libris on Facebook and learned that …

The Strange World of Yakuza Fan Magazines

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By Jake Adelstein TOKYO: The Japanese mafia, better known as the yakuza, has been the subject of fan magazines for decades. These magazines serve as de-facto trade periodicals for a world of vicious, autocratic thugs, men who are handy with swords and guns, sport full-body tattoos, deal in illegal contraband and laundered money, and rip off the general public; all …

Bonus Material: Video and Images from CLMP Spelling Bee

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By Chris Artis and Erin Cox Monday night’s “Let It Bee,” a spelling bee benefit for the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses gathered a full roster of New York book world stars to raise money for the 42-year-old nonprofit organization. We he had a chance to speak to a few of the stars of the night—authors Michael Musto, Ben Greenman, …

Aussie’s Take Two of Germany’s Top Children’s Prizes

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By Tim Coronel Australian authors Shaun Tan and Marcus Zusak have been announced as winners in two of the major categories at the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, Germany’s most prestigious awards for children’s and YA books. [Pictured: the display of Shaun Tan’s books at the Frankfurt Book Fair by his German publisher Carlsen] The awards ceremony, held on Friday night as part …

Facing Off with Facebook

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Editorial by Debra Ollivier If you’re a published author or soon-to-be-published author, chances are you’ll get something like the 63-page document I got from my publisher before my recent book was launched. It’s called “Internet Advice for Authors: Getting Started, Getting Online, and Getting Noticed,” and starts with the almost quaint question: “What is Online Marketing?” Every author is expected …

Finding #happiness on Twitter

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Editorial by Sharon Glassman Different social media have different theme songs. By this I mean: a combo of info-pacing and density that creates a kind of silent, yet powerful tune. Linked In’s theme-song is coldly John Cage-esque. Facebook’s theme song is jarringly jam-bandish. Twitter’s theme song, by contrast is the Popcorn Song. As a book-loving, book-writing-n-writing-about person, that kind of …

From “Cruel Hookah” to “Cruel Hooker”: A Cross-Cultural Conversation in Poetry

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By Christopher Merrill IOWA CITY: The book Seven Poets Four Days One Book was an experiment to see what would happen if poets from different lands, languages, and generations tried to write together. The possibilities for failure seemed limitless — which perversely appealed to me. For it has been my experience that the least promising material may sometimes yield the …

What Does a Book Ad Cost? And Who’s Gonna Pay?

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By Chris Artis In 1966, Jacqueline Susann’s tireless and often shameless promotional efforts for her classic best-seller Valley of the Dolls “created a new way of selling a novel” in the words of legendary Simon and Schuster Editor Michael Korda. Indeed, they helped propel it to the top position on bestseller lists around the world. Still, decades later, publishers generally maintain …