Should Famous Authors Bother with Traditional Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Hannah Johnson As mentioned in today’s lead article, author Timothy Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, gave a presentation at LeWeb about how his personal marketing efforts with online tools and social media put his book onto national bestseller lists, while his publisher’s efforts with traditional media were less effective. Yesterday, Seth Godin released a free e-book online, and …

The Literary Life of the French Foreign Legion

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By Robert Girardi I was drawn to the French Foreign Legion—the subject of my new novel, Gorgeous East—for a variety of reasons. Chief among them has to do with a foolish weakness for old things: old books full of dust, old cars barely running, old chairs that you can barely sit in, old apartment buildings (hopefully without roaches) and most …

How to Explain the Unexplainable

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Editorial by Amy Koppelman Four years ago, when my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, my children asked my husband and me so many questions, most of which we couldn’t answer: “What is cancer? “Why does it happen?” “How is it diagnosed?” “How is it treated?” “Is it contagious?” I began Googling cancer books for children. There were several on the market, …

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

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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 …