News for October 2008


Write A Novel in November

Writing a novel

Write A Novel in November is an international project to encourage people to put pen to paper. The NaNoWriMo project was created by American Author Chris Baty in July 1999 and in the first year it had 21 participants, all in the San Francisco Bay area in the USA. Since then the project has been growing steadily and the number of participants now measure in their hundreds of thousands across the globe.

The idea is to start on day one (1st november) and attempt to complete a 50 000 novel by midnight on the 30th November. The project favors enthusiasm and effort over painstaking craft, it attempts to alleviate the barriers that have stopped people writing in the past.


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written by Ant on Wednesday 29th October 2008

Google Agrees Book Copyright Deal


Google has agreed a copyright deal, including paying $125 million to settle long standing lawsuits brought against them. These lawsuits were brought against Google over their plan to use copyright material online in Google books. While this has been agreed by the American Authors and Publishers, it has yet to be approved by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The settlement has been described by the Association of American Publishers, the Authors Guild and Googfle themselves as groundbreaking and will "dramatically expand access to books in the US, particularly those out of print but still in copyright"

The agreement will...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 28th October 2008

JK Rowling to Launch new book at Tea Party

Beedle the Bard

JK Rowling is to launch her new novel, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, at a tea party at the National Library of Scotland in edinburgh, hosted by herself for school children.

The book was originally never intended for mass publication, with 6 copies being handwritten by JK Rowling as personal gifts with a seventh copy being aquired by amazon at auction for £1.95 million. The novel marks the farewell to the published world of Harry Potter.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the book which Albus Dumbledore left to Hermione in the seventh and final Harry Potter novel The Deathly Hallows and contained clues that helped Harry Potte...

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written by Ant on Thursday 23rd October 2008

Vampires are real! and everyone knows it!

vampire zero

Vampires are real! and everyone knows it!, well maybe not really but this is the premise of the new novel "Vampire Zero" from David Wellington.

The Vampires are portrayed in this novel as real monsters that have been thought to have died out by all but a few police officers. The story centers on vampire hunter Laura Caxton who is hunting a special Vampire called Arkeley. Arkeley taught Laura everything she knows, and his knowledge is truly formidable...

There is a real danger that Arkeley will become a "Vampire Zero", able to raise new vampires and create an army of undead. This is the third volume of the series that started with "Thirtee...

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written by Ant on Monday 20th October 2008

Guillermo del Toro to publish first Novel

guillermo del toro

The Director of Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy and the yet to be released The Hobbit films, is publishing his first ever novel. Guillermo Del Toro has signed a publishing deal with HarperCollins to publish a trilogy of novels about a vampiric virus invading New York.

The first novel, titled "The Strain" is due to be published in the summer of 2009 and is being co-written by Chuck Hogan. The story promises to delve deep into Vampire history and lore while keeping the reader in suspence.

The Novel is actually thought to be finished, although this has not been confirmed, there are also rumors that Del Toro has signed a 4 picture deal with Universal Studios with pla...

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written by Ant on Sunday 19th October 2008

New Hitchhikers Guide Novel to be written by Eoin Colfer

A Brand new novel in Douglas Adams Hitchhikers guide series is to be written by Author Eoin Colfer, best known for his childrens fantasy novels featuring Artemis Fowl.

Douglas Adams widow, Jane Belson has agreed that Eoin can write this new novel, to be published by Penguin and is going to be titled "And Another Thing..."

Eoin is a very succesfull Author who has written an astounding series of childrens novels featuring a teenage criminal mastermind called "Artemis Fowl", selling over 18 million copies around the world with the first feature film in production. Eoin has been quoted as being "terrified" by the prospect of writing a new novel in the seminal Hitchikers Guide series, the last volume of which Mostly Harmless...

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written by Ant on Friday 17th October 2008

New David Gemmell Legend Award

David Gemmell

Preperations are well underway to present the new David Gemmell award for Fantasy which will be presented to the best Fantasy novel of the year 2008.

This award has been instigated by the colleagues and friends of the Late David Gemmell, with official support from his wife Stella Gemmell and will cellebrate Davids Life and his contributions to writing.

Nominations are currently being sought from the editors of every major fantasy list for Fantasy novels that have been published in 2008 in English. To qualify a novel must be deemed to be fantasy in the spirit of David's own work.

After a novel has been successfully nominated it will be voted on by the ge...

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written by Ant on Tuesday 7th October 2008

Watch Neil Gaiman Read his Latest book

Neil Gaiman has been touring for his new book, The Graveyard Book and at each appearance he has been reading chapters aloud while being filmed.

Each film is then being posted to Neil Gaimans Website for young readers: Mouse Circus, so people can then watch each of these broadcasts.

Also on the website is a chance to win one of 25 copies of the book, all you need to do is put your contact details in for a chance to win!.

The book is about a boy called Bod who is the only living resident of a graveyard. Bod has been raised by the undead and other supernatural creatures that frequent the graveyard and has been taught to be a guardian and useful tricks that ghosts know, like the ability to fad...

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written by Ant on Monday 6th October 2008