My 9 year old nephew is tickled pink to learn that there will be a 5 th Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Huge First Printing Set for Wimpy Kid #5
Amulet Books is going five for five — five million copies for the fifth book in Jeff Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Abrams imprint announced both that massive first printing figure today as well as the title, cover, and release date for the new book. The book, The Ugly Truth, has a national laydown of November 9; the print run is the largest for the series to date. “To me, the fifth book is the linchpin of the series,” said Kinney. “Since Greg Heffley is a cartoon character but also a literary character, I’ve always wondered if he should grow up or stay in a state of arrested development forever. This book answers that question once and for all.” more…
I am always looking for things that change and I am one of those things that have changed. I once weighed 200+ pounds. Those are not pictures I like or am willing to share. The biggest changes, however, are not the one I made on the outside. The changes inside are much more dramatic. The new version of me is a “better” person. Much of those changes comes from a new confidence in myself as a writer.
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The Success and Grand Finale of The 39 Clues
Launched in September 2008 with Rick Riordan’s The Maze of Bones, The 39 Clues is a multimedia adventure series that includes books by a stellar roster of authors, collectible cards, and an online game that enables kids to play a role in the stories. There are 8.5 million copies of the novels in print and the concept has been licensed for publication in 24 languages. On August 31, Scholastic will release the final book, Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix, with a 750,000-copy first printing and considerable fanfare. To build the buzz, the publisher kicks off its “Access Granted” 39-Day Countdown campaign tomorrow; we’ve got the details of that initiative, as well as a look at the series’ success to date. more…
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This Week: Two Manuscript Revision Checks
Posted: 18 Jul 2010 09:30 PM PDT
Even if the summer has kept you from finishing that book you are working on, you can still set a goal to help advance your story. This week pull out one of your works-in-progress and just check for these two things:
Passive or negative voice: Avoid is/was …ed sentence structure and stick to primarily to subject-verb-object patterns to convey action. Do a search for “ed ” to can catch these problems. Also search for “it was”, “it is”, “there is”, “there were”, and “there are” phrases throughout your manuscript. Search for use of the word “not” to help you rephrase negative construction into positive statements.