World Book Night 2013, prepare for a howling good time!

Go ahead, be loud, be proud, and set your inner reader loose!

For all you WBN friends and supporters, this is the latest news.

WBN is planning a whole crop of big, late October announcements.

They have an all-new website in the final stages of design, the books for 2013 are chosen, there are new honorary co-chairs to announce, and national media is all lined up.

They will be emailing folks on their lists (as well as notifications on Facebook and by tweet) when the giver application goes live. Once the process opens, you don’t need to rush to apply.  Check out the book list when it’s posted, and start thinking now about where you want to go to personally hand out books on April 23, 2013.

Of note: This year WBN will see a log-in process. They would like you to create a user name and password so both you and WBN can track applications very carefully. It got a bit chaotic last year.

The new WBN website will go up the day of the announcements; the current WBN website is the old one.

You’ll have all of November and into December to enter a thoughtful application, give WBN time to read them, and then they’ll have more exciting news – and of course another amazing time together again in April 2013.

WBN has posted another giver video from 2012!  Check it out: 

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Austen and Dickens among the hot picks for World Book Night UK — but wait, World Book Night USA is coming soon!


If you live outside of the UK, you probably have no idea what WBN is. If that’s you, head on over to the The Bookseller to read Charlotte Williams Oct 11th post on World Book Night.  Or check out WBN’ s website.

Copyright All rights reserved by Macs Butterz “Reading by Moonlight”

What we’re really pleased to say is as of 2012 there will be a  World Book Night USA!!! The celebration of World Book Night US will also be on April 23, 2012. On April 23, 50,000 book givers will hand out 20 copies of one of the 25 World Book Night picks in communities across the U.S. Over the course of the night, a total of a million paperbacks will be given away.

They’ve hired a publishing veteran, Carl Lennertz, as their executive director, and as of this week they have a full board of directors.  You can read more about that on the ABA site.

Unlike in the UK, and probably because this is new, they aren’t opening the nomination of books to the public. Instead,

A bookseller and librarian panel is taking part in several rounds of voting to choose the titles from a list of books derived from 10 years’ worth of Book Sense/Indie Next Reading Group Picks, Barnes & Noble Discover Picks, ALA Best Book Picks, and Pulitzer and National Book Award winners, which have been cross-referenced with several years of’s most requested guides, as well as the Mystery Writers of America all-time top 100, the Goodreads top 100 adult and top 100 YA, and Above the Treeline’s top paperback bestsellers.

The goal is to announce the final list of 25 books for the US WBN (a blend of fiction and nonfiction as well as books for teens and young readers) by December 1. We are hoping something by Thoreau or Muir makes the list given we celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day around the WBN USA April 23, 2012 date.

WBN USA will also be launching a website soon (That’s a relative term!), which will supposedly have the same book giver registration process as the UK, commencing in December. So, please support reading and printed word, but considering becoming a book giver. When we get the site information, we will pass it along to you.

World Book Night is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, and Ingram Book Distributors.


The full list of 25 titles for UK WBN:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Vintage)
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks (Little, Brown)
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Transworld)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperCollins)
The Take by Martina Cole (Headline)
Harlequin by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins)
Someone Like You by Roald Dahl (Penguin)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Penguin)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan)
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Little, Brown)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)
Misery by Stephen King (Hodder)
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (Transworld)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (Headline)
Let the Right One In by John Ajvde Lindqvist (Quercus)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pan Macmillan)
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Vintage)
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (Headline)
The Damned Utd by David Peace (Faber)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Transworld)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Penguin)
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (Vintage)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (Vintage)
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak (Transworld)

I really, really want an agent but my book isn’t finished yet . . . what should I do?

Before we go any further, let’s clear the air, a good agent is really worth their wait in gold, as is a good copy editor, or a good proofreader, or a good cover artist, or a good marketing person. So if you’re setting your sights on an agent, and why not, here are some tips.

If you’re 6 to 12 months out from finishing your opus, don’t stress about an agent now.  You’re working at your book steadily while having a life — a life is really important for an author. However, now would be the ideal time to take a couple ambling steps towards finding your dream agent.

Think about compiling a list of agents representing successful authors that you feel write in your same genre. Do this because your agent query letters are heading to this target group first. Don’t flip out over making your list, developing it should be a casual thing, because you’re really job is finishing your book. But keep your eyes peeled.

Finding out who represents an author is usually fairly easy. Agents tend to brag about who their clients are on their websites, and authors tend to post this information on their websites in case someone wants to talk to them about a book/movie/etc deal. Do you research though, find out which agents/agencies are established, which are up an comers, which are . . . not for you.

Ok, one more publishing without an agent story . . .  The author’s little known, self-published, book is found on a park bench by a guy who happens to be publisher, he reads a bit of it and walks away, leaving the book for its owner.  Later that week, the he runs into a close friend of the author, who happens to tell him about the book. Finally, that weekend, on his birthday, a family member gives the publisher a copy of the book and says she thinks he might like it.  The publisher decides this must be destiny, and the author’s book is picked up and goes on to become a major best-seller.

Really. Publishing is that weird.

Publishing is a weird, weird business. Don’t assume it’s like IBM. Leave some room in your mind for the thought that luck, pluck, and talent do more than occasionally come through.

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3,218 Nights — The Reading Promise: or, how reading to your child can help you be a great single parent

Some of you may have been wondering what to do with the kids this summer, well, why not start a reading streak? That’s what Alice and her father did, and the bond of reading transformed their relationship. When Alice Ozma was 9, her father made a promise: to read to her every night, without missing a night, for 100 nights. But 100 became 1,000, and eventually, they decided to read together as long as they possibly could.

The Reading Streak, as they called it, ultimately lasted 3,218, finally ending on Alice’s first day of college when they read again, the first book that had started it all The Wizard of OZ. The story of their amazing commitment to reading, and to each other, is chronicled in Alice Ozma’s book The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, available in stores now. What makes it all the more impressive is that Alice’s father, Jim, was (and still is) a single dad. What a guy!

You can hear a short interview with Alice and Jim did on NPR’s Weekend Edition in June.

If you’re not sure what book to start with, try Charlotte’s Web, by EB White, whose birthday is today! And if your child is grown, why not make a promise to yourself to read all those books you own but have never read? That’s what British author Susan Hill did after she went in quest of a book in her own home and realised there were many books begging for a read.

This discovery prompted her to devote a year’s time to reading the books on her own shelves. The project launched, she began with a systematic browse through all the books in her house (a true writer’s home, it’s an old house with several floors and bookshelves on every floor, not to mention the landings inbetween!)

A second project developed out of her reading: If she could only keep 40 books, which ones would they be? Her list of 40 appears at the end, and it will surely prompt you to consider a list of your own. But the real joy of the book is discovering is the lovely ruminations of the author and how much better she made us feel about our own book obsession. Her journey through the tomes of home is an utterly delightful must have for any bibliophile! And just released in paperback so perfect for toting to the beach.

Click through the above cover of Howard’s End is on the Landing: A Year of reading from home to read a nice review on The Captive Reader.

UK libraries are on the out, the check out that is

The following is a list of the top 50 books checked out by UK Libraries in 2010.  The list is composed of books that are front list books (book released within the last year). It’s interesting because it shows you just how many people are still opting to check out their new books from their local library rather than buy.

According to the article in The Bookseller, the top 1,000 most checked out books accounted for 40 million checkouts, or 1 checkout for every person in the UK. And this was only the 1,000 most checkout books! And our favorite of the top 50? Number 50!

Library 2010 Top 50
Pos    Title                            Author                      Check-outs
1       The Lost Symbol    Brown, Dan              183,000
2          Gone Tomorrow Child, Lee              149,000
3         61 Hours Child, Lee                 141,000
4           I, Alex Cross Patterson, James    139,000
5    Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary            134,000
6    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest Larsson, Stieg    133,000

7    Silent Scream La Plante, Lynda             128,000

8    8th Confession Patterson, James           128,000
9    The Return Journey Binchy, Maeve               128,000
10    The Complaints Rankin, Ian                    127,000
11    Hard Girls Cole, Martina                   127,000
12    Run for Your Life Patterson, James         127,000
13    Swimsuit Patterson, James         125,000
14    Cross Country Patterson, James    124,000
15    The Associate Grisham, John    122,000
16    206 Bones Reichs, Kathy                  122,000
17    Nine Dragons Connelly, Michael             122,000
18    The Girl Who Played with Fire Larsson, Stieg    122,000
19    Long Lost Coben, Harlan                    121,000
20    The Scarecrow Connelly, Michael              114,000
21    In Time for Christmas Flynn, Katie                  114,000
22    Doors Open Rankin, Ian                 113,000
23    Heart and Soul Binchy, Maeve             112,000
24    Sail Patterson, James            110,000
25    The White Queen Gregory, Philippa    110,000
26    Girl Missing Gerritsen, Tess                110,000
27    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Larsson, Stieg    109,000
28    The Fever of the Bone McDermid, Val                 108,000
29    Play Dead Coben, Harlan    107,000
30    Keeping the Dead Gerritsen, Tess    107,000
31    Twenties Girl Kinsella, Sophie    107,000
32    Aliens Love Underpants! Freedman, Claire    107,000
33    The Bodies Left Behind Deaver, Jeffery    106,000
34    Picture Perfect Picoult, Jodi             106,000
35    Born Bad Cox, Josephine              104,000
36    Paths of Glory Archer, Jeffrey              103,000
37    The Gruffalo Donaldson, Julia    102,000
38    Found Wanting Goddard, Robert    101,000
39    Stolen Pearse, Lesley              101,000
40    It’s the Little Things James, Erica    101,000
41    Genesis Slaughter, Karin    100,000
42    All the Colours of Darkness Robinson, Peter    100,000
43    The Price of Love Robinson, Peter    100,000
44    First Family Baldacci, David    99,000
45    The Scarpetta Factor Cornwell, Patricia    99,000
46    Worst Case Patterson, James    99,000
47    The Front Cornwell, Patricia    99,000
48    The Brass Verdict Connelly, Michael    99,000
49    Bloodline Billingham, Mark    98,000
50    Folly Titchmarsh, Alan    98,000
* Based on Nielsen LibScan Top 1,000 data for the year to 1st January 2011. LibScan now covers approxaimtely 20% of all UK library loans but the figures above have been weighted to more actually relfect 100% coverage

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