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Pulitzer-winner Jane Smiley, whose Some Luck
(Knopf) pubs this week, shares ;ve writing tips.
You read it here ;rst: the sequel to the
monstrously popular The Day the Crayons
Quit (Philomel) is slated for August 2015.
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comprehensive show preview.
The BookLife Report
A look at three digital distribution options for
indie comics creators.
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White Bird in a Blizzard by Laura
Want to know what makes Google, Google? Or what your online activities reveal about you? This month,
there are new books for that. They’re part of a wave of books by big names in the tech industry that
aim to take the nitty-gritty data and jargon mine;eld of Silicon Valley and translate its lessons—about
entrepreneurship, ourselves, the way we live now, and the way we’ll live in the future—for the rest of
us. Among them is How Google Works, by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and longtime Googler
Jonathan Rosenberg; Dataclysm, by OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder; Smartcuts, by journalist and
Contently cofounder Shane Snow; and Zero to One, by former PayPal CEO Peter Thiel and Judicata
cofounder Blake Masters. Perhaps not surprisingly, none are really taking off in print. According to data
from Nielsen BookScan, which does not track e-book sales, print unit sales for each title have been
respectable but not dazzling. Thiel’s has made the biggest splash, debuting at #4 on our Hardcover
Non;ction list last week and falling to #8 this week—;ve spots above How Google Works in its maiden
week. Here’s how each has fared in the dead-tree world.
Bestseller Stat Shot
Author Jana Bommersbach discusses
the history and myth
of Cattle Kate: A
Pen). Plus, PW religion reviews
editor Marcia Z. Nelson recaps the
American Christian Fiction Writers
Some things you may have missed if you
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Vice movie, a list of the most frequently
challenged titles since 2013, and more.
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More to Come
An interview with comics legend Scott
McCloud about the pressures of picking the
works that went into The Best American
Comics, 2014 (HMH).
John Rocco talks about the autobiographical
origins of his new picture book, Blizzard
(Disney-Hyperion) as well as what it’s like to
get a call from the Caldecott committee.
The Week Ahead
PW senior writer Andrew Albanese discusses
HarperCollins’s new program that offers
authors higher royalties if they sell direct
through the publisher’s website, and how the
plan isn’t quite as simple as it seems.
SOURCE: NIELSEN BOOKSCAN
TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER 1ST WK SALES
Zero to One Thiel/Masters Crown 15,637
How Google Works Schmidt/Rosenberg Grand Central 5,617
Dataclysm Christian Rudder Crown 2,466
Smartcuts Shane Snow HarperBusiness 1,099
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