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cover of Michelle Obama's new book on gardening

Michelle Obama’s new book on gardening in America

First Lady Michelle Obama’s passion for healthy eating and gardening are well known. Mrs. Obama shares those passions in her first-ever book , “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” Released by Crown Publishing yesterday, the book is already in the top ten of best selling books on Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites. The book is a behind the scenes look at the development of the White House kitchen garden beginning in April of... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits:Lindsay Lohan’s drug test, that gate crasher at Warner Bros. & Gabby Sidibe’s magazine cover

Uh-oh! Lindsay Lohan failed a court-ordered drug test Instead of calling a news conference when they’re in deep, deep, whatever, a lot of celebs turn to Twitter to tell their side of the story. The latest to do so, the troubled Lindsay Lohan. Late Friday reports were all over the Internet about Lohan possibly testing positive for drugs. Early Saturday morning, Lohan went online and copped to failing a recent drug test on her Twitter page. Here’s a sampling of what she wrote: “Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if... Read More →

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Business, Entertainment, and Publishing News Bytes

FORD FUSION SELECTED MOTOR TREND CAR OF THE YEAR American automaker Ford has picked up one of the most prestigious honors in its industry. Motor Trend magazine picked the Ford Fusion 2010 as the car of the year. The Ford model beat out the redesigned Toyota Prius and BMW 7-series.  Story here. “MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT” HEADED TO TV  The TV rights to the  documentary of the late Michael Jackson’s final concert rehearsal footage was snatched up by the MTV Network. The music channel will begin showing “This Is It” in 2011. More details on the deal on... Read More →

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Writing Tips

Today, BookEnds literary agent Jessica Faust defines some of the important terms and phrases in the publishing biz.  Faust’s short Publishing Dictionary is listed on her BookEnds agency blog. The dictionary includes definitions for things like advance, mass market, imprint, query, royalities, sell-through, and world rights. All written in a straight forward and easy to understand style. Well worth checking out. Faust’s agency blog is one of my favorites because it has the kind of helpful information a writer can really use.  

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Book Bytes

How to Shop for a Husband. Today Show consumer correspondent Janice Lieberman has a new book deal. Lieberman, writing with Bonnie Teller, will show how techniques used by consumer experts can help you close a deal on a mate. St. Martin’s Press bought world rights to “How to Shop for a Husband” and plans to release the book next spring. Lieberman is the co-author of  “Tricks of the Trade.” She wrote this consumer survival guide with producer/director Jason Raff, who at one time worked with Lieberman on consumer investigations for Today. From Read More →

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Book Bytes

Olympic deal for “Say It Right in Chinese.” The U.S. Olympic delegation has scooped up more than 500 copies of a Chinese language book. “Say It Right in Chinese” will be handed out to members of the U.S. Olympic team to help athletes and their support members communicate better with their hosts in Beijing. “Say It Right in Chinese” is published by McGraw-Hill and presents several hundred essential Chinese words and phrases. Author Betty Chapman founded Easily Pronounced Language Systems, an innovative teaching method and popular series of language... Read More →

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“Breaking Dawn” breaks out big time

The hugely popular Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series ended with the release Saturday of the fourth and final book, “Breaking Dawn.” The YA teen vampire romance novel went on sale at 12:01 a.m. August 2. By the end of the day, 1.3 million copies had been sold. This is a record day sale for the publisher, the Hachette Book Group, however, the record for the best one-day sale is still firmly in the grip of a young wizard. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold an incredible 8.3 million copies... Read More →

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