No, we haven't been hacked by a spambot promising $400 an hour, all by working from home. This is a real thing that's happening!
Amazon Publishing announced today its latest venture, Kindle Worlds, a publishing platform through which fan-fiction writers can distribute their work and earn royalties.
There are a few caveats, of course. All works have to take place in the "Worlds" licensed by Amazon, which for now includes Alloy Entertainment properties "Gossip Girl" (by Cecily von Ziegesar), "Pretty Little Liars" (by Sara Shepard) and "Vampire Diaries" (by L.J. Smith). Royalties are doled out to both the rights holder and the author; 35 percent of net revenue is paid to the author for works of at least 10,000 words. (There's a lot to unpack here, so be sure to check out the Kindle Worlds author page for all of the pertinent information.)
So, with all that in mind, are you ready to make literally millions (of cents) writing about Blair, Aria and/or Elena? If so, we've got a few prompts to get your creative juices flowing into a frothy fruit punch of the highest literary value. Or something.
Remember when we told you that the delicious George Blagden had been tapped to narrate the latest audiobook in "The Bane Chronicles," the exciting companion series to "The Infernal Devices" that explores the life and times of one Magnus Bane? Well! Now you can hear all about that same thing from the actor's own (sensuous, full, ridiculously kissable) lips: just click to enjoy an EXCLUSIVE interview with George in which he talks about his first ever audiobook experience as the voice of "The Runaway Queen," what it was like to go back to France—and back in time—after his work on "Les Miserables," and what he likes best about Magnus Bane. It's just his voice, but daaaamn, what a voice. Prepare to go weak in the knees at the way he says "narrator." Also, "swashbuckling." Also, all the other words in the English language.
Said George, of his time in the soundbooth: "The recording process, quite honestly, has been terrifying in amongst being incredibly rewarding. It's kind of amazing that an author gets to let you take their work and give voice to these characters that they've created. You have a feeling of immense responsibility and you don't want to get it wrong."
Before you watch our EXCLUSIVE new book trailer for Sarah Dessen's "The Moon and More," be forewarned: It will give you the uncontrollable urge to drop everything, don a hoodie and spend the rest of your day frolicking on the beach with a cute member of your preferred sex. Okay? Okay. Just don't say we didn't warn you when you wake up with a sunburn, a hickey and, like, 10 pounds of sand in your underpants.
Not that we would know anything about that.
Anyway! This latest novel from the grand high empress of all things YA romance is exactly what you've been waiting for to heat your hot summer nights even hotter, as is readily apparent in its beach-frolic-inducing trailer.
We've already offered up our review of Rick Yancey's latest YA novel, "The 5th Wave," but if you're not ready to take our word for it, perhaps you'll accept this bloody-good recommendation?
"Vampire Diaries" co-executive writer and producer Julie Plec is currently on vacay from The CW series, but she hopped on Twitter to give fans a sneak peek of her reading list. Good pick, Julie!
What book are you reading right now?
If you luuuurve a good boarding school for the supernaturally inclined—be it Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or St. Vladimir's Academy for aspiring vampires—here's something new for your radar: another bizarre institution of higher learning that's on its way from bookshelves to the big screen. "The School for Good and Evil," Soman Chainani's modern-day take on the oeuvre of classic fairytales, has been acquired for development by Roth Films and Jane Startz Productions.
"The School for Good and Evil" centers on two friends, Sophie and Agatha, who are spirited away to train in a very particular school (you can probably guess what it's called, yes?), in which students are divided into two distinct groups and trained toward becoming fairytale archetypes. Only things don't work out as expected when Sophie, whose good looks and good deeds ought to make her a shoo-in for the School of Good, is assigned an academic track for villainy—and her pal, who always seemed like a natural wicked witchy person, ends up as a princess-in-training. Crazy! And then, y'know, hijinks ensue.
Gleeks, here's something to hold you over until the Fox song-and-dance series returns in the fall: Star Jenna Ushkowitz has penned a book, and it's out today!
"Choosing Glee: 10 Rules to Finding Inspiration, Happiness, and the Real You" is a scrapbook of sorts in which Jenna shares anecdotes, photos and keepsakes from her life to inspire readers to find their true self.
So if you've ever wondered how Jenna keeps a constant smile on her face, you might want to pick up a copy of "Choosing Glee"!
Bella Thorne isn't the only Disney starlet to "Shake It Up" with a new book. While the 15-year-old takes us on a magical ride, co-star and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Zendaya will get real with an advice tome to be published by Disney-Hyperion Books.
"Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence" sounds a bit like the 16-year-old's Pinterest on steroids, with photos, anecdotes recipes, playlists and doodles populating the pages (plus advice from her team of experts, including mom and dad—awwwwww!).
Remember last week when we relayed the rumor that "Anna Karenina" director Joe Wright was circling the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey"? Well, that's all the chatter ended up being: a rumor.
Deadline reports that Joe does not have time in his schedule for a raunchy romp with billionaire Christian Grey and his naive paramour Anastasia Steele. And so, the list of Hollywood heavyweights who won't be involved with the project continues to grow.
We already knew Stephen Amell was out as Christian. And Emma Watson was out as Ana, as was Keira Knightley. And let's not even get started about the Angelina Jolie speculation.
"The 5th Wave" is one of the most anticipated new books of the year, and not just because they've been teasing us for weeks with Hollywood-worthy book trailers that hint at the amazing, apocalyptic, alien-invasion awesomeness to come. In the capable hands of Rick Yancey (author of "The Monstrumologist"), this first novel in an intended trilogy offers up a juicy, imaginative premise that seems tailor-made to be adapted for the screen: the unheralded appearance of alien ships, hovering in the earth's orbit...followed by a methodical, malicious series of "waves" designed to exterminate the planet's current inhabitants. By the time we arrive in the world of "The 5th Wave," only a tiny percentage of the human race remains—and our numbers are shrinking fast.
In its best moments, this novel is a YA entry into the epic survivalist oeuvre that also includes bestselling crowd-pleasers like Stephen King's "The Stand," Justin Cronin's "The Passage" and Robert Kirkman's graphic-novels-turned-primetime-powerhouse "The Walking Dead." "The 5th Wave" introduces a broad cast of characters and compelling multiple narratives that offer a look at the ruined world through the eyes of several different people: In one, a 16 year-old girl named Cassie wanders through the wasteland of post-invasion Ohio, searching for her brother; in another, a teenage boy known only as "Zombie" trains with other young survivors at a refugee camp to mount a last, desperate defense on behalf of the human race. There's also a single, terrifying chapter of the tale as told by the nameless Silencer—a being whose one and only goal is to track, hunt and kill every remaining person on earth to make way for the incoming aliens.
Because this is the week that television is determined to break our hearts by not moving forward with any of the shows from our pilot wishlist, today brought more bad news: Deadline reports that The Selection," which looked to be getting a second chance after a rewrite and re-casting this year, has sadly been passed over by The CW. Ugh. Not fair! No dystopian romance in "Delirium," no "Bachelor"-meets-"Hunger-Games" drama in "The Selection"... Hollywood obviously hates us and doesn't want us to have nice things.
The only upside (and there is one, thank everything!): Deadline also has the scoop that one of our new favorite CW shows—the retro-fabulous "Sex and the City" prequel "The Carrie Diaries"—has been renewed for another season. Which means that while we cry into our ice cream over having been deprived of the chance to see the long-awaited adaptations of these beloved YA books on TV, we will at least have the not-entirely-unenticing image of Austin Butler in pegged jeans to comfort us.