++ Charlaine Harris’ extremely popular Sookie Stackhouse series, which inspired HBO’s True Blood, will be coming to an end after book 13 (slated for May 2013). However, she’s already busy writing Cemetery Girl, the first volume in a graphic novel trilogy illustrated by Don Kramer. The upcoming series will follow an amnesiac girl living alone in a graveyard.
++ Amazon, which has been steadily growing its roster of authors, has announced that it will publish Penny Marshall’s memoir My Mother Was Nuts in Fall 2012. Amazon’s offer for the memoir rights, which is said to have been considerable, beat out those of several other traditional publishers. Marshall’s literary agent Dan Strone says that Amazon’s offer also included a much higher royalty on e-books than the 25 percent normally given by publishers.