Tuesday News: BookShots, Apple, Romance writing, and “Brawn”
James Patterson Has a Big Plan for Small Books – Say what you will about James Patterson’s book factory – the guy seems to have a real passion for literacy, and he’s launching a new line of shorter books aimed at people who are not habitual readers (or who would rather play a video game or watch tv, for example). Ultimately, Patterson is hoping that these “small books” will be sold in grocery and drug stores, and that they will bring people back from other forms of entertainment to books.
In June, Mr. Patterson will test that idea with BookShots, a new line of short and propulsive novels that cost less than $5 and can be read in a single sitting. Mr. Patterson will write some of the books himself, write some with others, and hand pick the rest. He aims to release two to four books a month through Little, Brown, his publisher. All of the titles will be shorter than 150 pages, the length of a novella. . . .
“You can race through these — they’re like reading movies,” he said during a recent interview in New York. “It gives people some alternative ways to read.”
It could also open up new avenues for selling books, something that publishers have struggled with as big bookstore chains have closed down stores. At first, BookShots will appear in the usual venues for commercial fiction — Barnes & Noble, Amazon, big-box stores and independent bookstores — and will be available in digital and audio versions. – New York Times
Expectation vs. Reality: Being a Romance Author – Except for the incessant gifs, a pretty amusing post by Sourcebooks author Elizabeth Michels.
Expectation: When you sit down in your gossamer nightgown to pen your manuscript, you have the overall appearance of a pre-Raphaelite painting. The words flow from your feather quill much like your hair over the arm of the chaise lounge you rest against as you write.
Reality: After sitting at your computer for most of the day, you look down and realize at some point you spilled leftover takeout food on your shirt. Thank goodness your yoga pants were spared or you wouldn’t be able to get dressed for the work day tomorrow. – Buzzfeed
IMG Models Introduces Men’s Plus-Size Division – I can’t decide if this is just another double standard, or recognition that both male and female beauty comes in different forms. Do female plus-size divisions have cool names like “Brawn,” though?
“Brawn has a body positive message. Brawn is physical strength,” said Ivan Bart, president at IMG Models.
IMG’s first brawn model is Zach Miko, an actor, comedian and writer who appeared on Target’s e-commerce site in 2015 modeling the big and tall line by Mossimo Supply Co.
Miko, who is 6 feet, 6 inches and has a 40-inch waist, has become the poster boy for brawn men who feel good about their bodies and want to look fashionable. He’s essentially the male version of Ashley Graham, a curvy model who’s also signed under IMG and who recently appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. – Women’s Wear Daily