Most Authors Make Less Than $1,000 a Year: DBW – The title speaks for itself, but the graphics are pretty interesting. The information comes from a Digital Book World report, “What Advantages Do Traditional Publishers Offer Authors: A Comparison of Traditional and Indie Publishing from the Authors’ Perspective.” At this point, I think every author needs to weigh the choice to self-publish carefully and with as much information from as many sources as possible.GalleyCat
Turning to Tumblr for Book Promotion and Secret Keeping – Despite all the advantages of online book promotion, if you want to keep a spoiler unspoiled, the Internet is reluctant to comply. So Random House’s strategy for its upcoming release, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, is both innovative and interesting. Among other things, the publisher is setting up a password-only space in which readers can discuss the book’s secret openly but without spilling it to the rest of the online world. “Random House chose Tumblr for its campaign because the platform allowed them to combine the usual book Web site information with a flexible format.
“Until recently you couldn’t put video on Facebook – even our header is animated,” Lauber said. (The header is written in a watery script that shimmers.) “With Tumblr, the social sharing is more natural because of the way the interface works, and we can pull in music through Spotify. It’s a hybrid of everything that’s good about all the other sites.””Publishers Weekly
The Rise and Fall of Caleb Hannan’s Grantland Story [Update] – [trigger warning] Grantland’s Caleb Hanan pursued a story about a golf putter and uncovered a case of professional fraud. He also discovered that the putter’s inventor was transgender, and it appears that Grantland’s treatment of this discovery — and the woman in question — led to her suicide. It’s an awful, awful story and a poignant reminder of journalistic ethics and the fact that stories aren’t just stories to the people living them:
“As Mike Gallego points out, the story would have been appropriate, and still quite fascinating, if the transgender detail were omitted entirely. This invasion of personal privacy was uncalled for, and Grantland’s editors have the salary and status to know better. If any good comes out of all this, it will hopefully be more widespread education and awareness of the plight of the transgender community.”The Big Lead
Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here’s a wonderful literary analysis of King’s rhetorical and writing styles, using his Nobel Prize speech as an example. In addition to revisiting King’s importance to US history and the Civil Rights Movement in particular, this article is a really nice demonstration of how to analyze prose.
“The little miracle of King’s writing lies in the way he so easily blends homemade metaphor (the flight crew), biblical imagery (the lion and the lamb), and poetry (near the very end he references a line from Keats). His prose, like Lincoln’s, is plain and straightforward, and yet supple enough to allow him to range from a whisper to thunder in the space of a few lines.”The Daily Beast
Feedly Found a New Way to Steal Page Views From Publishers – Despite the way in which online information seems to appear everywhere at once (or perhaps because of it), there are very real questions around how articles are credited and how third-party services like feedly, which shortens URLs for venues like Twitter, can actually route traffic away from the sites that originally created the post:
“This might seem like a small issue, but as of October 2013 Twitter reported that 75% of their 218 million users use the service via a mobile app. That means that Feedly has set itself up to steal most of the page views that a publisher could have gained when an article is shared via Twitter.”The Digital Reader
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