Publishing Projects Find Success on Kickstarter – I’m not sure how I feel about this, frankly, but apparently Kickstarter has become quite the launching pad for book projects. The article provides a list of some of the standouts, but in all,
“More than 6,000 publishing campaigns were launched on Kickstarter in 2013, including over 1,600 works of fiction and nearly 1,000 children’s book projects. In all, contributors pledged $21 million to publishing endeavors (up from $15 million in 2012), with an average pledge of $3,540 per backer.”Publishers Weekly
Imagine Making $9000 A Day From Something You Did 50 Years Ago… That’s What Harper Lee Did – Given the fact that Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird still sells between 750,000 and 1M books per year, I wonder how many American schoolchildren have not read this book. Lee was given a Christmas gift of enough money to take a year off and write anything she wanted. The result was To Kill A Mockingbird, and although her editors told her it would likely not sell past a few thousand copies, Lee has sole more than 30M books globally.
“According to legal papers filed against former book agent Sam Pinkus, in the first six months of 2009 alone Harper Lee earned $1,688,064.68 in royalties. Assuming 2009 is an average year, that works out to $3,376,129.39 per year. That’s $9,249 per day! That’s 4.5 times what Sting earns in a day from “Every Breath You Take”.”Celebrity Net Worth
Why Big Data Doesn’t Live up to the Hype – An interesting piece on the limitations of big data. Despite the fact that “Data eclipsed God in 1973” in frequency, and therefore “suggests a culture that treats it as a surrogate divinity,” Nick Romeo notes that big data produces a lot of trivial observations (at one point Bill Clinton’s name was a frequently used as the word lettuce), but falls short as an interpretive filter:
“To their credit, Aiden and Michel freely acknowledge the distortions inherent in their device. For one thing, people who write books tend to write about other people who write books, so the Ngram data often exaggerate the cultural prominence of academics and authors. It’s also easy to confuse correlation with causation. Did the increasing frequency of the word “zombie” contribute to the rising occurrence of “the future,” was the causation reversed, are the trends unrelated, or do both reflect a deeper cause?”The Daily Beast
J. Crew’s bridal jumpsuit is the hottest new wedding trend of 2014 – I’m hardly a wedding-in-white kind of girl, but this J.Crew wedding jumpsuit looks to me more like pajamas than nuptial wear. Hella expensive pajamas, but loungewear, nonetheless. So what do you think? Ready for a look like this one to hit Romance novels everywhere?
“At $750, the J. Crew option is much more affordable for many brides in comparison to conventional bridal gowns with prices generally in the thousands. Unlike a princess gown, a bridal jumpsuit can be worn to celebrations way past the big day giving you amazing bang for your buck.”StyleList
Leafmarks – the Goodreads replacement? – I know that a number of readers have migrated back to Goodreads from BookLikes, so if you haven’t already heard, here’s a pretty new site that apparently promises to provide an experience similar to that at Goodreads, including the ability to curate books and reviews. I just cannot believe that Goodreads is the only thing out there, but it’s going to be interesting to see if people are willing to leave the site for good, given the time it’s going to take to build anything else to the level Goodreads is now.
“Leafmarks is by far the closest you’ll get to the Goodreads experience with a clean and user-friendly interface, missing from the old fashioned LibraryThing, and you can tell just by using it what type of features will be available in the future, given time to further develop the site.”Literary Ames
isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnÊ¼t know, didnÊ¼t think about, or didnÊ¼t feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!