Authors as Entrepreneurs: Bella Andre, Hugh Howey, Jasinda Wilder (Part 2) – If you like to think of writing as an art, don’t read this article because the authors in this piece are writing primarily for money. They study the market, produce high volumes of work in short periods of time (often as is the case with Howey and Wilder, their works of fiction are short ones that build on one another). They’ve all sold close to, or at least a million copies, and they’ve made several hundreds of thousands of dollars doing so.
For these authors, high volume and hard core marketing can result in a profitable career in writing. No one knows right now for how long, but the market is there for the author entrepreneur. Sramana Mitra
Andrew Wylie Interview: Literary Agent Makes Millions Off Highbrow – This interview with Andrew Wylie, a famous literary agent, is hilarious. He both hates his job and loves it. Same with Amazon. Truly, Andrew Wylie wants to make money and he believes that to do so is to represent a “preponderance of the best” writers to sell to a bunch of effete snobs who likely don’t even read. I think the disdain he has for Amazon has less to do with Amazon’s desire for dominance but the fact that they are doing it by traveling the low road. Entrepreneurship at its finest. New Republic
Book market gains new momentum – The international market for books is still feeling good about print. Except for the past two years, there has been growth in print sales. Let’s repeat that. Except for the last two years. But one thing that Andrew Wylie said in his interview was that the international appetite for books is still profitable. International countries also often have price protections for books which may help in bolstering declining demand (or may stem declining demand).
Traditional stationary book stores are facing major changes, and competition with online retailers is fierce. Those who survive will be determined by the added value a local bookseller can offer, said Skipis. Culture | DW.DE
American Library Association announce BFYA nominations – If you are a YA reader, you might be interested in the ALA’s Best YA book nominations. I don’t think I’ve read even one on that list. The influx of New Adult books has killed my desire to read YA almost entirely. YA Interrogbang
The Women Who Drove Ambulances on the Western Front – Evangeline Holland penned this lovely piece on women who drove ambulances on the western front. Women who drove in the early 1900s were wealthy and aristocratic, yet, obviously a little rebellious. Driving ambulances was no afternoon tea get together. One woman lost her leg and was awarded a high medal of bravery. And after the war, their contributions were often marginalized. We definitely could use more stories set in this time period.
Women war workers were all demobbed by the spring of 1919, and they undoubtedly found life had changed for themselves and for British society after four years of chaos, carnage, and courage. Though their contributions to the war were often marginalized in the interwar period, the inroads the ambulance drivers–and munitionettes, nurses, surgeons, farmers, WRNS, etc–made during WWI laid the foundation for an even greater contribution for women during WWII. Edwardian Promenade