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Monday News: Harlequin to publish Laverne Cox’s memoir; HarperCollins’s adventure with big data; Amazon starts Christian imprint; Judges needed for Readers Choice Award; and great costumes from Game of Thrones

Monday News: Harlequin to publish Laverne Cox’s memoir; HarperCollins’s adventure with...

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“Cox said in a statement, ‘By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma.’” BET

“Digital changes our ability to acquire more data, which is good and bad. The good side is it gives us the opportunity to look at things that we do and also what we acquire in a different way. The bad thing is that the risk is you have too much noise and you need to make sure you’re identifying exactly what you’re looking for rather than being swamped by data.” Fast Company

“Amazon Publishing announced the launch of a Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based nonfiction and fiction. Titles from the new imprint, Waterfall Press, will be published by Brilliance Publishing, a division of Amazon. The first title from the press, The Four Best Places to Live by Mark Buchanan, will release next month.” Publishers Weekly

“Entries will be judged in two rounds: first round and final round. Judges will receive and may read the complete book, but for contest purposes, we ask that you fill out the score sheet after reading the first thirty pages and before finishing the book. Judges will receive books in PDF format. Please make sure you can accept and read PDFs on your devices.” North Texas RWA

Tuesday News: Kickstarter, Harper Lee’s enduring royalties, Big Data, wedding jumpsuits, and Leafmarks

Tuesday News: Kickstarter, Harper Lee’s enduring royalties, Big Data, wedding jumpsuits,...

“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

“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

“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

“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 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