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Thursday News: A look at happy couples, a book for a good cause, two authors talk about publishing, and an economist’s adventures in online dating

Thursday News: A look at happy couples, a book for a...

The Loveumentary: True love exists . . . you just need to listen – Have nine of ten days you want to blow? Check out The Loveumentary, an ambitious project by Nate Bagley and Melissa Joy Kong to find successful and happy real life relationships (including polyamorous relationships) to better understand what made love work for these people. Blog posts, podcasts, love letters, interviews, and more. I’m not the most sentimental person in the world, but I think this is a pretty cool project.

Nate and Melissa are now embarking on a journey across America to record the 100+ greatest love stories in the country. By highlighting the relationships that are working, our ultimate goal is to reinvigorate the country’s faith in love, marriage, and one another. In addition to interviewing the most in-love couples we can find, we will also be interviewing relationship experts, marriage counselors, researchers, and psychologists who have dedicated their lives to the study of love and relationships. This journey is ultimately about intertwining storytelling and science to add context to our project. –

A COLLECTION OF LOVE STORIES TO BENEFIT WIN – Okay, so I’ll admit up front that I’ve never been the biggest fan of the whole myth that Romance authors must be living a romantic fantasy in their own relationships, but there is a really good collection of authors who contributed to this anthology, which was put together by Hope Tarr. Megan Frampton, Deanna Raybourn, Delilah Marvelle, K.M. Jackson, and many others share their personal stories, with ALL of the proceeds going to WIN (Women in Need) in New York City.

Hope and her fellow authors feel that “happily ever after” isn’t only the stuff of romance novels and fairy tales — it is every women’s birth right. This is why Hope feels strongly about supporting Win’s mission to transform the lives of homeless women who have overcome countless obstacles in the pursuit of their own happy ending for themselves and their children. –Win and Scribbling Women

The Write Spot Writers Forum – For those of you who live in Northern California, Romance authors Bella Andre and Carolyn Jewel will be speaking about traditional and self-publishing on February 20th. Among the topics they will address are:

* The pros and cons of each path to publication.
* How the very act of writing can change depending on “who” you’re writing for.
* How both paths can be fun and lucrative, but in different ways and for different reasons.
* Is there a difference between what NY thinks is commercial and what readers are willing to try?
* What’s better for niche writers?
* What a day in the life looks like for each.  –The Write Spot

Dating Sites Offer Chance At Love — And A Lesson In Economics – I know that the market is full of men who are ready, willing, and only marginally able to provide dating advice, but this story has an interesting twist: Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Paul Oyer used his own experience in the world of online dating to bolster his theories about economics. In other words, rather than using economics to explain dating, he uses his dating experiences to talk about economics. And I think he has some pretty interesting things to say about both.

A thick market is one with a lot of participants. And so you want your stock markets to be thick because then it’ll be easier to trade, there’ll be more supply and demand, and we’ll have a more efficient market where transactions will be easier and nobody will feel they’re getting ripped off. Now in the online dating world and the job market, it’s exactly the same. We want a thick market because we want better matches. And I want to go to one that has a lot of alternatives because I want people who are closer to what I’m looking for. –NPR

Friday News: Amazon responds to its customers and creates a New Adult category; Big Book to Movie Flops; Diddy in Downton Abbey?

Friday News: Amazon responds to its customers and creates a New...

This is just another sign of how nimble Amazon is.  I was told it took two years for BN to roll out the Teen Paranormal change in its stores and now that Teen PNR is on the decline, BN may be feeling shy of making any in store change but being quick to respond in retail is more important today than ever.  Target is rumored to be taking more NA books.  J.A. Rederminki’s Edge of Never, picked up by Grand Central, will spotlighted in store buy this summer.

Categories are all about helping the reader find the right book. Hopefully as New Adult grows and matures and changes, it will be become its own category and we can find romance as a subheading along with fantasy, historicals and others. (As an aside, I was pitched an NA historical the other day that I plan to read. Will report back.) Amazon

Representative Review Quote: “I can’t say this enough: This movie is about an adult male dressed in pink jammies.” -Washington Post

P Diddy Downton Abbey

For example, what distinguishes game theory, and economics generally, from other social science approaches is its emphasis on individual choice. That’s how economists explain behavior. For Austen, choice is an obsession. She mentions “the power of choice” and states that it is “a great deal better to chuse than to be chosen.”

When Fanny Price, in “Mansfield Park,” receives the proposal of the rich but smarmy Henry Crawford, her entire adoptive family pressures her to accept, but Fanny heroically resists, telling her uncle Sir Thomas that it is simply her choice: “I — I cannot like him, sir, well enough to marry him.”

Economists love results that are not intuitive. One such result, which still gives people pause, is that a country technologically worse at producing everything should still trade with a technologically superior country — as long as it has a comparative advantage in producing one good relative to another.

Fun and interesting. PBS NewsHour | PBS