Here’s every U.S. president and their preferred read.
As if you needed another reason to like Lincoln. Full list here.
Many authors who write romance books veer toward self-publishing because of the popularity of the genre digitally (not having a publisher with print distribution hurts less), the amount of creative control they get, and the royalty, which is typically around 70% for a self-published title, versus anywhere between 15% and 25% for traditionally published ebooks.
I hadn’t thought of this before, but it makes a lot of sense. (That 70% number is wrong though. That’s only typical if you give a retailer an exclusive. If you go with multiple retailers, the royalty is more like 30%).
It hardly sounds like mass-market material. But Geek Love has been a perennial best seller, and its cultural influence has been prodigious. The book has inspired and moved writers, artists, and performers to tell their own wild stories.
Wow, 25 years since Geek Love was published. It really does now seem like it was ahead of its time.
In 2013, the Wall Street Journal talked with authors of two books who paid thousands of dollars to ResultSource and subsequently landed on the Journal’s own bestseller list. “Precisely how [ResultSource] goes about [its business] is unclear,” Jeffrey Trachtenberg wrote.
Well, this is pretty sketchy.
Meet the bookstore that has given away more than 400,000 free books.
*whistles.* Now how about that.
Each year on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the National Education Association holds its annual nationwide reading celebration, Read Across America. The initiative sparked a boost in sales for some of Seuss’s classic titles. Last week, Dr. Seuss books owned 17 of the 25 spots on PW’s Picture Books bestseller list, and four of the top 10 titles on the Overall bestseller list, including the #1 spot, claimed by Green Eggs and Ham. Sales for Green Eggs and Ham more than doubled from the previous week
Man, I hope the NEA got a little kickback for that.
Six debut novelists will compete against writers at the “top of their form” on the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Pretty good list, it seems to me. (This used to be the Orange Prize)
Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.
You know what’s a good way to make a small fortune by doing stuff like this? Start with a large fortune.
Books, books, books!
I had found the secret of a garret room
Piled high with cases in my father’s name;
Piled high, packed large,—where, creeping in and out
Among the giant fossils of my past,
Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs
Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
At this or that box, pulling through the gap,
In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy,
The first book first. And how I felt it beat
Under my pillow, in the morning’s dark,
An hour before the sun would let me read!
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Aurora Leigh”
You know that mix of fear and excitement when you’re about to reread a favorite for the first time. This is about that.
“Soon, he was sure, there would be a study that showed that the mentally ill were actually more attractive than other people. Dating proved it!”
—Lorrie Moore, Bark
Lorrie Moore! True Detective! How could we not reblog?
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What literary character is a combination of The Terminator and Samantha from HER? Check your work.