Nathan Bransford, Author

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

7th Annual Heifer International Fundraiser!

It's that time of year!

This is the seventh year in a row for this Heifer fundraiser, and it's one of my favorite holiday traditions.

Here's how this works. All you have to do is:

1) Leave a comment on this post AND/OR
2) Tweet a link to this post and include the hashtag #NBHeifer. Here's a tweet button for your pleasure:

3) Click over to other participating blogs at the bottom of this post and leave comments there too
4) Make your own per-comment or tweet pledge and I'll link to you/tweet you!

If you want in on the fun and make a per-comment or tweet pledge on your own just leave a comment with a link to your blog post or tweet announcing your pledge or e-mail it to me and I'll feature it in this post. (I recommend Rowfeeder for tracking your hashtag).

Heifer International is an organization that fights hunger by giving families around the world livestock, training, or other assistance that helps improve their livelihood. Heifer has been recognized for its work in Fast Company and Forbes, among other places.

If you have anything to spare this holiday season I hope you'll consider making a donation. And in order to encourage people to spread the word about this worthy cause, there are now THREE ways to help increase the love:
  1. For every comment someone makes in this post between now and 6PM Eastern time on December 27, I will donate $2.00. 
  2. For every tweet that includes a) the hashtag #NBHeifer and b) a link back to this post ( I will donate another $2.00. (up to $2,000 between the two) 
  3. If you'd like to donate to Heifer directly, please visit this page.
We can encourage everyone to stop by so we can multiply the giving! Over the past years we have raised over $10,000 together.

Thanks, everyone!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Will you ever buy mostly e-books? The results!

Has there been a disturbance in the Force?

It's not just The Force Awakens, but for the second consecutive year, e-books have reversed their gains in my poll that asks whether you think you'll ever buy mostly ebooks. The results!

Here are the people who say you can pry paper books out of their cold dead hands:

2007: 49%
2008: 45%
2009: 37%
2010: 30%
2011: 25%
2012: 25%
2013: 25%
2014: 28%
2015: 38.6%

And here are the people who welcome their coming e-book overlords:

2007: 7% (!)
2008: 11%
2009: 19%
2010: 32%
2011: 47%
2012: 47%
2013: 49%
2014: 44%
2015: 40.5%

Now, yes, caveats, this was an unscientific poll, different samples, etc. etc.

So tell me. Does this track with your personal experience? Any former e-book devotees who have made the jump back to print?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Will you ever buy mostly ebooks? (9th Annual Poll)

Here we are again.

I've been asking this question once a year since 2007, when the Kindle was an inelegant piece of plastic and the iPad was a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye.

Will you ever buy mostly e-books? Do you already?

Poll below.

Caveats to preempt comments I have heard since 2007. Yes, not a scientific poll, yes, difficult to compare between years, yes, I know you want more poll options because no choice here precisely capture your nuanced opinion and buying habits. Choose the one that is closest enough to your perspective.

Looking forward to seeing what you think!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Need an editor? Check out New York Book Editors

True story. This past fall I took a product management class, and for my class project I tackled a question I found fascinating: What would a good editing service look like?

I did a ton of author interviews and focused on the challenges writers face when looking for a good editor. The editor needs to be reputable. You want someone who understands your work. You want a place you can trust where you wouldn't get ripped off. And you want a one-stop shop. Very few authors I spoke to knew where to go.

I developed a plan for a site that would connect authors with experienced, reputable, vetted editors with prior publishing experience, and proudly showed it to two of my editor friends. They both looked at me a little confused, and said, "Wait. You do know Natasa Lekic, right?"

Turns out this site already existed!!! It's called New York Book Editors, and Natasa and I are now good friends.

All of the editors are experienced and most used to work at the "Big 5" publishing house and other top imprints, and they focus on connecting authors with an editor who will be the right developmental editor. They also offer trial edits and calls to help you decide if you really have the right fit.

Check it out! Tell 'em I sent you.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The past few weeks in books 12/14/15

Akihabara. Photo by me. I'm on Instagram here.
Hello! It's been a little while. I've been traveling (see above) and working a lot for my day job, but I haven't forgotten about you. How could I, you're marvelous!

Here are some links I've noticed in the past few months.

Most relevant to my gap in blogging is this post by author Jennifer Hubbard about not writing. Sometimes you need a hiatus.

And most relevant to the origins of this blog AN UPDATE ON THE LIVES OF HEIDI MONTAG AND SPENCER PRATT. If you know why that is relevant to this blog you have stuck with me for quite some time and I salute you.

Got an offer of representation from an agent? Cool. Don't say yes until you've read this post from agent Jessica Faust.

Oh, and don't negotiate your own contracts.

But you may not have to worry about that because ginormous debut book deals are back, baby!!

What could be better than the covers of The Little Prince and The Great Gatsby? The cover of The Little Prince and The Great Gatsby as  GIFs. Along with several other beloved classics. (via io9)

You may have written some longform journalism or a personal essay. What do you need to know to turn that into a full-length book? Read this indispensable article by editor Peter Ginna. (via Janet Reid)

Oh hey an article where Miranda July interviewed Rihanna click.

Oh hey an article where Barack Obama interviewed Marilynn Robinson click.

Oh hey an article where George Saunders and Carly Rae Jepsen tested random items click.

So have you ever thought about what consciousness really is? Like, why are we awake? Why are we here? Are other animals actually conscious? What about a jellyfish? AM I BLOWING YOUR MIND YET?? No? Well, this video on scientists who are trying to solve the mystery of consciousness may do a better job.

Remember Google Books? Apparently it's legal after all.

You probably know about the hero's journey. Here's a great video that shows the twelve steps nearly every hero goes through.

And finally, what does writing and tattoos have in common? More than you might think.

Have a great week! I'll be back with more posts all week, including a poll I've been running for NINE consecutive years.

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