Last week, Amazon’s new “Prime Now” 1-hour delivery services became available to all Manhattan residents after a two month test in select Manhattan neighborhoods.
On Twitter, customers are calling Prime Now “Awesome,” “Great,” “Amazing” and a “game changer.”
Prime Now includes book delivery and some members of the literary and retail community worry that this new service will hurt local and independent bookstores.
If you’re a writer who’s been discouraged by the competitive publishing industry, don’t despair! For inspiration, here are some bestselling titles that were initially rejected by publishers:
According to The Huffington Post, the following books “almost never saw the light of day:”
Tales of author woe abound, but fantasy author Kameron Hurley recently published a particularly powerful tale of her own arduous quest as an author. The story ends, as one might expect from an author of scifi tales, with a heroic and heartening finale.
Hurley published her first three books to mixed success of ups and downs. As she noted, “There is no point in writing a second book when the first tanks. Your publisher is demoralized. You’re demoralized. Your fans are demoralized. It’s just… demoralizing.”
With a great book written but no publisher in sight, Hurley set about to turn the tide. Hurley embarked on writing two blog posts a day for three weeks last January. Then she scheduled similar blitzes in August and September. As Hurley put it:
For many authors, Facebook advertising seems like a quick and efficient option. Indeed, some authors have generated sales with Facebook ads. Authors like Neil Gaiman, John Green, and J.K. Rowling have a thriving Facebook presence. With some demographic targeting (including cities, age and sex) and spending increments for Facebook advertising as low as $5, what could do wrong?
Feel like your book has lots of competition? It turns out, the authors you’re up against aren’t just just humans — robots are now getting into the writing game too.
The Associated Press now churns out ~30 articles a day based on algorithms, according to Verge. You can see examples of those articles with this Google search. AP buys those articles from a company called Automated Insights, which may be able to generate 2,000 articles per second.
And Swedish computer programmer Sverker Johansson has created an automated robot known as Lsjbot that has written nearly 3 million Wikipedia entries. “The bot scrapes information from various trusted sources, and then cobbles that material together, typically into a very short entry, or ‘stub,’” says Popular Science.
But Sverker Johansson is just one of many Geppettos behind an army of robot writers. As Popular Science explains: