Have y’all heard of this blog called “Stuff White People Like“? I hadn’t. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but apparently we should have been paying more attention because this guy (Christian Lander) bagged a $300,000 book deal from Random House.
And! It wasn’t even some fancy-schmany blog. It was a WordPress one just like I’ve got here.
The kicker is he started the blog in January 2008 and had the deal by March! Well, shoot, by those calculations I’ll be expecting my call in another month or so.
Ok, Random House? You’ve got my number? Alright, I’ll wait by the phone.
Oh, and this will light a fire under your blogging bum–lit agents are popping up bloggers like they’re fat free M&Ms.
You might say the trend started with agent, Kate Lee, who, in 2003, was looking for a way to build her list. Following closely on her heels were Erin Malone and Kate McKean.
But internet and print are two different donkeys. Will people be willing to buy what they got for free? Or will they surf their way over to the next big thing? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, I’d keep blogging away until your fingers fall off and then go purchase one hundred and twenty-three lotto tickets.
P.S. Simon & Schuster? I didn’t mean to discriminate. I mean, if you’re interested, I guess I won’t block you on my caller ID. K, thanks.
For another one of my Friday Forecasts, read Honey, I Shrunk Our Audience.
Status: Well, first off, you’ve got today and tomorrow to comment in order to enter yourself in the drawing for The Map Thief. Can’t wait to hear from y’all! Second, I finished my audition for the video game company. We’ll see how that goes. It was a lot of fun to do, but it kind of caught me on a bad week. So, I did my best.
Nate and I are going to head over to the Breaking Dawn party at our local Barnes and Noble tonight! I’m excited just to see what it is like. I’ve never been to a book party. I’ll let you know how it goes and maybe some of you will have your own experiences to report.