Stacey Jay, Crowdfunding, and the Business of Publishing

So I usually don’t jump in on internet kerfuffles, but  the recent blowup over Stacey Jay’s kick starter really caught my attention.  The short version is that author Stacey Jay started a kickstarter for her next YA novel after her publisher declined to buy it.  She factored in living expenses as part of the money to be raised, and got a lot of blowback for that choice, so much, in fact, that she ended up canceling the Kickstarter and apologizing.

I'm not the only person to weigh in.  There’s a Roundup at Bookshelves of Doom. And I particularly liked the response written by Chuck Wendig and Laura Lam. So I’ll just share a few thoughts.

1. What is the biggest cost of writing a book?

My dad, a lifelong businessman, once asked me what my biggest cost was for a self publishing project I was planning. I started quoting a rundown of editing costs, cover artist quotes, etc, but he stopped me halfway and said, “No Livia, your biggest cost is your time.” And of course, he’s right. This is business 101, but somehow for writers, the idea of time being a valuable thing is counterintuitive.

Brain Science For Writers 12/24/14

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Top Pick:  How does the wealth of a society affect its religions? Thought provoking theory for worldbuilders to ponder.

Men are far likelier than women to experience accidental  injuries, as well as traffic collisions with =higher chance of death.Why is that?  Enter the Male Idiot Theory (MIT).

Is creativity genetic? (via Passive Guy)

Do women prefer to read about female characters?

What forms of creativity turn you on?



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Brain Science for Writers 12/17/14

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Top Pick:  The mind-bending effect of feeling two hearts.  Fascinating article about how our sensations of internal organs affect how we process emotions.  (via Linda Poitevin)

Poorer kids may be too respectful at school.

Why do friendlier people lead happier lives?

The power of cute. A good reason to look at cute puppies before proofreading...

You can boost your creativity by looking at art. (via Passive Guy)

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Brain Science for Writers 12/9/14

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Top Pick: Kids These Days Really Are More Egocentric. Interesting study on how narcissism correlates with economic hardship

Electric shock study suggests we would rather hurt ourselves than others.

How People’s Political Passions Distort Their Sense of Reality

How the Color Red Influences Our Behavior

The Google misery index: The times of year we’re most depressed, anxious and stressed

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 12/2/14





Brain science for writers roundup is a compilation of psychology/neuroscience articles of interest to writers.


Top Pick:  Kindness boosts status in Some Cultures

Top Pick:  How your facebook updates reveal your personality.  I thought this was hilarious.

Want To Be More Creative? Don’t Sleep via Passive Guy

Do men read books written by female authors?

How doctors determine the moment of death.

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Brain Science for Writers 11/25/14

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Top Pick: A really interesting article speculating in why smells are hard to name

Synchronized Walking Reduces Opponent's Perceived Size. This makes me think about ways synchronized movements can be used to show character relationships.

Interesting article about how Americans and Germans differ in their framing of grief.

More tips from Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on how to be a good writer.

War really does foster a band of brothers.

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Brain Science for Writers Roundup 11/18/14

Brain Science for Writers is a periodic roundup featuring psychology articles of interest to writers.

Featured: Afraid asking for advice will make you look incompetent? Apparently asking for advice actually increases other peoples' opinion of you.

How sharing a toilet helps students make more friends.

Steven Pinker gives a psycholinguistic perspective on what makes good writing.

Is kindness physically attractive?

How does the psychology of ownership differ between western and eastern cultures?

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