Thousands of us are or have been aspiring novelists. And for most of us, it never went beyond that. Because, as exciting as being a writer seems like it would be…it turns out you actually have to write.
None of these books need help from the marketing department. They’re all classics and most of them have stood the test of time, still selling decades and centuries beyond their release date. But that’s not to say they couldn’t have done better. Maybe all they needed was a clearer title…
In the late 60′s, John Brooks compiled 12 stories he wrote for The New Yorker into a book titled Business Adventures. In the articles, he turned his attention toward Wall Street but with the eye of a novelist.
In this clip, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and more talk about the book and why they love it…
Philani is a homeless man in his mid-twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many people in his situation simply stand at corners begging. And that can sometimes meet basic needs…but it certainly doesn’t set a person apart or motivate people walking or driving by to donate.
But Philani does it differently. Every day he takes his ever-changing library to a different corner and sets up a sort of impromptu literary discussion group and bookshop.
For anyone interested, he will review his books…which he has read all of…and then you can buy one from him. In this way, he raises money for himself and his homeless friends as well as spreading happiness. He says…
Reading is not harmful. There’s no such thing as harmful knowledge. This thing is only going to make you a better person.
What if a couple of 1950′s children went to the art museum with mom and the story was told in a book for emerging readers, so they could learn a bit about art as they practice their reading and learn new vocab?
That sort of book could definitely exist. It probably already does somewhere.
But what if the museum mom and kids went to featured modern art and the particular exhibit was a nihilistic look at god, death, and the meaning of nothingness?
When The Shawshank Redemption came out in 1994, it was not an immediate smash hit. Its legendary status came with time. And even the movie’s creators couldn’t have predicted it.
Years before, when the movie was simply an idea, the influence and prominence that it would achieve was all but unimaginable to the then-unknown filmmaker Frank Darabont — who would later direct the movie — and Stephen King, whose book the movie was based on. Their unawareness of the story’s cinematic potential is hinted at by the fact that King optioned the movie rights to Darabont for a mere $5,000.
Or maybe King knew exactly what he was doing…
The uber-famous author has a history of offering the rights to his books to aspiring, unknown filmmakers for a pittance, so perhaps he had some inkling that The Shawshank Redemption would be a massive hit and simply chose to not get rich from it.
His lack of interest in making money from the project was later proven by a package he sent to Darabont.
It turns out he didn’t even cash the $5,000 check that Darabont had given him in 1987. Instead, years later after the movie came out and was a huge success, King framed it and sent it back to Darabont with a note…