Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Read Like a Writer

Samuel Johnson reportedly said:

"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."

But addition to reading prolifically, a writer should note the literary techniques used in the books he or she reads. Like Sarah Waters advised: 

"Read like mad. But try to do it analytically [too]"

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Stassi Schroeder: Double-Fake NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller?


Kelly Conaboy asked on Gawker "Did Stassi Schroeder Buy Her Way Onto the 'New York Times' Bestseller List?" (May 9, 2022)


Schroeder's lasted book, Off With My Head, has a dagger (†) next to it on the New York Times Bestseller list. 

# 8 Off With My Head w\ (†)

Schroeder's previous book, Next Level Basic, had a dagger (†) next to it on the New York Times Bestseller list. 

# 3 Next Level Basic w\ (†)

And what does the dagger (†) mean? Per Erin Bartnett's "Are Conservative Titles Using Shady Tricks to Get Onto the Bestseller List?" (May 25, 2018), the dagger 
(†) indicates:

"[...] that a book cracked the top sellers thanks to bulk orders. In other words, people are buying several dozen or more books at a time."

Of all people, the New York Times reported that the: 

"R.N.C. Spent Nearly $100,000 on Copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s Book: “Triggered,” published Nov. 5, topped the best-seller list thanks in part to a big order from the Republican National Committee."

Schroeder "Reacts" to, "You're a New York Times Bestseller!"

Did Schroeder have someone like Donald Trump Jr buy her onto the Bestseller list? Is Schroeder a double-fake New York Times Bestseller? #rhetoricalquestion

Wait, have you even heard of Stassi Schroeder? If not, she's a (former) Vanderpump Rules (reality tv) star who was fired for racist actions

It appears that Schroeder and Don Jr have a lot in common.