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James Patterson’s Writing Started as a Side Hustle — Now He’s One of the World’s Highest Paid Authors

James Patterson at play in his home in the Town of Palm Beach, Florida
James Patterson at home in the Town of Palm Beach, Florida

By Jade Scipioni

At 73, James Patterson has sold more than 425 million copies of his 200 novels globally, making him one of the highest paid authors in the world.

Patterson had annual earnings topping more than $80 million between June 2019 to June 2020 and sold nearly 5 million in books in the U.S. during that time, according to Forbes.

In July, Patterson signed a multi-project deal with Amazon’s Audible for an undisclosed amount, with his first Audible Original, “The Coldest Case” out Thursday.

“I do not work for a living, I play for a living. I love doing it,” Patterson tells CNBC Make It.

But Patterson’s road to success didn’t happen overnight. He started writing as a side hustle and he faced a lot of rejection before getting his first book published.

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Today is #WorldBookDay

My personal library of First Editions.

I became a professional writer by first becoming a professional reader. Didn’t grow up with a television. I was in 7th grade when I first saw American TV. So the first years of my life it was all about books. The US Naval base library in Naples, Italy became my second home.

What has your relationship with books been like? Tell me your story.

Happy #WorldBookDay

This Drone Delivers Summer Reading Books to Kids During COVID-19 Thanks to a Dedicated Librarian

Remote learning has been given “wings” during the COVID-19 pandemic as one dedicated librarian teamed up with a drone company to deliver summer reading books to students. Kelly Passek, a middle school librarian in Montgomery County, Virginia is using quadcopters from Wing, a drone company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to make book deliveries in under three minutes.
— Read on www.techthatmatters.com/this-drone-delivers-summer-reading-books-to-kids-during-covid-19-thanks-to-a-dedicated-librarian/

Deep

Started reading “Deep.” A birthday present from Patrick Brown

It’s stories about freediving: No fins, scuba, nothing. Not 20’ deep either. Hundreds! Their bodies actually change from the pressure. Stay tuned for updates as I’m reading.

“They freedive because it’s the most direct and intimate way to connect with the ocean. During that three minutes beneath the surface (the average time it takes to dive a few hundred feet), the body bears only a passing resemblance to its terrestrial form and function. The ocean changes us physically, and psychically.”

Excerpt From

Deep

James Nestor

https://books.apple.com/us/book/deep/id678303066

How to Start a Successful Negotiation in 2 Words | Inc.com

A BrownieBytes secret is out! Getting to know someone by showing genuine empathy is the first step to great communication – especially when interviewing or negotiating. Caring about the other person is key and the best two words to start the conversation are “Tell me…”. Click below to learn more:

In a new book, law school professor Alexandra Carter says great negotiators ask great questions.
— Read on www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/how-to-start-a-successful-negotiation-in-2-words.html

New #Books for Your #QuarantineLife

In these strange days of quarantine and isolation, books can be a mode of transport. We may have to stay home and stay still, but through the abiding magic of the written word, we can travel to all kinds of different places. Look, just because it’s corny doesn’t mean it isn’t true.  

New this month: Charlotte McConaghy chronicles a Greenland ocean expedition in Migrations. Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi takes us to Africa in The Death of Vivek Oji. And Carole Stivers fast-forwards to the year 2049 in The Mother Code. Also: the perils of an open marriage, the dark allure of Hollywood, and a new installment in the Twilight series.

Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers’ early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1885-august-s-most-anticipated-new-releases

Reading “The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek

“Our entire understanding of commerce and capitalism seems to have fallen under the sway of short-term, finite-minded thinking.”

Need to get back to what capitalism was at the time of our founding fathers – putting people first, not short-term stock market gains.

https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=1341489366

The 10 Most Checked-Out Books in N.Y. Public Library History – The New York Times

More than half are children’s books, but “1984,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Fahrenheit 451” also made the list.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/books/ny-public-library-top-books-history.html