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Literacy, NGOs, and Business . . .


Let’s start with the Business in the title of this post—Fast CompanyWorldreader and Fast Company

“Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and FastCompany.com inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.”

Now, NGOs — Non-Governmental Organizations:

“Usually set up by ordinary citizens, NGOs may be funded by governments, foundations, businesses, or private persons. Some avoid formal funding altogether and are run primarily by volunteers. NGOs are highly diverse groups of organizations engaged in a wide range of activities, and take different forms in different parts of the world. Some may have charitable status, while others may be registered for tax exemption based on recognition of social purposes.”

And, Literacy; specifically, Worldreader:

“Worldreader is about e-books, reading and literacy…a US, Europe and Africa-based nonprofit organization transforming the lives of people in the developing world. Our mission is to unlock the potential of millions of people through the use of digital books in places where access to reading materials is very limited.”

Worldreader Is One Of Fast Company’s Most Innovative NGOs Of 2016

From their site:

“This year’s Top 10 Not-For-Profit companies include the likes of Black Lives Matter, UNICEF and Humans of New York, among others. Each of these organizations is playing their part in designing our future. We believe that our world should be a literate one. ‘We are grateful to play a part in creating a more literate world, and are deeply humbled to have our work acknowledged by Fast Company’ says our CEO and Co-Founder David Risher.”

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Simple Question ~ Can Writers Make Money?


writers making money Answering the seemingly simple question, Can Writers Make Money, demands asking for an adjective—freelance? non-fictional? technical? poetic? fictional? Perhaps, even mainstream? or self-published?

Chris Brogan recently finished up a series of posts, all beginning with the words, Writing A Book. The first four posts appended Finding Time, Discipline, Structure, and Marketing And Promotion.

I’ve read quite of bit of Brogan and find him an intelligent and savvy fellow.

In the last post of his series, Writing A Book–Making Money, he summarizes, after a cogent explanation of his main points:

“You can make much more money faster if you sell your book as a course instead. You can make money if you sell speaking. You can make money by selling digitally instead of in paper form, and you can sell paper books, if you’re not scared off yet by my putting it dead last in the options of making money. Publishing in the mainstream doesn’t make the list exactly, because it becomes the bait in the larger game.”

OK, that works for many kinds of writers but I’m a self-published fiction author.

He does mention fiction and I’m very curious what my readers think of this statement:

“The money for fiction authors? Oh, I forgot that part. That doesn’t work. Fiction is about passion except for the very few percent of the herd who really can move books like no one’s business.”

Anyone out there feel like he might not be looking, closely enough, at the rapid flux in the book business?

Do you think the new opportunities in self-publishing will let more of the “herd” make some money??
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