The Bookbyte Blog
If you couldn't tell from the name of our company, we're a teensy bit book-obsessed at Bookbyte. And despite how the old saying goes, we're always judging books by their covers. Some of you might not know this, but over at <a href="http://bookbytedigital.com/">Bookbyte Digital</a> we help self-publishing authors turn their manuscripts into books and ebooks through editing; formatting; distribution on Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble; and, of course, good cover design. Sometimes authors give us their own covers and sometimes they ask us to design one for them, but one thing is always true: Good covers sell books.
<p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/reddawn20122.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-971" title="RedDawn2012" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/reddawn20122.jpg" alt="A still image from the upcoming film Red Dawn (2012)" width="540" height="358" /></a></p> Here's a guaranteed recipe for angry comments: I'm going to review a movie that hasn't been released yet. On your marks, enraged fans!
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/fake-id.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-924" title="Fake-ID" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/fake-id.jpg" alt="McLovin's ID from "Superbad"" width="540" height="292" /></a> Quick quiz: How many forms of ID do you have? Modified question: How many forms of ID do you have on you right now?
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/pingpong.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-912" title="pingpong" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/pingpong.jpg" alt="North Korea faces South Korea in ping pong." width="540" height="324" /></a> Source: <em><a href="http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120730001323&cpv=0">Korea Herald</a></em> Airing the Olympics should be a no-brainer. It's like having the Super Bowl. Film the game, air the game. Make sure not to show exposed breasts during your halftime show. As long as you remember these three things, you'll get millions upon millions of viewers and no real backlash.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/abbyfarle.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-894" title="abbyfarle" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/abbyfarle.jpg" alt="" width="249" height="376" /></a> I don't think I've ever seen anyone be so impassioned about kinda-OK chicken sandwiches as I have over the past week. If you haven't heard... first of all, good for you. How do you manage to avoid all these blog fodder stories? Second, here's the summary of the major points:
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/110507_mitt_romney_sc_ap_605.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-855" title="110507_mitt_romney_sc_ap_605" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/110507_mitt_romney_sc_ap_605.jpg" alt="Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R)" width="540" height="292" /></a> At a rally in Virginia, Mitt Romney said that he wanted to make sure that America remains "a place of opportunity," where "everyone has a fair shot" and "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/mitt-romney-says-students-should-get-as-much-education-as-they-can-afford_n_1638896.html">get[s] as much education as they can afford</a>."
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/uva19_12_1340058421.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-838" title="UVA19_12_1340058421" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/uva19_12_1340058421.jpg" alt="" width="540" height="360" /></a> Image via <em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/students-protest-university-presidents-ouster/2012/06/18/gJQA3GCNmV_gallery.html">The Washington Post</a>.</em> You might have seen a few headlines here and there over the past few weeks about the University of Virginia. Specifically, about the massive uproar and student protests over the ousting of President Teresa Sullivan.
Last week, legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91. If you've only read one of his books, it was probably Fahrenheit 451, but if you read more, they'd probably include Something Wicked This Way Comes or a few of the hundreds of short stories he published in his lifetime.
Amazon is launching a film studio. The idea is to make it in the same sort of egalitarian spirit as what they've done for self-publishing. Anyone can submit a script and if something really stands out, Amazon will greenlight it. The writer will make a flat salary of $200K if the film is made, but that number triples if the film is decently profitable.