- Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛʁman ˈhɛsə] (listen); 2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.
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Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
First up is journalist and novelist Monica Hesse. She’s a Washington Post columnist and the author of “American Fire,” a bestseller in 2017. She’s written novels such as “Girl in the Blue Coat,” which won the 2017 Edgar Award for Young Adult fiction. Her most recent novel is “The War Outside.”
Apr 16, 2020 · April 16, 2020. Journalist and author Monica Hesse’s first YA book, The Girl in the Blue Coat, a work of historical fiction set in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, won the 2017 Edgar Award for the best young adult mystery novel. Hesse returns to a lesser known moment in the same era—the end of the war, as Europe struggled to begin piecing itself back together—for They Went Left.
THE JOURNEY TO THE EAST Hermann Hesse Translated by Hilda Rosner . ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born in 1877 in Calw, on the edge of the Black Forest, HERMANN HESSE
Nov 19, 2018 · In America today, Hesse is usually regarded by highbrows as a writer for adolescents. Liking him is a good sign at age fifteen, a bad one by age twenty. Published in the print edition of the...
An Hour Before Midnight, and early work of Hermann Hesse, a collection of tales and vignettes in which Hesse withdraws into an imaginary world. A noble youth is driven by boundless longing, He is unable to accept present-day reality and dreams of far-away islands, mysterious temples, beautiful castles, and dark cypress groves: in all of these we find colors, scents, melodies, and lovely maidens.
Siddhartha ( German: [siːˈdaʁ.taː] ( listen)) is a 1922 novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style.
by Karen Hesse What fruit did Rifka's brother bring to Ellis Island, hoping to confuse her but she had already eating them in Antwerp? See if you know the answer
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Finding #1: The number of books in your catalog matters to your author income. A lot.
The more books you publish, the more money you make. Looking at the medians, Emerging Authors have 6 books in their catalog, 60kers have 22 books in their catalog and 100kershave 28 books in their catalog. Each additional book you publish adds to your revenue each month. Authors making over $60,000 aren’t doing so by publishing a few expensive books, they are building a catalog that builds their author income over time.
How to level up:
1. Plan to publish more books. 2. Set an attainable goal for yourself and once you reach it, set a new one. 3. Know that every book published will add incremental revenue to your author income. To quote one 100ker, “Write. No, seriously: WRITE.” Publishing more books isn’t easy, and don’t plan on doing it overnight. Just know that when you do publish another book, it is a great thing for your author earnings.
Finding #2: Time spent writing can set you apart
Authors who are able to dedicate significant, consistent time to writing are more likely to have a higher author income. On average, Emerging Authors are spending 18 hours per week writing, 60kers are spending 28 hours per week writing and 100kersare spending 32 hours per week writing (that’s four 8 -hour days!). This finding dovetails with the one above as the more time you spend writing, the more books you will publish. Our survey found that authors write at all times of the day, but across...
Finding #3: High earners use professional editors
Higher earning authors use professional editors to edit their books. Yes, they are earning more so they can likely better afford it, but feedback from 100kers suggests that it’s actually the professional edit that allows them to earn more. Readers are becoming less and less forgiving of typos and grammatical errors. A well-edited book results in better read-through and good reviews. A poorly edited book can result in negative reviews and wasted marketing dollars. Making an investment in editi...
How to level up
1. Find a professional to edit your work. 2. See editing as a smart investment. It will pay dividends once you start marketing your book. 3. Be prepared to spend between $250 and $500 per book. Many 100kersincluded advice like this, “Have work professionally edited!” in their advice for aspiring writers.
Finding #4: Professional authors use professional covers
This finding is similar to editing, but the differences are even more dramatic. Why are we seeing such a huge leap in professional cover design for from Emerging Authors to 60kers? Because the cover of your book is one of the most important factors in commercial success. Your book cover is your key marketing asset. You use it in ads, share it on social media, and it’s what the reader looks at before they buy your book. It’s tough to out-market a bad cover. A great cover can have a major impac...
Finding #5: Promo sites are the most effective marketing channel
The one area of agreement in the survey was on which marketing channels were effective. Promo sites (Bookbub, Freebooksy, Bargain Booksy, etc.) were ranked as the most effective marketing tactic by a significant margin. They scored significantly higher (3.4) compared to Amazon Ads (2.6) and Social Media (2.5), the next highest-ranked marketing techniques. There was also a resounding agreement that marketing is hard and is the one area where all authors wanted the most help. Above we have plot...
How to level up
1. Set a specific number of hours you will spend marketing. 2. Start with the most effective marketing channels first. 3. Identify which marketing tactics you have the skill and desire to learn and pick one. For all authors, it makes sense to spend time in the most efficient way possible. Granted, one technique may work better for one author over another, but our chart above can be a guide on where to start.
Finding #6: Amazon drives sales but exclusivity is not required
Amazon is dominating the self-publishing landscape. 91% of Emerging Authors say they make the most money from books sold on Amazon, while 93% of both 60kers and 100kersalso listed Amazon as the top retailer by revenue. Almost everyone is making most of their money from Amazon sales, and those at the top are even more reliant on the giant. When it comes to Amazon’s exclusive program, KDP Select, Emerging Authors are most likely to have all their books enrolled in the program. 38% of 100kersare...
There you have it! Our most interesting findings from our 2019 author survey. If you are looking to jump to the next level, use these findings as a guide when making your plan. Keep in mind that achieving success is not an overnight process. 69% of 60kers published their first book five or more years ago. The takeaway is clear: If you keep writing, you will publish more books and make more money. Additionally, 74% of 100kers were exclusively self-published. There are multiple paths to success. You don’t need to score a book deal to make it big. A big thanks to all our survey respondents, without whom this post would not have been possible.
This article is based on self-reported data from over 1,000 Authors. Authors are, on the whole, an honest group and we are trusting their input for these results. If you are a market research professional or statistics professional, take a deep breath. We are drawing conclusions based on survey data, not doing heavy statistical analysis. Some of the findings run into the causation vs. correlation challenge, and in those cases, we do our best to tease out the relevant takeaways. Many findings will also be subject to a “chicken or the egg” debate. Our advice here is to take the findings and apply them to your experiences. Focus on what you are doing, why you are doing it, and if learning what other authors are doing helps you reach your goals.
We got lots of great follow-up questions about this blog post, and we’ve done a second analysis of the data to answer what we could. Read our bonus takeaways here!
‘The Author to Her Book’ by Anne Bradstreet is a 24 line poem that can be clearly separated into four distinct sections of six lines. These lines are constant in their rhyming pattern of AABBCCDD…etc.