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‘Humans of New York’ Blogger Photographs Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm GladwellHumans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton has photographed David & Goliath author Malcolm Gladwell (pictured, via). Follow this link to see Gladwell’s picture.

Stanton posted the photo on Facebook and it has received more than 131,000 “likes.” When Stanton asked if Gladwell could share a piece of advice, he replied: “Change your mind about something significant every day.”

Some of Stanton’s past subjects from the literary community include editor Yaniv Soha, literary agent Brian DeFiore, and PostSecret book series author Frank Warren. What do you think?

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Humans of New York Blogger Brandon Stanton to Publish New Book On Kids

honyBrandon Stanton, the creator of the “Humans of New York” (HONY) blog, has been working on a new book called Little Humans.

Little Humans exclusively focuses on children that Stanton has photographed and interviewed while wandering around New York City. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers will release the book on October 07, 2014.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stanton (pictured, via) talks about his process for photographing kids: “I never even make eye contact with the child until I’ve asked the parent’s permission. But once I’ve gotten the go ahead, I sit on the ground and try to be as playful as possible. I think it’s important to try to get on a kid’s level when taking their photo.”

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Agent Brian DeFiore & Editor Yaniv Soha Featured on Humans of New York

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Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton has photographed Yaniv Soha, an editor at St. Martin’s Press, and Brian DeFiore, founder of the DeFiore & Company literary agency.

Stanton shot the picture at Madison Square Park (embedded to the side). The two publishing executives posed with funny hats (provided by Stanton) and copies of the New York Times bestselling Humans of New York book.

In a Facebook comment, Stanton complimented the two men calling them both “great guys and good sports.” He also appreciated that they were “two of the earliest believers in HONY.” We’ve embedded a photo below featuring Stanton with Soha and DeFiore.

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Kate Gavino Profiles Authors in ‘Last Night’s Reading’ Tumblr

6AE3LscKate Gavino (pictured, via) has launched an art blog called “Last Night’s Reading.”

This New York City-based writer regularly attends reading events and subsequently creates drawings that feature an author and a meaningful quote. So far, Gavino has created portraits featuring Augusten Burroughs, Zadie Smith, David Levithan, and more.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Gavino explained that she became “inspired to start the project because I would go to so many of these readings and hear authors dole out such great advice. I didn’t just want to tweet about it, so I decided to start illustrating them.” What do you think?

Long List of Tumblr Books This Fall

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Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the “Humans of New York” (HONY) Tumblr, has published his first Humans of New York book this week.

He inked the book deal last December. Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers will release the HONY book for kids in spring 2014. Tumblr Book News has all the details about a crowded season of Tumblr books:

This fall we’re proud to congratulate Tumblr creators of debut books, not only in photographyhumor, and cute animals, but also in poetryillustrated fairy talescelebrity gossiplinguistics, even cookbooks and coloring books. Buy one, buy them all, attend a fun event, or write your own… We can’t wait to see what our amazing community comes up with next!

Tumblr Opens Reblog Book Club

Tumblr has launched the Reblog Book Club, its first official book club. The series opens with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, “a coming-of-age story about fanfiction, family, and first love.”

If you want to join the book club conversation, you can post to your Tumblr with the #reblogbookclub tag or you can follow this link to post on the official Tumblr page. Here’s more about the book club:

And because this is a book club the Tumblr way, you can express your feelings about the book however you choose — a written review, fan art, gifs, poems, letters… Maybe you have Fangirl nail art? Maybe you want to post a video blog talking through your ideas, a g-chat with a friend, or a song you think the characters would relate to? It’s all up to you! And, of course, you can reblog other people’s posts to add your own thoughts and responses. Rainbow will even be answering your Ask Box questions throughout the project!

Free Tumblr Analytics Tools for Writers

Do you wish you could find out more about how readers respond to your work on Tumblr?

Union Metrics has released a free set of analytics for Tumblr users. You can sign up for the waiting list at this link. SocialTimes has more about the tools:

Union Metric licenses Tumblr data “fire hose” from reseller Gnip. Its enterprise-tier analytics offer full text search of that data, allowing brands to monitor their own blogs, competitors’ blogs and mentions of their company or product anywhere on Tumblr. Today, Union began offering packages priced for individual users. (Users can sign up today for the beta test.) The service will provide users with free monthly traffic data, follower counts, information on who has re-blogged their content, and performance metrics on individual accounts.

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Yahoo To Acquire Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

Following days of rumors, Yahoo has acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion. The press release made the new relationship clear: “Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business.”

Tumblr has served as a source of countless book deals and many writers keep work on the site. If you want to know how to build a better page, read our Tumblr Tips for Writers post with writing advice from Tumblr literary outreach Rachel Fershleiser. Here’s more about the deal:

With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of the fastest-growing media networks in the world. Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent on site each month. On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app and do an average of 7 sessions per day … The deal offers unique opportunities for both companies. Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love. In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences. The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance the user experience.

Great Tumblr Book Search Winner Revealed

First-time author Paul Laudiero has won The Great Tumblr Book Search contest at Chronicle Books. The publisher received 175 entries and Chronicle and Tumblr editors picked the winner together–part of a new annual partnership between the companies.

Chronicle will publish the book next spring. Three Tumblr projects were named runners-up: Twitter the Comic by Mike RosenthalThe Awkward Phase by Tyler Gillespie and Claire Meyer; and Activitorium by The Tangential edited by Becky Lang and designed by Caroline Royce. Here’s more from the release:

Laudiero submitted a proposal for his popular Tumblr, Sh*t Rough Drafts. He is a 22- year-old from Virginia, a Creative Writing major at George Mason University, and a writer and comedian who performs regularly at Washington Improv Theater in D.C. Last summer Laudiero interned at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Sh*t Rough Drafts imagines early drafts of famous literary works and screenplays including the Bible, Harry Potter, and Braveheart

What Writers Need To Know About Tumblr

The Tumblr social network has helped countless writers connect with readers over the last few years and it is still growing.

Last year, we caught up with Tumblr literary outreach Rachel Fershleiser for some advice about using the network. She shared five useful tips for writers who want to explore the social network. You can read her link-filled advice below…

If you have a Tumblr post you think we should see, just add the ‘galleycat’ tag to your Tumblr post. We will use the tag as a source for our own posts. The Millions created a handy Tumblr directory for readers and writers as well.

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