This week sees our website celebrate its first birthday, which is fittingly referred to as the paper anniversary (hey, any excuse for more books, right?) After getting irate over Buzzfeed Books’s wasted potential, the pair of us decided to start our own site and see where it took us.
In the past 12 months, we’ve seen our dog and pony show reach unprecedented heights, been quoted and linked to by numerous websites such as the LA Times, the Telegraph and the Huffington Post, won a YA Highway Web award, bombarded by Vox Day fans, became an official source on a Wikipedia article and targeted by hackers. Today, we were linked to by Reading Rainbow, meaning we have the official LeVar Burton seal of approval!
With a starting plan to provide extensive and detailed coverage of everything in the world of books and publishing (edging away from the exclusively YA perspective the pair of us focused on for most of our earlier blogging years), we’ve weighed in on everything from stalker authors to industry failures, from the merits of crowdfunding to the cold hard economics of our hobby and everything in between. Thanks to our amazing team, we’ve managed to cover a far wider range of topics than even we’d originally planned, with the occasional foray into TV and film analysis. We started out with lofty ambitions and those have only grown in the past 12 months, and we couldn’t have done it without every single one of you.
The pair of us would like to thank all of our contributors, both regulars and guests – Megan, Miranda, Eva, Alisa, Ashley, Jeanne, Vanessa, Katya, Laura – and every person who clicked on a link, chatted to us on Twitter, recommended our site to others, talked trash, said we sucked, said we were great, and everyone who bothered to take the time and check us out.
Our plans for the coming 12 months include expansion of our newsletter (subscribe now!) and a move into the world of podcasting and vlogging. World domination’s in there somewhere too, maybe the Neutral Planet. Dang filthy neutrals. So whatever the case, stay tuned for more, and once again, thank you!