Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue


‘Go the F— to Sleep’ the Children’s Book for Adults

AND, how piracy helped propel a short, humorous, honest story into the stratosphere of Amazon best-seller success…Even before it’s release date!

This from by David Zax

How Viral PDFs Of A Naughty Bedtime Book Exploded The Old Publishing Model

The party line on piracy is that it’s bad for business. But what to make of the case of “Go the Fuck to Sleep,” the “children’s book for adults” whose viral-pirate PDF launched the book to the number-one spot on a month before its release?

Something remarkable happened today. A children’s book hit the No. 1 spot on’s best-seller list. And it did so a month before the book is even slated for release.

You may have heard of the book–it’s a best-seller after all. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach, began its life as a joke Facebook post in June. It was a particularly trying instance of bedtime with his 2-year-old daughter, and Mansbach let off some steam in the form of a humorous status update to his friends: “Look out for my forthcoming children’s book, ‘Go the — to Sleep.’ ”

The response from his friends was so fierce that Mansbach decided to make his joke book a real one. Go the Fuck to Sleep, which he bills as a “children’s book for adults,” will hit stores on June 14, published by the Brooklyn press Akashic. If it’s not even due for a month, though, how did a little 32-page book already snag a film option deal with Fox 2000 and, today, reach the pinnacle of online publishing commerce world?

The answer appears to be piracy.

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Thief Becomes a Best-Selling Author

Does crime pay?

Sometimes it does if you can believe Hajime Karasuyama (the pen name of the career burglar) who not only made over a million a year in burglarizing, but will also make a killing on his best-selling novel which is flying off the shelves!

Especially in this economic atmosphere this book will have great appeal. Hopefully only as a dream-fix and not as an instigator of thievery…You know how many of our fellow world citizens get frustated, impatient and make bad choices.

The book is entitled Occupation, Thief; Annual income, Yen 30 Million with a warning “Please do not attempt to copy me” as a subtitle…Wonder if this warning will dissuade all readers?

These details were published in the Vancouver Sun by Julian Ryall :

Public laps up guide on how to become an expert cat burglar
Editor says manual is targeted at homeowners who want to protect property

A Japanese thief, who describes himself as a gentleman cat burglar, has become a best-selling author after writing a book giving tips on how to carry out burglaries.

Futabasha Publishing says that a first print run of 10,000 copies of Occupation, Thief; Annual income, Yen 30 Million has almost run out in the 10 days since publication.

Hajime Karasuyama — the pen name of the career burglar — claims to have developed the uncanny ability to guess where the occupant of any home will have stashed cash and valuables and provides tips on how to gain access to a locked property and then get away without leaving any signs. He says he earns about $2 million a year from burglary.

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