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The Morning GIF: The joy of publishing

In celebration of Labor Day weekend, check out Nathan Bransford's GIF series on the publishing process.


Lorraine Murphy


Posted on Aug 31, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 11:52 am CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”

—Red Smith

Those were the good old days. If only it were still that simple.

Author and recovering literary agent Nathan Bransford has laid out the modern process, from “Yeah, I bet I got a book in me” to getting an agent, shopping the manuscript, and landing the deal, to  “Well, thank god that’s over.” But he’s done it in the ubercontemporary literary form of a GIF narrative. What John Donne could have done with a Tumblr account and a few good Hunger Games reaction GIFs … well, the mind, it boggleth.

This epic blog post has had 3,127 Facebook likes, 2,417 tweets, and 211 comments, which would seem to indicate enough of a readership to make it a bestseller in Canada.

Having some experience with the publishing industry ourselves, we’ve chosen this as the most representative of the 46 different GIFs. At least, this has been representative of our dealings with the industry.

Nicholas Sparks, you shut up. You just shut up.

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*First Published: Aug 31, 2012, 7:45 am CDT