Superstar Author Stephen King Saves Book Review Section Of His Local Maine Newspaper
Stephen King convinces 250 avid readers to buy a subscription
Superstar author Stephen King is the master of horror.
As an avid reader the thing that really scared King was his local newspaper dropping the book review section.
The Daily Mail reports the Portland Press Herald reviews books written about the state of Maine. But in a struggling business, the newspaper announced it was going to have to drop the section because it cost too much to produce.
King was not happy. He took to his Twitter account with more than five million followers.
The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram will no longer publish local, freelance-written reviews of books about Maine, set in Maine, or written by Maine authors.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 11, 2019
Retweet this if you're from Maine (or even if you're not). Tell the paper DON'T DO THIS.
The paper replied that King should come up with some creative ideas to help raise some money. Sounds like he wasn’t thrilled with how the challenge was crafted, but took up the cause anyway.
The Portland (Maine) Press-Herald has agreed to reinstate local book reviews if 100 people subscribe. Sales pitch? Blackmail? Either way, 71 people have subscribed so far. Are there 29 more Twitterheads out there who want to ante up? Just asking.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 12, 2019
King managed to persuade 250 to subscribe for 12 weeks at $15 a pop. That was enough to save the day for now.
Thanks to everybody who subscribed to the Press-Herald. You saved the day. There are countries where the arts are considered vital. Too bad this isn't one of them. The paper thanked you guys. Also thanked me. (And misspelled my name.)— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 14, 2019
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