How To Have A World Record Book Discussion

How To Have A World Record Book Discussion

Children's author Miriam Laundry will take a shot at a Guinness World record for the "largest online book discussion in a 24-hour period" on Tuesday, May 6th.

Her book, I CAN Believe In Myself, is available for free online in a handful of languages. Participants will read the book and then comment on this page. Laundry's personal goal is to get 100,000 participants, but because there isn't already an existing record in this particular case, the people at Guinness will have to decide whether the results warrant creation of a new record.

All of this got me curious about how exactly a Guinness Record is attempted or broken.

It turns out that anyone can visit the site and set a record. The application is free, and it's not too daunting.

Making a record attempt that involves selling your book and yourself for personal appearances? There have to be worse ways to go about advertising. 

For example, German author Stefan Gemmel set the record for largest crowd at a live reading (5,406), and no offense to Mr. Gemmel, but a good portion of that audience certainly showed up because the event was billed as a record attempt.

Just in case you were considering some other literary records:

Largest Author Signing: 4,649 for Chinese author Sammy Lee and his book Autopilot Leadership Model.

Most Pop-Ups in a Pop-Up Book: 169 in a book created by Taiwanese students.

Most Prolific Author: L. Ron Hubbard with 1,084 published works.

Highest Earning Adult Author: James Patterson. Ol' J earned $70 million in a 12-year period around 2010.

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