In an age of crowdsourcing, one publisher is tapping the person who can attract the biggest crowds. Publisher Simon & Schuster is planning a book about Taylor Swift—and the whole thing will be crowdsourced. The coffee table-style book will combine magazine profiles of Swift and other similar writings from her now 10-year career. Oh, and you might be able to be the author of the whole thing—kind of. The publisher is looking for “one super-Swiftie” to be the “honorary author,” meaning your name would be on the cover. The publisher will choose the most passionate fan—based on a three-minute video explaining why make you should be the “author.” Oh, and you’ll get $10,000 for your effort, too. Adding to what sounds like the equivalent of a printed-out Wikipedia page, yet another contest will determine the cover designer.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury