Ron Hogan Unveils Beatrice App on Kickstarter

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By Maryann Yin Comment

Former GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan hopes to raise $4,500 on Kickstarter to launch an app version of his author interview blog, “Beatrice.” The funds will allow Hogan to make the app available free of charge.

Here’s more about the project: “I’d been looking at the app format for a while, with an eye towards recording interviews on video, selecting highlights from each conversation to stream alongside feature-length transcripts, then bundling two, three, maybe four interviews into thematic “issues” of a Beatrice app which could be priced something like $1.99 or $2.99 apiece. It’d be cool to be able to give the interviews away for free, but I didn’t see how I could afford to do it. Until now.”

If the fundraiser is successful, Hogan will unveil the Beatrice app at BookExpo America in June. The premiere issue, titled “Life Stories,” will feature interviews with three memoirists, including Half a Life author Darin Strauss, Revolution author Deb Olin Unferth and You Must Go and Win author Alina Simone.

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