Going boldly into the unknown...a weekly roundup of writing tips and trends from a NZ children's writer.
Comments always welcome. (Image is of two galaxies colliding. Images Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.)
This week one of my friends posted an interesting article from Sarah McIntyre about crediting illustrators. Illustrators are often overlooked
by authors and award judges when it comes to promotion. It is time that we
remembered that a great picture book has an author and an illustrator working
in collaboration and so they both should be equally credited when it comes to
promotion. Sarah came up with the #picturesmeanbusiness campaign.
Darcy Pattison has a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog
about the promotion of children’s books and how she is using Pinterest as an
experiment because children’s books are about the visual.
Jane Friedman has been getting serious of late with email
marketing. She has written two excellent blog posts on email newsletters for authors and how to improve the newsletter to make it relevant. I’m interested
in exploring this from a children’s writer point of view. Who do we send
I don’t subscribe to many newsletters but one I do and try
to read frequently is Larry Brooks. His Storyfix website is great. His
newsletters are direct and punchy on the craft of writing. Larry recently had a
melt down moment which is worth reading. Writers you need to study your
craft... figure out some stuff then apply it. If you write then you should read this.
Every now and then you come across a web comic that exactly
illustrates the writing life. Chances are you have seen an Inkygirl comic. So
you really need to check out her awesome website where she has other great helpful tips. Inkygirl is also promoting the #picturesmeanbusiness campaign to
recognise picture book illustrators on metadata and awards.
Last week I was writing my blog from my writing retreat
where I wrestled with The Muse... the Manuscript and the madness of Editing
while writing while analysing three books. Next time I will schedule my time
better...(cue manic laughter.)
This week back inside the madness of school holidays, I’ve
finally wrestled the computer out of the kids hands and can concentrate on
getting back up to speed with what is happening in the publishing world.
Today Harper Lee broke some records on First Day sales of a
book. Her sequel, Go Set A Watchman which was really her first book which was
then rewritten to be How To Kill A Mockingbird has got writers thinking about
their own literary estates... should bad first books see the light of day even
when you are famous... publishers just after the money... or this great post from Stephen Pressfield on the amazingness of Lee’s editor and Lee herself that
she could flip this book on its head and write HTKAM from it.
Writers are beginning to report on what hit (if any) they
are taking with the Amazon pay per page read.Molly Greene talks about her stats and what has changed. It
is a great service to the writing community to show the money side of your
business... and I appreciate the willingness of authors who do this. We all
learn and it contributes to understanding and the need for the industry to be
Which leads to a timely and thoughtfilled post from Kristine
Rusch on Transparency and the battles on the horizon. Take the time to read
this. She covers the Authors Guild call for the DOJ to investigate Amazon
(again????) understanding the writing business and how the music industry
battles are preparing the way ahead of us...
Book Riot has written a great blog post on the overuse and
abuse of The Love Triangle. This device seems to be exclusive to the Young
Adult market. Book Riot calls it out as sloppy unrealistic plotting (the teen
in this house was agreeing... Not Real Life)
Digital Book World is a website that looks at the big
picture of digital publishing. Authors often forget that Digital Publishing
covers the whole spectrum of words online. This week DBW have been running a
series on the future of publishing. Yes it is aimed at publishers but authors
should run their eyes over these sorts of articles to keep themselves informed
of what might be coming up behind them.