Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Warning! Links can be addictive....




In my quest to find interesting materiel for my blog...I follow links on others blogs...I’m thinking of you that’s why I do it. (yeah right) and tripping over to Tania Hutleys blog, I was caught by a link and followed it to the Book Publicity Blog.

When to schedule a bookstore event and when not to...and this blog was written with the help of tweeps ...people on twitter who post one line comments back. to the blogger. There were some good points to consider but lovers of Neil Gaiman will appreciate the comment on this post about an event he has just appeared at in Dublin’s Chapters Bookstore.

One of the first things that struck me after I read the good post on book store events was the huge list of book related blogs that Yodiwan has linked to on their own site. Bookgasm, bookninja, books and booze, books and you name it the list goes on and on and on.

Johanna Knox is about to start another blog as if the three she has got going isn’t enough. This one,tho, will be about books. She is already lining up guest bloggers....good marketing Johanna....(thanks for asking me....shameless self promotion.)


So book blogging is the topic toujour....

There have been various attempts to use the internet and writing in real time in creative ways.

Some writers are posting chapters on line and building up an audience for their work...One author I have heard of (not children’s) in NZ is having fans pay her to write the next thrilling instalment....

Publishers are starting to ask for extra content especially in the YA market. This sort of thing is becoming more prevalent in contracts overseas. The publisher writes a clause into the contract about adding content on their websites in character voices....or supporting full blogs in character voices....

Imagine the take up if you had to write a blog for Edward Cullen from the tween community....I note that P J Hoover has got lots of comments after she posted on the ages reading the Twilight books and they are young (about 9 and 10 yrs old) which is quite scary...because they often still believe that the fantasy world is real...

I have a book blog for Bones (clic on the pic)which has chapters that were cut out on the final edit and extras such as how I came to write the book etc. I always write the blog address for kids when I’m signing...so they can see the extra content.

That book is finished but what about book blogs from writers who are still writing...

The lovely Tania Roxborough is getting quite a lot of interest in her book blog and the book isn’t even published yet.

Banquo’s Son is a sequel to Macbeth....and who better to write it than Tania or TK Roxborough. How she fits it in with full time teaching secondary English as well as a full on family life is amazing!

Check out her blog and the cool template for it and read some of the juicy excerpts in what I know will be a great book.

and lastly tho not quite on the book blogs topic....Tim Jones has the press release up for

The Cuba Street Garret writers colony.....

If you are in Wellington looking for writing space....this could be for you. Doug Wilkins (on the NZSA Wgtn committee) has previously set one up in San Francisco and there could be a chance for a writers exchange.

Go have a look!

Warning! Following links can be addictive. Where have you been taken to lately...?

Chain link pic is from http://www.author-promotion.com/ (Spot the new links in my sidebar)


6 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Wow! Lots of great links!
Yeah, I do notice when people are asked an opinion of something considered controversial, there are way more comments!

Hope all is great over there!

Maureen said...

HI Trish,
You have some great links on your site! I was really taken with the group you are in with Greg on Speculative fiction for midgrade and older. I have posted a link to it in my sidebar.
We're fine here tho the recession is taking all the news centre stage...I often wonder if IT wasn't talked about so much would it be as bad? Are we just talking ourselves into the recession....

Johanna Knox said...

Hi Maureen - thanks for the link - ha - now there's no going back ... ! :)

Talking ourselves into the recession ... my opinion (fwiw): maybe talk is speeding things up ... but that ginormous and ubiquitous debt bubble couldn't exist in the world without popping sometime - so it might as well be now. lol (that was grim laughter).

But learning, changing, diversifying - all the stuff you are promoting so amazingly - is surely the best thing to be doing right now no matter what. (But especially in current times.)

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

Hi Maureen
Thanks for including me in your list. I'm like you in that I go from link to link and learn SO much esp from other writers. I will add your blog to my list and, when I'm stuck, I will trawl through your past posts. I love reading Vanda Symon's blog (vandasymon.blogspot.com) because, like many of us, she is a busy mum as well as a writer.
Tania Roxborogh

Maureen said...

Hi Johanna, given the speed of change(you know in the last recession the internet was just getting started...)we need to be be keeping our options open and learning about new things....So I'm glad I'm of some use even if it's pointing people to other things...God Knows the publishers aren't interested in my work at the moment...
Hi Tania, I read Vanda's Blog every now and then because I'm a helpless link follower...It's an addiction...
I should be writing...doing housework working on conference stuff...etcetcetc
but no I'm following links...
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PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for linking, Maureen!

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