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.)
Today the Twitter feed
is full of what people are talking about at Storyworld, the big conference in
Hollywood (happening as I write this) which is a mix of writers, gamers and
publishers...directly taking aim at the transmedia market. If you want to
follow the conversation...everything from Disney’s new grant program for storytellers to whether transmedia is a Noun or a Verb...(It’s a verb!) Follow
along using #SWC12 in the Twitter search box.
New Zealand was guest
of Honour at Frankfurt this year and our contribution was to send NZ’s *literary* platform of Chefs, Winemakers, Film Producers along with Poets and some great
Kiwi authors. The Fair Special Focus of Children and Young Adult literature
featured a *small* stellar group of NZ Children’s Authors. Authors had to compete
on the other side of a curtain with the multimedia experience in the guest
pavilion hall, where the unwary could fall into the pools of water while
staring at the reflected stars. We have great writers here...wish they all could have been there....
Coming up in the next
few weeks... Halloween and NaNoWriMo....
Last year there was
discussion among YA authors about handing out scary books to kids who come
trick or treating...and a lot of authors went to the second hand bookshops and
stocked up on Goosebumps. This year the campaign is more organised and Neil
Gaiman is fronting it. Check out this great video on the All Hallows Read website. (Neil Gaiman thinks the fact that I sing in graveyards is pretty
cool...however no one is getting murdered while I do it...not like this
Scrivener is coming to
the halloween party in time for NaNoWriMo with a free trial of their writing software. There are authors who swear by this programme so if you are
interested or gearing up for NaNoWriMo this year check it out.
Derek Haines has
published a blog post on why he is going back to Smashwords from being a KDP
Select programme for the last year. He weighs up the benefits and the costs of
both distributors. This is a good snapshot of the indie industry today.
This morning an Artist
friend posted that a UK choreographer had contacted her aboutcreating a dance piece based around a
piece of art she had done a while ago. ‘I feel like a real artist,’ she
said...and my reply ‘Can I slap you upside the head YOU ARE A REAL ARTIST!
There has been a lot
of head slapping this weekin the
First up, Amazon is now
posting Author’s ranking.
Where are you in the list in your genre etc etc...Do
you care? Are you obsessed?...
It’s Banned Books Week
and some top writers have been interviewed on how they feel about having their
books banned. I remember a NZ writers comment about having his children’s book
banned in the US. Sales went through the roof!
A challenged book, placed on a list gets noticed. This in the hands of a
canny publicity team can ensure that these books get a huge profile. A children’s book on the banned list is usually pointing to society expectations that we protect children from
reality. Is it what the characters say that is upsetting or what the book asks
children to consider...or the setting of these books?
Last weekend Karaveer Writing School had their first rewriting and editing course and it was a great
success. So another popular course gets added to the portfolio. There is an
advanced course coming up in November for published novel writers, a master
class tune up which has a couple of places left.