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 region in NZ was declared a
drought zone and a few others are staring down the barrel. On the official last
day of summer with the temperatures climbing again...anybody want to predict a
wet autumn? What happens if the Rain Gods don’t come back? If we stay forever
in a stuck weather zone...
A writing conference that promised
lots...and gave HEAPS...all free. Just scroll down the posts over three days (19-21
on the left.)
Publishing Perspectives had a guest post
with NZ company Vangelizer. Three Epiphanies on Social Media Marketing of Books. They are offering some very cool products to writers out there...but one
of their comments intrigued me. “Make it easy for people to buy your
book once you generate interest.” As a bare minimum, you should have a link
embedded in every tweet and post that takes people to a mobile-optimized site
with a range of global buying options.
In England the talk is all about the
Beanstalk Literacy Charter...with the Children’s Laureate getting behind the ‘fund
a reading teacher in every school...as well as a library.’ I did not realise
that in England a school library was optional! I got a shiver down my spine!
Hilary Mantel has been in the news lately...mainly
for the inept reporting from tabloid journalists who did not check what she actually
said. Here she gives her Ten Rules for Writing and Jolly Good They Are Too!
As I write this Indie ReCon is hitting
midpoint (19-21 US time).
This conference, like WriteonCon, is free, online and
chock full of great content. Indie ReCon is for writers who are thinking about
or doing their OWN publishing. Three days of other writers giving their time and
expertise to help empower others.
Even if you are not ready to step into the
Indie world there are topics covered that are of use to the traditional
It's an exclusive life-of-copyright world
rights grant term with no provision whatever for rights reversion other than
the publisher's discretion in discontinuing publication if sales fall below 50
copies in a year. In other words, the publisher can hold onto your rights for
as long as it chooses, and you have no recourse for getting them back.
out Writer Beware for other hidden contract bombs that Blessed Hope Publishing
hope you don’t see.
the Publishing Blogosphere discussion over the Future of Foyles workshops held
this week in London where the massive Foyles Bookstore invited the public to
tell them what they wanted in a future bookstore over two days of workshops. Ideas
abound as Porter Anderson covers what came out of it. Lots of Independent
Bookstores are taking a look at the ideas for their own selves.
On FB I'm asking what Children's writers would put in their Writers Bug Out Bag...in response to this from Writers Digest.... Feel free to leave a comment. If you had to leave the house in a hurry, what would you have in your writing bag?
It is St Valentine’s Day...the feast day of
the martyred priest who married Christians in defiance of Emperor Claudius
(269AD). Patron Saint of Lovers, Marriage, Young People and Bee Keepers.
Around the Publishing Blogosphere several
big conferences are about to kick off. O’Reillys Tools of Change is underway
but this year they started with Author (R)Evolution Day where for about the
first time writers got to be at a big publishing conference with content directed
at them. Porter Anderson wraps up the important points...Metadata!!!!
Gatekeepers...the ones who you have to
placate or bribe to get into the hallowed ground...They are tasked with only
letting through the gates those that are worthy...
This week on the publishing blogosphere
Rachelle Gardner has a post about gatekeeping on your mind. If you have
discovered that as you increase screen time reading and interacting with social
media there is a corresponding downward spiral in new and exciting ideas coming
out of your brain you may be struggling with the same issue.
Chuck Wendig has decided to name February 6th
the anti pirate day and started the ball rolling with his thoughts about
pirates; Why I hope you don’t pirate my book. Many authors joined him and
posted their open letters to book
Electricliterature has an interesting post on those writers
who have nipped round the back to the side door. Author Entrepreneur...The Hybrid Author. They have some very interesting stats on this new Hybrid model.
John Scalzi (head of SFA) has a post
detailing the sales numbers of his latest book... print, audio and epublishing
and talks candidly about what is working for him. The fact that he is able to
to talk numbers for his trad book is astounding...and The State Of a Genre Novel makes for interesting reading.
If you didn’t get a chance to look at Dean
Wesley Smiths post on crunching numbers in a Hybrid world a few weeks ago (it
was no 5 in his series) Read this post, No 4 and then No 5. In fact go read the
whole series. If you wanted a no nonsense set of guidelines to follow this year
to be a successful writer...it’s all in these posts.
Last year I gifted myself Steven Pressfields,
War of Art and a nice gift it was too.