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 the news that young adults preferred printed books
brought a cheer throughout the publishing blogosphere. There has been a lot of
talk about the rise and rise of ebooks so the reading survey made interesting
Secretly most writers prefer the printed page because they are
bibliophiles. This morning I did a funny online survey which asked how many
books I read a week and gave a small sample up to 3 (I scoffed, only 3?)
Along with the survey the other big discussion topic is Mike
Shatzkin’s interview about the future of publishing. He is a publishing
futurist guru and I have been following him for the last five years and so far
he has predicted right an astonishing amount of times. This time he has had to
write a disclaimer blog saying he is not predicting publishing is going down the drain. Take the time to read the initial interview which is short, sharp and to the point and then settle in for his blog disclaimer which amplifies hispredictions and puts things in context. The publishers job is getting harder
but they have some good aces up their sleeve...the ability to help build brand
is one of them.
Jill Corcoran has been getting high fives this week on her
blog post about the devaluing of writers by writers. In your race to find the
sweet spot in ebook pricing are you driving down the ability of all writers to
achieve a fair price.
Kody Keplinger has a blog on disability in Kids Lit. How do you portray someone with disabilities? Are they the noble sufferer or does
their disability limit their character growth? This week she shares her own
experiences of disability and the reality that is often glossed over in Kids
Lit. She is an award winning Kids Lit writer and a very good read. This should
be widely shared around.
Gift giving seems to be on peoples minds so several writers
have got lists of popular gifts for writers. From 12 fun holiday gifts to 10 concentration apps for writers or you could check out Chucks list of 25 gifts to give a writer. Neil Gaiman checked it out today and broke Chucks site after
tweeting about it. Of course he was apologetic...but I wonder if it was
deliberate as Chuck wanted someone to steal Neil’s writing gazebo with him in
it so Chuck could have a personal muse slave....hehehehehe.
Charlie Redmayne (he of Pottermore and now poached back to
HarperCollins) has laid out the warnings to the publishing industry. Take back
content! Spend money on building the brand. Author’s will be conflicted about the implications...especially
in light of new contracts with nice phrases like... universe rights and in perpetuity.
O what a tangled web we weave...
If you know the author of that line and can finish the
quotation...you are PrDmBrll.
Almost every month I find myself wondering if there are any
climate change skeptics still around. The weather will get more extreme. Storms
will be bigger.... and in the last week we have seen a Super Typhoon slam into
So the first week of NaNoWriMo is over and strangely the publishing
blogosphere is mostly quiet...
There are a few conversations happening over Mike Shatzkin’s analysis of Amazon and where they are heading to now...will they lose
interest in the book business altogether? This is a great article which gives a
good snapshot of what is happening now and where we may be heading in the next
couple of years. This is worth a read for anyone in the book business!