This is a busy time of the year so this is a quick post of things that caught my eye in the publishing blogosphere this week.
At this time of year ‘Best Of’ lists are pulled out of the drawer and dusted off. Publishers Weekly asked publishers to list their best children’s books... or the ones they wished they had published... interesting reading with a few familiar names... Go NZ.
Indiereaders also published their best of indie books for this year and that also makes interesting reading.
For all those who have e Readers a lot of these books are on sale for Christmas so your Christmas reading is sorted. I note that in the letterbox mailers the tech stores are busily promoting mini e Readers for kids Christmas stockings... however widespread take up of ebooks for kids are not a happening thing... yet.
Bob Mayer always takes this time of year to look at the current state of publishing and he kicks off his week with this blog post onBook sales over 2013 and the implications for publishers.
Again and again there are articles written about the state of Traditional Publishing against Self Publishing... and the perceived differences in quality and second class nature of those who self publish. Some people are still seeing it as a competition. This week Laura Kaye pointed out the bits that the Huffington Post got wrong when they tried to write about the current state of publishing.
Jacqueline Simonds talks about self publishing and distribution...this is the nut everyone hopes to crack.
Joanna Penn has written a great little post on working together to learn from and promote others in the same genre as you, along with a useful post on audio book tips from the pros.
In Craft this week,
10 reasons to use the proposal process before you write the book
In Marketing this week,
Lindsay Buroker- The art of selling on Amazon
The Book Designer on Genre vs Platform...very interesting post by C S Lakin
Jane Friedman on Reader Engagement
In the weird files Writer Beware has noticed a new kind of weird. ‘The Literary Agent’ who is crowd sourcing which manuscripts she should ‘take on’ in her new venture. You've got to read it. How can people be sooo gullible that they think this is legit?
It is Christmas next week...I am taking a break for a couple of weeks and then I will be back with all those wonderful predictions for 2014.
Pic is Santa arriving in 1929 at Canberra airport. From the Flickr Commons Institutions pages. What wonderful collections of images are available here.