Sometimes life gets in the way of getting this blog out on time every week.
This week in the writing publishing blogosphere....
The Amazon/Hachette battle doesn’t seem to be going away and Forbes is now commenting on the next battle coming up... Amazon/ HarperCollins. What are HC doing to prepare for it?
Digital Book World looks at why Self Published authors may have a stake in the zon/chette battle.
James Scott Bell is commenting on Agents... and some practices to be aware of that disadvantage the Author. This is a must read! (and follow the Clare Cook link.)
Writer Beware is a must go to site if you are researching agents etc. They have highlighted some dodgy practices in the past like Clare Cook’s saga. They have redeveloped their site and now have a special section for self publishers and the scams targeting them.
The NY Times profiled a new practice by a publisher... crowd sourcing their next Y A project. This is an interesting development from the publishers/ readers point of view... not sure about the authors tho.
With the next big Y A film The Giver by Lois Lowry coming out soon... Lois talks about the change she would have made to the ending ifshe was writing it now.
An author collective who all went to SCBWI LA share their take-aways from this event. Great round up.
The Christchurch Word festival is about to kick off… In the UK a festival causing a lot of buzz is the virtual festival...run by a publisher.
In the ongoing who is better, Trad vs Self, publishing debate... The rabid parts of the self publishing community aired their views on a Lee Child interview on Passive Guy’s site and were surprised when Lee took them up on it. Worth a read for the stylish way he handled it.
Bibliocrunch has an interview with Lorna Suzuki... Lorna writes kidslit, self published it and then the film studio came calling.
Bob Mayer talks about keeping your expectations real in publishing.
In the Craft Section,
Stephen Pressfield has a great post on work habits
The plot whisperer has posted up a scene tracker... awesome post
Writing resources... a huge list.
In the Marketing Section,
Chuck Wendig on how to market without looking like asleeze... (Usual Chuck warnings)
Kristine Rusch is always a recommended read... and here she is looking at the dangers of treating your book release as an Event! Read it for a fresh viewpoint.
Bookriot has an article looking at the bad press some YA writers have got... you might not agree with who they are sticking up for... but should you be dissing your peers?
Ava Jae has lots of good writing and craft advice on her site. Here she tells her young readers about what Book Piracy means to an author. It is worth sharing this info around… so that we all play nice…