A comic for anyone who thinks writing picture books is easy: pic.twitter.com/3pnl4EqsSo
— Debbie Ridpath Ohi (@inkyelbows) November 17, 2014
This week in publishing Twitter went wild over the Amazon/ Hachette settlement. The New Yorker gave it thumbs up for getting back to the new normal.
Hugh Howey warned that things won’t change so fast... because of publishers shipping delays to Amazon warehouses. At least they have settled before the Christmas buying rush.
Mike Shatzkin had a few words to say about the behemoth that is Randy Penguin and what he thinks they should do... run their ownsubscription model. Hmmm they already publish half the books in the world... maybe they just need their own bookstores. Either way when it is their turn to negotiate with Amazon it will be watched with interest.
Authors have been asking for years why can’t publishers bundle print and eBooks together
Publishing Perspectives reports on a pre Christmas trial of bundling by HarperCollins in Australia. So if you are lucky enough to live in Australia.... I wonder if it extends to NZ as well?
Porter Anderson took a look at the journey to nearly superstardom by traditionally published author Emily St John Mandel. (Who missed out on the NB Award announced as I write this.) Emily did her own marketing being published by small presses until her 4th (breakout) novel and then the story changed when a big publisher put marketing muscle in. If you read that report I featured last month on blockbusters vs award winners you will see some familiar themes.
Janet Reid has a tell all post about what you should do whenyou get an agent...
The cartoon up top is from the wonderful Inky Elbows AKA Debbie Ridpath Ohi
I know people who would love that as framed merch!!!
In the Craft Section,
Janice Hardy tells you what to do when you have to kill a major part of your novel.
Becca Puglisi has an excerpt from the new Talents and Skills thesaurus... Strategic Thinking. This is a great writer resource.
In the Marketing Section,
The Book Designer has a guest post on using video effectively
Sterling and Stone (better known as Sean, Johnny and Dave) have a guest post on getting 50 reviews a month
Joanna Penn talks about public speaking for introverted authors.
K M Weiland, author of some very good craft novels has responded to requests to produce a workbook for her excellent Structuring Your Novel book.
This is a great book on structure so her workbook will be the bee’s knees if you are looking for Christmas presents for yourself...
The National Book Awards in the US were announced overnight and everyone is talking about Ursula Le Guin’s speech. It is not long but it is as masterful and inspiring as she is herself.