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.)
Everywhere I look I see a reference to author brand.... Some
writers think that branding is a dirty word. (A marketing term that they
shouldn’t sully themselves with.) But there are some astute writers who are
taking a second look at author branding.
Recently Becca Puglisi (one half of The Emotion Thesaurus
Team) wrote a guest blog on a writers business plan. I found it really
interesting as I am trying to organise my thoughts around what I want for my
own writing. Take a look at this excellent article.
Chuck Wendig has the perfect brand of wise advice wrapped up
in irreverent and word vomit humor. Once you get used to his style of wordplay
you can focus on the message and see the gems at the core of the molten lava
facade. Here are his thoughts on the business of writing.
This week I read an interesting article about reading being
something that now happens on phones. Surely not I thought. I didn’t make the
connection to myself until I realised that I had just read a podcast transcript
on my phone. Prerna Gupta, one of
the founders of Hooked, talks about how she got ten million teens to read on their phones. This is a fascinating look into a reading future near you.
Once in a while you come across someone who has such a
passion for life that you stand back in awe of their energy and drive. They
live a life of not compromising on what they love. Every meeting is a joy of
laughter, robust opinions and new ideas. When you think their name, scenes from
past meetings fill your mind and you find yourself grinning.
One of the champions of the New Zealand Children’s Writing
Community left us last night. We are all feeling a little lost today. Barbara
lived a life filled with story. She wrote, she reviewed, she assessed, she
collected children’s books. Her knowledge of books and writers careers was
second to none. A librarian, a mentor, a lover of children’s books, to the
very last month of a life, well lived.