This week I was preparing for my first podcast of the year and thinking about the general themes of 2017, Collaboration and Innovation.
This week Amazon announced a new imprint. Yes another one. But this one is their second in the German language. Translations are becoming a hot property. Amazon is also trying to figure out India with a proposed launch of Audible- the audio publishing arm of Amazon into India. Nate Hoffelder warns that price is going to be the biggest driver of whether this will work.
John Biggs from TechCrunch asks What’s Next for Books? We all would like to know... Is it mobile reading or mini bookstores?
If it is mobile reading, Wattpad has introduced a new app that delivers stories as a conversation... A very interesting idea and built for your mobile phone. Writers could have some fun with it and grab the teen market on the way.
Elizabeth Craig has been guest posting over at Anne Allen’s blog. Her article -Yes you can make a living from writing fiction, has been shared all over the place. Elizabeth shares ten tips on how to make a living from your fiction. While you are digesting that read Rachel Thompson’s great post on why you might not be achieving your goals... and take note!
Jane Cable talks about how a group of authors can collaborate effectively in a promotional setting. Over the last few weeks I have seen a few articles and blog posts about the power of collaboration. Creatively it can be a lot of fun. The FABO team of children’s writers are starting to think about what we will do this year... only because people keep asking us to start soon.
Jami Gold has a great post on story arcs over trilogies. If you thought plotting an arc over one book was hard try keeping the details of a trilogy together. She has a stack of useful tips for trilogy story structure.
I’m in edit mode for my ten book junior fiction series... That’s why I can’t quite bring myself to hit 100% on my target widget. I absolutely wouldn’t be without my A3 Visual diary to keep track of story arcs.
In The Craft Section,
What to do with a stalled novel- WriteToDone
8 mistakes beginner writers make- Elizabeth Andre
How to make your settings come alive- GoTeenWriter
Manuscript rejection feedback – What to heed what to ignore-WritersDigest- Bookmark
Using Text to Speech software- WritersHelpingWriters- Bookmark
2 questions to ask for stronger characters- Janice Hardy
Ultimate guide to a structural edit- WritersEdit- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
7 book marketing trends author should expect in 2017- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
How to make blog images tell a story- Jami Gold- bookmark
Social Sharing Tricks – The Writelife
What you should spend your marketing budget on- AllIndieWriters
How to work magic with your writing? Everybody wants to do it and what better inspiration than the Queen of Magic herself, J K Rowling, to show the tips to keep motivated.
Pic From Flickr/ Creative Commons/ Chris Lott