In Publishing News this week...
The Guardian reported on the take down of a book piracy site that had the pirates claiming authors were elitist. Unfortunately The Guardian’s headline could have been more tactful.
"Entitled: Copyright thieves blame victims when illegal site is taken down." There, @guardian. Fixed that dodgy headline for you.https://t.co/pQ9MFTnbsY— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) August 8, 2018
Cory Doctorow talks about the changes that Audible have instigated that hit authors in the pocket. Word on the street says don’t take an exclusive audiobook deal...
The alliance of Independent Authors are now advising that authors should move from Createspace to Kindle Direct for print. (Having my own Kindle print headache at the moment so be prepared.) They also have a great post on research trip claims and expenses.
Last weekend was the annual Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators Summer conference in L.A . Over 1100 delegats, three days... fabulous panels etc etc. Check out the SCBWI blog which live blogs most of the conference. Scroll down the right hand side and read the gems from the conference.
Writing through life’s catastrophes. This is a pertinent blog post on what to do when life really falls apart. How do you write through the chaos?
Jess Lourey guest posted on Jane Friedman’s blog with the definitive post on how to republish your back list after getting your rights back. This is a must read post if you are in this position.
Kris Rusch takes a look at the Crazy Rich Asians author and how he gatherered together a team to negotiate his way through the Hollywood film scene. In advance publicity for the film he talks about turning down a huge deal from Netflix to take a smaller deal which gave him more say. Shrewd marketing or a huge risk... Great read.
Anne R Allen has a superb post on studying personality disorders to make more complex and interesting antagonists. There are some really good descriptions here of different types of disorders and how they manifest. A Bookmark post.
In The Craft Section,
Two great posts - Simple pacing techniques and 4 ways to choose a better theme for your book-from K M Weiland- Bookmark
Elmore Leonards advice to writers- Open Culture
The 5 most common editing mistakes- Writers Digest
How to write a novel- Step by step with Jerry Jenkins
How an editor knows your novel isn’t ready after the first chapter- Meg Latorre- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
11 ways to simplify your book promotion life- Penny Sansevieri
Why are wannabe screenwriters getting scammed- Hollywood reporter (This is also useful info for writers doing pitch contests.)
Using Cafepress for Book Merchandise- Elisabeth Craig - Bookmark
5 ways to promote your book after the launch- Build Book Buzz
Spice up your Amazon Book Pages- The Creative Penn- Bookmark
How to use Vellum on a PC- Paul Teague
3 ways to avoid marketing hell- Nick Stephenson
Do you play games on your computer or phone? Do you feel guilty that you should be writing? Fear not Bold Hero! There is a quest just for you. How would you like to battle fearsome monsters and save the *fantasy* world through your word count. Game your writing. Take a look. It could be just what you need to bust that word count target.
I can breathe a sigh of relief after last night’s award ceremony for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is over. It was a huge honour to be a judge and nerve wracking as well. The finalists were all amazing. The winners well deserved. The judges still have to write up their reports but now we can talk and attend social events again....
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