In The Publishing Blogosphere this week...
October is nearly over... that means writers around the world are preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) October is usually prep month for this. It also is filled with things that go bump in the night. Publishing Perspectives takes a look at Serial Box a micro subscription storytelling service that is rolling out Holloween stories in a tag system from writers. Take a look at the future of binge reading.
Last year I received a fancy award that meant I had to deliver a 40 minute speech. The topic of my speech was on storytelling not being dependent on the container it comes in. I mentioned the development of blockchain technology that is set to be a publishing disruptor. This week Sony announced they were getting into blockchain technology as a way to control DRM. The upcoming year will be interesting as other tech companies won’t be left behind.
PublishDrive, Europes fast growing digital distributor are also interested in blockchain. They announced a few exciting developments at Digital Book World. They have improved ebook file generation, along with metadata scraping by AI for keyword generation and they have introduced subscription for authors in royalty payments. Get all your royalties managed for you with a subscription payment. I wonder how many authors will take them up on it...
How well do you know copyright? This week Kris Rusch looks at how Intellectual Property and who has the rights to it, is the name of the publishing game this century. Have you ever stopped to wonder why the publishers want world wide and now universal rights to your stories?
Nathan Hoffelder, besides keeping an eye on all sorts of publishing news also has a nifty page where he lists all the free courses around for authors. Take a look at his big list. There is something there for everyone. He also has an interesting guest post on how readers choose their books... Do you match up?
Jane Friedman has rounded up a best marketing advice list. There are some great gems on it. Have a look and see what you might have missed from my bookmarked links.
Joel Friedlander has got a great collection of ornaments together. What does this actually mean for authors? Ornaments are the little flourishes that you see in books... between scenes or chapters or below headings. They are part of font families. If you format books, ornaments can make a page look snazzy. So a handy collection of where to find these is a bookmark worthy opportunity.
In The Craft Section,
Finding the right sentence to start the story- NowNovel- Bookmark
The usefulness of lists for your writing- Wordstrumpet
Writing office hours- Live write breathe
MS word styles for formatting- Joel Friedlander- Bookmark
7 steps for Beta testing a story- Joanna Penn- Bookmark
Should you write faster?- Ali Luke
The mirror moment- James Scott Bell/ Mark Tilbury- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
15 secrets to selling more books at events- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
How to get a good author photo- Bryn Donovan
Distribution – Should you go wide or narrow? Dave Chesson- Bookmark
Advance Reader Copy sharing- Bookworks- Bookmark
How to write a bestseller- Jeff Goins
Sometimes all you want to do is curl up with a great fantasy novel and forget the world for a while. Spare a thought for the fantasy writer who has to make the world. That’s where a handy map comes in. For some enthusiasts the map is everything. How to map a fantasy world might just help you to plan your escape.