NaNoEdMo is here, otherwise known as December. Where has the year gone?
This week my writing buddy commented that we need to take stock of our year and celebrate all we have achieved. How often do we sit back and say ‘I’ve worked hard and achieved some things and I deserve this pat on the back I’m giving myself?
So as we enter into the last month of the year and decade- if you are too shy to acknowledge your achievements, here is my message to you. You Have Done Well, Grasshopper!
In publishing news...
Smashwords had quietly been innovating in the corner and yesterday they announced a new service- Pre-Sales (Not to be confused with pre-orders) You get dedicated links to give to all your fans or promo for the length of time you need and you get their emails as well. And Smashwords wants to extend this to ANY creator. The New Publishing Standard took a deep dive into Mark Coker’s announcement of how it will all work.
Streetlib in its quest to be THE Global Bookstore has partnered with Kobo and Bookbeat to distribute audiobooks around the world. This makes sense in light of the recent article from The Times about Deloitte forecasting that 2020 will be the year that audio will outsell ebooks in the UK.
Have you thought about 2020 and your publishing goals? While you reflect on your year over eggnog, spare a few thoughts for the coming one. Bookbaby has an interesting blog on how to plan for the future and Scott Myers from Go Into The Story has a whole series of posts designed for you to take a deep dive into goal setting.
Penny Sansevieri has a great post on 2020 marketing goals- don’t forget that marketing is also something to be planned. (Take note, Maureen.) Anne R Allen has a great post on blog commenting. Did you know it is a quick and easy way to get your name out there? Something to add to your personal branding goal planning.
And now for something completely different…
The Dream Team of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have put together the Annual Writer’s Advent calendar. This is where you have the opportunity to enter in a different great giveaway every day… Go Forth And Be Of Good Cheer.
In The Craft Section,
Five of the most underused settings in SpecFic- Mythcreants -Bookmark
When to consider theme Amanda Bennet
Quick and Tidy tips to streamline editing- Insecure Writers Support Group- Bookmark
The secret to writing fascinating Villains- Laurence McNaughton- Bookmark
Creating Plot Twists- Janice Hardy
In The Marketing Section,
2 great posts from Penny Sansevieri -5 creative ways to highlight your book reviews and
Holiday Book Sales Strategies- Bookmark Both!
Organic Facebook reach for Authors- Maggie Lynch- Bookmark
Audiobook Narration with Sean Pratt and Joanna Penn
Working with Babelcube for translation- Alli Blog
Tis the season to be thinking about cool writing gifts for yourself… or others. Every Year Jami Gold puts out the Ultimate Writers Gift Guide. And yes it really deserves the title. This is chock full of fabulous gifts. I swooned over the bookends alone….
Nathan Bransford has a different take on the Writer Gift list. This is more tongue in cheek and will appeal to those who like to give the off the wall gift.
I’m doing a roundup of the year for my last newsletter of the year so if you want a feast of links and a chance to be in my subscriber Christmas draw go on and subscribe You will also get a nifty mini book crammed full with marketing notes as a thank you.
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