Today I was braving the hordes with my kids as they did their Christmas Shopping. This is a once a year activity where the kids get to budget and think creatively. (Sounds like publishing.) While they were engaging in creative accounting to make their dollars go further, I was wondering what I was going to write for the last blog post of the year. This was not a year I planned. I was going to have a go at writing a small series of junior fiction books because I wanted to challenge myself. I was going to finish tidying up my Mars book and send it out!
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
I ended up spending way too much time this year staring at hospital food and wondering how anyone was supposed to get well while eating it or whether it was all a psychological experiment to make you get well faster. (If so, it didn’t work as I kept going back.)
So next year... (God and Surgeon willing.) I will restart...
Joanna Penn was in Auckland recently and wowed authors at a meet-up. She was sponsored by Kiwi tech guys Booktrack. They’re the guys behind soundtracks for books. Joanna interviewed them to find out all about this nifty idea.
Chuck is curious about everybody’s experience with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. Is it worth it to the author?
The Verge took a trip into the ‘Zon to find out what might be coming in 2015.
John Scalzi has called out a couple of digital magazines about their rights grab… and they listened. Always check the copyright clauses!
I’m in conference planning mode with a bunch of excellent, talented, goodlooking and creative Children’s Writers and Illustrators for the New Zealand National Conference of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. October 2-5 2015 Wellington. (Start looking for those cheap flights.) Janice Hardy writes about the benefits of a small writers’ conference. She is right on the money with her thoughts. (and we have some interesting things planned...*grin* )
One of the tricky things about planning a conference is trying to predict what will be relevant in publishing a year into the future. The Bookseller is doing just that by asking a bunch of publishing tech people what they think will happen in 2015.
In the Craft Section,
How to become a better writer – Rachelle Gardiner
Sample Permissions letters - Jane Friedman (Bookmark it)
In the Marketing Section,
I would like to thank all the writers and readers of this blog, the writing communities on Facebook and Twitter, and the Wellington writers who have had my back all year. Although most of you didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes your comments and thoughts encouraged me to keep going even when the going was tough.
Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Christmas. See you in 2015.
You are a real blessing Maureen, with all these helpful references. I hope you have a lovely Christmas
I hope you do too! Merry Christmas!
Thank you so much for including my article "Book Promotion & Networking for Introverts" Maureen - I'm so grateful that you thought it good enough to mention.
It was a labour of true love for me as I suddenly realised that my lifelong struggle with being an introvert was the problem. I shouldn't struggle, instead I should embrace my natural skills and nature. Being an introvert isn't a curse it's just who I am and it gives me some true assets.
So I wrote this article driven by personal passion knowing I may be able to help other writers who had also been pigeon holed as being less for being introverted rather than being great for being different.
Thanks again Maureen - I truly appreciate the mention. Have a fabulous Christmas
Hi Hazel, I think you have struck a chord with your insightful article. There is a lot we all can learn from it and apply to publishing as the days of just writing in the garret are well over. Now we have to sell our work and ourselves - something most writers find very hard as it plays to the opposite strengths that we have. Merry Christmas!
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