It is an eclectic mix of links for you all today (a day late, SORRY)
In The News,
Hachette is working with Gumroad using Twitter to sell selected books. (No prizes for guessing why after their recent experience with Amazon.) This is really interesting and may change the face of online buying. Gumroad enables creative people to sell work directly using social media.Their first test (today), Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking sold out in 20 minutes.
Bookbaby ends its free distribution of eBooks. Indie Pub Magazine looks at what this might mean for authors.
Zoe Sugg, author of best selling book Girl Online, reveals they had a ghostwriter help.
People are still finding ways that Kindle Unlimited subscriptions are not necessarily helping the author. Go in with Eyes Wide Open.
An interesting discussion over at Writer Unboxed on writing resumes... Do you need that MFA?
Anne R Allen talks about how to craft a blog for the long haul.
Two wonderful writers who produce a lot of work look back on 2014 and examine where they went wrong. These are two very good articles on production and marketing schedules and organization. Kris Rusch - Business Musing and Popcorn Kittens and Johnny B Truant – 15 Self-publishing lessonsin 2014
With NaNoWriMo over, thoughts are turning to revision checklists.As any writer will tell you the work is in the rewriting!
In the Craft Section,
Goals for you and your characters- Plot Whisperer
The importance of Vulnerability- Angela Ackerman
10 thoughts about writing sex in YA (good stuff in this article)
In the Marketing Section,
Using Scrivener to Research and Market your book –Susan Kaye Quinn
Small publisher myths busted –Julie Musil
What are agents, editors and art directors looking for when they search you online -InkyGirl
Joanna Penn - Interview with Reedsy. Another of Joanna’s amazing info packed interviews. (Reedsy is an author concierge service with a difference)
Looming up on the horizon, Christmas! I am constantly being asked what do I want for Christmas. That’s tough because the asker can’t actually deliver the tropical island with the dedicated time to write and cocktails. Some good pens, kids!
In the Christmas Gifts Section,
Gifts for Writers – Chuck Wendig (usual warnings)
The Periodic Table... yes but its figures of speech
Do you have Writing Talent? –Jane Friedman
The mad mad mad world of End of School Year and Christmas has overtaken. If you are lucky you may get one more post this year.
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