Why did @JustinTrudeau choose a gender balanced cabinet? "Because it's 2015." https://t.co/oZhL8422pU— George Darroch (@georgedarroch) November 4, 2015
This week I have been reflecting on the idiocy still perpetuated that somehow literary genres read by a majority of women are inferior to other literary genres.
Romance novelists were taken aback by a snarky article on plagiarism at the Washington Post this week. Instead of talking about the plagiarism that had been discovered the journalist went for the who-can- tell-because-it’s-not-real-writing angle.
Jenny Trout writes an excellent rebuttal and if you want to further enjoy the smack down read the comments following her post about Shakespeare.
Amazon has changed its Kindle Unlimited payouts again. At the same time as doing this it has finally (after twenty years of business) taken the plunge and opened a bookstore in Seattle. Just one... with 6000 books, a lot of them face out on the shelf....
If you are diving into NaNoWriMo and have popped your head up for air, check out Chuck Wendig’s post on surviving it...
November besides being the month of insane novel writing is also Non Fiction month. Nicola Morgan had a passionate post on the lack of recognition to our Non Fiction children’s writers.
Anne R Allen has written a post that has been passed around the blogosphere - 5 delusions that block writers from succeeding. The speed of the sharing showed that many writers found some truths in this excellent post.
Jane Friedman takes a look at literary journals... the struggles of writers to get published echo the struggles of these journals to publish.
The rules of storytelling… from Pixar.
In the Craft Section,
Two great posts on dialogue tags- Actions speak louder from C S Lakin and 10 dialogue mistakes from Marcy Kennedy - Bookmark both!
The single best way to finish a novel- Kristen Lamb
5 smart tips to write a draft at speed- Roz Morris – Bookmark
Planning a Character Arc – Angela Ackerman
Building a Great First Chapter- Beth Revis
Planning your Novel Ending- Janice Hardy
In the Marketing Section,
Promoting Pre Orders- Bookmark
How to get readers to lust after your book- James Scott Bell
Trying new things for visibility- Elisabeth S Craig
How to sell without being sleazy- Kate Tilton
How much does it cost to self publish- Bookmark
How to get your book reviewed – Molly Greene
Author marketing –ways to support your writer friends without compromising your own platform.
Stephen Pressfield and Black Irish books have a great series of videos on The Story Grid which you should check out for NaNoWriMo. Darcy Pattison has some tips to help you carve out a writing life.
If you are a fan of popular podcast serial Night Vale... Then look out for the book. It is 2015 and publishing has changed. Now we can take podcasts and get big publishing deals.
The new Canadian Prime Minister was sworn in today. Three words have echoed around Twitter following the swearing in ceremony. It’s a reflection on long it has taken and that we still have a way to go.