This week ahead of the Futurebook conference, a day was organised in London where authors and publishers got together and talked to each other. This is unusual in the book business as generally the dialogue is one sided. If you do a Twitter search on #authorday it will bring up some pithy quotes that were said throughout the day to authors and publishers by authors and publishers. The first report of #authorday is up on The Bookseller – Can we trust each other? It is a must read.
Among the discussions at Author Day was the continued lack of illustrator credit in the book business. Sarah McIntyre has made this a special campaign and after Author Day updated her website to reflect this. Pictures Do Mean Business For Illustrators. Authors need to read this!
Also discussed at Author Day – Assisted Publishing and Agents as Publishers. Jane Friedman has an interview with an agent that does this... Is it ethical?
The Author Earnings team of Hugh Howey and Data Guy have turned their sights on Amazon UK. Are the results the same as the US? Some interesting takeaways here... especially for global bestsellers.
Roz Morris has been taking a close look at pseudonyms especially in this digital world where a Google search can haul up stuff you may not want associated with your pseudonym.
21 ways to turn your book into a business - this is great advice for Non Fiction writers.
If you are juggling a writing life with full time work you need to read Darcy Pattison’s excellent blog post on ways to make your life a little easier along with the 10 must have qualities for the Indie author.
In the Craft Section,
5 important ways to use symbolism- Angela Ackerman
How to bring characters back into the action- James Scott Bell
7 easy ways to research – K M Weiland
Is there enough Death in your stories?- Devlin Blake
The biggest problem in beginnings - Agent Sarah Davies
In the Marketing Section,
Two great posts from Molly Greene- How to upload and sell on Google Play and Using Contests and Giveaways
The risks of offering a freebie- Jami Gold
How to launch a thriller series- James Scott Bell
How to launch a book for new authors - Susan Kaye Quinn
Querying a new novel while the old one is still doing the rounds - Agent Janet Reid
I will wrap up the year next week... in the mean time if you have a project ready to go Pit Mad will be taking over Twitter on December 4th (US time.) Have fun!