This week I’ve been catching up with what was happening at Book Expo America (BEA) which is North America’s largest book fair. Porter has a quick run down of what everyone was talking about.
The Wall Street Journal took a good look at book covertrends... it’s all about yellow! Cover designers are being asked to pop it on book covers because...digital. (And here I thought the ‘in’ colour was blue and there had to be water on the front.)
Meanwhile Meg Rosoff was collecting her Astrid Lindgren medal and stating publically that childhood now is under threat from governments. Well said Meg!
In Ireland Catherine Ryan Howard was musing about what happened when she chucked what she thought she should write in favour of what she wanted to write – everything changed.
Kris Rusch is continuing her great Deal Breakers series with a MUST READ on Rights clauses. Writers need to be reading this series by Kris. This week I have also seen comments about authors needing specialised lawyers to read publishing contracts because they are getting trickier.
Bookbub and Goodreads have been learning off each other... changes are afoot. This is an interesting article that Indie publishers should scan.
Becca and Angela are bringing out two new writers thesauri and in their research have come up with 5 ways to help your favourite authors.
In the Craft Section,
Character development a two sided sword- Jami Gold -Bookmark
What are those strange pinch points? C S Lakin- Bookmark
A writers guide to editors- Ruth Harris -Bookmark
Turn cliches into reader surprises- Zoe McCarthy
Botched beginnings- common first page killers- Kristen Lamb
In the Marketing Section,
Facebook advertising- Joanna Penn- Bookmark
How to find and select a cover designer- Janice Hardy
Making our books visible on Google- Elizabeth S Craig – Bookmark
Website of the Week
The Alliance of Independent Authors (Alli) has been posting video and audio from their fringe events at London and BEA. This is a great resource. Here are just two excellent postings Mark Coker on using pre orders effectively and Kiffer Brown on the 7 must haves for self publishers. Trawl around their site for other great resources
Sometimes you need to stop and reassess what you are doing and what you want to achieve. Kate Moretti has a great guest post on Writers in the Storm about Cutting through Busyness to get to writing. This is excellent advice here for the writer feeling overwhelmed with what they didn’t tell you in the fine print.
Pic: from inside a Romeo and Juliet - Choose Your Own Adventure... by Ryan North.