This week New Zealand was rocked by a 7.8 earthquake. As luck would have it, it struck two minutes after midnight on Monday morning. After we picked ourselves up we spent the night on a hill waiting for the Tsunami.
New Zealand is known as the shaky isles and we have had our fair share of big earthquakes recently. In the back of our mind we think we are prepared for just such an emergency. But when you are sitting on the side of a hill in the middle of the night waiting for the all clear it occurs to you that better planning would have meant you ate chocolate instead of the cough drops from the bottom of your coat pocket.
In publishing this week Roz Morris has been on a panel lately looking at the convergence of Self Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Roz wrote a great article looking at the spectrum of publishing.
(Read the comments.)
Publishers Weekly has an article on Horror Writers and the growing rise of Self Publishing in that genre.
This week Amazon allowed paid advertising on Amazon.com for ebooks. Previously you had to jump through several hoops and make sacrifices but now it seems straight forward.
Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article on the Danish Book Fair. They like to mix it up and this year had some interesting new things. They must be on to a good thing as they break records for attendence.
Lawyer and Author Susan Spann does a great Wednesday Pub Law tweet stream. This week she has been looking at spreadsheets and author finances. While we are on things legal take a look at copyright rules for settings
Keeping one eye on children’s publishing trends. Reedsy talked with an illustrator from Finland who had an idea... and went looking for a writer... and then Kickstarted a business.
If you are hankering to write your own children’s book, Writer Unboxed has a good article on the midgrade voice.
In The Craft Section,
3 tips to strengthen our voice- Libby Heily
Writing vivid descriptions- Mythicscribes
Using archetypes to develop novel concepts- C S Lakin- Bookmark
Ten steps to developing the practice novel- Writer Unboxed- Bookmark
What is the theme?- Writingforward
What is head hopping?- Bryn Donovan
10 keys to plot structure-Michael Hauge- Bookmark
What English to use. American... British...- Roz Morris
Using multiple Points Of View- Jane Friedman- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Does paid marketing work? -Alli Chat
Fiction email lists- Joanna Penn- Bookmark
Using Facebook groups to build Book Buzz- Bookbub- Bookmark
Book Layout basics- Bookmark
Is your plan for success I just want to write my books? Judith Briles wrote a kick in the pants article for The Book Designer today. In this modern time of publishing it is not enough to just write your books. You need to plan before, during and after the book.
And this is true for Earthquakes and other natural disasters....
Always know where the chocolate is!
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Pic from Kaikoura Coast near the epicentre of the earthquake. - TVNZ