How often this week have you wondered about the motivations of people?
Shannon Hale is a top notch children’s author. She recently wrote a post on her experiences with school visits where she was introduced as a girls writer. She has some interesting strategies to challenge this opening but she raises an interesting question- Are we unconsciously limiting boys reading due to gender bias?
This week The NY Times launched a new best seller list.Audio. This will be interesting as Audible (owned by Amazon) has 90% of the market and they never share data...
Draft2Digital, ebook aggregator, has introduced a new nifty feature, book formatting for print books. You can use this feature for free.
Nick Stephenson has an interesting blog for Indie publishers. This week he profiled an author who amassed 3000 rabid fans before the book was out by creating the world the book is set in. It is a fascinating story... if you are into world building check it out.
When was the last time you walked into a bookstore? Was it an Indie bookstore? Did you feel the difference? Julie Rosenberg on Writer Unboxed has a post on how important Indie bookstores are becoming.
Penny Sansevieri has written a great post on Amazon ads. If you have wondered about how they work this is the post to read and Bookmark.
Roz Morris has a great post on the five stages of book production and why Indie publishers should follow them in strict order. Not only will it save you heartache it will also save you money!
Anne R Allen has a great post on choosing character names. For me the story doesn’t start until I have the character name sorted. It is so important. If you have ever struggled with getting the right name check this out.
In The Craft Section,
The myth of all you can eat sensory details- Lisa Cron- Bookmark
Creating editorial maps- Marcy Kennedy
Writing a perfect first chapter- Writer Unboxed Bookmark
Is your novel premise and no plot?- Janice Hardy- Bookmark
What is a Mary Sue? This is a must read post! TCK publishing- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Amazon book promotion techniques- Bookworks
How to find a reputable agent- Bookmark
9 types of pitches for promoting- Joan Stewart - Bookmark
5 unique strategies to market on Goodreads- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
What’s the opposite of a dystopian world... If you said utopian you would be nearly right. There is a new Sci Fi kid on the block... Solar Punk and its mission is to promote an alternative future within reach... oooh Shiny!
Hands up if you’ve stretched today while sitting at your computer. Here are 5 tips to get that author body moving so you can invent more independent and unique characters.