In Publishing News this week, Sam Missingham, wrote an opinion piece for The Bookseller entitled ‘Now is the time for publishers to show their real value.’ This is a plea to publishers to look at what is happening under the pandemic and change their way of operating for the future.
Here is one small quote from the article- This approach treats publishing like the long game it is and more importantly puts readers first. And it means all of our books and content, front list and backlist, have the same value. And we showcase our authors beyond their publication window.
This is a great rallying call for a better publishing standard.
Some of the ideas Sam talks about are happening in an experimental way. Today I saw news that Faber was partnering with Glassboxx to develop a direct to consumer portal. Check out what they are doing and think of the implications. Digital content has sustained the traditional publisher's bottom line through the print publishing slow/stop.
Joanna Penn mentioned other similar initiatives in the intro to her latest great interview on writing and selling short fiction.
In happy news, The UK has also scrapped VAT on books… so that’s something nice to come out of the pandemic.
Publishing Perspectives has taken an in-depth look at China’s publishing world as they are the first to come out of a lockdown situation. Print sales down for obvious reasons. Printers and supply chains have almost ground to a halt, but digital sales are up.
Booktopia – Australia’s online bookseller has joined forces with Kobo to take advantage of a bigger global reach.
Staying in Australia – The Guardian recently published a sad look at what is happening in the Australian publishing community with the cancellation of many writer’s festivals and publishing job losses.
If you need some bracing advice for keeping your writing chin up and plowing forward Chuck has written his Writing Advice In The Age Of The Pandemic. This is a must-read for everyone who has looked at the last months writing goals and despaired. (a nice pickmeupoffthewritingfloor)
Elisabeth Spann Craig has written an interesting article on writing sprints. She joins video sprint writing groups. If you are missing a group sprint writing session check out the video options.
In The Craft Section,
How to improve story with action beats- Jami Gold-Bookmark
Newbie writing mistakes- Anne R Allen- Bookmark
9 ways to originalise your story idea- Becca Puglisi- Bookmark
10 step checklist to writing a better than average novel- K M Weiland- Bookmark
Writing prompts for socially isolated authors- Writers Digest
In The Marketing Section,
The importance of book landing pages- Convertkit
Book Promotion during a pandemic- The Book Designer- Bookmark
Selling books on your author website- Alli blog – Bookmark
8 Social Media scheduling apps- Frances Caballo
Book Merch for authors- Dan Parsons- Bookmark
Today I went down the font rabbit hole. I’m not sorry. I love looking at all the creative ways designers can imagine the alphabet. It all started with IngramSpark’s blog on the best fonts for books.
I also discovered naturalreaders.com. Another tool for editing your book. Choose a voice to read back your writing. I found hearing your work read back can highlight grammar mistakes. I played around with so many voices the kids rebelled. They just don’t understand, I have a cast of thousands in my head.
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