In the publishing world this week…
While everyone in publishing is looking at their bottom line and wondering if they will still be in business at Christmas… Ingram is expanding its Print On Demand centers around the world. Is this a bold move of confidence in the future or the canny move of a print distributor? Their rivals fall by the wayside and now they might have a monopoly…
Publishing Perspectives has an article on how audiobooks for children have been credited with great results for children’s literacy over lockdown. (All teachers would agree with this.) So children’s writers are you thinking about audio?
The Guardian reports that the genre saving the publishing world's bacon in lockdown is Crime, with record numbers of books being consumed.
Subscription, or the all you can eat model of entertainment consumption, is proving a hit around the lockdown-ed world. Movies are now being first released on subscription services along with music and books. Subscription content companies are expanding across the world. Next up the Arab world gets a subscription model and Storytel makes its move into the Arab language market.
The Authors Guild have grabbed their heavy hitters, Grisham, Child, Stine et al to front a lawsuit with Penguin Random and Amazon against the KISS Library for piracy.
I can’t help thinking the lawyers will always win and the Whac-A-Mole game of book piracy will never end.
Kris Rusch, being stuck in the U S, has been striving to keep upbeat. This week she looks at the hit the creative industries will be taking as creative companies hit the wall. Musicians whose income relies on touring will be hit hard. Writers struggling with self-doubt about their career choice need to take heart.
Jami Gold has a great post on organization. How do you organize your thoughts and your creativity and do you do the same for your career? Are you a throw it all at the wall and hope some of it sticks type or is everything planned out carefully? Jami has some great tips.
In The Craft Section,
2 great posts from Scott Myers- Where to start when developing a story and Inside and Outside the story universe.- Bookmark
Writing smooth transitions – Janice Hardy- Bookmark
Adding a time delay to heighten conflict – Angela Ackerman
The biggest writing craft issue writers face- Anne R Allen – Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Create a virtual book launch- Carol Cronin – Bookmark
3 basic rules of social media and 5 tips – Frances Caballo- Bookmark
Why quality counts – Sandra Beckwith
8 common book marketing mistakes- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
How to set up a sponsored product ad- Dave Chesson- Bookmark
Do you kill your widows and orphans? - Joel Friedlander – (If you don’t know what this means you need to read this article.)
About a decade ago a fabulous writer told me that my best work would happen when my children had left home. ‘You will be in a different mental headspace.’ I agonized over this idea. Today I read an interesting article from K M Weiland about the three stages of writing or how your age affects your writing and gained a new perspective on this.
Take the wins where you can and keep on going.
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Great post, as always. I'm definitely thinking about audiobooks. The cost is the main barrier at present. I've looked at Findaway Voices. Have you done any, Maureen?
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