Thursday, January 21, 2021

Magnetic Poetry

This week in publishing news…

Wattpad has been sold to Naver, a south Korean group who own other e-publishing ventures. It’s a deal that makes sense according to Techcrunch as they will probably keep it going in the same way.


How many of you know someone who has a digital subscription for entertainment? 

Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard has an interesting comment on Netflix’s goal of 500 million subscribers. If digital subscription is the new way to get entertainment where are the publishers?


Orna Ross of The Alliance of Independent Authors, and Joanna Penn get together once a month to talk about the publishing industry and new projects they are working on. The January meeting was all about planning for the year ahead. Check out the transcript or listen to the podcast. There are some great nuggets in there on goal setting and time chunking.


If you like setting yourself challenges, Austin Kleon talks about the 100 days and suck less challenge he has got going. You can also do mini-challenges It’s all about creating the habit of showing up.


Every few years Jane Friedman updates her infographic on all the different ways to publish. With the pandemic changing the publishing landscape, Jane has updated her infographic.


The Write Life has rounded up their top 100 websites for writers. Take a look. There is something for everyone in this collection. For podcast lovers check out Writing Excuses.


This year I have decided to read more poetry. I am in awe of poets as they seem to have a hot line into creating memorable lines. If I want to get better at writing I need to learn to read and write poems. Here’s a great little instruction list for writing poems.


In The Craft Section,

New Year New Writing goals- Michael Hyatt

Dreamzoning-7 steps to find new ideas- K M Weiland

Getting past the blank page- James Preston

Give your characters something to die for- Karen Woodward- Bookmark

7 ways to use deep POV- Lisa Hall Wilson- Bookmark


In The Marketing Section,

A beginner’s guide to Amazon pre-orders- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark

The shy authors guide to book promotion- Sandra Beckwith- Bookmark

Alternatives to Goodreads- Emily Stochi- Bookmark

8 tips for better manuscript formatting- Now Novel


To Finish,

Today has been an historic day for the USA. Among their ‘firsts’ on inauguration day was the first ever US National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman.

Her poem is sensational and timely. A MUST WATCH





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