In Publishing News
Penguin Random House CEO Marcus Dohle is stepping down after ten years at the helm of the biggest publisher on the planet. Publishing Perspectives looks at the impact Marcus has had on the Traditional Book Publishing Industry. Meanwhile, Mark Williams gives a less glowing report on Marcus Dohle’s tenure. Ouch! The fallout from that court case is still ongoing.
The USA Today Bestseller list is on hiatus. The news broke leaving writers in consternation. The USA Today list was a fair stab at the real numbers of the bestselling books as opposed to the *curated* numbers from The New York Times. The editor of the list was let go as a cost-cutting measure. This could be an early warning of Christmas layoffs in the publishing business.
Publisher’s Weekly reports that Amazon is tightening its offerings by cutting magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Also on the block is Textbook print rentals. What will be next?
It is looking like an AI wild west out there. The big news has been GPT3’s chatbot which has shifted the game of AI text generation. This morning I saw an article written about a particular indigenous cultural practice in our country written by the GPT3 AI that was lyrical, informed, and accurate. That an AI wrote it was mind-blowing. So where do we go from here? If you are a publisher it could be useful says Nieman labs. If you are an Artist or using AI Art, strap in for Chuck Wendig’s take on it. Techcrunch reports that OpenAI is experimenting with watermarks for AI art. After this morning’s article, I think text might need this too.
Kris Rusch continues to look at the publishing year in review. This week, the relevance of Traditional Publishing.
Richard Charkin has written an opinion column in Publishing Perspectives about the three gifts he would like to see under Publishing’s tree. I’ve got to agree with all of them! What About You?
Judith Briles has an interesting series of 3-minute focus YouTube videos on writing and marketing. Check out this one on organizing writing files.
In The Craft Section,
Foreshadowing- Jami Gold – Bookmark
How to write a thriller- Reedsy- Bookmark
Where to start developing a story- Scott Myers
Dealing with multiple drafts during revisions- Janice Hardy- Bookmark
Mining Abandoned Projects – James Scott Bell
In The Marketing Section,
Video Camera shy tips- Amy Rodgers Nazarov- Bookmark
Creating single author box sets- Janice Hardy- Bookmark
Updating Amazon Book and Author pages- Elizabeth S Craig - Bookmark
Holiday promotion tips- Bookbaby
How to create a newsletter- Sendinblue
The Dream Team Angela and Becca have a great Christmas gift for writers – A free webinar on secrets to engaging readers.
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