In publishing news this week,
European Publishers and Booksellers are happy that the European Parliament has adopted the new Digital Markets Act which directly hits the global tech companies over their use of content and their ‘advantageous to themselves’ publishing business practices. Now the EU has to make them take notice.
The New Publishing Standard reports on textbook printing slowdowns. This is due to the worldwide shortage of paper and the problems with the Global Supply Chain. If you add in the rising cost of fuel due to war, climate change, and staff shortages due to a pandemic then you have a perfect storm in publishing. Is this the end of print?
While you might be taking yourself to the latest Marvel movie for escapism, spare a thought for the creators of those comics. They are now seen as classic creators of story and they have been enrolled in the Penguin Classic library to prove it. Finally, Graphic Novels are legit literature. (Cue much rolling in graves.) This looks like a smart move by Penguin as the latest numbers say that Graphic Novels are the fastest growing genre in sales.
Last week Macmillian was hit by a cyber attack and went dark for a week. Publisher’s Weekly reports they are back up and running. This might be a time for everyone to just check their security settings, especially if you have time-critical books to get out.
Writer Beware has an interesting post on handshake contracts. I didn’t know that these were still a thing. Originally a handshake contract relied on the integrity of the two parties' personal reputations. In the modern world of publishing, it seems that some publishers and agents are still using this but not caring about the integrity bit.
Wattpad has started a creator fund. The writers with the most engaged audiences will get money. Interestingly they have a threshold count for every genre. If your story gets over your genre’s threshold of engaged followers money will flow into your pocket. Horror writers only need 900 engaged followers. So if you have a dark story to tell, get over to Wattpad.
Anne R Allen has a cautionary tale on dealing with internet trolls, bullies and the offended. Anne writes about the way to deal with these perpetually annoying people. Back Away slowly. Nothing you can do will soften them.
Joanna Penn has a great interview with Clare Macintosh, a traditionally published author on how to write twists and how she markets her books. Some nice little craft nuggets in here.
In The Craft Section,
7 essential questions for a better character arc- Heather Davis- Bookmark
Utilizing 3 types of death- September Fawkes
3 modes of story imagination- Donald Maass- Bookmark
7 ways to improve your craft- Dario Villirilli- Bookmark
How to keep those ideas- Insecure Writers Support Group
In The Marketing Section,
Timesaving tips with Social Media-Kris Maze- Bookmark
Author email lessons- Sandra Beckwith
Book marketing – Neil Patel- Bookmark
Promote your book on Social Media and feel good about it- Aileen Weintraub- Bookmark
How to create an effective website- (podcast)- Penny Sansevieri
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Always an interesting and informative read.
Ide never heard of 'Wartpad' but a low threshold off engaging 900 readers for horror explains a lot of things.
Yes. How to write in way to defuse the offended can be tricky.
I have been posting a few video ditty content on multiple platforms. Two on un P C nature of 'Hairy Maclarey' People seem to 'get the joke' when spoken and in rhyme compared to printed for some reason. That's my experience.
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