It’s been a challenging week on the home front so apologies for no roundup last week.
In Publishing News this week,
Tiktok is selling books- Yes, this is old news I can hear you say… but No, TikTok has partnered with Bookshop.org to create a Bookselling platform right in the app. It was only a matter of time.
Another company spreading its wings is Written Word Media- home of the Book Marketing email lists. They have partnered with Yonder, a serialized fiction app. They see it as curated a list of previously published fiction that is serialized. Didn’t Dicken’s do this? This could be an interesting way to mine your backlist.
And is Amazon price fixing again? Publishers Weekly reports that a new lawsuit is on the books involving Amazon and the big 5 and the pricing of ebooks.
Maybe they saw something of interest in the recent lawsuit judgment against PRH and Simon And Schuster which you can read here.
This week a theme emerged. Every time I opened my laptop there was another post on writing and mental health. So dip into these.
5 strategies to prevent perfectionism with writer self-care by Lisa Towles
Small changes that can make big differences in your writing life by Beth Barany
9 things writers need to know about Trauma and Mental Health by Lisa Hall Wilson
As the country gets hit with lightning strikes and wild weather, this post popped up as a timely reminder of what writers can do to prepare for the worst mother nature can throw at us. There are some good tips in here to keep you from losing all your work. If you are congratulating yourself on storing everything in the cloud – just hope your server isn’t hit by lightning.
Indie thought leaders Orna Ross, Joanna Penn, Jane Friedman, and Becca Syme recently shared their thoughts on publishing trends and how to predict and profit from them.
James Scott Bell, one of the best writing teachers around has an interesting article over on The Killzone Blog about the writer quadruple threat. Do you qualify? If you are weak in any of the main areas it might be time to upskill yourself.
In The Craft Section
How to describe a location you have never visited?- Angela Ackerman
Surprising your reader in every scene.- September Fawkes- Bookmark
On Story Death and Life- Writer Unboxed
Clarity in the writing- Patrick McNulty - Bookmark
Emotion amplifiers- Angela Ackerman
Killing your darlings- Ruthanne Reid- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Using the right Font- Jessica Bell - Bookmark
Best practice for marketing on Kindle- The Fussy Librarian- Bookmark
You don’t need a platform if you can find an audience- Catherine Baab-Muguira- Bookmark
Why you should care about Library distribution.- Draft2Digital
5 steps to author success - Joanna Penn interviewing Rachel McLean Bookmark
As we near the end of the year, and what a year it has been, thoughts turn to writer gifts.
If you need to hand your family some gift inspiration, get them to check out these two sites. Sandra Beckwith has pulled together 30 great gifts for writers, and Shayla Raquel adds to this with some wonderful extra ideas.
Of course, one of the best things you can give your writer is time… so don’t forget to mention mini writing retreats – where the family goes away or you go away, or time banking where the usual chores are looked after by someone else so the writer can get more time in front of the keyboard.
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