In publishing news this week,
Porter Anderson has the rundown on what happened at the Futurebook conference. The big talking points- audio and the changing face of publishing.
Techcrunch reports that Spotify has launched audiobooks into more English speaking markets. They are apparently moving away from the all-you-can-eat model. Is this the beginning of the end of unlimited subscriptions? Mark Williams adds his own take on this new development in Audio.
If you want to understand book marketing – talk to romance writers they are amongst the savviest book marketers on the planet. Jane Friedman did just this and has an interesting interview with Kitty Thomas
Kris Rusch has part two of the year in review. This is a romp through that court case again. However, Kris has some very pertinent things to say about how this could be the last best year for Traditional publishers based on what the court case revealed about publishing.
Ruth Harris has a list of clueless things that drive writers crazy. I can see this morphing into writers drinking game.
Joanna Penn has a great interview with John Truby about his new book, The Anatomy of Genres. John is an in-demand writing craft teacher. He has several best-selling books which are on my bookshelf. I watched a webinar about the new book today and it is top notch so it’s now on my must-buy Christmas list.
In The Craft Section,
The plotting grid- Kobo- Bookmark
Getting to know your characters- Janice Hardy- Bookmark
When to use flashbacks and backstory- Donna Jo Stone
Plot bitches and how to slay them- Marissa Graff
Good endings- Roz Morris- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
How does a top book publicist think- Interview – Sandra Beckwith- Bookmark
5 concrete steps for building a mailing list- Laurel Osterkamp
The last month of the year is here. As we totter towards Christmas, the lists of Christmas gifts for writers start doing the rounds. I started with two lists last week- Check out Angela and Becca’s Christmas gift list for writers this week. I often buy myself a writer textbook in print for Christmas. It’s a gift to myself for achieving another writing year. What gift would you get for yourself?
R.I.P. The Original Songbird. Christine McVie
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