In Publishing News this week,
News broke this week that Amazon was shutting the doors on Book Depository. The warehouses are based in the UK and had free delivery to anywhere in the world. This was a boon if you were looking for a hard to find book and postage was prohibitive. Now there are lots of job cuts. While everyone was wailing about the news, Mark Williams started drawing some comparisons to what else Amazon is doing to its book business. This is a big flag to book consumers!
Also closing their doors is Overdrive’s eBook library app Overdrive. They are putting all their energy and promotion into the Libby App for libraries.
Publishing Perspectives have an article on the upcoming London Book Fair which will have Sustainability as a major new programming initiative. They have speakers and panels devoted to this and how publishing can clean up their carbon footprint throughout the duration of the fair. Comments on this range from "it’s about time," to "print on demand would take care of the carbon wastage of stripping and returns." Will the publishers be asking the hard questions about their sustainability practices?
Publishing Pirates got taken down in India- They were pirating … print copies.
In AI News. (It’s too big to ignore the impact it will have on publishing so better to have some knowledge of the issues.)
A writer got Chat GPT to write a novel and detailed how he did it. It’s for sale. 115 pages 0 input from a human.
Chat GPT has been blocked in Italy with Open AI (its parent) being taken to court over Data Protection (GDPR) violations which will be a test case for the EU. This may be the slow down that the Tech founders were looking for. There is nothing like a lengthy court battle to slow things down.
Meanwhile, an Australian mayor is also taking Open AI to court over the falsehoods claimed by ChatGPT that he was a criminal. Many users have noted that the first paragraph is alright but subsequent paragraphs are so much fantasy that you can’t rely on it at all to state the facts.
John Fox has 26 ways an author can use ChatGPT- (Be very aware of what you are doing.)
Kris Rusch has a MUST READ article on copyright and Chat GPT and MidJourney- Can you afford a court case?
Matt Holmes has a great guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog on the 4 pillars of marketing. This is a print out and read primer on what to do to make it easier on yourself and how to tackle book marketing.
Anne R Allen has a great article on how much description you should be putting in your novel or memoir. Some genres need it more than others.
In The Craft Section,
Story verbing- Storyempire- Bookmark
How to write exotic settings- Sarah Hamer
A framework for moving past your first draft- Amy Bernstein -Bookmark!
How to listen to your protagonist- Sarah Bradley- Bookmark
Saggy Middle ? Use conflict- Sacha Black
Got 15 minutes- how to fill it with writing 500 words- Colleen Story – Bookmark!
In The Marketing Section,
5 tips to balance bookmarketing with writing- Colleen Story
F.A.R. Marketing – Angela Ackerman
subscribers- Bookmark Both
What to expect when pitching a book for film rights- Penny Sansevieri
ALLI Podcast Best use of your time with limited money- Bookmark
A good plot twist keeps you on the edge of your seat. I have stayed up all night to finish books… complained to author friends that their twist at 2 AM meant I didn’t sleep. This is the drug that keeps a reader chained to your book. They have to know what happens next!
Setting up the twist takes careful thought and almost invisible clues. James Scott Bell has a great post on micro scenes and Laurel Osterkamp has an interesting collection of tips for creating plot twists that create suspense.
As I was compiling this week’s blogpost news I kept thinking I was reading plot twists for the book ‘publishing as we know it now.’ I think the ending will be a zinger!
Do you want the best of my bookmarked links in a handy monthly newsletter? When you subscribe you will also get a nifty mini book crammed with marketing notes as a thank you.
If you like the blog and want to shout me a coffee, hit the coffee button up top or here.
I appreciate the virtual coffee love. Thanks.