In Publishing News this week....
Earlier in the year I wrote of a rumour that TikTok would start a shop…and now they have. They aren’t selling books in it yet… but publishers will be wondering when. An important side note though, with the ownership of the TikTok site being controversial, many states and countries are looking at ways to limit its influence. If you build a business only on TikTok it could disappear overnight. Mark Williams points out that English Language publishers could be heading for a disaster here.
Big Bad Wolf is back. For new readers BBW is an outfit that buys up remaindered English language books from publishers and sells them in huge 24/7 book sales in Asia and Indonesia. The numbers are eye watering… and show that there is a huge market for these books in other countries. (Not to mention, a quick way to get a fast buck without the author getting a slice of the sale.)
Do you remember the HarperCollins strike from earlier in the year? (BTW the TV/Film writer’s strike is still ongoing.) It may have been resolved but HarperCollins seems to have mislaid payment of some outstanding bills to content writers. Lawsuits about to start.
In welcome news the USA Today Bestsellers list is back after its hiatus. The USA Today list is only judged on book sales across many outlets so often gives a truer picture of what is selling compared to other lists where list placement can bought.
Children’s writers were thoroughly approving when Michael Rosen was awarded the Pen Pinter prize "for the ability to address the serious matters of life in a spirit of joy, humour, and hope."
I can already tell that Kris Rusch’s new series on niche marketing is going to be another epic series. This week she talks about multiple newsletters and why they are a good idea.
Recently I have seen questions from writers who have been diagnosed with ADHD about how they can manage the diagnosis and also write effectively. This article recently published in an online journal might shed some light. Other ADHD writers find that writing sprints work very well for getting the words down.
Writer’s Digest has a spotlight on Sacha Black – Sacha besides writing lots of books, also runs the Rebel Author podcast and has a popular series of writing craft books. It’s a great interview.
Writers In The Storm have an article from Karen DeBonis on What I didn’t expect after publishing my book? Post publishing depression is a real thing.
Insecure Writers Support Group have an interesting post on archetypes- using Christopher Vogler’s Writers journey book for inspiration.
Have you thought about using onomatopoeia in your stories? This article looks at how words like rattle and screech add life to your writing.
In The Craft Section,
What does you character want-K M Weiland- Bookmark
Using Story Structure to your advantage- Janice Hardy – Bookmark
How to determine your books timespan- C S Lakin- Bookmark
Positive traits can have drawbacks- Becca Puglisi- Bookmark
Save the cat beat sheet- Kindlepreneur- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
How to write a book proposal- Reedsy – Bookmark
How to Quick Pitch your book- Ruth Harris- Bookmark
Adding direct sales to your website – Written Word Media- Bookmark
What can be author swag – Bookmark
7 tips to boost your Author homepage- Camilla Monk-Bookmark
I came across this article from Colleen Story on 5 ways writers are like aliens from outer space. How dare she expose us. Yes, the truth is out there. We have been discovered. Luckily, all is not lost. Our eccentric ways are fully justified if we call ourselves writers.
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