In Publishing News this week,
The Guardian published two interesting articles based on sessions at the Literature festivals.
Author Rebecca Kuang spoke about authors writing about other races. She rejects the idea that authors must stay in their own racial lane.
Meanwhile, French author Annie Ernaux awarded the Nobel prize for Literature last year declared it was an unwelcome surprise.
Publishing Perspectives reports on how Pen America is tracking educational gag orders which have risen very sharply in the last few years. This is of particular concern to universities who have mandates to allow free speech. I saw one statistic lately that showed out of 1000 book challenges the bulk of them were filed by just 11 people.
The Association of American Publishers released their stat shot of all the numbers for the last publishing year. Paperbacks outsold hardbacks… online selling outsold physical. If you like deep dives into interesting stats on the health of American publishing, check out all the graphs.
NFT”s are quietly bubbling away in the background. Goodereader takes a dive into Literary Non Fungible Tokens and why they have some merit for authors. When you buy an ebook you actually buy the license to read it. NFT’s are a permanent buy of a digital product. If that is slightly hurting your head- The company behind Webtoon digital comics and Anime is investing in NFT avatars that will speak and move… tell your stories etc. (Ready Player One is almost here.)
The world is catching on to AI and calls to curb its influence are growing among tech founders. Many countries are only just starting to grapple with the impacts on copyright. Laws are being examined to see if they cover AI generated work. Because the publishing world is moving slowly on its response to AI, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld Science Fiction magazine has put together a series of belief statements that publishing industry people can sign on to. It is still in draft mode but is getting quite a bit of attention.
Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard has eviscerated Markus Dohle ex CEO of PRH over his speech at Sharjah last month. Mark pulls out all the facts and figures and shows up Dohle’s errors to devastating effect. OUCH.
Ruth Harris writes about writer wannabes and authors who have literary cooties. Every writer has experienced one or the other or unfortunately both. How do you deal with these people who want to rain on your parade or you personally? Ruth has some sweet revenge.
Kris Rusch has an interesting blog post on facing the future. She states that the writers who face the future will be the ones to survive it. She has some pretty compelling arguments based on recent publishing history.
Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur has some great free resources for writers so take the time to trawl around the site. If you are looking for writing inspiration check out the book ideas post.
In The Craft Section,
5 ways to use your character shadows- K M Weiland- Bookmark
How AI can help strengthen your writing- Keri Kruspe
The virtues of non linear writing- Scott Myers
Character tropes- The innocent- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark
How to manage a difficult book- Rachel Toalson- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Tips to improve newsletter design – Sue Coletta- Bookmark
5 things I wish I knew before publishing- Jenna Podjasek
Book marketing rundown (updated) Make sure you scroll down.-Rachel Thompson – Bookmark
Book Marketing truths- Angela Ackerman- Useful information
How to create a Book Trailer- Elaine Dodge
Today the finalists of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults were announced. Congratulations to all. As a previous judge of these awards I know just how hard it is to judge and many who missed out would have come achingly close.
Writer Unboxed has an article from Julianna Baggot about how hard this writing game is.
If you finish writing a book you have already achieved what most aspire to but never do.
As Julianna says, we have outer critics and we have inner critics, she offers ways to handle both.
"We need to protect our relationship with the page. Doing what we love is challenging but worth it."
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