Showing posts with label lit hub. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lit hub. Show all posts

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Time and Money


In Publishing News this week,


Harper Collins workers in New York are on strike over pay and conditions. When you read what they get paid, and the cost of living, it is no wonder that they say only people who are rich already can afford to work in publishing. This is untenable if you want a diverse publishing ecosystem that reflects the population.


Lit Hub reports that the trial date is set for PRH antitrust trial where the U.S. Government is trying to block PRH’s acquisition of Simon and Schuster. Stephen King has been roped in to speak for the plaintiff. 


The Hollywood Reporter has an article on contracts where there is fancy accounting going on that somehow stops copyright holders from benefitting from characters they invented that get put into movies. It stems from Marvel – owned by Disney… why am I not surprised.

Contracts are such tricky beasts. Always stay aware of changes in their language.


Another week, another article about Tik-Tokers sharing the news that you can return your eBooks after you’ve read them from Amazon. Meanwhile, authors are complaining that they are now in hock to Amazon for the delivery fees of returned books. They have to pay for the reader stealing from them. How many articles will it take before Amazon does something?


Keep your eye on contracts is a Kris Rusch mantra. This week she talks about a tricky practice that is happening more often, the agent as producer. Why isn’t the creator the producer? With money drying up in traditional contracts some agents have hit on another way to clip the ticket first.


Big Bad Wolf is back, says Mark Williams. They never really went away. When Covid 19 hit they converted to an online store but now that the world seems to be opening back up so are they, just with a few book fairs. So they only have 5 million or so English books on offer. If you don’t know anything about BBW you should really read this article. English Language publishers are really missing the gravy boat here.


Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article on Open Road Media’s push to publicise their front list. They made their money by buying up print backlists and converting them into eBooks and now they are looking at Front List publicity. Take a look at how the indies do it and then copy with lots more money.


The Alliance of Independent Authors has an excellent article on boosting your backlist. Lots of great tips here.


Anne R Allen has a great article on likable characters. You can’t just put any likable character in your book it all depends on your genre. 


In The Craft Section,

How to tell if your writing has slipped out of deep POV- K M Allen

3 tips to finding your emotional truth- Lucy Hay- Bookmark

How to avoid writers guilt – Angela Ackerman- Bookmark

4 supporting characters your hero can learn from- Lewis Jorstad- Bookmark

Checklists and Tip sheets from One Stop for Writers


In The Marketing Section,

Creating a book imprint- Write Publish Sell- Bookmark

How to write a hook for your novel- Jack Jordan

2 great posts from Bookbub- Ad designs promoting series and 

How to use Facebook to promote books. Bookmark Both

Sell books without Amazon- Penny Sansevieri


To Finish,

I am a fan of Debbie Ohi’s writer comics and found object illustrations. She always has a quirky take on writing and publishing that livens up my social media feeds. Recently she talked about Linda Sue Park’s Pomodoro technique. I like Pomodoro. It can get you out of a rut fairly fast. Write (Don’t edit) for 25-minute blocks. Linda Sue Park breaks that down even more.

Staying with writer tools check out Patricia Bradley’s Writer Toolbox post. It’s just the thing to start you thinking about craft.





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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Crowd Success

Today I received the writing craft book I ordered (see my blog two weeks ago) and it was a bittersweet moment. The book looks fabulous, Writing Deep Scenes by Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld, but the bittersweet moment was the realisation that it was published by F&W Media. This week F&W Media filed for bankruptcy. Their most recognisable brand is Writers Digest which they have been publishing for nearly 100 years. They publish writing craft books, magazines, and Writers Market yearbooks. They hold popular conferences and run courses in writing. Hopefully, they can work through this.

Crowdfunding seems to be the answer to lots of publishing questions. There is crowdfunding when you directly fuel a creative project and there is crowdfunding... where it’s a little bit murkier. Writer Beware shines a spotlight on a crowdfunding option for pitching manuscripts... authors enter their MS into the crowdfunding site. If they get over 250 pledges the MS gets looked at by lower-tier agents and publishers. Over 500 and a higher tier of agents and publishers look at it, except that the agents and publishers all have open submission anyway and the publishers have red flags often against their names. Sounds Legit?

In crowdfunding of a different sort... publishers are getting together at the London Book Fair and one of the initiatives is the Book Aid charity. This year they are helping to get Mosul University Library back on its feet after they were largely destroyed by ISIS. 

Slightly digressing I was pleased to see that a local group of authors had got together and started a little venture called The Underground Bookshop. They have committed to having a stall at a local market every week. Good things happen when writers get together. 

The Digital Reader always has his digit on the pulse of what is happening in publishing. This week he reported that Amazon has set up a new ebook quality control feature in author dashboards. While Amazon is tweaking their digital store... they are pulling out of all their pop up stores.

Have you ever spent a long time hunting for a writing file you know you put somewhere in your computer? Editor Lisa Poisso has the article just for you (and me) how to name your files correctly so you don’t lose them.

How to survive rejection. Even the great writers struggled with this bane of the writer life. Lit Hub details how poet W B Yeats coped with rejection. It is a great essay. If you have been struggling lately John Kerr has a great practical piece on ways to survive the rejection blues.

Joel Friedlander has written a great post on tips for the work at home writer. This is a must-read. By the way, Joel has just launched a new book template – Gourmet. This is especially for all those people who have dreamed of writing a cookbook. 

In The Craft Section,

Six subplots that add style to your story-Writers write- Bookmark

Why lack of structure is killing your characters-Bang 2 Write- Bookmark

Beginnings and Backstory- James Scott Bell- Bookmark

Stuck in the middle- Margot Kinberg

Writing Backstory through Dialogue- Becca Puglisi

Imagery description overkill- Mary Kole

In The Marketing Section,

Spotify now has ads... John Kremer

5 great ways to get readers engaged- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark

7 ways to use Instagram- Frances Caballo- Bookmark

Getting your rights back- Elizabeth Spann Craig- Bookmark

Set up local book links for ebooks- Alli Blog- BOOKMARK

To Finish,

I have been wrestling with carpal tunnel effects all week and it is annoying. Aside from the tingling in my left hand, I have been keeping reasonably good health. However, that is not the case for other writers. I am in admiration of those writers who have a severe chronic illness and still manage to write new words.  Kris Rusch has a short excerpt from her upcoming book – writing with chronic illness. Kris talks about celebrating achievements even if they are small. This week I have been thinking about that and a day with new words is a good day.


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