In Publishing News this week,
I received an email from Google Play telling me about the exciting changes they are making to AI narrated audiobooks- Voices, lots of voices, enough for a cast of characters. They are upping the auto narration stakes. Other audiobook producers offer this feature for a fee. Google just rolls it into their free audiobook creation. AI is disrupting audio books. However, if you are thinking about the magic bakery of IP creation, (Dean Wesley Smith’s great analogy - he has a book on the subject) then AI audio is just one facet of audio, like author narrated or actor narrated or radio play version with a full cast of characters.
Over in Europe Bookwire has been expanding its audiobook service - Sign up with them and get your audiobook translated into five languages.
As I am a children’s writer, I like to keep one eye on what is happening in that marketplace. Over 25% of China’s book trade are children’s books and at the moment they are going crazy for Manga Non-Fiction.
Mark Williams highlighted the plight of Afghanistan publishing. Since they cracked down on girls attending school the book trade has died by 50%. Who knew that girls reading kept an economy going? Mark wants the publishing industry to remember the missing readers. Today I saw a picture of a bombed out library in Gaza and felt grief for the missing readers there. The freedom to read safely is a privilege we often take far too lightly here in the western world. Just think about the lawsuits to let kids read books in the largest democracy in the world. It could happen in a town near you.
Richard Charkin writes about publishing in the good old days… he discusses the traditional publishing fondness for territory rights instead of language rights. Do we really need an American English version of a book published in England? And why do we have different covers?
Sue Coletta has a stunning post – What type of Writer and Reader are you? Our brains process information through one of our five senses… So which type are you?
Katie Weiland has a brilliant post on Time Management for Writers. There are some gems in this article.
Chuck Wendig is wondering about Social Media now that we have to be everywhere or is it nowhere… or somewhere. If you are feeling bewildered by new Social Media - read Chuck. At least you will laugh.
Tzivia Gover has a guest post on Jane Friedman’s blog about Journals and Dreams: The Unsung Heroes of Literature. Have you been writing your dreams down?
Ruth Harris has a great article on writers’ advice. Let the experts help you to craft those sparkling passages. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” - Jack London.
In The Craft Section,
What sleeping with Jane Eyre taught me about pacing- Heidi Croot
Rewriting- keep your eyes open and your ego closed- P J Parrish- Bookmark
Create personal writing timelines- Cindy Sproles- Bookmark
Five Elements of relationship plot lines- September Fawkes- Bookmark
Writing in scenes- Paula Munier
Are your characters living in the moment?- Janice Hardy
In The Marketing Section,
Christmas Book Promotions and strategies- PublishDrive- Bookmark
Boost your holiday sales- Rachel Thompson- Bookmark
How to Newsletter swap- Sandra Beckwith
15 must have resources for authors- Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
Use TikTok to sell books-Joe Yamulla
Why do our brains impact our self confidence? We remember the bad reviews not the good ones. We absorb only the savage critique not where our writing sang. How can we combat our confirmation bias?- Kasey LeBlanc has the answer.
This week Joanna Penn talked to a serial writer and entrepreneur. If you have been thinking about subscription based writing and the creator economy – check out the interview with Reem Co Founder Michael Evans- he’s been writing books for 7 years. With everything he has been doing it’s hard to believe he’s only 21.
Time stays long enough for those who use it - Leonardo Da Vinci
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