Sunday, May 5, 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 5 May 2013

This Week on Books Direct - 5 May 2013

Here is a list of the articles you may have missed this week:

"Critiques Make Your Writing Better, So Grin and Bear Them" - Article by Melissa Donovan for Writing Forward.
As a writer, you have to decide whether you truly want to excel at your craft. If you do, then you need to put your ego aside and learn how to accept critiques graciously. If you can’t do that, there’s a good chance that your writing will never improve.

"9 Ways Big Pub Is Like Big Pharma" - Article by J. E. Fishman for The Huffington Post.
Joel compares the big publishing companies to the big pharmaceutical companies.

"7 Steps To A Bigger Reputation As A Writer" - Article by Web Design Relief.
While writing can be a solitary experience, a writer has to break out of his/her shell in order to do any self-promotion. There are steps you can take each day to improve and expand upon your reputation as a writer.

Good literary agents have an inherent interest in taking all queries seriously. The trouble is they are busy, rushed, and have seen it all before. The best approach to getting an agent’s attention is to dazzle him or her from the get-go while simultaneously avoiding certain red flags that agents look for to differentiate work they might represent from straight rejections. Here are five secrets for getting a literary agent to read your query.

"Self-Publishing Intelligence Report for April 2013" - Article by Jason Boog for GalleyCat.
GalleyCat spends a lot of time covering independent authors, bringing news from the self-publishing world every week. In an effort to consolidate their reporting, they will release a monthly Self-Publishing Intelligence Report that links to all of their resources for indie authors. Here is the first monthly round-up.

What are the factors that make a reader willing to take a chance on a debut author? Why does a reader pick up the book of one new author and not another?

"11 Signs You're Meant to be a Writer" - Article by Laura Pepper Wu for Catherine, Caffeinated.
You may have accepted by now that you're a writer. But just in case you haven't or if you've been having doubts of late, here are 11 signs that you truly are meant to be writing – and always have been!

"Top 10 Storytelling Cliches Writers Need To Stop Using" - Article by Rob W. Hart for LitReactor.
Cliché is the enemy of good writing. These are storytelling devices that pop up again and again, crutches for the writer to lean on and help move the story along without actually having to stretch their abilities. Here are 10 clichés Rob considers to be the worst of the bunch.

"How Many Copies Make a Self-Published Bestseller?" - Article by Jason Boog for GalleyCat.
So, just how many copies does it take to get on the Self Published Bestsellers List? This is not an easy question to answer since all the major marketplaces for indie books carefully guard their sales figures. Author Denise Kim Wy managed to get sales figures from six different self-published authors.
Why not compare them to yours?

"15 Alternative Steps to Better Writing" - Article by Phil Overby for Mythic Scribes.
Don't like being told how to write? Phil presents 15 alternative ways to approach your writing. Despite many of them going against what other professionals preach, you may find some wisdom in each step. (Or at least get a laugh.)

"Free Books for Cinco de Mayo" - Article by Jason Boog for GalleyCat.
As we celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend, Jason has collected a long list of free eBooks about Mexico. These books come from the Internet Archive, and include a treasure trove of 18th, 19th and 20th Century writings about Mexico.

"Seat-of-the-pants" writing has huge advantages, but it also carries huge pitfalls. Are you a "panster"?

"Teaching Us to Read Again (Infographic)" - Article by Nate Hoffelder for The Digital Reader.
An interesting infographic showing how the advent of the eReader has changed our reading habits.

Jeff shows you how to find your overall writing voice. Whether you blog for fun, write novels, craft poems, pencil melodies, or inspire people with your prose, it’s essential that you find your unique writing style.