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Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Saturday, June 16, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
16 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 June 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

In remembrance of Orwell, who was born 115 years ago this month, here are 13 facts about his life that may surprise you.

13 Surprising Facts About George Orwell by Emily Petsko


Here’s How To Finish Anything You Start by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog
Here are specific tips and tricks to pass the tough spot and finish different kinds of tasks.

Here’s How To Finish Anything You Start by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog


Booted From The Bookstore by John Biggs for TechCrunch
Chance Carter was one of the biggest abusers of the KDP system.

Booted From The Bookstore by John Biggs for TechCrunch


In Laurie Halse Anderson’s new book, Shout, she writes not only about her own experience as a rape victim but also about the pain and heartache readers have shared with her in the two decades since Speak appeared.

Laurie Halse Anderson Shocked Readers With A Book About Rape. She’s At It Again by Nora Krug for The Washington Post


Episode 92 – How To Take Your Readers From Strangers To Superfans podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris interviews author David Gaughran about his new book, Strangers To Superfans. In the show Chris calls this “possibly the best book marketing book ever,” a must-read for authors at every level.

Episode 92 – How To Take Your Readers From Strangers To Superfans podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


Why You Should Become A “Library Tourist” by Katherine Martinko for TreeHugger
Why not engage in library tourism?

Why You Should Become A “Library Tourist” by Katherine Martinko for TreeHugger


When Diversity Means Uniformity by Lionel Shriver for The Spectator
Lionel Shriver attacks Penguin publisher's inclusion policy.

When Diversity Means Uniformity by Lionel Shriver for The Spectator


Followed by this:
Penguin Random House has responded to the novelist’s criticisms, saying it aims to “reflect the society in which we live”.

Publisher Defends Diversity Drive After Lionel Shriver's Attack by Alison Flood for The Guardian


And this:
An Open Letter To Lionel Shriver by WriteNow mentees for The Bookseller
The inaugural cohort of writers from the Penguin Random House WriteNow scheme challenge Shriver on her comments.

An Open Letter To Lionel Shriver by WriteNow mentees for The Bookseller


Maryland prison officials have reversed a statewide policy that limited access to books for thousands of inmates as part of an effort to reduce drug smuggling.

In A reversal, Md. Prison Officials Lift Limits On Access To Books For Inmates by Anne E. Marimow for The Washington Post


The time you spend NOT writing is just as important as the time you actually spend writing.

Ted Neill: Ink Well - Want To Write Something Good? Then Take Time NOT Writing by Ted Neill for I Smell Sheep


Today’s tutorial is going to show you 6 easy ways to get more comments on your blog.

6 Easy Ways To Get More Comments On Your Blog by Designer Blogs


Not since 2015's Go Set a Watchman has an adult fiction title sold as many books as The President Is Missing has in its first week.

Bill Clinton, James Patterson Novel Sells 250,000 Copies In First Week by Andy Lewis for The Hollywood Reporter


And it has already made this list:
These hot summer releases may be brand new to the market, but they already have plans to come to a screen near you.

10 Summer Books that Already Have Adaptation Deals by Angela Erickson for BookBub


What next?
The application lists a series of self-described “pulp harem fantasies” by Michael-Scott Earle, as evidence of the mark's use in connection with a “Downloadable series of fiction books”.

Son Of Cocky: A Writer Is Trying To Trademark “Dragon Slayer” For Fantasy Novels by Boing Boing


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Saturday, May 26, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 26 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
26 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 26 May 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

The first inaugural Deep Water Literary Festival is coming to Narrowsburg, New York, from June 15 to 17.

You Can Immerse Yourself in The Odyssey at the New Deep Water Literary Festival This Summer by Jackson McHenry


Flights Wins the Man Booker International Prize 2018 by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft and published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, was announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2018.

Flights Wins the Man Booker International Prize 2018 by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize


The Man Booker prize is celebrating 50 years of the award with yet another search for the best ever winner. But can anyone beat Rushdie?

Will Midnight's Children Come Up Golden For Salman Rushdie Again? By Claire Armitstead for The Guardian


American Novelist Philip Roth Dies At 85 by Rachel Manwill for Book Riot
The prolific and award-winning author Philip Roth has died at the age of 85.

American Novelist Philip Roth Dies At 85 by Rachel Manwill for Book Riot


How To Boost Your Work Productivity With Tools by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil
Here are some ways to boost your work productivity with tips and tools.

How To Boost Your Work Productivity With Tools by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil


Michelle Obama Shares Family Photos From New Book by Alice Bazerghi for Chicago Sun-Times
Former first lady Michelle Obama has been sharing touching photos from her childhood and family to announce her upcoming book, Becoming.

Michelle Obama Shares Family Photos From New Book by Alice Bazerghi for Chicago Sun-Times


#Cockygate Part 2 by Bibi for Bibi’s Book Blog
Read about the latest developments in the #cockygate and the release of the Cocktales anthology.

#Cockygate Part 2 by Bibi for Bibi’s Book Blog


And a myriad of articles on the GDPR:
GDPR for Bloggers by Suzanne for Blog It Out
If you run a blog, then you have probably heard some ominous whispers about something called the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations, which are set to take the place of the current Data Protection Act.

GDPR for Bloggers by Suzanne for Blog It Out


General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is coming. Here's what it means, how it'll impact individuals and businesses - and how to prepare for it.

What is GDPR? Everything You Need To Know About The New General Data Protection Regulations by Danny Palmer for ZDNet


A European Union (EU) regulation that governs consumers’ private information gains regulatory power in May 2018, and it could have a big effect on how businesses all over the globe handle privacy.

MarTech Today’s Guide to GDPR - The General Data Protection Regulation by MarTech


As the GDPR deadline approaches, businesses have been resorting to ever more desperate attempts to get users to open their emails.

Businesses Resort To Desperate Emailing As GDPR Deadline Looms by Martin Belam for The Guardian


But is any of it even necessary? This Facebook post by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors is my favorite.

Facebook post by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


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Saturday, April 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 April 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
28 April 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 April 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!



Analysing a handful of the most successful blogs, here are 5 key points that help you guarantee your blogging success from day one.


5 Tips To Get A Head Start On Blogging in 2018 by Ash for Lets Earn It



6 Characteristics Of A Great Fantasy Writer by Jessica Wood for Mythic Scribes

What are the specific characteristics needed by a fantasy writer? What sets a great fantasy writer apart from a good one?


6 Characteristics Of A Great Fantasy Writer by Jessica Wood for Mythic Scribes



A Harry Potter musical:


The most expensive play in Broadway history opened Sunday night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cost $33.5 million.


Muggles Rejoice: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Is Now On Broadway by Jeff Lunden for NPR



And a Harry Potter game:


In the first step of what could be an endless exploration of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Los Angeles mobile games studio Jam City is releasing its Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game on the App Store and Google Play.





Revealing The 2018 Women’s Prize Shortlist by Women’s Prize for Fiction

We reveal the six books which make up this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, featuring one previously shortlisted author and three debut novels.


Revealing The 2018 Women’s Prize Shortlist by Women’s Prize for Fiction




George R. R. Martin announced the news Wednesday, while also revealing a release date for his next book, Fire & Blood.





On the day news broke that the primary Golden State Killer suspect was arrested after more than 40 years, EW interviews Patton Oswalt, former husband of Michelle McNamara, the true crime journalist who spent more than a decade doggedly researching the case for her book on the Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.





Want To Earn More As A Book Author? A Male Name Will Help by Elizabeth Segran for Fast Company

In a groundbreaking study of more than two million books published in North America between 2002 and 2012, scholars found that books by women authors are priced 45% less than those of their male counterparts.


Want To Earn More As A Book Author? A Male Name Will Help by Elizabeth Segran for Fast Company




The initiative has distributed almost 5m books to readers but is to shut following loss of Arts Council England funding and corporate sponsor.


Quick Reads Adult Literacy Scheme To Close Following Funding Cut by Alison Flood for The Guardian




This year’s Eisner Award nominations for comics and graphic novels were announced. The nominees fall under 31 categories. Topping the nominations are My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by debut graphic novelist Emil Ferris, and Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. The winners will be announced on July 20 at Comic-Con in San Diego.


The 2018 Eisner Award Nominations for Comic-Con




For those of us who are publicly avid readers, burning through books can begin to feel a bit like a competitive sport. We pride ourselves on reading like champions. But what happens when we just can't get to the end of a book? Here's how to tackle reading slumps, according to the bookish users of Reddit.


How To Beat A Reading Slump, According To Reddit Users by Maddy Foley for Bustle




Swedish Academy members debate holding back prize for first time since the second world war.


Nobel Prize In Literature May Be Cancelled In 2018 Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal by Richard Orange for The Guardian




Books of gibberish are listed on Amazon.com for thousands of dollars, with one author claiming his name was used to send almost $24,000 to a fraudulent seller.


Fake Books Sold On Amazon Could Be Used For Money Laundering by Alison Flood for The Guardian



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Saturday, April 14, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 April 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
14 April 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 April 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

What is subtext and how can it be used as a powerful force at the scene level? This post goes over some basics and shares an easy technique for creating subtext that will propel your narrative forward.

What Lies Beneath: How To Use Subtext To Drive Narrative by Rose Andrews for Mythic Scribes


For now (and the foreseeable future), Facebook seems to be it. What do you do?

Facebook For Authors: Still A Necessary Evil And No Alternative In Sight by Hans M. Hirschi


New Kindle Previewer by Kindle Direct Publishing
You can now use Kindle Previewer to get a bird’s eye view of your book and quickly validate the overall layout. When Enhanced Typesetting is enabled for your book, you can preview pages as adjustable thumbnails, allowing you to validate your book faster than before.

New Kindle Previewer by Kindle Direct Publishing


My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
Check out the three-part miniseries that attempts to simplify viewpoint.

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write


Edited by his son Christopher, Tolkien’s tale of a reluctant hero defending a city was written while the author was in hospital after the Battle of the Somme.

The Fall Of Gondolin, “New” JRR Tolkien Book, To Be Published In 2018 by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Celebrating its eleventh consecutive year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards is pleased to announce the 2018 longlists for both fiction and poetry.

nnouncing The 2018 BTBA Longlists For Fiction And Poetry by The Millions


A forthcoming e-book by authors Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan was de-listed on Amazon for two days last week after the company appeared to be convinced that Clare’s newly launched small-publishing initiative was a fraudulent attempt to impersonate the author.

Cassandra Clare’s Latest Book Temporarily De-Listed By Amazon by Alex Green for Publishers Weekly


Books that are fiction, thrillers or mysteries, have high initial sales numbers and are released around Christmas are more likely to be bestsellers, according to a study published in the open access journal EPJ Data Science.

What Makes A Bestseller: Fiction, Thriller And A Christmas Release by BioMed Central for Science Daily


Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has moved to break a deadlock at the scandal-hit committee that awards the Nobel Literature Prize, unveiling a plan on Wednesday to make it easier for members to resign.

King Of Sweden Considers Using Royal Powers To Break Nobel Deadlock by Richard Orange for The Telegraph


Followed by this:
Swedish Academy in crisis over claims of abuse and misconduct by husband of member.

Sexual Abuse Scandal Engulfs Nobel Literature Prize Body by Jon Henley for The Guardian



Harry Potter Books Unveil New Covers For 20th Anniversary Of US Publication by Sam Warner for Cosmopolitan
The Harry Potter book covers are almost as magical as the books themselves, and now they're getting a big overhaul. Publisher Scholastic has unveiled a new raft of covers for the seven titles, with the seven black-and-white pictures cleverly combining to becomes one illustration woven together by a snake.

Harry Potter Books Unveil New Covers For 20th Anniversary Of US Publication by Sam Warner for Cosmopolitan


Episode 85 – Book Marketing to Teens – Engaging the Elusive Generation Z podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris and Becca interview book marketing expert Kate Tilton on how to reach the elusive teen market. Generation Z readers are those born after 1993.

Episode 85 – Book Marketing to Teens – Engaging the Elusive Generation Z podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


And another one from Hans. He’s on a roll this week:
Publishing labels still matter still, but why? Are they useful?

“Self”, “Indie” Or “Trad” Publishing: What Are You? Does It Matter? by Hans M. Hirschi


Exact location of the poet’s coffin had been forgotten until recent excavation uncovered the vault.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Remains Rediscovered In Wine Cellar by Maev Kennedy for The Guardian


The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker International Prize reveals the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.

The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize


Here are 6 powerful ways to keep visitors on your site longer and lower your bounce rate.

6 Powerful Ways To Keep Visitors On Your Site Longer by Designer Blogs


Editing The First Draft: Show VS Tell And Infodumps by Joanne Saccsan for Joanne Writes Books

We heard it all before show don’t tell. Even though, when you open a classic, you’ll notice that the style back in the day, was told, not show and some of those classics are best books ever written. Since we advanced so did writing.


Editing The First Draft: Show VS Tell And Infodumps by Joanne Saccsan for Joanne Writes Books


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