Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Sunday, September 9, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
9 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2018

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

How To Start A Blog (Why And When) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
The question posed for this month: “Should I blog before I finish my first book or after?”

How To Start A Blog (Why And When) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


Querying Rejection: Form Letters by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna answers the question: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”

Querying Rejection: Form Letters by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Publishing Paths by Tricia Schneider for Shadows of Romance
Tricia answers the same question: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”

Publishing Paths by Tricia Schneider for Shadows of Romance


Thousands of disgruntled office workers – including a member of the White House press team – have applied to run a pop-up bookshop in the Maldives after an advertisement for the position went viral last week.

White House Press Officer Joins Race For Bookshop Job In The Maldives by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Hotel chain Travelodge revealed the 20 most-left-behind books at their locations, and the list includes some pretty riveting best sellers.

These Are the 20 Books Travelers Are Always Leaving Behind at Their Hotels by Andrea Romano for Travel + Leisure


Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens.

Neil Gaiman And Chris Riddell On Why We Need Libraries – An Essay In Pictures for The Guardian


6 More Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Story Idea by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice
How do you take the seed of a story that feels too much like it’s already been done, and make it your own?

6 More Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Story Idea by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice


The William Blake Archive gives us access to a huge sampling of Blake’s work, from his book illustrations to his drawings and paintings, to his manuscripts, etc.

Enter An Archive Of William Blake’s Fantastical “Illuminated Books”: The Images Are Sublime, And In High Resolution by Josh Jones for Open Culture


Gwyn Conger Steinbeck’s newly unearthed book tells of her troubled marriage to the author.

John Steinbeck Was A Sadistic Womaniser, Says Wife In Memoir by Sian Cain for The Guardian


Was Lolita Inspired By A True Crime? by Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post
A new book, The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman, offers tantalizing evidence it was.

Was Lolita Inspired By A True Crime? by Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post


How To Begin Writing Every Day by Rosario Martinez for The NaNoWriMo Blog
For some writers, September means the start of meticulously planning out what they’re going to write in November. No matter what your writing style is, just starting anything can be the hardest part. Writer Rosario Martinez shares some words of wisdom about beginnings.

How To Begin Writing Every Day by Rosario Martinez for The NaNoWriMo Blog


5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator by Sara Crawford for The Creative Penn
Is it “too late” to write a book when the world is so crowded with books and more being published every day? No, now really is the best time ever to be a creator.

5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator by Sara Crawford for The Creative Penn


Find out how to start a book with a bang.

Shocking Introductions: Crafting The Perfect Start To A Story by C. M. North for Girl Who Reads


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
25 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 August 2018

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

The Weirdest Libraries Around The World by Brianne Alphonso for ElectricLit
Get your books from a phone booth, monastery, military tank, or camel.

The Weirdest Libraries Around The World by Brianne Alphonso for ElectricLit


3 Easy Ways To Improve Your SEO by Dana Fiddler for SheOwnsIt
As an online business owner or blogger, SEO is likely something you’ve heard about. Here are 3 easy areas you can improve your SEO.

3 Easy Ways To Improve Your SEO by Dana Fiddler for SheOwnsIt


Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Hugo Awards by Andrew Liptak for The Verge
The Hugo award, voted on by members of the fan community, is considered the highest honor for science fiction and fantasy literature.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Hugo Awards by Andrew Liptak for The Verge


Quotes To Inspire by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna shares some quotes from what inspires her most: other writers.

Quotes To Inspire by Anna Simpson for emaginette


3 New Harry Potter Books Coming This October by Michael Walsh for Nerdist
This October, Muggles everywhere will be able to enter the wizarding world anew with three new Harry Potter books. And one of the new books is a Hogwarts pop-up!

3 New Harry Potter Books Coming This October by Michael Walsh for Nerdist


Her best advice about writing a book is this: Learn to savor the work itself.



How To Stay Motivated When You’re Not Making Progress by Bryan Hutchinson for Positive Writer
Writer’s block is real. Every writer, at one point or another, has experienced this debilitating inability to make any real progress in his or her work.



While reviewers enjoy moaning about his novels, McEwan is enjoying a new life on film. But whether it is On Chesil Beach or The Children Act, filming brilliant books is far from easy.

Good Books, Bad Films: Why Does Ian McEwan Never Translate On Screen? by John Mullan for The Guardian


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
18 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 August 2018

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

The New Yorker paid a visit to Declan Kiely, the Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library about the wonderful Berg Collection, which houses all sorts of historically significant realia that once belonged to famous American authors.




Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel, Sabrina, the first to make the finalists for the UK’s leading fiction award, has seen sales rocket after the announcement

Booker Prize Longlisting Leaves Sabrina's Publishers Struggling To Meet Demand by Alison Flood for The Guardian


5 Ways To Sell More Books by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp
Here are 5 quick, easy ways you can help boost your online exposure and hopefully your book sales.

5 Ways To Sell More Books by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp


If your social media posts aren’t captivating your audience and bringing in waves of conversions – you’re missing a huge piece of the puzzle.

How To Craft Magnetic Social Media Content (That Generates Engagement And Sales) by Alee King for FunnelOverload


13 Brilliant Science Books From 2018 by Susan Choi for BookBub
Engage your mind with this list of the best science books 2018 has to offer.

13 Brilliant Science Books From 2018 by Susan Choi for BookBub


Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topic among bibliophiles is whether or not you should read more than one book at a time.

Deciding To Read More Than One Book At A Time Has Made It Easier Than Ever For Me To Meet My Reading Goals by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle


Why Don’t More Boys Read Little Women? by Anne Boyd Rioux for LitHub
Why has Alcott’s classic not endured as a book for schools while Twain’s tales of boyhood have?

Why Don’t More Boys Read Little Women? by Anne Boyd Rioux for LitHub


Here are 100 of the greatest writing tips, quotes and publishing snippets from the speakers who shared with their knowledge and experiences.

100 Writing & Publishing Tips From The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference by Jess Zafarris for Writer’s Digest


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 4 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
4 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  4 August 2018

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

Avoid Yah-Ha Vs Nah-Ha by Anna Simpson for emaginette

What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?


Avoid Yah-Ha Vs Nah-Ha by Anna Simpson for emaginette




These uncertain times have seen a renewed interest in serious nonfiction, as people try to make sense of an unstable world. Includes a link to a list of the best “brainy” books of the last 10 years.


How The “Brainy” Book Became A Publishing Phenomenon by Alex Preston for The Guardian



Misplaced Modifiers Are Laughable And The Bane Of Writers by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets

The question posed for this month is “Critiquers have nailed my writing for misplaced modifiers. How can I recognize them and stop making this mistake?”


Misplaced Modifiers Are Laughable And The Bane Of Writers by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets




Some of the best characters in literature are female. From the evil to the undeniably perfect, these are the greatest female characters from literature of all genres. This list includes the best female characters of all ages. You get to play a part in deciding their rank.


The Best Female Characters In Literature by Ranker




Bestselling author Rick Riordan has gone viral after surgically destroying a troll who wanted “less gender dysphoria” in his books.


Percy Jackson Author Goes Viral With The Perfect Comeback To An Anti-Trans Troll by Josh Jackman for PinkNews



Plug these essential elements into your marketing to drive customer sales naturally and easily.


Subconscious Selling: Your Customers Won’t Buy Without These 3 Elements by Kathryn Aragon for DigitalMarketer




These underhanded character development techniques are designed to relax your “thinky” brain and to draw instead on your curiosity, intuition and slightly devious sense of play in order to help your characters reveal their own inner workings.


Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques by Deb Norton for Writer’s Digest



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Saturday, July 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  28 July 2018

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


One of the best investments you can make is to ensure your first and second books cross-market each other.


Case Study: Tips For Updating A First Book To Market Your Second by David Wogahn for Author Imprints



How to Salvage Water Damaged Books by Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid

Here’s a tutorial showing you how to salvage books that have been damaged by water.






Austin's Michael-Scott Earle, who previously filed a trademark on the phrase “Dragon Slayer” for use in fantasy novel trademarks, has now filed a trademark on book covers with “one or more human or partially human figures underneath, at least one of the figures holding a weapon; and an author's name underneath the figures; wherein the title/series and author's name are depicted in the same or similar coloring.”


Trademark Troll Who Claims To Own "Dragon Slayer" Now Wants Exclusive Rights To Book Covers Where Someone Is Holding A Weapon by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing




Librarians are in uproar after an article in Forbes magazine proposed replacing all public libraries in the US with Amazon bookstores because libraries “don’t have the same value they used to” and cost taxpayers too much.


“Twaddle”: Librarians Respond To Suggestion Amazon Should Replace Libraries by Kate Lyons for The Guardian




For 12 years, Jennifer Taylor watched kids come into the library at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, California, and struggle to find books. Then, she discovered “genrefication”, a movement to organize schools’ libraries by type, like bookstores.


How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More Like Bookstores by Gail Cornwall for KQED News



Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

In this episode, Chris discusses Amazon’s new edition of their ebook bulk buy program – who may benefit and who might not.


Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors



The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize

The 13 novels in contention for Britain’s most prestigious literary award include a graphic novel, a thriller, a novel in verse, and new writers.


The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize




The analysis “reveals the pervasiveness of gender bias and stereotype in the books on different features like occupation, introductions, and actions associated to the characters in the book.”


An IBM Team Identified Deep Gender Bias From 50 Years Of Booker Prize Shortlists by Suneera Tandon for Quartz India



Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot

Finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. These awards honor fiction and artists with nominated material published in 2017 or with a 2017 cover date.


Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot




Here are some unique ways to use social media content that will get your business noticed.


Social Media Content That Will Get Your Business Noticed by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil



10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub

BoobBub has rounded up some of the most intriguing hidden messages you may not have noticed before.


10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub



Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts

Cats are a staple of many independent bookstores, and as any bookstore owner will tell you, they're often the ones that truly run the place.


Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts



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