Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
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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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Saturday, March 10, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 10 March 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
10 March 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 10 March 2018

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

The parent of a Galileo STEM Academy student complained to administrators of the West Ada School District about the bestselling young adult novel Looking for Alaska being available in the school library.

Meridian School District Pulls Looking for Alaska From Middle School Libraries by George Prentice for Boise Weekly


How I Published And Promoted My Book by Nils Ödlund for Mythic Scribes
A few weeks back Nils wrote about how he went from a vague idea to a finished story, and this week he talks about how he turned that story into a published book, Emma’s Story.

How I Published And Promoted My Book by Nils Ödlund for Mythic Scribes


Writing and Politics are often on this author’s mind: take sides or stay quiet?

Writing And Politics: What Is My Responsibility As An Author? by Hans M Hirschi


James Ivory’s script for the coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay at Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards.

Call Me By Your Name Screenwriter James Ivory Becomes Oldest Oscar Winner by Dave McNary for Variety


B&N Starts Nationwide Book Club by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
Barnes & Noble is launching a nationwide book club in the spring. The Barnes & Noble Book Club will debut May 2, with Meg Wolitzer’s forthcoming novel The Female Persuasion its first title.

B&N Starts Nationwide Book Club by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


His Dark Materials author condemns way book industry ‘allows corporate profits to be so high at a time when author earnings are markedly falling’.

Philip Pullman Calls For Authors To Get Fairer Share Of Publisher Profits by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Sherman Alexie's accusers have come forward to speak to NPR about their experiences with him.

'It Just Felt Very Wrong': Sherman Alexie's Accusers Go On The Record by Lynn Neary for NPR


After a debate on the State Senate floor on Monday, Republican legislative leaders struck a compromise that would keep guns away from teachers but keep guns in schools. How? By arming librarians, counsellors, and coaches.

Who Should Be Armed In Florida Schools? Not Teachers, Lawmakers Say. But Maybe Librarians by Patricia Mazzei for The New York Times


Designer Blogs have twelve quick tips to help you improve your blog to help your readers easily understand your content and find information. These tips cover everything from design to formatting.

12 Tips For Making Your Blog Easier To Read by Designer Blogs


Social Media Use In 2018 by Aaron Smith and Monica Anderson for Pew Research Center
A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram.

Social Media Use In 2018 by Aaron Smith and Monica Anderson for Pew Research Center


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Saturday, February 24, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 24 February 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
24 February 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 24 February 2018

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

Shelley spent nine months by Lake Geneva writing the story of the bringing to life of a monster.

Copies Of Mary Shelley's Original Frankenstein Text To Be Published by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Analysis finds proportion of female authors and characters fell after 19th century, with male authors remaining ‘remarkably resistant’ to writing women.

Women Better Represented In Victorian Novels Than Modern, Finds Study by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Penguin Random House is launching a pop-up bookstore in London that’ll only stock works by women. Like A Woman will be running between 5-9 March in Shoreditch to mark International Women’s Day, which falls in the middle of that period.

Shop Selling Books Written By Women Only Is Coming To East London Next Month by Miranda Larbi for Metro


Toolbox 7: Elements Of A Mystery by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Elements of writing Mysteries are broken down into: victim, suspects, villain, hero(es)/police, support cast + series potential, clues/red herrings, violence + sex, and setting + cross genre.

Toolbox 7: Elements Of A Mystery by Anna Simpson for emaginette


The chief executive of Hachette Livre, Arnaud Nourry, says the industry has had ‘one or two successes among a hundred failures’ and that ebooks have ‘no creativity’.

'Ebooks Are Stupid', Says Head Of One Of World's Biggest Publishers by Alison Flood for The Guardian


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

2017 Nebula Award Finalists Announced! by Nebula Awards


How To Drive Meaningful Interactions In Facebook Groups by Megan O’Neill for Social Media Examiner
Are you struggling to get visibility on Facebook? Wondering how a Facebook group could help? In this article, you’ll learn how to use a Facebook group to foster engagement and drive the meaningful interactions favored by Facebook’s news feed algorithm.

How To Drive Meaningful Interactions In Facebook Groups by Megan O’Neill for Social Media Examiner


Strands of the first US president’s hair thought to have been gift to book’s owner from James Alexander Hamilton, son of the famous Treasury secretary.

George Washington's Hair Found Tucked In Old Book In New York Library by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Booksellers Respond To Kid Lit Sexual Harassment Scandal by Claire Kirch for Publishers Weekly
The children's book world has responded quickly to the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against YA authors Jay Asher and James Dashner.

Booksellers Respond To Kid Lit Sexual Harassment Scandal by Claire Kirch for Publishers Weekly


Writing a trilogy or a multi-book series has numerous advantages, especially for writers of genre fiction.

Writing A Trilogy: Essential Tips For Crafting A Three-Part Series by Dan Koboldt for Writer’s Digest


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