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Sunday, September 16, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
16 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 September 2018

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

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library by Eric Klinenberg for The New York Times
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library by Eric Klinenberg for The New York Times


Years before Nancy Crampton Brophy was accused of gunning down her chef husband in a Portland kitchen, the novelist penned a handy treatise on offing one's spouse.

The Chef's Murder Was A Mystery. Then Portland Police Arrested His Romance Novelist Wife by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh for Oregon Live


Marketing Strategies And Cover Love by Jacquie Biggar for Sisterhood of Suspense
There’s a lot more to creating a successful marketing plan than writing the book. And your book cover is a big part of it.

Marketing Strategies And Cover Love by Jacquie Biggar for Sisterhood of Suspense


The posters, which took several months to design, have been devised as part of the The Great American Read, an eight-part TV series and multiplatform reading initiative that looks at America's 100 best-loved novels.

Visit Wuthering Heights: Classic Novels Transformed Into Vintage Travel Posters by Tamara Hardingham-Gill for CNN Travel


2018 National Book Awards Longlists by National Book Foundation
The 2018 National Book Awards Longlists have been announced. Winners will be announced in November.

2018 National Book Awards Longlists by National Book Foundation


There are hundreds of graphic design tools that run from free to pricey and sloppy to distinguished. Which ones are the best for non-designers?

Non-Designer Graphic Design Tools & Resources for Marketing by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil Blog


Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo by Julia Jacobs for The New York Times
Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of Speak, was one of the first young adult fiction writers to deal with issues of rape and sexual assault.

Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo by Julia Jacobs for The New York Times


The legendary movie director John Huston once remarked that a great movie is comprised of “three great scenes, and no weak ones.” Not bad advice that. We don’t want any weak scenes in our fiction. But we also want those moments that reach deep into the reader’s heart. How can we apply this to our writing?

How To Give Your Readers Unforgettable Moments by James Scott Bell


And … Action! Applying TV Lessons to Chapter Hooks by Jami Gold for Writers Helping Writers
What can we learn for our writing by looking at how TV shows build hooks into the end of every act?



Pantsing Toward An Outline: A Hybrid Approach by P. H. Solomon for Story Empire Blog
Have you ever pantsed and outlined your novel at the same time?

Pantsing Toward An Outline: A Hybrid Approach by P. H. Solomon for Story Empire Blog


When To Leave Out The “That” by Kathy Servian for Romance University
If you want to tighten your writing, try leaving out “that”.

When To Leave Out The “That” by Kathy Servian for Romance University


10 Building Blocks Of A Psychopath by Sue Coletta, Crime Writer
Let’s look at 10 building blocks of a psychopath and discuss the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath.

10 Building Blocks Of A Psychopath by Sue Coletta, Crime Writer


Top 10 Book Ideas by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
You want to write, but when you sit down to get started, you realize you don’t have a book idea. Here are ten questions to help you get started finding your book idea. Use them as writing prompts or to make your current idea better.

Top 10 Book Ideas by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice

Are You Making This Character Flaw Mistake? by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
“Give your characters flaws” is one of the more common pieces of writing advice out there. It’s good advice, as flaws make characters more human and relatable, and the fatal flaw is a critical part of any character arc, but many writers make an easy mistake when creating them. They think flaws have to be negative traits.

Are You Making This Character Flaw Mistake? by Janice Hardy for Fiction University


Fear, the veteran Washington reporter’s unflattering portrait of Trump White House gets ninth printing to meet extraordinary demand from the US and beyond.

Bob Woodward's Fear Sells More Than 750,000 In First Day by Alison Flood for The Guardian


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
30 June 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 June 2018

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

Donald Hall, a prolific and award-winning poet and man of letters who was widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died. He was 89.

Donald Hall, US Poet Laureate And Prize-Winning Man Of Letters, Dies At 89 by Associated Press for The Guardian


Derek Taylor Kent wasn’t sure where to get started when launching his author brand, and he made countless mistakes that he’s learned from and that have helped him reach the point where he’s just beginning to get the hang of it.

Building A Modern Author Brand: My Mis-Adventures In Perfecting A Platform by Derek Taylor Kent for I Smell Sheep


Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns by Associated Press in Chicago for The Guardian
American Library Association changes award name after examining ‘expressions of stereotypical attitudes’ in books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Name Removed From Book Award Over Racism Concerns by Associated Press in Chicago for The Guardian


The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018.

2018 Locus Awards Winners by Locus Mag


Reader or writer, what do you gain from reading/writing?

Once A Teacher, Always A Teacher, Or Why I Write The Books I Write by Hans M. Hirschi


Philip Pullman, Antony Beevor, and Sally Gardner call for a fairer share of profits, as survey shows full-time writers earn below minimum wage.

Publishers Are Paying Writers A Pittance, Say Bestselling Authors by Danuta Kean for The Guardian


Children’s author Tom Palmer has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to write a story that captures reluctant readers.

A Story About Harry Kane And Russian History Is Inspiring Schoolkids To Read by Richard Foster for The Guardian


Marketing a business can be tough when you feel like you’ve exhausted so many ideas. If you feel like you’re struggling or bored with the same marketing strategies, it’s time to take on a new and fresh approach. Let’s take a look at a variety of marketing ideas that’ll pump you up and get energized to market your business as an entrepreneur.

13 Extraordinary Marketing Ideas for Entrepreneurs by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil


The 40 Under 40 initiative has chosen a diverse set of fresh fellows to reflect the ‘bold expressiveness’ of a new generation in an institution that has been ‘overwhelmingly’ white and male.

Royal Society Of Literature Admits 40 New Fellows To Address Historical Biases by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Leisure Reading In The U.S. Is At An All-Time Low by Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post
The share of Americans who read for pleasure on a given day has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2004, according to the latest American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Leisure Reading In The U.S. Is At An All-Time Low by Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post


Speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned short stories, novellas and criticism, contributed to TV series including The Outer Limits, Star Trek and, Babylon 5 and won a notable copyright infringement suit against ABC and Paramount and a settlement in a similar suit over The Terminator, has died. He was 84.

Harlan Ellison, Provocative Sci-Fi Writer Of Star Trek, A Boy and His Dog, Dies At 84 by Carmel Dagan for Variety


Curious about the difference between a clear, concise sentence and a wordy one? Check out three of the top offenders when it comes to wordy writing.

Grammarly Spotlight: Why Concise Writing Gets More Readers by Grammarly Blog


Rather than getting hung up on the tiny detail that none of you read the book, here are some things to do in your book club meeting that will keep the discussion going strong and the literary vibes flowing.

12 Tips For Hosting A Successful Book Club Meeting When No One Read The Book by Melissa Ragsdale for Bustle


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 17 February 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
17 February 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 17 February 2018

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

I Wrote A Book - Here’s What I Learned by Nils Ödlund for Mythic Scribes
Nils looks back on how he took his story from just another idea to a completed novella.

I Wrote A Book - Here’s What I Learned by Nils Ödlund for Mythic Scribes


To Kill a Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn are to be dropped from Duluth area classes because of ‘uncomfortable atmosphere’ their use of racial slurs creates.

‘Hurtful’ Harper Lee And Mark Twain Dropped From Minnesota Curriculum by Alison Flood for The Guardian


The author, whose novel became a hit Netflix series, is no longer a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, which says he violated its harassment code.


Thirteen Reasons Why Author Jay Asher Has Been Accused Of Sexual Harassment by Laura Bradley for Vanity Fair


The author of Thirteen Reasons Why, the young adult novel about suicide that inspired the Netflix hit of the same name, has released a statement denying all of the sexual harassment claims against him.

Thirteen Reasons Why Author Jay Asher Denies All Sexual Harassment Claims by Zoah Hedges-Stocks for The Telegraph


Maze Runner Author James Dashner Dropped By Literary Agent by Hillel Italie for The Washington Post
Maze Runner author James Dashner, facing allegations of sexual misconduct, has been dropped by his literary agent

Maze Runner Author James Dashner Dropped By Literary Agent by Hillel Italie for The Washington Post


In its FY2019 budget, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act.

White House Budget Proposal Continues To Miscalculate The Value Of Libraries by Kathi Kromer for District Dispatch


A Reimagined BookExpo Is Unveiled by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
After an extensive listening tour in which BookExpo executives met with a range of industry members, the organizers of book publishing’s largest trade show have added new elements to the event aimed at adding more value for booksellers.

A Reimagined BookExpo Is Unveiled by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


Whoops! It’s a goof in a Hollywood production, and we congratulate ourselves on catching it. We all get a laugh out of bloopers we find in the movies, but when they show up in a novel we’ve written, they aren’t quite so funny.

Blooper-Proof Your Novel: How To Find And Fix A ‘Reality Violation’ by Jessi Rita Hoffman for Writer’s Digest


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Saturday, January 6, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 6 January 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
6 January 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  6 January 2018

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

Obituary: Fred Bass, 89 by Ed Nawotka for Publishers Weekly
Fred Bass, the owner of New York City’s iconic Strand Book Store, died this morning surrounded by his loved ones. He was 89 years old.

Obituary: Fred Bass, 89 by Ed Nawotka for Publishers Weekly


Aharon Appelfeld, the acclaimed Israeli novelist who wrote disturbing, obliquely told stories of self-deluded Jews slowly awakening to the reality of the Holocaust, died on Thursday in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv. He was 85.

Aharon Appelfeld, Israeli Novelist Haunted By The Holocaust, Dies At 85 by Joseph Berger for The New York Times


Author Jacqueline Woodson, whose professional accolades include a National Book Award, four Newbery Honors, and a stint as the Young People’s Poet Laureate, has been named the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, for 2018–2019.

Jacqueline Woodson Named National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature by Shannon Maughan for Publishers Weekly


Writing a novel consistently tops the list of unrealised new year’s resolutions, alongside losing weight and drinking less. Learn from the masters about how to start writing a best-selling novel.

How To Write A Book: Dos And Don'ts - Plus Tips From Famous Authors by The Week


The new year has already proven unpleasant for President Trump, who has been shaken by a forthcoming tell-all about his White House. Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the White House, which was previously slated to be released by Henry Holt next week, has shot up the charts on Amazon and driven the president to take to Twitter with angry pronouncements about former members of his inner circle. As a result, the book's on-sale date has been changed to January 5.

Pre-Orders For Fire And Fury Skyrocket As Trump Rages; Pub Date Pushed To January 5 by Rachel Deahl for Publishers Weekly


Making My Writing Stand Out by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Most queries need to address what makes the pitched story stand out. What do you do to make your story stand out?

Making My Writing Stand Out by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Finish What You Start by Beth Hill for The Editor’s Blog
This is the time of year we’re filled with excitement over new projects, new possibilities. We make resolutions and plans, determined that this is the year we’ll write that novel, that we’ll submit a manuscript to the one agent we most want to represent us, that we’ll tackle the project that we’ve been putting off for months or years.

Finish What You Start by Beth Hill for The Editor’s Blog


Optimizing Your Books For Amazon Keyword Search by Penny Sansevieri for Jane Friedman
Even though many experts talk about Amazon keywords, categories, and pricing, few experts mention this important fact: Amazon is more a search engine than a store. In fact, Amazon is the “Google” of online buying.

Optimizing Your Books For Amazon Keyword Search by Penny Sansevieri for Jane Friedman


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