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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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Saturday, September 30, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 30 September 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
30 September 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 30 September 2017

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

With all of the competition these days, how do you get your kids to read books?

Why I Can’t Wait For My Son To Be Reading Books by Hans M. Hirschi


Kirsten Oliphant interviews Chris Syme about how to sell more books, which really means how to get more readers.

How To Sell More Books (aka How To Get More Readers) by Kirsten for Create If Writing


The National Book Foundation announced their 5 Under 35 honorees for 2017 today, and in a fun twist, all five nominees are women and three are women of color.

The National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Honorees Are All Women by Megan Reynolds for The Muse


Where To Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017! by Maggie Jacoby for Banned Books Week
How did you celebrate Banned Books Week?

Where To Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017! by Maggie Jacoby for Banned Books Week


Junot Díaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, called for more help for Puerto Rico.

Author Junot Díaz Calls For Help For Hurricane-Battered Puerto Rico by Michael Schaub for LA Times


The founding text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been returned to followers of Joseph Smith for $35 million, setting what is believed to be a new record for the most expensive manuscript ever sold.

Book Of Mormon Sets New Record For Most Expensive Manuscript Ever Sold by Alison Flood for The Guardian


4 Tools To Research Competitors On Social Media by Ana Gotter for Social Media Examiner
Do you want to learn more about your competitors’ social media activity? In this article, you’ll discover four tools for researching your competition on popular social media platforms.

4 Tools To Research Competitors On Social Media by Ana Gotter for Social Media Examiner


If you want to make it in the writing industry, you need to learn the lingo.

Talk Like A Copy Editor And Learn Something New In The Process by Shundalyn Allen for Grammarly Blog


Podcasts are a great source of inspiration for writers who like listening to information. Many podcasts also are accompanied by notes and transcripts so you can reinforce your learning through different styles of presentation.

Why Podcasts Are Perfect For Writers by This is Writing


The French writer Marcel Proust paid for glowing reviews of the first volume of his Remembrance of Things Past to be put into newspapers, letters by the author reveal.

Marcel Proust Paid For Reviews Praising His Work To Go Into Newspapers by The Guardian


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
9 September 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2017


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

Even Maya Angelou is quoted to have said: "I have written eleven books, but each time I think, 'Uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.'"

Authors And Imposter Syndrome, An Involuntary Relationship? by Hans M Hirschi


John Ashbery Obituary by Mark Ford for The Guardian
John Ashbery, who has died aged 90, was widely considered the most innovative and influential American poet of his generation.

John Ashbery Obituary by Mark Ford for The Guardian


There are a lot of free reading resources available if you’re looking to stock up on great literature.

Don’t Pay For Classic Books When You’re Going Back To School by Patrick Lucas Austin for Life Hacker


Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
I come across this problem a lot.

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 62: Head-Hopping POV by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors


Top 10 Tips For Crime Thriller Writing by Joshua Winning for Female First
Joshua Winning, author of Killing Rumer, shares his top tips for writing a crime thriller.

Top 10 Tips For Crime Thriller Writing by Joshua Winning for Female First


Comic Book Ladies To The Front by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen for Frankie Magazine
There are bucketloads of super-talented women writing and drawing comics these days – and they’re not all about superheroes, either.

Comic Book Ladies To The Front by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen for Frankie Magazine


Hiring An Editor For Your Term Paper May Be Cheating podcast by Mollie Turbeville for How Authors Work
Mollie Turbeville explains the editing process.

Hiring An Editor For Your Term Paper May Be Cheating podcast by Mollie Turbeville for How Authors Work


When you’re suffering from a serious case of writer’s block, stepping away from your workstation can be just what you need to get out of your rut.

9 Ways To Beat Writer’s Block (By Walking Away From Your Computer) by Meet Edgar


The Words Began With Me… by Anna Simpson for Emaginette
Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

The Words Began With Me… by Anna Simpson for Emaginette


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