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Saturday, April 7, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 7 April 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
7 April 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 7 April 2018

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

Break The Perfection Habit And Stop Editing As You Write by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
Catherine answers the question: “How can a writer break the perfection habit, or are there ways to stop editing as you go?”

Break The Perfection Habit And Stop Editing As You Write by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


Here Are The 2018 Hugo Award Nominees by Andrew Liptak for The Verge
The nominees for the 2018 Hugo Awards were announced, representing the best science fiction and fantasy literature published in 2017.

Here Are The 2018 Hugo Award Nominees by Andrew Liptak for The Verge


Young adult author Gwen C. Katz found a delightfully deluded male author claiming that his facility with writing natural women characters constituted an unassailable rebuke to the idea that we need diverse authors to write diverse viewpoints.

“Describe Yourself Like A Male Author Would” Is The Most Savage Twitter Thread In Ages by Electric Literature


Author Anita Shreve Dies Aged 71 by Alison Flood for The Guardian
Bestselling novelist of 18 books, including The Weight of Water and The Pilot’s Wife, died after “a long and very private fight with cancer”.

Author Anita Shreve Dies Aged 71 by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Amazon informed authors on Monday that they were no longer accepting new submissions to Kindle Scout.

Amazon Is Shutting Down Its Crowd-Sourcing Platform, Kindle Scout by Nate Hoffelder for The Digital Reader


Wu Ming-Yi’s nationality changed to “Taiwan, China” after Beijing pressured organizers.

Man Booker Prize Criticised For Changing Taiwanese Author's Nationality by Lily Kuo for The Guardian


Followed by this the next day:
Man Booker Prize Reverses Nationality Decision On Taiwanese Author by Alison Flood and Lily Kuo for The Guardian
The literary prize announces that it will no longer list authors by nationality, but by country or territory, after drawing criticism when it bowed to pressure from China.

Man Booker Prize Reverses Nationality Decision On Taiwanese Author by Alison Flood and Lily Kuo for The Guardian


Kindness Is Important Too by Anna Simpson for emaginette
When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Kindness Is Important Too by Anna Simpson for emaginette


About Improvement, the judges wrote, “The art of this exquisite novel rests in Silber’s ability to weave the lives of her characters together into a complete whole, providing readers with intimate glimpses into the delicate and often unseen challenges of unassuming, everyday people.”

Joan Silber’s Improvement Wins PEN/Faulkner Award For Fiction by The Washington Post


A Librarian Discovered The Secret Codes Used By Elderly Library-Goers by Isobel Hamilton by Isobel Hamilton for Mashable Australia
A librarian has given the Twittersphere an insight into the world of elderly library-goers and their mysterious ways.

A Librarian Discovered The Secret Codes Used By Elderly Library-Goers by Isobel Hamilton by Isobel Hamilton for Mashable Australia


Complete List Of Instagram Ad Sizes & Specs For 2018 by Alex York by Alex York for Sprout Social
Here’s the complete list of Instagram ad sizes and specs for 2018.

Complete List Of Instagram Ad Sizes & Specs For 2018 by Alex York by Alex York for Sprout Social


The Formula For Guaranteed Book Marketing Success podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode Chris explains the five requirements for long-term book marketing success - the SMART acronym.


The Formula For Guaranteed Book Marketing Success podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors



Three members of the Swedish Academy – the prestigious body that hands out the Nobel Prize in Literature – stepped down on Friday in a move that shocked the literature world.

Three Members Quit Swedish Academy As Row Splits Nobel-Awarding Body by The Local


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 16 December 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
16 December 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 16 December 2017

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

The Academy of American Poets is excited to announce that it has invited twelve new guest editors to each curate a month of Poem-a-Day in 2018.

The Academy Of American Poets Announces Twelve Guest Editors For Its Poem-A-Day Series in 2018 by Academy of American Poets


'Feminism' Is Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year by Nick Romano for Entertainment Weekly
Merriam-Webster revealed on Tuesday that “feminism” is the dictionary’s word of the year, followed by nine other highly searched for terms that were largely driven by the Trump administration: “complicit,” “recuse,” “empathy,” “dotard,” “syzygy,” “gyro,” “federalism,” “hurricane,” and “gaffe.”

'Feminism' Is Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year by Nick Romano for Entertainment Weekly


Check out the books that made the charts this past year.

2017- This Year In Books by Amazon


After being fed all seven Potter tales, a predictive keyboard has produced a tale that veers from almost genuine to gloriously bonkers.

'He Began To Eat Hermione's Family': Bot Tries To Write Harry Potter Book – And FailsIn Magic Ways by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Robin Benway, this year's National Book Award for Young People's Literature shares her own journey of discovery with Goodreads, one that took her from crippling self-doubt to reclaiming the magic of storytelling.

How A National Book Award Winner Overcame Writer's Block by Hayley for Goodreads


What can you do to make people want to watch YOUR Facebook videos? There’s one little tweak that’ll make your Facebook videos a LOT more watchable.

The Facebook Video Tweak That Could Seriously Increase Your Views by MeetEdgar


New figures show that fewer UK writers earn enough to live on, as ACE blames falling sales of literary fiction on the recession and the rise of smartphones.

Literary Fiction In Crisis As Sales Drop Dramatically, Arts Council England Reports by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Caleb Green's proud parents livestreamed his incredible performance from their home in Chicago on Facebook.

Four-Year-Old Prodigy Reads 100 Books In Just A Day by Dave Burke for The Mirror


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 9 December 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
9 December 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 9 December 2017

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

With 23 categories, one-day shipping and the promise of Prime... Amazon has finally launched in Australia, and it's going big.

Amazon Australia Has Launched: Here's What's On Offer by Claire Reilly for CNet


More than 3.8 million votes have been cast and counted in the 9th annual Goodreads Choice Awards honoring the year's best books decided by you, the readers!

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards by Cybil for Goodreads


Researchers Investigate What Makes A Poem Popular by Jason Daley for Smithsonian Magazine
A recent study found that vividness of imagery best predicted a poem’s aesthetic appeal.

Researchers Investigate What Makes a Poem Popular by Jason Daley for Smithsonian Magazine


Lawyers Sue California Because Too Many Children Can't Read by Julie Watson for The Sacramento Bee
A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools sued California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of schoolchildren who do not know how to read.

Lawyers Sue California Because Too Many Children Can't Read by Julie Watson for The Sacramento Bee


Looking for fresh new gift ideas for the book lover in your life? Here are the best items spotted in 2017.

15 Best Bookish Gifts of 2017 – A Holiday Gift Guide For Book Lovers by Ola Kowalczyk for Ebook Friendly


BookCon Looks To Broaden Audience by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
Since its inception in 2014, BookCon has mainly drawn women in the 18 to 30-year-old age bracket. While organizer ReedPop is happy to have those readers, it will introduce a series of new initiatives aimed at broadening the audience for the 2018 event taking place in New York City June 2-3.

BookCon Looks To Broaden Audience by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


Every aspiring author's biggest fear is having their work rejected by a publisher, but not even in the worst kind of nightmares could any writer imagine receiving this heartless rejection letter from 1928.

This Publisher Rejection Letter From 1928 Is Straight Up The Most Crushing Thing You'll Read Today by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle


In her new collection of essays, No Time to Spare, beloved fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin meditates on aging, literature, human nature, and, of course, cats.

13 Pieces Of Indispensable Wisdom From Ursula K. Le Guin by Arianna Rebolini for BuzzFeed


Why Is The Oxford Comma A Heated Debate In 2017? by Daniel Potter for Grammarly
Our language is forever evolving, and 2017 was no exception. Two key authorities on proper usage - the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style - both made modernizing tweaks in their latest updates.

Why Is The Oxford Comma A Heated Debate In 2017? by Daniel Potter for Grammarly


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 18 November 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
18 November 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 18 November 2017

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

New York Public Library Unveils $317 Million Master Plan by Jennifer Schuessler for The New York Times
The New York Public Library has unveiled a new master plan for its flagship building on Fifth Avenue, bringing the long-running, contentious saga of the Beaux-Arts landmark's renovation for the 21st century closer to an end.

New York Public Library Unveils $317 Million Master Plan by Jennifer Schuessler for The New York Times


November 19 2017 marks a whopping 10 years since the debut of the Amazon Kindle.

Amazon Just Revealed The Most Popular Kindle Books Of All Time by MJ Franklin for Mashable


Ace Graphic Novels By Women And Non-Binary Folks by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen for Frankie Magazine
What to do when you’re itching for a comics fix but don’t have enough time to get stuck into a series?

Ace Graphic Novels By Women And Non-Binary Folks by Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen for Frankie Magazine


J. K. Rowling may have a reputation as something of a Twitter badass, but she has a softer side too.

J. K. Rowling Just Tweeted The Sweetest Reply To A Struggling Writer by Sam Haysom for Mashable


2017 National Book Award Winners by National Book Foundation
The National Book Foundation announced the National Book Award winners.

2017 National Book Award Winners by National Book Foundation


Christopher Tolkien, who has safeguarded the rights of his father J.R.R. Tolkien's work, recently resigned as director of Tolkien Estate - signifying a major change on the horizon for adaptations of Tolkien's work.

J. R. R. Tolkien's Son Resigns As Director Of Tolkien Estate, Ending Decades Of Tightly Controlled Adaptations by Beth Elderkin for Gizmodo


Marking PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer, authors and artists have written letters of hope and solidarity to colleagues in prison.

Neil Gaiman And Ai Weiwei Join Major Names Writing To Jailed Authors by Alison Flood for The Guardian


We are living in a world where the period, our most fundamental punctuation mark, is a loaded one.

How The Internet Killed The World’s Most Important Punctuation Mark by Emmy Favilla for BuzzFeed News


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 11 November 2017

This Week on Books Direct -
11 November 2017

This Week on Books Direct - 11 November 2017

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

The Booker prize winner on his new novel and why it’s not always possible to separate fact from fiction.

Richard Flanagan: "Fiction Is Not A Lie, But A Truth, A Necessary Truth" by Stephanie Cross for The Guardian


You’ve followed all of the advice and built a list, and now you need to turn those random email addresses into super fans.

Not Sold In Stores: Using Exclusive Content To Turn Your Reader List Into Super Fans by BookFunnel Blog


Russell Hoban worked and reworked his story to create his narrator’s strange, post-apocalyptic vernacular in Riddley Walker. It makes for difficult but rewarding reading.

Worth The "Trubba": Making Sense Of Riddley Walker's Language by Sam Jordison for The Guardian


Fictionary is the first online tool for editing your story, not just your words. Ensure your story works before sharing your novel with the world.

You’ve Finished The First Draft Of Your Novel. Now What? by Kristina Stanley for Medium


While it may not be criminal, selling an ARC is unethical and a serious threat to authors and publishers.

Readers Selling Review Copies And What It Means To The Industry by Hans M. Hirschi


Life is strong in people – we didn’t get to be wreckers of the planet without a mighty life force in us. But accepting death is one of the contentments of age.

Thomas Keneally: Death Is Not The fly In The Cosmic Ointment. It Is The Cosmic Ointment by Thomas Keneally for The Guardian


Have trouble adulting? Researchers at New Zealand's University of Otago have discovered that adult coloring books are actually really good for your mental health, so maybe you're doing something right for yourself by remaining a kid at heart.

Adult Coloring Books Are Actually Really Good For Your Mental Health, According To A New Study by Kristian Wilson for Bustle


It's time to find out how well you really know the English language.
My result: "You got 12 out of 20 right! You Are an Illustrious Linguist and All Your Friends are Probably Jealous. OK, so you're obviously some sort of savant or you maybe majored in arcane English words in college. Wow! You're amazing! Go you. You should probably consider being a dictionary editor or weird-word quiz maker."

Do You Know What These Weird English Words Actually Mean? by Emmy Favilla for BuzzFeed


Like that would ever happen! Still, I love these!

Mesmerizing Book GIFs For When You're Too Stressed To Read by Danika Ellis for BuzzFeed


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