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Sunday, September 30, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
30 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 September 2018

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

Author Ibi Zoboi, the author of American Street, called out a racist book review from The Wall Street Journal that was written by Meghan Cox Gurdon.

Author Ibi Zoboi Calls Out Racism And Classism In The Wall Street Journal Book Review by Princess Weekes for The Mary Sue


Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading prepublication journal of book reviews, today announced the six finalists for the fifth annual Kirkus Prize in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers’ Literature.

Kirkus Announces The Finalists For The 2018 Kirkus Prize for Kirkus Reviews


Scrabble players will have to rethink their game after new words, including OK and ew, added to approved list.

Yowza! 300 New Words Added To Scrabble Dictionary by The Guardian


It’s an exciting time for freelance editors: the needs of professional writers are constantly increasing, and quality freelancing services are in high demand. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been freelancing for years, you’re probably thinking about how to maximize your clientele and profits - and that means learning how to start an editing business.

How To Start A Freelance Editing Business: 10 Actionable Tips by Reedsy Blog


Independent bookshops are the cornerstone of many of our communities, so in conjunction with the Bookseller’s Association, The Guardian has compiled a list of some of the best.

The Guardian’s Guide To Independent Bookstores by The Guardian


If you’re like most writers, the actual writing process is fun(ish) for you. The launch, on the other hand, is probably a soul-sucking, frenetic nightmare. There’s nothing worse than feeling like the people in the graphic, standing on your soapbox announcing to everyone in earshot that you have a new book for sale.

Before, During, And After Publishing: A Marketing Checklist by Staci Toilo for Story Empire Blog


How Beautiful Should Your Sentences Be? by James Scott Bell for kill Zone
Everyone seems to be looking for “up-market fiction” in the traditional publishing world. But what the heck is it?

How Beautiful Should Your Sentences Be? by James Scott Bell for kill Zone


Leveraging The Emotional Spectrum In Your Writing by Bonnie Randall for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
Hopefully this analysis helps you leverage your character’s emotion to a place that delivers the maximum impact within your story.

Leveraging The Emotional Spectrum In Your Writing by Bonnie Randall for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University


Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing.

How To Master Show, Don’t Tell by K.M. Allan


Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now by Janice Hardy for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
If you're just looking for the next step to improve your craft, these are good words to search for to find possible places to revise.

Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now by Janice Hardy for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University


Why I Don’t Organize My Bookshelves by Simone Jung for Book Riot
How do you like to organize your bookshelves?

Why I Don’t Organize My Bookshelves by Simone Jung for Book Riot


4 Proven “Hacks” For Winning NaNoWriMo by Jessica Brody for NaNoWriMo Blog
Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, shares how to set yourself up for success by creating a morning writing routine.



If you’re a British history buff, next month is an ideal time to be in London for the British Library’s “once-in-a-generation exhibition”, including the St. Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest surviving intact European book.

Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Preserved And Found In The Coffin Of A Saint by Josh Jones for Open Culture


The UK’s oldest prize for children’s books is to be restructured after a report into failings that left 2017’s award shortlist entirely white.

Carnegie Medal Promises Immediate Action Over Lack Of Diversity by Alison Flood for The Guardian


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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, 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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