Showing posts with label marketing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label marketing. Show all posts

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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Sunday, September 9, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
9 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2018

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

How To Start A Blog (Why And When) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
The question posed for this month: “Should I blog before I finish my first book or after?”

How To Start A Blog (Why And When) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


Querying Rejection: Form Letters by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna answers the question: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”

Querying Rejection: Form Letters by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Publishing Paths by Tricia Schneider for Shadows of Romance
Tricia answers the same question: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”

Publishing Paths by Tricia Schneider for Shadows of Romance


Thousands of disgruntled office workers – including a member of the White House press team – have applied to run a pop-up bookshop in the Maldives after an advertisement for the position went viral last week.

White House Press Officer Joins Race For Bookshop Job In The Maldives by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Hotel chain Travelodge revealed the 20 most-left-behind books at their locations, and the list includes some pretty riveting best sellers.

These Are the 20 Books Travelers Are Always Leaving Behind at Their Hotels by Andrea Romano for Travel + Leisure


Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens.

Neil Gaiman And Chris Riddell On Why We Need Libraries – An Essay In Pictures for The Guardian


6 More Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Story Idea by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice
How do you take the seed of a story that feels too much like it’s already been done, and make it your own?

6 More Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Story Idea by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice


The William Blake Archive gives us access to a huge sampling of Blake’s work, from his book illustrations to his drawings and paintings, to his manuscripts, etc.

Enter An Archive Of William Blake’s Fantastical “Illuminated Books”: The Images Are Sublime, And In High Resolution by Josh Jones for Open Culture


Gwyn Conger Steinbeck’s newly unearthed book tells of her troubled marriage to the author.

John Steinbeck Was A Sadistic Womaniser, Says Wife In Memoir by Sian Cain for The Guardian


Was Lolita Inspired By A True Crime? by Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post
A new book, The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman, offers tantalizing evidence it was.

Was Lolita Inspired By A True Crime? by Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post


How To Begin Writing Every Day by Rosario Martinez for The NaNoWriMo Blog
For some writers, September means the start of meticulously planning out what they’re going to write in November. No matter what your writing style is, just starting anything can be the hardest part. Writer Rosario Martinez shares some words of wisdom about beginnings.

How To Begin Writing Every Day by Rosario Martinez for The NaNoWriMo Blog


5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator by Sara Crawford for The Creative Penn
Is it “too late” to write a book when the world is so crowded with books and more being published every day? No, now really is the best time ever to be a creator.

5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator by Sara Crawford for The Creative Penn


Find out how to start a book with a bang.

Shocking Introductions: Crafting The Perfect Start To A Story by C. M. North for Girl Who Reads


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Sunday, September 2, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 2 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
2 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 2 September 2018

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

Three libraries make the list of the best places to visit.

World’s Greatest Places 2018 by Time


Neil Simon, celebrated playwright and screenwriter, has died at the age of 91.

The Odd Couple Playwright Neil Simon Dies At 91 by WMUR9


The Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal, is one of the world’s oldest bookstores and frequently ranked as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

I Visited One Of The World's Most Beautiful Bookstores, Which Is Over 100 Years Old And A Rumoured Inspiration Behind Harry Potter by Harrison Jacobs for Business Insider


Is Social Media Influencing Book Cover Design? by Holly Connolly for The Guardian
With “bookstagramming” becoming a force in marketing, are designers making covers more colourful, bolder and cleaner, to stand out on our screens?

Is Social Media Influencing Book Cover Design? by Holly Connolly for The Guardian


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Final Posthumous Book Is Published by Jason Daley for Smithsonian.com
The author tinkered with and rewrote The Fall of Gondolin, one of his first tales of Middle-earth, many times during his career.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Final Posthumous Book Is Published by Jason Daley for Smithsonian.com


Former Barnes & Noble CEO Sues Over His Firing by Julia Horowitz for CNN Money
Demos Parneros, the former CEO of Barnes & Noble is suing the bookseller over his firing last month.

Former Barnes & Noble CEO Sues Over His Firing by Julia Horowitz for CNN Money


The New Academy, founded after the 2018 prize was canceled as a result of sexual assault scandal, announces shortlist of four.

Neil Gaiman And Haruki Murakami Up For Alternative Nobel Literature Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Followed by this:
People are calling out The Guardian's coverage of the alternative Nobel Prize that centered the male authors as primary contenders, while Condé and Thúy were described as “complet[ing]” the shortlist.

Writers On Twitter Are Calling Out The Guardian For Coverage Of A Literary Award That Virtually Ignored The Female Finalists by Kristian Wilson for Bustle


3 Members Of Nobel Literature Prize Body To Return by Jan M. Olsen for The Seattle Times
Three members who quit the prestigious body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature amid a scandal and internal feud are returning to the Swedish Academy, saying differences with a member are of less importance than the academy itself.

3 Members Of Nobel Literature Prize Body To Return by Jan M. Olsen for The Seattle Times


Followed by this:
Two former members of the prestigious body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature who quit in the wake of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal have dismissed reports they were returning to the Swedish Academy.

Ex Members Of Nobel Literature Body “No Plans On Returning” by Jan M. Olsen for The Washington Post


In the publishing industry, adult non-fiction revenues are soaring above fiction revenues and have been widening the gap for the past five years.

Traditional Publishers Are Selling Way More Non-Fiction Than Fiction by Adam Rowe for Forbes


Content Curation Tools For Better Marketing by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil
We’ll go through the top reasons to curate and tools to use to curate content for better marketing.

Content Curation Tools For Better Marketing by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil


Book Marketing: 10 Ways To Get Reviews For Your Book by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
Book reviews are important for social proof as well as getting marketing opportunities like BookBub placement, for mining quotes for ad copy, and understanding how your author brand is perceived. But how do you get reviews, especially if you're just starting out?



Facebook has been testing a new feature called Keyword Snooze, which lets people take a 30-day break from content in their News Feed that contains a particular word or phrase.

Keyword Snooze: People Turn Down The Noise by Facebook Newsroom


CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) are becoming one service - making KDP the single place to publish and manage your print and digital books.

CreateSpace Closing – It’s Official by David Gaughran


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
25 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 August 2018

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

The Weirdest Libraries Around The World by Brianne Alphonso for ElectricLit
Get your books from a phone booth, monastery, military tank, or camel.

The Weirdest Libraries Around The World by Brianne Alphonso for ElectricLit


3 Easy Ways To Improve Your SEO by Dana Fiddler for SheOwnsIt
As an online business owner or blogger, SEO is likely something you’ve heard about. Here are 3 easy areas you can improve your SEO.

3 Easy Ways To Improve Your SEO by Dana Fiddler for SheOwnsIt


Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Hugo Awards by Andrew Liptak for The Verge
The Hugo award, voted on by members of the fan community, is considered the highest honor for science fiction and fantasy literature.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Hugo Awards by Andrew Liptak for The Verge


Quotes To Inspire by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna shares some quotes from what inspires her most: other writers.

Quotes To Inspire by Anna Simpson for emaginette


3 New Harry Potter Books Coming This October by Michael Walsh for Nerdist
This October, Muggles everywhere will be able to enter the wizarding world anew with three new Harry Potter books. And one of the new books is a Hogwarts pop-up!

3 New Harry Potter Books Coming This October by Michael Walsh for Nerdist


Her best advice about writing a book is this: Learn to savor the work itself.



How To Stay Motivated When You’re Not Making Progress by Bryan Hutchinson for Positive Writer
Writer’s block is real. Every writer, at one point or another, has experienced this debilitating inability to make any real progress in his or her work.



While reviewers enjoy moaning about his novels, McEwan is enjoying a new life on film. But whether it is On Chesil Beach or The Children Act, filming brilliant books is far from easy.

Good Books, Bad Films: Why Does Ian McEwan Never Translate On Screen? by John Mullan for The Guardian


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