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Saturday, May 12, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 12 May 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
12 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 12 May 2018

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



11 best-selling writers to tell us which shops are worth a detour for book-loving travelers.


11 Authors Recommend US Bookstores Worth Traveling For by Lonely Planet




A library at the University of Texas-Austin is facing an existential quandary that’s likely to feel familiar to bookstores and libraries all over the US. In the age of speedy search and deliver, how useful is the presence of physical books?


A University Library Moved Its Books Offsite, Infuriating Visitors by Thu-Huong Ha for Quartzy



Barnes & Noble Teeters In A Post-Text World by John Biggs for Tech Crunch

Barnes & Noble, that once proud anchor to many a suburban mall, is waning.


Barnes & Noble Teeters In A Post-Text World by John Biggs for Tech Crunch




If Harry Potter has he-who-shall-not-be-named, in book community, we have what we call: reading slump.


Up Close And Personal: How Do I Get Through Reading Slumps? by Literature and Movies




The book George, a debut novel by Alex Gino for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, has set off a storm within a popular student reading competition in Oregon.


Parents Are Divided Over A Book In A Popular Student Reading Program In Oregon by Sarah Lorge Butler for The New York Times




Google Photos is making it even easier to fix photos with a new version of the app that will suggest quick fixes and other tweaks – like rotations, brightness corrections, or adding pops of color, for example – right below the photo you’re viewing.


Google Photos Will Add More AI-Powered Fixes, Including Colorization Of Black-And-White Photos by Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch



Judge Clears Path For To Kill A Mockingbird Trial In June by Eriq Gardner for The Hollywood Reporter

The Harper Lee Estate and Scott Rudin are set to do battle in New York over Aaron Sorkin's version after an Alabama judge transfers the venue of the case.


Judge Clears Path For To Kill A Mockingbird Trial In June by Eriq Gardner for The Hollywood Reported



Writing By Accident, Editing By Design by Michael Gallant for BookBaby Blog

Writing enough prose to fill a book is one thing, but weaving it all together into a story with a strong arc, purpose, and impact is another. Here are some lessons that might help you in your writing process - whether your own book is an “accident” or not.


Writing By Accident, Editing By Design by Michael Gallant for BookBaby Blog




POV. Writers can’t live without it. It influences every aspect of story, right down to word choice. But in all frankness, sometimes POV can be a little hard for us to live with as well. The vastness and the complexity of the topic makes it all too easy for authors to accidentally stumble into POV problems.


Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 64: POV Problems by K. M. Weiland



Book Promotion: Do This, Not That by Amy Collins for The Book Designer

Spend the time becoming an expert on your category and you will be in a better position than most to become a truly successful author. Stay vigilant and informed and you will be able to converse with, sell to, and negotiate with those in the publishing industry who hold the key to your success.


Book Promotion: Do This, Not That by Amy Collins for The Book Designer




In this episode Chris interviews copywriting expert and author Bryan Cohen on how to fix the most common mistakes authors make when writing a book description and how to fix them.


Episode 88 – Book Description Mistakes You’re Making And How To Fix Them by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing




Content is key for marketing, traffic, and search engine optimization. Content can convert wanna be buyers into lifelong customers if your efforts are thorough. With content being of the utmost importance, you don’t want to waste your efforts creating something that won’t actually achieve what you’ve set out to achieve.


How To Find Out What Content Your Audience Wants (Before You Produce It) by Stencil



And probably the biggest story of the week prompted numerous articles:


In the world of self-publishing, authors have to do whatever it takes to get their books in front of readers. For some authors, that means splitting their time between writing and promotion. For others, it means investing in social media managers and publicity packages. For other authors, though, the best way to become a household name is to pull a stunt so vile that it causes a firestorm of rage on author and reader sites.


SelfPubbed Romance Author Ignites Rage With Cocky Trademark by Mercy Pilkington for GoodEReader




For the last couple of years, the word “cocky” has been popping up on romance novel covers. A lot of them. Author Faleena Hopkins certainly likes to use the word in her book titles.


Don’t Do This, Ever: Faleena Hopkins Cocks The Whole Entire Fuck Up by Jenny Trout for Trout Nation



The Cocky Debacle by London Saint James for London’s Scribbles

Sometimes, something so completely preposterous happens and we need to confront the issue and bring it to the attention of others. Yes. Sometimes we need to take a stand and speak out; especially when people’s livelihoods are being threatened and they are being bullied.


The Cocky Debacle by London Saint James for London’s Scribbles




Faleena Hopkins, whose works include Cocky Romantic and Cocky Cowboy, is said to have written to other writers asserting her right to the adjective in titles.


Romantic Novelist's Trademarking Of Word 'Cocky' Sparks Outcry by Alison Flood for The Guardian



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Saturday, April 14, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 April 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
14 April 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 April 2018

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

What is subtext and how can it be used as a powerful force at the scene level? This post goes over some basics and shares an easy technique for creating subtext that will propel your narrative forward.

What Lies Beneath: How To Use Subtext To Drive Narrative by Rose Andrews for Mythic Scribes


For now (and the foreseeable future), Facebook seems to be it. What do you do?

Facebook For Authors: Still A Necessary Evil And No Alternative In Sight by Hans M. Hirschi


New Kindle Previewer by Kindle Direct Publishing
You can now use Kindle Previewer to get a bird’s eye view of your book and quickly validate the overall layout. When Enhanced Typesetting is enabled for your book, you can preview pages as adjustable thumbnails, allowing you to validate your book faster than before.

New Kindle Previewer by Kindle Direct Publishing


My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
Check out the three-part miniseries that attempts to simplify viewpoint.

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write


Edited by his son Christopher, Tolkien’s tale of a reluctant hero defending a city was written while the author was in hospital after the Battle of the Somme.

The Fall Of Gondolin, “New” JRR Tolkien Book, To Be Published In 2018 by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Celebrating its eleventh consecutive year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards is pleased to announce the 2018 longlists for both fiction and poetry.

nnouncing The 2018 BTBA Longlists For Fiction And Poetry by The Millions


A forthcoming e-book by authors Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan was de-listed on Amazon for two days last week after the company appeared to be convinced that Clare’s newly launched small-publishing initiative was a fraudulent attempt to impersonate the author.

Cassandra Clare’s Latest Book Temporarily De-Listed By Amazon by Alex Green for Publishers Weekly


Books that are fiction, thrillers or mysteries, have high initial sales numbers and are released around Christmas are more likely to be bestsellers, according to a study published in the open access journal EPJ Data Science.

What Makes A Bestseller: Fiction, Thriller And A Christmas Release by BioMed Central for Science Daily


Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has moved to break a deadlock at the scandal-hit committee that awards the Nobel Literature Prize, unveiling a plan on Wednesday to make it easier for members to resign.

King Of Sweden Considers Using Royal Powers To Break Nobel Deadlock by Richard Orange for The Telegraph


Followed by this:
Swedish Academy in crisis over claims of abuse and misconduct by husband of member.

Sexual Abuse Scandal Engulfs Nobel Literature Prize Body by Jon Henley for The Guardian



Harry Potter Books Unveil New Covers For 20th Anniversary Of US Publication by Sam Warner for Cosmopolitan
The Harry Potter book covers are almost as magical as the books themselves, and now they're getting a big overhaul. Publisher Scholastic has unveiled a new raft of covers for the seven titles, with the seven black-and-white pictures cleverly combining to becomes one illustration woven together by a snake.

Harry Potter Books Unveil New Covers For 20th Anniversary Of US Publication by Sam Warner for Cosmopolitan


Episode 85 – Book Marketing to Teens – Engaging the Elusive Generation Z podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris and Becca interview book marketing expert Kate Tilton on how to reach the elusive teen market. Generation Z readers are those born after 1993.

Episode 85 – Book Marketing to Teens – Engaging the Elusive Generation Z podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


And another one from Hans. He’s on a roll this week:
Publishing labels still matter still, but why? Are they useful?

“Self”, “Indie” Or “Trad” Publishing: What Are You? Does It Matter? by Hans M. Hirschi


Exact location of the poet’s coffin had been forgotten until recent excavation uncovered the vault.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Remains Rediscovered In Wine Cellar by Maev Kennedy for The Guardian


The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker International Prize reveals the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.

The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize


Here are 6 powerful ways to keep visitors on your site longer and lower your bounce rate.

6 Powerful Ways To Keep Visitors On Your Site Longer by Designer Blogs


Editing The First Draft: Show VS Tell And Infodumps by Joanne Saccsan for Joanne Writes Books

We heard it all before show don’t tell. Even though, when you open a classic, you’ll notice that the style back in the day, was told, not show and some of those classics are best books ever written. Since we advanced so did writing.


Editing The First Draft: Show VS Tell And Infodumps by Joanne Saccsan for Joanne Writes Books


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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, March 24, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 24 March 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
24 March 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 24 March 2018

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

The Waypoint Writer - A Flexible Way To Plan A Story by Rose Andrews for Mythic Scribes
So what is a waypoint writer? Find out here!

The Waypoint Writer - A Flexible Way To Plan A Story by Rose Andrews for Mythic Scribes


This is Amy - a writer who was struggling on her latest book. But after taking her car in to get new tires, she ended up cranking out about 4,000 words in the waiting room.

This Woman Wrote Her Novel At A Tire Store And Now They Are Her Biggest Fans by Farrah Penn for BuzzFeed


We’re now seeing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in our rear view mirror. But if you call yourself a writer, the brakes didn’t screech to a halt come November 30.

Novel Writing In 30 Days Or Less by Penelope Silvers


Readers, writers and editors of romance books are grappling with the genre’s record on diversity, after a week where a report found that books by authors of color were on the decline, an imprint specializing in diverse romances closed, and another publisher was forced to apologize for telling a writer they avoided putting people of color on book covers because they didn’t sell.

Romance So White? Publishers Grapple With Race Issues Amid Author Protests by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Racism in publishing: if you believe Riptide is the outlier, you’d be wrong.

Racism In Publishing And How It Affects My Own Writing by Hans M. Hirschi


LibraryThing Acquires Litsy by LibraryThing blog
LibraryThing has acquired the mobile platform Litsy, a mobile platform known for being “Instagram for booklovers.”

LibraryThing Acquires Litsy by LibraryThing blog


Feedback Makes Us Better Writers by Anna Simpson for emaginette
The best advice Anna can offer any new writer is be sure to listen to your support team.

Feedback Makes Us Better Writers by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Who Stole 314 Items From The Carnegie Library Rare Books Room? by Marylynne Pitz for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Valuable atlases, maps, and large plate books that show the colorful breadth of Western civilization have been stolen from the rare books room of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland, right under the gaze of Andrew Carnegie’s portrait.

Who Stole 314 Items From The Carnegie Library Rare Books Room? by Marylynne Pitz for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out On Cambridge Analytica Scandal by Issie Lapowsky for Wired Business
Following days of silence about the political data firm Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of 50 million Facebook users' data, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is finally speaking out.

Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out On Cambridge Analytica Scandal by Issie Lapowsky for Wired Business


4 Character Development Exercises For Writers by Yvonne Ho for EditionGuard
Here are some exercises that novelists can do to create believable, relatable, loveable, and despicable characters.

4 Character Development Exercises For Writers by Yvonne Ho for EditionGuard


Publicity is a commonly misunderstood side of book marketing - it's often assumed that a publicists job is to get reviews and interviews. But this is just the tip of your book publicity plan - there is so much more a book's launch team needs to do.

Creating An Effective And Timely Book Publicity Plan by Colleen Hatrick for Reedsy


Four libraries have been selected to participate in the new initiative. Readers can print one-, three-, or five-minute stories from a range of genres at the touch of a button via the Short Story Dispenser.

Public Library Association Brings Short Story Dispensers To U.S. Public Libraries by ALA News


The Brontë Society is marking its debut as a publisher with a title featuring two unpublished manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë, found in a book belonging to her mother.

'Lost' Manuscripts Of Charlotte Brontë To Be Published by Heloise Wood for The Bookseller


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