Showing posts with label social media. Show all posts
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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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Saturday, August 18, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
18 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 August 2018

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

The New Yorker paid a visit to Declan Kiely, the Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library about the wonderful Berg Collection, which houses all sorts of historically significant realia that once belonged to famous American authors.




Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel, Sabrina, the first to make the finalists for the UK’s leading fiction award, has seen sales rocket after the announcement

Booker Prize Longlisting Leaves Sabrina's Publishers Struggling To Meet Demand by Alison Flood for The Guardian


5 Ways To Sell More Books by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp
Here are 5 quick, easy ways you can help boost your online exposure and hopefully your book sales.

5 Ways To Sell More Books by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp


If your social media posts aren’t captivating your audience and bringing in waves of conversions – you’re missing a huge piece of the puzzle.

How To Craft Magnetic Social Media Content (That Generates Engagement And Sales) by Alee King for FunnelOverload


13 Brilliant Science Books From 2018 by Susan Choi for BookBub
Engage your mind with this list of the best science books 2018 has to offer.

13 Brilliant Science Books From 2018 by Susan Choi for BookBub


Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topic among bibliophiles is whether or not you should read more than one book at a time.

Deciding To Read More Than One Book At A Time Has Made It Easier Than Ever For Me To Meet My Reading Goals by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle


Why Don’t More Boys Read Little Women? by Anne Boyd Rioux for LitHub
Why has Alcott’s classic not endured as a book for schools while Twain’s tales of boyhood have?

Why Don’t More Boys Read Little Women? by Anne Boyd Rioux for LitHub


Here are 100 of the greatest writing tips, quotes and publishing snippets from the speakers who shared with their knowledge and experiences.

100 Writing & Publishing Tips From The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference by Jess Zafarris for Writer’s Digest


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 4 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
4 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  4 August 2018

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

Avoid Yah-Ha Vs Nah-Ha by Anna Simpson for emaginette

What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?


Avoid Yah-Ha Vs Nah-Ha by Anna Simpson for emaginette




These uncertain times have seen a renewed interest in serious nonfiction, as people try to make sense of an unstable world. Includes a link to a list of the best “brainy” books of the last 10 years.


How The “Brainy” Book Became A Publishing Phenomenon by Alex Preston for The Guardian



Misplaced Modifiers Are Laughable And The Bane Of Writers by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets

The question posed for this month is “Critiquers have nailed my writing for misplaced modifiers. How can I recognize them and stop making this mistake?”


Misplaced Modifiers Are Laughable And The Bane Of Writers by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets




Some of the best characters in literature are female. From the evil to the undeniably perfect, these are the greatest female characters from literature of all genres. This list includes the best female characters of all ages. You get to play a part in deciding their rank.


The Best Female Characters In Literature by Ranker




Bestselling author Rick Riordan has gone viral after surgically destroying a troll who wanted “less gender dysphoria” in his books.


Percy Jackson Author Goes Viral With The Perfect Comeback To An Anti-Trans Troll by Josh Jackman for PinkNews



Plug these essential elements into your marketing to drive customer sales naturally and easily.


Subconscious Selling: Your Customers Won’t Buy Without These 3 Elements by Kathryn Aragon for DigitalMarketer




These underhanded character development techniques are designed to relax your “thinky” brain and to draw instead on your curiosity, intuition and slightly devious sense of play in order to help your characters reveal their own inner workings.


Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques by Deb Norton for Writer’s Digest



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Saturday, July 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
28 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  28 July 2018

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


One of the best investments you can make is to ensure your first and second books cross-market each other.


Case Study: Tips For Updating A First Book To Market Your Second by David Wogahn for Author Imprints



How to Salvage Water Damaged Books by Lori Dorn for Laughing Squid

Here’s a tutorial showing you how to salvage books that have been damaged by water.






Austin's Michael-Scott Earle, who previously filed a trademark on the phrase “Dragon Slayer” for use in fantasy novel trademarks, has now filed a trademark on book covers with “one or more human or partially human figures underneath, at least one of the figures holding a weapon; and an author's name underneath the figures; wherein the title/series and author's name are depicted in the same or similar coloring.”


Trademark Troll Who Claims To Own "Dragon Slayer" Now Wants Exclusive Rights To Book Covers Where Someone Is Holding A Weapon by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing




Librarians are in uproar after an article in Forbes magazine proposed replacing all public libraries in the US with Amazon bookstores because libraries “don’t have the same value they used to” and cost taxpayers too much.


“Twaddle”: Librarians Respond To Suggestion Amazon Should Replace Libraries by Kate Lyons for The Guardian




For 12 years, Jennifer Taylor watched kids come into the library at McCaffrey Middle School in Galt, California, and struggle to find books. Then, she discovered “genrefication”, a movement to organize schools’ libraries by type, like bookstores.


How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More Like Bookstores by Gail Cornwall for KQED News



Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors

In this episode, Chris discusses Amazon’s new edition of their ebook bulk buy program – who may benefit and who might not.


Episode 96 – Is Amazon’s New Bulk Buy Program For You? podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors



The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize

The 13 novels in contention for Britain’s most prestigious literary award include a graphic novel, a thriller, a novel in verse, and new writers.


The Man Booker Prize 2018 Longlist Announced by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize




The analysis “reveals the pervasiveness of gender bias and stereotype in the books on different features like occupation, introductions, and actions associated to the characters in the book.”


An IBM Team Identified Deep Gender Bias From 50 Years Of Booker Prize Shortlists by Suneera Tandon for Quartz India



Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot

Finalists for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. These awards honor fiction and artists with nominated material published in 2017 or with a 2017 cover date.


Finalists Announced For The 2018 World Fantasy Awards by Leah Rachel Von Essen for BookRiot




Here are some unique ways to use social media content that will get your business noticed.


Social Media Content That Will Get Your Business Noticed by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil



10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub

BoobBub has rounded up some of the most intriguing hidden messages you may not have noticed before.


10 Books With Incredibly Clever Hidden Messages by Angela Erickson for BookBub



Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts

Cats are a staple of many independent bookstores, and as any bookstore owner will tell you, they're often the ones that truly run the place.


Meet 9 Bookstore Cats From Around the Bay Area by Ashley Urdang for KQED Arts



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