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Sunday, October 21, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
21 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 October 2018

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

Twitter is a wonderful way to connect with readers, book bloggers, and book reviewers if you are connecting with them strategically. Many writers are completely flummoxed how to do that.



As you may have heard, CreateSpace is shutting down, with its operations being rolled into Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). What does this mean for authors, and how can you weather this change with a minimum of disruption?

Moving From CreateSpace To KDP: A Simple Guide by John Doppler for ALLi


Episode 104 – The Secrets To Great Book Covers With Joel Friedlander podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris interviews book cover design expert Joel Friedlander, founder of the The Book Designer. Joel schools us all on the essential design and branding elements needed in a successful book cover and talks about the elephant in the room: how much will it cost?

Episode 104 – The Secrets To Great Book Covers With Joel Friedlander podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


How do you handle disappointment?

How Do You Handle Disappointment? It's One of Life's Greatest Teachers! by Mrs N. for N. N. Light’s Book Heaven


Horror Writing by Anna Simpson for emaginette
It’s October, so what better genre to examine than horror?

Horror Writing by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, the best-selling Kindle's first hardware update in three years, finally makes the midrange ebook reader waterproof.

Hands On With the New Waterproof Amazon Kindle Paperwhite by Sascha Segan for PC News


Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize For “Incredibly Original” Milkman by Alison Flood and Claire Armitstead for The Guardian
Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man.

Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize For “Incredibly Original” Milkman by Alison Flood and Claire Armitstead for The Guardian


PEN America V. Trump by PEN America
PEN America filed a lawsuit in federal court against the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, seeking to stop him from using the machinery of government to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes.

PEN America V. Trump by PEN America


Todd Bol hammered together the first Little Free Library. Then he built a movement around it.

Todd Bol, Creator Of The Little Free Library Movement, Dies At 62 by Jenna Ross for Star Tribune


The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge by John Maher for Publishers Weekly
The Crown Publishing Group has joined the Random House Publishing Group in a newly-combined division reporting to current Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello, who has been named president and publisher of the new supergroup, Penguin Random House.

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge by John Maher for Publishers Weekly


In today’s competitive landscape, your business needs to leverage as many distribution channels as possible to increase sales. Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform. This social network makes it very easy, friendly, and appealing for brands to reach their target audiences. Take advantage of everything Instagram has to offer. Here are the top 11 ways to drive sales on Instagram.

How to Drive Sales With These 11 Instagram Marketing Strategies by Neil Patel for Quick Sprout


Why We Abandoned Facebook Video by Michael Stelzner for Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner made the decision to stop publishing three weekly shows on Facebook and move over to YouTube. Find out why.

Why We Abandoned Facebook Video by Michael Stelzner for Social Media Examiner


What figure of speech is so meta that it forms the very basis of riddles? The answer: a metaphor.

The Essential List of 90+ Metaphor Examples in Literature and Pop Culture by Reedsy


Clarity – The Key To Effective Writing by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services
If you are writing non-fiction, clarity counts most. Here are four tips to write clearly.

Clarity – The Key To Effective Writing by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services


Thanks to a free iOS app called Novel Effect, as you read a children’s book aloud, your iPhone, iPad or connected speakers play custom music and sound effects to enhance the story. The system uses voice recognition technology to drop in the sounds at the perfect moment, so you can go at your own pace.

Read To Your Kid With The Perfect Sound Effects Accompaniment by Michelle Woo for LifeHacker


Prestigious £25,000 award selects 10 collections showcasing “poetry’s ability to engage with language when it is being debased”.

TS Eliot Prize Announces “Intensely Political” Shortlist by Alison Flood for The Guardian


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
14 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  14 October 2018

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

The Swedish Academy named two new members on Friday as part of efforts to rebuild the scandal-hit institution and ensure it can return to its function of selecting the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Nobel-Awarding Swedish Academy Elects New Members After Rape Scandal by Daniel Dickson for Reuters


Followed by:
The New Academy prize, organized to fill the gap left by the cancellation of 2018’s official award, goes to Guadeloupean novelist.

Alternative Nobel literature Prize Goes To Maryse Condé by Alison Flood for The Guardian


How To Start Networking As A Freelance Writer by Kelly Konya for Grammarly Blog
Your freelance kingdom will come if only you have the connections, right? Yes - and no.

How To Start Networking As A Freelance Writer by Kelly Konya for Grammarly Blog


Finding That Right Balance With My Writing by Michael J. Melville for Journeys and Life
What weird writing tricks have you tried in order to finish a project, get out of a slump and increase your productivity?

Finding That Right Balance With My Writing by Michael J. Melville for Journeys and Life


The Snowflake Method is an approach to writing that encourages starting with the simplest premise possible. From there, you systematically expand it to include plot and character details.

Using The Snowflake Method To Write A Novel by Reedsy Blog


Arguing that authors have a duty to “call a lie a lie”, novelist also names human rights activist Waleed Abulkhair as the 2018 International Writer of Courage.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Accepts PEN Pinter Prize With Call To Speak Out by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Home Libraries Confer Long-Term Benefits by Tom Jacobs for Pacific Standard Magazine
A large new study finds people who grew up in book-filled homes have higher reading, math, and technological skills.

Home Libraries Confer Long-Term Benefits by Tom Jacobs for Pacific Standard Magazine


2018 National Book Awards Finalists Revealed by Stephan Cho for Paste Magazine
The National Book Foundation has announced its 25 finalists in five categories - fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people's literature.

2018 National Book Awards Finalists Revealed by Stephan Cho for Paste Magazine


What happens to a boy who is taught he should be ashamed of reading a book about a girl? For feeling empathy for a girl? For trying to understand how she feels? For caring about her? What kind of a man does that boy grow up to be?

What Are We Teaching Boys When We Discourage Them From Reading Books About Girls? by Shannon Hale for The Washington Post


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 7 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
7 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  7 October 2018

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

How Long Does It Take To Become A Published Author? by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
Catherine answers this month’s question: “Is it a matter of talent vs. craft in becoming a published writer?”

How Long Does It Take To Become A Published Author? by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


At the start of the year, there was a lot of talk about the Goodreads Giveaway and how it is now too expensive for indie authors. Dena decided to give it a go anyway. So, how did her giveaway go? Here are the results.

Should You Do A Goodreads Giveaway? by D. E. Haggerty


Writing Is My Lifeline by Tricia Schneider
Tricia answers this month’s question: “How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?”

Writing Is My Lifeline by Tricia Schneider


B&N Considering A Sale by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
Explaining that it has received “expressions of interest from multiple parties in making an offer to acquire the company”, Barnes & Noble has announced the creation of a formal review process to evaluate the retailer’s strategic alternatives.

B&N Considering A Sale by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


A selection of 10,000 glowing books to walk among and choose from will cover a portion of Liberty Street during “Literature vs. Traffic”, a public art installation.

10,000 Glowing Books To “Pave” Liberty Street During Art Installation by McKenzie Sanderson for Ann Arbor News


How would you like to win your own bookstore? For one lucky reader in Wales, this dream came true! A Dutch man became the winner of the Bookends bookstore raffle in September after spending over £20 on books for a chance at the prize.

This Loyal Bookstore Customer Just Won A Bookshop by G. G. Andrew for BookBub


Some authors worry they are past it at 30, forgetting the careers of Chandler, Defoe and many others. Which is where the Christopher Bland prize comes in.

Why We Need An Award For Writers Who Start Later In Life by Gillian Slovo for The Guardian


Matilda and Me at 30 by Mara Wilson for Vanity Fair
Wilson, who played Roald Dahl’s plucky heroine in the eponymous book’s beloved 1996 adaptation, reflects on sharing her life with a literary icon - and thinks about who Matilda might have grown up to be.

Matilda and Me at 30 by Mara Wilson for Vanity Fair


The six-title shortlist - three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals - will be announced on 24 October 2018. The two medal winners will be announced on 27 January 2019.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence: Longlist 2019 for ALA


Library of Congress, American Public Media and the Poetry Foundation collaborate to offer daily poetry podcast launching 26 November 2018, with national broadcast on public radio stations available January 2019.

U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry To Podcast And Radio Audiences With The Slowdown by Tracy K. Smith for Poetry Foundation


Don’t let writing molehills become mountains: solve those microblocks and miniglitches!

Think Small: 32 Quick, Painless Fixes For Writing Microblocks And Miniglitches by Ruth Harris for Anne R. Allen


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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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