Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label writing. Show all posts

Saturday, May 26, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 26 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
26 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 26 May 2018

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

The first inaugural Deep Water Literary Festival is coming to Narrowsburg, New York, from June 15 to 17.

You Can Immerse Yourself in The Odyssey at the New Deep Water Literary Festival This Summer by Jackson McHenry


Flights Wins the Man Booker International Prize 2018 by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft and published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, was announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2018.

Flights Wins the Man Booker International Prize 2018 by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize


The Man Booker prize is celebrating 50 years of the award with yet another search for the best ever winner. But can anyone beat Rushdie?

Will Midnight's Children Come Up Golden For Salman Rushdie Again? By Claire Armitstead for The Guardian


American Novelist Philip Roth Dies At 85 by Rachel Manwill for Book Riot
The prolific and award-winning author Philip Roth has died at the age of 85.

American Novelist Philip Roth Dies At 85 by Rachel Manwill for Book Riot


How To Boost Your Work Productivity With Tools by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil
Here are some ways to boost your work productivity with tips and tools.

How To Boost Your Work Productivity With Tools by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil


Michelle Obama Shares Family Photos From New Book by Alice Bazerghi for Chicago Sun-Times
Former first lady Michelle Obama has been sharing touching photos from her childhood and family to announce her upcoming book, Becoming.

Michelle Obama Shares Family Photos From New Book by Alice Bazerghi for Chicago Sun-Times


#Cockygate Part 2 by Bibi for Bibi’s Book Blog
Read about the latest developments in the #cockygate and the release of the Cocktales anthology.

#Cockygate Part 2 by Bibi for Bibi’s Book Blog


And a myriad of articles on the GDPR:
GDPR for Bloggers by Suzanne for Blog It Out
If you run a blog, then you have probably heard some ominous whispers about something called the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations, which are set to take the place of the current Data Protection Act.

GDPR for Bloggers by Suzanne for Blog It Out


General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is coming. Here's what it means, how it'll impact individuals and businesses - and how to prepare for it.

What is GDPR? Everything You Need To Know About The New General Data Protection Regulations by Danny Palmer for ZDNet


A European Union (EU) regulation that governs consumers’ private information gains regulatory power in May 2018, and it could have a big effect on how businesses all over the globe handle privacy.

MarTech Today’s Guide to GDPR - The General Data Protection Regulation by MarTech


As the GDPR deadline approaches, businesses have been resorting to ever more desperate attempts to get users to open their emails.

Businesses Resort To Desperate Emailing As GDPR Deadline Looms by Martin Belam for The Guardian


But is any of it even necessary? This Facebook post by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors is my favorite.

Facebook post by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 19 May 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
19 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 19 May 2018

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


Common Writing Problems Part 2 by Joanne Ellis for Joanne Writes

Part 2 of the common struggles writers come across when producing art. You can read the previous post here.


Common Writing Problems Part 2 by Joanne Ellis for Joanne Writes




Bookseller under fire for opening unbranded Edinburgh store in competition with existing shop.


Waterstones Accused Of Breaking Pledge Not To Take On Independents by Ben Quinn for The Guardian



Toolbox 10: To Hook Is To Engage by Anna Simpson for emaginette

As writers, we’ve all read about hooking our readers. It starts by grabbing their attention with cover art, and book blurbs. Then piquing their interest with the first sentence and sealing the deal with each following chapter.


Toolbox 10: To Hook Is To Engage by Anna Simpson for emaginette




BookCon is a celebration of all things bookish. There are author signings, panel discussions, giveaways, free books, and so much more. For book lovers, attending BookCon is like winning the Hogwarts House Cup. The excitement can be overwhelming, which is why we’ve put together a list of all of BookCon’s can’t-miss events. If you’re wondering what to do at BookCon, Bookish has got you covered.


Bookish’s Guide To BookCon 2018: The Can’t-Miss Panels, Galleys, And More by The Bookish Editors for Bookish



Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Goals by Aytekin Tank for Medium

Some experts argue that early praise can leave the individual receiving the praise feeling like he or she has already won … in turn causing them to be less likely to follow through with their goals.


Why You Shouldn’t Share Your Goals by Aytekin Tank for Medium




Anne Frank wrote a number of dirty jokes about prostitution and told of her thoughts on sex in hidden pages of her diary, researchers have revealed.


Anne Frank Wrote “Dirty” Jokes About Sex And Prostitution, Researchers Discover In Hidden Pages Of Her Diary by Sean Morrison for Evening Standard




None of the 62 novels submitted for the 2018 award generated “unanimous laughter” among the jury, so the honour will roll over this year.


Wodehouse Prize For Comic Fiction Withheld After Judges Fail To Laugh by Alison Flood for The Guardian




Bonfire of the Vanities author helped pioneer highly personalized style of pop journalism, covering everything from acid tests to astronauts.


Tom Wolfe, Right Stuff Author And New Journalism Legend, Dead At 88 by Tim Grierson for Rolling Stone



3 Tips For Writers by Kory M. Shrum

Author Kory M. Shrum gives us three of her best writing tips.


3 Tips For Writers by Kory M. Shrum



Want To Stop Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done? Here’s How by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog

These actionable strategies and digital tools can help to kick your procrastination habit. Some are specific to writing, but most of these tips will make a difference for professionals in any career.


Want To Stop Procrastinating And Get Stuff Done? Here’s How by Alice E. M. Underwood for Grammarly Blog




But what happens when you've got a serious case of “megalobibliophobia” - or fear of big books?


Big Books Have Always Intimidated Me - And Now That I've Figured Out Why, It's Totally Changing The Way I Read by Kerri Jarema for Bustle



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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, May 5, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 5 May 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
5 May 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 5 May 2018

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

(Okay, so it wasn’t in the news this week, but I missed this one earlier.)

Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff? by Kate Bolick for New York Times

A tartan kilt, fishing rod and dragon pendant were among items auctioned recently by the poet’s daughter, Frieda Hughes.


Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff? by Kate Bolick for New York Times



Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the Winners of the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 72nd Gala Banquet held on 26 April 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.


MWA Announces The 2018 Edgar Award Winners by Margery Flax for MWA




Speaking at the Broadway opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Sunday, Rowling said she doesn’t expect to continue moving the story “forward” by creating a Harry Potter Book 9. The events in The Cursed Child penned by her, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany are as far as she ever envisioned the series going, she says.


J. K. Rowling Explains Why Harry Potter 9 Will Never Happen by Andrew Sims for Hypable




As a Prime member, you can now get your Amazon packages securely delivered right into your vehicle.


Introducing In-Car Delivery by Amazon



In The #MeToo Moment, Publishers Turn To Morality Clauses by Rachel Deahl for Publishers Weekly

Once an anomaly in author contracts, morality clauses are becoming a standard tool for publishers looking to protect themselves against misbehaving authors.


In The #MeToo Moment, Publishers Turn To Morality Clauses by Rachel Deahl for Publishers Weekly




This post covers one of the most established (and authentic) methods of securing reviews: tapping the NetGalley community of professional readers to consider reviewing your book.


How To Use NetGalley To Get Self-Published Book Reviews by David Wogahn



GDPR For Entrepreneurs: What You Need To Know podcast by Bobby Klinck for Amy Porterfield

If you have an online business or an email list that you communicate with, you’ve probably heard the rumblings around the internet about the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into effect 25 May 2018. Bobby Klinck, an intellectual property attorney, helps us navigate all things GDPR.


GDPR For Entrepreneurs: What You Need To Know podcast by Bobby Klinck for Amy Porterfield




What do you do when history is changing right around you and it affects your writing?


Korean Peninsula: When Reality “Interferes” With Your Writing by Hans M Hirschi



Why Are Stories Rejected By Editors, Agents, And Readers? by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets

There are many reasons why stories get rejected by readers, editors, agents, and also why stories receive low scores from contest judges. Here are seven of the most common ones.


Why Are Stories Rejected By Editors, Agents, And Readers? by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets




Executors for Lee’s estate feel that Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation strays too far from the original intent of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.


Broadway Producers Of To Kill A Mockingbird Headed To Trial Against Harper Lee Estate by Adam Hetrick for Playbill



Common Writing Struggles by Joanne Saccasan for Joanne Writes Books

Here are Joanne’s top five common writing struggles to which every writer should relate.


Common Writing Struggles by Joanne Saccasan for Joanne Writes Books




The organisation that decides the Nobel Prize for Literature has said it will not announce an award this year, after it was engulfed in a scandal over sexual assault allegations.


Nobel Prize For Literature Delayed Amid Swedish Academy 'Sex Assault' Scandal for BBC News




Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Shipping News and the short story “Brokeback Mountain”, will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on 1 September.


Library Of Congress Prize For American Fiction To Be Awarded To E. Annie Proulx by Brett Zongker for Library of Congress



The Writer Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Junot Diaz Of Forcibly Kissing Her by Alexandra Alter and Jonah Engel Bromwich for New York Times

Junot Diaz on Friday was accused of aggressive and sometimes violent behaviour by writers on Twitter, including Zinzi Clemmons and Carmen Maria Machado.


The Writer Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Junot Diaz Of Forcibly Kissing Her by Alexandra Alter and Jonah Engel Bromwich for New York Times



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