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

Sunday, September 23, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 23 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
23 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  23 September 2018

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

Steampunk! What's #Steampunk? by Laura Strickland for Brenda Whiteside
Laura gives us a lesson about the Steampunk genre.

Steampunk! What's #Steampunk? by Laura Strickland for Brenda Whiteside


The novelist had been shortlisted for Swedish award running in place of scandal-hit honor, but says he wishes to concentrate on writing instead.

Haruki Murakami Withdraws From Alternative Nobel Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections is planning to ban free book donations to inmates by mail, claiming that this is a “primary avenue for drugs” to enter prisons.

Pennsylvania To End Prison Book Donations, Forcing Inmates Onto Pricey Ebook Platform by Rob Beschizza for BoingBoing


Chair of judges Bidisha pays tribute to Don’t Call Us Dead’s “passionate and very contemporary” verse.

Danez Smith Becomes Youngest Winner Of Forward Poetry Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


And speaking of young:
The 27-year-old British author’s debut Everything Under is up for the £50,000 award, while Michael Ondaatje and the first nominated graphic novel are knocked out

Man Booker 2018: Daisy Johnson Becomes Youngest Ever Author Shortlisted For Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Toolbox 14: Query Revamping by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna talks about revamping her query letter to publishers. Don’t forget to read the comments below the post!

Toolbox 14: Query Revamping by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Further to last week’s story:
Bob Woodward's Fear: Trump in the White House has sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week of release, making it the fastest-selling book in the history of its publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Bob Woodward's Fear Is The Fastest-Selling Book In Simon & Schuster's History by Michael Schaub for LA Times


Infographic: The 7 Steps Of The Writing Process by Wendy Van Camp for No Wasted Ink
A nice visual reminder.

Infographic: The 7 Steps Of The Writing Process by Wendy Van Camp for No Wasted Ink


The Open Book in Scotland is an Airbnb bookstore residency program that allows guests to rent the shop and apartment and play Scottish bookstore owner.

You Could Run A Bookstore By the Sea: The Open Book Scotland by BookBub


A quick way to boost blog traffic is by refreshing old blog posts by improving the content and updating any outdated information.

8 Ways To Update Old Blog Posts To Boost Blog Traffic by Designer Blogs


In the short TED-Ed video above, scripted by Poe scholar Scott Peeples of the College of Charleston, we are introduced to many of the qualities of form and style that make Poe distinctive, and that made him stand out among a crowd of popular horror writers of the time.



In this post, we'll look at how a writer can plot a compelling, believable character arc - starting with a classic story of good triumphing over evil.

How To Write A Compelling Character Arc by Reedsy


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

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


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Write-Publish-Profit Super Stack

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I don’t even know where to start telling you about the depth of information they’ve compiled … but here’s a quick list of just some of the info that’s included:
Derek Doepker shows you how to discover the insider strategies used to launch a book that sold over 631 copies in only 5 days. You’ll find out how a bestselling author goes from just a vague book idea to proven concept, to bestselling book in today's extremely competitive kindle market ... including strategies even total newbie authors can use.


Jonathan Green tells you how to get paid upfront as a writer for hire and how to find the most loyal (and lucrative) clients. He also shares his best strategies as a ghostwriter and how he’s able to write 5,000 words every day before lunch.


Matt Stone (aka Buck Flogging) shares his definitive course on email list building for authors. Find out the exact steps one of the web’s top list building experts uses to rapidly build a list of raving fans in any niche or genre.


Tom Morkes, founder of Insurgent Publishing, is including access to what many consider the premier self-publishing and bestseller book launch platform in the world: “Publishers Empire”. Inside, Tom shares step-by-step tutorials on how to create, package, and launch your book, even if you're starting from scratch (these are the same strategies his clients, authors, and students have used to land on the New York Times, WSJ, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists).


C. S. Lakin gives you access to her book called Crank it Out that will show you once and for all how to hack through the excuses, bad habits, and distractions that block your way from becoming the writer you know you're capable of becoming.


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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


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.