Looking Back To Move Forward
This week in Publishing news…
Most of the chatter this week seemed to center on a New York Times article about Publishers paying huge amounts to current celebrities and getting burned when their books don’t sell. That publishers were relying on the celebrity’s social media following for sales seems to be shortsighted. Jane Friedman has a measured article in response to this craziness.
The Association of American Publishers released their last quarter snapshot. What do the numbers tell us? Publishing Perspectives takes the view that everything is in good heart and future sales look rosy.
Mark Williams of The New Publishing Standard looked at the same snapshot and took issue with the eBook sales numbers being down. He breaks down the millions being made on untracked eBooks and suggests that AAP haven’t factored in subscription… a whole ‘nother beast.
Joanna Penn interviewed MichaelBrent Collings this week on writing book descriptions. It was interesting and informative. Do yourself a favour and listen or read the transcript.
Roz Morris has a great post on how to cope after getting a hefty developmental edit report.
This is not the time to run away and hide or drown your sorrows. Lots of good advice here.
Downunder- the end of the year is in sight. School finishes for Summer. It’s Christmas so there is a mad rush to clear the desk and prepare for the end of year review while in the midst of Christmas events. Kris Rusch is looking at her year in review. How was 2021 for you? We are in year two of the pandemic and instead of thinking the world will go back to how it was, maybe we need to look at a new normal.
Penny Sansevieri has an interesting post on the 10 keys to successful publishing. If you are putting ideas together for next year this might be a useful starting point.
Sometimes the end of the year brings pressure to complete all your writing tasks. It might not be good for your mental health. Writing and Wellness blog has a great article on when it is time to break the writing rules to boost your productivity.
Anne R Allen has a great post on the rule of three. Yes, every story no matter how small needs the rule of three.
In The Craft Section,
Editing – Redundancy quiz (12)- Kathy Steineman
Guide to Flash Fiction – Reedsy
2 great posts from Angela Ackerman- Bookmark Both- How to draw in the reader through character choices and How symbolism adds depth to the story
How to write great endings– Staci Troilo- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
Best Apps and tools for writers– Sandra Beckwith- Bookmark
Using magnets to attract readers– Terry Odell- Bookmark
How to launch your book and still have a life– Penny Sansevieri
It’s the season of gift-giving or wracking your brains trying to figure out what to give others.
Here are two lists for you to study for gift-giving ideas for the writer.