As The World Turns
In Publishing News this week,
Last week I wrote that Storytel is partnering with Eleven Labs, an AI audio specialist for audiobook dubbing in different languages. This week Goodereader has an interesting article on Eleven labs and just what they are capable of- including voice cloning. You give them a sample of your voice, they clone it and then your voice clone reads the audiobook. I had a play with their regular AI voices and it’s amazing.
So if you clone your voice is it still really you or an AI? The benefits are no more voice strain when you are recording your books- also no more studio fees or production costs.
For the first time since 2019, Beijing has held their International Bookfair. Attendance was good and there were over 2500 exhibitors.
Pundits are still talking about Elizabeth Gilbert’s decision to pull her book because of Ukrainian backlash. Is it a publicity stunt or a genuine reason. Is it all politics?
Publishing Perspectives has an article by Richard Charkin on the megatrends in international marketing. He asked Chatgpt for help and then he corrected the resulting article.
Publishers Weekly takes a deep dive into the shifting Middle Grade market. Once it held up the book sales stats but lately it’s been falling. How can writers stay relevant in this important market.
Darcy Pattison has a great article on getting photo permissions. There are different levels of copyrights with photos so do your homework if you are using them in your work.
Draft2Digital has an interesting article on how to stay productive and using time management skills to keep your writing on track.
Do you need an author assistant? What do they do? If you have wondered whether you need to get help in your author business, this article is for you.
Colleen Story has a great article on the 5 things a writer can’t control- This is a good pointer for what to let go of for your mental health.
Sue Coletta has written about how she parted ways with her Traditional publisher and why. This is a story I have heard from other authors. It starts off well and then production values drop, editors stop editing and then the relationship fails.
Kris Rusch has a new series looking at niche marketing. Do you know your niche market? (Do you know how to pronounce the word niche properly?*) Many writers are still following old publishing ways of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. Sometimes a smaller focussed approach is better.
Tiffany Yates Martin explores whether writing in deep 3rd person is actually a point of view or just really layered writing. Do you even know when you are writing in it?
In The Craft Section,
Using crisis to reveal character– September Fawkes- Bookmark
How good is your writing-Allison Williams- Bookmark
How to hurt your characters– Liz Generally
Coming up with the perfect character name– Emmanuel Natif
How you can be a better author with the snowflake method- Written Word Media- Bookmark
In The Marketing Section,
How to talk publicly about writing- James Preston- Bookmark
Do pre orders affect release day sales?- Jackie Karneth
Using blogger book reviews– Sandra Beckwith- Bookmark
Creative ideas for book events– Penny Sansevieri
How authors can use Bookfunnel- Joanna Penn Interview with Damon Courtney- Bookmark
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(* There are two different ways to say it depending on where you come from.)