Saturday, April 14, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 April 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
14 April 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 April 2018

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

What is subtext and how can it be used as a powerful force at the scene level? This post goes over some basics and shares an easy technique for creating subtext that will propel your narrative forward.

What Lies Beneath: How To Use Subtext To Drive Narrative by Rose Andrews for Mythic Scribes


For now (and the foreseeable future), Facebook seems to be it. What do you do?

Facebook For Authors: Still A Necessary Evil And No Alternative In Sight by Hans M. Hirschi


New Kindle Previewer by Kindle Direct Publishing
You can now use Kindle Previewer to get a bird’s eye view of your book and quickly validate the overall layout. When Enhanced Typesetting is enabled for your book, you can preview pages as adjustable thumbnails, allowing you to validate your book faster than before.

New Kindle Previewer by Kindle Direct Publishing


My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
Check out the three-part miniseries that attempts to simplify viewpoint.

My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write


Edited by his son Christopher, Tolkien’s tale of a reluctant hero defending a city was written while the author was in hospital after the Battle of the Somme.

The Fall Of Gondolin, “New” JRR Tolkien Book, To Be Published In 2018 by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Celebrating its eleventh consecutive year of honoring literature in translation, the Best Translated Book Awards is pleased to announce the 2018 longlists for both fiction and poetry.

nnouncing The 2018 BTBA Longlists For Fiction And Poetry by The Millions


A forthcoming e-book by authors Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan was de-listed on Amazon for two days last week after the company appeared to be convinced that Clare’s newly launched small-publishing initiative was a fraudulent attempt to impersonate the author.

Cassandra Clare’s Latest Book Temporarily De-Listed By Amazon by Alex Green for Publishers Weekly


Books that are fiction, thrillers or mysteries, have high initial sales numbers and are released around Christmas are more likely to be bestsellers, according to a study published in the open access journal EPJ Data Science.

What Makes A Bestseller: Fiction, Thriller And A Christmas Release by BioMed Central for Science Daily


Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has moved to break a deadlock at the scandal-hit committee that awards the Nobel Literature Prize, unveiling a plan on Wednesday to make it easier for members to resign.

King Of Sweden Considers Using Royal Powers To Break Nobel Deadlock by Richard Orange for The Telegraph


Followed by this:
Swedish Academy in crisis over claims of abuse and misconduct by husband of member.

Sexual Abuse Scandal Engulfs Nobel Literature Prize Body by Jon Henley for The Guardian



Harry Potter Books Unveil New Covers For 20th Anniversary Of US Publication by Sam Warner for Cosmopolitan
The Harry Potter book covers are almost as magical as the books themselves, and now they're getting a big overhaul. Publisher Scholastic has unveiled a new raft of covers for the seven titles, with the seven black-and-white pictures cleverly combining to becomes one illustration woven together by a snake.

Harry Potter Books Unveil New Covers For 20th Anniversary Of US Publication by Sam Warner for Cosmopolitan


Episode 85 – Book Marketing to Teens – Engaging the Elusive Generation Z podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris and Becca interview book marketing expert Kate Tilton on how to reach the elusive teen market. Generation Z readers are those born after 1993.

Episode 85 – Book Marketing to Teens – Engaging the Elusive Generation Z podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


And another one from Hans. He’s on a roll this week:
Publishing labels still matter still, but why? Are they useful?

“Self”, “Indie” Or “Trad” Publishing: What Are You? Does It Matter? by Hans M. Hirschi


Exact location of the poet’s coffin had been forgotten until recent excavation uncovered the vault.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Remains Rediscovered In Wine Cellar by Maev Kennedy for The Guardian


The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker International Prize reveals the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.

The Man Booker International Prize Shortlist by Nisha for The Man Booker Prize


Here are 6 powerful ways to keep visitors on your site longer and lower your bounce rate.

6 Powerful Ways To Keep Visitors On Your Site Longer by Designer Blogs


Editing The First Draft: Show VS Tell And Infodumps by Joanne Saccsan for Joanne Writes Books

We heard it all before show don’t tell. Even though, when you open a classic, you’ll notice that the style back in the day, was told, not show and some of those classics are best books ever written. Since we advanced so did writing.


Editing The First Draft: Show VS Tell And Infodumps by Joanne Saccsan for Joanne Writes Books


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