Saturday, April 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 April 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
28 April 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 April 2018

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



Analysing a handful of the most successful blogs, here are 5 key points that help you guarantee your blogging success from day one.


5 Tips To Get A Head Start On Blogging in 2018 by Ash for Lets Earn It



6 Characteristics Of A Great Fantasy Writer by Jessica Wood for Mythic Scribes

What are the specific characteristics needed by a fantasy writer? What sets a great fantasy writer apart from a good one?


6 Characteristics Of A Great Fantasy Writer by Jessica Wood for Mythic Scribes



A Harry Potter musical:


The most expensive play in Broadway history opened Sunday night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cost $33.5 million.


Muggles Rejoice: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Is Now On Broadway by Jeff Lunden for NPR



And a Harry Potter game:


In the first step of what could be an endless exploration of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the Los Angeles mobile games studio Jam City is releasing its Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game on the App Store and Google Play.





Revealing The 2018 Women’s Prize Shortlist by Women’s Prize for Fiction

We reveal the six books which make up this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, featuring one previously shortlisted author and three debut novels.


Revealing The 2018 Women’s Prize Shortlist by Women’s Prize for Fiction




George R. R. Martin announced the news Wednesday, while also revealing a release date for his next book, Fire & Blood.





On the day news broke that the primary Golden State Killer suspect was arrested after more than 40 years, EW interviews Patton Oswalt, former husband of Michelle McNamara, the true crime journalist who spent more than a decade doggedly researching the case for her book on the Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.





Want To Earn More As A Book Author? A Male Name Will Help by Elizabeth Segran for Fast Company

In a groundbreaking study of more than two million books published in North America between 2002 and 2012, scholars found that books by women authors are priced 45% less than those of their male counterparts.


Want To Earn More As A Book Author? A Male Name Will Help by Elizabeth Segran for Fast Company




The initiative has distributed almost 5m books to readers but is to shut following loss of Arts Council England funding and corporate sponsor.


Quick Reads Adult Literacy Scheme To Close Following Funding Cut by Alison Flood for The Guardian




This year’s Eisner Award nominations for comics and graphic novels were announced. The nominees fall under 31 categories. Topping the nominations are My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by debut graphic novelist Emil Ferris, and Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda. The winners will be announced on July 20 at Comic-Con in San Diego.


The 2018 Eisner Award Nominations for Comic-Con




For those of us who are publicly avid readers, burning through books can begin to feel a bit like a competitive sport. We pride ourselves on reading like champions. But what happens when we just can't get to the end of a book? Here's how to tackle reading slumps, according to the bookish users of Reddit.


How To Beat A Reading Slump, According To Reddit Users by Maddy Foley for Bustle




Swedish Academy members debate holding back prize for first time since the second world war.


Nobel Prize In Literature May Be Cancelled In 2018 Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal by Richard Orange for The Guardian




Books of gibberish are listed on Amazon.com for thousands of dollars, with one author claiming his name was used to send almost $24,000 to a fraudulent seller.


Fake Books Sold On Amazon Could Be Used For Money Laundering by Alison Flood for The Guardian



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