Sunday, September 30, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
30 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 30 September 2018

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

Author Ibi Zoboi, the author of American Street, called out a racist book review from The Wall Street Journal that was written by Meghan Cox Gurdon.

Author Ibi Zoboi Calls Out Racism And Classism In The Wall Street Journal Book Review by Princess Weekes for The Mary Sue


Kirkus Reviews, the nation’s leading prepublication journal of book reviews, today announced the six finalists for the fifth annual Kirkus Prize in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers’ Literature.

Kirkus Announces The Finalists For The 2018 Kirkus Prize for Kirkus Reviews


Scrabble players will have to rethink their game after new words, including OK and ew, added to approved list.

Yowza! 300 New Words Added To Scrabble Dictionary by The Guardian


It’s an exciting time for freelance editors: the needs of professional writers are constantly increasing, and quality freelancing services are in high demand. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been freelancing for years, you’re probably thinking about how to maximize your clientele and profits - and that means learning how to start an editing business.

How To Start A Freelance Editing Business: 10 Actionable Tips by Reedsy Blog


Independent bookshops are the cornerstone of many of our communities, so in conjunction with the Bookseller’s Association, The Guardian has compiled a list of some of the best.

The Guardian’s Guide To Independent Bookstores by The Guardian


If you’re like most writers, the actual writing process is fun(ish) for you. The launch, on the other hand, is probably a soul-sucking, frenetic nightmare. There’s nothing worse than feeling like the people in the graphic, standing on your soapbox announcing to everyone in earshot that you have a new book for sale.

Before, During, And After Publishing: A Marketing Checklist by Staci Toilo for Story Empire Blog


How Beautiful Should Your Sentences Be? by James Scott Bell for kill Zone
Everyone seems to be looking for “up-market fiction” in the traditional publishing world. But what the heck is it?

How Beautiful Should Your Sentences Be? by James Scott Bell for kill Zone


Leveraging The Emotional Spectrum In Your Writing by Bonnie Randall for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
Hopefully this analysis helps you leverage your character’s emotion to a place that delivers the maximum impact within your story.

Leveraging The Emotional Spectrum In Your Writing by Bonnie Randall for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University


Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing.

How To Master Show, Don’t Tell by K.M. Allan


Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now by Janice Hardy for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
If you're just looking for the next step to improve your craft, these are good words to search for to find possible places to revise.

Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now by Janice Hardy for Janice Hardy’s Fiction University


Why I Don’t Organize My Bookshelves by Simone Jung for Book Riot
How do you like to organize your bookshelves?

Why I Don’t Organize My Bookshelves by Simone Jung for Book Riot


4 Proven “Hacks” For Winning NaNoWriMo by Jessica Brody for NaNoWriMo Blog
Jessica Brody, author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, shares how to set yourself up for success by creating a morning writing routine.



If you’re a British history buff, next month is an ideal time to be in London for the British Library’s “once-in-a-generation exhibition”, including the St. Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest surviving intact European book.

Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Preserved And Found In The Coffin Of A Saint by Josh Jones for Open Culture


The UK’s oldest prize for children’s books is to be restructured after a report into failings that left 2017’s award shortlist entirely white.

Carnegie Medal Promises Immediate Action Over Lack Of Diversity 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.

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