Sunday, October 21, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
21 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 21 October 2018

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

Twitter is a wonderful way to connect with readers, book bloggers, and book reviewers if you are connecting with them strategically. Many writers are completely flummoxed how to do that.



As you may have heard, CreateSpace is shutting down, with its operations being rolled into Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). What does this mean for authors, and how can you weather this change with a minimum of disruption?

Moving From CreateSpace To KDP: A Simple Guide by John Doppler for ALLi


Episode 104 – The Secrets To Great Book Covers With Joel Friedlander podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris interviews book cover design expert Joel Friedlander, founder of the The Book Designer. Joel schools us all on the essential design and branding elements needed in a successful book cover and talks about the elephant in the room: how much will it cost?

Episode 104 – The Secrets To Great Book Covers With Joel Friedlander podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


How do you handle disappointment?

How Do You Handle Disappointment? It's One of Life's Greatest Teachers! by Mrs N. for N. N. Light’s Book Heaven


Horror Writing by Anna Simpson for emaginette
It’s October, so what better genre to examine than horror?

Horror Writing by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite, the best-selling Kindle's first hardware update in three years, finally makes the midrange ebook reader waterproof.

Hands On With the New Waterproof Amazon Kindle Paperwhite by Sascha Segan for PC News


Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize For “Incredibly Original” Milkman by Alison Flood and Claire Armitstead for The Guardian
Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize, taking the £50,000 award for Milkman, her timely, Troubles-set novel about a young woman being sexually harassed by a powerful man.

Anna Burns Wins Man Booker Prize For “Incredibly Original” Milkman by Alison Flood and Claire Armitstead for The Guardian


PEN America V. Trump by PEN America
PEN America filed a lawsuit in federal court against the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, seeking to stop him from using the machinery of government to retaliate or threaten reprisals against journalists and media outlets for coverage he dislikes.

PEN America V. Trump by PEN America


Todd Bol hammered together the first Little Free Library. Then he built a movement around it.

Todd Bol, Creator Of The Little Free Library Movement, Dies At 62 by Jenna Ross for Star Tribune


The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge by John Maher for Publishers Weekly
The Crown Publishing Group has joined the Random House Publishing Group in a newly-combined division reporting to current Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello, who has been named president and publisher of the new supergroup, Penguin Random House.

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge by John Maher for Publishers Weekly


In today’s competitive landscape, your business needs to leverage as many distribution channels as possible to increase sales. Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform. This social network makes it very easy, friendly, and appealing for brands to reach their target audiences. Take advantage of everything Instagram has to offer. Here are the top 11 ways to drive sales on Instagram.

How to Drive Sales With These 11 Instagram Marketing Strategies by Neil Patel for Quick Sprout


Why We Abandoned Facebook Video by Michael Stelzner for Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner made the decision to stop publishing three weekly shows on Facebook and move over to YouTube. Find out why.

Why We Abandoned Facebook Video by Michael Stelzner for Social Media Examiner


What figure of speech is so meta that it forms the very basis of riddles? The answer: a metaphor.

The Essential List of 90+ Metaphor Examples in Literature and Pop Culture by Reedsy


Clarity – The Key To Effective Writing by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services
If you are writing non-fiction, clarity counts most. Here are four tips to write clearly.

Clarity – The Key To Effective Writing by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services


Thanks to a free iOS app called Novel Effect, as you read a children’s book aloud, your iPhone, iPad or connected speakers play custom music and sound effects to enhance the story. The system uses voice recognition technology to drop in the sounds at the perfect moment, so you can go at your own pace.

Read To Your Kid With The Perfect Sound Effects Accompaniment by Michelle Woo for LifeHacker


Prestigious £25,000 award selects 10 collections showcasing “poetry’s ability to engage with language when it is being debased”.

TS Eliot Prize Announces “Intensely Political” Shortlist by Alison Flood for The Guardian


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