Sunday, December 2, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 2 December 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
2 December 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 2 December 2018

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

Visitors to one Boise Public Library branch are asked to write down something positive and place it into the cardboard box at the circulation counter when checking out materials. Librarian Paige Thomas then slips them into the books waiting to be checked out.

“Have A Goob Day”: Boise Librarian Hides Notes In Books As Part Of Guerrilla Kindness Project by Christina Lords for Idaho Statesman


Here are a few perfect gift options for your pet!

15 Pawsitively Perfect Gifts For Book-Loving Dogs And Cats by Sarah Ullery for BookRiot


Dictionary.com has named its 2018 Word of the Year, and the choice speaks rather sharply to the current political climate.

“Misinformation” Named The Word Of The Year By Dictionary.Com by David Canfield for Entertainment


Authorpreneur Karen Myers explains why indie authors need to keep learning and expanding their indie author business activity in order to remain vibrant, profitable and dynamic in an increasingly diverse publishing marketplace.

Opinion: Why Indie Authors Need To Broaden Their Business by Karen Myers for ALLi


This post takes you through the basics of how to punctuate dialogue.

How to Punctuate Dialogue: A Guide for Writers by Reedsy Blog


Mystery Writers of America announced the recipients of its 2019 Grand Master Award would be Martin Cruz Smith and Linda Fairstein, but the announcement has been met with more outrage than celebration.

Writer Linda Fairstein's Past As A Prosecutor Overseeing The Central Park Five Case Causes Award Controversy by Steph Cha for LA Times


Followed by this:
The MWA Board of Directors has decided to withdraw the Linda Fairstein Grand Master award.

Mystery Writers of America Withdraws Fairstein Award by Margery Flax for MWA


Overused Words by Marsha R. West for Sisterhood of Suspense
Marsha gives examples of how she reduces overused words in her manuscript before handing it over to her editors.

Overused Words by Marsha R. West for Sisterhood of Suspense


Here are some of the biggest book marketing mistakes many authors make at various points in their careers — and how to course correct if any of these sound familiar.

10 Biggest Book Marketing Mistakes You Need To Stop Making by David Gaughran for BookBub Blog


Early Anne Sexton Works Rediscovered After 60 Years by Alison Flood for The Guardian
Uncollected poems and an essay show the troubled confessional poet striking a much brighter tone than in her more famous work.

Early Anne Sexton Works Rediscovered After 60 Years by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. The Testaments is narrated by three female characters and is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene.

Margaret Atwood Announces Sequel To The Handmaid’s Tale: The Testaments by Penguin Books


A Kuwaiti artist has created a cemetery of books to protest the government's ban on thousands of pieces of literature in recent years.

Kuwaiti Artist Creates Graveyard For Books To Protest Government's Literature Ban by Rachael Kennedy for EuroNews


Extravagant metaphors are indecently exposed in the shortlist for the Literary Review’s annual showcase of “outstandingly bad” erotic writing. Haruki Murakami and James Frey lead all-male shortlist. The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Monday 3 December. Why the python image? Read the article to find out. Warning: graphic sex scenes.

Bad Sex Award 2018: The Contenders In Quotes by The Guardian


Unknown John Donne Manuscript Discovered In Suffolk by Alison Flood for The Guardian
Found in a box, the 400-year-old volume is one of the largest handwritten collections of the poet’s verse and is expected to sell for more than £200,000.

Unknown John Donne Manuscript Discovered In Suffolk by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Short Story Or Vignette (What's The Difference And Who Cares?) by Catherine. E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
Catherine answers the question of the month: “Short Story or Vignette (What's the difference and who cares?)”.

Short Story Or Vignette (What's The Difference And Who Cares?) by Catherine. E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


Inside The Agent-Author Relationship by Jessica Stawser for Writer's Digest
When you sign with an agent, you’re choosing a partner for your career - which means it’s important to choose carefully. Authors share the best parts of their agent relationships, showing both what’s important and what’s possible.

Inside The Agent-Author Relationship by Jessica Stawser for Writer's Digest


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