Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Sunday, November 18, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 November 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
18 November 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 November 2018

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

At the independent bookstore The Moon, which launched in September, at least half the books are by female writers.

Half Of All The Books At Indie Bookshop The Moon Are By Women Writers by Star2.com


This post is about what has worked for Melodie. But it also illustrates what is done behind the scenes by her publisher.

New Book Marketing: The Bad Girl’s List For Book Launch Success by Melodie Campbell for Anne R. Allen


In 2018, American literature no longer means literature written by Americans, for Americans, about America. On November 14, the National Book Foundation, recognizing this shift in relevance, will award a Translated Literature prize - the first category added to the National Book Awards in more than two decades.

The Hottest Trend In American Literature Isn’t From The U.S. by Liesl Schillinger for The Atlantic


And the results are in:
Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 National Book Awards by Claire Fallon for Huffington Post
Congratulations to all the winners.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 National Book Awards by Claire Fallon for Huffington Post


Tom Hanks spoke about his short story collection, Uncommon Type, at the Portland Book Festival.

Tom Hanks Takes His Latest Role, Author And Portland Book Festival Star, Very Seriously by Amy Wang for Oregon Live


Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies At 95 by Mike Barnes for The Hollywood Reporter
The feisty writer, editor and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four — 'nuff said.




And sadly, another literary death:
He died 16 November, aged 87, at his home in Manhattan of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Of Butch Cassidy And All The President’s Men, Dies At 87 by Adam Bernstein for The Washington Post


Supporters including J. K.  Rowling and Neil Gaiman add their names to a campaign calling for library funding to be ringfenced.

“Hugely Disappointing” Government Response To Libraries Petition by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Books, Spouses, Family And Friends: A Writers Dilemma by Michael J. Melville for Journeys and Life
Don’t make the mistake of using your friends and family as the sole launching point of your writing career. It’s fine to have their support but you need more.

Books, Spouses, Family And Friends: A Writers Dilemma by Michael J. Melville for Journeys and Life


Author’s account sent to Miami newspaper in 1935 describes capture of giant marlin believed to have partly inspired his Pulitzer prize-winning novel.

Hemingway's Old Man And The Sea Fishing Trip Letter Sold For $28,000 by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Want To Propose A Nonfiction Book? Here’s How by Daniel Potter for Grammarly Blog
For readers wondering roughly how nonfiction books come to be, here’s what Daniel learned by taking a nonfiction book class at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Want To Propose A Nonfiction Book? Here’s How by Daniel Potter for Grammarly Blog


How To Handle Haters And Negativity by Ruth Soukup for Elite Blog Academy
Blogging comes with a certain level of vulnerability. We’ve all experienced negative comments on our blogs or Facebook walls, but the negativity doesn’t have to leave you in tears. So how do you protect yourself and handle negativity?

How To Handle Haters And Negativity by Ruth Soukup for Elite Blog Academy


We've used a lot of words in 2018, so it's no surprise that there is more than one “word of the year”. Oxford Dictionaries’ judgment is that "toxic" illuminates something about this year.

“Toxic” Is Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of 2018 by Barbara Campbell for npr


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Sunday, September 23, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 23 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
23 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  23 September 2018

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

Steampunk! What's #Steampunk? by Laura Strickland for Brenda Whiteside
Laura gives us a lesson about the Steampunk genre.

Steampunk! What's #Steampunk? by Laura Strickland for Brenda Whiteside


The novelist had been shortlisted for Swedish award running in place of scandal-hit honor, but says he wishes to concentrate on writing instead.

Haruki Murakami Withdraws From Alternative Nobel Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections is planning to ban free book donations to inmates by mail, claiming that this is a “primary avenue for drugs” to enter prisons.

Pennsylvania To End Prison Book Donations, Forcing Inmates Onto Pricey Ebook Platform by Rob Beschizza for BoingBoing


Chair of judges Bidisha pays tribute to Don’t Call Us Dead’s “passionate and very contemporary” verse.

Danez Smith Becomes Youngest Winner Of Forward Poetry Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


And speaking of young:
The 27-year-old British author’s debut Everything Under is up for the £50,000 award, while Michael Ondaatje and the first nominated graphic novel are knocked out

Man Booker 2018: Daisy Johnson Becomes Youngest Ever Author Shortlisted For Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Toolbox 14: Query Revamping by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna talks about revamping her query letter to publishers. Don’t forget to read the comments below the post!

Toolbox 14: Query Revamping by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Further to last week’s story:
Bob Woodward's Fear: Trump in the White House has sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week of release, making it the fastest-selling book in the history of its publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Bob Woodward's Fear Is The Fastest-Selling Book In Simon & Schuster's History by Michael Schaub for LA Times


Infographic: The 7 Steps Of The Writing Process by Wendy Van Camp for No Wasted Ink
A nice visual reminder.

Infographic: The 7 Steps Of The Writing Process by Wendy Van Camp for No Wasted Ink


The Open Book in Scotland is an Airbnb bookstore residency program that allows guests to rent the shop and apartment and play Scottish bookstore owner.

You Could Run A Bookstore By the Sea: The Open Book Scotland by BookBub


A quick way to boost blog traffic is by refreshing old blog posts by improving the content and updating any outdated information.

8 Ways To Update Old Blog Posts To Boost Blog Traffic by Designer Blogs


In the short TED-Ed video above, scripted by Poe scholar Scott Peeples of the College of Charleston, we are introduced to many of the qualities of form and style that make Poe distinctive, and that made him stand out among a crowd of popular horror writers of the time.



In this post, we'll look at how a writer can plot a compelling, believable character arc - starting with a classic story of good triumphing over evil.

How To Write A Compelling Character Arc by Reedsy


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Sunday, September 9, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
9 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 September 2018

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

How To Start A Blog (Why And When) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
The question posed for this month: “Should I blog before I finish my first book or after?”

How To Start A Blog (Why And When) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


Querying Rejection: Form Letters by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna answers the question: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”

Querying Rejection: Form Letters by Anna Simpson for emaginette


Publishing Paths by Tricia Schneider for Shadows of Romance
Tricia answers the same question: “What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?”

Publishing Paths by Tricia Schneider for Shadows of Romance


Thousands of disgruntled office workers – including a member of the White House press team – have applied to run a pop-up bookshop in the Maldives after an advertisement for the position went viral last week.

White House Press Officer Joins Race For Bookshop Job In The Maldives by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Hotel chain Travelodge revealed the 20 most-left-behind books at their locations, and the list includes some pretty riveting best sellers.

These Are the 20 Books Travelers Are Always Leaving Behind at Their Hotels by Andrea Romano for Travel + Leisure


Two great champions of reading for pleasure return to remind us that it really is an important thing to do – and that libraries create literate citizens.

Neil Gaiman And Chris Riddell On Why We Need Libraries – An Essay In Pictures for The Guardian


6 More Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Story Idea by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice
How do you take the seed of a story that feels too much like it’s already been done, and make it your own?

6 More Creative Ways To Strengthen Your Story Idea by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice


The William Blake Archive gives us access to a huge sampling of Blake’s work, from his book illustrations to his drawings and paintings, to his manuscripts, etc.

Enter An Archive Of William Blake’s Fantastical “Illuminated Books”: The Images Are Sublime, And In High Resolution by Josh Jones for Open Culture


Gwyn Conger Steinbeck’s newly unearthed book tells of her troubled marriage to the author.

John Steinbeck Was A Sadistic Womaniser, Says Wife In Memoir by Sian Cain for The Guardian


Was Lolita Inspired By A True Crime? by Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post
A new book, The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman, offers tantalizing evidence it was.

Was Lolita Inspired By A True Crime? by Maureen Corrigan for The Washington Post


How To Begin Writing Every Day by Rosario Martinez for The NaNoWriMo Blog
For some writers, September means the start of meticulously planning out what they’re going to write in November. No matter what your writing style is, just starting anything can be the hardest part. Writer Rosario Martinez shares some words of wisdom about beginnings.

How To Begin Writing Every Day by Rosario Martinez for The NaNoWriMo Blog


5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator by Sara Crawford for The Creative Penn
Is it “too late” to write a book when the world is so crowded with books and more being published every day? No, now really is the best time ever to be a creator.

5 Reasons This Is The Best Time To Be A Creator by Sara Crawford for The Creative Penn


Find out how to start a book with a bang.

Shocking Introductions: Crafting The Perfect Start To A Story by C. M. North for Girl Who Reads


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
25 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 August 2018

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

The Weirdest Libraries Around The World by Brianne Alphonso for ElectricLit
Get your books from a phone booth, monastery, military tank, or camel.

The Weirdest Libraries Around The World by Brianne Alphonso for ElectricLit


3 Easy Ways To Improve Your SEO by Dana Fiddler for SheOwnsIt
As an online business owner or blogger, SEO is likely something you’ve heard about. Here are 3 easy areas you can improve your SEO.

3 Easy Ways To Improve Your SEO by Dana Fiddler for SheOwnsIt


Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Hugo Awards by Andrew Liptak for The Verge
The Hugo award, voted on by members of the fan community, is considered the highest honor for science fiction and fantasy literature.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Hugo Awards by Andrew Liptak for The Verge


Quotes To Inspire by Anna Simpson for emaginette
Anna shares some quotes from what inspires her most: other writers.

Quotes To Inspire by Anna Simpson for emaginette


3 New Harry Potter Books Coming This October by Michael Walsh for Nerdist
This October, Muggles everywhere will be able to enter the wizarding world anew with three new Harry Potter books. And one of the new books is a Hogwarts pop-up!

3 New Harry Potter Books Coming This October by Michael Walsh for Nerdist


Her best advice about writing a book is this: Learn to savor the work itself.



How To Stay Motivated When You’re Not Making Progress by Bryan Hutchinson for Positive Writer
Writer’s block is real. Every writer, at one point or another, has experienced this debilitating inability to make any real progress in his or her work.



While reviewers enjoy moaning about his novels, McEwan is enjoying a new life on film. But whether it is On Chesil Beach or The Children Act, filming brilliant books is far from easy.

Good Books, Bad Films: Why Does Ian McEwan Never Translate On Screen? by John Mullan for The Guardian


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Saturday, August 18, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
18 August 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 18 August 2018

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

The New Yorker paid a visit to Declan Kiely, the Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library about the wonderful Berg Collection, which houses all sorts of historically significant realia that once belonged to famous American authors.




Nick Drnaso’s graphic novel, Sabrina, the first to make the finalists for the UK’s leading fiction award, has seen sales rocket after the announcement

Booker Prize Longlisting Leaves Sabrina's Publishers Struggling To Meet Demand by Alison Flood for The Guardian


5 Ways To Sell More Books by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp
Here are 5 quick, easy ways you can help boost your online exposure and hopefully your book sales.

5 Ways To Sell More Books by Emma Wilson for AuthorRamp


If your social media posts aren’t captivating your audience and bringing in waves of conversions – you’re missing a huge piece of the puzzle.

How To Craft Magnetic Social Media Content (That Generates Engagement And Sales) by Alee King for FunnelOverload


13 Brilliant Science Books From 2018 by Susan Choi for BookBub
Engage your mind with this list of the best science books 2018 has to offer.

13 Brilliant Science Books From 2018 by Susan Choi for BookBub


Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topic among bibliophiles is whether or not you should read more than one book at a time.

Deciding To Read More Than One Book At A Time Has Made It Easier Than Ever For Me To Meet My Reading Goals by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle


Why Don’t More Boys Read Little Women? by Anne Boyd Rioux for LitHub
Why has Alcott’s classic not endured as a book for schools while Twain’s tales of boyhood have?

Why Don’t More Boys Read Little Women? by Anne Boyd Rioux for LitHub


Here are 100 of the greatest writing tips, quotes and publishing snippets from the speakers who shared with their knowledge and experiences.

100 Writing & Publishing Tips From The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference by Jess Zafarris for Writer’s Digest


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