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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, October 7, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 7 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
7 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -  7 October 2018

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

How Long Does It Take To Become A Published Author? by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
Catherine answers this month’s question: “Is it a matter of talent vs. craft in becoming a published writer?”

How Long Does It Take To Become A Published Author? by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


At the start of the year, there was a lot of talk about the Goodreads Giveaway and how it is now too expensive for indie authors. Dena decided to give it a go anyway. So, how did her giveaway go? Here are the results.

Should You Do A Goodreads Giveaway? by D. E. Haggerty


Writing Is My Lifeline by Tricia Schneider
Tricia answers this month’s question: “How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?”

Writing Is My Lifeline by Tricia Schneider


B&N Considering A Sale by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly
Explaining that it has received “expressions of interest from multiple parties in making an offer to acquire the company”, Barnes & Noble has announced the creation of a formal review process to evaluate the retailer’s strategic alternatives.

B&N Considering A Sale by Jim Milliot for Publishers Weekly


A selection of 10,000 glowing books to walk among and choose from will cover a portion of Liberty Street during “Literature vs. Traffic”, a public art installation.

10,000 Glowing Books To “Pave” Liberty Street During Art Installation by McKenzie Sanderson for Ann Arbor News


How would you like to win your own bookstore? For one lucky reader in Wales, this dream came true! A Dutch man became the winner of the Bookends bookstore raffle in September after spending over £20 on books for a chance at the prize.

This Loyal Bookstore Customer Just Won A Bookshop by G. G. Andrew for BookBub


Some authors worry they are past it at 30, forgetting the careers of Chandler, Defoe and many others. Which is where the Christopher Bland prize comes in.

Why We Need An Award For Writers Who Start Later In Life by Gillian Slovo for The Guardian


Matilda and Me at 30 by Mara Wilson for Vanity Fair
Wilson, who played Roald Dahl’s plucky heroine in the eponymous book’s beloved 1996 adaptation, reflects on sharing her life with a literary icon - and thinks about who Matilda might have grown up to be.

Matilda and Me at 30 by Mara Wilson for Vanity Fair


The six-title shortlist - three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals - will be announced on 24 October 2018. The two medal winners will be announced on 27 January 2019.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence: Longlist 2019 for ALA


Library of Congress, American Public Media and the Poetry Foundation collaborate to offer daily poetry podcast launching 26 November 2018, with national broadcast on public radio stations available January 2019.

U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry To Podcast And Radio Audiences With The Slowdown by Tracy K. Smith for Poetry Foundation


Don’t let writing molehills become mountains: solve those microblocks and miniglitches!

Think Small: 32 Quick, Painless Fixes For Writing Microblocks And Miniglitches by Ruth Harris for Anne R. Allen


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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


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
16 September 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 16 September 2018

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

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library by Eric Klinenberg for The New York Times
This crucial institution is being neglected just when we need it the most.

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library by Eric Klinenberg for The New York Times


Years before Nancy Crampton Brophy was accused of gunning down her chef husband in a Portland kitchen, the novelist penned a handy treatise on offing one's spouse.

The Chef's Murder Was A Mystery. Then Portland Police Arrested His Romance Novelist Wife by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh for Oregon Live


Marketing Strategies And Cover Love by Jacquie Biggar for Sisterhood of Suspense
There’s a lot more to creating a successful marketing plan than writing the book. And your book cover is a big part of it.

Marketing Strategies And Cover Love by Jacquie Biggar for Sisterhood of Suspense


The posters, which took several months to design, have been devised as part of the The Great American Read, an eight-part TV series and multiplatform reading initiative that looks at America's 100 best-loved novels.

Visit Wuthering Heights: Classic Novels Transformed Into Vintage Travel Posters by Tamara Hardingham-Gill for CNN Travel


2018 National Book Awards Longlists by National Book Foundation
The 2018 National Book Awards Longlists have been announced. Winners will be announced in November.

2018 National Book Awards Longlists by National Book Foundation


There are hundreds of graphic design tools that run from free to pricey and sloppy to distinguished. Which ones are the best for non-designers?

Non-Designer Graphic Design Tools & Resources for Marketing by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil Blog


Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo by Julia Jacobs for The New York Times
Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of Speak, was one of the first young adult fiction writers to deal with issues of rape and sexual assault.

Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo by Julia Jacobs for The New York Times


The legendary movie director John Huston once remarked that a great movie is comprised of “three great scenes, and no weak ones.” Not bad advice that. We don’t want any weak scenes in our fiction. But we also want those moments that reach deep into the reader’s heart. How can we apply this to our writing?

How To Give Your Readers Unforgettable Moments by James Scott Bell


And … Action! Applying TV Lessons to Chapter Hooks by Jami Gold for Writers Helping Writers
What can we learn for our writing by looking at how TV shows build hooks into the end of every act?



Pantsing Toward An Outline: A Hybrid Approach by P. H. Solomon for Story Empire Blog
Have you ever pantsed and outlined your novel at the same time?

Pantsing Toward An Outline: A Hybrid Approach by P. H. Solomon for Story Empire Blog


When To Leave Out The “That” by Kathy Servian for Romance University
If you want to tighten your writing, try leaving out “that”.

When To Leave Out The “That” by Kathy Servian for Romance University


10 Building Blocks Of A Psychopath by Sue Coletta, Crime Writer
Let’s look at 10 building blocks of a psychopath and discuss the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath.

10 Building Blocks Of A Psychopath by Sue Coletta, Crime Writer


Top 10 Book Ideas by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
You want to write, but when you sit down to get started, you realize you don’t have a book idea. Here are ten questions to help you get started finding your book idea. Use them as writing prompts or to make your current idea better.

Top 10 Book Ideas by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice

Are You Making This Character Flaw Mistake? by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
“Give your characters flaws” is one of the more common pieces of writing advice out there. It’s good advice, as flaws make characters more human and relatable, and the fatal flaw is a critical part of any character arc, but many writers make an easy mistake when creating them. They think flaws have to be negative traits.

Are You Making This Character Flaw Mistake? by Janice Hardy for Fiction University


Fear, the veteran Washington reporter’s unflattering portrait of Trump White House gets ninth printing to meet extraordinary demand from the US and beyond.

Bob Woodward's Fear Sells More Than 750,000 In First Day by Alison Flood for The Guardian


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