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Sunday, December 9, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 December 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
9 December 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 9 December 2018

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

Heinlein’s Rules For Writers by James Scott Bell for Kill Zone Blog
Read James’s commentary on Heinlein’s “Five Rules for Writers”.

Heinlein’s Rules For Writers by James Scott Bell for Kill Zone Blog


So, you finished your first novel during NaNoWriMo last month. What comes next?



The mobile library bringing books to children in some of Jakarta's poorest neighbourhoods.



Orna Ross, founder and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, calls for governments to recognise and support indie authors and the contribution they make to society and to the global economy by encouraging and facilitating financial independence and business education.

Campaign: Governments Must Support Indie Author Earnings Through Encouraging Financial Independence by Orna Ross for ALLi


A collection of 60 Beatrix Potter first editions, including the much-loved author’s first book The Tale Of Peter Rabbit published in 1902, is to be sold at auction.

Collection Of 60 Beatrix Potter First Edition Books To Be Sold At Auction by News and Star


2018: The Year Of AI-Powered Communication by Devon Delfino for Grammarly Blog
Every year brings with it new innovations to be mastered and new challenges to tackle. But when it comes to writing technology, this is clear: It was a year of artificial intelligence-powered tools and features.

2018: The Year Of AI-Powered Communication by Devon Delfino for Grammarly Blog


9 Ways To Share Your Favorite Books With Fans by Audrey Derobert for BookBub
Every author understands the value of people recommending their books, driving exposure via word of mouth and ultimately boosting sales. But what some authors might not know is the value of making book recommendations themselves. Recommending books can be a great way to engage with fans, find new readers, and boost fellow authors.

9 Ways To Share Your Favorite Books With Fans by Audrey Derobert for BookBub


Following EU directive that allows governments to waive duty on digital publications, calls grow for the UK to end “illogical and unfair” levy.

“Axe The Reading Tax”: Book Industry Demands End To VAT On Ebooks by Alison Flood for The Guardian


Dumb It Down, Or Clear It Up? by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services
When you write in plain English, you are not “dumbing it down”. You are clearing things up.

Dumb It Down, Or Clear It Up? by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services


What Makes A Compelling Romance Novel? by Ann Leslie Tuttle for Reedsy Blog
Romance eaders come to the genre knowing they will (almost) always get a happy ending in which the protagonists find and profess their love. Therefore, it’s usually the writer’s crafting of the two main characters and their emotional journeys is what will keep the reader hooked. Here’s a list of trouble spots and ways to surmount them.

What Makes A Compelling Romance Novel? by Ann Leslie Tuttle for Reedsy Blog


Attract Instagram Followers Like Magnets by Bonny Albo for Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
Are you an Instagram newbie? Find out how to attract more followers.

Attract Instagram Followers Like Magnets by Bonny Albo for Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula


Money Management For Authors by Jaren Nichols for The Creative Penn
Most creative types are more interested in honing their craft than bookkeeping - but making a good living as an author or freelance writer depends on more than just your wordsmithing. Whether writing is your side-hustle or full-time gig, managing money well is what will keep you in business.

Money Management For Authors by Jaren Nichols for The Creative Penn


Services continue to be targets for local authority budget cuts, with remaining services increasingly reliant on voluntary staff.

Nearly 130 Public Libraries Closed Across Britain In The Last Year by Sian Cain for The Guardian


Negative reviews of your work can cut deep. Author Pamela Jane offers five proactive measures you can take to stay strong and move forward when dealing with bad book reviews.

5 Tough Tips For Surviving (And Triumphing Over) Really Rotten Book Reviews by Pamela James for Writers Digest


Announcing the winners of the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books 2018 by Goodreads


Further to last week’s article, the result is now in:
And the winner of the 26th Bad Sex in Fiction Award is … James Frey has won the 26th annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for Katerina. Warning: graphic sex scenes.

Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award by Literary Review


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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, November 4, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 4 November 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
4 November 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 4 November 2018

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

A man who returned his mother's very overdue library book is paying her fine — even though he didn't have to.

Man Pays Fine For Mother's Overdue Library Book — She Checked It Out In 1934 by Associated Press for LA Times


Previously Unknown Beeton's For Sale by Scott Monty for I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere
The first appearance of Sherlock Holmes was in A Study in Scarlet, which appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual of 1887, which the Antique Trader Vintage Magazines Price Guide called “the most expensive magazine in the world”. There were previously 33 known copies in existence but a 34th copy has been listed for $75,000.

Previously Unknown Beeton's For Sale by Scott Monty for I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere


Vote in the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers.

10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards on Goodreads


A scientist accused of attempted murder in Antarctica stabbed his colleague because “he was fed up with the man telling him the endings of books”, it has been claimed.

Antarctic Scientist “Stabs Colleague Who Kept Telling Him The Endings Of Books He Was Reading On Remote Research Station” by Will Stewart for The Sun


To collect the data you need, we have to start with the bare bones of a form. Every high-converting form is built with smart, savvy information architecture.

How To Build An Online Form That Converts by Ecem Keskin for Medium


Grab your free word counting calendar for November 2018’s National Novel Writing Month!

NaNoWriMo 2018 Word Counting Calendar by Dave Seah


Every year on November 1, millions of people celebrate authors and the books that they write on National Authors Day. After her grandmothers death in 1968, Sue Cole promoted the observance of National Authors Day.

Happy National Author’s Day! by Staci Troilo


7 Reasons NOT To Use Hootsuite by Ian Anderson Gray for iag.me
There are lots of great things about Hootsuite. But this article focuses on the problems and disadvantages and why you might not want to use it.

7 Reasons NOT To Use Hootsuite by Ian Anderson Gray for iag.me


Creativity. Finding Your Unique Voice by Karolina for But First Tea
What is creativity? Can only certain people create? Is creating always about art?

Creativity. Finding Your Unique Voice by Karolina for But First Tea


When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long? The shop came up with a clever solution: They put out a call for volunteers to act as a human conveyor belt.

How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book by Laurel Wamsley for npr


The Inciting Incident (Where The Story Really Begins) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets
Catherine answers this month's question: What exactly is “The Inciting Incident”?

The Inciting Incident (Where The Story Really Begins) by Catherine E. McLean for Writers Cheat Sheets


Poet and professor Jorie Graham will be the recipient of the Library of Congress’s 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, for her 2017 poetry collection, Fast.

Harvard’s Jorie Graham Wins Library Of Congress Poetry Prize by Lillian Brown for Boston Globe


A year ago, Twitter lifted its famous character limit from 140 to 280. On Tuesday, the company released a handful of data points that suggest the change has not been nearly as profound as critics feared.

Remember When Longer Tweets Were The Thing That Was Going To Ruin Twitter? by Will Oremus for Slate


Twitter Getting Rid Of Likes? Not Anytime Soon by Andrew Hutchinson for Social Media Today
So, is Twitter really getting rid of its Like button? Maybe. Not really. Probably not at all.

Twitter Getting Rid Of Likes? Not Anytime Soon by Andrew Hutchinson for Social Media Today


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Sunday, October 28, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
28 October 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 28 October 2018

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

Book Riot has a new addition to their canon of Bad Opinion Pieces About Young Adult Literature. Read their response and the original article.

Extreme Reading: In Response To That Bad Opinion Piece On YA Literature by Annika Barranti Klein for Book Riot


Episode 105 – Rising and Falling Marketing Trends With Kevin Tumlinson podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors
In this episode, Chris interviews Kevin Tumlinson, marketing director at Draft2Digital, about which book marketing trends are workin’ and which ones ain’t. In addition, Kevin catches us up on the latest news from D2D.

Episode 105 – Rising and Falling Marketing Trends With Kevin Tumlinson podcast by Chris Syme for Smart Marketing for Authors


Hollywood producers have been known to shell out big bucks for the right to adapt Stephen King's books and stories into movies. But a group of Welsh teenagers managed to snap up the rights to King's story “Stationary Bike” for the sum of $1.

Stephen King Lets Teens Option A Story Of His For Just $1 by Michael Schaub for LA Times


Writing Rules by Marsha R. West for Sisterhood of Suspense
Following writing rules should be easy, right? Yet there are still folks who are very successful (even award-winning) who don’t follow the rules.

Writing Rules by Marsha R. West for Sisterhood of Suspense


New Online: Recordings From The Archive Of Hispanic Literature by Cataline Gómez for Library of Congress Blog
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month this year, the Library released new digital material on the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape.

New Online: Recordings From The Archive Of Hispanic Literature by Cataline Gómez for Library of Congress Blog


Eighty-five percent of teens report using Instagram at least once a month, outpacing Snapchat at 84%, according to CNBC's reporting on Piper Jaffray's “Taking Stock With Teens” survey.

nstagram Outshines Snapchat As Teens' Preferred Social Media Platform, Piper Jaffray Says by Erica Sweeney for Marketing Dive


The film, directed by J.B. Williams, has now been restored and digitised by the British Film Institute.

Long-Lost Film Adaptation Of Edgar Allan Poe Story Discovered In An Attic by Clarisse Loughrey for Independent


Three books have emerged with one of the world's most lucrative literary awards. At a ceremony in Austin, Texas, judges named the winners of the Kirkus Prize - the select few plucked from among 1,193 books published in the past year.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Kirkus Prizes by Colin Dwyer for NPR


There are books for young people that hold difficult truths, and the gatekeepers - writers, parents, teachers, librarians - often find themselves trying to sort out just what is appropriate for kids to read.

What’s Appropriate For Kids To Read? There’s Value In Exposing Them To The Tough Stuff by Jarrett J. Krosoczka for The Washington Post


Shaelin Bishop shows you how to be more productive during NaNoWriMo with her top ten tips.

Staying Productive During NaNoWriMo: Shaelin's Top Tips by Shaelin Bishop for Reedsy


Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom was written in 1952, when Plath was still a student in the US.

Unseen Sylvia Plath Short Story To Be Published In January by Richard Lea for The Guardian


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