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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


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

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


If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 November 2018


This Week on Books Direct -
25 November 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 25 November 2018

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

You Are The Center Of The Universe by David Leonhardt for The Happy Guy Writing Services
It’s about the reader and only the reader. Use “you” in your text to give the reader ownership of your product or service, or the ideas you are putting forward.

You Are The Center Of The Universe by David Leonhardt for The Happy Gu Writing Services


There are no rigid rules for writing good fiction, only guidelines. Even guidelines don’t apply to everybody. Every genre has its own conventions.

Stupid Writing Rules: Why to Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Writing Advice by Anne R. Allen


Allen & Unwin recalls PR expert’s guide to brand-building after Jackie O’s “nightmare” endorsement.

“Never Fails To Disappoint”: Roxy Jacenko Book Pulped After Cover Misprint by Naaman Zhou for The Guardian


Becoming Is Becoming 2018's Biggest Adult Book by John Maher for Publishers Weekly
Becoming’s first-day sales, including pre-orders, represent the largest single-day sales total for any book published in 2018 by Penguin Random House

Becoming Is Becoming 2018's Biggest Adult Book by John Maher for Publishers Weekly


Amazon offers so many digital services that it’s easy to get lost and confuse their names, features, and prices. In this detailed comparison, you will learn about major features, eligible books, compatible devices, and offered deals.

Kindle Unlimited Or Amazon Prime Reading – Which Service Is Better For Me? by Piotr Kowalczyk for eBook Friendly


Reading Fiction Makes You a Little Nicer by Katie Heaney for The Cut
According to an analysis of studies examining the effects of reading fiction on social behavior, we’re probably a little nicer for it.

Reading Fiction Makes You a Little Nicer by Katie Heaney for The Cut


Pseudonymous author was charged under law that makes it an “especially serious” crime to sell more than 5,000 copies of a work classed as pornographic.

Chinese Writer Tianyi Sentenced To Decade In Prison For Gay Erotic Novel by Alison Flood for The Guardian


How To Identify, Collect And Sell Rare Books by Nick Douglas for LifeHacker
Before you donate or trash your old books, you might want to check if they’re valuable.

How To Identify, Collect And Sell Rare Books by Nick Douglas for LifeHacker


Customers’ names and email addresses posted on website, tech giant confirms.

Amazon Hit With Major Data Breach Days Before Black Friday by Miles Brignall for The Guardian



And more on Amazon:
Online shopping giant Amazon reversed its unpopular policy of blocking Australians from shopping on its US and international sites just in time for Black Friday sales.

Amazon Backflip: Australians Can Order From US Site Again by Angus Kidman for Finder


This handy checklist of 15 constructive ideas will help you get more reviews. Most of them won’t cost you a penny to implement, nor will they infringe Amazon’s terms and conditions or get you into trouble in any other way.

Book Marketing: 15 Practical Ways To Get More Book Reviews by Debbie Young for ALLi


Here are some research and writing tips that you may find helpful when setting a book in another country.

7 Research And Writing Tips For Setting A Book In Another Country by Sejal Badani for Writer’s Digest


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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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