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News and Notes

Observations and opinions about the brave new publishing world.

 

We stay on top of happenings/trends in the publishing world to help out busy writers who are spending their time doing what they should be doing: writing.

 

 

1. Eight things I’ve learned from Judd Apatow
Don’t scoff, fellow writers. There’s some wisdom here. You will relate.

 

2. You can’t pay your rent with the unique platform your website provides
This writer points out to the good people of Huffington Post and their ilk, that yes more people will read us when we post something on your site, but on the other hand, our landlord doesn’t generally accept that as a rent payment.

 

3. Just another brick in the paywall
As losses mounts, newspapers are forced to seriously consider paywalls for their online content. This is sort of the flipside of the previous article. Writers are being asked to write for free, partially because readers are generally demanding they get their information for free.

 

4. Evidently Apple and Facebook aren’t perfect
Making money publishing the news not going well for the titans either.

 

5. The Five Basic Elements of an Author Website
There’s some excellent advice for authors who are putting together a website to promote their work. If you aren’t one of those authors, why aren’t you? Every author needs one these days.

 

6. Audiobooks and self publishing
Keeping up with market trends, audiobooks.com debuts self publishing portal. For a great summary of their business model click on the link.

 

We stay on top of happenings/trends in the publishing world to help out busy writers who are spending their time doing what they should be doing: writing.

 

 

1. The average length of a shared video
Most authors these days create videos to promote their books. This article will help you decide how long that video should be if your goal is to have it shared via social media. Hint: Less is more.

 

2. 11 Ways you may be spooking your readers on social media
Some great tips for authors using social media. We agree with all eleven. The writer of the piece, Frances Caballo, really knows what she’s talking about.

 

3. Amazon fights back
You’ve probably heard about Amazon’s response to the initial New York Times story about their horrible workplace environment. It’s been all over the news the past few days. We think this is a very good analysis of what Amazon said and didn’t say in their scathing response.

 

4. Six Trend-Savvy Book Publishing strategies
This story has been out there since April, but we just discovered it. We don’t agree with everything in this article, but the portion about self pubishing does offer some good advice.

 

We stay on top of happenings/trends in the publishing world to help out busy writers who are spending their time doing what they should be doing: writing.

 

 

1. 11 things a writer should never say
Suzanne Brazil is a published writer and she has some excellent tips on her blog about what NOT to say. Good for those of you staring a blank page, or those of you actively promoting a book.

 

2. The downside of Linked-In for women
We always tell our authors that promoting yourself on LinkedIn is essential for getting the word out about your book. If you’re a woman, however, there are a few things you must keep in mind. This article gives you some excellent advice.

 

3. The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead
Well lookee here. The New York Times has a piece about an unexpected development in the publishing world. Just when it seemed like e-books were taking over, the new stats came out, and dead-tree books are making a comeback.

 

4. Publishers are screwed. Google is really screwed. Consumers win. Apple really wins
Can you guess why this headline caught our eye? It’s really an article about ad-blockers on mobile devices, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.

 

We stay on top of happenings/trends in the publishing world to help out busy writers who are spending their time doing what they should be doing: writing.

 

 

1. Barnes & Noble is in trouble
We hate to say it, but it’s really beginning to look like the country’s biggest book seller isn’t going to make it. The Wall Street Journal has the ugly details.

 

2. How to write a short story with deep structure (and a win a prize for it)
Dr John Yeoman, PhD Creative Writing, judges the Writers’ Village story competition and is a tutor in creative writing. He gives some good advice for those of you submitting entries to writing contests.

 

3. Best Chicago Novels by Neighborhood
I was a little sad to see my novel “The Living Wills” wasn’t included as a Jefferson Park (or Beverly) book, but I have no issues with some of the books that were chosen.

 

4. Younger Readers prefer printed books.
Writers of kids books should keep this in mind. Part of the experience that creates a love of books is the whole experience of turning the pages, looking at the pages, and touching the book. It’s a tactile wonderland.