Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • January 25, 2016
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There has been a lot of active Twitter debate this week over writer festival appearances.
This week, Philip Pullman, head of the UK Society of Authors, launched a huge debate on Twitter against writers having to do festival appearances for free. People from both sides of the argument joined the conversation and argued their opinions.
Other debates have also arisen in the writer world, including ones involving traditional publishing imprints. With Penguin Random House selling off Author Solutions, much of the indie writing community is rejoicing. However, this week we explore below the possible negative side as to why some traditional imprints closing can be a bad thing:
Taking Good Advice
Philip is the current head of UK Society of Authors. They are campaigning on this issue, so he saw it as only logical. Others didn’t see it quite that way and a lively debate happened over Twitter. However there has
been a change in attitude from the festival in question and a nice wake up call to all to the wider Lit community.
As Penguin and Random House draw ever closer lots of change has been happening recently. My first post of the year looked at Author Solutions being sold off… but while authors may be cheering that move, the closing of some imprints is not so good.
In the Craft Section,
In the Marketing Section,
Website Of The Week
I have linked to Katie Weiland’s posts in my craft section so often I should have her on a shortcut link button. I have her great book on structure. Her website is a great resource on craft questions that come up but she also offers some free downloadable resources that are just special!
In the writing business it pays to keep an eye on what the Romance writers are doing – they are so savvy. Today I came across an article on a new Romance App that had my eyebrows lifting right off my head. I never
even suspected this was a thing. I’m still not sure what to think about it… it could be a virtual reality step too far… OTOH if you love your book heroes enough to have a text relationship…
Chuck Wendig decided to do some thinking about mid career writers. This is his ramble on what you should be doing. It echoes others that I have linked to in today’s post but with the Wendig spin on the Good Advice.
About Maureen Crisp
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.