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The pandemic has had a huge negative effect on bookstores. As the world changes, how can bookstores change with it?
Efforts have been made to help bookstores survive. New websites like Pubeasy have developed ordering systems to allow readers to cut out Amazon and other middlemen and order directly from bookstores. Will this be a new major part of bookstore survival?
Life Vs Fiction
Articles that caught my eye this week,
Mark Williams from The New Publishing Standard wrote a personal note to his readers this week. Mark lives in The Gambia and gathers up all the publishing news from the rest of the world. His internet has been down for a month and he shared where he works, a nursery school for the poorest children, and the importance of books. Amazing and inspirational.
Why we need tragic stories now more than ever, an article by Vaughn Roycroft got me thinking about tragedy. I try to run from these stories and films but maybe I am doing myself a disservice. These could be an important release valve.
Publishing Perspectives has an article on a new and improved ordering system for booksellers that promises sparkles all around. Meanwhile, they also published an article detailing the ups and downs of The Hay on Wye Literary Festival. I wasn’t aware that the festival had pop-ups in other countries. This might not be so good when your brand gets tainted by bad actors, including the founder.
Kris Rusch has an interesting blog post on writing deadlines and how having them gives her life focus and energy and measurable productivity. Do you schedule your life around deadlines? How often? Yearly? Quarterly? By the project?
David Gaughran is a fount of information. He has a great YouTube channel as well as great articles on publishing and marketing books. Recently he posted an article on 9 ways to unleash the power of free in 2021. He is well worth reading and keeping an eye on.
If you are nibbling away at book marketing trying to make sense of it (and who isn’t these days…) Bookbub published an article showcasing the best ads that came across their platform last year and how the authors used them.
Reedsy has a comprehensive article on how to be a better writer– 20 hacks and tips…
Avoiding Change -What’s stopping our characters– Jami Gold – Bookmark
Writing Sprints – Joan Hall -Bookmark
Keeping it real when writing descriptively– Dave King- Bookmark
2 Great posts from Janice Hardy 5 minute fix to jumpstart your scene and
4 mistakes that doom your first page Bookmark Both
5 reasons you should speak for free- Sandra Beckwith – Bookmark
Why hiring a freelance publicist is a good idea– Patricia Smiley
Identifying your reader- Christina Delay- Bookmark
Amazon book promotion preorder infographic– Penny Sansevieri- Bookmark
Valentine’s day was celebrated this week with interesting posts from Romance writers everywhere on the subject of… romance. And then there was this hilarious post from Tara Sparling on why you should never live with a fictional romantic hero during a pandemic.
Star Light will be reverting to its usual price soon, so pick up a copy while it’s still cheap. A review would be awesome, thank you.
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.