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Publishing News Roundup Series: Blockchain Publishing at the London Book Fair

by Maureen Crisp •  April 17, 2018  •   Follow

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There is always a new something introduced at the annual London Book Fair. This year it is blockchain publishing.

But what is blockhead publishing? And how will it be implicated into modern publishing? How will it affect traditional publishing and the market?


It’s all about Author Business


London Book Fair is on. Along with all the usual Fair news there was one item which was making waves. Publica announced that they had published the first blockchain author. I spoke about the future of publishing in an event at the end of last year, where I mentioned that blockchain publishing was on its way. The future is now.


Around the time of the London Book Fair the Alliance of Independent Authors has a free online conference. This year the schedule is packed full of goodies. If you want to partake you need to sign up so you can get the webinars. It is free and you shouldn’t miss it.


Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Wattpad is eying up the Southeast Asian market for… film, television print and digital content. They already have a toe in the water, it looks like they are going to dive in. This could be very interesting for all the Young Adult authors. Check out what else they have in store…


Amazon is not coping with scammers very well. The Digital Reader reports that they have asked a court to confirm an arbitration… which doesn’t even go after the big guys. Meanwhile they are pulling Cassandra Clares brand new book series because they thought she would never self publish… this has caused another Amazon storm this week.


Kobo, that upstart Canadian rival to Amazon’s digital distribution model has published an interesting interview with one of the big stars in the Indie Author world, Marie Force.  How did she create her empire and what tips does she have…


Joel Friedlander has written an informative article on print distribution and discounting and all the ways you can do it. This is a good starting point if you want understand what it entails.


Anne R Allen has a fabulous article on ten tips for protecting your creative writing self as you go about the business of publishing. This is a must read!


Sacha Black has written the best article on Series bibles and keeping track of characters timelines etc for the Writers Helping Writers website. If you are neck deep in series writing this is a must read!

In The Craft Section,

10 ways to show character emotion– Angela Ackerman- Bookmark
Story Structure- the whole enchilada– Larry Brooks- BOOKMARK
Delaying submission to an Agent– Why you should- Mary Kole – Bookmark
Dragon Dictation for authors– Nick Stephenson- Bookmark
A story idea every day for April– Go Into The Story- Bookmark


10 typesetting rules for Indie Authors– Michelle DeFillipo- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

Promo sites– Nicolas Serik-BOOKMARK
How to create pre launch buzz- Rachel Thompson- Bookmark
The dollars and sense of audiobooks- what authors need to know- Deborah Jacobs

To Finish,

Joanna Penn interviewed Jane Friedman about her new book, The Business of Being A Writer. This is the latest book on understanding author business. Jane, coming from an academic background, has written this as an academic textbook aimed at the MFA students who discover that writing that bestselling book didn’t make them rich. Check out the interview- two great gurus in one place!


The Independent Book Publishers Association has started a new podcast. They have got some great speakers and great plans for their podcast. Check out their first week’s playlist. Impressive!



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.