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Publishing News Roundup Series: Bologna Book Fair Looks for Diverse Topics

by Maureen Crisp •  February 18, 2019  •   Follow

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The Bologna book fair released its topic focuses for its annual convention, and it looks like the focus will be on diversity.

This year at the Bologna Book Fair, authors and agents will be focusing on topics of diversity. The focus this year is with the hope of expanding children’s literature to focus and connect with readers who are not as represented in current literature. Connecting with more readers will inspire more children to love reading, which will expand readership worldwide.

How Do You Count Success?

 
Around the publishing blogosphere this week…



Ah Bologna! The biggest children’s book fair in the world. (Secretly every children’s writer wants to go…)
Bologna is about to get bigger! This years themes African American culture, women, and handwriting.
Check out Porter Anderson’s run down on what’s new to the fair.



It’s writing convention season in the Northern hemisphere… so you need to know what to pack.
Check out this list of must haves from Gail Carriger– (don’t forget foot lotion!)



Bustle decided we needed to be reminded of the book scandals so far this year… We are in the seventh week
and we have had five scandals in publishing… Are we in a depraved industry or finally at the point where we are
calling out BS?



A scandal that wasn’t mentioned was The Authors Guild report on author incomes and their downward trend that came out in January. This caught some people by surprise. (Who knew there wasn’t any
money in publishing?) However there were plenty of people who disputed the figures. Orna Ross,
Director of Alliance of Independent Authors made some interesting comments about using money to
figure out if you were successful. (Some genres had a problem with that…)



A friend told me about an email last month from a company offering to write her autobiography as she was a
busy scientist. She must be famous. We laughed, but it is a serious matter. These scams target the clueless about publishing. Be a great friend, alert people to scams. (If you want to laugh, check out their emails along
with their spell checker and understanding of science papers… 😉



I was interested to read Agent Janet Reid’s answers to a question about what to do when your
publisher looks like they’re going belly up… This reminded me of Kris Rush’s blog on IP a few weeks ago
and if you haven’t read it… YOU MUST! (- and the comments).  Kris is back with an interesting view of
the Consumer Electronics Show and new media. Remember, once upon a time eBooks were NEW.
(And look how they changed publishing.) Kris points out some new ideas
to be aware of. (Check your contracts… beware of rights grabs for media not invented yet.)



Last month I mentioned that Mike Shatzkin, publishing futurist and commentator, had been down under
and visited our fair shores. Mike took the time to speak to people in the book industry here about
what the big problems are.Here is what he found out and what publishers can do about it.



Jami Gold has been looking at Social Media platforms… which do you use and why?
Jami has some good advice for which ones would best suit you.



If you are an Indie publisher you will have come up against this important question… Go wide or Select?
Here are the pros and cons. Meanwhile Richard Charkin charts his Indie publisher journey so far
who knew it would start with 1000 emails…



The WriteLife blog has compiled their best sites for authors 2019… There are the tried and trusted ones…
and some new kids in the mix.

In The Craft Section,

How to write a Macguffin– The Maltese Tiger- Bookmark


Creating authentic villains– Kyla Bagnall- Bookmark


The 6 figure master fiction plot-Janice Hardy – Bookmark



In The Marketing Section,



How to use Goodreads for authors– Dave Chesson- Bookmark



10 reasons why people leave your website- infographic- Barb Dozdowich

 

 

To Finish,

It’s great to check in with Catherine Ryan Howard every now and then.
It shows how far a life can change in a decade in publishing. Catherine has just
published her 72 easy steps to get an Edgar nomination. If you are a thriller/ crime writer,
these are big genre awards! Practically an overnight success story!






Maureen
@craicer


R.I.P Opportunity… The last message… My battery is low. It is getting dark.

15 years of exploration on another planet… originally designed for 90 days.  

An OUTSTANDING achievement for the Rover Robot Team!

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.