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Publishing News Roundup Series: How to Keep Your Writing Stamina Going with NaNoWriMo

by Maureen Crisp •  November 2, 2015  •   Follow

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This week NaNoWriMo begins!

Below we have some posts about it, and all the ways that it can help you keep your writing stamina going. We also have other recent news, such as the new Amazon review policy which was just released:


Subscribing To NaNoWriMo

 Pic from Flickr Creative Commons- Mondo


This week Amazon review policies and translations are still topics of interest at the publishing water cooler AKA Twitter.


Selfpublishing Review has written a blog post about the new Amazon review policy detailing what you can and can’t do. A must read!


Roz Morris always has interesting posts and this week she adds her thoughts to the Translation discussion. It is always good to check out the comment stream where the discussion continues.


Porter Anderson has been looking at the Society of Authors call for fairer contracts. The Society is the UK authors collective. The Society is joining with The American Authors Guild and momentum is growing to change publishing contracts. Take the time to read this.


Subscription services may be making a come back if the latest Disney deal is anything to go by.


Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant have a popular writing blog but they are branching out into subscription too. They have been working on an App called Story Shop. They have a Kickstarter for it. Check out what they are
offering, The App almost writes the stories for you!


This week a spotlight was put on organisations behaving badly. Wil Wheton called out Huffington Post for not paying authors and then went on to expand that call to other creatives who should be paid for their work. Exposure doesn’t pay the mortgage you know.


Agent Natalie Lakosil helped by Jen Laughran shone a light on agents. Yes, agents have other jobs, they are just as poorly paid as writers… but be wary of Schmagents!


It’s the last week of October and writers around the world are holding their heads and thinking why did I say I would do NaNoWriMo. Chuck Wendig asks the same question and adds his own particular spin to why you should/shouldn’t do it. (Usual Chuck warnings!)


Anne R Allen has a great post from Ruth Harris on the joy of writing and how to keep it going during NaNoWriMo. Ruth shares inspirational words from other authors about how to keep the momentum going.


Here is an interesting post on when to design your bookcover… If you said before you write the book… you would be right.


In the Craft Section, 
Help for Pantsers and Plotters– Stephen Pressfield


Janice Hardy has two great posts, How to tighten the MS and How to polish the MS




Jane Friedman talks to Larry Brooks about compelling concepts Bookmark!




In the Marketing Section,


Molly Greene has the website essentials




Novel pitching with Chuck Sambuchino



To Finish,
The people behind the Stop Procrastinating App have put together a tell all infographic on NaNoWriMo… How to survive it… How to achieve it… How to do it.

For all those attempting NaNoWriMo… Good luck




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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.