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Publishing News Roundup Series: Innovation in Publishing as Amazon Continues to Grow

by Maureen Crisp •  February 27, 2017  •   Follow

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Authors have mixed feelings as Amazon continues to grow.

From opening tons of new bookstores, to creating new imprints, Amazon is still growing in the publishing world. Though authors have mixed feelings about its continued involvement in publishing, it does beg the question of where is innovation bringing publishing?


Collaboration and Innovation


This week I have been thinking about the general themes of 2017, Collaboration and Innovation.


This week Amazon announced a new imprint. Yes another one.  But this one is their second in the German language. Translations are becoming a hot property. Amazon is also trying to figure out India with a proposed launch of Audible– the audio publishing arm of Amazon into
India. Nate Hoffelder warns that price is going to be the biggest driver of whether this will work.


John Biggs from TechCrunch asks What’s Next for Books? We all would like to know… Is it mobile reading or mini bookstores?  If it is mobile reading, Wattpad has introduced a new app that delivers stories as a conversation... A very interesting idea and built for your mobile phone. Writers could have some fun with it and grab the teen market on the way.


Elizabeth Craig has been guest posting over at Anne Allen’s blog. Her article –Yes you can make a living from writing fiction, has been shared all over the place. Elizabeth shares ten tips on how to make a living from your fiction. While you are digesting that read Rachel Thompson’s great post on why you might not be achieving your goals… and take note!


Jane Cable talks about how a group of authors can collaborate effectively in a promotional setting. Over the last few weeks I have seen a few articles and blog posts about the power of collaboration. Creatively it can be a lot of fun. 
Jami Gold has a great post on story arcs over trilogies. If you thought plotting an arc over one book was hard try keeping the details of a trilogy together. She has a stack of useful tips for trilogy story structure.

In The Craft Section,

Manuscript rejection feedback – What to heed what to ignore-WritersDigest- Bookmark
Using Text to Speech software– WritersHelpingWriters- Bookmark
Ultimate guide to a structural edit– WritersEdit- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

Social Sharing Tricks – The Writelife
2 great posts From Joanna Penn Using Pinterest and Help my book isn’t selling

To Finish,

How to work magic with your writing? Everybody wants to do it and what better inspiration than the Queen of Magic herself, J K Rowling, to show the tips to keep motivated.




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.