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Publishing News Roundup Series: New Year, New Publishing You

by Maureen Crisp •  January 8, 2020  •   Follow

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A sum up Newsletter for 2019 where you get a bumper crop of links to keep you busy.

Some of the best links from 2019 in Writing Craft and Marketing

 

Jan

Resources for writers- June Takey- This is an all you can eat blog post!

https://www.junetakey.com/resources-for-writers/

 

Marketing

Penny Sansevieri decided that 2019 should be the year of the vlog

https://www.bookworks.com/2019/01/vlog-video-blog-book-marketing/

 

Feb

The 6 figure master fiction plot-Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/02/the-six-figure-master-fiction-plot.html

 

How to plan the DIY Writing Retreat.

https://writerunboxed.com/2019/02/23/how-to-plan-a-diy-writing-retreat/

 

Smashwords introduces Global coupons!

http://blog.smashwords.com/2019/02/smashwords-introduces-global-coupons.html

 

March

Group Anthology- take the collaboration model of writing and kick it up a notch.

https://www.bookworks.com/2019/04/creating-group-anthology/

 

Rachel Thompson and her pre launch strategies for authors.

https://medium.com/@RachelintheOC/this-is-how-to-create-a-pre-launch-strategy-for-your-book-b7ea7432f35c?sk=1c61df292f73d6b42b2ed1653d93e0f5

 

April

Character vs Plot -Drive vs Focus- Jami Gold

https://jamigold.com/2019/04/character-vs-plot-drive-vs-focus/

 

16 Villain Archetypes- Tami Cowden

http://www.tamicowden.com/villains.htm

 

E J Runyon discusses using sense memory as a creative kick start!

https://annerallen.com/2019/04/writing-rules-write-what-you-know/

 

Metadata and Book distribution resource checklist- Alli Blog

https://selfpublishingadvice.org/metadata-book-distribution-platforms/

 

May

Career Author has on viewing your author website as a hub with the spokes always bringing your reader back…

https://careerauthors.com/your-author-platform-hub-and-spokes/

 

Cheatsheet on how to write a logline- Bang2write

http://bang2write.com/2019/05/cheat-sheet-how-to-write-a-logline.html

 

7 thoughts about collaboration- Dan Brotzel- Bookmark

https://elizabethspanncraig.com/uncategorized/collaboration/

 

June

Six mistakes that can kill a plot-Mythcreants- Bookmark

https://mythcreants.com/blog/six-mistakes-that-can-kill-a-great-plot/

 

Creative writing tools… and no it is not the fancy pen.

https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2019/05/22/writing-tips-11-tools-to-capture-your-creative-ideas/

 

5 Book marketing strategies- Barbara Freethy- Bookmark!

https://insights.bookbub.com/book-marketing-strategies-authors/

 

July

Reader Targeting influences everything- David Gaughran- Bookmark

https://davidgaughran.com/2019/05/07/reader-targeting-influences-everything/

 

In serch of a moral compass- Writer Unboxed- READ THIS! Bookmark

https://writerunboxed.com/2019/07/12/in-search-of-a-moral-compass/

 

of ten free online graphic and image manipulation tools.

https://the-digital-reader.com/2019/07/09/ten-free-online-image-graphic-and-photo-manipulation-tools/

 

August

125 Book promo ideas- Penny Sansevieri- BOOKMARK!!

https://www.amarketingexpert.com/125-book-promotion-ideas-to-sell-more-books-and-build-your-brand/

 

Depicting characters held back by fear- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark

https://mythcreants.com/blog/depicting-characters-held-back-by-fear/

 

Roz Morris had a great article on back story description and point of view hacks

https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/7-swift-storytelling-hacks-for-back-story-description-dialogue-exposition-point-of-view-and-plot/

 

September

Wonderdraft. A map making tool for the gamer or writer out there. Take a look at how it works.

https://www.chrisfoxwrites.com/2019/08/16/why-authors-love-wonderdraft-for-mapmaking/

 

How Theme and False Theme affect your protagonist, you can see why.

https://www.septembercfawkes.com/2018/06/how-theme-and-false-theme-affect-your.html

 

Promote your book hacks- BOOKMARK

https://blog.reedsy.com/promote-your-book-hacks/

 

October

Jami has gathered together great worksheets and resources to help with goal setting and author business.

https://jamigold.com/2019/10/how-can-we-discover-our-vision-and-goals/

 

20 writing tips to improve your craft- Reedsy- Comprehensive!

https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-tips/

 

Using kindle keywords- Dave Chesson (New research from Dave.) – BOOKMARK

https://kindlepreneur.com/7-kindle-keywords/?

 

How to promote your book on a shoestring- Prowriting aid- Bookmark

https://prowritingaid.com/art/1018/how-to-promote-your-book-on-a-shoestring.

 

Nov

Enhance your writing by layering- Jordan Dane – Bookmark

https://killzoneblog.com/2019/10/how-to-enhance-your-writing-by-layering-your-scenes-plot.html

 

Surprise your reader in every scene- September Fawkes – Bookmark

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/11/surprising-your-readers-in-every-scene

https://www.amarketingexpert.com/10-unique-book-promotion-ideas-for-using-video/

 

Penny Sansevieri has a great post on using video for book promotion ideas

How to DIY an audiobook Renee Conoulty and Sacha Black- Bookmark

https://sachablack.co.uk/2019/11/20/006-how-to-diy-an-audiobook/

 

Dec

Book Promotion 101- Bookbub- Bookmark!-

https://insights.bookbub.com/book-promotion/

 

Penny Sansevieri has a great post on 2020 marketing goalshttps://www.amarketingexpert.com/20-book-marketing-strategies-to-be-successful-in-2020/

 

The lie your character believes- Angela Ackerman- Bookmark

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/04/the-destructive-power-of-the-lie-your-character-believes

 

In My Writing Life,

I am sipping a glass of wine and thinking about goals and plans for 2020. I really wanted Book 4 out for Christmas but it was not to be. Note to Self- Get illustration notes to Irina much earlier. Timing is important. Always build in plenty of time. I did, but I also don’t push when things take longer than I expect. I am not going to sacrifice health just to push through a deadline. (Life happens… learn to roll with it and keep upbeat.)

In 2020 I want to finally get a handle on Ads and make them work positively.  My ROI is abyssmal so I really need to work on that.

I know that one of my hardest hurdles is to ask for reviews. I find this very difficult. (That old feeling of never feeling worthy and not wanting to bother anyone.) If you would like to help me out, I would love a review on my circus books. Goodreads reviews now show up on Amazon. Yay.

Have a happy and restfilled Christmas and a New Year full of great writing plans for the new decade.

I’ll be back on the blog towards the end of January, with a newsletter to follow after. In the meantime I’ll be uploading the new book.

 

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.