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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Parallel Universes of Publishing

by Samantha Knoerzer •  November 23, 2015  •   Follow SamanthaKnoerze

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This week’s post is all about the parallel dark side of publishing.

Below we are talking about the parallel publishing universes that are developing as other universes of publishing are beginning to collapse. Also, in honor of NaNoWriMo coming to a close on November 30th, people are pulling in their last strength to hit their goals. With the long hours and dedication, comes confidence as well as doubt. To fill the void of the latter, below we have some great articles for dealing with rejection, the myths of writing, as well as a really great post on giving writers back the love of writing when they start to question ‘what’s the point?’


Speaking Our Fears



This week the world has been shaken up and now everybody is thinking about mortality. We are not invulnerable. 
In the writing world Tech Crunch analysed the publishing industry and came to the conclusion that there
is a new parallel publishing universe happening. Welcome To The Dark Side.
Catherine Ryan Hyde has written an amazing post on rejection. This tells the story of Pay It Forward. Catherine has some great advice for writers struggling with the lows of the publishing world.
Dean Wesley Smith talks about the times that the writer becomes overwhelmed by the critical voice in their head saying ‘What’s the point?’ This is a great post about reconnecting with the joy of writing.
Jane Friedman recently wrote about the myths of writing and then linked to an interesting article on writers and addictions by Douglas Millikin.
Jody Hedlund has a post on How To Drive Yourself Crazy As A Writer. Jody gives great advice so make sure you drop in and read what not to do.
By now you may be reaching for a stiff drink!
On the good news front. China needs more books. Publishers Weekly has just covered the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair and the news is allpositive… and great opportunities are opening up.
Rick Riordan has managed to get his foreign publishers to stop white washing his characters on the cover of his books. This is great news. I wondered if it was a language translation problem but sometimes that is not the case… Marketing can make the wrong decisions! I was thinking about my own characters this week and realised that all the characters in my head were biracial… but I don’t describe them by skin tone. Something to work on maybe…
In the Craft Section,
Molly Greene has a great novel outlining method
How to decide how many POV characters to have.- Angela Ackerman/ Marcy Kennedy
How to create a memorable setting– Pat Verducci-Bookmark
How to write cliff hanger chapter breaks– K M Weiland. Bookmark!
In the Marketing Section,
Critical edits to Book Description Copy– Diana Urban – Bookmark
Book Marketing tips– Rachel Thompson- Bookmark


Website of the Week
Kristine Kathryn Rusch has been on fire this week with some excellent posts on the publishing industry. She is a multi talented writer/ editor across many genres and is much respected. She doesn’t pull any punches or suffer fools. She will give it to you straight… Read Her! Getting in Touch with Writers and Talking to Writers


To Finish

This week I’ve been thinking about talking.  I’m comfortable with chatting to people one on one, small groups etc. Then at our recent National Conference I had to Skype interview in front of 100 people, the lectern was shaking I clutched it so hard. A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed on radio for a new magazine style programme being developed. That microphone looked like an interrogation spotlight! 


Talking in public is important for writers to master. Elizabeth S Craig has a great post on public speaking for writers.


Talking isn’t so bad… when you are writing.




About Samantha Knoerzer

I am the Social Media Coordinator and Author Relations Manager for BiblioCrunch. And I love to read, OF COURSE! From the classics to YA and children's, you can find me reading it all. I have a masters in publishing from NYU's Print and Digital Media Studies masters program, and have undergraduate degrees in music, marketing, and english. I have a passion for reading, music, and travel. My goal is to travel to as many places around the world as possible. If you need to find me, you can catch me traveling all around the world at any chance I get – always with a book in hand!