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Just like other book fairs during Covid, Frankfurt has went virtual.
The famous Frankfurt Book Fair has followed suit with other book fairs this year, and went virtual. The move come as no shock, in a way to ensure that no events need to be cancelled. Some see this move as a greater opportunity for authors and publishing professionals to attend who are normally not able to do so. It makes one wonder if they will take some of what they learn here and apply it to future publishing events, after this is all over.
In Publishing news this week,
The Frankfurt Bookfair goes virtual following all the other book fairs around the world. They are opening up their virtual fair free to anyone who is interested. Publishing Perspectives details what virtual sessions are on offer.
Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly reports that the book industry took a hit in sales over the last quarter. Was anybody surprised? The ongoing size of the contraction has some concerned. If you factor in the huge amounts of books being released this month and up to Christmas, there could be desperate times ahead for booksellers.
This week Amazon quietly announced a new service, Bookclubs. It seems kind of odd when they already have Goodreads. Nate Hoffelder reports, although their new idea sounds good it is missing some important features going forward, namely the club feature. It is still in Beta mode though.
This week Joanna Penn interview Erin Wright about publishing wide and the mindset you need to cultivate to do this successfully. It is a fascinating interview, well worth the listen/read.
This week Kris Rusch wrote about dealing with the effects of the wildfires along the west coast of the U.S. Do you have a Go Bag for your business? In the event of a sudden calamity could you access your passwords… your files… your finances… If you haven’t thought about it – time to make it a priority.
Have you heard of Booktubers? These are YouTube book reviewers that are influencers. Wired has an interesting interview with one. I checked out the site and lost an hour watching entertaining book reviews.
Ruth Harris has an interesting article on imposter syndrome. We all suffer from it. Ruth mentions that sometimes it can be a good thing.
Dave Chesson has an interesting guest article on changing up keywords in your metadata. If you regularly do this, it can make the book more relevant in the Amazon store.
Antagonist motivations- K M Weiland- Bookmark
Structural Editing– Iris Marsh- Bookmark
How to write a synopsis if you hate writing synopses– Roz Morris- Bookmark
10 things you don’t want when naming characters– Katherine Grubb
How to put your reader into the scene– Sean Platt
Managing your cast of characters– Writer Unboxed
Building a long term career– Jane Friedman
Maintaining a reader mailing list – Alli Blog – Bookmark
The hidden potential of audiobooks– Tina Dietz
Being a book nerd, I can waste a lot of time on font sites. Their design fascinates me. Did you know that many of the fonts you read now were designed or based on fonts developed 400 years ago with the printing press? The Ingram Spark blog looks at the best fonts for books and if you love jacketed books, Ingram are now offering this plus hardback books with embossed covers. FANCY! Meanwhile, check out the Alliance of Independent Authors blog on the guide to the perfect book cover.
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.