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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Necessities for the Life of an Author

by Maureen Crisp •  August 24, 2015  •   Follow

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This week we talk about all the necessary needs for the life of an author.

From headshots to something as simple as keeping a positive attitude, there are many essential necessities for the life of an author. Check out some of the necessities below:


Maintaining A Positive Face


This week I have been thinking about all sorts of eclectic things to do with the life of an author.


Headshots… This is an awful necessity when you write… at some point some one is going to ask for a headshot. Writer Unboxed has a great article on this. I have heard of conferences arranging photographers who specialise in this… (hmmm must explore this.)


Being a nicer person because I am a writer. Book Trib had an interesting article on this.  Jody Hedlund looks at the other side of niceness when you feel you are the worst writer in the world… How can you dig yourself out of the hole?


Keeping a positive attitude helps when you are visualising your goals. If you are Indie Publishing 5 tips on how you can measure success.


This week Publishers Weekly had a column from Kristan Higgins asking the literary world to grow up when it comes to Romance writing.They are among the savviest writers I know and Kristan has a point. Read the Genre before you criticise it.


The New York Times has changed the way they will be reporting Children’s Best Sellers… There was jubilation all over my Twitter Feed. Now finally we will find out the best selling junior fiction books… When the list jumped from Picture Book to Young Adult best sellers… something had to give.


Sticking with big companies making changes… HarperCollins is shutting down Authonomy, their website where aspiring authors could post stories. It was an interesting experiment.


Joanna Penn has answered a bunch of questions about her writing business. She is a postive force when it comes to finding out about marketing. Here she has lots of tips.


In the Craft Section,
Killing your darlings – 5 writers talk about the cutting room floor
How to find an editor – Jane Friedman
Creativity tips for the stuck– Nathan Bransford
In the Marketing Section,
Mastering Radio Interviews – Anne R Allen (Bookmark)
6 types of Copyright disclaimers – The Book Designer (Bookmark)


Website of the Week
Writers in the Storm have a great website with all sorts of great craft and marketing tips. Here are two recent Bookmark posts, 5 easy SEO techniques and How actions determine character arc. There are four writers contributing and they manage to cover all facets of the business. A great Go To Website


To Finish,
Chuck Wendig has a new book out soon. It is his 13th and by now he should be used to the feelings of gut wrenching fear, nervousness and excitement… It only gets worse… He tries to maintain a positive face… (Positive warnings on language apply.)


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.