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Publishing News Roundup Series: What Writers Really Need to Hear

by Maureen Crisp •  February 21, 2017  •   Follow

Published in News  •  15 comments


There is always an abundance of writing help on the internet. But is what we find, what we really need to hear?

If not, what exactly should we be asking to promote our writing career? What is the information that we really need to hear? Is it different for indie vs. traditional writers? And what about writer personalities? Does this cause a unique set of needs for each writer?


Great Expectations


This week I have been thinking about expectations. This was sparked by Kris Rusch’s excellent blog post on the Indie and the Bestseller. Do you even know what questions to ask for your writing career or are you asking the wrong people? This applies to both Indies and Traditional published people.


Meanwhile Bob Mayer was also thinking along the same lines but looking at being an Introvert writer in an Extrovert world. How do we even cope?


John Scalzi takes a look at what life is like for the writer at the top of the heap. It is not all Champaign and roses.


Kelly Van Sant has an interesting blog post on Pub Crawl about what previously published means to an agent. She explains her reasons on why she doesn’t take on manuscripts from Wattpad. Read the comments for other schools of thought on this.


Do you have a media kit? What is in it? Joel Friedlander has an excellent article from Joan Stewart on what things make your media kit stand out. Dressing up your Media Kit.
Laurence O’Bryan has put together an interesting project called Author Teams. Check out what he thinks authors can do in collaboration with others.


Joanna Penn has been down under recently. But she found time to announce her new press imprint. She writes here about why she decided to go into what looks like being a Traditional publisher. Fascinating Joanna!


The Winter SCBWI conference has just wrapped up in New York and if you are interested in children’s books you need to check out the conference blog. They have a team of writers live blogging the whole event so it is chock full of interesting bits and pieces.


Tahlia Newland has been looking at audio companies. She has a comparison about who is best and why you should choose them for your audio book production.

In The Craft Section,

Writing Cues– Prolifiko
Joanna Penn interviewed on her writing and research
Top Time Savers for Writing– Elisabeth S Craig-Bookmark
Three types of character arcs- Sarah Letourneau- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

Why email marketing rocks– Frances Caballo – Bookmark
5 reasons authors should blog– Anne R Allen-Bookmark
Book Cover Design– Reedsy-Bookmark!!!! (with amazing infographic)

To Finish,

Suzanne Lakin is always a great Go To when looking for inspiration for your writing. In this great post she looks at that old standby of authors… Procrastination. What might be behind it? If you have always been a careful writer, and therefore are slow to finish writing then this article by Pamela Hodges on vomiting out the first draft and why you should could be a writing life changer.



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.