Below we have some great weekly news stretching from a tribute to the recently deceased fantasy author, Terry Pratchett, to advice on how to successfully write a book with multiple POVs.
Here the next in our Publishing News Roundup series:
Last week I had to come to terms with the fact that writers
are mortal, that the world you loved to visit in a new book by a favourite
author would be forever frozen. There would be no more adventures in Discworld.
I enjoy Fantasy and SciFi or as they are increasingly being called SPECulative
FICtion.* When you have read every children’s book in your rural town library
by the time you are 11 then the only thing left is adult books (boring) or wild
imaginary stories set in far away places. I didn’t come to Discworld until my
30’s when I discovered he wrote Satire… and I was hooked. So I thank Sir
Terry Pratchett for the immense pleasure and laugh out loud funny lines and his
headology – the gentle wry take on the human condition. The Guardian has a wonderful tribute article
on Terry’s legacy and there is a nice bit of news about the last Discworld book.
The enemy isn’t men, or women, it’s bloody stupid people and
nobody has the right to be stupid. Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett
In the Craft Section,
K M Weiland has wowed everybody again with a story structure database..
. Drop in and check out all the books and movies she has analysed for
structure. You will learn so much. (bookmark)
It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done. A Hat Full
of Sky– Terry Pratchett
In the Marketing Section,
There is a new kid on the block in terms of marketing and it
looks really interesting. Thunderclap
. If you harnessed all those people who
would come to your book launch from all around the world in one place at one
Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its
operating manual. Jingo – Terry
Website of the Week
Sometimes it’s better to light a flamethrower than to curse
the darkness. Men At Arms – Terry Pratchett
If you keep April 15th and 16th free you can virtually attend Indie ReCon
is going to be bigger than before. The Indie Recon conference is a free online
conference that is just packed full of awesomeness. This years program had me
seriously thinking about running away from home to a motel for 3 days by myself
so I could attend virtually every one of the sessions. (If the motel was in
London I could also join the meet up day.)
*Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. –
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.