From Writer Unboxed: How to Write a Screenplay: 7 Starting Tips for Adapting Your Own Novel by Chuck Sambuchino
From terribleminds: 25 Ways To Be A Happy Writer (Or, At Least, Happier) by Chuck Wendig
On eBooks or Print
From The Guardian: Why eBooks are a different genre from print
And, finally, On Amazon Buying Goodreads
The big news this past week was that Amazon had bought the book-reading-and-review site, Goodreads, for an estimated $1 Billion. At first, I was incensed by this move, but I’ve been reading about the pros and cons from both sides, and I’m not yet sure I believe this is either good or bad for authors and readers. What do you think? Please read the following links to articles and opinion pieces and feel free to make your comments below.
From HuffPost Books: Amazon Buys Goodreads: What Does It Mean For Authors and Readers? by Dan Blank
From Nathan Bransford: Amazon Acquired Goodreads
From David Gaughran – Let’s Get Digital: Why Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads Is A Good Thing
From terribleminds: The “Amazon Is Bad For Authors” Meme
From BloombergBusinessWeek: Rampant Speculation: How Much Did Amazon Pay for Goodreads?
From BOOKRIOT: Will You Be Deleting Your Goodreads Account?
From HuffPost Books: Turning My Back on Goodreads by Katie Fransen
From Anne Lamott
From The New Yorker
From The Los Angeles Times
As Barnes & Noble shrinks, small bookstores are born
From C. Hope Clark
How We Treat Writers
From Seth Godin
From The Toronto Star
Academy of the Impossible an experiment in education
A request for topics and compelling material from terribleminds
The Annual Refuelling of The Blog Tanks
Great writing from Carin Makuz
maybe the kids’ll be alright after all
From Eugene Stickland, a hilarious take on
My Day in Comic Book Fashion
A new poem from Rachel Small (my editor!) on her blog, Freelancing to Freedom …
Another short story, Kick, from Betty Jane Hegerat
From Beneath the Snoozing Tree
And a new video from Simon’s Cat
I’m never short on generating new ideas and ways to promote books. But my brain seems to be especially fertile ground when prompted by a suggestion from Betty Jane Hegerat.
“Would you like to go for coffee? I’m taking books to the Co-op Book Exchange, so I’ll pick you up first.” An innocent invitation on Betty Jane’s part.
Then I thought, Well, that would be a good place to take some books I’m giving away, so I began filling a couple of bags from the pile I’d already sorted during the packing-for-leaving session I accomplished over the weekend. Which led to me think, Maybe I should toss a copy of my own novel into this mix, just for fun.
But then my brain kicked into full-promotion-mode!
What if I were to include a note written for whoever picks up my book from the Exchange and ask that reader to write to me once they’ve finished reading then direct them to take it back to the exchange so another reader may discover and read it … ? And before Betty Jane arrived, I had written and printed the following and stapled it into a copy of Island in the Clouds along with my business card!
bjH and I dropped off the books we were donating, fixed up the display a bit (because I am still a bookseller at heart and I like seeing neatly arranged shelves of books that are easy for readers to select from) then left to enjoy our coffee. No emails from anyone yet when I returned home an hour ago, but Betty Jane did suggest I might want to wait for at least 8 hours before expecting any results from my efforts.
And there are many more Calgary Co-op Book Exchanges in this city where I may seed my book! This is going to be fun!
It’s kind of like the idea behind the Book Crossings Book Club.
(Thanks to Dennis for the post title!)
Thanks to Publishing Trendsetter for posting my suggestion of Alberta author Betty Jane Hegerat’s, The Boy, as part of their Deck the Shelves series of book recommendations for the season! But don’t just read what I have to say – please also read the other excellent recommendations, and continue to read new posts to the site over the coming days leading up to Christmas. Many great suggestions here for every reader or writer on your list!
And, while you’re on the Publishing Trendsetter site, have a look around at other information they post and discuss. There is a wealth of help provided here for anyone, and everyone, in the publishing business. Elisabeth Watson and her team have created a comprehensive resource covering the business of writing and publishing. Their video series, The Life Cycle of a Book, is truly an eye-opener and well worth the time you’ll invest in watching it – and learning from it!