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Why coolness for writers is utterly beneath contempt
July 15, 2014 | 2:33 pm

ShortList Magazine, a free giveaway glossy from the land of Cool Britannia which "has the biggest circulation of any men's lifestyle magazine in Britain," has shared with us its guide to "The 50 Coolest Authors of All Time."  It begins: "Writing a runaway literary hit is incredibly hard, and doing it with aching volumes of cool (which is how we'd all want to do it, given the chance) is nigh on impossible. These 50 managed it." Well, here's my view on why cool is something that writers - as opposed to readers of freebie giveaway men's glossies - should avoid...

Morning Roundup: Kobo giving $5 for library referrals. Agony and ecstasy of social media
July 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboLibraries are Not a 'Netflix for Books' (Book Riot) If there’s one phrase I dislike more than the latest company touting itself as the “Netflix for books,” it’s when the retort is that such a thing already exists and it’s called the library. *** TSA Policy Change Increases Tech Security Burden for Travelling Journalists (Media Shift) Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. *** The Agony and Ecstasy of Social Media (Dear Author) Today two authors debate the issue of social media in writing....

Morning Roundup: Free eBooks no longer effective? Social media for novelists and more
July 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

free ebooksReaders Gravitate Away from Free Books (GoodeReader) New research is suggesting that giving your eBook away for free might not be effective anymore. *** Social Media Marketing for Novelists, Is Relationship Building (Digital Book World) But social media marketing does not have to mean getting on a loudspeaker and booming out self-lauding messages. That model for promotion is not necessary. Instead, think about marketing as building relationships. *** Art or the Future of the Printed Book? (Brave New World) This weekend in a quiet small local market in Bath we came across two stalls which caught our eye. One was selling lampshades at £75 each and the...

Henry Green on Loving and the future of reading
June 26, 2014 | 2:25 pm

henry greenThis post arose as an attempt to review Henry Green's inimitable 1945 work Loving, rated by some as one of the best novels of the 20th century, and a masterpiece of dialog - and vernacular speech, in the Cockney and other lower-class English tones of its key servant characters. And it led to a celebrated Paris Review interview with Green - one of the few where the novelist spoke publicly about his own work - by Terry Southern, available in full online. And there, Green shows himself a thoughtful and prescient prognosticator of the future development of writing and even...

Dark Side of the Sun: A Facebook sale, a social media precedent
June 11, 2014 | 10:25 am

Dark Side For any authors, self-published or otherwise, wondering how to use social media to promote their work, as well as any fans of the dark, weird, and horrible in general, here's an example for you. A group of horror and dark fiction writers has come together to launch "Dark Side of the Sun: A One-Day Sale on Dark Fantasy Horror and Contemporary Fantasy Books" via Facebook, scheduled for June 27th. "Readers rejoice! For one day only, Friday, June 27th, you will be able to buy over a dozen dark fantasy horror and contemporary fantasy novels for just 99 cents each," reads the...

Can we trust that selfie?
April 4, 2014 | 2:21 pm

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/y5Ww74sEID — David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 1, 2014 Twice in the last month, two popular selfies were torpedoed across social media. First, it was Ellen DeGeneres’ picture at the Oscars and, most recently, Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama. The Red Sox visited the White House on Wednesday to celebrate their World Series victory last year, as all professional sports team do in this country. Ortiz’s selfie generated plenty of attention even more than a day after it was taken because it was revealed that it was a big marketing...

Morning Roundup: Irish poetry crawl, Building a better Amazon Prime and more
March 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

irish poetry crawlSocial Media Editors in the Newsroom: What the Job is Really Like (Media Shift) Monday through Friday, Scott Kleinberg’s alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. The Chicago Tribune social media editor then begins combing the web for news and trends, catching up on anything that happened while he was sleeping. *** A Irish Poetry Crawl for St Patrick's Day (Book Riot) We’re taking you on a good old-fashioned Irish poetry crawl, but for this experience you won’t have to leave your chair or lift a pint—unless you want to go grab a Guinness and drink along. *** Have a Layover? Hit the Library (NY Times) The Free...

Facebook: authors need to rethink strategy in light of latest changes
January 23, 2014 | 12:18 pm

Authors will have to re-think how they use Facebook. The social media company announced its changing the way updates from brand Pages will appear in Facebook feeds. Many authors have fan pages instead of profiles and will need to adjust based on the new algorithms, according to a post from Facebook. Facebook’s Chris Turitzin, a product manager, said that it saw text status updates from Pages didn’t get as much attention as status updates from friends. We are learning that posts from Pages behave differently to posts from friends and we are working to improve our ranking algorithms so that we do a...

Self-promotion for 2014′s New Year resolution?
January 9, 2014 | 10:17 am

self-promotionA couple of interesting posts have emerged to kick off the New Year with some useful insights on promotion for self-published authors. The upshot is that self-promotion for self-publishing is more essential than ever before - but also that it doesn't have to be the blight on a writer's life or on cultural values that the likes of Jonathan Franzen periodically portray it as. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Writer at work[/caption] On his "Let's Get Visible" blog, David Gaughran states simply: "If You Don’t Enjoy Marketing, You’re Doing It Wrong." In his view, there's nothing so odious about new model promotional methods. His...

Zola Books acquires social media site Bookish
January 7, 2014 | 12:15 pm

bookishThe social media site Bookish has been acquired by Zola Books, Publishers Weekly reported on Monday. The site went live in 2013 backed by three of the five big publishers: Hachette, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. Zola founder and CEO Joe Regal told PW: "Zola and Bookish share a vision of a richer reader experience, connecting readers to their favorite books, authors, tastemakers they trust, and of course to other readers. E-books are becoming personal social networks. Not only can we can read them on phones and devices that we carry with us, but we can also share and comment right inside the...

Morning Roundup: Grinch Who Stole Public Domain, Best Social Media Tools For Journalists
January 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

public domainThe Grinch Who Stole the Public Domain (Techdirt) As they do every year, unfortunately, the good folks at the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke have put together a depressing list of what should have entered the public domain yesterday. *** The Year's Best Social Media Tools for Journalists (Media Shift) The more that journalists use social media, the more tools pop up to help them search multiple platforms at once, showcase content in a new way, follow social media chatter by location and more. *** Journalist Ann Morgan Read a Book From Every Country (GalleyCat) British journalist Ann Morgan has accomplished a...

The Original Christmas, Twitter Style
December 14, 2013 | 10:35 am

twitterEditor’s Note: This is somewhat modified from Dan’s original version. Since social media consulting is my other hat, I tweaked it a bit to add a bit more Twitter-centric style. The essence is all his, however. Enjoy! What would the original Christmas have been like if Twitter had existed? Here's what we at TeleRead think it might have looked like. ;) @FirstWiseMan: Stars out tonight in brilliant night sky @SecondWiseMan: RT @FirstWiseMan: Stars out tonight in brilliant night sky <--Don't forget to mention Bethelem @3WiseMan: Three words to sum it up:  We. Are. Astounded. @FirstWiseMan: RT @3WiseMan: Three words to sum it up:  #WeAreAstounded @FirstPasserby: What's...