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Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage
May 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

Social mediaOn the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when responding to clients, but sometimes I just want to scream in frustration. *** How Social Media is Failing Creative Women (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instead of these companies thinking about what it means for them to offer a service to everyone when their model of the world is so deeply inaccurate, we keep hearing the equivalent of “It...

Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?
May 15, 2015 | 9:00 am

author earningsUsing Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the fast-moving social media platform of Twitter. *** Why the ‘Author Earnings Report’ is Misleading ( So, first I’ll do a quick roundabout of the problems with the May’s report. Then I’ll give my own analysis of the (limited) data. And I’ll finish with a few suggestions...

J.K. Rowling Twitter abuse shows the dark side of Scottish nationalism
May 11, 2015 | 6:25 pm

jk rowling stop writingAs a Scot, I'm immensely proud of the achievement of the Scottish National Party in last Thursday's UK elections, and the new spirit abroad in Scotland. But I'm almost equally disgusted by and ashamed of its dark side, as revealed in the Twitter abuse heaped on J.K. Rowling, a very well-known unionist, post the election result. That's one of the few things that could tarnish the victory for me. I won't dignify the tweeters themselves by repeating their slurs, but anyone who wants a representative sample can just search Twitter under @jk_rowling, or check some out here. Suffice it to say that the...

Morning Links: Selling used books for a penny. eBooks vs paper books redux
April 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

used booksJames Patterson Defends Collaborative Writing (GalleyCat) Patterson’s success stems from publishing numerous bestsellers a year with the help of a team of writers, a practice that he has been criticized for as focusing on quantity versus quality. *** E-Readers vs. Book Books: A Book Lover Weighs the Pros and Cons (Apartment Therapy) One year in, I've reached a verdict in the case of e-books vs. book books. Before I share it, though, let's take a look at the arguments for each side from my (admittedly biased) perspective. *** On Selling Used Books on Amazon for a Penny (Ink, Bits & Pixels) I was surprised to learn that...

The other current genre controversy: The David A. Riley feud
April 13, 2015 | 10:25 am

With Sad Puppies already trailing enough dirt around the landscape, I hesitated a long time before eventually deciding to write this up. One reason I hesitated - and also one reason I finally decided to write - is that much of the to-and-fro in this particular spat was done on a no-name basis, with Tweeters and Facebook posters not naming the people concerned. It also doesn't help that one of the main instigators/protagonists was briefly off Facebook - in what I hope wasn't a hack attack motivated by the controversy. And I certainly hesitated because there was right and wrong...

So much for the myth of distracting digital devices: Distraction may actually help creativity
March 25, 2015 | 10:25 am

Anti-ebook device-hating Luddites are probably not going to like to hear this, but a new piece of research suggests that the kind of distractions from email, social media, and other extraneous inputs that they rail against may actually boost your creativity. The study, entitled "Creativity and sensory gating indexed by the P50: Selective versus leaky sensory gating in divergent thinkers and creative achievers," published in Neuropsychologia by the Northwestern University team of  Darya L. Zabelina, Daniel O’Leary, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Robin Nusslock, and Mark Beeman, has found evidence that an openness to distraction "may help people integrate ideas that are outside of focus of...

Are Message Boards on the Way Out?
March 17, 2015 | 10:25 am

message boardsA recent thread on a message board I frequent had me thinking about...well, message boards. The thread in question was called 'How Can We Revive the Board?' and the responses to it raised a number of questions about why it's dying, whether it can be fixed, and whether message boards, as a thing, have had their day. Here were the reasons various members gave for why their participation in the board had dropped off: 1) They preferred Facebook. The group has a companion Facebook community, which began as a way for members to keep in touch during the increasingly frequent 'board...

London Book Fair to follow publishing Around The World in 8 Hours
February 20, 2015 | 12:25 pm

The London Book Fair has just issued a release to announce that it "will be holding the first ‘virtual conference’ for the world of publishing on 18 March 2015. Around The World in 8 Hours will follow the world of publishing across the globe in a day-long series of social media events, culminating with a focus on publishing in the US. These will examine the similarities and differences in the world of book publishing’s key markets, covering everything from the Chinese love of serialised fiction to India’s mania for contemporary fiction that reworks the country’s ancient epics." This event series is...

Morning Links: Will Kindle Unlimited expansion cause more payment drops? We need social media
February 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedMy Working (or Not) Relationship With Poetry (Book Riot) The task that I feel is going to be the biggest stretch for me by far is poetry. Not LGBT, not authors of color, or even books about indigenous peoples. Poetry. *** The Elephant in the Room is a Phone (The Scholarly Kitchen) According to my log, I came across 150 references to disruptive technology this week.  Or was that 1,150? *** Will the New Kindle Unlimited Expansion Cause Another Dip in Author Payments? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) The news of Kindle Unlimited expansion into Canada and Mexico may bring smiles to the faces of readers but...

EIBF launches #mynextread campaign and hashtag
January 22, 2015 | 2:25 pm

mynextread The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the "non-commercial European and International umbrella association representing national Booksellers' Associations and booksellers over the world," has just launched the My Next Read (#mynextread) campaign, inviting readers to "Inspire Europe. Share #mynextread." The campaign urges them to "Snap yourself with the cover of your next read, don’t be shy," then "Share: Post it to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook profile tagged as #mynextread." And finally, "Inspire: You’re now inspiring fellow readers across Europe at" The campaign is yoked together on the My Next Read website with the EIBF's Book Charter, which also urges...

A literary precedent for the blog: the feuilleton
January 21, 2015 | 2:25 pm

For all those writers and pundits who bemoan, à la Jonathan Franzen, the superficiality, triviality, and general lack of gut-busting seriousness of blogs, Facebook, and social media, it might do some good for them to recall one of the most well-tried literary modes of the last two centuries that just happens to bear a strong resemblance to modern online effusions: the feuilleton. And god forbid, it might even qualify as a genuine literary form and precedent. The 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica defines it as follows: "FEUILLETON (a diminutive of the Fr. feuillet, the leaf of a book), originally a...

Morning Links: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?
January 16, 2015 | 9:00 am

social media is overrated?Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ Grandinetti of Amazon. These were some of the most memorable takeaways for me. *** Social Media Is Overrated, Seth Godin Tells Publishers at Digital Book World (Digital Book World) Most publishers consider social media an essential part of their marketing toolkits, but author and founder Seth Godin joined Digital Book World 2015 in New York City this...

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