A recommencement of my weekly series of sharing some links from the writing world. Below are some blogs and links I loved this last week, from the end of April, maybe before.
Tech for Writers
- 32 iPad Apps That Writers Just Love – Lee Lofland shared some really good apps. I had most of these, but added a few to my collection. I’m always after ways to organise and note take my writing ideas.
- 10 Ways Free iPhone Apps Supercharge Writers – Joel Friedlander lists a few helpful smartphone apps for writers on the go.
- Confessions of a Drop-Shadow Addict – Joel Friedlander spoke to my heart and funny bone with this admission, shared with myself. Mind you, I still have excuses to use drop-shadows, when doing my other creative hobbies within the digital arts fields, so I’m okay with my fixes, thanks very much.
- Stephen King uses big swear words http://www.writerswrite.com/blog/43020121 and actually asks to be taxed.
- Gabriela Periera’s site, DIY MFA is always a good resource for new writers, and last week held a master lass theme on short story writing. Currently I am trying my hand at some short fiction, so the guest post by Emma Komlos on Why Short Stories Matter touched base with me.
- Rooted Marketing: Building Marketing Tools into Your Story – guest poster Dineen A. Miller talks about adjuncts within fiction on Rachelle Garner’s blog.
Managing and prioritizing multiple writing projects – Juliette Wade provides her own process, but I found the question interesting given my own movement into multiple projects on the go.
- I want to buy your book but — (Part 1, Covers)| Novel Girl – some fair enough points for indie authors creating their own book covers
Publishing and the Industry
- Via Writer’s Digest I learned of a free subscription offer for e-mag, shelf Unbound. This magazine provides reviews and news from the indie industry, poetry, short stories and more. The latest edition has just come out, and is well worth a read. Links are freely shareable, so here the latest edition is. Spread the word.
- The End of the World as we Know It – there have been countless posts harkening the end of the trad publishing industry – but it’s never rosy for the ebook industry for long, either. Here are just a few that I did manage to browse –
- A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Harlequin Fail – guest post by Ann Voss Peterson talks about her leaving Harlequin.
- Ciao Publishers. Ciao Agents. Ciao slavery. | The Passive Voice – 70 year old author Suzanne White’s letter rant to the Author’s Guild caused much discussion, particularly towards the hyperbole choice of the slavery metaphor.
- ‘Tween You and Me: Is There a New Type of eBook Piracy? – Sam Cheever raises a question over Amazon’s 7 Day Ebook Returns policy, and a potential pattern of growing abuse from this.
- Kristen Lamb talks about Microsoft saving Barnes and Noble’s e-reader in Big Six Publishing is Dead–Welcome the Massive Three and gives some future tips for surviving the possible consequences in Low-Hanging Fruit is All Gone–The Future is About Teamwork, Humility & Innovation.
- RT @fuelyourwriting: The YA Genre Is Killing Itself – sounds a bit drastic, but the film industry’s clamouring for the next Twilight/Hunger is more than games.
- RT @writerswrite: Jackie Collins explains her decision to self-publish, gives advice to writers http://t.co/flF7a38M. Despite having good relations with her publishers, Jackie Collins still wanted to try out “new technology”
- Are publishers waking up from their dream about apps? An interesting perspective on publishing to app platforms versus websites and HTML coding.
http://gigaom.com/2012/05/07/are-publishers-waking-up-from-their-dream-about-apps/ Read with this one – ‘I hated every moment of our experiment with apps,’ publisher says
What Will Become of the Paper Book? Michael Agresta asks at Slate.
- Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things are, died aged 83. He used to send letters out in illustrated envelopes. Way Kewl.
- RT @ReadingsBooks: A bookseller’s tribute to Maurice Sendak, by @lilymandarin.