I Want To Write (Weekly Finds for the Writer In the Making)
[These I Want To Write posts, inspired by my previous series called Writer’s Brain Dumps offer interesting news for the writer and reader in you.]
I Want to Write
- 60% of publishers say print books aren’t going to last.
- Sounds like good news, ay self-publishing authors? Until you get to Seth Godin, who is preparing authors to give up a certain luxury: getting paid. Read more here.
- But that might all depends on who wins several ongoing battles. For example, the Justice Department is threatening to sue five major publishing houses for possibly teaming up to raise e-book prices. The five publishers are 1. CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster, 2. Lagardere SCA’ s Hachette Book Group, 3. Pearson PLC’ s Penguin Group (USA), 4. Macmillan, which is part of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH and 5. HarperCollins, a division of News Corp. , which also owns The Wall Street Journal (who, for some irony, are the ones who published the story).
- Or it might depend on whether places like libraries roll out a bigger welcome than anyone expected. I’ve mentioned the Espresso (book, not coffee) machine before. But now guess who got one? The Brooklyn Public Library.
- Are small presses producing better literature than the big ones? The Book Critics Circle seems to think so.
- Art and children’s books can be synonymous. See evidence here.
- But inspiring children’s books may not always translate well to the movie screen. Sorry, Lorax.
- Have you watched the TED talk, Paradox of Choice yet? If not, check it out and while you’re watching…think about self-publishing.
- Here’s my recent interview with successful self-published author Michael Prescott too. Don’t miss his insider tips.
Writers may also want to check out this series of interviews with average people who self-published, this series on how to write for money or other relevant posts in the writing category. Or join in my free writing community where you can email questions and access free resources.