Today is official publication day of The Silver Dream, sequel to Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
This month-long teachers’ strike in Denmark – over pay and conditions – has been very under-reported in the UK. This comes via the French news agency AFP.
Denmark’s government on Thursday moved to end a bitter month-long dispute with teachers over working hours that has left 800,000 pupils out of classes.
"We have reached a point at which the government finds it necessary to intervene," Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told reporters at a news conference.
When I posted the other day about how Mike Reeves-McMillan got honest book reviews he mentioned having put together a press kit.
Having a press kit seems like a great idea since it means you’ll have all the important information about both yourself and your books in one place for anyone interested to browse through.
Also, having a press kit makes it easy for the author when she/he needs to send information about the book to someone months–or years–after the launch. There’s no wondering which directory the information is in, no panicked searches (or perhaps that’s just me!). You know where all the information is and it’s easy for anyone to access.
So, what, exactly, should go into a press kit?
Supported by Stephen Fry, Margaret Hodge and Charlie Higson, independent booksellers Frances and Keith Smith delivered a petition calling on David Cameron to take "decisive action [to] make Amazon pay its fair share of UK corporation tax" to Downing Street on 24 April.
Over 150,000 people have joined the Smiths’ campaign, which they launched last December, saying that "we pay our taxes and so should [Amazon] – please take a stand with us and tell Amazon to pay their fair share".
I expect my ebook income to drop this year. Why? Because as I’ve noted before there has been a downward trend in my sales since my last report. Here’s an amazing graphic to show that…
Hey, that number in the bottom keeps going down each month. 249 copies seven months ago. 53 copies sold last month. I do think there is much more competition out there now and that there was a big blitz on sales while everyone and their pet got an eReader then filled it up. And the drop in sales is also because of the algorithmic changes Amazon made to how they weight the price of books on the sales chart (if you sell a 9.99 book, it’ll jump higher up the sales chart than a .99 cent book). It became harder for my books to climb the charts and get noticed by buyers.
Yet, I’m happy with the sales. It’s still passive income for me that will go on as long as there are eReaders in the world. I really don’t do much extra work to earn that income. And I’m very much a less work for more money kind of guy!
A short video of Canadian portrait photographer Christopher Wahl. Worth watching.
Margaret Sullivan, on a New York Times Public Editor’s Journal, explores the non-system behind selecting books for review:
I often hear from Times readers who are puzzled, and sometimes annoyed, that a single book is getting so much attention when other worthy books get no notice at all. It can seem odd, especially when two reviews appear within days of each other.
I talked to Scott Heller, theater and books editor, about the frequent duplication and the amount of attention sometimes heaped on one author. He explained that The Times’s three staff book critics — Michiko Kakutani, Janet Maslin and Dwight Garner — make their own decisions about what to review. They do so without regard to, or knowledge of, what the editors of the Sunday Book Review, a separate entity, may have assigned or have planned. The Book Review has its own editor and staff.
It is worth reading the comments, which are almost universally critical of the systemless system described. What do you think?
A good summary of the panel discussion follows this introduction.
Capitalizing on trends, having big-picture visions, and making project pitches stand out while also appealing to niche audiences were some of the topics addressed during an April 16 American Book Producers Association panel called “Straight Talk on Juvenile Publishing.” The panel featured three speakers: Wesley Adams, executive editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers; Sarah Fabiny, editor-in-chief for series and licenses at Grosset & Dunlap and PSS, in the Penguin Young Readers Group; and Beverly Horowitz, v-p and publisher at Random House/Delacorte. ABPA treasurer Valerie Tomaselli served as moderator.
Red House seeks talented young writers for 2013 Yearbook!
Do you know a budding writer, poet, or journalist? If so, the Red House Young Writer’s Yearbook needs YOU…
They want aspiring young writers from around the country to enter the 2013 Red House Young Writers’ Yearbook competition and win the chance to see their stories or poems published in a stunningly produced and designed book.
To enter the competition, children should be aged between 7 and 17. They can submit a story, poem or article and it’s up to the individual what subject they choose to write about. This year the competition entries will be divided into four age categories: 7+, 9+, 11+ and 13+. The deadline is 31st July 2013.
As well as becoming a published author, the winners will also earn the opportunity to attend a Red House Young Writers’ Workshop, with a high-profile children’s author, held – for the first time ever- as part of the celebrated Imagine Children’s Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. The workshop will provide participants with a unique, fun and stimulating opportunity to help them hone their skills and provide lots of feedback to encourage and inspire!
Matt Whyman, author of Gold Strike and The Savages says:
The Red House Young Writer’s Yearbook aims to showcase young talent in the raw. It provides a platform for new writers as they get to grips with their craft, and offers a huge boost to their confidence in seeing their work in print for the very first time. Now with a series of workshops for the contributors, to be held at the Imagine Children’s Festival, it’s time to put your stories and poems into words and just see where it takes you.
Former Dillon’s branch in Leicester to be closed by Waterstones
One of the two Waterstones shops in Leicester is to close with nine people under the threat of redundancy.
The Waterstones in Market Street, Leicester, will cease trading on 1st June, the company’s spokesman Jon Howells has confirmed.
Since Waterstones’ new management came in 2011, several stores have closed in towns or cities where there have been two Waterstones in close proximity to one another.