Savannah J. Foley
Welcome to Pub Crawl’s Week In Review, brought to you by your host – me!
This week saw some very interesting articles and news pop up in the writersphere. Here’s a recap:
In writing pop culture, the Washington Pop wonders, Did Oprah actually hurt book sales? The scale of the Hogwarts Castle model used on the set of Harry Potter is revealed for first time! The reports on gender in media from 2011 have been released. Here’s a good summary of the Paypal/Smashwords Controversy.
Are e-readers better for ebooks than Tablets? Also, sadly the Berenstein Bears creator died at age 88. :-( Lastly, read this bizarre tale of an internet plagiarist.
In news about Germany, 500 New Fairytales were discovered in a vault there! You can read one of these new stories here, called The Turnip Princess. We also now have J. R. R. Tolkien’s response to his German publishers inquiring as to his ancestry in 1938.
In industry info, Natalie Whipple blogs about 10 Things I Wish I’d Done Differently. Agent Wendy Lawton posts about Performance Anxiety for the Published. Are publishers getting into Tumblr? Publishers Weekly thinks so! Print Book sales fall in the UK. Why are there so few standalone books (something I’ve been wondering lately)? Writers Beware writes about why poets should not seek literary agents. Agent Rachelle Gardner talks about how authors can use Goodreads effectively. How do you market fiction versus non-fiction?
For writers, check out this article on thinking about the big picture. Here’s some advice on how to deal with haters and criticism. Do you need to file taxes as a writer? ‘Bout that time to find out! Ever wondered what winning the Taylor prize feels like? A tutorial on better author branding through properly choosing your domain! Read Orwell’s rules for writers. Here’s a great list of 12 things that will kill your blog post. Do you have one of these seven symptoms of a terminally-lazy writer? Did you know ‘write what you know’ isn’t about knowledge, but emotions?
Finally, here’s the buzz on book trailers: the Guardian talks about the rise of book trailers. Fab agent Rachelle Gardner on how to make your own successful book trailer! On the other side, Fuel Your Writing talks about how there’s no such thing as a good book trailer. But you can decide for yourself – check out these debut book trailers from the past week!
- Croak, by Gina Damico: A YA about a girl who finds out the truth about the family business – Grim Reaping!
- Unraveling, by Elizabeth Norri: A YA about a girl brought back from the dead by a mysterious loner from her high school.
- The Star (La Estrella), by Javi Araguz and Isabel Hierro: This gorgeous trailer is for a book published in over 20 Spanish-speaking countries, though it’s not available in English – yet!
- Chloe, by Peter McCarty: A picture book about a family of bunnies trying to entertain themselves.
- Balthazar, by Claudia Gray: NY Time Best-Selling author Claudia Gray expands on her series with fan-favorite vampire character Balthazar.
- Stay Close, by Harlan Coben: A mystery colliding the lives of three characters in a suburban setting.
- Charlotte’s Web 60th Anniversary Trailer: Need we say more?
- The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash: An MG about a girl who starts her own exploring group.
Savannah J. Foley is a YA fantasy writer signed with the Bradford Literary Agency. She is currently working with her agent to sell asleeping beauty retelling about a girl who wakes up after a hundred years with no memory of her former life. You can read excerpts from her stories here.