Week in Review

Welcome to Pub Crawl’s Week In Review, brought to you by your host—me, Savannah! 😀

This week saw some very interesting articles and news pop up in the writersphere. Here’s a recap:

In writing pop culture

  1. The Washington Pop wonders Did Oprah actually hurt book sales?
  2. The scale of the Hogwarts Castle model used on the set of Harry Potter is revealed for first time!
  3. The reports on gender in media from 2011 have been released.
  4. Here’s a good summary of the Paypal/Smashwords Controversy.
  5. Are e-readers better for ebooks than Tablets? Also, sadly the Berenstein Bears creator died at age 88. 🙁
  6. Lastly, read this bizarre tale of an internet plagiarist.

In news about Germany

  1. 500 New Fairytales were discovered in a vault there! You can read one of these new stories here, called The Turnip Princess.
  2. We also now have J. R. R. Tolkien’s response to his German publishers inquiring as to his ancestry in 1938.

In industry info

  1. Natalie Whipple blogs about 10 Things I Wish I’d Done Differently.
  2. Agent Wendy Lawton posts about Performance Anxiety for the Published.
  3. Are publishers getting into Tumblr? Publishers Weekly thinks so!
  4. Print Book sales fall in the UK.
  5. Why are there so few standalone books (something I’ve been wondering lately)?
  6. Writers Beware writes about why poets should not seek literary agents.
  7. Agent Rachelle Gardner talks about how authors can use Goodreads effectively.
  8. How do you market fiction versus non-fiction?

For writers

  1. Check out this article on thinking about the big picture.
  2. Here’s some advice on how to deal with haters and criticism.
  3. Do you need to file taxes as a writer? ‘Bout that time to find out!
  4. Ever wondered what winning the Taylor prize feels like?
  5. A tutorial on better author branding through properly choosing your domain!
  6. Read Orwell’s rules for writers.
  7. Here’s a great list of 12 things that will kill your blog post.
  8. Do you have one of these seven symptoms of a terminally-lazy writer?
  9. Did you know “write what you know” isn’t about knowledge, but emotions?

Also, the long-awaited Sh*t Writers Say, followed by annoying Stuff Non-Writers Say by the fabulous Jackson Pierce!

Finally, here’s the buzz on book trailers:

  1. The Guardian talks about the rise of book trailers.
  2. Fab agent Rachelle Gardner on how to make your own successful book trailer!
  3. 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!

All right guys, did I miss anything wonderful? Share your stories and trailers in the comments!


9 Responses to Week in Review

  1. Christina Kit. Mar 9 2012 at 4:59 am #

    I LOVE Balthazar!! So glad he got his very own story:)

  2. Amie Mar 9 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Sav, what a fantastic round up! I’m clicking like crazy!

  3. Julie Mar 9 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Yay for Roundup! Thanks Savannah! The book trailer list is fantastic!! 😀

  4. Kat Zhang Mar 9 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Wow, super impressive round up, Sav!! Tons to read 😀

  5. Ghenet Myrthil Mar 9 2012 at 9:55 am #

    This was a great roundup. Thank you!!

  6. Sarah Brand Mar 9 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    When I saw the link to Tolkien’s letter, I was like, “OH SNAP. This is going to be good.” It didn’t disappoint.

  7. Tim Mar 9 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Wow, that’s an awesome weekly roundup:O Oh fairytales. 500 new ones are out:O
    I was actually thinking about fairytales earlier on today. I don’t think there are any non-heterosexual romances in classic, or modern, fairytales. Why is that? Is it kind of like: “Oh my god hide it from our children!” But isn’t that helping this small portion of haters in our society towards gay men and lesbian women? Why aren’t there non-hetorosexual fairytales?
    Oh god I have so many boosk to read but I have essays and tests (sigh)

  8. Jemi Fraser Mar 9 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    I’m in awe of your linkage skills – this must have taken forever!!! Thanks though! 🙂

    So sad to hear of Jan Berenstein’s passing – great books!

  9. Sam R. Mar 10 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I don’t mean to be nitpicky, but you spelled Jackson’s last name wrong! It’s Pearce, not Pierce.

    Otherwise, awesome post! So much cool stuff to check out.

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