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