The end of a big week is over for me, and with it brings another Turndog Tales. It’s been a crazy, hectic one, but I’ve still had to time to trawl Twitter.
These are my favourite stories from the last week. I hope you enjoy:
New v Young Adult
I personally found it quite difficult placing Beyond Parallel into a genre, and from what I hear, many writers face similar difficulties.
This post by Mallory Ortberg looks into the growing trend of New Adult, a potential genre that may lay just around the corner. This is the sort of genre that Beyond Parallel fits in, so it’s a post that was of particular interes. All in all, quite interesting
Go In Person
I love the online world, but there’s nothing like a real world encounter. This post from Dan Blank talks about going to these in-person events, and where he plans to go this year.
As a writer we need to meet people, but it can be quite daunting. This post has a few links that will help you move forward. A good read, let me say that much!
Say No To DRM
I’m not a fan of DRM, and I hope, sometime in the future, that it will disappear. We’re a long way from that, though, but this move by Lulu is a step in the right direction.
They’re saying goodbye to it, which is a bold move. I like, and with a little bit of luck it will be the start of a growing trend.
Marketing Fiction Is Tough
Chances are you already know this, but just in case, marketing fiction is hard. People often have a need for non-fiction, but fiction is pure pleasure. Plus there’s loads of it. What a tricky little world we live in.
Rachelle Ayala has written a post that discusses just this, provides some cool tips, and generally helps guide you along your way. It’s tough, but plenty of people see success.
What The Future Holds
If you don’t follow Jane Friedman, you should. If you only follow her for the occasional post like this one, it makes it all worth it! When it comes to the publishing industry Jane knows her stuff, and she has a few thoughts on what the future holds.
What an incredible, detailed article this is. Trust me, you want to read this.
The ‘Bloody Hell, Really’ Post
There’s still this silly resentment between those of the old school (traditional) and those of the new (self publishing). The truth is, the future will be different to what it is now, probably combing the two worlds in some manner.
Dr Debra Holland talks about a recent meeting with an agent, and how said agent had some rather tunnelled views. It’s an interesting read, although rather frustrating to hear yet another short sighted view form someone who should know the industry better. Come on agents, you can do better!
And so another week comes to an end. Thank you for dropping by, I hope you will help me spread the word of Beyond Parallel. It was released this week, and I’ve already learned so much. I hope you will help me get some exposure, and if you enjoy coming-of-age novels, well, this is the book for you 🙂