Last month I attended a webinar hosted by Publisher’s Weekly, called “Building the Next Generation of YA Stars.” The speakers included the editorial director of Disney-Hyperion and the executive editor of Harlequin Teen. Together they covered new marketing strategies for YA novels, trends, and what they look for when acquiring books. Continue reading
I’ve extended my blog to include a large, hopefully helpful, list of resources that cover all aspects of digital publishing: agents, analytics, apps, associations, blogging, coding, contests/awards, design, distribution, ebooks, editing, entrepreneurial, funding, internships, jobs, legal, magazines, marketing, metadata, news, reading, reviews, self-publishing, startups, trends, video, webinars, and writing. (If I’ve missed anything, please let me know).
All of the resources can be found at http://resources.digitalpubbing.com. It can also be found in the “Resources” tab on this blog.
These resources are articles, services, and links that I’ve learned about over the past few years. I plan to add more daily. It’s impossible to blog about them all, and some of them are better off as just links, so hopefully this page is of some use. And, if anyone knows of resources I may have missed, please let me know so I can add them!
A great way to get in to writing is to enter contests. If you win, you have a publishing credit to your name, and you can use that to build your portfolio and impress more publishers and editors (if you go the traditional publishing route). Even if you decide to self-publish, you can use your published works to build a platform and get your name out to your readers.
Recently I found two interesting writing contests.
This is a month-long contest, held three times a year. Winners receive a $1000 prize, along with manuscript development, and editing coach, and the possibility of winning an iPad.
Run by Harlequin, this contest will begin in September. Submit fully written manuscripts and join an intense week-long online conference.
After taking a ton of creative writing classes and working in the publishing industry a little bit, I can say that this video is hilarious and touches upon all the issues/ideas new writers may have. I remember once I saw Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, speak, and he addressed the condension most writers face.
“Writing is the only profession that everyone thinks they can do,” he said. “I meet a lot of people who say, ‘oh, you’re a writer? I’ve always meant to write a novel, but I just haven’t found the time.’ But no one says to a cardiologist, ‘oh, you’re a heart surgeon? I’ve always wanted to perform heart surgery, I just haven’t found the time.'”
Thanks to my Book Acquisitions & Editing teacher for sending me the link to this video! Enjoy.