This is the future of your book
In sub-Saharan Africa—Mali, Niger, Chad—half the citizens are illiterate. Yet a teenager cocks her head and listens to a story, one that rivets her to her chair and makes her eyes go wide. A story with universal human meaning and appeal far beyond its hometown. One that assures her she is not alone.
Maybe she has not yet learned to read. Maybe she’s not allowed to. Maybe she speaks only Arabic or Swahili.
Doesn’t matter. In five years, she’ll hear your story in her native tongue.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We all start out in the same place.
Sitting in our bedrooms, writing our way from dreams to goals to accomplishments one word at a time.
It’s a hobby. Until it isn’t anymore.
When I quit freelancing, I made my full-time writing job my main career focus. As the weeks went on, that meant I had to choose how to spend my evenings and weekends. I could spend them working on my own writing projects. Or I could scale back on those extra projects and split my time between my job and my “me” time.
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Barnes & Noble recently laid off 1800 employees.
This is one more step along its slow demise along with other “big box” brands being cannibalized by Amazon and other online retailers.
On Monday morning, every single Barnes & Noble location – that’s 781 stores – told their full-time employees to pack up and leave. The eliminated positions were as follows: the head cashiers (those are the people responsible for handling the money), the receiving managers (the people responsible for bringing in product and making sure it goes where it should), the digital leads (the people responsible for solving Nook problems), the newsstand leads (the people responsible for distributing the magazines), and the bargain leads (the people responsible for keeping up the massive discount sections).
I’m conflicted by this news, because I have something of a love/hate relationship with B&N.
Keeping notes for your story is important. A list of the characters that appear, and how they are related to the protagonist and antagonist will help keep you from getting confused as the story progresses. If you have a lot of minor characters, these notes are important. The information in these notes can contain a few important details, or you can write up a complete dossier for each one. Remember, keep the back story of the characters to a minimum in your story. If something doesn’t relate to the plot or why a character acts a certain way in a certain situation, don’t add it to the story.
via Writing Tip — 63
At Reedsy, our goal has always been to help authors through every stage of the publishing process, from the actual writing down to the marketing and promotion. However, if there’s one thing our marketplace can’t do, it’s the actual publishing of the book. By that, I mean pressing the button that puts your book up for sale on Amazon — and other retailers.
Ebook distribution is a complex, ever-evolving topic. For example, a major ebook publishing platform, Pronoun, shut down no longer than last week at the time of this writing. To make authors’ lives easier, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about ebook publishing platforms in this guide.