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Whats new: 6 August 2020 - What's new 6 August 2020
  • 'Well, the first six weeks I was not doing any writing at all. It was all about making sure the kids were all right and everyone was in a good mental state. Then, I thought maybe I can work for an hour or two a day and it was really hard work getting back in the groove. But, hey, the books...

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola have won the Waterstones children's book prize for their "utterly joyful" picture book about a science-loving black girl, Look Up!, at a time when only 4% of British children's books contain a black or minority ethnic main character.

When Stephenie Meyer decided this year to release "Midnight Sun," a retelling of her best-selling "Twilight" novel from the vampire's point of view, she thought: "No one can possibly care about it anymore."

As much of the retail world faces crisis, book publishing is positioned to grow in terms of unit sales when compared to 2019. In fact, 2020 may prove to be one of the strongest sales years in recent memory.

Before the stay-at-home orders came down in Baltimore, the last thing I did in person was participate in a panel conversation about-ironically-"art and the apocalypse." In retrospect, we should have cancelled, but the threat in Maryland still felt surreal; those were the days when it seemed like...

Link: PublisHers: Thabiso Mahlape 3 August 2020

Thabiso Mahlape is the founder of Blackbird Books in South Africa, an independent publishing house that is dedicated to giving young black writers a platform (www.blackbirdbooks.africa)... In between...

When I started writing my current novel, Paris Never Leaves You, I had no idea the protagonist, a young widow struggling to survive in Occupied Paris, would end up working in a New York publishing house. I knew she would get to America, but I assumed she would enter the fashion or beauty...

With Labor Day only five weeks away, it has become clear that a substantial number of publishers, both in New York City and elsewhere, will not be returning to their offices in anything resembling full force before 2021. Moreover, organizers of a few industry events set for early next year have...

Grandmother did most of her work in bed. She had a special tray with folding legs that served as a desk. She would sit up against a stack of pillows, with a cashmere cardigan over her nightdress, and write longhand on loose sheets of foolscap. Pots of tea were ferried to her by my grandfather,...

How to write dialogue is one of the first things a budding storyteller can master with just a bit of practice and effort. That's not to say that writing dialogue is easy- it's not. But, once you realize the purpose of dialogue in a story and hone in on all those pesky formatting rules, it can...

Commentary: Writing in a lockdown 3 August 2020

'Well, the first six weeks I was not doing any writing at all. It was all about making sure the kids were all right and everyone was in a good mental state. Then, I thought maybe I can work for an hour or two a day and it was really hard work getting back in the groove. But, hey, the books aren'...

Whats new: 27 July 2020 - What's new 27 July 2020
  • ‘Dear Aspiring Writer, you are not ready. Stop. Put that finished story away and start another one. In a month, go back and look at the first story. RE-EDIT it. Then send it to a person you respect in the field who will be hard on you. Pray for many many many red marks. Fix them. Then put...

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