I’m going to try to start collecting useful articles I’ve found every week or so, mostly on writing and publishing news and tips. Some of these will be from the week, some might be older articles I’m rediscovering. Some will have been found through Twitter, some RT’ed through Twitter for those of you who follow me, but I hope all will be useful in some way.
Tobias Buckell writes a fantastic piece on the pirating of books, filled with actual data and a balanced viewpoint. He sums up my own views quite nicely — that is, general ambivalence towards piracy. It might cause some lost sales; it might also produce more sales and spread the word more. Ultimately, it’s hard to say for sure, but the energy spent trying to stop it is better spent just creating new stuff for people to buy — or steal.
Jane Friedman looks at how authors might want to think about their careers — beyond just writing a book, what they can do to expand their audience or make money in other ways. She covers in brief a lot of the things I’ve been thinking about over the last year or so.
I love Chuck’s blog posts. They’re basically all laugh-out-loud funny, even when they’re not useful, and they’re often very useful. This week he talked about why no one in their right mind would want to be a writer, and then turned around and talked about why no one in their right mind would not want to be a writer. Taken together, the posts represent a pretty balanced look at the bonuses and drawbacks of trying for a career in writing.
He also wrote a wonderful article on the subject of writing advice — what writers should do with it, why he writes it, etc. A fantastic look at the issue, and he covers a lot of my own opinions on the matter — use the advice you think is useful, but it’s not all the word of god or anything. Use what works for you. And I write what I write more for me anyway.
Finally, the Digital Book World conference took place this week. Publisher’s Weekly has a number of good posts summarizing the conference, but one of interest to me discussed children’s books and book apps, and how that whole marketplace is changing. I’ve heard this, recently, a number of places, and I think there’s potential for some really cool projects in this area — even sort of pseudo-transmedia stories for kids.