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12 August 2013 - What's new

12 August 2013
  • Many observers were completely shattered this week by the completely unexpected news that Jeff Bezos had bought the Washington Post. Apparently the Graham family used an investment firm to approach six "potential suitors" amid tightest security before choosing Bezos. News Review on the story of the week.
  • This week we start Joanne Phllips' essential new series, the WritersServices Guide to Self-publishing, a ten-parter which will take you through what you need to know about self-publishing. First up is What is Self-publishing?
  • Joanne has also produced our easy-to-follow guide to the Business of Writing, The Ins and Outs of Indexing (a subject she knows well) and How to Market Your Writing Services Online.
  • 'I don't set out to write a book that will deliberately traumatise children or introduce them to dreadful things. I just try to reflect what life can be like. If you happen to write children's books, people often think your books are like childcare manuals: you're saying this is the way your children should be. And I'm not saying that at all. I'm just trying to write books that are interesting and entertaining and involving...' Jacqueline Wilson in the Sunday Telegraph in our Comment column.
  • This week's links are How do agents fit into the new book publishing ecosystem and Amazon vs. your public library.
  • Are you ever at a loss for a Publishing or Printing term? Our glossary may be able to help.
  • 'To have something to say is a question of sleepless nights and worry and endless ratiocination of a subject - of endless trying to dig out of the essential truth, the essential justice.' Scott Fitzgerald in our Writers' Quotes.