Dog-Eared and Dispatched: April 3, 2016
Pictured here is Claudia Rankine giving her keynote speech on the opening day of the 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference, which ended yesterday. Rankine’s speech took on the lack of diversity in MFA programs, a hot topic at this year’s conference and in the publishing industry in general. Other news from the week includes a plethora of new resources to help authors and publishers better reach their audience. Ready? Set? Read!
- AWP 2016 kicked off this past Thursday in Los Angeles—look for top news stories from the conference and bookfair over the next week.
- The National Book Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2016 awards.
- Novellas and novelettes are seeing a resurgence in popularity and are a returning trend in publishing.
- This infographic shows how 29 famous authors are linked via literary influence.
- One experienced publishing professional weighs in on how authors’ marketing efforts aren’t properly supported by traditional publishers.
- A company called Hummingbird Digital Media is “democratizing ebook retailing” by offering a turnkey for both booksellers and publishers (or indie authors) to easily sell their ebooks across platforms.
- Relatively new startup Reedsy aims to streamline publishing for self-published authors by connecting them to vetted editors, designers, and marketers.
- A site called AuthorCheckpoint can recommend BISAC categories and marketing keywords after scanning a manuscript’s text.
- Instagram is becoming one of the best social media platforms for book marketing, and reports much higher engagement from top brands than Twitter.