This month’s Writers Digest is particularly useful, I think. An outstanding piece by Chuck Wendig on the long game of indie publishing. A really useful primer on the ebook market from Jeremy Greenfield. And a fun Top 10 list of publishing people-resources. The last feature, compiled by …
Here’s a potentially invaluable resource for Cloud librarians looking to educate themselves on the publishing industry. Pair it with my weekly collection development newsletters, Early Word, the book review trades, blogs, etc., and you’re on your way.
Pelican Books. Launching May 2014.
Don’t call it comeback. Or, do. Penguin’s Pelican Books imprint, by the way, was retired in 1984. As in the pre-Internet olden days, you can look to it for heady nonfiction on the philosophical tip. Yay!
Too many people reading and writing stories server meltdown! pic.twitter.com/mfXn8pVlII— ronmartinez (@ronmartinez)February 10, 2014
I have written about Wattpad on Cloud Unbound to a perverse degree. Why? Because of its rich potential as an incubator for relatively new writers like romance novelist Ruthie Knox and burnished lit-fic brands like Margaret Attwood.
I love Attwood’s 2012 op-ed in The Guardian about why she found it relevant in her career:
[Y]ou can post your own writing. No one need know how old you are, what your social background is, or where you live. Your readers can be anywhere. And if you’re worried about adverse reactions from your teachers, your grandmother, or others who might not like you writing about slavering zombies or your relatives, you can use a pseudonym.
Let us not forget the maker-space/writing lab angle. Wattpad bills itself as the Youtube of writing (its users don’t necessarily have the intention of being published in the traditional sense). I have wondered how many people log on to the site from libraries and draft away. When I was in Toronto for the Ontario Library Association Super-Conference two weeks ago, I asked Ashleigh Gardner, head of content at Wattpad, if she had a sense of library patron buy-in, and she said, understandably, that she didn’t know. Both of us agreed, however, that synergy could play out. (Many thanks to Ashleigh for her time and succinct schooling.)
In the meantime, consider these genres popping up on Wattpad and how they might one day trickle into your collection development:
- "imagines" are second-person-narrated stories that relate aspirations and wishes, often, erm, dirty and involving One Direction.
- "creepy pasta" tales are extremely brief and scary ghost stories, or modern versions of urban legends.
- fan fiction needs no introduction, but did you know that users have taken to making real people (e.g., Miley Cyrus and Youtube celebrities) as the stars?
Hallo, Cloud librarians. I am not dead, just hitting my third conference in three weeks. Writing you today from the Ontario Library Association SuperConference, where we are officially announcing the launch of Cloud Canada.
A benefit of this expansion to our US customers is an infusion of superlative Canadian content, from such award-winning, best-selling indie presses as Dundurn Press, ECW Press, House of Anansi Press (which bagged last year’s Scotibank Giller Prize), and more.
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