Friday Fry-Up

We kick this fry-up off with a boldly-titled article from John Barber: There Will Be No More Professional Writers in the Future. It takes a pessimistic point of view of the changes undergoing publishing, bringing forth a series of arguments about the aggregation of free content and the rise of self-publishers who have outflanked the … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

First up, a handful of links for writers just beginning to build their online platform. The Booklife Now blog offers seven core pieces of advice for those new to blogging in So You Want To Star A Blog, covering everything from scheduling to platform.  It’s a good base-line understanding for newcomers. We also recommend YA-author Lili … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Writer and critic offers up 14 Definitions of What Makes a Classic, courtesy of Brian Pickings. What do writers block and Evel Knievel have in common? More than you’d think, according to C. G Blake and his post Mind the Gap: Strategies for Getting Past Writers Block over at Writer Unboxed. Blake’s notion of the gap as it … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Story Shots has a list of 22 Storybasics I’ve picked up in my time at Pixar, featuring a range of advice from the expected (“1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes”) to the surprising (#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

We open our Fry-Up with the news that the Spunc (the Small Press Underground Networking Community) has announced its Inaugural Independent Publishers Conference and a new prize for small publishers, The Most Underrated Book Award. The conference is set to take place at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, in November of this year. Writer’s Beware has a great post … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

According to the New York Times the rise of the ebook market has come with one indelible truth for writers: One Book a Year is Slacking Off. It seems writers in every genre are being asked to produce that little bit faster – whether it’s an extra story or novella, or a whole new series of books. … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

YA author Diana Peterfreund posted a glib-but-accurate list post about the difference between Revising and Rewriting earlier this week, but even more interesting was the follow-up post about the way the process changes once you’re a writer under contract. In keeping with the YA theme, Malinda Lo has a great post on Writing about Kissing. It’s a great … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Apologies for posting this a little later than usual on a Friday – it’s been a busy week here at the AWM offices with the announcement of GenreCon and the work going on behind the scenes for the next Australian Writer’s Marketplace print edition. But we’re sneaking this in under the wire, and there’s plenty … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

One of my favourite writing blogs, Booklifenow, has come back to life after a long hiatus this week and among the kick-off posts is a bit of useful advice for working during air travel and the bluntly titled you need a website. The advice to pack a small power-board along with your laptop is brilliant, … Continue reading »