The combination of a pro-internet writer and an ebook panel at a major writing festival always seems to generate something newsworthy. Last month the internet shared the fall-out from the Harrowgate crime writing festival, while this month it’s SF author China Miéville whose comments during a debate about the Future of the novel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival have been picked up and shared around. To quote from the Guardian article that covered the event:
The effect of the internet and digital distribution on fiction, said Miéville, would not be about creating “enhanced” ebooks, which he called “a banal abomination”.
Rather, the effect would be to heighten the openness of texts. “Anyone who wants to shove their hands into a book and grub about in its innards, add to and subtract from it, and pass it on, will … be able to do so without much difficulty.”
Also on the electronic front, Publishing Perspective takes a look at the differences between writing a children’s book and writing an interactive mobile app for children.
Courtesy of Genreality, 5 Ways to Flex Your Fiction Muscles offers links to five pieces of classic writing advice stored on the internet (if you’re only going to pick one link from their list, I recommend going with Hal Duncan’s How to Write a Sentence)
Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson offer up the Two Deadly Sins of Memoir Writing.
Kill Zone Authors offers some advice on How to Write a Novella that goes beyond the usual “like a novel, but smaller” suggestions (and, once you’ve written it, check out this week’s Speakeasy interview with David Henley regarding Seizure’s Viva La Novella competition).
Those are the links that ‘caught our attention this week – how about you? If you’ve seen a writing, publishing, or ebook post you’d like to share, let us know in the comments.