Google advice, e-publishing advice, getting Australian novels published, and a reader’s guide to travelling without being disturbed. These are the things that ‘caught our attention this week – how about you? If there’s a interesting writing or publishing link we missed, let us know in the comments.
Why is it so hard to get Australian novels published? Call My Agent answers the question with a question – when was the last time you bought an Australian novel? - and a fairly simple solution. Not, it’s argued, that this is entirely the readers fault.
A few weeks back Jane Friedman posted 10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service before you commit. It’s great advice for anyone wanting to educate themselves about the basics of producing and distributing e-books.
While we’re on the topic of ebooks, the momentum blog touched on one of the difficulties of the medium for writers who like to stretch the limits of narrative. Their Experimenting with form and structure in ebooks is a recipe for confusion post is interesting, but even more exciting is the question of what experimental writers will do when the ebook does come of age as its own medium (and if you are interested in such things, we’d really encourage you to follow the if:book Australia blog as they explore the future of books and publishing).
If you’re in the habit of using Google for your writing research, these 10 Google Search Tricks could help you find what you’re looking for and get back to writing that little bit quicker.
And finally, if you’re planning on travelling in the near future, you might want to check out The Misanthrope’s Guide to Reading While Travelling (or How to Be Left Alone) for some tips on getting some reading done while in transit.