Around the Web: Borrowing Books, Shakespeare, and How Bookstores Are Adapting

Welcome back, friends. September sure is flying by, it seems like only a few days ago I was wishing you all a happy back to school. Now the month is almost at an end, but one thing is still the same: Friday is Around the Web day! Here's what caught my eye recently: Rules for Borrowing Books Book lovers can be a little precious with their books, so it’s important to know how to care for their books if you want to keep your relationships healthy it’s important. Check out Bustle’s rules for borrowing books. Weird Locations for Shakespeare Performances Shakespeare plays have graced stages around the world. They’ve also graced airplanes, pubs, prisons, and parking lots. For more odd places that S

Ask the Publisher: How to Get More Media Coverage

The Concept There’s no doubt about it—media coverage sells books far better than using advertising. Finding media coverage can be a challenge for an author but HARO (Help a Reporter Out) can be a matchmaking service made in heaven. From their website: “HARO provides journalists with a robust database of sources for upcoming stories and daily opportunities for sources to secure valuable media coverage.” Journalists (and there are over 55,000 journalists and bloggers registered with HARO) are always looking for stories to cover, especially those with a fresh twist or particular relevance (for example, a book about climate change would be a natural pitch around Earth Day). Media outlets, like T

Around the Web: The Future Library, Giller Longlist, an Adaptation, and Author Pets

Hello, friends! I hope you’re having a fantastic week and that you’re gearing for a weekend of fantastic reading. And if you’re in need of reading material, the following links should give you a good start. The Future Library In a hundred years, what will we be reading? We can’t know which new authors will be making headlines then, but a few from the present will still have new books coming out thanks to a project called the Future Library. The Future Library is a hundred-year-long art installation started by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. In 2014, Paterson cleared some land near Oslo and planted trees. Those trees will grow for the next hundred years, and in that time, a different author w

Around the Web: Writing Advice, Tweets, Sci-Fi, and a Bookshop Winner

Welcome back to Around the Web! Today I’ve got some fun and helpful links for you to check out as you finish up the week. Advice for Young Writers and Illustrators Debbi Ridpath Ohi runs a blog called Inkygirl and has been collecting advice for young writers and illustrators from a number of authors she’s worked with. Of course, you don’t have to be young to appreciate some thoughtful advice. Writing Tips from Professors And since we’re looking at advice, and it is September, check out these essay writing tips from professors. A lot of these tips apply to creative writing as well, so don’t discount them if you’re not in school anymore. Tweets for Book Addicts Now here’s something that’ll put

Ask the Publisher: Crowdfunding for Authors? Why Not?

Every once in a while, a fresh option for book marketing comes across my desk and I was most intrigued with the concept of crowdfunding for authors. This is one of the cornerstones of the model presented on Publishizer is a crowdfunding literary agency. If you have an idea for a book, fiction or non-fiction, they will walk you through the process of completing a project plan and provide a template to work with. When you’re finished, you’ll have a professional book proposal that meets industry standards. Then you upload your proposal onto their site. For the next 30 days, publishers will receive a weekly round-up that includes your proposal and Publishizer provides promotion t

Around the Web: Back to School, Language, and Linguistics

Happy Friday, and happy September! I hope you’re all off to a good start this month, especially those of you starting school or sending others to school. I know it can be a bit of a hectic time for a lot of people, so I encourage you all to sit back, relax, and enjoy some interesting posts from around the web. Reading While in School In keeping with the first week back to school, All Lit Up addressed “beating the back to school reading blues” in their literary advice column. If you struggle to read for fun amid assignments and homework, you might want to check it out. New Words The Merriam Webster editors have added a bunch of words to the dictionary. Many, like “haptics” and “airplane mode,

Forming Creative Habits: The 100 Day Project

Back in July, I finished the 100 Day Project, an endeavour adapted from Michael Beirut’s graphic design workshop at Yale School of Art and popularized by author and artist Elle Luna. My project, 100 Ladies of Literature, was an effort to reconnect with my creative roots and learn about the women who paved the way for today’s women in literature. I first learned about the 100 Day Project on Instagram from cartoonist Lucy Bellwood (who last year completed her 100 day project, which is now a book, 100 Demon Dialogues). I’d long considered myself a creative person, but I wasn’t creating as much as I wanted to. My creative output had been dwindling since I completed university. When we talk about

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