Around The Web: BookExpo, Sensitivity Reading, World-Building, and Amazon Alternatives

Welcome back, readers, and happy December. There’s a bit of snow on the ground outside my office window, so I’m feeling more and more inclined to stay cozy indoors. If you’re of the same mind, here’s some reading (and listening!) material to keep you occupied.


This week, I’m sharing some publishing news, two podcasts, and some alternatives to Amazon.


No More BookExpo and BookCon

2020 has seen the delay of many a publishing event, but show organizer ReedPop recently made a big announcement that feels pretty permanent: they are retiring US publishing’s biggest trade show, BookExpo, along with BookCon and Unbound. It’s sad news for those who’ve enjoyed these events in the past. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if something else arises to fill the gap these events will leave. Check out Publishers Weekly for the full story.


Sensitivity Reading on the Editing Podcast

Curious about sensitivity reading? A recent episode of the Editing Podcast, hosted by editors Louise Harnby and Denise Cowle, interviews sensitivity reader Crystal Shelley. Whether you’ve considered hiring a sensitivity reader or becoming a sensitivity reader, this podcast might have some good info for you.


World-Building and Maps

And since I’m giving podcast recommendations, why not check out Reading Women? In a recent episode, Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grishaverse novels, discusses world-building and the limits of maps.


Alternatives to Amazon


If you’re looking to buy books online this holiday season, any you’re hoping to buy from smaller companies instead of Amazon, here’s a list of six retailers to check out.



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