Thursday, 15 December 2016

Writing News November/December 2016

Here are some of the latest writing news and writing information from around the world.

Brooklyn Beckham to publish photography book What I See
Brooklyn Beckham is to release his first book - publishers Penguin Random House have announced.
What I See, which will be released in May 2017, will consist of 300 photographs taken by the 17-year-old alongside new images of him.

Spider-Man Writer Creates Transgender Superhero
Meet Chalice, the world's newest transgender superhero. The dude dressed in a miniskirt is set to be the central hero in the Alters series, a comic ironically about societal outcasts who end up with superpowers.

A Look Back at the (Business) Year That Was
From Brexit to brand rehab to virtual reality, all the big developments in 2016 offer us lessons for 2017.

YouTube's Highest-Paid Star Just Trolled Everyone. Here's What You Can Learn.
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie to now more than 50 million YouTube subscribers, posted a video earlier this week announcing he would exit the platform that made him famous if he reached the 50 million threshold.

Selling My Books With CreateSpace
I’ve been writing and selling books for years and until recently I’ve had my own books printed and sold and shipped them myself.
But last month (November) I began to use Amazon’s POD publishing site, CreateSpace.

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Being Productive When You're Just Not Feeling It
Writing notes, taking a walk and allowing yourself simple rewards are little hacks that can increase your motivation.

IDW and DC Partner Up For a Graphic Novel to Honor Pulse Nightclub Victims
IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment have formed a partnership to publish Love is Love. More than 200 writers and artists have joined together to create an anthology graphic novel that honors those who suffered from the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub in June 2016.

Smashwords Self-Published Bestseller List, October 2016
while the vast majority of bestsellers at Smashwords are romance -- only four of the books on this list are not -- Hal Elrod continues to chart, coming in at # 13 this month with a work of nonfiction: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM).

My wife likes your colouring-in books, Prince William tells author
Johanna Basford was picking up an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to art and entrepreneurship when the Duke of Cambridge revealed that Kate likes to colour.

Iran jails author for unpublished story on stoning
An Iranian author and human rights activist has been jailed for writing an unpublished novel about stoning.
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee had returned home after being convicted by a revolutionary court for “insulting Islamic sanctities” when her house was violently raided.

Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine to Write Series of Marvel's Man-Thing Comics
Famed Goosebumps author R.L. Stine has joined the ranks of well-known writers turning to comics, with an upcoming five-issue comic for Marvel based on Marvel’s Man-Thing character. The first issue comes out in February, and the collected edition will be available in summer 2017.

Get More Joy Out of Sundays by Doing Week Prep First Thing In the Morning
Taking a little time on Sunday to organize the coming week is a great way to get ahead. But Sundays should also be relaxing so you’re primed for the Monday morning rush. Here’s a way to have the best of both worlds.

Strange, Surreal Cookbook by Salvador Dalí an Improbable Holiday Bestseller
In a season of blockbuster cookbooks, there has been one unlikely hit—a reprint of an opulent cookbook by Salvador Dalí that's been out of print for 40 years.

Bana Alabed, seven-year-old tweeting from Aleppo, goes quiet
A seven-year-old girl whose tweets from besieged eastern Aleppo drew worldwide attention has disappeared from the social network amid an army offensive.

The Crazy Egg Guide to Conversion Copywriting
PPC campaigns, email marketing, social media management, SEO optimization or good old fashioned word of mouth.
All viable and potentially profitable methods to grow your brand. But they’re also all very different.

U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.

Award-winning Australian author Shirley Hazzard dies in New York aged 85
Shirley Hazzard, the celebrated Australian writer whose 1980 novel The Transit of Venus won the US National Book Critics Circle Award has died at the age of 85.

Microsoft-LinkedIn deal cleared by regulators, opening new doors for people around the world
It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year. Today, the European Commission announced that it has cleared the acquisition. As a result, we’ve now obtained all of the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days.

Amazon unveils its Amazon Go grocery, where you just take things from the shelves and walk out
Its new physical store uses a mobile app, computer vision and other technologies to track every product and then charge your Amazon account.

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How To Write A Sex Scene: Three Authors Weigh In
Garth Greenwell, Jade Sharma and Rebecca Schiff on tackling the taboo.

Overdue Library Book Returned After 120 Years
The granddaughter of a man who attended Hereford Cathedral School in Hereford, England, returned a book to the school’s library earlier this month, which was only about a century overdue.

The best thing you can do in 2017
An inspirational and motivational article by writer Mridu Khullar Relph to help you be more productive in 2017.