The Book Marketing is Update is back.
I may not produce it weekly, but it will be appearing on a regular basis.
Today’s post is jam-packed.
I can’t stress enough what a great book “Creativity: Where Poets Begin” is. Wow! You don’t have to be a poet to enjoy this book. Use it to help your innate sense of creativity flourish.
Enjoy today’s update!
New Release on Creativity
“Creativity” by New York Times Bestselling Author, Mary Mackey: If you’re a writer who wants to dip deeper into your own creative streams, this may be the book for you.
Gen Z is driving sales of romance books to the top of bestseller lists from NPR: “Ask a Gen Z woman what she’s read recently, and there’s a good chance two names will come up: Colleen Hoover and Emily Henry.”
Have you heard of ‘social audio’? Before you say no, I bet you have. Clubhouse started during the pandemic and lit a fire under Twitter with this mission: How can we employ the same tactics as Clubhouse but inside the Twitter app itself? And that’s where Twitter Spaces was born. “
Want to publish an audiobook? There are Three Ways to WIDE – from Joanna Penn and with Findaway Voices: “How can you expand your creative and financial opportunities with audiobooks and podcasting? Will Dages from Findaway Voices talks about options as well as introducing the new Marketplace.”
Business and Creativity Go Hand in Hand: Q&A with Kern Carter by Kristen Tsetsi and from Jane Friedman’s blog: “Author Kern Carter (@KernCarter) discusses his journey from being self-published to having two books slated for publication from Scholastic and Penguin/Random House, what he learned about marketing—and the market—as a self-published author, his views on the relationship between the art and the business of writing, and more.”
3 Ways That Writerly Grit Leads to Publishing Success from Jane Friedman and by Susan DeFreitas: “Grit is often seen as the stubborn plowing ahead, the continuing to do, do, do despite life’s various indignities, rejections, and setbacks. And it certainly is that—but also, I think, something more.”
Social Media News
How to Choose the Best Colors for Your Social Media Graphics [Infographic] from Social Media Today: This is a great post! Colors matter so choose them wisely. (I plan to change my colors on Instagram.)
New Report Highlights the Decline of Facebook and IG, as TikTok Becomes the New Home of Entertainment from Social Media Today: “Have you found yourself using Instagram way less of late? The once trendsetting social platform seems to have lost its luster, in large part due to Instagram’s insistence on pumping more content from accounts that you don’t follow into your main IG feed. The ‘inspiration’ for that approach is TikTok…”
Meta Adds ‘Community Chats’ on Messenger as it Searches for New Ways to Prop Up Falling Engagement from Social Media Today: Engagement is dropping on Facebook so “Meta” is looking for ways to draw more people to its platform.
Censorship in the United States
America’s Censored Classrooms from PEN America: “Educational gag orders are state legislative efforts to restrict teaching about topics such as race, gender, American history, and LGBTQ+ identities in K–12 and higher education. PEN America tracks these bills in our Index of Educational Gag Orders, updated weekly.”
Judge Tosses Virginia Obscenity Cases, Declares State Law Unconstitutional from Publishers Weekly: “In a resounding victory for the freedom to read, a Virginia state judge on August 30 swiftly dismissed two closely watched cases that sought to bar the public display and sale of two books alleged to be obscene under an obscure state law. Furthermore, in dismissing the cases the court struck down the Virginia law upon which the cases were brought, finding it unconstitutional. The orders were delivered immediately following an August 30 hearing.”