With the new year fast approaching, everyone’s thinking about the future, and the world of publishing isn’t immune. Fortykey put together a great roundup of trends in the worlds of paper books, e-readers and bookstores now and for the future.
The Millions shares some gift ideas for the writer in your life—items like lipstick, a bathrobe or a manicure. The list is obviously geared toward the lady writers in your life, but the main idea applies to male writers, too. As beautiful as leather-bound journals are, they’ll never get used in any way other than as a chai tea (or bourbon) coaster.
You can never learn too much about SEO, especially when it comes to selling books, so Nathan Bransford’s post about SEO optimization for authors is a must-read for writers.
I really enjoyed this piece from The Guardian about emerging efforts to make paper books hand-crafted, beautiful objects. I guess the ebook backlash isn’t all bad.
The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillan, Pedro Almodovar, Dustin Lance Black, Oren Moverman and Eric Roth to discuss their scripts for The Skin I Live In, Moneyball, J. Edgar, Rampart and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, many if not all of which will be nominated for Oscars. If you’ve got some time on your hands, watch the clips (or the full video) of this hour-long roundtable.
Special Holiday Addition:
If you love cheese and camp and cartoons as much as I do, then you’re probably loving the fact that the airways will be clogged with TV Christmas specials for the next two weeks. The writers over at The A.V. Club have graciously taken it upon themselves to outline and analyze beloved holiday specials through the years.