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Literary Round Up: October 12

By Joni Di Placido

Welcome to this week’s literary round up! What’s new in the wonderful world of books this week?

HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our Indie Author Library event! It was a great success and we’re excited to share the interview we recorded with Maria (@eBookGoddess; yes, that is her actual Twitter handle) and Beth from Toronto Public Library—stay tuned for an upcoming podcast and blog post!

Don’t miss Joanna Penn’s great round up of NINC 2018! We love seeing Joanna Penn being such a vocal advocate for publishing widely and working with retailers directly.

Doubling Down On What You Love And Opportunities When Publishing Wide. My NINC 2018 Round-up

Write what you love – and don’t feel guilty about it. Market in a way that you love – and don’t feel guilty about it. Publishing wide is a way of life – and only getting better. Plus, what if the future is audio first? This is my round-up from the NINC conference 2018.

Nothing but growth ahead for digital audio is the word on the street at Frankfurt Book Fair. We can’t wait to open up more audio opportunities to KWL authors—watch this space!

Frankfurt Book Fair 2018: The Audio Boom is Real, Global, and Just Getting Started

One the biggest trends in publishing in the U.S. is the surging digital audio market, where the format has been posting hefty double-digit growth for years, and making up an increasing share of publishers’ digital sales. At the Frankfurt Book Fair’s inaugural Audiobook Conference on Wednesday, experts told attendees that the audio boom is indeed a global trend, with more growth to come.

Romance writers: are you looking for inspiration for your next cover? There’s an interesting conversation over on Refinery29 about the evolution of contemporary romance covers:

How These Instagrammable Book Covers Are Tricking People Into Reading Romance

Not long into author Jasmine Guillory’s debut novel The Wedding Date , released in January 2018, Alexa Monroe and Drew Nichols strip down and leap into their hotel bed, marking the first of many steamy sessions to come in the book’s delightful 200-something pages.

How many of you grew up reading Goosebumps books? Indulge in some nostalgia with Bustle’s chat with RL Stine—just in time for Halloween!

The True Story Of How ‘Goosebumps’ Was Created, According To R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine doesn’t believe in ghosts. Or vampires, sasquatches, wise-cracking demonic ventriloquist’s dummies, or any of the other supernatural creatures who’ve crept through the pages of his mega-bestselling children’s horror series, Goosebumps . And he’s shocked that anyone else does.

The New York Times has a fascinating piece on the recent trend of dystopian fiction written by women this week:

How Feminist Dystopian Fiction Is Channeling Women’s Anger and Anxiety

Books News On a desolate island, three sisters have been raised in isolation, sequestered from an outbreak that’s causing women to fall ill. To protect themselves from toxins, which men can transmit to women, the sisters undergo cleansing rituals that include simulating drowning, drinking salt water and exposing themselves to extreme heat and cold.

Fantasy has a problem, according to WIRED:

Why So Many Fantasy Novels Are Obsessed With Academia

The best fantasy debut of 2018 has a problem. It was also the best fantasy debut of 2009. And 2007. And 1997, 1985, 1982, and 1968. Authors change; the story stays the same. In the darkness a child is born. The child suffers, but he has mysterious power.

Have a wonderful weekend—and please do email us with any news or updates that you’d like us to include!

Staff Pick of the Week: Sadie, by Courtney Summers

Marina, Kobo Writing Life Intern; Blogger

sadie-12“Sadie has been making headlines for its incredibly interesting approach: Alternating POV chapters between our main character, Sadie, who has disappeared a year after the murder of her younger sister, and West McCray, a podcast host investigating Sadie’s disappearance. The police still doesn’t know who killed Sadie’s little sister Maddie, and now Sadie herself has vanished into thin air. If you’re a true crime fan and have binged many episodes of Serial and My Favorite Murder, this one is for you!  I highly recommend the audiobook version, as it is the best way to experience the podcast sessions, which present a variety of one-on-one interviews with witnesses, family members, friends, and strangers who have once crossed Sadie’s path. This is a full-cast narrated title, so you’re in for a treat! I listened to the entire audiobook in one day, so I hope that’s a good indicator of how engaging and thrilling it is! If you’re looking for a taste, Macmillan has actually released the podcast episodes, which give a glimpse into the story unraveling on the book. Check it out here.



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