By Joni Di Placido

What’s new in the literary world this week?

We were out at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference last week, but we’re back and bringing you some of the most interesting industry updates from around the web!

Let’s kick off with some Kobo news from Michelle Kaatz, newly-appointed director of Kobo’s Original Content department. The Originals department has some incredibly exciting new projects coming down the pipeline and Michelle gave us a teaser of what’s coming up: “We’re in Amsterdam now recording the first season of something brand new . . . think Sherlock + CSI + audiobook + podcast. Stay tuned for more details!”

If you’re looking for a great book to snuggle up with this Valentine’s Day, check out the great offers on romance reads on the store this week:

An update from Time that will shock nobody reading this blog: books are absolutely, resolutely not going anywhere. Print sales have been increasing steadily since 2013 and the number of indie bookstores is on the rise.

Marlon James’ medieval fantasy novel Black Leopard Red Wolf comes out this week (look at that cover!) and has been described as “an African Game of Thrones“. He talks to PW about his writing process and the myriad stories that influenced his writing.

Author Jane Harper discusses her incredible journey to becoming Australia’s most widely read crime writer. She explains why she thinks planning is an essential part of her writing process and why character development is so important to her.

If you’ve successfully written a thesis, you can turn that thesis into a book! Tracy Stanley explains how over on The Creative Penn blog.

Not news, but new to me: this instagram account features gorgeous covers designed by women. Worth checking out if you’re seeking cover inspiration!

If you missed the biggest publishing scandal this week, settle in for a LONG read! Proof that life really can be stranger than fiction.

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