Hello and happy Friday everyone! We here at KWL have had a pretty busy week and are definitely looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend. Even if it is calling for snow. Aside from working diligently(ish) on our NaNoWriMo projects, we also announced our next Takeover event this week, and we launched our 2020 KWL Indie Cover Contest! Be sure to check out the takeover with Dale Roberts next Tuesday November 24 for tips on utilizing YouTube as an author, and if you’ve published a book with us this year you should definitely be entering our cover contest.
Now let’s see what the rest of the publishing world has been up to this week, shall we?
This was a huge week for literary prizes, so let’s start there! First up, Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain.
The Writers’ Trust Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction were also announced this week.
And lastly, The Winners of the National Book Awards were announced this week! And if you’re really looking to add to your TBR list, here’s a list of every previous winner in both fiction and nonfiction.
Speaking of TBR lists, The New York Times has released their list of notable books released in 2020.
Albert Whitman & Co. have come under fire due to delayed royalty payments.
And Disney has also been in the news this week for allegedly not paying one of their authors.
Following the London Book Fair’s lead, the Bologna Book fair has rescheduled its event from the spring to the summer of 2021, and has added a general publishing conference to its lineup.
French authors have offered to pay fines imposed on bookshop owners who remain open despite the nation’s lockdown orders.
Six YA powerhouse authors are collaborating on a new book.
President Obama’s memoir has not only been hotly anticipated by readers, but by struggling bookstores as well.
While we’re talking about presidential memoirs, many are speculating if publishers can afford to publish a Trump memoir.
A new collection of JRR Tolkien’s writing will be hitting shelves next year.
Over 200 additional copies of Sir Isaac Newton’s groundbreaking physics book Principia have been found.
An eleven-year-old girl from Stoney Creek has started an Instagram account highlighting books with BIPOC main characters.
Quentin Tarantino will be penning the novelization of his award-winning screenplay Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
Lastly, as someone who has both sent work to friends to read and has been lucky enough to read early drafts of my friends’ work, I absolutely loved this piece on finding trusted readers.
Have a wonderful weekend!
“I’m working on a travel romcom, which has been a fun form of escapism! I recently decided to take advantage of the remote work policy, and flew to my family home in Edinburgh in mid-November, which really threw off my NaNo project; with a lot of frantic packing and little sleep, I barely wrote for a week. I am now taking advantage of the 14-day quarantine alone to sit and write. I’m still hopeful that I’ll catch up at hit the goal by the end of the month!”
– Joni, Author Engagement Specialist