Happy first Friday of December, everyone! We’ve done it! We’ve made it to the final month of the longest year in the history of everything, and the shining light of 2021 is finally within reach. While things won’t automatically go back to “normal” as soon as the ball drops on New Year Eve, it’s so nice to have hope that we’re getting close, right?
We kicked off the first round of our cover contest this week! There are still three days to vote for your favourite Romance cover and send it to the finals so make sure you get those votes in! This week also marked the end of NaNoWriMo. Our KoboWriMo team wrote a combined 258,036 words and three team members met the 50,000 word goal! Head to the end of this roundup to hear some NaNo tales from our team. But first, some news!
When the pandemic first hit, there were definite concerns about the supply chain for the publishing industry, and when the extra-busy fall season came, there were concerns over printing capacities. Here’s an update featuring key publishing players:
It’s no surprise that there are some pretty strong objections to PRH’s purchasing of Simon & Schuster.
Amazon is considering testing out lending its eBooks to libraries.
Travel book icon Lonely Planet has been acquired by Red Ventures.
In a move that surprises absolutely no one, both Merriam Webster and Dictionary.com have chosen pandemic as their word of 2020.
BookExpo and BookCon have been retired indefinitely.
The Royal Society of Literature has announced their plans to improve diversity.
The longtime home of JRR Tolkien is about to go back on the market and the fans hoping to help turn it into a museum celebrating the author have the support of Tolkien film actors Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman.
Author Thomas King has been named a companion of the Order of Canada.
Camilla Townsend has won the Cundhill History Prize for her book Fifth Sun.
Fresh off winning the Booker Prize, Shuggie Bain is now set to become a TV series.
Some advice that I’ll keep in mind when editing my NaNo project: mood is often the most overlooked and yet most important literary device.
In a year in which gathering with one’s community is impossible, this article explores finding queer community through books.
I absolutely loved this piece on Stacey Abrams’/Selena Montgomery’s writing career.
While we’re holding our own cover contest to find the favourite Indie cover of 2020, Literary Hub has collected their favourite book covers of the year.
And of course, as we reach the end of the year (it’s truly wild to think 2020 has only been one year), more and more “best of lists” will be published. Luckily, we’ve gathered them for you so you can grow your TBR pile as quickly as possible.
The best books as chosen by Smithsonian Scholars:
The New York Times best children’s books of 2020.
NPR’s Book Concierge for 2020.
The Guardian’s Best Books of 2020.
And lastly, a different type of list: EW has collected what they think are the best adaptations of all time. Do you agree with their choices? (I for one believe The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants is missing.)
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Post KoboWriMo Thoughts from the KoboWriMo Team
“I had the best intentions but 2020 got the better of me. What I did learn is that I thoroughly enjoyed the moments of writing when I did them. I definitely hit that sense of flow once or twice. I didn’t win, but it won’t discourage me from trying again next year.” – Tara
“I found this to be a challenging month but enjoyed the inspiration to write every day – I certainly wouldn’t have done it without a goal to meet, and my own personal goal of making sure I wrote something, even if it was just a hundred words, every single day.
I also loved the KoboWriMo community and how much we all cheered each other on. That was just extra motivation and a needed boost of company when it was needed most this year.” – Deandra (a NaNoWriMo winner!)
“I went into NaNo with the best intentions..but ended up full of excuses. November 2020 was a rough month and obsessing over the US election news occupied all my brain space for way too many days. I also moved in mid-November (a temporary relocation to stay with family in the UK for a few months), which was stressful and not conductive to writing! So, yeah – excuses! I did really enjoy the lunch writing sessions and found it really cathartic to spend an hour completely focused on writing. Heading into a lockdown winter, I really do want to get back into the groove of writing and at least finish the story I started!” – Joni