Happy Friday, writers! We hope you had a great week and the weather is nice and warm whereever you are. It has been toasty here in Toronto, but after what felt like the world’s longest winter (it snowed in May!), I am here for it.
We welcomed the newest member of Kobo Writing Life to the team this week, and we continued our month of Live Q&A’s with KWL, chatting with our Europe team about global reach and international markets. If you missed the live event, you can check out the Q&A here:
Now onto this week in publishing.
Starting with some terribly sad news, author Lucinda Riley has passed away after a four-year battle with cancer.
UK group AuthorSHARE is making it possible for authors to earn royalties on secondhand books.
A lot of Goodreads reviews have gone missing thanks to a bug and authors are understandably upset.
Oxford University Press is closing their printing arm, marking an end of an era for the publisher.
Frankfurt Book Fair is planning a live, in-person event in October.
Last week, we shared an article about Elin Hilderbrand coming under fire for a line in her latest book. This piece looks at the pressure social media is putting on authors and whether or not it’s going too far.
Attention Bridgerton fans: Rupert Evans is joining season 2 of the Netflix series.
Lastly, I have two favourite pieces to share this week. The first is this essay on the mythologized idea of being a writer.
And as a grammar nerd I found this history of gender-neutral pronouns fascinating (spoiler: they’re not new).
Have a great weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
“I haven’t had a chance to finish Honey Girl yet, but if I didn’t have to sleep it would have been devoured in a day. This book starts out with a cute romcom premise – Grace Porter, a type-A PhD grad who always has a plan, gets drunk and marries a stranger in Vegas – but it quickly develops into an examination of loneliness, identity, and the standards we create for ourselves. I can’t wait to finish this book on the weekend, and I really hope Grace gets the girl.”
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Great round up! I haven’t heard of the Goodreads bug but you think for a site that’s owned by Amazon, they could back up those reviews and not let this happen! Someone got fired!