Happy Friday, writers. And Happy October! It is the dawn of spooky season: the best time of year to cuddle up in a warm sweater with apple cider and delve into a book full of ghosts and witches and things that go bump in the night. It’s also that time of year when NaNoWriMo preparations get underway as we gear up to try and write 50,000 words in the month of November. The KWL team will once again be hosting weekly virtual write-ins as we try to finish NaNoWriMo together – stay tuned on more details as we get closer to November!
We hosted a live Q&A with Author Revolution’s Carissa Andrews this week. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the live event you can catch a replay here.
Now let’s take a quick look at what’s been going on in the publishing world this week.
Written Word Media has launched a Facebook Ad service.
Astra Publishing House has announced a new children’s imprint.
University of Nebraska Press is launching a LGBTQ+ Fiction series called Zero Street Fiction.
Traci Todd has been named publisher of Little Bee Books.
Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to distribute IDW Comics.
Speaking of comics, graphic novel adaptations of classic middle grade novels are on the rise.
The Finalists for the Atwood Gibson Prize have been announced.
The winner of Restless Books 2021 Prize for New Immigrant Writer was announced this week.
S&S AuthorFest is kicking off this year.
The pandemic has changed how many libraries are handling late fees.
Cozy Mysteries are as popular as ever, but they’re starting to shed their protective coating and reflect the real world.
This is a really interesting look at the current trend of “Book Blob” cover design.
On the topic of cover design, Joan Didion’s backlist is getting a facelift and you can peep the new covers here.
TikTok, more specifically BookTok is having a positive impact on the sales of fantasy novels.
And last but not least, I really enjoyed this look at the evolution of books into full blown brands.
Have a great weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
Malice by Heather Walter
“The heirs to the throne in the Kingdom of Briar have been cursed: if they don’t find true love’s kiss by the age of 21 they will die. Of course this doesn’t matter at all to Alice, the Dark Grace whose powers have been used by the nobles of Briar to create evil and petty elixirs. All Alice wants is to run far away from Briar and from the people who have always been so cruel to her. That is until she meets the last princess, Aurora, who is still looking for true love’s kiss. This queer retelling of Sleeping Beauty was excellent. Not only was it a compelling take on a classic tale, it was such an interesting look at what it means to be villainous versus what it means to be a villain. I can’t wait for the sequel!”