Happy Friday, writers, and welcome to December! We did it! We’ve almost made it through 2021. We hope all our American authors had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend last week and that everyone is gearing up for the beginning of winter.
Our 2021 Indie Cover Contest with voting on the best Romance cover of the year wrapping up today. Be sure to get your vote in to send your favourite to the final and get ready to vote for the best mystery/thriller cover next week!
Now let’s take a look at what’s been happening in publishing news.
Book ban attempts in American libraries continue to be on the rise.
However, a school district in Mississippi is actually returning two books to libraries.
Santa Monica Press is launching a line of books for teens in 2022.
Alice Sebold’s memoir has been pulled by her publisher.
Award winning author Bernadine Evaristo will be the next president of the Royal Society of Literature.
The arts world lost a legend last week when Stephen Sondheim passed away at 91.
The Diagram Prize has awarded the oddest book title of 2021.
Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu is writing a picture book about sports and mental health.
Danny Devito is returning to the Penguin, this time as a writer of the iconic DC villain.
If you’re looking to up your marketing game by using TikTok, Bookbub has created a list of authors to follow for ideas.
Ted Lasso has captured the hearts of viewers since debuting last year and this piece looks at how the heartwarming series uses books to reveal more about its characters.
As a notorious completionist when it comes to books, putting books down unfinished has been a hard lesson for me to learn.
This time of year is always full of lists of books to gift over the holidays, but a list of book recs by authors is definitely my favourite type of list. Let us know your favourite books to gift in the comments!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Laura, Author Engagement Specialist
“The Mistletoe Motive is the perfect holiday romance. It includes one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers and it takes place at the cutest indie bookshop! One of my favorite parts of the story was the autism and demi-sexual representation Chloe included in the story through the heroine, Gabby. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cozy romance this holiday season.”