This week! Books! Holy cow it’s November!
Nearly every author panel these days has a variation of this question: “Do you have any advice for writing about people who do not look like you?” Lots of authors out there are wringing their hands over whether they are “allowed” to tell certain stories or even just want to make sure they’re getting it right.
Well, author Alexander Chee has written an extremely good post on this subject: How to Unlearn Everything. The whole post is amazing and worth a thorough read, but I especially like his push to check your own bookshelf.
It’s officially NaNoWriMo and author Justina Ireland re-upped her pep talk from last year that hinges on how much writing kind of sucks.
Many writers battle imposter syndrome, especially when they’re just starting out and know that their writing isn’t very good, but this can honestly persist into a semi-permanent state. Helen J. Darling has five tips for dealing with imposter syndrome. (Here’s my own contribution to how to deal with imposter syndrome).
It’s the holidays, which means it’s also give-a-book-as-a-gift season. BookBub has 17 marketing ideas for the holiday season.
It can be bewildering to navigate the publishing process on the best of days and you can easily spiral into anxiety or depression in the face of it. Literary agent Jessica Faust has a good reminder: focus on what you can control.
Humans are living longer than ever and there are accordingly many more books about growing old than ever before. Arthur Krystal surveys the scene and wonders: can we at least be honest about aging?
This week in bestsellers
Here are the top five NY Times bestsellers in a few key categories. (All links are affiliate links):
Adult print and e-book fiction:
- The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
- The Guardians by John Grisham
- The Deserter by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille
- The Burning White by Brent Weeks
- Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré (still going strong at 88 years old!)
Adult print and e-book nonfiction:
- Me by Elton John
- Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
- Three Days at the Brink by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney
- Blowout by Rachel Maddow
- Dumpty by John Lithgow
Young adult hardcover:
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
- Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
- The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
- Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Middle grade hardcover:
- A Tale of Magic… by Chris Colfer
- Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
- The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America’s Test Kitchen Kids
This week on the blog
Don’t forget that you can nominate your first page and query for a free critique on the blog:
In case you missed them, here are this week’s posts:
- Now available in audio: My guide to writing a novel!
- How to self-publish an audiobook
- What it’s like to narrate an audiobook
- Tips for #NaNoWriMo 2019
And finally, November is here and Mariah Carey is READY:
Have a great weekend!
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