BookShift

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BookShift
by Sarah Juckes

How do you write? Are you a pen and paper person? Or are you a jot-down-ideas-on-your-phone writer? For those of you on the lookout for nifty bits of tech to help you with everything from planning to writing the novel, here are some useful apps the team at CompletelyNovel have tried and tested with authors [...] more »

BookShift
by Laura Caldwell

I’m listening to the audio version my first book, “Burning the Map.” Which means, I’m listening to a talented actor, Piper Goodeve, inhabit the voice and the soul of Casey Evers, a character I wrote long ago, a character I wasn’t sure I’d see (or hear) from again. It’s even more gratifying because I produced [...] more »

BookShift
by Miral Sattar

The book publishing industry is going through a huge transition. It’s easier than ever to get a book out into the world. All the resources you need to publish a book are available you. You no longer need to go through the traditional gatekeepers (publishers) to publish a quality book. Because it’s so easy to [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

While “Divergent” and its sequel “Insurgent” are still Nos. 1 and 2 on this week’s e-book bestseller list, a new title from bestselling author Nora Roberts has spiked to No. 3. “Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy” (Penguin Random House) jumped 19 spots from its previous position on the list to depose “Allegiant” (the third Divergent [...] more »

BookShift
by Carla King

Many tools for self-publishers have gotten so good that they’re maturing to serve groups, co-ops and small press with cloud-based and collaborative features. Here’s a range of tools and services you might consider if you’re growing, or growing out of, your current suite of tools. Remember, you’re not the only one who’s growing — many [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

HarperCollins is having a “Hunger Games” moment; another year or so of these kinds of sales, and it will become a “Fifty Shades” moment. For the second week in a row, the three HarperCollins “Divergent” series titles took the top three spots on our bestseller list, perhaps on the strength of the “Divergent” movie’s opening weekend haul of $56 [...] more »

BookShift
by Miral Sattar

Like most writers, I got super excited when I heard about Amtrak’s program for authors. The much-lauded Amtrak Residency program came to fruition when writer Alexander Chee mentioned in an interview that he liked to write on a train and commented, “I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers.” Soon, the quote sparked a discussion on [...] more »

BookShift
by Jeremy Greenfield

Veronica Roth’s Divergent series is doing its best Hunger Games series impression. The HarperCollins property has been dominating e-book bestseller lists all year and this week, for the first time, took all three top spots. Also, like The Hunger Games series, Divergent is now an e-book bundle best-seller, sitting at No. 12 on our list [...] more »

BookShift
by Jenny Shank

The annual conference of AWP, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, is a fun and grueling schedule of events — as novelist Jess Walter noted in his introduction to a reading by Gish Jen and Tobias Wolff, “What begins as a giant party ends as a kind of hostage situation.” This year, the 13,000 [...] more »


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