WHAT'S NEW? PUBLISHING NEWS
Welcome to my newest section, where I will aim to provide you with up to date information on the latest trends, news and updates on self and traditional publishing.
We know that blogs don't sell reams of books, they're a platform for connecting with other readers and writers. We also know they are more useful for Non-Fiction writers
in terms of garnering an audience. But I'm not a one trick pony, I don't just write Non-Fiction and I'm sure you aren't either. I primarily write Young Adult fiction. So I am always interested in finding new opportunities to connect with readers.
The Book Designer
has written a fascinating article on Snapchat
and how you can use it to connect with Young Adult readers
, check it out here
A couple of key points (from their article) on why they suggest Snapchat:
"The majority of its users are female and between of 13 and 25.
Two-fifths of 18-year-olds in the U.S. use it several times a day to check in with friends and some family members.
Marketing Dive offers an expanded view:
- Last year, Snapchat grew its 18-24 base by 56%, while its 25-34 year old users increased 103%."
Although not widely used by authors yet, it seems a logical platform to try. YA's generally don't read an authors blog, they do however, want to know what an author is like, they're interested in the real you. What better place to share that, than on a platform where all the YA's are...Just saying.
What do you think? Drop me a line and let me know.
The next tidbit I want to share is a tip from my lovely writer friend Lucy
Lucy pointed me in the direction of podcasts
. I was skeptical at first. But then I started listening and realised there is a wealth of untapped information and resources that are easily accessible, provide current and up to date info and can be listened to basically anywhere, anytime. I've learnt more about the state of the publishing industry in the last two weeks listening to podcasts than I have in the last 6 months of reading.
My top four suggestions for podcasts to listen to:
If you want some more suggestions there are a couple of articles here
with lists of the best podcasts for writers.