In true book nerd fashion, we’ve rounded up our favorite publishing-related links of the week for you! Read on to uncover the best in books this week. If you want to know about these links sooner than Friday afternoon, follow us on Twitter—@GreenleafBookGr.
- Got a Kindle? Got questions about the book you’re reading? Amazon’s new @author feature was covered by Media Bistro. Announced this week, @author connects readers with their favorite writers, allowing them to pose questions straight off of their Kindle or on Amazon’s page. Tim Ferriss and Susan Orlean are among the first authors to take the feature for a test-drive.
- Flavorwire was inspired by NPR and listed their “Favorite Tweets by Dead Authors.” Do you agree that Laura Ingalls Wilder would tweet about the Pitchfork Festival?
- Don’t have time to read but want some instant story-telling gratification? Publishers Weekly posted some great short short stories this week on their PWxyz blog. Wired also has a comprehensive list of six-word novels. Our favorites include Fredric Brown’s “Knock” and William Shatner’s take on college.
- Book clubs are a great way for authors to build and engage with an audience. She Writes advised authors on how to reach out to and interact with book clubs.
- The current and future state of business books was discussed at Power to the Small Business. In the podcast, Jay Ehret chats with Todd Sattersten, co-author of 100 Best Business Books of All Time, about his predictions.
- The Book Designer listed 19 ways to get more readers for your author blog; tips include “Start an Argument” and “Kidnap a Celebrity” among others.
- Slate writer James Sturm let us know just how hard it is to get a cartoon into The New Yorker. (The verdict? Extremely difficult.) If not for anything else, check out the story for the cute and funny cartoons within.
- The first annual Let’s Read Day is tomorrow! Read to Lead is running the campaign to promote reading throughout the country. Check to see if there are any events near you. If not, you can always attend Lit Crawl NYC tomorrow. Beer and books…a winning combination if we may say so.
- How can you ensure book launch success? Platform, zeitgeist and exposure, according to Indie Author. We would add great content and "mindshare" to the list.
- Finally, in tribute to the 10th anniversary of September 11th this weekend, The Browser has an interview with Amy Waldman, author of The Submission, a new book being heralded as the most sincere account of that day. Waldman shared her list for the most effecting literature dedicated to the tragic event.
Have you followed our own Tanya Hall on Twitter yet? If not, do so—you can find her at @tanyahall. You’ll have access to her wealth of knowledge and some wonderful platform and marketing-related links like the ones we featured in this post.