Monday, March 24, 2014

Industry News, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and the A to Z Challenge

Some interesting tidbits from around the web:

Scholastic reported a slight loss for Q3, but is not concerned. RTTNews

NOOK Press™ Self-Publishing Platform Is Now Available to Authors and Publishers in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. Book Business Magazine

As of March, there are over 10,000 newspapers and magazines now inside the Apple Newsstand. Talking News Media


The A to Z Challenge kicks off on April 1. I participated the last three years and was a co-host last year, but with so much I need to prepare for in May, I will not be involved this year. (I’m also dropping to Mondays only for a while except for IWSG Wednesdays.) It is an amazing opportunity for bloggers though, and I highly recommend it.

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group will be posting for the A to Z! The admins have divided up the letters and we’re each offering short tips throughout April. If you’ve not joined the group or checked out the blog, please do so.

In addition to a blog group and a website, there ‘s also IWSG Facebook. We have four themed days:
Motivational Monday
Wow it’s Wednesday
Fun Fridays
News & Promo Saturday
We invite you to join the group, ask questions, and get encouragement.
Please be respectful and limit your promotional items to Saturday only.

And since it is finally spring: 


48 comments:

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

I'd never heard of Nook Press until today. I must check this information out. Thank you for this, Diane.
I have to get my posts ready for the A-Z and IWSG now.

Vicki Rocho said...

10,000 magazines available electronically? That pretty much guarantees I'd never be able to choose one! LOL

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Didn't hear the news about International Nook...thanks for sharing.

Will miss seeing your A-Z posts, but totally understand your need to skip it! I've never been able to participate, although I've always enjoyed everyone's posts.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane .. it's great you've got lots on your plate - but we'll miss your A-Z postings ...

10,000 magazines in the Apple Newsstand .. amazing ... and Nook is moving forward ... the market is evolving so fast ...

IWSG postings for April sound fun .. cheers and good luck with your preparations .. cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Vicki, be even sadder if you couldn't find one you wanted to read.

Elizabeth, it's about time it went International.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a lot of magazines and newspapers.

Trisha F said...

I'm doing the A to Z but I feel rather precarious about my chances of not flying totally off the handle capability-wise. :)

Chasing Rainbows said...

My latest book is nearing the end of it's journey into becoming my "Latest Baby". won't be long now before it is on sale.

Yvonne.

Jay Noel said...

I personally haven't had ANY luck selling my book on NookPress. Don't know what the deal is.

Technically it's Spring, but not here in St. Louis. 27 degrees right now. Brrrrr

Karen Walker said...

I can be hard making choices not to do something we love doing. Good luck getting ready for whatever it is in May. I will just be cheering from the sidelines this year as well.

Robin said...

I am excited about A to Z this year. However, I completely understand why someone would opt out if they have big projects going on. We'll miss you, but we understand! I hope that you cover a lot of ground in the month of May.

And that picture is gorgeous!!!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Trisha, that's how I felt last year when I was a host.

Karen, sometimes it's just too much, isn't it?

Thank you, Robin.

Tara Tyler R said...

i love the hats!!! what a great time in disney - i'm jealous!

and thanks for the news - good to hear and yay for iwsg participating in a to z =)

see you in april!

Southpaw said...

Oh I'm jealous of your daffodils! I can see green started to push through the ground. Hopefully soon!

randi lee said...

I'll miss your A to Z posts, Diane. You always give such great advice, I can only imagine you could publish a complete help-book with your A to Z posts!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for all the news. I love my daffodils but they're just poking little green shoots above the ground.

shelly said...

Love your flowers. Thanks for the A to Z and ISWG reminders!

Hugs and chocolate!
Shelly

Vanessa Morgan said...

What a pity that you won't be participating in the A to Z this year. I hope you'll be able to catch up on your work. Have a lovely Monday.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Holly, they are late this year, but here now.

Vanessa, I should be good to go come May.

Medeia Sharif said...

Beautiful flowers and thanks for the info and links. So many changes and a wealth of media out there.

Jo said...

It may be spring where you are, not here though. Lovely picture of daffodils.

Jemi Fraser said...

So jealous of your beautiful daffodils!!! Gorgeous :)

My life's too chaotic for the challenge and I'll be sitting out too.

Carol Kilgore said...

Beautiful daffodils! Things continue to change and grow. Thanks for the updates.

J E Oneil said...

Is it really spring? There's still snow in the forecast.

I'll miss you in the Challenge!

Spacerguy said...

I keep meaning to join IWSG! I must pluck up my courage and make it so!

Mason Canyon said...

Interesting updates. Love the flower photo. I'm afraid what blooms we have are about to be killed with a low tomorrow night of 28 degrees.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh my gosh, I can't do it this year either. But it is fun.

And I just joined IWSG!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Jo, our minis are also just starting to bloom.

JE, I hate to miss it, but will catch it next year.

Spacerguy, just do it.

Mason, we are still really cold at night here.

Jennifer, wonderful!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can so relate to cutting back on blogging. And lucky you that it's Spring. So hope it comes here soon.

Misha Gericke said...

So cool to see everyone excited for spring. Me, I'm glad to see winter starting on my side of the world.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

What pretty daffodils! The ones we have look pretty scraggly! Happy spring!

Mary Montague Sikes

Johanna Garth said...

Ah Daffodils...spring is still just a rumor here.

klahanie said...

Hi Diane,

I'm having an alphabet nightmare! Please, make this madness stop. Thank you.

Yes, it's finally spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Gary :)

klahanie said...

And thank goodness you will be on the sidelines this year, Diane.

Gary :)

Maurice Mitchell said...

I have Apple newsstand and never use it. 10,000 newspapers and magazines makes me think I'm missing something.

cleemckenzie said...

Ahhhh. That's for the daffodils. Are they not the most rewarding flowers on planet earth?

Julie Luek said...

I will decline A-Z but know reading posts here and there will be great fun!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Gary, it just wasn't going to happen this year.

Maurice, I only get one magazine, so I'm not using it much either.

Yolanda Renee said...

Love the picture! Today it's 50 degrees and raining, bring on the flowers!

A to Z is an amazing commitment and why I didn't sign up until I had it done. I still let it take me away from my WIP but need to find a balance between writing and marketing, and the A to Z is a form of marketing.

S.K. Anthony said...

Hadn't heard the news on International Nook, I have to check it out to find out more. This is my first A to Z so I'm excited, bummer you won't be participating, but of course its understandable! Hope you get lots done with your new blogging schedule ;)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Love the splash of spring by daffodil photo. It looks like it's nice weather over there. (I hope.) It's mostly nice here too, but I haven't seen any daffodils.

Be well, Spunk, and good luck with all you're juggling.

xoRobyn

Karen Lange said...

Time for A to Z already. Wow. Love the daffodils!

Steven said...

Yay for spring! We're still getting snow, though :( The A to Z Challenge is an amazing experience, which is why I have 2 blogs in it this year.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, L. Diane,

SPRING? What's that? Still in the 30's here in Chicago. BUT I did see a cardinal today, so hopefully we will have more that one 50 degree day. Tomorrow it should be 50, but drops back again... So tired of this. LOL.

Beautiful Pic.... I've always loved daffodils!

THANKS for the suggestion for I... Ice Dogs it is!

Milo James Fowler said...

I'm still recovering from A2Z 2011, but I'm sure I'll be reading more than a few alphabetical posts next month -- and enjoying them.

Rhonda Albom said...

Very cool that the IWSG is doing AtoZ. That will be another blog worth following.

Jai Joshi said...

I'll have to check out the Nook's self publishing platform. I haven't looked at it yet. Thanks for the news, as always!

Jai

Gossip_Grl said...

I will miss your postings this year in the A-Z but understand. The ISWG Group is really evolving isn't it? The picture of the daffodils make me hopeful. Mine aren't in bloom yet.