Jul 092011

There was plenty of industry news and buzz coming out of the RWA National conference in New York City, and it has taken a week (or, at least, it has taken ME a week) to process and filter it all. To give you a taste, book reviewer and blogger Dear Author’s Jane posted some Things I Learned from RWA 2011, while Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blogger Sarah Wendell provided photos plus “overheard” tidbits of her RWA 2011 experience.

You can join the debate about whether women’s fiction and romantic novels are bad for women, as Barbara Vey of the Publisher’s Weekly blog Beyond Her Book gives her two cents in her post Family Planning and Romance.

In other, less genre-oriented industry news, Google launched a social networking competitor to Facebook called Google Plus. Huffington Post blogger David All discussed Six Things Marketers Must Know About Google Plus, and author Nathan Bransford, also a new fan of the project, provided a few Google Plus links and how-tos on his This Week In Books blog.

For all of us who are struggling to balance work on the WIP with how to get our name out there, Dan Blank has written a thoughtful article on Honing Your Craft vs Connecting With Your Audience.

And finally (just for fun), publishers are buzzing that the new Duchess of Cambridge said she enjoyed reading Anne of Green Gables as a child. Catherine and Prince William visted Prince Edward Island on their recent Canadian tour, where “Kate” was presented with a commemorative copy of L.M. Montgomery’s much-beloved book.

Happy writing (and reading!)



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