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Canadian Librarian Responds To Threats Against Drag Story Hour by Adding Second Event

This Pride month has been a difficult one for U.S. libraries: white supremacists have stormed Drag Queen Story Hours, libraries have been defaced with the word “groomer” for carrying LGBTQ children’s books, Pride displays have been censored and stolen, and the systematic challenging of LGBTQ books by rightwing groups like “Moms for Liberty” continues. While Canada has a different political climate, American culture has an enormous amount of influence there, especially with the rise of social media. Canada has had its own anti-vaccine movement, for instance, called the “Freedom Convoy” — the name alone shows how much American cultural influence...

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Promoting a New Book: 5 Book Marketing Strategies all Authors Need to Try

Reading Time: 4 minutesI love it when I find helpful book marketing ideas for authors – especially when it comes to promoting a new book – which often feels like an uphill climb! The issue for many authors is that with each new book release, you feel a bit like you’re reinventing the wheel, which is another reason why I loved this piece. Let’s dig into some ideas about how to maximize readers and build on each book launch! 5 Book Marketing Strategies All Authors Need to Try Create Exclusive Content for Readers Through a “Members Only” Page I love...

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2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners

The 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today. The awards began in 1967 and are a result of a partnership between The Horn Book, Inc. and the Boston Globe. The winners of the awards, which “celebrate excellence in children’s and young adult literature,” are all U.S. editions of books that were published between June 2021 and May 2022. They were chosen by a panel of three judges. The winners and honor books for the three categories are as follows: PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Jason Griffin (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books...

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Infographic: The Top 5 Social Media Strategies for Author Marketing

Reading Time: 2 minutesPromoting a book on social media is a great strategy for author marketing. You have nearly your entire readership in the palm of your hands, and you can perfectly curate the message you want them to see. Because of this, social media can be a quick fix for any book marketing plan, no matter the size of your online presence — if you know how to use it. It’s free, and it can reach readers far and wide. However, you may find yourself wasting valuable time if you don’t know where to start. When promoting your book...

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Alice Munro Quotes on Writing: The Complete Collection

Readers and writers acknowledge that any fictitious narrative takes time to finish, whether that means reading or writing it. Canadian writer Alice Munro deems this point valid, especially as a housewife with three young daughters. She recognizes the struggle in devoting time to creating a novel, justifying why she almost exclusively dedicated her literary career to the short story genre. After all, it was the best choice for Munro, looking at the international recognition she gained with her fiction. Alice Munro is now “one of the greatest contemporary writers of fiction,” a master of short stories many can look up...

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LGBTQ Book Sales Surge in U.S., Especially in YA

NPD BookScan recently shared a report showing an LGBTQ book sales surge in the U.S. The sales of LGBTQ fiction in 2021 was 5 million, twice as much as they were in 2020. The surge has only continued in 2022, with a 39% increase so far. The increase has been led by young adult novels, specifically books like They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, which had the biggest gains, and Hearstopper by Alice Oseman. Though the increase hasn’t been as big, LGBTQ book sales have also risen for adult fiction, with books like The House In The...

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Important Considerations for Deciding to Write Under a Pen Name: Book Marketing Podcast Episode

Reading Time: 2 minutes We decided to do a book marketing podcast episode on author pen names because they can be a lot of fun. Pen names gives authors an opportunity to get creative! However, choosing a pen name is not a decision you should make lightly because everything you put out there is your brand. I really don’t recommend you “try on a pen name to see if it works” with the idea that you can just turn it on and off. It’s definitely not that simple. Define “Why” You Need A Pen Name Authors use pen names for...

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