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Book Ratings Systems Are Not a Solution: Book Censorship News, November 25, 2022

Because of the holiday in the U.S. this week, the roundup of book censorship news and insights will be shorter than usual. Although there are several right-wing groups eager to implement movie-style book ratings to library titles, the reality is, book rating systems are an exercise in futility and bias. Julia Rittenberg does an outstanding job explaining why book rating systems would not work, and in addition, I recommend tuning into a recent episode of the You’re Wrong About podcast that delves into the history of the movie rating system and how easily bought, subverted, and problematic it has been....

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Take Our Book Website Design Quiz to Improve Your Click Throughs

Reading Time: ( Word Count: ) Book website design can be tricky. Mostly because it’s easy to get caught up in wanting to include everything you think should matter, when in actuality you’re making it more challenging for your visitor to simply buy your book. So we created this simple quiz (it’s only 7 ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions) to kickstart the conversation about whether you’re on the right track with the creation (or maintenance) of your author website. And try not to look ahead, I promise doing this organically will serve you better in the long run! Now let me...

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A Quick and Helpful Education on Publishing Trends

Whether you’re a firm fan of futurism or a little hesitant about where tech and other trends might be taking us, engaging with what’s to come is important in sustaining a profitable business in publishing, as in any other field. Four women in our industry who have a keen eye for predicting future trends are Alliance of Independent Authors Director Orna Ross, Enterprise Advisor and futurist Joanna Penn, strategist for authors and publishers, Jane Friedman, and author success coach Becca Syme. Today, the AskALLi team asks them how they predict and profit from publishing trends–so you might do the same. We...

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Ellen Wittlinger, Author of Hard-Hitting Queer YA, Has Died

On the same day news broke about the loss of YA author Marcus Sedgwick, the YA community lost yet another legend in the field. Ellen Wittlinger, who wrote groundbreaking, hard-hitting realistic YA featuring queer characters in an era where such stories were exceedingly rare, died November 17, 2022. Wittlinger’s career began as a playwright in the 1970s and 80s, after she earned her MFA at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Though she continued to write plays and be active in the playwriting world, she found a true home with her writing skills and writing voice in YA. Hard Love,...

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How to Celebrate “Read a New Book” Month in Style

December is read a new book month, and I couldn’t imagine a better time of year to celebrate! So many of us are ready to slow down a bit, spend more time doing things we really love, and just leaning into the cooler temps and fewer daylight hours. But as authors we should also capitalize on read a new book month in clever ways that enhance our book marketing and promotion! Though I fully support you not spending too much time trying to come up with ideas. So we’ve created a list of simple yet really effective ways to both...

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Helena Bonham Carter Named London Library’s First Female President

The 180-year-old private library, the first lending library in London, will welcome Helena Bonham Carter as its first female president. The actress has been linked to members of the library through her career, having played characters in an adaptation of founding member Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, and Netflix’s adaptation of Enola Holmes, itself a retelling of London Library member Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock series. “The library is truly a place like no other, inspiring and supporting writers for over 180 years, many of whom have in some way informed my own career and those of actors everywhere,” she said....

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Easy Last Minute Ideas for Your Holiday Marketing Campaign

Reading Time: ( Word Count: ) It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us once again and with that comes the ever-busy shopping season, and numerous (yet simple) ways to bolster your holiday marketing campaign! Though prices have gone up everywhere (have you seen the price of eggs lately?) there’s one thing that hasn’t increased: the price of books. So if you haven’t started thinking about your holiday marketing campaign now is a great time to kick that into high gear. Books make great and thoughtful gifts, they’re also fun impulse buys while you’re doing other shopping. Though...

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