Plan Your Best Year

TH 11 January Zoom: AUTHORPRENEUR: Level Up the Business Side of Writing with Laurie Buchanan

When writing is treated as a business, a writer becomes a serious contender in magazines, newspapers, and on shelves in bookstores. In this interactive session, writers will learn what it means to be an authorpreneur and about the business side of writing. Attendees will obtain tips for avoiding burnout and feeling overwhelmed, processes for determining when to take business risks, managing cash flow better, stabilizing a writing business in a fluctuating industry, and managing your business efficiently.

This online meeting of the Idaho Sisters in Crime is open to any writers, regardless of genre, who want to start the new year right.

Register on Eventbrite for this online event. The Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the meeting.

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Last Year and This

Every year, being a reader (or reader and author) gets more…interesting. This past year two issues revolving around access and control became even more prominent. 

For your perusal and consideration…

Local Book Bans

The West Ada School District decided in December to remove books in a closed meeting. This is following Nampa’s action in 2022 removing books.

Background on the trend, including more specifics on the Florida-based group/website being used as a reference can be found in this USA Today article. (You might want to read to the end for an ironic anecdote about one particular book whose main character endures anti-Semitic attacks which has been marked to be banned because it contains anti-Semitic remarks.)

Update: Though designed for patrons served by the Boise Public Library, much of this Library Advocacy Toolkit [PDF] could be useful statewide.

Ebooks Are Not Books?

There is something called the first sale doctrine in copyright law that lets you take a physical book that you’ve purchased and, without further payments to the publisher, give it to your best friend or donate it to your local library or list it on BookMooch or sell it on eBay or put it out in your Little Free Library or even leave it in a coffee shop (along with its Bookcrossing label) to be found by a stranger.

Ebooks, not so much. The Big Five (Big Four soon?) publishers filed suit in June 2020 against the Internet Archive, a nonprofit which, at the start of the pandemic, scanned and released electronic versions of books via Controlled Digital Lending during a time when public libraries were closed. However, the complaint went further and seemed to indicate that ebooks should be classed as “a temporary, rental-only media—a new class of unownable goods, like streaming-only films from Disney or subscription-only software from Microsoft” [quoted from first article, below]. 

Read more about it:

The Theme is: Tart

The Cabin has opened submissions to their annual anthology, which is always centered on a single word.

This year that word is TART.

Read more musings on the theme word, and study the guidelines for submitting your creative piece (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) on their submissions webpage. Deadline is 3 March 2024.

Submissions are “blind-judged by a local author of acclaim” which this year, as in recent years, will be a poet/nonfiction writer:

  • 2024: “Tart” – poet and nonfiction writer Meg Freitag
  • 2023: “Three” – poet Daniel Stewart
  • 2022: “Moon” – poet and nonfiction writer CMarie Fuhrman
  • 2021: “Rupture” – journalist Harrison Berry
  • 2020: “Apple” – essayist, short story and children’s book author Malia Collins