It's only gone and become June, you know. Already! No matter – here I am with another edition of the Draft Mode newsletter.
Earlier today, my pal and all-round creative powerhouse, Rich Wells posted a collection of lovely photos and sketches on Instagram. On one of his ace cut-out collages, he'd handwritten the phrase: make more, care less.
And by goodness, I've been turning it over in my head since. I've spent a lot of time recently dilly-dallying over what to work on and what's good enough. Making more and caring less seems like the exact tonic I need.
Anyway! Enjoy the writerly content found below the fold.
Links of the week
Every issue I collect and share the best advice, apps and other shenanigans that I find on my internet travels. Find something useful? Subscribe for free.
Thought I'd remind you about Craft, which is a writing and note-taking app that can do pretty much anything. As an author, you might find it especially useful for collecting and organising your research. You can link pages and documents together and throw in files of all shapes and sizes. It's really good!
I think most of us in the writing world associate auctions with soon-to-be super-successful books that have publishers fighting over them. But is that correct and how do auctions actually work? Here is a comprehensive guide from Kate McKean in her always-excellent Agents and Books newsletter.
This is as much about how to pitch your book as it is how to write it. You might not find it easy to create a hook for your own novel, but I bet you find it a useful exercise to give it a go. There are some practical steps suggested in this blog post from The Novelry to help you get started.
The folks at whitefox asked some writers, agents, publishers and industry experts to share their thoughts on where the industry is going. It's full of interesting insights. I've pulled out a few that caught my eye.
I think the challenges of the next ten years are going to be a continuation of the challenges the industry has already been facing. It’s a fight for attention – how do you find readers for books, especially for debuts?
– Catherine Cho, Literary Agent at Paper Literary
We are starting to see a steady flow of self-published authors hitting the bestseller lists and receiving critical acclaim. I anticipate more of this as authors upskill to become entrepreneurial bosses of their own small publishing houses.
– Sam Missingham, Founder of The Empowered Author
I’m optimistic about where dramatic audio can go, both in terms of becoming a trial balloon for film/TV adaptation and also for reinvigorating forgotten tales in new ways.
– Kevin Conroy Scott, Co-Founder of Tibor Jones & Associates
I promise I won't start linking to George Saunders' wonderful newsletter every week, but you really should read this piece on endings and knowing when you're done with a story.
Last week, author Sarah Nicolas posted this question on Twitter:
I thought about is for a brief moment and replied with Attrib, a collection of stories by Eley Williams that I completely loved. Of course, it's important to forget that it was published five years ago now (did the last two years count?) for it to fit this criteria, but I can tell you it is an excellent book. Beautiful writing. Taut, word-perfect vignettes. Five stars from me.
Tweets of the week
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