48-Hour book challenge and other news

Manuscript update: Current word count is 12,621. Still going slower than I would have liked (I way behind to make my goal of finishing the book by the end of this month), because I’ve been working late hours on www.discdisc.com, but it’s moving along, and that’s the important thing.

Blogger Mother Reader recently wrote about the 48-Hour Book Challenge, happening June 4-6. During the fifth annual event, participants will read and blog about as many books as possible throughout that weekend. I love this idea. Even though I love reading books for the fun of it, reading books also is one of the best ways to learn to write books. So, 48 hours of book reading is great for the writer’s soul!

Even better is that the Challenge is used by many participants as a way to raise funds for their favorite charity. I’m always so impressed with how the writing community helps others, and this is just another example.

If you don’t have plans the first weekend of June, think about spending it reading for a good cause.

In other news, Publishing Trends has an interesting article about the trend in series. I heard from agents a few years ago that publishers weren’t signing up as many series because they couldn’t be sure of the success with just the first book. But, according to this article, series books are ruling sales.

Not that we should all rush to write a series. I’m a big believer that writers should write the story they’re passionate about, whether it’s a series or not. But it’s great to see something that’s selling well. And for writers who are working on a series, Write On. 🙂

Finally, if you haven’t submitted a question for author Valerie Hobbs yet, click here and leave on in the comments. She’ll be answering all questions here on DayByDayWriter next Friday, May 21, and will give a copy of her book to the person who entered her favorite question.

2 Responses

  1. Natalie Aguirre says:

    That’s great news about series. I’ve also heard that agents and publishers are looking for more middle grade now. That’s good for me since that’s what I write.

  2. Yeah, I’ve heard that too, Natalie. Definitely great news. That’s what I write too. Also great that it’s — hopefully — a sign that children that age are reading more.

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