Morning Cuppa – 02/05/13 – Pixar’s story rules! Bye bye B&N! Arrr, piracy!

Today is all about the author. Book reviews, book distributors, the craft of storytelling, content ownership and piracy, arrr!

  • Website Gollancz is seeking geeks to review genre fiction. Sign up and they’ll send you a book and some cool sounding swag when you return your first review.
  • “People still like to walk into a Barnes & Noble and discover new authors that way,” says Laura Hazard Owen. “I worry about them being gone.” I do too. Even as a person who is steeped in the internet, I yearn for a good bookstore.  My neck of the woods is serviced almost exclusively by Barnes & Noble. There’s an independent bookstore on Palm Beach, but frankly it’s geared more towards the millionaire and billionaire octogenarians who live or visit there.
  • And as we march boldly into a brave new world, ownership of your personal creations will increasingly become a battleground, even for the most normal people. For example: a school board is trying to create a policy that states that anything created by any student or teacher, from drawings to lesson plans to apps created for a class, would belong to the school district.
  • Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats shared 22 rules of storytelling that she has gleaned during her time working for the studio. These are outstanding little gems for any writer to squirrel away. Really, I could just post all of them here, but here are some samples:
    • #5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.
    • #11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.
    • #14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
  • And finally today, Chuck Wendig shares some thoughts on the thorny issue for content creators of many stripes, piracy.