April Roundup: Hot Tweetables at WU


Spring brought its warmth and with it, lots of happy news in the publishing industry. This month we say three cheers for independent bookstores! Not only are they thriving, but expanding. We also enjoyed watching the digital debate at the London Book Fair, and the happy co-existence of e-books and print books. There’s so much more news where that came from. Take a look at the sampling below or head on over to our #WU hashtags.















Do you have great links you’d like to share? Post them in the comments and the best will be featured this month with your handle in the #WU Tweet stream! 


About Heather Webb

Heather grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She taught high school for nearly a decade before turning to full time writing and freelance editing. Heather's historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE and RODIN'S LOVER, published by Penguin, have been translated to three languages and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, France Magazine, All You magazine, Dish Magazine, the Hartford Courant, the Houston Chronicle, Washington Independent Review of Books, The Portland Book Review, and more. Next up? Her anthology, FALL OF POPPIES: Stories of Love and the Great War, centers around WWI's Armistice Day and will release from HarperCollins March 1, 2016 featuring eight other authors. She's also cooking up a Gothic thriller set during the Belle Epoque era. As a freelance editor, Heather shares writing advice right here at her favorite award-winning writing site, WriterUnboxed.com, as well as Writers in the Storm, and RomanceUniversity.org. She may often be found Twittering, or seen at a local college where she teaches craft courses. When not writing, she feeds her cookbook addiction, geeks out on history and pop culture, and looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.


    • says

      Thanks, Vaughn. I agree with you, which is why I featured those articles. As a former teacher, I can’t help but worry about the generations behind us and their reading habits. (Not to mention my own kids). Thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend.

  1. CK Wallis says

    “Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests
    Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices. ”

    “New Poll Finds E-book Readers Read More Books Than Print Readers @DigiBookWorld http://bit.ly/1lfpJxo #WUDigital #WUPrint”

    Hmmm…reading more but comprehending less?

    Or, maybe just adults, who’ve mastered comprehension, are reading more, and we’re losing the next generation of readers? Think I’ll check into these studies a little more.

    • says

      It’s all very interesting, isn’t it? I’m not surprised by the lower comprehension. I find I scan text in electronic form, but when it’s on paper, I spend more time reading each page, absorbing. I’m not sure why that is, but I’d love to hear more about it if you find additional studies, CK.

  2. says

    Great list of links. Thanks so much!

    In my circle of friends, both male and female, only one girl dislikes reading. All the others would choose a book over a movie any day–surprisingly, even those who hated to read when they were young. I think it varies from person to person. There will always be those who are good at reading and those who aren’t, those who enjoy it and those who don’t. I don’t worry so much about the reading comprehension of kids these days because there will always be that massive bestseller that piques their interest and make them explore other corners of the library.
    Anastasia Elizabeth´s last blog post ..Is it Ever Okay to Info-Dump Description?

    • says

      For some kids, I’d say that’s definitely true, Anastasia. But because adults are dividing more and more of their time to spend on gadgetry and television and the internet, I worry the value won’t be placed on books as much as it should be–they are the stirrings of change and evolution, me thinks. But I’m so glad to hear that you and almost all of your friends read! The high school teacher in me is very happy about that. :) Thank you for commenting today!

    • says

      Thanks, CG! I did as well, especially this line: “there is both great wisdom and necessary humility in letting others see you learning”. I feel as novelists, we are always learning and if we are not? We have nothing poignant to share.