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Marketing While Sheltering and More
Between Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, and other developing news, launching your book is hard right now. If you’re looking at the broader picture, this list of Corona-Virus News and Resources may interest you. If you read it like a writer, I promise it will trigger your imagination.
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Financial Support for Writers
- A guide to economic relief for authors and freelancers, from the Authors Guild. Also, search for funds by state.
- The Carnegie Fund for Authors offers emergency grants for traditionally-published writers
- Poets & Writers maintains a list of financial resources (grants, funds, and more)
- PEN America offers the Writers’ Emergency Fund to all types of writers. You don’t have to be a member to apply.
- Kickstarter has a running list of artist resources
- For UK writers, The Society of Authors has an Authors’ Emergency Fund. Also, there’s a useful roundup of grants and funds at Spread The Word.
- The National Endowment for the Arts will distribute $75 million in relief to arts organizations
- Artist Relief, a US-based initiative organized by national arts grantmakers, will distribute $5,000 grants to artists (including writers)
- The Writers’ Trust of Canada and The Writers’ Union of Canada have launched a relief fund
- Australia’s Copyright Agency offers support grants for artists of all kinds
- Publishers Weekly is keeping a list of special offers and discounts of all kinds to help readers, booksellers, publishers, and authors
- Written Word Media’s email newsletters offer free ad placement to authors
How to Support Bookstores and Authors
- Shop for digital audiobooks at Libro.fm or print books at Bookshop.org
- The independent booksellers of New York City have created a Bookshop storefront with recommendations.
- Scribd is offering free access to ebooks and digital audio for 30 days
- Kindle Unlimited is available for free for two months to new subscribers
- Apple is giving free ebooks and audiobooks to people in the US—just launch the Apple Books app
Resources for Educating and Entertaining Your Kids at Home
- SCBWI offers a digital directory of remote learning resources
- Audible offers a collection of children’s stories for free
- Publishers Weekly maintains a running list of free materials for children during the crisis
- Publishers Lunch also has a similar list of free digital book access for students from a variety of resources
- Scholastic offers free Learn at Home materials
- EPIC! materials are free to students by teacher invitation
- Coronavirus: A Book for Children—with artwork by The Gruffalo’s Axel Scheffler—is available for free
- Magic Tree House Home Adventures will keep young readers engaged
- Rachel Renee Russel’s first Dork Diaries book is now a podcast series
- A treat for Harry Potter fans: a cast of celebrity narrators will read the first Potter book in a series of free online videos (or audio files on Spotify)
Take Advantage of Your Library
- OverDrive is helping libraries identify low-cost and no-cost digital materials for circulation to library patrons
- ProQuest has partnered with 100 publishers to support libraries in making ebook holdings available to patrons at no extra charge
Virtual Book Events
- The Big List of Children’s Book Authors Doing Online Read Alouds and Activities
- LitHub’s Virtual Book Channel
- Quarantine Book Club
- A Mighty Blaze: a social media initiative for authors whose tours have been canceled
- The American Booksellers Association has collected coronavirus resources for booksellers
- The American Publishers Association has collected information about publisher response