I just discovered that there are choose-your-own-adventure interactive audiobooks! I’m not sure why I am just finding this out. I grew up in the eighties and nineties, and Choose Your Own Adventure books were as much a staple of my youth as big ratty bangs, too much blue eyeshadow, and oversized neon sweatshirts with shoulder pads.
This hot new track (read: listicle [still hot and new]) is for the editors out there. So, editors, grab that special style manual or manuscript and head to the dance floor (or, more appropriately, your desk)—we’re about to break it down for you with a sweet little recommended reading list. Oh, yeah.
Do we, the storytellers, have a responsibility to warn our audience about subject matter that could cause that kind of distress? That’s right. I’m talking about trigger warnings.
I refuse to believe we can’t move past the paperback designs of the past with their jumble of chunky fonts, strange color palettes, and, dare I say, unappealing illustrations of aliens.
When so much original content is accessible for little to no cost online in digital form, why is that this content is being turned into and sold as physical books, and what does this say about the value of a book? perhaps this strange concept can be mutually beneficial for both the consumer and the publisher.
Marketing is easily one of the most expensive parts of making a book, and with digital media here to stay, publishers use any digital marketing tools they can for promotion.