• reading

    If there’s no money in writing & publishing, why do we do it?

    Small Press Network ran another great Independent Publishers Conference this month. It was great to get together with a roomful of writers, publishers, booksellers and library professionals. This is a unique way to look at the book world from all angles. As we all know, the selling of books is the hardest part of the game and there was a lot of talk about publicity and marketing of books over the two days that I attended. The biggest take home for me was that everything is in the data. Thanks to digital technology, there are many ways to get data for a book out into the world. So be sure…

  • Telling Your Story

    So you want to be a writer?

    In a room full of people I would say that around eighty per cent have at least one book in them. And secretly, many of them have the desire to write it. But should they? Each of us has a unique fingerprint and this means that we are essentially one of a kind. So telling a story should be different for everyone. But this doesn’t ring true if you look at what is on offer out in the world of literature. Many people write what they think the industry wants, which comes out as clichéd, risk averse and often boring. Having a good idea for a novel or an ‘interesting…