Category Archives: fiction writing

The Dawning New Age of Books

Of course the established cabal of traditional publishing houses is not too keen on seeing these sorts of threats to their monopoly on the book business. The initial reaction of the “Big Five” was to dismiss POD as vanity publishing, a common practice for centuries in which the author paid for all of the production costs and managed promotion and marketing privately. In doing this they missed the mark by ignoring the significant differences between POD models and vanity publishing. Continue reading

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Publishing Master of the Crossroads

During the past year I have investigated the brave new world of Print on Demand (POD) and e-book publishing that are emerging and posing a real threat to the traditional publishing houses that have, for a long time, had a stranglehold on which books do and don’t make it to the presses. I have learned that most of the books that appear in the bestseller lists are there not because the grassroots book buying punters have rushed out and bought copies but because the big publishing houses produce tens of thousands of books to then push onto booksellers and that artificially inflate the sales numbers of their most successful authors. Continue reading

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Write Your Own Destiny

Once upon a time most writers lived solitary, isolated existences, chained to a typewriter or scribbling in a notepad in the quiet corner of a café. The advent of the internet, especially as a marketplace where writers sell their services, has led to cabals of indie writers springing up all over cyber space, sharing their writing tips and suggesting ways for getting their books and stories out to the reading public. Continue reading

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Five Books

As is the case with most writers I read a lot of books. If I am not writing, or thinking about writing, I am almost certainly reading something. So when today’s postaday 2011 topic asked me to list the five most important books that I’ve read it seemed like an easy subject to tackle. Continue reading

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Give us this day our daily blog

I have become my own domain. Whilst I went through the technical process of registering and linking my new domain name it occurred to me that I was leasing a piece of the cyber world, I was now a virtual tenant. Continue reading

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