Twenty-First Century Book Publishing: All Out At (Digital) Sea?

I worked in the publishing industry for almost a decade. Now that I’ve self-published three fiction titles and had them picked up by an indie publisher I’ve been thinking about the shape of this trade today and where it’s going. Here’s my conclusion: authorpreneurialism (building a self brand as an internet-enabled published author) is a nonsense. It’s a great way to start out. But it … Continue reading Twenty-First Century Book Publishing: All Out At (Digital) Sea?

Why Writing Science Fiction Recently got Harder to Do

A number of science fiction writers have recently come out and said as much. Writing sci-fi has recently gotten harder to do. Charles Stross, for example, in a recent talk for the “Chaos Communication Congress” stated: “My recipe for fiction set ten years in the future used to be 90% already-here, 9% not-here-yet but predictable, and 1% who-ordered-that. But unfortunately the ratios have changed. I think … Continue reading Why Writing Science Fiction Recently got Harder to Do

How a Mental Health Breakdown Improved My Writing (Eventually)

I’m re-posting this blog from Medium.com to mark UK “Time to Talk” day. (Originally posted: August 19, 2017.) I remember the day very clearly. Just as with any previous time I’d left an employer to move seamlessly to another, I sat down at my computer to update my CV. But this time was different in many, many ways. I hadn’t left. I’d been politely asked … Continue reading How a Mental Health Breakdown Improved My Writing (Eventually)