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?
Pretending to be happy with my work, my technical abilities improve. Then I’m happy too. Continue reading Zen of Writing 1: Mood and Creativity
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
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)
Yes. But that’s not really your question. Everyone has at least one book in them; and anyone who wants to write a book should. Perhaps it’s even selfish to hold on to all that experience you have? Why take it from me? Well, I’ve written three books to date, and have published them in twelve months. I have two English degrees. My undergraduate degree minored … Continue reading Should I Write a Book?