I must admit to not being someone who is a big reader of Joanna’s work, not because I don’t rate her, but simply because I like mystery and intrigue rather than contemporary relationship stories, so I tend to avoid this type of book. In fact, I tend to avoid almost all contemporary books entirely as they just aren’t my kind of story. [Read more…]
A few years back the term ‘self publishing’ was used when referring to vanity publishers. For those who don’t know, vanity publishing is where you pay a company a sum of money to edit, format, create and produce a cover design for your book before they publish it for you.
Self publishing today is where authors themselves find a professional editor, cover designer and sometimes formatter for their book before publishing it themselves to Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and others.
- E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey
- Andy Weir’s The Martian
- Hugh Howey’s Wool
These are just a few of the authors who have achieved success with self-publishing.
The Bookseller reported this week that a donation of £250,000 from the great niece of Virginia Woolf has been given to a Bloomsbury Group Centenary project, which has an estimated cost of £8.5m.
The farmhouse, named Charleston, was the home and meeting place for the Bloomsbury set when artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved there and invited the other Bloomsbury members to visit.
Last week author Phillip Pullman announced that he was resigning as patron of the Oxford Literary Festival in protest at its lack of payment to authors.
Pullman has appeared at the festival for 20 years and in all that time has never been paid to speak at the event.
This lack of payment to authors is a standard across all festivals and not just exclusive to the Oxford Literary Festival.
Since last week however, many more authors have expressed support and now an open letter published in The Bookseller, by Amanda Craig, has gained signatures from a number of writers including Linda Grant, Denise Mina, Jon McGregor, Cath Staincliffe and Andrew Taylor.
This week the news was dominated by the shock death of David Bowie, who had been privately battling with cancer for the last year and a half.
Not only was Bowie a pioneer in the music industry but was also a great reader and co-founded an independent art book publisher back in 1996.
The company has vowed to continue despite the sad loss, but fans and those around the world remain shocked and sad at Bowie’s death, two days after the release of his latest, and now final, album.
This week’s industry news is all about George R R Martin, who on Saturday revealed on his website that the latest book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series won’t be released before the television adaption, Game of Thrones season six, despite already having an extended deadline until the end of 2015.
I found his post heartfelt and sad, there was a real sense that he really found it hard to disappoint everyone. However, what I did find interesting is that as a writer, I really resonated with his struggles with the pressure of the deadline.