An Open Letter to the Hair on Peaky Blinders

Gosh, open letters seem to be the weapon of choice these days, don’t they? And I have something to get off my chest. So today, we interrupt normal booky programming to bring you this message. Dear BBC Productions, Sometimes, when I’m watching your work, I have an irresistable urge to hunt down some of the crew,…

New! Mathematical Mondays

…Exploring dubious theories by using real numbers to prove intangible arguments. Today: Why You Should Be Writing A Book The Formula (Where y= number of books read by a regular reader in 1 year and  P = population) How Many People Could Be Reading Your Book? I read between 20-40 books a year, depending on how long, literary,…

Self-Publishing in Ireland

So there I was, looking at lovely book production data, and… Merciful Hour! What happened in 2010? Did everyone in the country finally publish their book? All at the same time? According to Nielsen, the number of titles published in Ireland went from just over 2,000 in 2009 to almost 6,500 in 2010. That’s a 225%…

5 Reasons Why An Author Should Self-Publish

1. Your Book Crosses Genres Score!! An agent has expressed an interest in your book! But oh dear. She says they can’t take it, because they haven’t a clue how or where to pitch it. They just don’t know whether to shelve it in the Science Fiction section, or in Gardening. Look. A lot of people working in publishing are jaded, working…

What Price is Your Bestseller?

I’ve been having statistics withdrawal symptoms  (itchy percentage points, twitchy tables, etc) – and I’m going to satisfy that right here, right now. Today I’m going to have a look at 2011 (because lovely as they were, I’m tired of those 2012 statistics ) in terms of their recommended retail price (RRP) and actual selling price (ASP). With Amazon, the price of…

Print Vs E-Books…. FIGHT!!!! Part 2

In Part 1 we covered the smell of fiction; book exchanges in Asia; finding that important passage you didn’t notice was important at the time, and reading whilst asleep. But that only covers the obvious stuff. The fiction fracas continues. 5. Sun Factor Paper doesn’t care if that really annoying kid dive-bombing the swimming pool…