Tag: Publishing

An Open Letter To The 20-Year-Old Faceless Girl On My Book Cover

Open Letter To The 20-Year-Old Headless Girl On The Cover Of My Book

You’re on every book cover. You’re the same woman, with different hair. But I cannot relate to you, and neither can anyone else. You are annoying me. And so I write this open letter to you, 20-year-old faceless girl who does not represent either me or the characters who speak beneath your covers.

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There’s An Indie Publishing Gold Rush, And Guess Who’s Making A Killing?

There’s An Indie Publishing Gold Rush, And Guess Who’s Making A Killing?

It is a little-known fact that the old trope of a piano falling on someone’s head was inspired by every Irish person ever who felt proud of themselves for even five minutes. In this post I deal with misplaced pride, indie publishing scams, bogus bestsellers, my difficult childhood, and why if you want to be original, you should never read anything written by anyone else. Ever.

Is Amazon Changing How We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

Is Amazon Changing The Way We Write Books, As Well As How We Buy Them?

Amazon’s algorithms don’t like the concept of General Fiction. If books are being sold more on the basis of genre than content, is content changing to suit genre fads? I think so. And if you’ve ever read a book which promised something it didn’t deliver, or seemed like two different plots or styles clumsily slapped together, you might think so, too.

10 Classic Novels Marketed As If They Were Published Today

10 Classic Novels Marketed As If They Were Published Today

There are certain classic novels which we all know, because they’re still widely read today. But what would they look like if they were being published for the first time this year? Would Jane Eyre fit the Domestic Noir genre profile? Would the numerous plot strands of Bleak House be dumbed down? Who would supply the perfect cover quote for Robinson Crusoe? And who would dare to pigeon hole Ulysses? I would, that’s who.