For writers: on the web this week - 6 June 2015


"The Overselling Of Self-Publishing": New Perspective
Porter Anderson for Thought Catalog
"We’ve been accustomed to hearing many earnest and respected proponents of self-publishing position it as something they want to do. Some, in fact, [...] seem at times to be more interested in promoting self-publishing itself than in a given author’s specific needs or interests as creative people and careerists."

Why Are Boys Not Reading More? And Is Publishing Addressing The Crisis?
Porter Anderson for Thought Catalog
"Why is publishing leaving half the world’s money on the table by not aggressively courting male readers?"

Paperback Writer: Do Irish Writers Make A Living?
Emily Hourican for the Independent
"These are tough times for publishing. It is a late but definite casualty of the recession, with falling sales, the steady rise of self-publishing and yet another crisis of identity in 'serious' literature. But what kind of effect is all of this having on the actual writers? Emily Hourican asks if it is still possible to make a living as a writer"

Working with editors

Some Contract Advice
Jillian, Romance Magicians
"Recently, I had an experience that I hope taught me something about what I need to look for in my book contracts and I thought I'd share that here for some of us who either haven't yet signed a contract or who have and may not have considered a paragraph such as I will be discussing."

And following on from the above:

Terrible Editors And Why You Shouldn't
K. J. Charles
"The editor’s job is to make the MS better in partnership with the author. The editor is the author’s ally. She may hate the author’s guts (welcome to the club); she may hate the book (in which she needs either to suck it up or to ask to be reassigned). She may not, ever, take out her feelings on the author in spite, hyperbole, snark, bitching and malice."


The Writing Ritual: From Blank Page To Booker Contender
Sarah Bannan for the Irish Times
"Doughnuts and cigarettes or blindfold, earmuffs and earplugs? Writers can have odd ways of getting ready for their working day – or night. Gavin Corbett, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Henrietta McKervey, Thomas Morris and Paul Murray take us into their creative worlds"

How I Didn't Get Published
Catherine Ryan Howard for
"If you somehow managed to escape my constant bleating on about it earlier this week, I have signed a 2-book deal with Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books, and my debut thriller Distress Signals will be published in the UK and Ireland in June 2016. Now, I know whenever I heard of someone getting a book deal, my first thought was always HOW?! Tell me immediately! So this is my story. But since I’ve only been published a week and not published for about fourteen years, this post is mostly about how not to get published. And it’s very long. You might want to make a cup of coffee before you start…"

Ali Smith Wins Baileys Women's Prize
Sarah Shaffi for The Bookseller
I'm not a fan of gender-based competitions, but I'm glad Ali Smith won this one. "Ali Smith has won the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton)."


How To Find Guest Authors For Non-Fiction Forewords
Debbie Young for ALLi
If you are writing non-fiction, a foreword by someone famous to your target audience can certainly help sell your book. The title of this post suggests a famous author, but I think a person well known in your industry or subject area may be worth approaching, not necessarily another author. Put their name on the cover along with yours: By Tom Smith with a foreword by Joanne Jones.
I know one traditionally published author whose publisher organised a foreword by someone who was very well known in the particular subject. Then they put [well-known person's name] in bigger letters than [author's name] on the cover, and [well-known person's name] on the spine but not [author's name]. The author was understandably a bit miffed, but accepted that [well-known person's name] was more likely to be a draw to her book than her own, relatively unknown, name.
"A foreword by a well-known author will add credibility and value to any self-published non-fiction book. Obtaining one may not be as difficult or as costly as you might think. Here to inspire your search are some case studies from ALLi authors who have found the practice worthwhile. Find out how to recruit the right person for your foreword and why you’ll be glad you did."



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