Those of you who know me will probably also know that, when it comes to my hatred of the star rating system on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads, I’m pretty humourless. I just can’t help it, you know. I try to see the funny side, I really do. The problem is that I loathe… Continue reading Star Quality
First of all, may I wish anyone who happens to be reading this a very happy 2015! I’m not a great one for celebrating New Year, but it seems as good an opportunity as any to spread a little goodwill around. And now, with that little courtesy taken care of, let’s get down to business…
Recently there’s been quite a lot of handwringing about the internet’s effect on “deep reading”, and about the so-called “ADHD Generation”, who supposedly can’t concentrate on anything longer than a tweet or Facebook update. If that is indeed so, then it’s obviously bad news for all authors – but is it true?
I’m beginning to feel that perhaps I was a tad harsh on publishers in Part 1 of this post. Publishers have to turn a profit, after all, so who can blame them for opting for the known and the safe? They aren’t psychic, and successes can be difficult to predict – who, ten years ago,… Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Mid-list?: Part 2
Warning: this post contains half-baked speculation, crackpot predictions, and pretentious posturing. Oh, and links. Lots of links. You have been warned! Thanks to the internet, we live in the interesting times of the Chinese curse. The internet is as potent as it is unpredictable. As a quick glance at the comments accompanying the average YouTube video will… Continue reading Alt Lit, the Internet, and the State of Self-publishing: Part 1
“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Aristotle
There were times when I thought I’d never make it.