I’m currently in the process of giving my books a facelift. I’m not reworking the actual contents (apart from clearing up a few minor typos and formatting problems), just trying to make them look more attractive and professional. The process so far has given me a thumping headache, and a renewed respect for publishers. Getting… Continue reading Front to Back
That the internet has had a profound effect on our world is so obvious that it barely needs stating. In terms of its ability to create long-term social change it’s on a par with the printing press, or indeed just about any major technological and scientific development you care to mention. But what effect will all… Continue reading The Internet, Piracy, and Amanda Palmer
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?
During a recent trip to the supermarket, I stopped to glance at the book aisle. I do, sometimes; what better or more enjoyable way to improve my Italian than with some relatively undemanding fiction? The selection, however, was not exactly inspiring. Dan Brown’s latest opus was much in evidence, as were books by Grisham, King,… Continue reading Whatever Happened to the Mid-list?: Part 1
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Photo Credit: Jason Wilson I am one of those people who does not tolerate conflict with much grace. I dread the tension that a conflict causes. Sometimes, however, conflict is necessary for conversation and debate. This conflict is worth your time. Feel free to skip whatever you like between…
If there’s one thing that my years as a horror fan have taught me, it’s how to survive in the event of a massacre, zombie apocalypse, or demonic possession. Yep, horror clichés are so unanimous that they can only be based on a set of universal truths! Put it this way: if any of the… Continue reading Horror Clichés: the Ghostly Tropes that Never Die
… and what better way to celebrate than to scare yourself silly with a ghost story or two?