Paying people for use of their intellectual property is fair – isn’t it?

I saw a small storm on Facebook the other day over intellectual property. It involved people who’d invented a variety of techniques for a particular craft and were selling the method in seminars. And so they should. It’s their intellectual property and it’s fair to get a return on it; people gotta eat. The problem… More Paying people for use of their intellectual property is fair – isn’t it?

The tricky challenge for writers – discovery by social media

A documentary series I featured in has re-run on TV this past few weeks, with the result that I’ve ended up fielding cheerful comments from people I know only vaguely. ‘Saw you on TV.’ I didn’t even know it was repeating. I don’t watch TV these days. Will the exposure help sell my books? Probably… More The tricky challenge for writers – discovery by social media

Why I didn’t read Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Of all the classics that we are ‘supposed’ to read, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange – first published in 1962 – is high on the list. I saw the movie, years ago – as a Kubrick fan it was a natural. I am also a monolithic fan of Moog synthesisers – which Wendy Carlos used… More Why I didn’t read Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Those niggly publishing errors and how to deal with them

There is a moment with every book where the author advance copy of your latest title arrives from the publisher. You open it, leaf through the pages, and find a mistake. It’s happened just about every time I’ve had a book published, and it happens despite all the care, effort and due process that publishers… More Those niggly publishing errors and how to deal with them

Online book reviews are really social media comments

I’ve always had the impression that online ‘book reviews’ are a vital commodity on which to sell books. I have heard that sales algorithms are driven, in part, by those reviews – and certainly if the book’s discovered they can help the would-be reader decide whether to buy the book or not. The thing is… More Online book reviews are really social media comments

Independent or mainstream publishing? That isn’t the question.

A few years ago, as the e-book revolution was getting under way, there was a good deal of buzz about where it might lead. The death of the bookstore? The death of the big-brand publishers? Freedom from the tyranny of the agent-publisher system that – to aspiring writers outside the industry – seemed to offer… More Independent or mainstream publishing? That isn’t the question.