Going viral – the problem with authors being discovered on the web

I’ve got a question to which I don’t – yet – know the answer. One of the biggest problems with the new publishing paradigm is the fact that the tools publishers have to make themselves known by are common to all social media and internet users. Any individual voice consequently gets lost in the noise.… More Going viral – the problem with authors being discovered on the web

Why short stories lashed together as novels don’t work

It seems to me that one of the main differences between a short story and a novel isn’t just scale; it’s perspective, which is why novels made up of lashed-together short stories with the same setting don’t always work very well. Let me explain. A novel typically has the length to engage in a fairly… More Why short stories lashed together as novels don’t work

What copyright actually means and how it works

Every so often I see labels attached to YouTube videos to the effect of ‘no infringement intended, copyrights remain with the original owner’, or similar, as if this gets around the fact that the poster has obviously put something up they haven’t licensed. Infringement has nothing to do with trying to take possession of another person’s copyright… More What copyright actually means and how it works

Why writing is a performance art, like concert piano playing

Writing is as much a performance art as anything else. Let me explain. Writing is a constant learning curve, but there are stages along the way – and these include the Pit of Illusory Skill. This happens when newly acquired knowledge isn’t accompanied by experience – because ‘the rules’, strictly speaking, don’t define quality. They’re… More Why writing is a performance art, like concert piano playing