Where the eyeballs are going: An interview with Smashwords founder Mark Coker

Are you tired of hearing that it’s never been more difficult to get your book published? Do you want to get published today and reach a potentially huge international audience? Are you sick of doom-and-gloom assessments of the publishing industry? Do you find interminable lists of rhetorical questions irritating? Then perhaps it’s time for me … Continue reading »

Everything you always wanted to know about the Review of Australian Fiction (but were afraid to ask): An interview with Matthew Lamb

The Review of Australian Fiction is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative new fiction journals around. Emerging as the hyperactive brainchild of Matthew Lamb and Phil Crowley, the journal has already corralled an impressive and eclectic array of established and emerging Australian literary talent. I would love to say … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

The combination of a pro-internet writer and an ebook panel at a major writing festival always seems to generate something newsworthy. Last month the internet shared the fall-out from the Harrowgate crime writing festival, while this month it’s SF author China Miéville whose comments during a debate about the Future of the novel at the Edinburgh … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

We kick this fry-up off with a boldly-titled article from John Barber: There Will Be No More Professional Writers in the Future. It takes a pessimistic point of view of the changes undergoing publishing, bringing forth a series of arguments about the aggregation of free content and the rise of self-publishers who have outflanked the … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

First up, a handful of links for writers just beginning to build their online platform. The Booklife Now blog offers seven core pieces of advice for those new to blogging in So You Want To Star A Blog, covering everything from scheduling to platform.  It’s a good base-line understanding for newcomers. We also recommend YA-author Lili … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Story Shots has a list of 22 Storybasics I’ve picked up in my time at Pixar, featuring a range of advice from the expected (“1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes”) to the surprising (#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

According to the New York Times the rise of the ebook market has come with one indelible truth for writers: One Book a Year is Slacking Off. It seems writers in every genre are being asked to produce that little bit faster – whether it’s an extra story or novella, or a whole new series of books. … Continue reading »