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26 August 2013 - What's new

26 August 2013
  • This week we have the second part of Joanne PhillipsUK-based freelance writer and ghostwriter. She has had articles published in national writing magazines, and has ghostwritten books on subjects as diverse as hairdressing and keeping chickens. Visit her at' WritersServices Self-publishing Guide, Choose Your Self-publishing Route: 'When I started my research into indie publishing way back in May 2012, there were so many routes open to authors it was mind-boggling. I made pages and pages of notes and distilled all my research into a useful spreadsheet comparing the most prevalent options. Now I can narrow down the options to two main routes...'
  • Elmore Leonard, who died this week at the age of 87, was for most of his writing life ignored by the critics. Starting as a writer of westerns, even then belittled by the literary establishment and now little published, he graduated later to the tough crime novels which made his name. News Review
  • This week's links are Can I Publish Myself? An Interview With Author-Speaker-Publisher Phil Simon - Forbes and Reports of Barnes & Noble's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated | Publishing Perspectives.
  • 'The size of the book was a real surprise to me. It just kept growing and growing. My publishers would be able to tell you that I had been lying to them about when the book was going to be ready for the last three years. But I'm much more interested in the entertaining, immersive qualities of writing than I am with more abstract formal qualities. Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries, which has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, quoted in our Comment column.
  • Don't be dismayed by the opinions of editors, or critics. They are only the traffic cops of the arts.' Gene Fowler in our Writers' Quotes.