'The main thing the music business didn’t realise at first is that
digitalisation isn’t about distributing the same content in another way.
It changes the way people consume content and what is consumed.' Danny Ryan, intellectual property specialist at LEGC, in the Bookseller
'In his essay Politics and the English Language George Orwell set out
a series of rules for writing that are worth repeating in full... I would add three more tips:
3. Write. As much as you can. The more you do the better you'll get at
it. Damian Whitworth in The Times
'It's my belief that the relationship between writer and reader is a love
relationship. How do you make someone love you? You present
yourself at your best, your most alive, your fullest, your most considerate.
An author must be love-flushed: you must give them you most comfortable
chair; you want to give the reader the seat nearest the fire, the best wine and
food. It's a sort of hospitality gesture.' Martin Amis in the Sunday Times
‘I’ve always felt that I have tried to give women of a particular
generation a voice. I do think chick list has potentially been very
powerful as it has looked at things like our awful relationship with our bodies,
our relationship with food, with the beauty industry, our relationship with work
– the fact that we’re still not equal…' Marian Keyes, author of The
Brightest Star in the Sky, in the Bookseller
'But, actually, I think the most significant thing about the Reader
is not the issue of convenience, but its potential for transforming non-regular
readers’ relationship with books... We know there is a problem with
literacy rates in the UK. If we are to solve it, we need to be more
imaginative. We need to accept that the tools are not what matters –
voice, print, audio – but the narrative itself. And acknowledge that, for
some, a resistance to the physical book itself is a problem.’ Kate Mosse in the Bookseller
'Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.'
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This year's competition has come up with some entertaining shortlised titles,
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Booker winner Mantel deserves the accolades
John dismisses the Booker judges but applauds their choice: 'Many good – and
many great – writers go through life without ever getting close to the Booker
award. It’s nice to see one winning who thoroughly deserves it.'
He looks at Mantel's Tudor subject-matter and the hard slog of her eleven
previous books: 'Her secret as an author? To keep a notebook and to write every
day that she possibly can.'
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Zoe Jenny, who was born in Switzerland but is shortly publishing her
first book written in English:
'Now that I am writing in English I have to start all over again, earning
my credentials in a new market. I am essentially back to square one. But
maybe that is the most exciting place to be.'
My Say 7: Timothy Hallinan on the Writing
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In the fourth part of this series, Chris Holifield gives an update on
developments relating to Self-publishing and discusses how the possibility
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creating online awareness for books and authors. Her article shows how
successful niche publishers are reaching communities of readers on the web.
Maureen Kincaid Speller reviews this useful new book and concludes that:
'It is true the handbook asks for a lot from the reader in terms of
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serious about improving their work, it provides a valuable course in how to
think about the art and craft of writing.'
'Very few works of non-fiction can do without an index of some description...
If the reader is lucky, the index will allow them to find the term they seek and
take them immediately to a relevant and useful mention of that term or
concept... So why can’t a computer programme achieve this?
Joanne Phillips' article on Indexing looks at why non-fiction books need
them, why it's a specialist job and why computers can't achieve the same result
as a skilled indexer.
A professional index is essential for any work of non-fiction. Readers expect
to find a useful, well-presented index at the back of a book, and can get very
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