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Authors' promotional tours

8 November 2004

'It's a Catch 22 situation. The more successful you are, the less time you have to write. But your publishers and your readers still expect a book a year, particularly if you are a genre fiction writer like I am... If you take a week off, you can completely lose the plot. Alan Sillitoe once said to me, "They put authors on tour to stop them writing too much."'

Ian Rankin in the Bookseller on the requirement for successful authors to tour.