Judging a book

I love to read and I also enjoy reviewing what I read. I’ve been an active Netgalley user for several years and have discovered many wonderful new authors. I’ve also tried to read a lot of trash, but they always seemed a good idea at the time. Recently, there has been a considerable number of books featuring a young woman on the cover, always a back view, always walking away from the viewer. She may be in a city or meandering through a field. Sometimes she wears a dress, sometimes a coat. And I will avoid every single book featuring such a cover like the plague, which is probably quite unfair. I’m sure I’ve missed out on many books I’d have enjoyed, but there is something about that image that turns me off, regardless of blurb....

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If Only I Knew…

My debut self-published story collection ‘And The Angels Cried and other stories’ is launched on Amazon Kindle tomorrow. I’ve hardly slept for a week and have been obsessively checking and double checking everything. I can do no more. I have read, with great interest, many blogs written by friends and colleagues who have gone down a similar path to mine and have found them, without exception, to be filled with great advice for the novice self-publisher. Without their help, the tricky process of formatting, negotiating the author interface on Amazon and pricing dilemma would have been much, much harder. But what I haven’t been prepared for is the sheer emotional anxiety of the process. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t normally...

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A week to go…

… and I’m not sleeping. The first flush of confidence about And The Angels Cried has gone and left in its wake a quivering mess of insecurity, nerves and nausea. Have I made a mistake? Will anyone buy it? And if they do, will they leave nothing but 1* reviews on Amazon? I am sure that traditionally published authors have similar worries and anxieties, but the self-publisher doesn’t have the security of knowing that someone believes in them: their publisher, their agent, their mother… I have gone over my work time and time again. I have checked and double checked the formatting and apart from one problem in the list of contents that nothing seems to fix, I can find nothing wrong with it. I have had positive feedback on each story in the...

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Interview with Sandra Goroff – Part 1

In the first of an occasional series of Q & A from Boston based international literary and arts publicist Sandra Goroff, here are her thoughts on how publishing has changed since she entered the profession. When I first arrived at Boston based Houghton Mifflin Company’s Trade and Reference Division on July 26, 1982, publishing was quickly coming to the end of its “golden era.” Our then CEO described it as a culture vs. a business and the publisher wooed and flattered authors by saying, “we don’t publish books, we publish authors.” This was an environment that thrived on the creativity of its quirky cast of characters and management (loosely defined) gave editors lots of wiggle room in which to invent, innovate, discover,...

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Copyright

[tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] I am a writer and lucky enough to have been published in a variety of magazines. I have shared some of my fiction on this blog, blithely ignorant of any resulting copyright issues. Today this will stop and I will no longer crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. How will I manage this? Like many of my fellow writers I will be heading over to Jane Smith’s blog where she will be┬ádiscussing┬áthis very issue. I urge you to do the same. [tweetmeme source=”nettiewriter” http://www.URL.com] The social media...

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