Response and Responsibility: Writers in Time of Terror

Where do you place the courage of your convictions in your work? When events such as the shootings in Orlando and West Yorkshire are so compelling, can ‘never talk about religion or politics’ remain true in an author’s life and work? Read More

In Self-Publishing, The Gatekeepers Are Dead. Long Live The Gatekeepers!

‘To Establish Trust With Readers’ Readers aren’t all the same. Readers, in fact, are very different from one another. Some only want to read what everyone else is reading, so they can join a movement and a discussion. Some stick to what’s been adapted to the big and small screen, or what’s hit the NYT… Read More

Does A ‘Writing Community’ Really Foster Writing? Or Community?

‘Connect With Readers While You Write Your Book’ That’s the brand promise of a site called Tablo. Familiar with it? It’s the work of writer and developer Ashley Davies of Melbourne, Australia. That’s a city we Australian Open tennis viewers feel we know very well after two weeks at the Rod Laver Arena (and two… Read More

'Grace notes for ebooks': A new Trajectory for discoverability

When the machines read your book The Bookseller on the stands in London this morning reports that Bowker — the ProQuest-owned US ISBN agency and publishing research firm — is in final talks for a partnership with a company called Trajectory. The aim at Bowker is to offer authors and small publishers a new way to generate… Read More

‘Murder, She Read!’ Taking A Deep Dive Into Mystery With Nielsen

Do We Have A Clue What’s Happening In Mystery/Crime Reading? Their safe and secure lives rocked by a shocking revelation! Their routines turned upside down! Their world wracked by fear of the unknown now stalking them all! No, not the characters in a Dorothy Sayers mystery. I’m talking about the publishers. As I wrote in… Read More

Goodreads Reviews ‘Sex And Reading’ On The Big Platform

It’s Not About Who’s Reading More We already have an understanding — sad to say — that in general, men are not reading as much as women. Today at The FutureBook, in fact, the author Simon Scarrow talks about his new Cato and Macro mobile game-app for iOS and Android that’s intended to help draw… Read More

And If the Readership Pulls in Different Directions?

While lots of authors are fond of saying that readers don’t care whether something is traditionally published or self-published, many of them also want to tell you there’s this marching army of indie-only reading author. Read More