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The Brother And The Friend – A Fable

05-09hachette_full_600Once upon a time a chap had a brother, who also turned out to be another chap. Growing up, the two brothers would play and fight, fight and play, and through the years they became as close as brothers typically tend to. After hours spent in the backseats of cars on long holidays they grew used to each other. Since being forced to share toys, then records, then girlfriends (although the latter wasn’t so much a share as a strategic ambush) they forged a deep love for one another which would never be broken.

So, they were brothers, right? Maybe in hindsight that was all I needed to say, but brothers can mean different things to different people. How about Cane and Abel? Romulus and Remus? The Gallagher’s? So, just to clarify matters, these brothers got on.

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The Most Important Aspects From The Latest ‘Author Earnings’ Analysis

Author-EarningsIt’s been six months since Hugh Howey and his unnamed sidekick went public with the publishing numbers from Amazon. Up until then it had been a closed shop with Amazon reluctant to share any of the data they hold. Using clever data mining and assumptions it’s now possible to view the publishing landscape as it currently stands.

Since the first release, there have been two subsequent snapshots, the most recent being last week. Each view has led to some pretty major headlines and this time it’s no different. All in all, the message comes back loud and clear… it’s a great time to be a writer and the publishing industry is in a revolution. I’ve highlighted the most important points from last week’s analysis below.

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Turning Pro

professional-620x400Yep, that’s right, my football ability has finally been recognised and I’ll be signing a professional contract real soon. So, screw this writing game, I’m off to do some keepy-ups on the beach.

What’s wrong with me? It’s not even April 1st. No, I’m not becoming a professional footballer. I was offered it but they told me that I wasn’t allowed to continue with this blog, so I told them to find some other puppet for their games. What I’m actually talking about, when I get around to it, is turning pro as a writer. I’ve been a full-time writer now for a couple of years and I’ve even produced novels but, to me, there’s still a difference. Let me explain.

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Do I Enjoy Writing?

keep-calm-and-enjoy-writing-your-story-1This is a good question. It sounds quite straightforward at first, my obvious answer is, ‘hell yeah’, but is that really true. The idea of writing for a living is my dream, but I’m not there yet. The dream is as strong as it’s always been but that’s exactly what it still is, a dream.

The day in/day out grind of writing words that somehow make some kind of a cohesive message is another thing altogether. When I’m in that beautiful moment of flow that we all talk about, that’s when I enjoy writing but if I’m being honest, that doesn’t happen as soon as I sit down at the keyboard. So, for this post I’m going to detail some of the frustrations I have with writing.

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Novels, Novellas, or Shorts?

theartofthenovellaAll of these formats are options that we can produce as writers, but what is the optimum length that we should be aiming for?

Following on from posts that I’ve written recently around creating products, the obvious extension to the “Product’ theory is what size product should we produce? Each format has varying levels of time commitment invested into them and therefore the choice of what you’re aiming at is actually important.

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Why I’ve Decided To Start Again

Job-searchI’ve decided, after some painstaking deliberation, to start again from square one with my new novel, Blind Faith. It was a hard decision to make because I’ve already completed the first draft of 80,000 words. All those words, just sitting there, taunting me from their glowing white screen.

I didn’t know what to do but I knew there were a lot of changes which I wanted to make and I wasn’t sure if editing was going to be the most efficient way of doing it. I’ve obviously continued to read up on ‘the craft’ and I always want my next book to be the best thing I’ve ever written so, when it came down to it, I knew I’d just have to accept the inevitable.

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Watching The Bookshops Wither And Die

borders_bookshop_closing_down_sale-640x480I’m in a slightly disgruntled mood today. I popped into my local Waterstones, which for readers in other countries is the largest and pretty much only bookshop left in the UK. It’s always been a nice experience, the smell of new books and exotic covers, you can get lost in one for hours.

In this particular local Waterstones, they used to have a Local Interest bookshelf near the front door which included local authors of fiction. It was extremely hard to secure a spot on this coveted shelf and the requirement seemed to be that the story must be set on the Isle of Wight. Coincidentally, my new novel is set on the Isle of Wight. However, to my chagrin I have discovered that this shelf has now been replaced with another Sale shelf instead.

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