Why do people buy books?

Back in 2010, a survey of book buying behaviour in the US returned the following figures: Author reputation 52% Personal recommendation 49% Price 45% Book Reviews 37% Cover/Blurb 22% Advertising…

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Quote: Don DeLillo

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo

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J K Rowling’s Diary

In late December 2005, J K Rowling’s original website, jkrowling.com, contained the following message: Until very recently, JKRowling.com was a list of links to my publishers – boring, I think…

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Quote: Meg Cabot

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no…

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Copyright, Contracts, Patreon and Personal Choice

If you use, or are considering using, Patreon, you might like to take a look at their Terms of Use first. Particularly this clause:

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Quote: Joe Konrath, Publishing is a lottery

No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more likely to lose the…

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The collective insanity of the publishing industry

“Publishing is about she who writes and she who reads. Everyone else can lend a hand or fuck off.” Hugh Howey Gene Doucette has a few things to say about…

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Two more ways publishers shaft writers

The latest posting on Writer Beware looks at the arbitration clauses buried in almost all publishing contracts. These clauses say that in the event of a dispute between author and…

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Indie or traditional? An author’s dilemma

Should you opt for indie publishing or go the traditional route? There’s no easy answer. Every author has to make his/her own decision. I’ve made mine, so consider me biased….

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The Myth of The Lazy Writer

Hugh Howey, writing in Publishers Weekly; The hardest part of getting a book published is the actual writing. All it takes to see this is the number of people who…

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