Saturday, 9 May 2009

Publish and be damned

Last night the Moose and Stephen Clayton, author of The art of being dead were at an event at Hebden Bridge Library called How to be published. Linda Green who is published by Headline Review was talking about Mainstream publishers, Mary Rochford talked about self publishing and Steve spoke passionately about being published by an Independent. It was a really interesting night with forthright and passionate views being expressed. There were over 40 people there who heard that writing is more about honing your craft than the divine spark of creativity. Of course ideas are essential but as a writer you need to develop the craft of writing.With the world of Celebriture taking over the publishing world it shows that there are now different avenues to get your work published.
In the organ of the booktrade , as they call themselves, The Bookseller had a profile of Bluemoose books and myself. There is a dreadful photograph of me staring mysteriously into the ether. I need to go to the gym, buy a thinning circus mirror or not get photographed ever again.Vanity. It'll be the death of me.

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