Pay it forward

This is a first for me. I’ve never reblogged somebody else’s post before. But I believe in what Dylan is recommending and I’d like to lend my support. I was at the London Writers Fair (apparently no apostrophe) yesterday, at an afternoon session organised by literary agency Curtis Brown. Publisher Jeremy Trevathan of Pan Macmillan made a very interesting point. He said that self-publishing was driving the quality of mainstream publishing output UP. He said whilst there are sub-standard books in self-publishing world, there are increasing numbers of great books being self-published – and they are the sort of books which, 20 or so years ago, would have been published through the mainstream outlets. He said publishers increasingly have to look for the books which are outstandingly different, groundbreaking even, leaving good and even great books in the indie space. I think indie publishers should be encouraged by this as self-publishing carves a quality niche for itself. Those adventurous enough to read around the indie marketplace will come across many gems and much quality, but we need help to sift and select. Reviews are a great way to learn about good books which one might otherwise miss. Go Dylan!

Suffolk Scribblings

Pay it forward

I’ve been thinking a lot recently on the difficulties faced by independent authors like myself. The indie author community is very supportive of each other when it comes to the writing process. We encourage and congratulate, offer tips and advice, yet when it comes to talking about independent books we tend to focus predominantly on our own work. I am as guilty of this as many. But a number of things have happened recently that have made me decide to change.

How independent musicians support each other

As some of you long-term readers will know, I used to review the monthly Live at the Cottage gig that is held every month in my local village. These gigs attract high quality unsigned acts, most of which make a living through performing live and selling their independently produced CD’s. There are many similarities between what they are doing and what we, as independent authors, are looking…

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3 thoughts on “Pay it forward

    1. All quiet so far, Elaine. A few rejections, a few submissions still open, a few more to try, but steadily – it feels right to me not to bulldoze right through the A&W Yearbook in one go. Meanwhile I’ve started giving thought to the next… 🙂

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