This week I have the great pleasure of welcoming my special guest Paul Sutton Reeves, who’s kindly agreed to have a chat about his new book Jamboree Bag, available here. I’ve read the book in draft version and can recommend it wholeheartedly; Paul is a superb writer, though he in his modesty would probably never say so himself. In the meantime, if you want to sample some of his writing for free, head over to his blog. But anyway, on with the interview…
During a recent trip to the supermarket, I stopped to glance at the book aisle. I do, sometimes; what better or more enjoyable way to improve my Italian than with some relatively undemanding fiction? The selection, however, was not exactly inspiring. Dan Brown’s latest opus was much in evidence, as were books by Grisham, King, and Rowling. All well and good for my purposes, of course, but if I’d been an Italian reader, my options would have been limited to the glossy realm of bestsellerdom.
“Tamar Fell’s a bastard! Tamar Fell’s a bastard!” Bertie McAffery was jumping up and down on the pavement in front of her, ginger hair flopping over his forehead, mouth pulled wide, screwed into a goggle-eyed gurning face as he taunted her… Continue reading
Behind every book on your bookshelf or e-reader lies another story. A story of imagination, effort, perseverance and doubt. A story that, for its protagonist, was not just a story, but his or her entire life. Continue reading
There are plenty of “How-to” books out there for self-publishers. Just as self-publishing has taken off, so too has a whole industry devoted to providing self-publishers with the services they need, or at least the services they’re judged to need. Plenty of these books are, I’m sure, great; but they also tend to emphasise certain aspects – marketing, sales, technical details and so on – at the expense of others. What if you want to go a little deeper than that? Continue reading