In this week’s Write for Your Life podcast, me and Donna talk about the author who sued her publisher, the Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist, and the most stylish people in publishing. Iain also talk about the demise of Very Meta and whether we should all be more careful about taking on too many projects. It’s a bumper episode. Listen up.
In a feisty and thought-provoking episode of this week’s Write for Your Life, me and Donna talk about the writing tools of famous authors. Things hot up when we move on to the publishing industry, YouTube and why they always seem to be one step behind. And then the spice continues when I talk about a site called Patreon. Should we ask our readers/fans to become patrons and support our work with actual money? Listen in and let us know what you think.
I’m joined by Donna Sørensen to talk about that horrid thing called author envy. You know, where we decide that everyone else has got a better book deal, website and marketing budget than we have. Of course, the grass is always greener and the challenge is in turning that envy into something exciting, positive and far more useful than sitting in your pants and getting upset. Headphones on. Get ready to go green.
In my latest vlog, I talk about how sometimes every other author (Hilary Mantel) seems to get all the prizes and awards and shiny things while you’re covered in double baby sick. And how that’s very much like constantly counting your YouTube and web statistics.
I’m joined by author Lily Dunn whose fantastic debut novel, Shadowing the Sun, was published in 2008. We chat about the various trials and tribulations that come with writing a second novel, especially when parenthood comes along at the same time. Other topics include the publishing process, working with a mentor, and taking a postgraduate writing course. Headphones at the ready. Off you go.
I’m vlogging again and this is my first attempt at using the fancy cut scene style as favoured by half of YouTube. What do we really mean when we say a book or other piece of art is depressing? And when we do say it, why is it often meant as a negative thing? Watch on to find out what I reckon.
This week I’m joined by Nathan Filer, whose hotly anticipated debut novel, The Shock of the Fall, is published by HarperCollins in May. We cover lots of topics, hence the catch-all episode title, but the general theme is about how we both got published and the effect publication has on you as an author and a person. I also recorded a reflection/extension to the episode on my other podcast, Chat Broome, which you can find in the show notes below. Enjoy!