No doubt the dream of many independent writers – and fledgling writers, in particular, is to walk into Waterstones to see their book boldly displayed on one of the prominent tables, grabbing the attention of every browser and customer loitering in the shop. I must be a real writer – a professional! the feeling would surely be.
But the dream is entirely misplaced. It’s an aspiration that should be redirected away from the giants of the book trade and onto the independent stores.
After all, as an independent writer – the focus should be on the markets and outlets that best accommodate …Read more
Martin Smith, author of Are We Doing the Stelvio Today? shares a short travel story about embracing the pre-adventure:
Pre-adventure is having to make changes on the fly before departure. Is this classed as part of the adventure? If you accept, as I do, that the planning is part of the journey then the answer is yes.
I had been planning for the next trip to the Picos, Asturias, Galicia and Portugal. With the route selected it was time to kick back and enjoy a nice cuppa while admiring my work. That was, until, the email dropped into my inbox like a …Read more
Jane H Wood, author of GoldenEars: The Whispering Mountain and GoldenEars: The Pale Skulls shares a short story which raises awareness of Compassion in World Farming:
It was another dark-time; for the lights that glared overhead had, at long last, been extinguished. Long hours of darkness lay ahead. She could hear bodies either side of her shift restlessly. The hours passed in a bored stupor, standing on the hard concrete floor, though she had managed to doze once or twice. They were blissful moments that had been all too fleeting. The ache returned in her feet bringing her fitfully awake. She desperately wanted to …Read more
Rachael Cooper from Jericho Writers looks at longevity for your writing.
The oldest known literary work, the Epic of Gilgamesh, was created almost 4 thousand years ago. Although we don’t know who the author is, he would definitely be delighted with the long life of his creation.
Every author is curious about how long people will read their books, and many of us consider the time to be the ultimate judge of a writer’s quality. And even the most zealous ministers of the craft occasionally think about what can be done to interest several generations of readers.
No one can guarantee the …Read more
Operations Director Jane Rowland describes a day in her life at Troubador:
I’ve been at Troubador for over twenty years. I started out freelancing when I left university, helping out on publishing projects as needed while I also worked in the radio industry (writing and producing adverts for a variety of radio stations). Eventually, I picked publishing over the radio, and moved into a full-time position at Troubador, looking after academic books and journals. This does mean that over the years I’ve actually worked in most departments – I used to manage the company’s academic journal programme, before it was …Read more