Writing On Rails
The tsunami of advice and self-help books courses, seminars and retreats is one of the few boom areas in the publishing business at the moment – each time an editor is made redundant, they either become an agent, or set themselves up as book doctors. Dave Bartram finds all this onanistic self-regard deeply disturbing (are you an 8-point arc girl or a hero’s journey boy?).
But can you really achieve truth in your writing when you’re following a formula? We’re lucky to be joined this week by mega-selling YA author Cathy Hopkins, whose personal experience sheds valuable light on this complex subject. Graham Marks is here too – an accomplished YA author himself, and also a veteran publishing industry commentator too. With Donna Ballman adding her incisive legal mind and Eve Harvey conducting full-body scans in the chatroom, you’re in for a great evening!
- Brown-nosing pays big time
- So many earth-like planets, so little time
- Time’s running out – for time
- Please don’t touch the old women
- Pimping up the author
- How can vanity presses survive?
- Goodbye, PLR?
This week’s titles for the Commissioning Meeting are:
“The Giant Hands”
Alfred Crowquill, 1804-1872
“The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”
James McNeill Whistler, 1834-1903
“The Gate of the Giant Scissors”
Annie Fellows Johnston, 1863-1931
Fredric Brown, 1906-1972
Picture by Robbert van der Steeg